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Saints march past below-par Leicester

Leicester City 1:2 Southampton

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A Southampton side, unrecognisable from the one that City beat 9-0 eleven weeks ago, earned a 2-1 victory at the KPS on Saturday…

Brendan Rodgers made one change to his side with Choudhury in for the the out-of-form Tielemans.
The Saints looked up for it right from the kick-off pressing hard and forcing City into errors. Their first chance came in the 6th minute when a wayward ball from Barnes set Ings up to beat Söyüncü, for a one-on-one with Schmeichel. The City keeper blocked Ings shot with his legs, and then saved again when Ings collected the rebound and had another go.
Southampton’s intense press almost caught Schmeichel out when Ings charged down a clearance, but the ball rebounded out for a goal kick.
But it was City who took a 15th minute lead. Pérez was fouled in midfield and jumped back to his feet and delivered an instant free-kick down the left. Vardy hared down the wing and delivered a low cross for Praet to tuck away at the far post for his first goal for the club.

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But this lead only lasted four minutes. Long played a ball across the 18 yard line and Armstrong stepped inside Chilwell before firing in a shot that took a big deflection off Maddison’s arm, giving Schmeichel no chance.
Schmeichel was in action again in the 28th minute palming away a dipping long range effort from Hojbjerg.
City had the ball in the net on the half hour, but Vardy who was sent in on goal after Ricardo blocked a clearance was clearly offside. We still had to suffer a delay while VAR stuck its oar in.
Southampton were well on top at this stage, with City’s passing game in tatters, and Ings struck the crossbar twice in a minute just before the break. The first when he connected with a low cross at the near post and the second with a curling shot from the edge of the area.
City, who had given the ball away 60 times in the half, with Chilwell accounting for a third of that figure, made it to half time on level terms.

City didn’t look to have improved early in the second half when Bertrand swung in a free-kick from the touchline, and Schmeichel and Chilwell got in each others way allowing Stephens a tap in at the far post. But he didn’t connect properly and Söyüncü hooked it off the goal line.
City began to get into their stride for a spell and Evans got his head to a Maddison  corner, but McCarthy reacted well to parry the effort.
Brendan Rodgers made his first change in the 58th minute replacing Barnes with Iheanacho.
The visitors corner were celebrating in the 62nd minute when they thought they had a penalty. A misdirected header from Choudhury saw the Saints break upfield and  Söyüncü pushed Long in the back as he shaped to shoot. Lee Mason pointed to the spot and presented Söyüncü with a yellow card. But something was stirring in Stockley Park and, after a long delay, reality was rewound and offside was given.
Five minutes later City had the ball in the net, but after more deliberation it was decided that Iheanacho had been offside when he backheeled the ball home following a free-kick. The linesman had given it and there had been no need for the purple screen of doom.

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Gray came on for Pérez and then Tielemans replaced Praet as City went in search of a winner. But it was Southampton who took an 81st minute lead.
A neat passing move through City’s midfield saw a through ball for Ings who poked the ball through Schmeichel’s legs for what proved to be the winner.

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Two minutes later Southampton broke upfield again, Redmond squared for Ings whose fierce shot was superbly saved by Schmeichel.
With four minutes remaining Tielemans sent Iheanacho in on the right but his shot was blocked by McCarthy.
For a brief moment it looked as though City had rescued a point in the 89th minute, Evans getting a firm header to a Maddison free-kick. But the celebrations from both players and fans were muted and VAR ruled it out for offside.
VAR may have been right, but there was a rising tide of anger at its constant and lengthy interference. Both sets of fans sang “It’s not football anymore”, and after the game Hamza Choudhury said:“I don’t think many players like it. It takes away the emotions. You see Jonny score an equaliser in the 89th minute and he’s scared to celebrate!”

