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Rodgers denied his first point with late lapse at Watford

Watford 2:1 Leicester City 

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Brendan Rodgers got off to a losing start at Vicarage Road on Sunday, with City conceding a late goal in a 2-1 defeat…

Rodgers made the change that many thought was more suited to the players, with Morgan in for Gray and a three man defence.
But it wasn’t an immediate success as the home side went for City from the start.
Morgan went over as he attempted to clear a free-kick but Mariappa’s shot from close in was blocked by Schmeichel and then Morgan threw himself in front of Deulofeu’s follow up shot.
Watford went ahead in the 5th minute from another free kick, a devilish delivery from Deulofeu saw Deeney, from an offside position, apply a slight touch to send the ball past Schmeichel.
City took a while to recover from this early blow and didn’t show anything up front until Barnes got in down the left, but his cutback was snuffed out by Watford’s defence.
In the 14th minute a free-kick from Maddison was flighted towards the run of Vardy, but Foster was alert to the danger and they crashed into each other, both requiring a spell of treatment.
City now had most of the possession, with Watford happy to sit on their lead.
Ricardo cut in and delivered a ball to Chilwell but his low shot was turned wide by Barnes.
The game settled into something of a stalemate and chances were rare. Deulofeu fired in a shot that didn’t test Schmeichel, before there were penalty appeals for a ball that hit Mariappa on the arm from behind.
Mariappa then nodded away a corner which Tielemans met on the volley. It may have been an attempted shot but turned into a perfect ball out to Maddison, but his cross was cleared by the busy Mariappa.
It had been a disappointing half that hadn’t seen Foster forced into any meaningful action.

The second half carried on in the same vein, with City retaining possession, but unable to penetrate a well-drilled Watford defence. Barnes had a shot blocked and Ndidi then sent a low long-range effort straight at Foster.
Chilwell then swung a cross over that Maguire hoofed into the stand.
A Watford break then saw Deeney and Schmeichel involved in a race. The City keeper got there first, but Deeney earned a yellow card for catching him on the foot.
Rodgers made his first change in the 66th minuite bringing Gray on for Barnes and City began to look more of a threat.
Maddison, looking improved from recent performances, set up Gray for a shot that was blocked, and then Ndidi sent a cross onto the bar.
City then levelled int he 75th minute. As City broke forward Tielemans threaded a perfect ball through to Vardy who outpaced Mariappa before steering a clever shot past Foster.
City looked the more likely winners at this stage, but then Rodgers was forced into a couple of changes, with Vardy going off injured, replaced by Iheanacho, and Tielemans, still not up to 90 minutes of Premier League football, making way for Mendy.
With five minues remaining Gray sent a ball forward, Iheanacho’s first touch was poor, but he got a lucky bounce. With Maddison breaking to his left the right ball would have sent him through, but Iheanacho couldn’t deliver it.
Morgan then sent a header wide after good work from Evans, and it looked as though the points would be shared.
But poor game management cost City a point in the second minute of time-added-on.
Schmeichel delivered a clearance straight to the head of Docoure, who nodded it forward Deeney, who produced a fine hooked pass to Gray, and his run between Morgan and Maguire was capped with a cool finish past Schmeichel.
Watford resisted a late series of City corners to claim the three points and Brendan Rodgers had plenty of food for thought.

“I have a fantastic group of players who are very keen and have a great spirit and they really want to learn. I said to them despite the result they have had a really good week of training and they have taken on board what items we spoke about. We know we need to improve and there are lots of areas we need to get better in, but there is plenty of potential there. This is the second youngest team in the Premier League and there is growth there and we have another weeks work then and then look forward to our first home game.”

Watford: Foster, Janmaat, Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas, Doucouré, Capoue,
Hughes (Cleverley 90), Pereyra, Deulofeu (Gray 69), Deeney. 
Substitutes: Gomes, Success, Masina, Quina, Kabasele.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Evans, Morgan, Maguire, Ricardo, Tielemans (Mendy 82), Ndidi, Chilwell, Maddison, Barnes (Gray 66), Vardy (Iheanacho 83).
Substitutes: Söyüncü, Ward, Fuchs, Ghezzal.

Referee: Jonathan Moss. Attendance: 20,062.

