Leicester went seven points clear at the top of the Premier League, as Wes Morgan scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Southampton.The centre-back headed past Fraser Forster after 38 minutes to hand the Foxes a tight lead, which they held onto for the rest of the game.Leicester were in control of the game straight after taking kick-off, taking advantage of Ronald Koeman’s decision to field a back-three.With the wing-backs pressed high up the pitch, Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton constantly moved into the wide positions, playing a number of crosses into the box. Shinji Okazaki was tasked with getting on the end of the deliveries, but he failed to put any of his attempts on target.The visitors from the South Coast were completely outplayed in the opening stages, failing to get out of their half for the first 15 minutes.However, they held firm, and managed to have their first real attack on the 20 minute mark. Graziano Pelle broke down the right, but his cross was put behind by Morgan for Southampton’s first corner of the game. It was a sign that the Saints were growing into the game – and they should have taken the lead.Pelle once again was involved in the build-up, setting up Sadio Mane with a perfectly timed through ball. The pacy forward took the ball around Kasper Schmeichel, but he rushed with his finish and hit the ball straight at the covering Danny Simpson.There were shouts for a penalty, as the ball hit Simpson on the arm, but referee Michael Oliver turned down appeals from the visitors.Jose Fonte had the next attempt. The centre-back picked the ball up 25 yards from goal, and his powerful attempt was flying into the back of the net. However, Schmeichel was up to the challenge, pushing the shot behind for a corner.It appeared as if Koeman’s men were taking control of the game, and Jordy Clasie also went close with an attempt from outside the box, but it was Morgan who popped up to hand the Foxes the lead.Christian Fuchs picked up the ball on the left-wing, and his perfect cross was met by an excellent header by the Leicester captain.The 32-year-old has played every minute of this Premier League season, establishing himself as one of the best defenders in the division, and he was well deserving of his first goal of the campaign. 2 2 Wes Morgan celebrates scoring for Leicester The first-half ended with just three shots on target, despite a wealth of attacking football, and the Saints ruing Mane’s missed chance as they found themselves behind to the league leaders.The second period started much more evenly than the opening of the game, although Southampton were lucky to not find themselves a man down after just seconds.Victor Wanyama lost possession of the ball straight from kick-off, and as Jamie Vardy broke through the centre, the Kenyan midfielder brought him down. He was the last man, but escaped a dismissal, coming away from the incident with only a yellow card.The Foxes almost went two ahead after 60 minutes, with Fonte’s clearance flying into the back of Forster’s net. However, the England international made a flying save to push the ball away from the corner.Koeman’s half-time substitution of replacing Matt Targett with Dusan Tadic made the Saints much more solid defensively, and allowed the Serbian midfielder to break down the left-wing. He put in a number of threatening crosses, but Morgan and his defensive partner Robert Huth stood firm.It was from the left-side that Southampton had their best chance of the second half. Ryan Bertrand broke into the box, but his low shot only found its way into the side netting, as they looked to get back into the game.Leicester had another great chance to grab a second, but Simpson’s close-range attempt was somehow kept out by Forster. The full-back found himself just yards out following a cut-back from Vardy, but he placed his shot in the middle of the goal as the stopper dived back that way to pull off a fantastic save.The game became increasingly frenetic as the 80 minute mark passed, with Leicester’s defensive line sitting deep and the Saints dominating possession.They were putting in a number of crosses for Charlie Austin – who came on after 73 minutes – but Morgan and Huth continued to clear, and Ranieri’s men broke with pace time-and-time again.Leonardo Ulloa and Vardy had chances with five minutes left, as Southampton’s defence was pulled apart, whilst Danny Drinkwater and N’Golo Kante were driving forward with the ball whenever they won possession.Koeman’s men continued to press as the game entered injury time, but they failed to find the back of the net, as the Midlands side picked up their fifth 1-0 win in their last six games to move seven points clear of Spurs in the Premier League.
- ‘It’s bananas!’ Fans react to Alberto Moreno’s absolutely crazy tattoo
- BREAKING NEWS: MASSIVE TRAFFIC DISRUPTION AS SALES GIVE BOOST TO RETAILERS