Leicester continues stunning start after defeating Aston Villa
LEICESTER, England (AP) —
Having only just avoided relegation last season, unbeaten Leicester is second after five games under former Chelsea manager
"Fantastic, fantastic, spirit and good character," Ranieri said. "At 2-0 I watched my players and they believed everything was possible. You can lose, but you have to believe that anything is possible.
"I told the players I have a lot of experience but this group is fantastic. We have to play every match in this way."
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"Until I got up and the ref said 'You've scored' I didn't know," Dyer said. "I was watching the ball all the way, but it was a nice feeling to score. I was just dazed."
Grealish spurned a terrific chance to give Villa the lead midway through the first half when he steered his shot straight at goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. But when presented with a similar opportunity just before halftime, the 20-year-old midfielder did not make the same error.
Leicester struggled to clear a corner and the ball bobbled around a crowded penalty area before breaking to the edge of the box where Grealish curled home a right-footed shot beyond Schmeichel.
Villa extended its lead in the 63rd minute against the run of play. Gabriel Agbonlahor broke free down the left and played a square pass to Gil who guided a curling shot around defender Robert Huth and back into the top corner of the net from 22 yards (meters).
But De Laet halved Leicester's deficit with a near-post flick from Riyad Mahrez's corner. It looked like it might have been headed safely off the line by Ashley Westwood but goal-line technology alerted the referee that the ball had crossed.
With eight minutes to go, Mahrez's mazy run forward set up Danny Drinkwater and his low cross was poked home by Vardy.
Dyer then got between two Villa defenders to head home the winner.