Kelechi Iheanacho’s solo strike was key as Leicester City held off a spirited second-half effort from Championship promotion chasers Brentford to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Iheanacho scored the only goal of the game after just four minutes when he tapped in a cross from full-back James Justin, who had been found by Dennis Praet’s brilliant pass.
The Nigerian International was making his ninth start in an FA Cup game and has now scored in all of them. He started in five from the hoot of the whistle for Manchester City and now his fourth for Leicester.
Leicester were the better team in the first half and Ayoze Perez should have doubled their lead when he was sent clear by the Iheanacho but Bees keeper Luke Daniels made a good save to deny him.
However, the hosts came out for the second half with a renewed vigour to their play, and they were unlucky not to equalise on the hour mark when Emiliano Marcondes’ cross beat everyone and hit the post.
Foxes keeper Danny Ward was also forced into a fine save to keep out Luka Racic’s volley late on before second-half substitute Bryan Mbeumo saw a goal ruled out for offside.
The youthful Bees pressed for an equaliser right up until the final whistle but the Premier League side held firm to book their place in the next round of the FA Cup.
There were emotional scenes at the full-time whistle for the home fans at the end of Griffin Park’s final cup tie, with the Bees set to move to the newly built Brentford Community Stadium before the 2020-21 campaign.
Iheanacho has now been involved in 10 goals for Leicester this season – double his goal involvements the whole of 18/19.
He has scored seven goals and assisted three in just twelve appearances.