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'Confidence is flowing' after Leicester hit four at Southampton | Match Report.

Shinji Okazaki scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season against Southampton as he ended a run of six games without finding the net

 By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at St Mary's

Leicester defender Harry Maguire says "confidence is flowing" as manager Claude Puel experienced a comfortable victory on his return to former club Southampton.

Puel was sacked by the Saints in June after just one season in charge, having guided the club to eighth place and the League Cup final.

The Frenchman, who took over at Leicester in October, celebrated on the touchline without going over the top as the Foxes claimed their fourth consecutive win in style thanks to two goals from Shinji Okazaki.

"When Claude came in we were struggling to score goals but now we are finding the net," Maguire said. "We create chances and score goals."

Leicester took an early lead at St Mary's with a fine individual goal from Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, who cut in from the left before striking a low, powerful shot into the corner of the net.

Japan international Okazaki added a second just after the half-hour mark, pouncing from close range after Southampton failed to clear a shot from Christian Fuchs following a corner.

Puel's side were three goals ahead by half-time when Maguire crossed for midfielder Andy King to tap in at the back post.

Southampton, much improved after the break, pulled a goal back after an hour through defender Maya Yoshida, who climbed highest in the six-yard box to head in Ryan Bertrand's corner kick.

But the visitors blunted any hopes of a Saints comeback when Jamie Vardy's cross picked out strike partner Okazaki's brilliant run and he finished emphatically.
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