Leicester’s Kelechi Iheanacho and Islam Slimani hit form to sink Leeds

Leicester City’s players may have been sorry to see Craig Shakespeare sacked but there was no trace of self-pity here as they came from behind to earn a place in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals. Leeds United took the lead with a lovely goal by Pablo Hernández but that was the catalyst for a commanding fightback by the hosts, who retorted with fine strikes from Kelechi Iheanacho, Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez.

This was Leicester’s first home game since the dismissal of Shakespeare, to whom the caretaker manager Michael Appleton had been assistant. The club’s vice-chairman, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, used his programme notes to hail the ousted man as “universally popular” before adding “but we need to keep the club moving forward, consistent with the long-term expectations of our supporters and the board, and our focus now is on appointing the right candidate … it’s an appointment we’d clearly like to make as soon as possible but we won’t compromise our goals in haste”. There was no official confirmation that the candidates interviewed so far include Claude Puel, the Frenchman let go by Southampton in June.

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