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Premiership: Leicester City defeat Sunderland 2-0

By Damian Spellman, Press Association Sport

Published 10/04/2016

Sunderland's Lamine Kone (left) and Leicester City's Shinji Okazaki battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.
Sunderland's Lamine Kone (left) and Leicester City's Shinji Okazaki battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.
Sunderland's Lee Cattermole and Leicester City's Shinji Okazaki battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.
Sunderland's DeAndre Yedlin and Leicester City's Marc Albrighton battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy scores his side's first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

Leicester midfielder Drinkwater told Sky Sports there is still work to be done, but his facial expression suggested the Foxes players now firmly believe the title is theirs to lose.

"We've got a few games left. It's a step but a very big one," he said. "If this puts more pressure on them (Spurs) then perfect but I can't see Tottenham putting too much on this. It's up to them now. The fans here are brilliant, and credit to the lads we deserved that."

As Leicester's fairytale continues, Vardy thanked the Sunderland fans for showing their appreciation at the end of the match.

"Coming off the Sunderland fans were clapping us as well which is brilliant," he said. "It was a great game, we knew it would be tough but managed to grind it out. It's a step closer to possibly winning the league. We'll enjoy this for the rest of the day and then get back to training for the next week."

Sunderland boss Allardyce said his side's performance was down to the situation they have put themselves in earlier in the season.

"We were nervous today because of how big the game is. It's a legacy of not picking up the points when we should have done. That caused us to do the wrong things to try and get back in the game," he said.

"I thought we were very poor after (the opening goal). Jack Rodwell should have scored, you can't get a better chance than that and it would have put it at 1-1, then in the final five you have to throw caution to the wind.

"Norwich was always going to be big. There would be less pressure if we had won but today was always going to be difficult to win. We are under extreme pressure that we have to make sure we handle."

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