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Jamie Vardy winner hands Leicester survival chance

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Leicester City ran out 3-2 winners at the Hawthorns in an open contest which saw the away side fight back from a goal down twice on an emotional day in the west Midlands.

In a day which saw West Brom pay tribute to legendary striker Jeff Astle, the Baggies will now have survival worries of their own with Leicester notching a second win in succession pushing them back into contention.

Fletcher's first WBA goal 

The hosts took the lead in the ninth minute as veteran midfielder Darren Fletcher’s near post glance flicked past Kasper Schmeichel, and before Esteban Cambiasso could clear the ball had crossed the line and goal-line technology suggested it was in.

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The visitors struck back immediately as the Argentine, who impressed all afternoon, quick thinking ensured David Nugent converted an Ulloa flick on from close range.

Craig Gardner’s deflected volley had the Baggies back in front but as Leicester fought for an equaliser once more their dominance began to grow.

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Ulloa blazed over from six-yards out before the interval and following Leicester manager Nigel Pearson’s tactical change to a 3-5-2 formation at the break, the league’s bottom club seized hold of the game.

After a heavy period of Leicester possession, loanee Robert Huth headed in from six-yards out putting an end to a game of head-tennis in the West Brom penalty area and making a game of the final ten minutes.

As Tony Pulis’ men wrestled with trying to control a now fully fledged Leicester City bombardment, the hosts finally buckled in the first minute of added time in spectacular fashion and it was Jamie Vardy who grabbed the headlines.

Late winner

In typical Vardy fashion, the speedy striker stole possession off Gareth McAuley on halfway, swerved outside Joleon Lescott and fired a hard, low shot inside Boaz Myhill’s far post sparking wild celebrations amongst the travelling support.

The result leaves Leicester just three points from safety, and with seven games to play, five of which at home, the momentum seems to be with them.

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