Foxes outclass lacklustre Stoke

Leicester City bounced back to winning ways in emphatic fashion after cruising to a 3-0 victory over Stoke City at King Power Stadium on Saturday.

  • Leicester 3 Stoke 0
  • Drinkwater fires Foxes in front
  • Vardy doubles Leicester's lead
  • Substitute Ulloa notches hosts' third

Match summary

The hosts claimed the lead a few minutes prior to the half-time break thanks to Daniel Drinkwater, and doubled their advantage in the 66th minute as Jamie Vardy netted his 15th goal of the campign.

Leicester rubbed further salt in the wounds of the Potters in the final few minutes, substitute Leonardo Ulloa slotting home from close range.

Full report

The first half was a one-sided affair as Leicester dominated proccedings for much of the opening 45 minutes.

Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy saw early efforts on goal kept out by Jack Butland in the Stoke City goal, while Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kanté failed to hit the target as the first half wore on.

Okazaki had another good opportunity to break the deadlock in the 36th minute, but contrived to fire over the bar when well placed to score from the centre of the penalty area.

However, the Foxes got the breakthrough they were looking for in the 42nd minute when Drinkwater slotted a right-footed effort into the bottom-left corner from outside the box, following a well worked set-piece routine.

Having struggled to make an impact in the first half, Stoke again failed to grab the game by the scruff of the neck in the second stanza.

A rare Potters chance arrived on the hour mark, but Joselu's header from the centre of the box was saved by Kasper Schmeichel.

Stoke were made to rue that missed chance, however, as Jamie Vardy popped up in the 66th minute to slot home from a difficult angle after latching onto a through pass from Drinkwater.

Ibrahim Afellay very nearly reduced the deficit a few minutes later but his goal-bound effort was denied by Schmeichel.

Leicester renewed their efforts in the closing stages of the contest as they went in search of a third goal and got the breakthrough they were looking for in the 87th minute, Ulloa coverting from close range following Riyad Mahrez's pass into the danger area.