Leicester 3-1 Hull: Riyad Mahrez ends goal drought as Foxes' revival continues under Craig Shakespeare
By Oliver Yew
Last Updated: 04/03/17 5:34pm
Riyad Mahrez ended his 11-game goal drought in the Premier League as Leicester secured back-to-back wins for the first time this season with a 3-1 victory over Hull.
Leicester's revival since the sacking of Claudio Ranieri continued under caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare, who strengthened his own claims to get manager's job on a full-time basis. But they did have to come from behind after Sam Clucas' 14th minute opener.
The hosts, inspired by the impressive Jamie Vardy, levelled the scores through Christian Fuchs before Mahrez struck in the 59th minute to score for the first time in the league in open play in 28 matches.
Tom Huddlestone's own goal in the 90th minute secured all three points for Leicester, who stay 15th and move five points clear of the relegation zone after successive 3-1 wins.
Hull stay 19th, four points adrift of safety as their fight to stay in the top-flight continues.
Leicester, buoyed by Monday's win over Liverpool, went with the same side that picked up all three points against Jurgen Klopp's side.
They continued in the same vein with Vardy at the heart of things. The England international fired a cross into the six-yard box for Marc Albrighton, but a combination of Andrew Robertson and Harry Maguire managed to turn the ball behind.
Leicester continued to create chances and Robert Huth had the best of them after Fuchs' long thrown fell to him in the penalty area but his shot was blocked expertly blocked by Maguire.
Despite the home side's dominance, they were behind in the 14th minute after a swift Hull counter-attack.
Kamil Grosicki broke quickly and pulled the ball back for Clucas, who turned the ball home from close range.
Leiceter were back on terms in the 28th minute and Vardy was heavily involved again in a move started and finished by Fuchs. The Austrian linked up brilliantly with Vardy down the flank, playing a couple of one-twos before continuing his run into the area where he was on hand to finish off Vardy's cut back from 10 yards out.
After the break, Hull almost took the lead with Maguire making a nuisance of himself in attack. The defender stuck a boot out to meet a corner but saw his effort clip the outside of the post and shortly afterwards Kasper Schmeichel comfortably saved another Maguire effort from a Grosicki delivery.
At the other end, Eldin Jakupovic then kept out a tame effort from Mahrez just before the hour, but the Algeria international wasn't to be denied for long.
Mahrez turned Robertson inside out on the edge of the penalty area to create an opening for a shot and, after cutting back for the third time, he found the bottom corner, but Jakupovic should have done better.
Hull tried to respond immediately and Schmeichel acrobatically punched Grosicki's free-kick away before blocking an effort from Oumar Niasse at his near post with six minutes remaining.
Jakupovic then denied substitute Demarai Gray before Leicester sealed victory in the final minute when Onyinye Ndidi's header struck Huddlestone and flew into the net.
Leicester: Schmeichel (7), Simpson (7), Morgan (7), Huth (7), Fuchs (8), Ndidi (7), Drinkwater (7), Albrighton (8), Mahrez (8), Okazaki (7), Vardy (9).
Subs used: Gray (6), Slimani (n/a).
Hull: Jakupovic (5), Elmohamady (6), Ranocchia (6), Maguire (7), Robertson (7), Huddlestone (6), Markovic (6), N'Diaye (6), Clucas (7), Grosicki (8), Niasse (6).
Subs used: Hernandez (6), Diomande (5).
Man of the Match: Jamie Vardy