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Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez rediscovers ruthless streak to peg back West Brom

Riyad Mahrez repaid the faith of his manager, Craig Shakespeare, with a late equaliser to deny West Brom victory as Leicester avoided the ignominy of three successive home defeats by the skin of their teeth. Trailing to Nacer Chadli’s free-kick in the 63rd minute and with his side marooned in the relegation zone, the Leicester manager’s decision to recall the player who did so much to inspire the famous title-winning season was eventually vindicated by a brilliant solo finish 10 minutes from time. That Shakespeare has now become the first Leicester manager not to record a victory in six Premier League matches since a certain Claudio Ranieri was dismissed will not be welcomed by the Italian’s former assistant with his side still two points from safety, although at least the way they finished this match will give him something to build on.

With only the victory over Brighton back in August to show from their three previous Premier League fixtures here so far this season, the pressure was more on Leicester to emerge with something from this given their lowly position in the table before kick-off. Shakespeare responded by making three changes to the side that drew 0-0 at Bournemouth before the international break, with Jamie Vardy back after a groin injury and Mahrez restored to the starting lineup despite some indifferent displays since his failed attempt engineer a move away in the summer.

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