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Ranieri urges calm as Leicester rise again in Spurs win

Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Leicester City

By Mark Bryans

Claudio Ranieri is delighted that Leicester are continuing to give the Premier League big guns a run for their money - but is urging his players to remain calm.

The Italian watched Robert Huth score a late header to give the Foxes a 1-0 victory over Tottenham at White Hart Lane last night, which moved his side level at the top of the table with Arsenal.

He said: "We wanted to win but we knew it would be a difficult match. Tottenham started very well and put us under pressure but we didn't lose our confidence or shape and it was difficult for them.

"We created some good chances and in the second-half it was an open match. We both had chances and we scored the goal. We have now had three clean sheets in a row. Unfortunately it's January, not May. There's so much work to do. We have to remain calm and believe in what we're doing."

Spurs and Leciester were meeting for the second time in four days after their FA Cup third round tie at White Hart Lane ended in a draw on Sunday.

This game looked to be going the same way until Huth headed home his first of the season eight minutes from time.

Despite recalls for Tottenham's Harry Kane and fit-again Jamie Vardy - one of nine changes for Ranieri's visitors from the weekend's game - neither could get their names on the scoresheet.

Kane saw a second-half effort saved onto the crossbar by Kasper Schmeichel as he and Spurs counterpart Hugo Lloris both made a number of saves.

The Foxes' first decent chance of the night came as Lloris' poor clearance ended at the feet of Vardy, who charged into the box before teeing-up Shinji Okazaki only for him to fire wide.

They came even closer as the half-hour approached, this time Lloris was the saviour as he stretched to tip Danny Drinkwater's angled volley wide.

Neither goalkeeper was in the mood to be beaten as Schmeichel kept out Christian Eriksen.

Kane came within inches of opening the scoring in the second period as he latched onto Erik Lamela's pass but saw his effort turned onto the crossbar.

But no-one could get in the way of Huth's powerful header as he watched Christian Fuchs' corner onto his forehead and guided it beyond Lloris.



TOTTENHAM: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier (Onomah 90), Carroll (Son 82), Eriksen (Dembele 71), Alli, Lamela, Kane.

Subs not used: Rose, Vorm, Trippier, Wimmer.

LEICESTER: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez (Dyer 90), Kanté, Drinkwater, Albrighton, Okazaki (King 77), Vardy (Ulloa 71). Goal: Huth 83

Subs not used: Gray, Wasilewski, Schwarzer, Inler.

Man of the match: Schmeichel (pictured)

Referee: Lee Mason

Matche rating: 6/10

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