Match report: Leicester City 2-0 Stoke City

By Sam Coleman

Leicester City continued their resurgence under Craig Shakespeare, making it four wins in their last four games after breezing past Stoke at the King Power in a comprehensive 2-0 victory.

Screamers from Ndidi and Vardy meant that Vardy now has four in four and a new Premier League record is set as Shakespeare is the only manager to win his first four games in charge.

Stoke were poor throughout the game, causing minimal problems for Leicester’s defence and Kasper Schmeichel as The Foxes dominated for 90 minutes.

Fireworks pre game to celebrate the chairman’s birthday started off proceedings, igniting the crowd in the King Power.

It was a dull start to the game as you might expect between these two sides, with Leicester and Stoke’s top scorers having only 13 goals between them.

A sensational strike from Leicester’s Wilfred Ndidi from distance on the 25 minute mark sparked the game into life, Lee Grant was left helpless as the ball sailed past him into the top left corner.

Demarai Gray, in for the sick Mark Albrighton continued his fine form, causing real problems for Stoke’s defence on the left. His pace and trickery proved too much for Shawcross and Whelan as they were booked for cynical fouls on the u21 international.

Three minutes into the second half Leicester’s talisman and top goal scorer this season Jamie Vardy found himself on the end of a Danny Simpson cross, stroking it home on the volley with a touch of class.

As Stoke started to find their feet in the game after bringing on the likes of Adam and Crouch Leicester soaked up the pressure, and as they so often do broke dangerously forcing numerous good saves from Grant.

The game had the distinctive feel of the Leicester of last season, a certain swagger from the likes of Mahrez, Gray and Vardy made Stoke look incredibly inferior.

A late missed sitter from Peter Crouch and Arnautovic’s 9th yellow card of the season summed up Stoke’s day, the 6ft6 man somehow managed to head wide from six yards.

A performance to forget for Mark Hughes’ men.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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