Fans were left in stitches at the King Power Stadium as the Leicester City mascot savagely mocks Jack Grealish at full time.
Manchester City earned a hard-fought victory over the Foxes courtesy of Bernardo Silva’s 61st-minute winner with the Portuguese ending a run of 10 Premier League appearances without a goal.
However, a moment following the final whistle, cheered up the Leicester faithful, as a number of Man City players walked over to throw their shirts into the away end.
Jack Grealish headed towards the corner of the pitch, and gave his match-worn kit to a certain supporter, but before doing so, Leicester’ Filbert Fox hilariously dived to the floor as the £100m City star walked past him.
🚨⚽️ | NEW: The Leicester mascot diving behind Jack Grealish pic.twitter.com/hhpp4G0zPj
— Football For All (@FootballlForAll) September 11, 2021
Bernardo Silva’s instinctive second-half strike was enough to ensure Manchester City made it three straight Premier League wins with a slender 1-0 victory at Leicester.
Jamie Vardy had a goal disallowed for a marginal offside as he was denied the chance to extend his fine personal record against Pep Guardiola’s side.
Harvey Barnes struck the crossbar with a header but the visitors deserved their win, having been denied on several occasions by Kasper Schmeichel in the first half before Silva ended his 19-game wait for a club goal in all competitions, reacting quickly to tuck in a loose ball from an acute angle on 61 minutes.
The result means City move up to third place ahead of the gameweek’s remaining fixtures while Leicester stay in ninth position.
Leicester: Schmeichel (7), Castagne (6), Bertrand (6), Soyuncu (6), Vestergaard (7), Ndidi (6), Tielemans (6), Maddison (5), Albrighton (6), Barnes (6), Vardy (6).
Subs: Evans (6), Iheanacho (7), Lookman (6).
Man City: Ederson (7), Walker (7), Cancelo (7), Dias (7), Laporte (6), Rodri (6), Gundogan (7), Bernardo (8), Grealish (7), Jesus (6), Torres (5).
Subs: Sterling (6), Fernandinho (n/a).
Man of the match: Bernardo Silva.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers: “I thought we deserved something from the game. You have to stay in the game against a team of that quality but I thought we were excellent and created a lot of chances.
“We were unfortunate with their goal but apart from that I was proud of the team. Our players coped well. With a better final ball and a bit more luck, we might have got that goal.
“You know you have to defend well. You could argue we had the best chance with Harvey Barnes in the first half but they defended it well. You have to have the courage as a team to make blocks and defend the goal and I thought we did that well.
“Our ambition is always there. The quality of their team means they will have more of the ball than you so it means when you get your opportunity, you have to be more clinical. I thought first half we were looking for Jamie Vardy too early. Too many times we rushed the pass when it wasn’t on but we were always ambitious.”
🗣”I thought we were excellent.”
Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers took the positives out of their 1-0 loss to Manchester City. pic.twitter.com/l7oXBqn6s2
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 11, 2021
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: “We played really well from the first minute. After the international break, you always have doubts. We were a high level again for three weeks in a row. We had many chances and could have scored more goals. This is a step we still need to take.
“What can I say? The keeper is the best player of the Leicester team because we did many, many good things. You have to be patient. They are so dangerous when they attack outside so it’s difficult to control them but we did well.
“They put substitutions on and they drop a little bit to get the ball so we knew it, but we played really well.
“Of course I’m happy with the three points. Our performance was outstanding. Leicester, like the last years, have always been fighting until the end. I’m very pleased. If you are able to score or shoot, I don’t know how many, it is because you are doing very good things. Kasper Schmeichel is an incredible keeper and saves these goals.”
🗣”This is a step to still be who we are.”
Pep Guardiola was happy with Manchester City’s hard fought 1-0 win over Leicester City. pic.twitter.com/qvkuux8uUw
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 11, 2021
Sky Sports’ Michael Dawson on Soccer Saturday: “Brendan Rodgers may look back on this as an opportunity missed given the way they set up. We all knew they would look to play nice and narrow as they did and they allowed City to go wide with the space.
“We’ve seen it work on many occasions but Leicester looked dangerous on the counter-attack so Rodgers will be gutted. In the first five minutes, his side didn’t even touch the ball but when they broke, they had clear-cut chances.
“Pep might well be thinking his side ought to have been out of sight given the opportunities and possession before Fernandinho and Grealish both had chances with the game stretched towards the end but they weren’t clinical enough.
“When Torres came off for Sterling, it’s in moments like that when you still feel they need a No 9 against sides who like to defend wide. Jesus had two headers from crosses, but Rodgers will be disappointed that his side didn’t get anything out of it.
“When Vestergaard came off, the game immediately changed. I know he’s been out for a long time while Jonny Evans has been out for a long time. Two minutes later, City scored.”
Filbert the fox😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/MIoQgq3uUG
— Stu Burton (@stu_burton) September 11, 2021
As mentioned, fans were in stitches as the Leicester mascot savagely mocks Jack Grealish at full time…
@AmBigSerge: Give that mascot a raise 😂
@4242Bruce: Fucking love Filbert.
@wfc_josh: Harry the hornet wannabe
@AaronJfernandez: Fair play to Grealish for not crying about it like a certain someone and a certain fan base did
@TayLcfc: FILBERT FOX HES ONE OF OUR OWN
@Lee18_92Johnson: Absolutely buckled at that 😂🤣
@iamsaii7: nah man, grealish has been done dirty out there!! 🤣
@HerSakai: LMAO THE MASCOT HANGING OUT WITH VARDY TOO MUCH SURELY
@AdamSavageeeeee: Disrespect from a classless club
@Joefelstead: Hahahaha yes Filbert go on son
@lcfcbradd: Legendary 🦊
@Barney_Boy67: The Leicester mascot knows 👏😂😂
@Blue_Fox1884: Man of the match: Filbert Fox for the dive on the floor near Grealish.
@joseeeph_f1: People calling Filbert a wanker for throwing himself behind grealish 😭 the guy gets paid a shit ton for wearing a fox costume every weekend I doubt he cares
@russelshaw: Filbert fox trolling Jack Grealish wins the day.
@LukeWYDS: No way Filbert (Our mascot) tried to replicate Grealish signature move right next to him 😭😭😭😭