Leicester City’s first victory in six matches was made in Algeria with Riyad Mahrez and record signing Islam Slimani on target to break down stubborn resistance from Huddersfield.
In the absence of his injured sidekick Jamie Vardy, Mahrez took responsibility for his team by brilliantly volleying The Foxes ahead after 53 minutes and then setting up his compatriot Slimani six minutes later for the striker’s first Premier League goal since April.
Marc Albrighton capped an outstanding individual performance by adding a third goal and there was more good news for manager Claude Puel with £22million summer signing Adrien Silva making a belated Foxes debut five minutes from time. Silva had been signed in the summer transfer window but the paperwork had been filed too late - by 14 seconds - for him to play until now.
Riyad Mahrez, Marc Albrighton and Islam Slimani were all on target to ease Leicester to a 3-0 victory over Huddersfield
Mahrez opened the scoring after 53 minutes when he latched on to Marc Albrighton's ball in with a side-footed volley
Huddersfield stopper Jonas Lossl was powerless as the ball was guided superbly into the far corner by the Algerian
Slimani then doubled the lead for the Foxes just six minutes later when he expertly chipped the Tykes goalkeeper
Slimani, who was found by fellow goalscorer Mahrez, watches as the ball flies over Lossl and towards the Huddersfield goal
It was a perfect afternoon for the Foxes, who were finally able to hand £22m signing Adrien Silva his Premier League debut
Albrighton then made certain when he calmly slotted home to make it three goals and three points for the Foxes
Leicester (4-4-2): Schmeichel 6; Amartey 6, Maguire 5.5, Morgan 6 (Dragovic 28 6), Fuchs 6.5; Mahrez 8 (Gray 76 6), Ndidi 6, James 6 (Silva 85), Albrighton 8.5; Slimani 6.5, Okazaki 5.5
Subs unused: Hamer (Gk), Iheanacho, Iborra, Ulloa
Goals: Mahrez 53, Slimani 60, Albrighton 90
Huddersfield (4-2-3-1): Lossl 6; Smith 6 (Depoitre 81), Jorgensen 6.5, Schindler 7, Lowe 6 (Malone 74 6); Williams 6, Mooy 6; Lolley 6, Ince 6, La Parra 5.5 (Quaner 58 6); Mounie 6
Subs unused: Coleman (Gk), Hogg, Crainie, Hadergjonaj
Referee: Graham Scott 7
Riyad Mahrez opens the scoring with volley
Islam Slimani then chips to double the lead
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For Huddersfield, a first defeat in five matches will concentrate the mind of their manager David Wagner. Despite collecting a creditable 24 points so far, they badly lacked a cutting edge up front and won't be assured of Premier League survival if they place like this too often.
A dreadful first half wasn’t much of an advert for having a crowded fixture list over Christmas and New Year.
The only shot on target before the interval came in the opening minute from Huddersfield’s Chris Lowe.
Meanwhile, there were two fanciful claims for a penalty, first when Huddersfield’s Danny Williams dived into the box springboard-style as Harry Maguire challenged. And then Maguire himself went over easily when Leicester had a corner despite initiating the grappling.
Foxes skipper Wes Morgan limped off after injuring his knee in a tackle on Steve Mouinie that also earned him a yellow card. In the corporate boxes, Vardy – out with a groin strain – was left holding the baby, literally, as his son cried in protest at the poor entertainment in front of him.
Foxes new boy Silva warms up in preparation for his Premier League debut following a frustrating four months in limbo
Wilfred Ndidi fends off a challenge from Huddersfield flyer Tom Ince during the opening exchanges