REVENGE is a dish finest served chilly and Claude Puel actually acquired his personal again on a freezing evening at St Mary’s.
Puel returned to the south coast for the primary time since he was brutally axed by Saints in the summertime regardless of main them to eighth place and a Wembley cup closing.
And his in-form Foxes responded with a primary half grasp class to place sorry Saints to the sword, with a blistering attacking show which should have left the house hierarchy squirming of their seats.
Vice-chairman of soccer Les Reed gave Puel the boot as a result of his fashion of play was thought-about too boring and after the south coast facet managed solely three targets in his final seven residence video games.
However Puel’s rampant Foxes hit three targets in 27 minutes – via Riyad Mahrez, Shinji Okazaki and Andy King – to go away Reed and his fellow boardroom big-wigs red-faced.
Puel acquired a muted reception from the house followers as he crept out of the tunnel earlier than kick-off.
It took simply 11 minutes earlier than the Frenchman was celebrating in his technical space due to the newest piece of Mahrez magic.
Mahrez was given far an excessive amount of area by a static residence defence and after breezing previous a few half-hearted challenges fired a low left-foot shot past a despairing Fraser Forster from 20 yards.
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The objective woke Leicester from their early slumber and Forster wanted all of his 6ft 7inch body to make a sprawling save to show Shinji Okazaki’s lengthy vary effort behind for a nook.
Okazaki thought he had doubled Leicester’s lead on 24 minutes.
The Japan ace linked neatly with Jamie Vardy on the sting of the field and his daisy-cutter had Forster crushed all finally ends up just for Mario Lemina to scoop the ball over from beneath his personal crossbar.
Charlie Austin known as Kasper Schmeichel into motion for the primary time with 14 minutes of the primary half remaining.
The previous QPR hit-man minimize in from the left and curled a proper footed shot in direction of the highest nook, which a flying Schmeichel did properly to maintain out.
Schmeichel then began the assault which led to Leicester’s second from the ensuing nook by sending Jamie Vardy clear.
Vardy laid the ball off to Mahrez down the left earlier than seeing his shut vary strike from the Algerian’s cross turned behind by Forster.
However Leicester had been to not be stored out for lengthy as extra calamity defending from Saints gifted Puel’s boys objective quantity two.
Mahrez picked out Christian Fuchs on the sting of the penalty space and his shot left Forster flat-footed earlier than the large Geordie tamely side-footed the ball for Okazaki to faucet residence.
Puel grew to become used to listening to boos at St Mary’s within the poisonous closing weeks of his ill-fated Saints reign nevertheless it was the house gamers jeered by their very own followers when Andy King made it Three-Zero within the 38th minute.
Mahrez lofted a free kick into the realm and Harry Maguire produced an sudden deft flip earlier than pulling a cross again for the unmarked King to fit into an empty internet.
Some residence supporters had seen sufficient and headed for the exit, greeted by a chant of ‘Oh when the Saints go marching out’ from their travelling counterparts.
Residence gaffer Mauricio Pellegrino threw on Italy striker Manolo Gabbiadini at half-time in a determined bid to show the sport round.
However Forster needed to be on his steel to stop Mahrez making it 4 with a properly struck free kick quickly after the re-start.
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Saints did get one again on 61 minutes when Maya Yoshida headed in after Leicester had didn’t take care of a nook from Ryan Bertrand.
Schmeichel made a vital save to disclaim Charlie Austin a second for Saints earlier than Okazaki turned in Vardy’s centre to assert his second and the Foxes’ fourth.
The objective was serenaded by a cry of ‘boring, boring Leicester’ from the a jubilant away finish. How ironic for Puel.