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West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Leicester City

Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy has scored eight goals in 12 games for Leicester under Craig Shakespeare

Leicester City moved closer to Premier League survival as they beat West Brom at The Hawthorns to secure their first win in four Premier League games.

After a dull first 43 minutes, Leicester broke the deadlock when Shinji Okazaki intercepted Salomon Rondon's poor backpass and fed Jamie Vardy, who finished coolly past Ben Foster.

Vardy, who had just one shot on target all afternoon, almost turned provider in the second period but Okazaki failed to connect with his cross.

West Brom, who are attempting to reach a club-record Premier League points tally of 50, have failed to score in five consecutive games for the first time in their history, losing four of them.

A low-key first half was largely dominated by scraps in midfield, and Leicester's Danny Drinkwater was lucky to escape with only a yellow card after a reckless challenge on Nacer Chadli.

Claudio Yacob, following an earlier tackle on Vardy, was also booked, after elbowing Okazaki.

Vardy's first-time finish - his 13th league goal of the season - proved to be the match-winner, hauling the Foxes up to the 40-point mark.

The champions are now nine points clear of Swansea, who play Manchester United on Sunday, with four games remaining.

Mark Clattenburg
Referee Mark Clattenburg had a low-key game in his final Premier League outing before he leaves for Saudi Arabia

Pulis' 40-point curse

Tony Pulis' teams have won only six of the 43 Premier League games they have played after reaching 40 points, which is seen as the tally needed to guarantee safety.

Last season, West Brom reached the mark on 2 April, but added only three points from their final seven matches.

And history seems to be repeating itself for Pulis, formerly manager of Stoke City and Crystal Palace.

In the eight games since they reached 40 points this season - on 25 February - the Baggies have secured just four points.

Victory against Arsenal and a draw at Manchester United have been overshadowed by six defeats - and four in a row.

Their problem has been scoring goals - they have now gone 465 minutes without hitting the back of the net.

That leaves Pulis and his side with four games to find another six points and set a club record.

Craig Shakespeare
On 12 March, Craig Shakespeare was appointed Leicester manager until the end of the season

Man on a mission

Pulis' counterpart at Leicester, Craig Shakespeare, has taken 19 points from a possible 27 since the departure of Claudio Ranieri, who took only 14 from his last 20 matches in charge.

And Vardy's goalscoring form has seen a similar upturn in the same period.

The England striker has scored eight goals in 12 games under Shakespeare, as many as he netted in 32 appearances under Ranieri this season.

But, despite their improvement, the Foxes arrived at The Hawthorns without a win in their past five matches.

Vardy's goal ended that run - and ensured Shakespeare, a former Albion player and coach, had a happy return to The Hawthorns.

Man of the match - Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

Jamie Vardy
Vardy scored with Leicester's only shot on target

'Players haven't packed it in' - what the managers said

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West Brom did not deserve to lose - Pulis

West Brom manager Tony Pulis: "I don't think we deserved to lose.

"It was a poor goal we conceded, losing possession in the final third, and Vardy scores those goals all the time. You give him a chance and he scores.

"We had opportunities and we played some good football, with 16 efforts on goal. They've had one chance and Vardy stuck it away.

"We know where we are and what we're doing. The players are running around, it's not as if they've packed it in. We need a break.

"Everybody at this football club has given everything this year. They are a good group of players and they work really hard."

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'Gutsy' performance pleases Shakespeare

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare: "I am pleased with our performance.

"We had to show different aspects of it today - we had to defend. It was a gutsy performance.

"The fans have stuck behind us and I'm pleased they can reap the rewards tonight.

"It will be a difficult end to the season and we have to try and win every game we can.

"I want Jamie Vardy to finish on a high. He's scored quite a few of late and we need that to continue."

Leicester love The Hawthorns - stats you need to know

  • Leicester have won their past three Premier League away games against West Brom, their joint-longest away winning streak at a club in the competition (also vs Liverpool and Manchester City).
  • Vardy has now scored in all three of his Premier League appearances at The Hawthorns (three goals).
  • Pulis' side have lost three consecutive home league games for the first time in almost exactly a year - last doing so on 30 April 2016.
  • The Foxes have won 50% of their league games this season when both Vardy and Shinji Okazaki have started (7/14) compared to just 20% when they have not (4/20).

What's next?

West Brom travel to Burnley on 6 May (15:00 BST) before a tricky run of games in which they host Chelsea and visit Manchester City.

Leicester take on Watford at the King Power Stadium on 6 May before a similarly difficult run-in, in which they have to travel to Manchester City before welcoming title-chasers Tottenham.

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 1Foster
  • 25Dawson
  • 23McAuley
  • 6Evans
  • 2NyomSubstituted forMcCleanat 60'minutes
  • 8Livermore
  • 5YacobBooked at 22minsSubstituted forFletcherat 69'minutes
  • 11Brunt
  • 7MorrisonBooked at 66minsSubstituted forLekoat 79'minutes
  • 22Chadli
  • 9Rondón

Substitutes

  • 12M Wilson
  • 13Myhill
  • 14McClean
  • 24Fletcher
  • 34Harper
  • 45Leko
  • 47Field

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 17Simpson
  • 29BenalouaneBooked at 52mins
  • 6Huth
  • 28Fuchs
  • 26MahrezSubstituted forKingat 81'minutes
  • 4DrinkwaterBooked at 16mins
  • 25Ndidi
  • 11Albrighton
  • 20OkazakiSubstituted forUlloaat 67'minutes
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 3Chilwell
  • 10King
  • 13Amartey
  • 19Slimani
  • 21Zieler
  • 22Gray
  • 23Ulloa
Referee:
Mark Clattenburg
Attendance:
24,611

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home16
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Leicester City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Leicester City 1.

Attempt missed. James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gareth McAuley with a cross.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by James McClean.

Foul by Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion).

Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion).

Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McClean (West Bromwich Albion).

Danny Simpson (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.

Attempt missed. Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross.

Foul by Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion).

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Andy King replaces Riyad Mahrez.

Attempt missed. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

Jonny Evans (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City).

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Jonathan Leko replaces James Morrison.

Attempt saved. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Darren Fletcher replaces Claudio Yacob.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Claudio Yacob tries a through ball, but Salomón Rondón is caught offside.

Foul by Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion).

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Leonardo Ulloa replaces Shinji Okazaki.

Booking

James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion).

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Leicester City. Riyad Mahrez tries a through ball, but Christian Fuchs is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. James McClean replaces Nyom.

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater.

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

Jonny Evans (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Nacer Chadli with a cross.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Danny Simpson.

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea33253569294078
2Tottenham33228369224774
3Liverpool34199670422866
4Man City33198663352865
5Man Utd331713350242664
6Arsenal32186864402460
7Everton341610860372358
8West Brom34128143943-444
9Southampton33118143944-541
10Bournemouth35118165063-1341
11Leicester34117164254-1240
12Stoke351010153750-1340
13Watford33117153754-1740
14Burnley35116183549-1439
15West Ham35109164459-1539
16Crystal Palace35115194656-1038
17Hull3597193667-3134
18Swansea3494213968-2931
19Middlesbrough34512172443-1927
20Sunderland3456232660-3421
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