Leicester - Leicester's revival following Claudio Ranieri's
shock sacking gathered pace as Riyad Mahrez inspired a crucial 3-1 win over
fellow strugglers Hull on Saturday.
Following Ranieri's ruthless dismissal last week, Leicester
have finally recaptured the form that carried them to the Premier League title
In severe danger of being relegated, they ended a run of
five successive league defeats with a 3-1 victory over Liverpool on Monday and
followed that with a come-from-behind success against Hull at the King Power
Sam Clucas put Hull ahead but Christian Fuchs equalised before
half-time and Mahrez struck in the second half.
Tom Huddlestone's own goal capped an encouraging day for
Leicester, who are five points clear of the bottom three and can breathe easier
after a turbulent period.
Hull remain second bottom and are four points from safety
after their winless run in away league fixtures stretched to 13 games.
Amid reports that former England manager Roy Hodgson has
spoken to Leicester's Thai owners about succeeding Ranieri, interim boss Craig
Shakespeare has made it clear he wants the job.
Ranieri's former assistant has been backed by several of
Leicester's stars and they boosted his job prospects by securing successive
league wins for the first time this season.
The hosts should have been ahead early on when Mahrez's
free-kick picked out Wes Morgan, only for the unmarked Leicester defender to
Leicester's shoddy finishing could have been costly as
Clucas gave Hull a surprise lead in the 14th minute.
Oumar Niasse found Kamil Grosicki and his cross from the
touchline was poked home from close range by Clucas for the midfielder's first
goal of the season.
But the champions were unfazed and Fuchs bagged just his
second goal in two seasons with Leicester in the 27th minute.
Jamie Vardy carved open the Hull defence with a penetrating
raid and from his cross, Fuchs pounced on the loose ball to fire home.
Unable to turn their first half dominance into further
goals, Leicester narrowly avoided falling behind again when Hull's Harry
Maguire headed against the crossbar from Grosicki's corner early in the second
But Hull have not been out of the relegation zone since
Marco Silva took over in early January and the Tigers were destined to spend
another weekend in the bottom three.
Mahrez, a major disappointment this term after being voted
player of the year last season, had gone close twice in quick succession before
the Algeria winger hit the target in the 59th minute.
Working space on the edge of the penalty area, Mahrez
drilled a low shot that eluded a weak attempted save from Hull goalkeeper Eldin
Jakupovic at his near post.
It was the first time Mahrez had scored in open play in his
last 28 league appearances.
Leicester wrapped up the points in the final moments when
Hull midfielder Huddlestone headed into his own net from Wilfred Ndidi's flick.