Riyad Mahrez piles pressure on Pardew as West Brom suffer hiding

Laverne Higgins
March 11, 2018

It all started so well for the hosts as they broke the deadlock inside the opening 10 minutes, with Oliver Burke's low cross into the box picking out Rondon, who turned the ball home from close range.

Albion are eight points adrift of safety with nine games remaining this season but Pardew pointed to Leicester's 2014-15 campaign, when they had just 19 points from 29 games but took 22 from their last nine to avoid relegation.

Boss Pardew's job is in the balance with the managerial situation now a fluid one at The Hawthorns.

That there are no stand-out candidates to replace him has helped his cause but his position is becoming increasingly unstable. "Hopefully our fans will be patient with us tomorrow and I hope we can give them a reward".

Leicester responded and Vardy nearly connected with Mahrez's teasing centre but the Baggies controlled the early stages. Vardy watched the ball over his shoulder and arrowed a superbly controlled volley low into the right corner.

- Jamie Vardy has scored in all four of his Premier League appearances against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns (four goals).

Vardy thought he had another in the 36 minute but was offside before stabbing in Chilwell's cross.

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Rondon then went on a run which ended in a shot that was deflected behind by Morgan, the last major action of a half which had been better than expected.

Yet that was the final threat from the Baggies as they fell apart in the second half.

"I said to the players they have got to fight to the end and I'm criticising them for the last 20 minutes because they weren't fighting".

Substitute Iheanacho picked out Mahrez, who was not tracked, and he coolly lobbed Foster.

Kelechi Iheanacho made that one and the former Manchester City striker was delighted to head home his first Premier League goal for the Foxes, while Vicente Iborra put the finishing touch on a fine away outing late on.

Iborra rubbed it in by heading in a Marc Albrighton corner in the stoppage time.

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