VAR apart, this may have been City’s worst performance under Brendan Rodgers with Southampton working hard to shut down City’s possession game. Rodgers commented: “It’s a sore one today but we’ll go away, they can recover a little bit now, physically and emotionally, and like we’ve always done whenever we’ve had a defeat, we’ll analyse it, look at the details and we’ll look to improve. The clear week will help us.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Söyüncü, Evans, Chilwell, Choudhury, Pérez (Gray 67), Praet (Tielemans 77), Maddison, Barnes (Iheanacho 58), Vardy.
Substitutes: Justin, Albrighton, Ward, Benkovic.
Southampton: McCarthy, Cédric Soares, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand, Armstrong (Djenepo 78), Ward-Prowse, Højbjerg, Redmond (Romeu 90), Long (Adams 78), Ings.
Substitutes: Yoshida, Boufal, Obafemi, Gunn.

Referee: Lee Mason. Attendance: 32,115.

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Cloud 9: Record Breaking Leicester sink Saints

Southampton 0:9 Leicester City

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Leicester City recorded the biggest ever victory by an away side in an English top-flight league match in the 131-year history of the Football League on a rain-swept Friday night in Southampton…

Brendan Rodgers named an unchanged side and they were in devastating form, sweeping the Saints aside with a ruthless display of finishing.
In a night when records fell like dominoes this was the first ever Premier League match to feature two sons of former Premier League goalkeepers. But Angus Gunn was to have a much busier night than Kasper Schmeichel.
Gunn was picking the ball out of the net in the 10th minute. After a crunching tackle by Bertrand on Pérez play was waved on, Ndidi carried the ball forward and found Chilwell in the left channel.  His miscued shot reached Barnes whose shot was parried away by Gunn but Chilwell had followed up to slot the ball home.
A bad start then got worse for the home side when VAR checked Bertrand’s challenge, halfway up Pérez’s shin, and decided on a red card.
City went two up in the 17th minute. Barnes skinned Valery and Romeu down the left, his low cross was diverted by Valery to Tielemans who coolly picked his spot through a crowded goalmouth giving Gunn no chance.
City struck again in the 19th minute. Pérez went on a driving run into the area, played a one-two with Tielemans and fired home his first goal in a City shirt. Boos rang around St Marys and some Saints fans were already heading for the exits.
At this point Ralph Hasenhüttl switched his formation around and Southampton had their best spell of a miserable evening. Their first chance came on the half hour when a good passing move ended with a chance for Redmond, but with Evans bearing down on him he hurried a weak shot straight at Schmeichel.
City went close again in the 32nd minute when Barnes and Chilwell combined well, and Barnes’ shot squirmed under the keeper but he managed to recover and place a glove on it on the goal line.
But City didn’t have long to wait for their next goal. In the 39th minute Chilwell lofted a fine ball over to the far post and Pérez timed his run perfectly to crash it past Gunn on the half volley, making a very difficult chance look easy.
In the final minute of the half City became only the second Premier League side to have a 5-0 lead at half time. Ndidi played a ball out to the left, Chilwell volleyed a cross into the area and it was diverted to Vardy who neatly side-stepped Yoshida before firing home from close range.
You could only wonder what Ralph Hasenhüttl could say to his players at the break.

City showed no signs of taking their foot off the gas for the second half and continued to drive forward. The sixth goal arrived in the 57th minute. With all nine of Southampton’s outfield players camped on the 18 yard line, Barnes simply lifted the ball over them, Pérez darted through, chested the ball down and volleyed past Gunn to complete his hat-trick.
A minute later it was 7-0 with the Saints defence carved open again. Chilwell had plenty of time to size up a cross from the left and Vardy was unmarked in the middle to head home his second of the night.
Although some Saints fans were being quite vocal with their support St Marys was getting emptier by the minute and thousands of home fans headed out into the rain.
In the 60th minute the white scarves in the away end were raised in tribute to Vichai. Much credit to Southampton who featured him on their programme cover for the night.
In the 69th minute Redmond broke upfield, cut inside Evans and fired a shot that forced a fine save from Schmeichel.
Brendan Rodgers made his first change in the 72nd minute, bringing on Albrighton for Barnes, who had been superb all night.
City then went very close when Pérez took a cross from the left down beautifully and sent a low ball across the goal mouth, Evans being an inch away from prodding it home.
It was Pérez’s last contribution to the night, with him replaced by Gray. After waiting so long for his first City goal, three had come along at once.
With Evans making his teammates aware that there were records to be bagged City relentlessly pushed forward, and made it 8-0 in the 85th minute. Vardy was fouled on the edge of the area and Maddison hit a wonderful free-kick over the wall and under the bar giving Gunn no chance.
In time-added-on Vardy burst into the area and Bednarek brought him crashing down.
Vardy hammered home his spot-kick to complete his hat-trick and rewrite the record books.
The 9-0 win was the joint highest in the Premier League and, most remarkably, the highest top flight away win in the history of English top-flight football. The three points moved City up to second place, and they had now scored more goals than Liverpool.
It was the perfect tribute to Khun Vichai, two days before the anniversary of his death.

