Riyad Mahrez scores hat-trick as Leicester go two clear at the top. but Jamie Vardy run ends

Jamie Vardy’s record run of goals came to an end but Riyad Mahrez plundered a hat-trick as Leicester City beat Swansea City 3-0 away.
Having broken the Premier League record last week, Vardy went into Saturday’s game looking to score in his 12th consecutive game to equal the English top-flight record, held by Jimmy Dunne for Sheffield United back in the 1931-32 season. The pressure on Swansea manager Garry Monk was for very different reasons, with his team lingering towards the bottom of the wrong half of the table and without a home win for the last five league games. But it was not to be Vardy or Monk’s day.
Despite two early goals, courtesy of Mahrez, it was an undeniably dull first half, in no small part thanks to Swansea, who could not keep hold of the ball. This was not helped by the complete absence of assistance up front whenever Swansea looked like they might have a chance. Swansea’s routine giveaway of the ball became horribly predictable, with Kasper Schmeichel hardly batting an eyelid.
Swansea looked a little better in the second half, exerting a slightly greater presence in the box, but despite chances for Bafetimbi Gomis and Gylfi Sigurdsson there was no coming back from Mahrez’s third goal and fresh questions will be asked of Monk’s position.
It was a comfortable win for the Foxes as they continued their incredible season, taking them two points clear of Arsenal at the top of the table thanks to Man City’s defeat at the hands of Stoke City, though there is no doubt the scoreline could have been higher.

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