Match Report: Leicester City 2-0 Stoke City

By Luke Hawker

Leicester City stretched their winning run to four games under manager Craig Shakespeare with a convincing 2-0 victory over Stoke City, with goals from Wilfred Ndidi and Jamie Vardy.

Leicester City opened the scoring in the 25th minute following a stunning 25-yard strike from Wilfred Ndidi, his first Premier League goal came from a square pass from Danny Simpson into the path of the oncoming Ndidi, who took one touch and slammed the ball into the top right-hand corner, with no chance for Lee Grant in goal.

The Foxes went 2-0 up just minutes into the second period, that man Danny Simpson the provider again, his curling cross from midway into the Stoke half, was sweetly met by the right-foot of Vardy to score his 9th Premier League goal of the season.

The win means boss Shakespeare has made a piece of history, become the first British manager to win his first four league games in charge, he joins great company along with Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti.

Demarai Gray handed his first start under Craig Shakespeare, replacing the unwell Marc Albrighton, was a threat all afternoon, he caused all sorts of problems for the Stoke back four, Ryan Shawcross received yellow for a heavy challenge on Gray, followed by Glenn Whelan who cynically took down the England under-21 international in the opening half.

Mahrez so nearly made it three just past the hour mark, following a scintillating counter-attack, reminiscent of last season, however the Algerian could not convert Vardy’s low cross.

Stoke City were never really in the game, their chances were limited due to the resilient Leicester defence, the visitors best chance fell to substitute Peter Crouch in the 2nd half, who got on the end of a cross from Mame Biram Diouf but headed over.

A concern for manager Mark Hughes is stoke have now failed to score in their last 4 league outings.

Leicester have now won three successive home games in the Premier League for the first time since February 2016 and move up to 14th in the League table.

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