Brendan Rodgers summed up an incredible evening: “What was pleasing tonight, you may have seen games like that before, where there’s a bit of showboating because you’re comfortable in the game. But we played like a proper team. We stayed focused, we played with a purpose. We won the ball back really aggressively. We made passes to go forward and score goals. All around collectively, it was an outstanding night. It was brilliant for the supporters because they’ve travelled all the way down here on a wet night so to see their team score nine goals and be very focused, hopefully they’ll be very proud.”

Southampton: Gunn, Bednarek, Yoshida, Vestergaard (Danso 45), Valery (Armstrong 70), Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Højbjerg, Bertrand, Ings (Stephens 45), Redmond.
Substitutes: McCarthy, Long, Adams, Boufal.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Söyüncü, Chilwell, Ndidi, Pérez (Gray 74), Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes (Albrighton 72), Vardy.
Substitutes: Justin, Morgan, Ward, Choudhury, Praet.

Referee: Andre Marriner. Attendance: 28,762.

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Leicester fail to break down Saints’ resistance

Leicester City 1:2 Southampton

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City were unable to convert possession into goals on Saturday, allowing ten-man Southampton to leave the King Power with three points.

Claude Puel made eight changes to the side that lost at Newport, with three defensive midfielders against struggling Southampton, and the recalled Harvey Barnes starting on the bench.
City got off to a tentative start, and after Southampton had threatened a couple of times they took a 10th minute lead. Long had his back to goal on the edge of the area when Mendy put in a clumsy and needless challenge that bundled him over.
Ward-Prowse’s spot-kick had the pace to beat Schmeichel despite the City keeper guessing right.
With a precious lead Southampton were content to defend, but City were ponderous going forward with many passes going astray.
Saints always looked capable of a dangerous break and Maddision picked up a yellow card in the 20th minute for hauling back Redmond.
As the visitors attacked down the right Valery then went over in the area, for an obvious dive. Referee Michael Oliver took no action, leaving Maguire and Chilwell outraged.
City were really struggling to put anything meaningful together and on the few occasions Southampton went forward they looked more threatening, Schmeichel having to save from a Stephens header.
City’s first chance came in the 33rd minute when Chilwell crossed for Maguire who headed wide.
Moments later Chilwell was floored by a studs up challenge from Valery, and reacted angrily, with both players being booked.
City went close to an equaliser in the 35th minute when Morgan hit a shot from close in, but Bednarek managed to block it on the line.
As City chased the game up to the break Maguire sent a header off target and  Choudhury had a shot blocked.
Southampton were then reduced to ten men in time-added-on as Valery, who seemed determined to get sent off, fouled Albrighton twice in three seconds and was duly shown a red card.

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But there was a sting in the tail of this half. A poor Ricardo header and stumble from Mendy allowed Long in down the left channel and his attempted curler across the keeper was helped into the net by Schmeichel’s touch.
Boos rang around the ground at the half time whistle.

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Claude Puel made two changes for the second half with Barnes and Gray replacing Mendy and Albrighton. But Southampton, a man down and with a two goal lead, had abandoned all attacking intentions and formed a tortoise shell around the penalty area.
It was like a defence v attack training game.
A long range Maguire shot deflected off Barnes but McCarthy adjusted well to make the save. Maddison was the next to attempt a shot from distance but it didn’t test McCarthy.
Maddison then sent a free-kick from a good position into the wall before skying the rebound over the bar.
The breakthrough finally came in the 58th minute when Ricardo got in behind the defence down the right, and cut back for Ndidi who improvised a finish with his thigh at an awkward height.

