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Stoke 0-4 Leicester: James Justin scores spectacular solo effort before goals from Marc Albrighton, Ayoze Perez and Harvey Barnes comfortably send the Foxes through to the fourth round of the FA Cup Leicester have cruised into the fourth round of the FA Cup with win over Stoke James Justin opened the scoring with a spectacular solo effort in the first half Marc Albrighton doubled the lead for the Foxes 15 minutes after the break Ayoze Perez and Harvey Barnes added a third and a fourth in quick succession

By Tom Collomosse For Mailonline

Published: 16:54 GMT, 9 January 2021 | Updated: 17:04 GMT, 9 January 2021

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Marc Albrighton ended a goal drought that had lasted more than two years to maintain Leicester’s hopes of winning the FA Cup for the first time in their history.

The winger’s last strike was on Boxing Day 2018, in a 2-1 win over Manchester City, but after James Justin had given Leicester a half-time lead at Stoke with a gem from long range, Albrighton made it two in the 59th minute with a finish the absent Jamie Vardy would have been proud of. 

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Further goals from Ayoze Perez and Harvey Barnes rounded off a satisfying afternoon for the Premier League side.

James Justin (centre) celebrates scoring the goal of the game as Leicester beat Stoke 4-0

James Justin (centre) celebrates scoring the goal of the game as Leicester beat Stoke 4-0

The Foxes defender cut in from the left-hand side before unleashing a fierce shot at goal

The Foxes defender cut in from the left-hand side before unleashing a fierce shot at goal

Having skipped past a couple of challenges, Justin fires a looping shot into the top corner

Having skipped past a couple of challenges, Justin fires a looping shot into the top corner

Stoke goalkeeper Joe Bursik is left rooted to the spot as he watches Justin's shot fly into his net

Stoke goalkeeper Joe Bursik is left rooted to the spot as he watches Justin's shot fly into his net

MATCH FACTS AND PLAYER RATINGS

STOKE CITY: (3-5-2) Bursik 7; Souttar 6, Shawcross 6, Batth 5.5 (Matondo 65, 6); Smith 5.5 (Collins 65, 6), Allen 6, Mikel 5.5, Clucas 5.5, McClean 5 (Thompson 65, 6); Vokes 5, Brown 6.5

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SUBS NOT USED: Nna Noukeu, Lindsay, Ince, Oakley-Boothe, Verlinden, Cousins

GOALS: None

BOOKINGS: Batth (37)

COACH: Michael O'Neill

LEICESTER CITY: (4-2-3-1) Schmeichel 6; Castagne 8, Fofana 7 (Soyuncu 79), Evans 7.5, Justin 7.5; Tielemans 7.5, Ndidi 6.5; Albrighton 7.5, Praet 6.5 (Mendy 90), Barnes 7 (Iheanacho 81); Perez 6.5

SUBS NOT USED: Ward, Morgan, Amartey, Choudhury, Fuchs, Thomas

GOALS: Justin (34); Albrighton (59); Perez (79); Barnes (81)

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