Leicester City 1-2 Southampton: 10-man Saints hold on against Leicester as Saints move out of relegation zone

Leicester City failed to find a way back against 10-man Southampton, who moved out of relegation zone with a 2-1 win.

Leicester City 1-2 Southampton: 10-man Saints hold on against Leicester to leave Puel's future in doubt

Ten-man Southampton delivered a fine second-half rearguard display to beat Leicester City 2-1 and move out of the Premier League’s relegation zone.

Nampalys Mendy’s clumsy foul on Shane Long allowed James Ward-Prowse to drill home the opener from the penalty spot in the 11th minute, ending a run of four league visits to the King Power Stadium without a goal four Southampton.

Yan Valery was sent off shortly before Long double the lead in first-half injury-time, but a much-improved Leicester halved the arrears through Wilfred Ndidi just before the hour.

Leicester City 1-2 Southampton: 10-man Saints hold on against Leicester to leave Puel's future in doubt Leicester City 1-2 Southampton: 10-man Saints hold on against Leicester to leave Puel's future in doubt

Ralph Hasenhuttl‘s side faced relentless pressure from thereon in, but Southampton held firm for a crucial three points – their first away top-flight win at Leicester since 2001 – that lifted them out of the bottom three.

Leicester, dumped out of the FA Cup by fourth-tier Newport County last week, remain seventh.

Stuart Armstrong had threatened twice by the time Ward-Prowse thumped a penalty high and left of Kasper Schmeichel after Mendy recklessly dragged Long to ground.

Leicester were all at sea but nearly levelled when James Maddison’s free-kick fell for Wes Morgan, who was denied on the line by Jan Bednarek.

Saints saw Valery receive a second yellow for a needless pull on Marc Albrighton, but they were 2-0 up by the break.

Leicester City 1-2 Southampton: 10-man Saints hold on against Leicester to leave Puel's future in doubt

Ricardo Pereira failed to deal with Alex McCarthy’s punt and Long outmuscled Mendy on the left of the box before curling past Schmeichel.

Leicester unsurprisingly had more verve after the break and Ndidi knew little about his effort off the knee from Pereira’s cross but it was a lifeline nonetheless.

Unsurprisingly it was one-way traffic from there and Jamie Vardy should have done better to direct Maddison’s cross goalwards from eight yards.

Harvey Barnes and Maddison each tried their luck from range and Ndidi nodded wide from close range as Leicester pushed for a late leveller, but there was too much predictability about their play as Southampton returned to the south coast with a welcome win.

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