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Leicester ease to victory as Hornets lack sting

Leicester City 2:0 Watford

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City ended up comfortable 2-0 winners at the King Power Stadium, with Watford unable to convert their chances…

Claude Puel made two changes from the last Premier League outing with Ndidi and Vardy in for Iborra and Okazaki.
Before the game the Watford fans held up a large Vichai tribute banner, which led to Top instructing the catering staff that all their food and drink was to be free of charge at half time.
There was an end-to-end start to the game with both sides threatening on the break, but it was City who drew first blood in the 12th minute.
Vardy chased a through ball from Chilwell into the area and Foster clipped him without touching the ball. Although it was canny by Vardy, it was a clear penalty and he sent Foster the wrong way with his spot-kick.

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City doubled their lead in the 23rd minute with a classic breakaway goal that could have come from 2015-16. As a Watford attack broke down Maddison fed Vardy, who sent Albrighton down the right. He provided an inch perfect cross to Maddison who flicked the ball past his marker and then took another touch before volleying home from 12 yards. It was an early contender for Goal of the Season and put City in the driving seat.

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Ricardo then wriggled past his marker on the right and skimmed the crossbar with a shot from close in.
Watford, however, continued to look dangerous. Success went on a strong run down the middle, with defenders bouncing off him, but he sent his shot well over the bar.
The visitors dominated play up to the break, but Deulofeu sent a free-kick from a dangerous position sailing into the Kop and City took their two goal lead down the tunnel at half time.

City had broken up their usual passing game with the occasional long ball to Vardy, and Albrighton almost sent him through in the 47th minute. As he tried to race clear of Cathcart he got a slight tug on the arm that held him up long enough for Watford to snuff out the danger.
Watford continued to threaten and Ricardo got a head to a Deulofeu cross that forced a save from Schmeichel. Pereyra then sent a low shot across goal that went inches wide of the far post.
City almost sealed the game in the 58th minute when Ricardo and Gray combined well down the right before Gray’s shot rattled the woodwork.
The Hornets continued to create, and miss, chances. A Holebas cross found Gray unmarked in the middle but he sent his header woefully wide.
With twenty minutes remaining, and Watford pressing hard, Puel restructured the defence bringing on Söyüncü for Gray playing three across the back.
Soon after this he replaced Vardy with Iheanacho.
Doucoure and Gray both missed the target for Watford before Morgan denied Chalobah with a great block. Morgan then produced a clearance to thwart substitute Deeney with time running out for Watford.
In the 90th minute the visitors were reduced to ten men when Capoue was shown a straight red for a studs up challenge on Iheanacho. Replays showed this to be rather harsh in what looked like a 50-50 challenge for the ball.

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This finished off Watford, who had been the better side in the second half but couldn’t convert their chances. City had taken theirs and Claude Puel was pleased with his scorers: “Jamie was at the beginning of the moves, he was available, strong, he fought a lot for the team and when he plays like this, he gives a fantastic support for his team-mates and he can make the difference. When Jamie played with this feeling, he is a fantastic player. It was a great goal from Maddison with a fantastic counter-attack with quality. The finish was amazing and he is a talent.”

City’s sixth win of the season saw them end the day in 8th place.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Evans (Iborra 84), Chilwell, Mendy, Ndidi, Gray (Söyüncü 69), Maddison, Albrighton, Vardy, (Iheanacho 72). 
Substitutes: Ward, Okazaki, Diabaté, Fuchs.
Watford: Foster, Femenía, Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas, Doucouré, Capoue,
Hughes (Chalobah 76), Pereyra (Deeney 55), Deulofeu (Gray 55), Success.
Substitutes: Gomes, Masina, Sema, Kabasele.

Referee: 
Graham Scott. Attendance: 31,353.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.
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Win over Watford moves Leicester up to 7th place

Leicester City 2:0 Watford

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Goals from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez earned a 2-0 win for City against Watford at the KPS on Saturday…

Claude Puel reverted to the line-up that started at Chelsea, with new signing Diabaté getting a place on the bench.
Before the kick-off there was a minute’s applause in honour of the recently departed Cyrille Regis, as well as City players Rodney Fern and Gordon Wills.

