Jamie Vardy scored twice as Leicester City defeated Sunderland 2-0 at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.
Vardy’s 20th and 21st Premier League goals of the season opened up a 10-point gap at the top of the table.
Vardy ended a six-game goal drought and became the first Leicester player to score 20 goals in a season in 20 years.
The win was Leicester’s fifth consecutive victory to move within three wins of the Premier League title.
The Foxes made a lively start to the game and tested Vito Mannone after less than three minutes when Ngolo Kante’s dipping volley drew a comfortable stop from the Sunderland keeper.
The home side did a good job of limiting Leicester’s chances from open play, though, with a mistimed Jamie Vardy header from Danny Simpson’s cross the best the visitors could conjure up in the opening exchanges.
They had more success from set pieces, and should have taken the lead after quarter of an hour when Wes Morgan, who scored his first goal of the season last weekend, found space in the area but could only nod a corner wide of the target.
It continued to be Claudio Ranieri’s side who were asking the main questions, and they felt that they should have had a penalty midway through the first half when Shinji Okazaki went down under the challenge of DeAndre Yedlin.