Leicester Slays Stoke

Leicester City defeated Stoke City 3-0 at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, taking the top spot in the English Premier League.  Stoke kicked off but neither team was able to find its rhythm in the opening stages, with play idling in the midfield, no one really rushing to utilise the ball.  Just shy of 20 minutes in was when a fire began to spark, with Leicester being the first to poke a stick by creating some opportunity at goal. 

The away side appeared to have forgotten what to do, as they simply dawdled up and down the pitch apathetically, with their rivals looking brighter with each counterattack.  Danny Drinkwater was able to capitalise in the 42nd minute, giving the hosts a 1-0 lead after he drilled the ball hard and low into the bottom corner of the net, following a corner kick.  The score at half-time stood at 1-0.

The Foxes started the second half, continuing the pressure and momentum from the first 45, but were unable to find a way through despite seeing the majority of the ball.  Claudio Ranieri’s men managed to push themselves even further into the lead in the 65th minute, after Jamie Vardy was one-on-one with Jack Butland, drawing him right out of the box, and rolling the ball into the net. 

Mark Hughes’ lads made some movement up the pitch, but without any strength or pace, which saw their opponents on the counterattack regularly.  The home side found a 3-0 lead in the 87th minute, after Butland was caught drifting away by Leonardo Ulloa, who poked the ball in from a short pass.  At the end of the final 90, Leicester found themselves at the top of the league following this 3-0 victory.