Southampton 2:0 Leicester City
Two second half goals from Shane Long were enough to see off City at the St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday…
Nigel Pearson made two changes to his side for this trip to a rain-swept south coast, with Schlupp and Ulloa in for Konchesky and Nugent.
In-form Southampton applied some early pressure but the City defence managed to keep them at bay with the final ball being cut out or misdirected several times.
Clyne forced Schmeichel into a save from a long-range effort, and Morgan blocked a Pelle effort.
City looked set up to defend a pointand chances were rare though Morgan went close after connecting with a James corner but couldn’t direct his header downwards.
City stood strong through an intense period of corners towards the break, but their only stat going forward was a booking for Schneiderlin after he brought Vardy down.
Defensively City could be satisfied with the goalless scoreline at half-time.
City continued to soak up the pressue in the second half and though Wanyama found the net in the 51st minute the linesman flag brought a swift end to the celebrations.
Alderweireld then became the second Saints player to pick up a yellow card for stopping Vardy in his tracks, a tactic designed to snuff out City’s only real threat.
Cambiasso sent the free kick straight into the wall, as if to underline this.
Moore came on for De Laet and as the clock ticked 0n Southampton began to get frustrated, restricted to long range efforts.
However, Ronald Koeman then made a game-changing substitution bringing on Long for Mane.
With a quarter of an hour remaining Long latched on to a ball from Pelle and slotted home a fine finish beyond Schmeichel’s reach.
Five minutes later Long doubled Southampton’s lead after chasing down a long ball from Wanyama and it was game over.
As at Swansea City then wasted a great chance to score when substitute Wood outfoguth Fonte to earn himself a shot on goal but lobbed it wide.
After a promising start to the season City are now in free-fall, having earned one point out of the last 18.Something has to change.
Southampton: Forster, Clyne, Fonte, Alderwiereld, Bertrand, Wanyama, Schneiderlin (Reed 90), S. Davis (Cork 40), Tadic, Mane (Long 68), Pelle. Subs Not Used: K. Davis, Yoshida, Gardos, Mayuka.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Moore 54), Wasilewski, Morgan, Schlupp, Cambiasso, James, Drinkwater, King (Powell 76), Vardy, Ulloa (Wood 71). Subs Not Used: Konchesky, Mahrez, Smith, Nugent.
Referee: M. Oliver. Attendance: 31,297.
All photos: Simon Kimber
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