Leicester enjoy home comforts once more to move into top 10

Carla Harmon
May 7, 2017

Leicester City interim manager Craig Shakespeare hails his players' performance as they move into the Premier League's top nine.

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare got "a thumbs up" from club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after his side's 3-0 win over Watford, but he does not take it as an indication about his long-term job prospects.

Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez, centre, scores his side's second goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match Leicester City against Watford at the King Power Stadium, Leicester, England, Saturday May 6, 2017.

The outgoing champions, who also hit the woodwork twice, moved up to ninth as Watford dropped to 15th following a fifth successive away defeat without scoring.

Early on, Albrighton raced onto a quick free-kick for Leicester and tried to engineer a shooting chance but was crowded out.

The lead was then doubled on 57 minutes when the Foxes took advantage of another Hornets error.

The upturn in form after the Italian's dismissal led to widespread criticism of Leicester's players, though Schmeichel insists they would never be able to "influence" the decisions of chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

It was more luck than judgement from the defender but he prevented a certain goal and Christian Kabasele was the next Hornet to avoid an own goal when Heurelho Gomes turned his header wide.

Watford found more space in attack as the first half went on and Schmeichel made good saves from Stefano Okaka and Cleverley. The midfielder cashed in after Etienne Capoue failed to clear Danny Drinkwater's chipped cross after Albrighton's short corner.

Mahrez nearly added a second moments later when he hit a shot that struck the heel of Cleverley and looped onto the crossbar.

The goalkeeper was in action soon after when he parried Cleverley's drive before Leicester broke the deadlock five minutes before the break.

49'- SO CLOSE! Okazaki threads the ball through to Vardy and his effort from outside the area is well parried by Gomes.

Leicester nearly took the lead in the 18th minute when Mahrez's quick free-kick allowed Jamie Vardy to cross low from the right and it was heading for Shinji Okazaki before Adrian Mariappa stuck out a leg and deflected the ball against his own post.

This post was syndicated from The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper.

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