New man­ager, new hope at Le­ices­ter

The Nation - - SPORT -

THE FU­TURE sud­denly looks much brighter for for­mer Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons Le­ices­ter City.

Jamie Vardy gave Claude Puel the per­fect start to his Le­ices­ter City reign as Le­ices­ter re­turned to their counter-at­tack­ing best and brushed aside man­ager­less Ever­ton 2-0.

De­spite a poor start to the sea­son that cost Craig Shake­speare his job, Le­ices­ter's third win of the cam­paign lifts them to the rel­a­tive safety of 11th in the ta­ble while Ever­ton, who parted com­pany with Ronald Koe­man last week, are mired in the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

The home side took the lead in the 18th minute when Riyad Mahrez crossed from the right for Vardy to shoot into the roof of the net.

The ram­pant hosts were 2-0 up 11 min­utes later when Jon­joe Kenny sliced Gray's ef­fort from the left into the far cor­ner of his own net past the help­less Jor­dan Pick­ford.

The away team en­joyed the bulk of the pos­ses­sion as the game wore on and Unsworth brought on Gylfi Sig­urds­son for Wayne Rooney with just over a quar­ter of an hour still to play, but it was Le­ices­ter who were again the more threat­en­ing side in the clos­ing stages.

Ear­lier, Brighton and Hove Al­bion re­cov­ered from con­ced­ing an early goal to draw 11 with Southamp­ton in a dull clash of south­coast ri­vals, a re­sult that leaves both clubs in mid-ta­ble.

Southamp­ton took the lead in the sev­enth minute when Steven Davis pounced af­ter a bril­liant free-kick from James Ward-Prowse came back off the wood­work.

Newly-pro­moted Brighton lev­elled shortly af­ter the break when Glenn Mur­ray headed in a Pas­cal Gross cross from the right at the back post.

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