Leicester City 2:0 Southampton
City’s fantastic run of results continued with a 2-0 win at home to Southampton at the KPS on Saturday…
Nigel Pearson named an unchanged side for the visit of a Saints side chasing a place in Europe, and it was the visitors who threatened first. Mané latched onto a through ball and was looking to go one-on-one with Schmeichel before a timely challenge from Albrighton.
Albrighton then delivered a good corner which Huth headed narrowly over, before City took a 7th minute lead.
Mahrez drifted past two Southampton players in midfield, side-stepped the challenge of Davis, and then placed a precise low shot past Gazzaniga into the bottom right hand corner.
It was another great start for City, though there was to be a set-back a few minutes later. James had to be stretchered from the field after an awkward fall left him with a damaged knee, and he was replaced by Drinkwater.
City continued to press forward, however, and went further ahead in the 20th minute when great work from Vardy down the left saw him square the ball to Mahrez whose delicate finish saw him beat Gazzniga for a second time.
The Saints tried to find a way back but Schmeichel punched a fierce Reed effort away and Mané couldn’t find the target with a header from a corner.
Vardy then had a chance to put the game beyond Southampton but Gazzaniga did well to come out and block in a one-on-one.
Alderweireld had the final say in the first half but his well-struck 30 yard free-kick was tipped over by Schmeichel to preserve City’s two goal lead going down the tunnel.
Mahrez had an opportunity to complete his hat-trick early in the second half when a Wanyama header fell for him but his hurried effort was dragged wide.
Another chance for his third also came and went as Vardy hared down the right, but couldn’t pick out an unmarked Mahrez waiting in the middle.
Schmeichel had to be alert to tip over a Mané shot that dipped late, but City looked fairly comfortable at this stage, with Huth having another superb game at the back.
The tired legs of Vardy and then Ulloa were then replaced by Nugent and Hammond.
City best chance to add to the scoreline came when Albrighton found Cambiasso in the area but the Argentinian’s shot found the side-netting.
It wasn’t needed as the final whistle blew on yet another City victory in this incredible run.
On a weekend that saw Burnley and QPR take up two of the relegation places, and a Hull defeat, City are now within touching distance of safety…
Leicester: Schmeichel, Morgan, James (Drinkwater 13), Vardy (Nugent 70), Albrighton, Huth, Schlupp, Cambiasso, Ulloa (Hammond 78), Mahrez, Wasilewski. Subs Not Used: De Laet, Konchesky, Schwarzer, Kramarić.
Southampton: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Fonte, Davis (Đuričić 66), Mané, Wanyama, Alderweireld, Pellè, Bertrand, Elia (Long 66), Reed. Subs Not Used: Davis, Yoshida, Gardoş, Targett, Gallagher.
Referee: R East. Attendance: 31,939.
All Photos: Simon Kimber
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