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Leicester City 1-0 Southampton: Fairytale Foxes closing in on coronation

A controversial no-call could have prevented a Southampton goal, plus a Wes Morgan goal.

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Wes Morgan’s first goal of the Premier League season moved Leicester City that much closer to a fantastic title, as the Foxes bested Southampton 1-0 at King Power Stadium on Sunday.

The win was Leicester’s fifth 1-0 win in six matches, the outlier being a 2-2 draw with West Brom, and has Claudio Ranieri’s men seven points ahead of Spurs with six matches to play.

Southampton failed in its quest to keep pressure on the Top Four, and is now four back of fifth-place West Ham and seven back of Man City.

[ PHOTO: PL Champions scarves on sale outside King Power ]

Saints did what they could to keep Leicester on the flanks, but the Foxes eventually forced a series of corners and throws deep in Southampton territory after 10 minutes.

As the half wore on, the match saw more half-chances than chances until Sadio Mane found himself on a break. Kasper Schmeichel flew to cut off the angle, but Mane rounded him and chipped a shot that Danny Simpson elbowed down. No call.

[ MORE: Watch full PL match replays ]

Southampton kept the ball in Leicester’s half, as Jose Fonte surprised with a 30-yard shot that Schmeichel flew to push over the bar.

It was, though, Leicester that would break through. Christian Fuchs swept in a left-footed cross and Morgan barreled into a header that left Fraser Forster helpless. 1-0 to the leaders.

[ MORE: Latest Premier League standings ]

29 - Leicester have scored in a league-high 29 Premier League games this season (three more than Spurs and West Ham). Shooters.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 3, 2016

[ MORE: Full lineups, stats, box score ]

The second half saw Leicester’s lead nearly doubled through an own goal when Fraser Foster had to fly back to tap Jose Fonte’s mishit clearance over the bar.

That was around the time a wildly anticipatory King Power was growing in energy, not that it was lacking at any point beforehand.

Danny Simpson looked set to be the second Foxes defender to score, only to be parried by Forster’s two hands. At the other end, Fuchs blocked a Charlie Austin cross with his hand to no call.

Leicester’s remaining schedule
April 10 at Sunderland
April 17 vs. West Ham United
April 24 vs. Swansea City
May 1 at Manchester United
May 7 vs. Everton
May 15 at Chelsea

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