Sunday 28 February 2016

Leicester Goes Five Points Clear

Leicester City have gone five points clear at the top of the Premier League after substitute Leonardo Ulloa scored in the 89th minute to secure a dramatic 1-0 win over Norwich City. The leaders were kept in check for the vast majority of the game by a well-organised Norwich side, desperate for points themselves as they battle the drop.

With time running out for the hosts, Ulloa turned in a low cross from Marc Albrighton to earn a victory which could have a huge impact in the title race. Unfortunate Norwich departed with nothing despite a gutsy display, and were left to rue a first-half miss from Cameron Jerome, who headed wide from close range after getting on the end of a corner.

Leicester enjoyed a brief period of pressure around the quarter-hour mark, Okazaki having a close-range flick well-blocked by Bennett before a Martin clearance flashed just wide of his own goal. Ten minutes later, Riyad Mahrez had a shot blocked by Martin after a delightful feint in the box, and an Albrighton free-kick drifted just wide, with Robert Huth inches away from getting a decisive touch.

Norwich should have taken the lead five minutes before the break as Jerome rose well to get on the end of a terrific Brady corner, only to glance his header wide of the post. The Canaries then had a penalty shout but Wes Morgan did not appear to know much about it as a Jerome shot crashed off his elbow, and referee Neil Swarbrick was probably right not to award a spot-kick.

The Foxes will now look on with interest at how their title rivals Arsenal fare on Sunday, before they entertain West Brom in another huge match on Tuesday night. Norwich remain outside the drop zone only on goal difference but, if they continue to show the application and skill they did here, the Canaries will believe safety is attainable.

Full Results Of Other Matches
West Ham United 1 0 Sunderland FT
Leicester City 1 0 Norwich City FT
Southampton 1 2 Chelsea FT
Stoke City 2 1 Aston Villa FT
Watford 0 0 Bournemouth FT
West Bromwich Albion 3 2 Crystal Palace FT

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