Pellegrini Sacked as Fans Vote Iheanacho “Man of the Match” in Leicester City’s Win

Manuel Pellegrini sacked

Pellegrini sacked

Leicester signalled the end of Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham reign in cutting the gap on Premier League leaders Liverpool to 10 points as Nigeria international Kelechi Iheanacho has been voted man of the match by Leicester City fans following the Foxes hard earned 2-1 away win against West Ham United at the London Stadium on Saturday night.

Iheanacho won 38.4% of the votes cast by Leicester fans, while Demarai Gray who scored the second goal, came second with 25% votes.

Hamza Choudhury, who was also one of the key performers for the Foxes in the game, came third with 21.6% votes.

Iheanacho who was on for 90 minutes in the game ,won a penalty for Leicester in the 12th minute after he was felled inside the box by Lukasz Fabianski which was missed by Gray.

The Super Eagles forward headed Brendan Rodgers’ men in front five minutes before the break.

The Hammers were handed a lifeline when Pablo Fornals equalised on the stroke of half-time, but Leicester went on to secure all three points when Gray scored the winning goal six minutes before the hour mark.

Iheanacho has now scored three goals in four league appearances for Leicester this season.

Meanwhile, the defeat also marked the end for Pellegrini after a run of two wins from 14 matches saw West Ham tumble from fourth to 17th in the space of three months.

A fourth straight home defeat came after Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers had made nine changes from the side beaten 4-0 by Liverpool on Boxing Day.

Top scorer Jamie Vardy was among those missing after his wife Rebekah gave birth to their third child.

But Leicester made light of the changes to move closer to unbeaten Liverpool, who have two games in hand on the Foxes.

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