Leicester City extended their lead at the top of the Championship to 11 points as they eased to a dominant 5-0 victory over Stoke City. The Foxes showcased their prowess with two quick goals in the first half, securing the win comfortably. Patson Daka opened the scoring after a well-executed passing move, while Kasey McAteer‘s shot deflected into the net to further solidify Leicester’s advantage.
Stoke City’s woes continued as they suffered their third consecutive defeat under manager Steven Schumacher. This heavy loss is the largest defeat Schumacher has experienced throughout his managerial career since his time at Plymouth Argyle in December. The defeat dropped Stoke to 20th in the Championship, hovering just two places above the relegation zone.
Leicester City dominated the early stages of the game, with chances falling to Abdul Fatawu and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall. It was Dewsbury-Hall’s cross that set up Fatawu to head the ball back across goal for Daka to tap in and give Leicester the lead. Three minutes later, McAteer’s shot from outside the box took a deflection off Ben Wilmot, leaving Stoke goalkeeper Jack Bonham unable to make the save.
Stoke City’s deadline-day signing Million Manhoef was unable to play due to pending work permit clearance. However, fellow late signing Niall Ennis came on as a halftime substitute in an attempt to spark a change for the struggling Stoke side. Despite making additional substitutions, Stoke failed to make an impact as Leicester City extended their lead. Wout Faes was fouled in the box, resulting in a penalty for Leicester and Daka converted from the spot. Jamie Vardy then got on the end of a James Justin cross to add a fourth goal to Leicester’s tally. In stoppage time, Vardy scored a penalty to complete the rout, securing his tenth goal of the season.
Leicester City manager Enzo Maresca expressed his satisfaction with the team’s performance, emphasizing their attacking play and ability to create chances. Schumacher, on the other hand, acknowledged the tough challenge of playing against the league leaders but was disappointed with his team’s performance, believing they made it too easy for Leicester to dominate the match.
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