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Nigerian international, Kelechi Iheanacho, was named Man-of-the-Match after Leicester City defeated Stoke City 2-0 yesterday to hang on to the top of the second tier English Championship on 30 points from 11 matches.
Iheanacho fondly called ‘Senior Man’ scored his fourth Leicester City goal of the season as Foxes continue their push to regain their Premier League status.
Iheanacho opened scoring for Leicester in the 24th minute, when he found the bottom corner from a tight angle to put the high-flying hosts ahead with the game’s first shot.
His fellow Super Eagles teammate, Wilfred Ndidi, who came into the game as a 77th sub for Cesare Casadei, assisted for the second goal barely two minutes into the match.
Nathan Lowe had the best of Stoke’s few chances to level, while Mark Travers made it tense for the Foxes by denying Yunus Akgun and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall before Jamie Vardy came off the bench to add a second with a tap-in finish.
The former England striker’s 175th goal for Leicester completed the win, but it could have been a more comprehensive result as the hosts created late chances in a strong finish.
The victory saw the Foxes became the equal-fastest team to amass 30 points in a Championship season, matching Sheffield United in 2005-06, with their 10th win in 11 games.
A point at Swansea after the international break would be enough for Leicester to break the record for the best start to a second-tier season after 12 games since it was rebranded as the Championship 19 years ago.
Stoke’s sixth defeat in eight games – a run that includes just one win – saw them slip to 21st in the table.
Leicester City now have 30 points from 11 matches, two points ahead of second-placed Ipswich Town.
Both Iheanacho and Ndidi are due to fly into Portugal for the friendlies against Saudi Arabia and Mozambique.