Vardy magic helps Foxes see off the Liverpool and stay top
LEICESTER CITY 2 LIVERPOOL 0
Jamie Vardy was in outstanding form to help defeat Liverpool at the King Power stadium on Tuesday night. In a very open first half Liverpool created some chances but lacked their opponents cutting edge. The home side cam closest to taking the lead with Simon Mignolet touching an shot from Shinji Okazaki onto the bar. At the other end Dejan Lovren’s first half header from a corner proved Liverpool’s only attempt on target in the whole game.
The second half was the Jamie Vardy show. The first was a wonder volley from a long range pass from Riyad Mahrez, he then sealed Leciester the points when an Okazaki shot defelcted into Vardy’s path and he made no mistake. The win keeps them three points ahead of Manchester City in advance of their big game at the Etihad at the weekend. Excluding penalty shoot outs, Liverpool have now failed to score in 285 minutes of football.
Dominant home win for Everton
EVERTON 3 NEWCASTLE UNITED 0
Everton left Newcastle United languishing in the bottom three after a dominant performance at Goodison Park. Everton had a first half lead through Aaron Lennon after he was set up by Tom Cleverley to score with a low shot into the bottom corner. Everton could have had more hitting the woodwork on three occasions. A Ross Barkley strike was tipped onto the post, a Lennon free kick hit the frame of the goal and Jonjo Shelvey nearly put into his own net hitting the bar with an attempted clearance. It was not until two minutes from time Everton sealed a deserved win with Rolando Aarons bringing down Lennon and Barkley stepped up to score. Jamal Lacelles was booked for arguing about the penalty and then found himself sent off when he brought down Barklay for another penalty. This time Barklay scored with an audacious chipped penalty to make it three. While the final goals were left late, the scoreline did not flatter Everton who get their first win in six league games, and leave Newcastle in the heart of a relegation fight.
Feeble Rams struggle to a draw
DERBY COUNTY 0 PRESTON NORTH END 0
Derby County have now failed to win in six matches as they struggled to a poor 0-0 draw at home to Preston. Chris Martin set up Jeff Hendrick who struck just wide in the opening 40 seconds and that was the closest Derby came all night they they failed to register a single shot on target. Derby keeper Scott Carson had to be alert and made a good save from range from Paul Gallagher. He also made save from Joe Garner and Ben Pearson who shot straight at Carson when he should have done better.The Rams could not have complained had Preston come away with all three points and will be thankful for the Lancashire sides lack of finishing and Scott Carson’s performance as Derby never looked like winning this and remain in fourth place. The Rams need to get winning again soon before it all slips away, like it did last season.
MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD
Leicester City (0) 2 (Vardy 2) – Liverpool (0) 0 – At The King Power Stadium, Leicester
Everton (1) 3 (Lennon, Barklay 2) – Newcastle United (0) 0 – At Goodison Park, Liverpool
Derby County (0) 0 – Preston North End (0) 0 – At Pride Park, Derby
MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN OF THE SOCCERROUND – Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)