Okazaki gets on his bicycle to pedal Leicester past Newcastle

The Foxes march to the title takes another big step


Okazaki and Vardy celebrate (Picture by: Joe Giddens / EMPICS Sport)

On a day when neither Jamie Vardy or Riyad Mahrez got on the scoresheet, it was Shinji Okazaki who proved to be the hero for title-chasing Leicester City.

A 1-0 win over Newcastle United at the King Power Stadium has put the Foxes five points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League with eight matches to go.

A spectacular over-head kick by Okazaki in the 25th minute has helped the league leaders to all three points as the Magpies failed to break down Leicester in Rafa Benitez's first game in charge since replacing Steve McClaren.

Leicester City's Shinji Okazaki (centre) scores his sides first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. Picture by: Nick Potts / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Leicester came into the game two points clear of Tottenham with a game in hand after Spurs' 2-0 win at Aston Villa yesterday.

And with Benitez taking charge of Newcastle with the potential for a managerial bounce, there was some pressure on the leaders.

Newcastle did improve, creating chances and half-chances, but it was not enough to stop Leicester in their tracks.