New Leicester boss Claude Puel made a winning start to his reign as his side beat Everton 2-0 at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.
Leicester City 2 Everton 0
Foxes make a strong start
Vardy opens scoring on counter
Kenny slices in Gray cross
Toffees remain in relegation zone
Demarai Gray played a starring role for the Foxes, who took the lead through Jamie Vardy in the 18th minute from a counter started by the winger, before Jonjoe Kenny put the ball past his own keeper 12 minutes later to seal the win.
The hosts were quickly out of the blocks and threatened after just three minutes when Gray drilled a low shot wide of the left post from 25 yards out, after being played into space by Wilfred Ndidi.
Wes Morgan was presented with a chance five minutes later from a corner that was flicked on by Vicente Iborra, but the defender lashed over at the back post.
Gray was looking sharp for the Foxes and after he set up Ben Chilwell with a cross from the right that was blazed over from inside the box, the youngster ran half the field before releasing Riyad Mahrez on the right and his low cross was turned in by Vardy at the far post on 18 minutes.
Vardy then looked to return the favour four minutes later when he crossed for Mahrez, who forced Jordan Pickford into a low save with his shot on the turn from 14 yards out.
The visitors’ best chance of the half arrived on 25 minutes as Rooney played in Aaron Lennon with a delightful through-ball, but the winger opted to pass rather than shoot and Dominic Calvert-Lewin couldn’t react quickly enough.
Gray had a hand in the second goal as well, which was credited to the winger, whose cross from the left was sliced into his own net by Kenny on the half-hour mark.
Kevin Mirallas went close at the other end five minutes later with a curling effort from 22 yards out that went just wide of the right post, before Kasper
Schmeichel had to tip another long-range shot from the Belgian around the left post soon afterwards.
Space opened up for Phil Jagielka in the final minute of the first half, but the defender dragged his shot well wide of the left post.
Everton caretaker boss David Unsworth made two changes at the break, handing a Premier League debut to teenager Beni Baningime, as the Merseysiders looked for a way back into the contest.
Idrissa Gueye saw a long-range effort deflected over off Harry Maguire on 59 minutes, while Jagielka went for the spectacular six minutes later with an overhead-kick that was easily gathered by Schmeichel.
The Foxes were happy to hit them on the counter, but Iborra was unable to get the ball out from under his feet inside the area when a chance did arrive from one such breakaway in the closing stages.
Leighton Baines almost pulled one back at the death with a volley from 20 yards out that dipped just over the crossbar with Schmeichel at full stretch.