Kelechi Iheanacho’s 56th minute strike was enough for Leicester City as they pipped League Two strugglers Gillingham 1-0 in their FA Cup third round tie on Saturday at the Priestfield Stadium in Kent.
The Foxes dominated the encounter garnering 70 per cent of the possession and having double both shots on and off target.
However the breakthrough came in the 56th minute when the hosts failed to properly clear their lines, giving Iheanacho the opportunity to fire the ball into the net to the delight of manager Brendan Rodgers.
The win sees the Foxes qualify for the fourth round of the competition and a relief for Rodgers, who’s side had lost their last three Premier league fixtures and are also billed to play in-form Newcastle United who held leaders Arsenal to a goalless draw on Tuesday.
The goal was the 16th scored by Iheanacho in 22 appearances in the competition. Since his first appearance in the competition in January 2016, Iheanacho has scored more FA Cup goals than any other player.
Iheanacho and his strike partner, Jamie Vardy, were close to adding to the tally but were held off by goalkeeper Jake Turner.
It was the second goal in four months for the former Manchester City forward who has failed to hold down a starting role at the King Power Stadium.
The 26-year-old’s compatriot, Wilfred Ndidi, replaced Nampalys Mendy in the 81st minute of the game.