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

Leicester mark late owner's birthday with win over Bournemouth

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

1 Liverpool 26 +46 76
2 Manchester City 26 +38 54
3 Leicester City 26 +28 50
4 Chelsea 26 +7 41
5 Tottenham Hotspur 26 +9 40
6 Sheffield United 26 +4 39
7 Manchester United 26 +9 38
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 +3 36
9 Everton 26 -4 36
10 Arsenal 26 +2 34
11 Burnley 26 -9 34
12 Southampton 26 -16 31
13 Newcastle United 26 -16 31
14 Crystal Palace 26 -9 30
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 26 -7 27
16 AFC Bournemouth 26 -14 26
17 Aston Villa 26 -16 25
18 West Ham United 26 -15 24
19 Watford 26 -16 24
20 Norwich City 26 -24 18