(Reuters) – Leicester City gave their home fans some timely festive cheer by securing their first Premier League win at the King Power Stadium since September with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Watford on Saturday.
Jamie Vardy opened the scoring with a penalty after 12 minutes. The striker had won the spot kick after being brought down by Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster when running on to a through ball.
The home side doubled the lead 11 minutes later after a quick counter-attack ended with James Maddison excellently controlling a crossfield pass from Marc Albrighton on his knee before volleying into the bottom corner.
Watford struggled to contain Leicester’s pacey attack and had Etienne Capoue sent off late on for a reckless challenge on Kelechi Iheanacho.
The result meant Leicester moved up to seventh in the standings, briefly ahead of Manchester United, who were playing later on Saturday, on goal difference.
Watford slipped down to 10th, and have now not won in the league, home or away, since October.
(Reporting by Christian Radnedge; editing by Clare Fallon)