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Summary

  1. Leicester City: Schmeichel, Morgan, James, Vardy, Albrighton, Huth, Schlupp, Cambiasso, Ulloa, Mahrez, Wasilewski.
  2. Southampton: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Fonte, Alderweireld, Bertrand, Wanyama, Reed, S. Davis, Elia, Mane, Pelle.

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By Luke Reddy

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The fight for survival

Leicester 2-0 Southampton

Nigel Pearson has just done enough high-fives to last a lifetime. And why not?

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Burnley are down, a win at Hull City did nothing to save them. Queens Park Rangers will go the same way unless they win at Manchester City tomorrow.

Aston Villa are in good shape, another win today over West Ham, while Newcastle's draw with West Brom leaves them with much to do.

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From me, it's farewell.

FULL-TIME

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Win, win, win, win, lose, win, win.

That's Leicester City's form. They fully deserved what they got today and the overall reward of surviving in this league is drawing ever closer.

Ronald Koeman chats to his coaching staff on the touchline, the investigation into Southampton's miserable form and display is under way.

Leicester 2-0 Southampton

Ryan Bertrand clips one forward into the box, it's cleared but only partially and Sadio Mane is fed, inside right-channel, he gets into the area but pulls a shot across goal and wide.

Leicester 2-0 Southampton

Sadio Mane down the left, he pulls it back for Toby Alderweireld who will smash one from 20 yards and Robert Huth gets in the way of it, corner. In it comes, there he is again, Huth. A monstrous header.

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Forward races Jose Fonte as another Southampton attack breaks down in injury time. Leicester look a bit out on their feet but make no mistake, the points are coming their way.

Leicester's great escape...

Leicester 2-0 Southampton

Leicester have a trip to Sunderland and a home game against Queens Park Rangers to come now. What a chance they have given themselves to survive.

Queens Park Rangers travel to Manchester City tomorrow and could well go down, Burnley are going down today as things stand despite leading Hull City. Newcastle are only drawing, what a day to be a Leicester fan. The belief must be coursing through the veins of their followers. Any chance of a tweet Gary Lineker?

Points on the board

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Never mind Southampton fans. It's not all doom and gloom...

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David Nugent and Esteban Cambiasso conspire to show what years of experience can deliver as they link up near the corner flag to win a corner and waste more time. Cambiasso, hands on hips, struts into the area as the home fans sing his name.

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Nothing in this one in terms of distance covered. Leicester's players have run 99.6km compared to 98.2km by the away side. That's around about 60 miles per side. High intensity sprints are also a close call, 429 for the home side, 445 for the visitors.

This game has been won with more intensity in the final third.

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Chris, Bournemouth: Hope Leicester stay up and Newcastle go down, just to prove that keeping faith in a manager is better than sacking him, as I'm getting worried football is becoming far too fickle these days.

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Leicester 2-0 Southampton

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Marcin Wasilewski is in the book for Leicester, a hand-off on Sadio Mane brings the first card of the game. In comes the Southampton free-kick but it's cleared easily. Around 10 minutes for Leicester to complete another huge win.

Leicester 2-0 Southampton

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Victor Wanyama deep in midfield, Leicester let him have it, 'you won't hurt us' they think. He finds Filip Djuricic but his direct ball cannot find Graziano Pelle. More Southampton failings. Ronald Koeman's interview will be a good listen after this. Remember, earlier this week the Dutchman asked his side for more than what they have recently offered.

If this is more then I wouldn't want to see them on a bad day. In comes a Nathaniel Clyne cross, it's a beach ball delivery, floating into the goalkeeper's hands.

OUCH!

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Southampton now have Shane Long partnering Graziano Pelle up front but it's at the other end where we see a bit of drama and maybe a real worry for Leicester as Leonardo Ulloa limps off injured.

This is not the point in the season where you want to see your target man hobbling off holding his hamstring.

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Leicester 2-0 Southampton

Southampton fans, do you really want to be in the Europa League anyway?

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Many label the competition as a hindrance to their Premier League aspirations, but is there any substance to these claims?

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Tottenham, a place above Southampton, are 2-0 down at Stoke City. Swansea City in eighth may well like what they are seeing.

CLOSE!

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Esteban Cambiasso ripples the side netting for Leicester and one half of the ground think his volley from 18 yards has found the bottom corner. Calm yourselves ladies and gents.

GREAT SAVE!

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SADIO MANE... brilliant save from Kasper Schmeichel. A dipping effort out of nothing needs to be tipped over the bar. The keeper had to be agile and full of spring to reach that. It just goes to show, anything can still happen yet...

SUBSTITUTION

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David Nugent is on for Jamie Vardy. A standing ovation for the departing Foxes player.

Leicester 2-0 Southampton

Jamie Vardy gallops clear on the counter-attack, he can play Riyad Mahrez in for a clear chance... no. The striker could not dig the ball from under his feet and the break ends.

Vardy has been superb, full of running if short on guile when he missed a great first-half chance and he fluffed his lines there. It will be his last piece of action.

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As it stands...