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Three minutes later Vardy went over in the area, though replays showed this to be a blatant dive and he was lucky to escape a yellow card.
City went forward relentlessly, either through Gray and Ricardo combining down the right, or Chilwell and Barnes down the left, but no one could produce a killer cross and  Vestergaard must have been punch drunk with all the clearing headers he produced.
For all the pressure, Southampton’s goal was hardly under siege.
With 14 minutes remaining Puel made his final change, Ghezzal on for Choudhury, but still City didn’t look capable of breaking the stubborn resistance.
Maddison and Ndidi both sent long range efforts flying over the bar, while Barnes had a volley blocked.
Morgan and Maguire moved forward, and then Schmeichel came up for the corners, but even an eleven man attack couldn’t get past Southampton’s ten men and the final whistle heralded another home defeat by a struggling side.
There was loud booing from a hugely frustrated home crowd.

Claude Puel commented: “I think the fans are disappointed like us. It is normal. 
Other things are not my concern, only to keep my concentration and focus on the team, and to have the right reaction in the next game.”

Before the game, there was the extraordinary sight of a lady supporter having an A4 size ‘PUEL OUT’ message confiscated by a steward. If this policy is to be enforced the stewards may find themselves very busy in the coming weeks…

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Choudhury (Ghezzal 76), Mendy (Barnes 45), Ndidi, Albrighton (Gray 45), Vardy, Maddison.
Substitutes: Simpson, Söyüncü, Iheanacho, Ward.
Southampton: McCarthy, Bednarek, Stephens, Vestergaard, Valery, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Targett, Redmond (Gallagher 90), Armstrong (Cédric Soares 57), Long (Slattery 76).
Substitutes: Elyounoussi, Gunn, Sims, Ramsay.

Referee: 
Michael Oliver. Attendance: 31,491.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Leicester edge Saints out of the Carabao Cup

Leicester City 0:0 Southampton 
(Leicester 6:5 Southampton on penalties)

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After a 90 minute stalemate, a Danny Ward penalty save in the shoot-out saw City into the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

Claude Puel made nine changes to his side for this fourth round tie, though it was still a strong looking side with Vardy starting; while Mark Hughes made five changes, employing a back five.
City had a decent start with an early corner and a close offside call for a Vardy, but the game soon settled into deadlock with both sides cancelling each other out.
Söyüncü was an impressive presence at the back, though Ward wouldn’t have thanked him for a couple of fizzing back-passes. Gray went on some decent runs, but City couldn’t find a telling pass. Obafemi, with number 61 on his back, was a threat for the Saints when they broke forward.
The first shot on target came after 20 minutes, but it was a tame effort from Silva and Gunn gathered easily. A minute later Ward saved well from Obafemi after the Saints hit on the counter.
Vestergaard headed onto the roof of the net from a corner and Ndidi fired a shot well over, and it was uninspired stuff for the fans who had left their firesides on a chilly night.
Southampton applied some pressure late in the half, but could have gone a goal behind seconds before the whistle. As Vardy attempted to play Diabate in,  Vestergaard intercepted the ball, which then went narrowly wide of the post.
But a 0-0 scoreline at half-time reflected the game.

The second half continued in much the same vein, with City sending passes astray as frustration grew.
Claude Puel made his first changes on the hour bringing Okazaki and Mendy on for Gray and Silva. Things didn’t immediately improve and Saints should have gone ahead in the 64th minute. Redmond strode forward, and rounded Söyüncü and fired a shot against the underside of the bar. Obafemi had an open goal with Ward grounded but somehow managed to miss the target.
Ward then got down well to a Hojbjerg shot as the visitors kept knocking at the door.
Diabate had a couple of shots, one was blocked by Stephens and another deflected into the keeper’s arms.
Okazaki had a shot on the turn that was straight at Gunn, before Puel brought Albrighton on for Diabate with 12 minutes remaining.
Gray capped a good run with a shot that went narrowly wide, but the game seemed to be heading lamely towards penalties, until some late excitement thanks to VAR.
In the 82nd minute Davis netted what would surely have been the winner and the Saints players went over to celebrate with their fans. But the screens flashed up that VAR was in operation and there was a tense wait before it came to the conclusion that Redmond had handled in the build up to the goal.
With the home crowd chanting “VAR VAR VAR” City had fresh impetus and went on the attack. There were shouts for a penalty when it appeared that Evans had been shoved over in the area, but after another wait a goal kick was awarded.
VAR was then booed.
Six minutes of injury (and VAR) time was added and Saints almost won it at the death but Ward managed to tip Gabbiadini’s free kick onto the bar at full stretch.
So penalties it was…

