Jamie Vardy scored his 100th and 101st Premier League goals as Leicester boosted their hopes of achieving a top-four Premier League finish with victory over a lacklustre Crystal Palace.
The striker tapped home a Harvey Barnes cross from close range to bring up his top-flight century as the Foxes won for the first time since the restart.
Having failed to find the net in three games since the Premier League’s resumption, Vardy then added a second, running clear of the Palace defence before chipping a neat finish past Vicente Guaita.
Jamie Vardy scores his 100th & 101st goals in the Premier League with a brilliant brace as Leicester City beat Crystal Palace 3-0!!! pic.twitter.com/iAmmVoRcPp
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Kelechi Iheanacho had given the home side the lead, side-footing home a superb, low left-wing cross from Youri Tielemens to claim his second goal in as many games.
This came after a fairly drab first half in which Justin James had struck the bar with a fierce drive for the home side, but little else of note happened.
It is a much-needed win for City, who had seen their grip on a top-four spot weaken following two draws and a loss since the restart.
It puts them six points clear of fifth-placed Wolves, who face Arsenal later on Saturday.
It was another disappointing display from Palace, who set out primarily to contain their opponents and then could not impose themselves in order to alter the outcome once they fell behind.
Gary Cahill came closest to salvaging something from the game for them with a downward header, saved by Kasper Schmeichel.
After winning their first game back, Roy Hodgson’s side have now lost three on the bounce – a run that surely ends any hope they had of snatching a Europa League qualification spot.