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2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Wes Morgan (11')
  • Jamie Vardy (82')

Leicester mark late owner's birthday with win over Bournemouth

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Foxes record comfortable win over Bournemouth (1:42)

Leicester captain Wes Morgan opened the scoring before Jamie Vardy added a second in their 2-0 win over AFC Bournemouth. (1:42)

Leicester City marked an emotional day on what would have been the birthday of their late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha by beating Bournemouth 2-0 at home on Saturday.

Goals from captain Wes Morgan, only playing because of Harry Maguire's suspension, and Jamie Vardy inspired the Foxes as they continued their bright start under new manager Brendan Rodgers with a third straight league win.

Central defender Morgan scored in consecutive games for the first time in his Leicester career, although there may have been a touch of fortune about his deflection, which went in off the post from Ben Chilwell's 11th-minute shot.

An entertaining match saw Vardy and Bournemouth's Callum Wilson, miss chances but Leicester, increasingly dominant, deserved the spoils when Vardy headed home his fifth goal in five games eight minutes from time.

It felt a fitting way for Leicester fans to honour Srivaddhanaprabha, their much-loved Thai owner who died in a helicopter crash after a game in October, on what would have been his 61st birthday.

Before the game, his image was shown on the big screen at the King Power Stadium along with the words "Always in our hearts" and his son, club chairman Aiyawatt, was introduced to the crowd.

In the 61st minute of the match, the fans rose to applaud his memory. Leicester also arranged for fans to be given free cake and beer to mark the day.

"I thought we were excellent. We had to work hard, it was a real good test, we were outstanding on the back of the international break," Rodgers said.

"Our pressing was excellent, the boys are understanding tactically how we want to press and the importance of that. We had 18 shots on goal, which is a real positive."

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Liverpool 35 +59 88
2 Manchester City 34 +65 86
3 Tottenham Hotspur 35 +30 70
4 Chelsea 35 +21 67
5 Arsenal 34 +25 66
6 Manchester United 34 +15 64
7 Watford 35 0 50
8 Everton 35 +6 49
9 Leicester City 35 +1 48
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 -1 48
11 West Ham United 35 -10 43
12 Crystal Palace 35 -5 42
13 Newcastle United 35 -9 41
14 AFC Bournemouth 35 -13 41
15 Burnley 35 -18 40
16 Southampton 35 -17 37
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 35 -22 34
18 Cardiff City 35 -35 31
19 Fulham 35 -43 23
20 Huddersfield Town 35 -49 14