2022-23 English Premier League
  • Robin Koch (16' OG)
  • Harvey Barnes (35')

Leicester City move out of last with win over Leeds United

Leicester City players celebrate after scoring a goal against Leeds in the Premier League. Getty Images

Leicester City moved off the bottom of the Premier League with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Leeds United on Thursday, the visitors' seventh game without a win.

Leicester's second success of the season was secured inside 35 minutes as Robin Koch's own goal and Harvey Barnes's sweeping finish put the home side in command at the King Power Stadium.

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Leeds ran out of steam in the second half, with home goalkeeper Danny Ward keeping their only shot on target in the match out when he blocked Liam Cooper's close-range effort.

Leicester saw out the match with ease to move above East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest into 19th on eight points, one point behind Leeds in 16th, as Jesse Marsch's Yorkshire side moved closer to the relegation zone.

"When you are down there, every point is important," Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans said after the match. "We kept the ball really well, attacked them well, and that is what we really needed.

"Every good performance is confidence for us, and we can build on this now."

Pressure has been mounting on both managers in recent weeks after their teams suffered disappointing starts to the season.

Leicester were handed a boost for Leeds' visit as they welcomed striker Jamie Vardy back into the side, with the veteran still looking for his first goal of the season.

Vardy did play a part in the build-up to the opener, however, with Koch unable to avoid diverting Dennis Praet's low cross into his own net.

Leeds responded well and created several openings to get back on level terms, Luis Sinisterra going closest with a curling effort that hit the crossbar.

They could not make one count, though, and that proved costly as Barnes added a second, finishing off a sweeping Leicester counter-attack.

The fact that Leeds never looked like getting back into the contest in the second half will be most frustrating for Marsch, as the visitors slipped to a third-straight loss with a whimper.

They have now failed to win any of their opening five away league games of a season for the first time since 1998-99, with the tally of one point being Leeds' lowest from their first five matches on the road in a league campaign since 1983-84.

"In both boxes we are not helping ourselves, but right now we have to find ways to stop the bleeding," Marsch said. "We have to fight and be ready for what is to come.

"I am here and I am doing everything I can to help this team."

English Premier League Standings

1 Arsenal 28 +40 69
2 Manchester City 27 +42 61
3 Manchester United 26 +6 50
4 Tottenham Hotspur 28 +12 49
5 Newcastle United 26 +20 47
6 Liverpool 26 +18 42
7 Brighton & Hove Albion 25 +15 42
8 Brentford 27 +9 42
9 Fulham 27 +1 39
10 Chelsea 27 +1 38
11 Aston Villa 27 -4 38
12 Crystal Palace 28 -16 27
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers 28 -19 27
14 Leeds United 27 -9 26
15 Everton 28 -18 26
16 Nottingham Forest 27 -27 26
17 Leicester City 27 -9 25
18 West Ham United 26 -10 24
19 AFC Bournemouth 27 -29 24
20 Southampton 28 -23 23