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Hull are absolutely all over Burnley who they trail at the KC Stadium but it's points not pressure that matter at this stage.

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If Leicester City win against Southampton and Newcastle United avoid defeat by West Bromwich Albion, while Aston Villa do not lose to West Ham, it doesn't matter what the Clarets do. They will be relegated.

Leicester 2-0 Southampton

Victor Wanyama, into Sadio Mane, the ball is returned but out rushes Kasper Schmeichel. Too much meat on the through ball, food and drink for the keeper.

SUBSTITUTION

Leicester 2-0 Southampton

On comes Filip Djuricic for Steven Davis and Shane Long for Eljero Elia.

Davis did not have a great day, completing just 66% of passes in the opposition half. Only Graziano Pelle has a lower reading for Saints so far.

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Steven Davis swings in a cross, poor, Robert Huth has cleared 10,000 of them in his career and that one gets the full-boot treatment.

In fairness to Southampton, they have not shirked the fight in this match but they just appear lazy going forward. It's as if thinking is too much like hard work today. Tired minds, not tired legs.

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Leicester go direct from a free-kick, it misses Wes Morgan, misses Leonardo Ulloa and is partially cleared. Esteban Cambiasso with a back-heel, cut out, it comes back to him... BANG... saved.

A deflection took the sting off it.

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As Filip Djuricic and Shane Long ready themselves on Southampton's bench, some shocking control from Ryan Bertrand draws howls of laughter as a ball trickles past him for a Leicester throw.

Burnley score...

Leicester 2-0 Southampton

A big goal for Burnley and Danny Ings at the KC Stadium puts Hull City in major trouble. It will still see the Clarets go down unless West Brom find a winner against Newcastle.

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Victor Wanyama picks the ball up in midfield but his touch is poor, in keeping with what we are seeing from Southampton. Leicester take yet another Sunday League throw-in, launching one up the line, flicked on by the big man Leonardo Ulloa for someone to chase.

It sets a foundation for an attack and Riyad Mahrez has a pop from inside the area but his volley is well wide.

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Jamie Vardy away down the right... no. He's pulled back for a foul on Ryan Bertrand. The striker is red faced as he screams at the referee. Not happy.

Riyad Mahrez needs some treatment after a collision with Harrison Reed. Magic spray time as Filbert the fox - Leicester's mascot - does a jig to keep this survival push going. The bloke pictured has done his bit too...

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Leicester 2-0 Southampton

Make no mistake about it, Southampton have had a half-time talking to. Their reshuffle has prompted a much better spell and only a sliding Wes Morgan denies Sadio Mane an opening.

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Here is how they line up remember...

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We did of course see Matty James taken off on a stretcher and Danny Drinkwater introduced. It looks like Southampton have had a small reshuffle during the break with Victor Wanyama now their only deep-lying midfielder. Steven Davis looks to have pushed on, Harrison Reed sent wide right and Sadio Mane joining Graziano Pelle up front.

KICK-OFF

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We are back underway and in an act which typifies the match so far, Jamie Vardy chases down Nathaniel Clyne to force a throw-in. Superb work rate. What a way to remind your side this one is far from over.

Burnley on a downer...

Leicester 2-0 Southampton

As things stand this will be a day to forget for Burnley. They may be drawing at Hull City but with Newcastle picking up a point, Leicester City ahead and Sunderland already with three points in the bag, a point is not enough at the KC Stadium.

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There can be no doubting where the Leicester City buzz comes from.

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez are the only players on the pitch to have covered more than six kilometres in the match. Mahrez - scorer of both goals - leads the way on 6.29km, that's a shade under four miles.

The home side are sloppy distribution wise, with only Marc Albrighton completing 80% of their passes but that's probably a function of the fact they play direct towards Leonardo Ulloa so much.

The as it stands table...

Leicester 2-0 Southampton

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How are the heart rates? We have two and a half games of the season to go. As it stands Hull are joining Queens Park Rangers and Burnley in the Championship next season. Leicester will be in the Premier League and on this form, probably pushing for the title to be wrapped up by Christmas...

HALF-TIME

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And there goes the half-time whistle. I know which dressing room I'd rather be in.

Southampton have the look of a team willing to compete but not overly enthused and unlikely to produce anything out of the ordinary. Leicester in contrast are a side who know they have everything to play for and with momentum on their side, look unstoppable.

What is it they say about momentum though? A cruel mistress. She can turn on a dime with the smallest mistake...

CLOSE!

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We go into a sixth minute of added time as a result of that Matty James injury and Leicester face a threat in the shape of a Toby Alderweireld free-kick from range. Well fielded by Kasper Schmeichel, tipped over without too much fuss.

Leicester 2-0 Southampton

As Kasper Schmeichel races to the edge of his area to collect a long ball with Sadio Mane giving chase, Nigel Pearson could be forgiven for patting himself on the back here.

His team, with their usual three central defender and wing-backs, have comfortably dealt with the away side here. Leicester have had six shots, Southampton three. It's been efficient, professional and all-round admirable.

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