Another Leicester City and Jamie Vardy masterclass leaves Sunderland four points adrift of safety

Vardy coolly slotted in the first against Sunderland, before outpacing the opposition defence and tucking home a second deep into injury time.

The hosts’ best chance fell to Jack Rodwell, who blazed over.

Sunderland remain 18th in the Premier League table, four points from safety.

Sam Allardyce: “I can’t accept how we conceded the first goal. We allowed Jamie Vardy to play to his strengths. One ball over the top… not coping with that was the reason why we lost today.

“Our most costly games were not today. A 0-0 draw would have been good for us. The costly ones were the last three, we should have won all three. That wouldn’t have seen so much pressure on ourselves and that is what told today.”

Analysis

You’ve really got to take your hats off to Leicester city. This time last year bottom of the league under Nigel Pearson with the championship looking likely and now flying high top of the league ten points clear under the ‘Tinkerman’ Claudio Ranieri. However, Spurs have a game in hand this afternoon against Manchester United.

They have the simple formula for winning football matches: Solid in defence, runners in midfield and goal scorers up front.

Leicester city N’golo Kante, Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy, Wes Morgan and Danny Drinkwater have been  the key players for me.

The thing for Sunderland fans is that there team has to try hard and if that means getting beat by the better side then so be it. Putting aside the team selection from Allardyce with three centre defensive midfielders and the fact we had several chances to score, the team seemed to just give up in the final 10 minutes of the game. Saturday’s game against Norwich is now officially must win and anything less would probably see us relegated alongside Newcastle and Aston Villa.

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