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Watford pressed forward early on and gained a couple of corners, but the spell of pressure ended with a Carrillo shot that was way off target.
City should have gone ahead in the 6th minute, when a long ball forward from Okazaki saw Vardy bearing down on goal, but after he cut inside the defender his shot was too close to Hornet’s keeper Karnezis.
City had another chance a minute later, when Mahrez delivered a free-kick to the far post, and Maguire nodded it back for Ndidi in the six yard box, but his shot was blocked at point-blank range.
Doucoure sent a shot straight at Schmeichel, and then the City keeper ordered no wall for a 35 yard free-kick, but it was struck too tamely to trouble him.
Real chances were rare at this stage of the game, but Deeney had the ball in the net in the 36th minute. The offside flag halted the celebration, but it was a very tight decision.
Instead, it was City who took a 38th minute lead.
Vardy was racing across the penalty area when Wague brought him crashing down for an obvious penalty. His blast down the middle having been sussed out earlier in the season, Vardy placed this one nicely into the bottom right hand corner, sending Karnezis the wrong way.

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Half-time saw no changes and City had a decent chance five minutes into the second half. Vardy raced down the left and picked out Okazaki in the middle, but his first time shot went straight at Karnezis.
Two minutes later Mahrez swung a corner over to the far post, but Ndidi headed it well wide, and then Vardy got a shove in the back when chasing a ball into the area, but didn’t go over.
City were well on top now and the Watford defence scrambled a Chilwell cross away with Vardy lurking at the far post.
Claude Puel made his first change in the 65th minute, bringing Gray on for Okazaki.
In the 70th minute there were loud appeals for a penalty when Doucouré appeared to trip Mahrez from behind in the area, but Lee Probert waved play-on.
Moments later Mahrez played Vardy through, but the flag was raised for offside as he struck the post. Another very tight decision.
City had a scare in the 75th minute when Gray bore down on goal and shot from close-in, but Maguire had raced back to block his shot. The big defender had been excellent all afternoon.

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In the final ten minutes of the game City continued to press for a second goal, rather than protect the lead, but they struggled to find a way through.
Vardy came off for Silva in the 89th minute and he would claim an injury time assist as City put the seal on their victory.  Silva played Mahrez in down the left and he accelerated around his marker before producing a slide-rule finish that went across Karnezis and just inside the far post.

The three points, and Burnley’s defeat against Manchester United, saw City up to 7th place in the Premier League.

Claude Puel commented: “First half there was not enough quality for us with passes, the rhythm of game was not important. In the second half, with good play, good space, we played well. With scoring another goal, we needed to be more clinical, we had a lot of chances. Until the last goal it was difficult to play against this team, congratulations to them because it’s a tough game and a difficult team to play.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Amartey, Dragovic, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, Ndidi, James, Albrighton, Okazaki (Gray 65), Vardy (Silva 89).
Substitutes: Iheanacho, Hamer, Fuchs, Benalouane, Diabaté.
Watford: Karnezis, Janmaat (Okaka 81), Wagué (Prödl 61), Kabasele, Zeegelaar, Watson, Doucouré, Carrillo, Pereyra (Gray 60), Richarlison, Deeney. Substitutes: Mariappa, Sinclair, Capoue, Bachmann.

Referee: 
L Probert. Attendance: 31,891.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Leicester undone by set-pieces at Watford

Watford 2:1 Leicester City

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City’s problems in defending set-pieces led to defeat against Watford at Vicarage Road on Boxing Day….

Claude Puel made four changes to his side, with Chilwell, King and Okazaki in for Fuchs,  Iborra and Gray, while Dragovic was handed a full Premier League debut in place of the injured Simpson.
For most of the first half this line-up had the measure of a Watford side who had lost their last four games. But it was a scrappy and physical game that saw Maguire, Watson and Kabasele all booked within the first 12 minutes.
The first chance to emerge from the midfield morass arrived in the 17th minute when Chilwell delivered a cross from the right, Okazaki rose above his marker to nod an on-target effort, but Gomes reacted well to tip it over the bar.
In the 19th minute Albrighton injured himself in committing a foul, but was able to continue with a bandaged head. Five minutes later he played a fine through ball to send Vardy in on goal, but the England striker sent his shot wide of the left hand post with only Gomes to beat.
Albrighton was then the architect of City’s goal when they took a 37th minute lead, twisting and turning down the left to get room for a cross which saw Mahrez ghosting in at the far post to head home.
This finally prodded Watford into life and they should have equalised two minutes later but, having rounded Schmeichel, Richarlison sent his shot into the side-netting.
However, the Hornets went in level at the break, as City failed to defend a corner.
Cleverley’s flag-kick from the left saw a scramble 8 yards out and the ball fell for former City-loanee Wagué, completely unmarked at the far post, and he had the easy task of slotting the ball home.
In time-added-on Watford almost snatched the lead, but a good move ended with Richarlison smacking his shot against the post.

