Craig Shakespeare: 'All credit to the players'

In the first half, we could have scored before them and they punished us for stupid individual mistakes.

But it was Ndidi that gave the Foxes the lead after 38 minutes.

The Hornets created few chances despite the introduction of Troy Deneey, Juan Zuniga and Roberto Pereyra late on and the Foxes sealed the rout through Marc Albrighton in stoppage time.

It was a comfortable exercise for Craig Shakespeare's men, who now look like serious contenders for a top-half finish having spent much of the season flirting with relegation. "There are still four remaining, we will try to play good football and get good results", Mazzarri said. The Italian has previously insisted he is preparing for next season and denied claims he was overworking his players by making them train for 12 days in a row.

"Watford will monitor defender Jose Holebas, who has a foot injury". This season, the entire Leicester team has failed to maintain last season's standard, but Schmeichel has been fairly consistent with his performances. He took his goal well and was a constant threat to the Hornets' makeshift defence. Subs: Troy Deeney (for Capoue): 6, Juan Zuniga (for Kabasele): 6, Dion Pereira (for Niang): 6.

18' - WOODWORK! Cleverley barges into Mahrez and Leicester have a free-kick 40 yards out. Huth makes a mess of a clearance, it falls to Okaka in the box whose volley at the near post is blocked by Schmeichel.

Leicester host Watford in the top flight on Saturday placed 11th in the table and 41 points behind Antonio Conte's champions elect.

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

But Leicester added their third in the dying seconds as Vardy scampered towards goal and squared for Albrighton to score off the base of the post.

With the win, Leicester move into ninth, although they face a tough task to stay there with matches against Manchester City and Tottenham to come in their last three games, while Watford are 14th but eight points above the drop and all but certain to stay up.

The Foxes have now given up the Premier League silverware they won in such stunning style a year ago with Chelsea on the brink of regaining the crown.

  • Julie Sanders