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Bottom-of-the-table Leicester City’s winless Premier League run is now 13 matches after Christian Eriksen’s goal gave Tottenham a third straight win.
Harry Kane’s close-range finish from Nacer Chadli’s cross put the visitors ahead in the first minute. Leicester’s Leonardo Ulloa headed against a post before levelling with a flick early in the second half. Riyad Mahrez curled a free-kick against the bar for the hosts before Eriksen’s 25-yard strike won it for Spurs.
The defeat increases the pressure on Leicester boss Nigel Pearson, whose side had a late penalty appeal turned down after a challenge by Jan Vertonghen on Jamie Vardy. Last season’s Championship title-winners are now five points adrift at the basement.
Only two teams have escaped relegation after being bottom of the Premier League at Christmas, with Sunderland one of those 12 months ago.
Leicester’s hopes of following suit were dented early on by Tottenham who, after a slow start to life under Mauricio Pochettino, have suffered just one defeat in their last six league matches. Part of their upturn in fortunes has been down to 21-year-old Kane and he delivered again within a minute, scoring his 13th goal in the last 18 games.
The striker took advantage of Wes Morgan’s slip inside the penalty area to collect Chadli’s scuffed cross and drill low into the net.
Tottenham (Kane 1’ ;Eriksen 71’)
Leicester (Ulloa 48’)