Timothy Castagne and James Maddison fire Leicester to defeat Brentford
Timothy Castagne and James Maddison each produced superb first-half strikes as Leicester beat Brentford 2-1 at the King Power Stadium and slipped into the first half of the Premier League.
Castagne marked his return from injury in style by powering a shot into the top corner in the 20th minute to put the Foxes ahead, and Maddison added a delicious free kick 13 minutes later.
After making good saves from Kasper Schmeichel after the break, Brentford saved a goal through Yoane Wissa with five minutes of regulation time remaining, but they couldn’t save themselves from defeat.
A third win in four league games for Brendan Rodgers’ men lifts them two places to 10th in the standings.
Thomas Frank’s Bees, without Christian Eriksen due to coronavirus, remain 15th, eight points above the relegation zone.
The contest’s first real attempt came in the fifth minute when Maddison struck wide, before Bryan Mbeumo fell to the attentions of Caglar Soyuncu and Daniel Amartey. The visiting fans claimed a penalty but none was awarded.
The build-up to that incident had included an error from Castagne – but the Belgian, making his first appearance since December after recovering from a thigh problem, then put Leicester fans on their feet three minutes later as he collected the ball from Harvey Barnes and shot just outside the box.
After Schmeichel blocked an effort from Mathias Jensen, the home crowd were then thrilled by another show-stopper, this time from Maddison as he curled a free kick past David Raya.
Leicester continued to press, with Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall hitting a shot wide after disposing of Christian Norgaard, and James Justin being denied by Raya just before the interval.
Things continued where they left off at the start of the second half as Maddison had a shot saved by Raya, and Iheanacho stepped forward from the halfway line into the box and tried a chip that touched the outside of the pole.
Brentford then made two decent saves on Schmeichel, the Dane knocking down a Pontus Jansson header and blocking Mbeumo’s nodding effort.
Applause rang out on the pitch as Rodgers replaced Castagne with Jonny Evans, another man returning to action for the first time in three months.
On either side of that, Jensen and Ivan Toney sent attempts over the bar for Leicester, and Brentford then reduced the deficit in the 85th minute as Wissa netted a shot.
Schmeichel then faced an effort from Tariqe Fosu as Brentford unsuccessfully searched for an equaliser, and Barnes then sent an effort wide before the final whistle confirmed Leicester as winners.