An injury time deflection saved Liverpool from a home defeat against West Brom on Sunday. Returning captain Jordan Henderson gave Liverpool a good start finishing a sweeping passing move to give the reds the lead. The Reds defensive problems re-appeared on the half hour though when Carig Dawson pounced on Simon Mignolet’s error to equalise. Jonas Olsson though he had put West Brom ahead before half time after more poor defending from a corner but he was adjudged offside. Olsson got his goal in the second half from a header after Chris Brunt crossed after Liverpool failed yet again to clear a corner. Heading for defeat, Divok Origi’s long range shot deflected into the net to save Liverpool a point.
In the Monday night game the foxes march on putting Chelsea to the sword at the King Power. The deadly duo of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez struck again as Mahrez set up Vardy for the first. It was Mahrez individual brilliance beating his man and curling a superb strike into the net to make it two. Chelsea then threw everything forward moving to a 3-4-3 formation. Loic Remy got one back with a header from a Pedro cross, but with an electric atmosphere and the Leicester crowd willing them on, Leicester held out and indeed came closest to another when Marc Albrighton shot just wide. Leicester are back at the top of the table, their extraordinary season continues.
Derby County are now only two points off the top spot after sweeping aside Bristol City with help from an outstanding performance from Tom Ince. Before the game he had not scored in nine but gave the Rams the lead after running at the heart of the Bristol defence and finding the net with a low shot. The second was a bit of fortune after a speculative shot slid under keeper Frankie Fielding which he really should have saved. Ince combined with Darren Bent to get his hat-trick and Johnny Russell added a fourth for good measure, with other results going their way, Derby close the gap at the top and are looking good going into the Christmas period.
A fine performance from Adam Campbell helped 10 men Notts County to a creditable away draw at Wycombe. Jons Stead gave Notts the lead after Campbell was brought down for a penalty. Liam Noble was sent off on 38 minutes for violent conduct after a clash with Luke O’Nein. Wycombe were level within five minutes of the sending off when Paul Hayes crossed for Michael Harriman to even the score. Notts were not done and the excellent Cambell steered in Rob Milsom’s cross to give the Magpies the lead again, they could not hold out however, with a header from Aaron Amadi-Holloway ensuring both sides left with a point. Notts are four points off the play offs and may see this as a missed opportunity to take full advantage of their game in hand.
MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD
Liverpool (1) 2 (Henderson, Origi) West Bromwich Albion (1) 2 (Dawson, Olsson) – At Anfield, Liverpool
Leicester City (1) 2 (Vardy, Mahrez) Chelsea (0) 1 (Remy) – At The King Power Stadium, Leicester
Derby County (1) 4 (Ince 3, Russell) Bristol City (0) 0 – At Pride Park, Derby
Wycombe Wanderers (1) 2 (Harriman, Amadi-Holloway) Notts County (1) 2 (Stead, Campbell) – At Adams Park, Wycombe
MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Tom Ince (Derby County)