Watford’s improvement continued into the second half, and City were restricted to counter attacks, with the final ball lacking.
The decisive moment of the game arrived in the 65th minute. A Cleverley free-kick from the right sailed beyond the far post, where Doucouré stretched to make contact on the touchline. The ball was heading across goal, but Schmeichel’s touch sent it over the line.
Claude Puel brought Slimani and Gray on for Okazaki and Dragovic in the 73rd minute.
When this didn’t improve matters he threw another striker on, Ulloa for King with six minutes to go.
City finally applied some proper pressure, but Gomes pulled off a couple of fine saves. From a Mahrez corner the ball sat up for Morgan six yards out, but his shot was blocked at point blank range by the Watford keeper. Moments later, following another corner, he got down well to tip an Ulloa header away.
That was City’s last throw of the dice, and familiar failings – now 13 goals of 30 conceded from set-pieces – had cost them again.
Another stat showed City’s miserable run of Boxing Day games – one win the the last 12 at this level.

Claude Puel commented: “We need to correct this. We need good attention and have to focus on second balls and mark well. When you lose a game like this, it’s a big frustration.”

 Watford: Gomes, Janmaat, Wagué, Kabasele, Zeegelaar, Cleverley, Watson (Prödl 87), Doucouré, Carrillo (Sinclair 90), Richarlison, Pereyra (Okaka 44).
Substitutes: Gray, Holebas, CapoueBachmann.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Dragovic (Gray 73), Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, King (Ulloa 84), Mahrez, Okazaki (Slimani 73), Albrighton, Vardy.
Substitutes: Hamer, James, Fuchs, Benalouane.

Referee: C Kavanagh. Attendance: 20,308.

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Leicester defeat Watford and climb into top half

Leicester City 3:0 Watford

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A fairly comfortable 3-0 win at home to Watford on Saturday saw City moving up to 9th place in the Premier League…

Craig Shakespeare named an unchanged starting XI as City went in search of the points that would secure survival, and put them on course for a top half finish.
In a cagey start, City’s first chance came in the 7th minute when an Albrighton corner was cleared to Drinkwater on the edge of the area, but his shot went high and wide.
At the other end Cleverley had a shot on goal, but it sailed well wide of the target.
City came close in the 19th minute when Mariappa slid in to prevent a Mahrez cross from reaching Vardy and sent the ball against the right hand post.
The huge figure of Okaka was causing problems with his physical presence and he forced a good near post block from Schmeichel.
The City keeper was soon in action again as Watford carved out another chance, this time he got his fingertips to a well-struck Cleverley shot.
But it was City who took a 38th minute lead from an inventive corner kick routine.
Albrighton sent his flag kick short to Drinkwater who had some space in the area. He clipped a cross over which was only half cleared by the Watford defence and Ndidi lashed it into the net from ten yards.

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Four minutes later Mahrez almost doubled City’s lead when his shot deflected off Cleverley, but landed on top of the bar.
And City took their 1-0 lead in at the break.

City had a chance early in the second half when Okazaki sent Vardy in down the right inside channel, but his low shot was well saved by Gomes.
As Watford tried to find a way back into the game Okaka got his head to an Amrabat cross but Benalouane did just enough to put him off and send his effort over.
City doubled their lead in the 58th minute with an audacious effort from Mahrez.
Marriappa made a hash of a clearance on the left and Mahrez nipped ahead of him, bore down on goal and toe-poked the ball through Gomes’s legs at the near post.

