Kelechi Iheanacho has set a personal best following his fourth-minute goal just as he scored his seventh goal of the season for Leicester City in Saturday’s FA Cup game against Brentford.
In the game played at Griffin Park, the Nigerian internationalhanded the Foxes a fourth-minute lead thanks to an assist from James Justin.
Iheanacho’s left-footed shot from inside the six-yard box beat goalkeeper Luke Daniels after he received a cross from the defender.
With that, the 23-year-old has now scored nine goals in his nine FA Cup starts, including from his days as a Manchester City player.
Leicester were the better team in the first half and Ayoze Perez should have doubled their lead when he was sent clear by 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.