Published: Wed, April 05, 2017
Sport | By Desiree Waters

Leicester pile more misery on David Moyes and relegation-threatened Sunderland

Leicester pile more misery on David Moyes and relegation-threatened Sunderland

Leicester effortlessly turned the screw in the second half to win their sixth consecutive game under Craig Shakespeare.

Leicester City recorded their fifth successive victory since Claudio Ranieri's sacking, after claiming a 2-0 win over Sunderland.

Elsehwere, Watford put an end to their long-standing struggles in home matches with West Brom to move into the top half of the Premier League with a comfortable 2-0 victory at Vicarage Road.

Leicester started brightly with Shinji Okazaki firing just wide after some positive attacking play from Demarai Gray down the left flank.

Gray was once again off target for the last piece of action of a first 45 minutes that saw the visiting team ask questions of their in-form hosts.

Jermain Defoe looked sharp throughout as he sought his first goal for Sunderland since February, but when the England striker fails to find the net his side lack an alternative threat and they are now without a goal in six matches.

Despite forcing six first-half corners and a number of promising free-kicks, the visitors failed to turn their dominance into goals, while at the other end Pickford had to make a fingertip save to deny Gray a spectacular goal on the cusp of half-time.

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Algeria global Islam Slimani broke the deadlock in the 69th minute, before Vardy doubled the lead in the 78th minute.

Going into the game on the back of four consecutive league wins, Leicester's verve and flow in the opening stages harked back to their form during last season's title run-in, and Shinji Okazaki nearly put them ahead when he flicked Demarai Gray's cross just wide of Jordan Pickford's goal after three minutes.

The Swede then wasted a good chance to break the deadlock with a poorly hit 56th minute set-piece before firing a better volley into the arms of Schmeichel.

Albrighton picked up the ball on the left wing before turning inside and crossing towards the centre of the area where Slimani lay in wait before the Algerian ousted Lamine Kone in the air to head home. No ideas, no inspiration, and with survival now eight points distant, no hope.

He was replaced in the 82nd minute with Andy King.

A little more than a month ago the Black Cats were just two places and two points behind Leicester, but the Foxes now sit in 10th place and boast a 16-point advantage over Moyes's side, who look doomed for relegation to the Championship with only eight games of the season remaining.

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