Riyad Mahrez magic inspires Leicester to second win in a row

Victory moves the Swans five points clear of the relegation zone while Leicester eased their problems further with a vital 3-1 win over Hull City, who stay second bottom.

Hull, who beat champions Leicester on the opening day of the season, took the lead when Sam Clucas bundled home after Kasper Schmeichel could only parry Kamil Grosicki's cross in the 14th minute.

Leicester soon equalised through an unlikely source as Christians Fuchs exchanged passes with Jamie Vardy, who drove into the box before cutting back for the Austrian to score.

Mahrez was English soccer's player of the year last season, inspiring Leicester to an improbable title success by scoring 17 league goals, but he has struggled to replicate that form this season.

Hull's away record has been nothing but bad this campaign as they picked up only five points in 13 away games.

Nigerian Wilfred Ndidi was impressive in the 3-1 routing of Hull City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

He revealed: "I know what this squad is all about and my challenge to the players was to get back to back wins".

This is the fourth Premier League meeting between the teams, with both sides claiming one victory each in the three previous games (D1).

It means Liverpool are on course to concede over 50 goals for the fourth successive season, which has served to undermine their top-four challenge under Klopp and Brendan Rodgers. I've just reminded the lads we have 12 games left in the Premier League.

After that scare, Leicester managed to find their footing thanks to a stunning strike from Riyad Mahrez. "We told him to go out there and be himself".

"We spoke to the players before the game, they showed resilience and character".

Hull did however offer a brief sighter at goal as Grosicki struck a half-volley after a lay-off from Niasse, only for the shot to be deflected off target as the first 45 minutes drew to a close.

There was some more home relief just after the start of the second half as well when Harry Maguire really ought to have done better than head another clear chance straight at Schmeichel.

"They are a completely different team to two weeks ago", he said. All the German needed to do was smash it into the back of the net, but instead comically scuffed his shot, missing the ball completely. "We need to take care of ourselves".

  • Julie Sanders


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