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No special formula for Leicester rise: Danny Drinkwater

By PA Reporter

Leicester City's ascent to the top of the Barclays Premier League table is the season's most surprising tale, but midfielder Danny Drinkwater insists there is no magic formula behind their success.

The Foxes demolished Newcastle 3-0 at St James' Park to reach the summit on a day when their in-form striker Jamie Vardy equalled Ruud van Nistelrooy's Premier League scoring record by finding the net for a 10th successive game.

The victory extended the club's unbeaten run on the road to 10 league games, a streak that includes the managerial stints of both Nigel Pearson and his successor Claudio Ranieri, and they took advantage of Manchester City and Arsenal's slip-ups to move into pole position in the division.

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The fact Leicester are ahead of the chasing pack after 13 games is one few could have predicted, yet Drinkwater believes there is nothing revolutionary behind their remarkable form.

When informed they had last lost away from home eight months ago, Drinkwater told Foxes Player: "Since March? It sounds good that, doesn't it?

"We're just a solid team. We play to our strengths, try and not play to our weaknesses - it's not rocket science. The gaffer's come in, changed a few things, improved a few things, it's working."

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren lamented his side's lack of consistency in a performance he dubbed their worst of the campaign so far and he challenged his men to respond at Crystal Palace next Saturday.

"We got exactly what we deserved, which was nothing," he admitted.

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