Davis put Saints ahead, Fuchs levelled, and then Hojbjerg sent Ward the wrong way for 2-1. Albrighton crashed his down the middle and then Redmond also sent Ward the wrong way. Söyüncü halted during his run up, but stuck it away coolly for 3-3.
Ward got something on Vestergaard’s effort but couldn’t keep it out, before Gray levelled at 4-4. Cedric fired his high into the net, before Vardy blasted home for 5-5 and a perfect 10.
Just when we were thinking it could be a long night, Ward saved the first sudden-death penalty from Gabbiadini…
Mendy stepped up for the next one and drilled it home, sending City in a quarter-final showdown with Manchester City.

It hadn’t been a great performance from City, but a much-changed side had progressed in the cup against a Premier League side, and that would do.

Leicester: Ward, Simpson, Söyüncü, Evans, Fuchs, Diabaté, Albrighton 78), Silva (Mendy 61), Ndidi, Gray, Iheanacho (Okazaki 61), Vardy.
Substitutes: Morgan, Ricardo, Jakupovic, Leshabela.
Southampton: Gunn, Yoshida, Vestergaard, Stephens, Valery, Højbjerg, Lemina,
Armstrong (Davis 73), Targett (Cédric Soares 61), Redmond, Obafemi (Gabbiadini 89).
Substitutes: McCarthy, Hoedt, Austin, Ward-Prowse.
Referee: R East. Attendance: 22,150.

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Late Maguire strike sinks Saints

Southampton 1:2 Leicester City

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City came from behind to snatch a victory against Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday, with Harry Maguire popping up with a winner in time-added-on…

Claude Puel made three changes to his side with Morgan, Amartey and Iheanacho in for Evans, Albrighton and the suspended Vardy.
This line-up got off to an uninspired start with Southampton dictating the play, without ever really threatening Schmeichel’s goal.
City’s first chance came after quarter of an hour when Maddison swung a free-kick into the area, but Ndidi sent his header well over the bar.
Ricardo then made good progress into the area, but his cut-back to Maddison was intercepted.
In the 20th minute Elyounoussi cut in from the left and his low shot from inside the area forced Schmeichel to get down smartly to to parry.
Maddison threatened to break clear, but Hojbjerg brought him down, earning a yellow card.
After a half of few chances, both sides went close just before the break.
A good break from City led to a Chilwell cross that saw Iheanacho arriving a split-second too late to touch it into the net, while Ings low shot on the turn saw Schmeichel at full stretch to tip it round the post.

Schmeichel made another save from Ings early in the second half, but City soon went a goal down in the 52nd minute. A loose roll rolled across the area, and was met with a thumping shot from Bertrand that flew into the roof of the net.

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But this seemed to spark City into life and they were level just four minutes later. Iheanacho chipped a cross in from the right, Cedric met it at the far post with a weak header and Gray nipped in, took a touch and then steered the ball past McCarthy for a fine finish.

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City went close soon after this when Ndidi sent over a cross that McCarthy didn’t deal with, but Iheanacho was crowded out as he latched on to the loose ball.
Puel made his first change in the 67th minute with Albrighton replacing Iheanacho, leaving City looking even lighter up front.
The home side were reduced to ten men in the 77th minute when Hojbjerg took a theatrical tumble in the box, with no contact from Amartey. Jon Moss showed the diving Dane his second yellow card.
Puel then brought Ghezzal on for Maddison and City were pressing forward in search of a winner.
Chilwell broke into the area, but couldn’t beat McCarthy from a tight angle, and then Amartey hit a shot straight at the Saints keeper.
Okazaki came on for Gray with a couple of minutes left, but as the clock went past 90 it seemed that the game would end all-square.
But in the second minute of added time Maguire cut in purposefully from the left and launched a low 30 yarder that passed through the legs of both Romeu and Vestergaard – like human croquet – before beating an unsighted McCarthy.
The large City following behind the goal went nuts, Maguire was booked for taking his shirt off, and the home support headed en masse for the exits.

