England champions Leicester City continued their recovery under new manager Craig Shakespeare with six wins from six games after thumping Sunderland 2-0 at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night.
The first 45 minutes ended goalless as the Foxes looked below their recent best. But Shakespeare’s decision to bring on Marc Albrighton and Islam Slimani was the game-changing moment.
Albrighton’s left-wing cross, less than 10 minutes after coming on in the second half, was headed home by Algeria striker Slimani to put the home side ahead in the 69th minute of the game.
Albrighton then ran from halfway before crossing to Jamie Vardy, who took a touch before firing an unstoppable effort into the top corner in the 78th minute.
Shakespeare, who became the first British manager to win his first four Premier League games at the weekend, has thus extended the record to five.
“We weren’t at our best tonight but the most important thing was the win,” he said after his side’s victory.
“We know we can play better than that. We’re trying to put as many points on the board as we can.”
At Old Trafford, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored an injury-time penalty to help Manchester United draw 1-1 against Everton.
Everton’s opener came through Phil Jagielka’s clever finish from close range when he had his back to goal about 22 minutes into the game.
The visitors held on through the first half and through regulation time, before the 94th-minute spot-kick was awarded after Luke Shaw’s goal-bound shot was handled on the line by Ashley Williams, who was given a red card.
The draw meant the Red Devils have now drawn nine games at home in the league and 12 overall, while opponents Everton missed the chance of overtaking United on the table.
Ibrahimovic had a goal disallowed for offside earlier before his late equalizer.
“Did we have chances? Yes. Did we hit the post as always? Yes. Did the keeper play well against us as always? Yes. Did a decision go against us? Yes,” United Boss Jose Mourinho lamented after the game.
In the other Premier League games of the night, Burnley FC secured a slim 1-0 win over Stoke City, while Watford thumped visiting West Ham 2-0.
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