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Craig Shakespeare made a couple of changes, bringing on Slimani for Okazai, and then King for Drinkwater, while the dropped Deeney came on for Watford.
In the 68th minute Vardy went clear for another chance, but Gomes denied him again.
Great work from Albrighton then sent Mahrez down the right and his cross picked out Slimani who fired his 20 yarder over the bar.
Watford were still desperately seeking a goal, but Cleverley’s dipping 25 yarder was tipped over at full stretch by Schmeichel.
Zuniga also launched a long range effort over the bar as Watford had a decent late spell, but City struck again in time added on.
As City attacked on the break, Vardy cut in from the left and picked out Albrighton’s late run perfectly, the winger lashed the ball in via the right hand post to cap a Man of the Match performance.

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Although Watford had created a few good chances, the scoreline reflected City’s dominance and clinical finishing and took them into ninth place.

Craig Shakespeare summed up: “It’s one we can look at now, the whole club, and be very pleased we have managed to secure Premier League survival. The result was always going to be important. There hasn’t been any points target and we just want to finish as high as possible.” 

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Benalouane, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez (Gray 78), Drinkwater (King 67), Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki (Slimani 63), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Chilwell, Musa, Amartey, Zieler.
Watford: Gomes, Kabasele (Zuniga 72), Prodl, Mariappa, Amrabat, Cleverley, Doucoure, Capoue (Deeney 67), Janmaat, Okaka, Niang (Pereira 83). Subs Not Used: Success, Behrami, Pantilimon, Eleftheriou.
Referee: R East. Attendance: 31,628. 

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber 

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Leicester feel Hornets sting

Watford 2:1 Leicester City

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City’s poor run continued at Vicarage Road, where Watford were 2-0 up by the 12th minute on Saturday afternoon…

Claudio Ranieri brought Vardy, Amartey and Albrighton back into a starting line-up that looked like last season’s title winners, minus Schmeichel and Kante.
But the team sheet was where the similarity ended,  as City found themselves a goal down after 32 seconds. Pereyra crossed from the left, Deeney nodded on with a delicate header into the path of Capoue, who sent his first time effort into the turf and up beyond Zieler’s reach.
If this stunned the Champions, worse was to come in the 12th minute when the hosts went further ahead. Pereyra cut in from the left, stepped round Drinkwater and curled a sublime shot into the top right hand corner.

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This stung City into a reaction and they were awarded a penalty after a quarter of an hour.
Britos bundled Vardy over with a clumsy challenge and Mahrez halved the deficit from 12 yards.
The rest of the half was a complete scrap, with neither side able to string three passes together and some niggly challenges. Chances were few and far between, with a Huth header over the bar being City’s closest effort.
City still trailed at the break, but had been the better side in the later stages of the half.

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The second half was equally scrappy, as City pursued an equaliser and Watford, on the back of a 6-1 defeat at Anfield, were grimly determined to hang on to the win.
Pereyra had the goal at his mercy with a close range header, but sent it too close to Zieler who pulled off a good save to keep City in the game.
As the clock ticked down, City attacked down the flanks through Mahrez and then Gray, but they lacked the aerial presence in the middle and several crosses were headed clear or easily caught by Gomes.
Schlupp was also brought on and delivered two decent cut-backs from the left, but fellow-sub Musa failed to take advantage when well placed.
Referee Neil Swarbrick didn’t help City’s cause. A free-kick was awarded against Huth for getting his head to a cross, and Vardy was also penalised after a race to a loose ball ended with a 50-50 challenge  between him and Gomes.

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Several shots from the edge of the area were blocked by a yellow wall and there were loud appeals for handball from the away section on three occasions, though all of them were for hard shots from close-range.
Watford survived a frantic late spell, though Gomes didn’t have a shot to save, and City paid for their slow start with another defeat.

Claudio Ranieri remained positive: “Watford scored two fantastic goals and then we did a very fantastic reaction, Gomes didn’t make any saves but I think until the end we had a chance to score a goal because the team was alive. But against us today there was a big wall to stop all our shots at goal. We lost the match but the spirit is high. I’m proud of them.”

Despite the Premier League struggles, City could qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League on Tuesday night, and Ranieri needs to keep the mood buoyant.