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It hadn’t been a great performance for City, but it was a very welcome three points, that saw them sitting pretty in 7th place.

Claude Puel who had invaded the pitch when Maguire scored his winner, commented: “We showed our character and personality. When they scored, we came back with a desire to get back into the game. We were losing away from home, against a good team, but we showed great quality to come back into the game without panicking and remaining calm to win this game.”

Saints: McCarthy, Cedric, Vestergaard, Hoedt, Bertrand, Elyounoussi (Romeu 79), Lemina, Højbjerg, Redmond, Long (Armstrong 86), Ings (Austin 69). 
Substitutes: Stephens, Davis, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Gunn.
Leicester: Schmeichel: Amartey, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mendy, Ndidi, Ricardo, Maddison (Ghezzal 78), Gray (Okazaki 88), Iheanacho (Albrighton 67).
Substitutes: Evans, Ward, Adrien Silva, Fuchs.

Referee: Jonathan Moss. Attendance: 29,925.

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Leicester draw a blank against struggling Saints

Leicester City 0:0 Southampton

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After a bright start City’s performance dropped away as they failed to find a way through Southampton’s defence at the KPS on Thursday night….

Claude Puel had declared this to be: “The beginning of next season”, which wasn’t good news for captain Morgan or Simpson, who were both dropped, with Dragovic returning to the centre of defence and Albrighton at right back. Hamer and Iheanacho came in for the injured Schmeichel and Okazaki.
On an unseasonably balmy April evening, City got off to a decent start against a poor looking Saints side who are staring relegation down the barrel.
Some good passing moves opened up a couple of chances, though Vardy’s shot was blocked, and Mahrez didn’t test McCarthy with a tame shot.

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In the 14th minute Iheanacho had a shot blocked and fell over, but quickly regained his feet to send a shot on the turn narrowly wide of the left hand post.
The Saints first chance arrived three minutes later, but Tadic sent a long range effort wide.
The game then settled into something of a stalemate, with plenty of sideways passing from City, and Southampton sitting back despite being in desperate need of the win.
Ndidi hit a long range shot straight at McCarthy, before the visitors almost broke through a minute before half time. With Tadic and Long faced only by Maguire, Long appeared to be unable to decide whether to pass or shoot and his heavy touch was gathered by Hamer. The visitors were the better side up to the break, but a series of crosses were dealt with by City’s defence.
Half time signalled a bit of booing from a home crowd who hadn’t seen a win since January.

There was a scare for City soon after the break when Dragovic went down injured, and waved at the bench as though his game was done, but he recovered after treatment.
Another scare soon followed when a loose ball in the area fell for Long, but his shot on the turn was well smothered by Hamer.

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City best chance arrived in the 70th minute when a long ball from Albrighton cleared the Saints defence and Vardy got a toe to it, but McCarthy tipped it over the bar.
Claude Puel made his first change in the 76th minute, bringing on Diabaté for Iheanacho, but City were struggling to find any cutting edge up front.
Diabaté beat his man down the left, but his cross/shot found the sidenetting.
In the closing stages City peppered the Saints area with crosses and corners, but were lacking an aerial presence and they were routinely cleared.
The best chance came from a Chilwell cross which Hoedt sliced over his own bar.

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Puel made a double change in time added on, Choudhury and Barnes replacing Gray and Silva, and City’s final chance came when an Ndidi shot was was deflected wide.
There was booing at the final whistle as the run of winless home games stretched to five.

Claude Puel was happy enough: “It was a good performance without a good result. It’s important to keep this good level and to find the clinical edge at the end.”

