Review

Barnes fires Leicester within a point of safety

20 Oct 2022
Harvey Barnes, LEI

Midfielder nets in sixth successive match against Leeds, while defeat for Villa ends Steven Gerrard's tenure

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Harvey Barnes scored in a sixth straight league match against Leeds United as Leicester City triumphed 2-0 to move off the bottom of the table, while Fulham brought an end to Steven Gerrard's reign at Aston Villa.

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Leicester are now just a point behind 16th-placed Leeds and 17th-placed Aston Villa, who lost 3-0 at Fulham on Thursday.

After Robin Koch had put the ball into his own net, Barnes finished off a counter-attack to secure Leicester's second victory in four matches.

Fulham climb to ninth

Down at Craven Cottage, Harrison Reed gave Fulham a deserved lead on 36 minutes with a powerful, right-footed drive past Emiliano Martinez.

It was one of 13 first-half shots for the home side. And things got worse for Villa on 62 minutes when Douglas Luiz was sent off for violent conduct following a VAR review.

Fulham doubled their advantage six minutes later when Aleksandar Mitrovic converted a penalty, awarded for a handball by substitute Matty Cash.

A Tyrone Mings own goal compounded Villa's misery, leaving them above the relegation zone on goals scored.

The club parted company with head coach Steven Gerrard immediately after the match.

The bottom six

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
15 Bournemouth BOU 38 -34 39
16 Nottingham Forest NFO 38 -30 38
17 Everton EVE 38 -23 36
18 Leicester City LEI 38 -17 34
19 Leeds United LEE 38 -30 31
20 Southampton SOU 38 -37 25
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Saturday action

Nottingham Forest can go back above Leicester when they kick off the next round of fixtures at home to Liverpool at 12:30 BST on Saturday 22 October.

Everton host Crystal Palace, while Manchester City are back in action, as they welcome Brighton & Hove Albion.

In the late kick-off, Chelsea take on Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

 

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