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LEICESTER recored their first away victory in the Premier League since New Years Day on Sunday, beating newly promoted West Bromwich Albion 3-0 at The Hawthorns.
Debutant Timothy Castagne opened the scoring for the away side on 56 minutes before Jamie Vardy netted twice from the penalty spot to give Brendan Rodgers’ side the perfect start to the new campaign.
The Baggies impressed in the opening stages of their first game back in the top-flight following promotion from the Championship last season.
Grady Diangana, who signed permanently from West Ham United after impressing at the Hawthorns, dragged an early effort wide before another of last seasons stars, Matheus Pereira, saw a free-kick deflected behind for a corner by the Leicester wall.
The Foxes had two good efforts to break the deadlock in the first-half but former West Brom loanee Harvey Barnes was thwarted by Sam Johnstone on both occasions.
Pereira had an effort saved by the legs of Kasper Schmeichel towards the end of a goalless first-half.
As the second-half kicked-off it seemed that the away side had lost the momentum they had built towards the end of the first 45 minutes.
That was until Castagne headed home a Dennis Praet cross just before the hour mark to after the home side had failed to clear their lines.
And the Foxes had the ball in the back of the net again moments later when a strike towards goal by Barnes deflected into the the back of the net off Vardy. But the goal didn’t stand as the striker was flagged for being in an offside position.
But it didn’t take long for last season’s Golden Boot winner to get off the mark, converting from the penalty spot after being stopped in his tracks by Kyle Bartley inside the box.
And Vardy made sure of the points for the away side late in the game, again converting from the penalty spot after James Justin was caught inside the penalty area by Dara O’Shea.
After the game Rodgers heaped praise on the 33-year-old striker. “Jamie is fearless. There are many top strikers at this level but any team would want someone like him. He’s just super cool, clinical, he’s still got that pace and running ability. And in that situation, to put you one up, it was great composure.
“It’s a great start for him personally to score two goals and of course very good for the team.”
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