Kelechi Iheanacho was the hero of the day as Leicester claimed a late win over Brighton to advance to the next round of the FA Cup.
Kelechi Iheanacho saved the day as he inspired Leicester City to a 1-0 win over Brighton in the FA Cup on Wednesday.
With the game headed for extra-time at the King Power Stadium, the Nigeria international, who replaced Jamie Vardy, headed home the winner in the 94th minute.
The former Manchester City player turned Youri Tielemans’ cross into the back of Christian Walton’s net for his sixth goal of the season across all competitions.
Speaking after the game, the Super Eagles star, who was named Man of the Match, admitted that his side were motivated to settle the tie in normal time due to the ‘freezing’ weather.
“I’m really happy,” the 24-year-old striker told LCFC TV.
“Everyone is smiling. It’s too cold so everyone wants to get home and I’m really happy to get the winner today in 90 minutes.”
“It’s one of those games, it’s really freezing. So, everybody’s cold: people playing and people on the bench.”
“So, when I scored, everybody in the stands, we’re happy. It’s really cold, they want to get in and go home! But it’s a fantastic game and we are looking forward now to the next round.”
While Iheanacho feels it would be a massive achievement to win the FA Cup – which will be first in the Foxes’ history, Leicester City’s game-by-game approach will not change.
“The most important thing is we went through to the next round,” he added.
“It would be a dream, most especially for the fans and for Leicester City. They’ve been waiting so many years for this. Hopefully, we can do it this season.”