- Associated Press - Saturday, May 9, 2015

LEICESTER, England (AP) - Leicester won its sixth English Premier League game in seven matches on Saturday, beating fading Southampton 2-0 to continue its march toward survival.

Riyad Mahrez enhanced his growing reputation by scoring both goals at the King Power Stadium.

The Foxes thoroughly deserved their success but Southampton disappointed with a fourth straight away loss which looks to have finally ended the Saints’ hopes of catching Liverpool in fifth spot.

A month ago Leicester appeared set for a return to the second-tier League Championship after an eight-game winless run which included six defeats.

Now Nigel Pearson’s side sits three places and three points above the relegation zone.

If the hosts felt nervous, it did not show. They began confidently and Robert Huth flicked a header just over the crossbar in the second minute.

Five minutes later Mahrez put Pearson’s team in front. The French-born Algeria international collected a flick-on by Leonardo Ulloa, turned away from both Steven Davis and Harrison Reed and fired a left-foot shot into the bottom corner of the net from just outside the penalty area.

Leicester continued to push forward, with the second goal coming after 19 minutes.

Southampton goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga sliced a clearance, putting his team under pressure. Ulloa and Jamie Vardy worked well together to win back the ball with Vardy managing to get a cross into the box where the unmarked Mahrez poked home from close range.


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