Watford: Gomes, Britos, Kaboul, Prodl, Amrabat (Guedioura 86), Deeney (Okaka 90), Behrami, Zuniga, Janmaat, Capoue, Pereyra. Subs Not Used: Pantilimon, Mariappa, Sinclair, Watson, Ighalo. 
Leicester: Zieler, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs (Schlupp 68), Drinkwater, Amartey, Mahrez, Albrighton (Musa 78), Okazaki (Gray 68), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Hamer, Hernández, Wasilewski, King. 
Referee: N Swarbrick. Attendance: 20,640. 
PHOTOS: Simon Kimber. 

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Leicester go five points clear with win at Watford

Watford 0:1 Leicester City

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A sublime Mahrez moment saw City go five points clear at the top of the Premier League table with a 1-0 win at Vicarage Road…

Claudio Ranieri made one change to his side with Kanté returning from injury earlier than expected and King making way.
With Spurs and Arsenal drawing in the lunchtime kick-off, City had a chance to put some distance between themselves and the chasing pack and they started the game with some intent.
From a quickly taken corner from the right, the ball made its way through to Fuchs on the edge of the area. The Austrian’s well-struck shot was saved by Gomes and Ake got to the rebound just before the onrushing Okazaki.
At the other end Ake rose above Morgan to get his head to a free-kick, but it brushed the top of the crossbar.
In a fast and furious midfield battle chances didn’t come too often. Vardy managed to break through down the left, but his early shot flew harmlessly across the face of goal.
Mahrez and Vardy combined well on the break in the 22nd minute, but Vardy sent his stabbed effort just wide of the right hand post.
The Hornets’ best move of the half came five minutes later but as the ball arrived in the area Amrabat had his shot blocked by Morgan and then Deeney’s follow-up deflected off Simpson and straight into Schmeichel’s grasp.
Morgan was involved in the final two chances of the half: heading a Simpson cross straight at Gomes; and then leaving a header back to Schmeichel a little short so the City keeper had to race out to beat Deeney to the ball.
The whistle ended a strange half that had seen a relentless battle for possession on a slippery surface, with neither keeper being over-employed.

Claudio Ranieri made two changes at the break, with Schlupp and King on for Albrighton and Okazaki.
Although Watford had the first chance of the half, when Saurez broke through the middle and fired off a shot that was deflected towards Scmeichel, it was City who broke the deadlock in the 56th minute.

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It was another Mahrez moment to add to the collection.
A big, swinging cross from the left from Fuchs was headed clear only as far Mahrez, who took a touch to improve his angle before finding the top left hand corner with a sweet shot.
The away section went mad, as the players went over to celebrate with them.
With the Leicester fans roaring “We shall not be moved!”, Huth then forced a save from Gomes after getting his head t0 a Kanté cross from the right.
Vardy then broke down the left but his shot was blocked on the line with a cool backheel from Ake.
Amrabat nipped ahead of Fuchs in the area, but his shot on the turn went straight at Schmeichel, though City were looking more in control of the game in this half.
Mahrez ducked round three defenders before curling in a shot that was placed too close to Gomes; and then Huth sent a header from a Fuchs free kick narrowly wide.
Although they couldn’t find a second goal, City were comfortable as they saw the game out, the only anxious moment coming when Mahrez suddenly pulled up mid-run, but this turned out to be cramp, rather than a hamstring.
He was replaced by Amartey with five minutes to go, and the late substitute produced a fine square ball for Schlupp, who blasted his shot wide of the left hand post.
With seconds to go, a Watford free-kick brought back memories of the Emirates, but Watson sent it sailing out of play.

The final whistle ended the latest chapter of City incredible 2015-16 story, as they went five points clear with 9 games remaining.
If the press boys were getting carried away, asking Claidio Ranieri if he was looking forward to the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid coming to the KPS next season, our manager was keeping his feet on the ground: “Yes, why not? But I imagine Newcastle now.”
Whatever happens next weekend, City will still be top by the time they face Newcastle on Monday…

Watford: Gomes, Nyom (Anya 81), Britos, Suarez (Abdi 64), Prodl, Deeney, Amrabat, Ake, Watson, Ighalo, Capoue (Oulare 87). Subs Not Used: Pantilimon, Behrami, Guedioura, Holebas.
Leicester: Schmeichel; Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs; Mahrez (Amartey 85), Drinkwater, Kanté, Albrighton (King 46); Okazaki (Schlupp 46), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Gray, Ulloa, Wasilewski, Schwarzer.

Referee: J Moss. Attendance: 20,884.

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