LEICESTER CITY maintained their unforeseen title-charge against the Potters at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon courtesy of an impressive 3-0 triumph.
Mark Hughes’ side went into the encounter in fine form having claimed 10 points from their previous five outings but they were no match for the buoyant Foxes, who temporarily moved three points clear at the summit of the table.
Surprisingly lacklustre throughout the encounter, the visitors were never able to get to grip with the hosts, who deservedly took the lead shortly before the interval, albeit through fortuitous circumstances.
Danny Drinkwater’s long range strike squirmed through a packed out penalty area and ricocheted beyond the helpless Jack Butland via the unknowing Christian Fuchs.
The visitors huffed and puffed in a bid to get themselves back into the encounter with Spanish striker Joselu squandering arguably the best opportunity for his side - heading straight at Kasper Schmeichel - just after the interval.
That was as close as a goal came for the Potters however, as the rampant hosts upped the ante somewhat and deservedly doubled their advantage when Jamie Vardy raced on to a through ball, danced round Butland and rolled the ball into an empty net.
Things couldn’t have been any worse for the hosts, who found themselves two goals behind and missing influential skipper Ryan Shawcross, who hobbled out of the action after appearing to have sustained a back injury.
Hughes, who was overseeing his 500th game as manager, thrust Peter Odemwingie and Peter Crouch into the action late on in a bid to revitalise his troops, but it was Claudio Ranieri’s side who added to their tally when substitute Leonardo Ulloa slid home Riyad Mahrez’s ball across goal three minutes from time.