Leicester’s march towards Champions League football hit another bump as Jamal Lewis scored the first league goal of his career to give Norwich an unlikely shot at survival.
After Kelechi Iheanacho’s strike for the visitors early in the second half had been ruled out for handball by VAR, Lewis’ volley in the 70th minute meant Brendan Rodgers’ team have won only one of their last seven in the league, and also gone three games without a goal.
Norwich are now only four points adrift of safety after scoring from open play in the league for the first time since New Year’s Day. Leicester, meanwhile, have lost their punch at just the wrong time and their grip on a top-four finish is loosening by the week.
Nigeria international Wilfred Ndidi returned to action in the 67th minute.
Without Jamie Vardy, whose calf problem is the third muscle injury he has sustained in the space of two months, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers turned to Iheanacho.
James Maddison was given warm applause by the home crowd on his first appearance at Carrow Road since he joined Leicester two years ago in a deal worth up to £24million, yet it was Daniel Farke’s men who made the brighter start, with Leicester looking to improve a recent run of only one win from six in the league.
Leicester thought they had made the perfect start to the second half when Iheanacho held off Godfrey and sent a crisp left-foot shot into the corner from 20 yards, only for VAR to instruct referee Craig Pawson to rule out the goal for handball.
The ball did bounce off Iheanacho’s hand as he tussled with Godfrey but Leicester felt VAR denied them two penalties in last weekend’s home defeat by Manchester City, and it was no surprise to see Rodgers exchange words with fourth official Jarred Gillett after the decision was overturned.