Leicester: Hamer, Albrighton, Dragovic, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, Silva (Barnes 90), Ndidi, Gray (Choudhury 90), Iheanacho (Diabaté 76), Vardy.
Substitutes: Simpson, Morgan, Jakupovic, Fuchs.
Southampton: McCarthy, Bednarek, Yoshida, Hoedt, Soares, Romeu, Højbjerg (Redmond 88) Bertrand, Ward-Prowse (Davis 58), Tadic, Long (Austin 73).
Substitutes: Gabbiadini, Pied, Sims, Forster.
Referee: R East. Attendance: 31,160.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Happy return for Puel as Leicester sink Saints

Southampton 1:4 Leicester City

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A fine performance in wintry conditions ensured a 4-1 win for City at St Marys on Wednesday evening…

Claude Puel made three changes to his side on his return to Southampton, with Okazaki, King and Fuchs in for Gray, Iborra and Albrighton.
If it seemed to be a risky strategy to change a winning side, any concerns were dispelled in the 10th minute when City took the lead.
In similar fashion to his goal at Newcastle, Mahrez ran across the field before clipping a precise 20 yarder beyond the reach of Forster and just inside the right hand post.
After an even start City were well on top once they had taken the lead, making light of the horrible conditions. In the 20th minute Vardy and Okazaki linked well, the latter producing a long range shot that had to be tipped round the post by Forster at full stretch.
With Okazaki and Vardy again combining, Chilwell was set up for a shot that was blocked as far as Okazaki, whose shot was cleared off the line by Lemina.
The Saints first chance came on the half-hour when Austin hit a well struck shot from the edge of the area, but it was too close to Schmeichel, who parried it over the bar.
From the resulting corner City broke upfield, Mahrez crossed from the left and Vardy tested Forster with a near post effort, but the rebound was cleared by Yoshida as Okazaki closed in on the loose ball.
In the 32nd minute the scoreline better reflected the game as City doubled their lead. A Mahrez corner from the right went long to Fuchs, lurking on the edge of the area. His fierce shot pinballed off defender and goalkeeper, falling for Okazaki to stab home from five yards.
Six minutes later City went further ahead. A Mahrez free kick into the area was chested down by Maguire, who turned neatly before sending a low shot across the goalmouth.
No one got a touch to it and King was left with a simple tap-in at the far post, as loud boos began to ring around St Marys.

City continued to press forward in the second half and, after a foul on Okazaki, Mahrez lined up a 25 yard free-kick that Forster did well to tip away from the bottom right hand corner.
But then, on the hour, Southampton enjoyed their best spell of the game. A Bertrand free-kick was tipped over by Schmeichel, but from the resulting corner Yoshida directed a header across goal, the ball evading a melee of blue and red shirts in the goalmouth before finding the net.
The home fans finally had something to cheer and Saints went close to pulling another goal back when they hit City on the break and Schmeichel pulled off a fine block to deny Austin from point blank range.
But any hint of a Southampton revival was snuffed out when City got a fourth in the 69th minute. A wayward crossfield pass from Cedric picked out Mahrez, who fed Vardy down the right. He delivered a superb cross round his marker and the irrepressible Okazaki met it with a fine near post finish.
The result was now beyond doubt, and as Southampton fans flooded through the exits, Puel withrdew Vardy and Mahrez from the fray, bringing on Albrighton and Gray.
The game petered out with the remaining Saints fans wondering how Puel’s Leicester had scored more goals in this game than Puel’s Southampton did in their last seven home games.

Puel wasn’t crowing about his triumphant return to the club that sacked him: “My team is the most important thing. I am proud of my players because we gave a fantastic game. If we have the ability to maintain the good results with changes it will be good for the future. It is still the first part of the season and the Premier League is difficult every week. All is not perfect, we still need to correct things and make progress.”

Southampton: Forster, Soares, van Dijk, Yoshida, Bertrand, Romeu (Gabbiadini 45), Lemina, Tadic (Ward-Prowse 83), Davis, Boufal (Redmond 62), Austin. 
Substitutes: Stephens, Long, McCarthy, Højbjerg.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Maguire, Morgan, Fuchs, Ndidi, King, Mahrez (Albrighton 72), Okazaki, Chilwell (Ulloa 83), Vardy (Gray 72).
Substitutes: Hamer, Dragovic, Amartey, Iborra.
Referee: C Kavanagh. Attendance: 27,714.

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