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Emotions high as Gray seals Leicester win on testing day

November 04, 2018 00:34 IST

IMAGE: Demarai Gray, centre, of Leicester City celebrates after scoring his team's first goal by revealing a commemorative for Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died in a helicopter crash. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Leicester City's traumatic week ended with a 1-0 win at Cardiff City although the result was never the chief concern on a day when the tributes flowed for the Midlands club's late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who died in a helicopter crash.

Several Leicester players were due to fly to Thailand later on Saturday for his funeral and a minute's silence was held at all Premier League grounds to mark last week's tragedy outside Leicester's stadium in which four other people also died.

 

TV requirements saw Saturday's games staggered over four separate kickoff times with Manchester United recovering to win 2-1 at Bournemouth in the early match to move up to seventh.

Newcastle recorded their first league victory of the season, 1-0 over Watford, while Everton and West Ham United also won before Arsenal hosted Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur travelled to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the later games.

But most attention was inevitably focused on the Cardiff City Stadium where tributes included a wreath brought on to the pitch before the game and the unfurling of a huge flag among the crowd in memory of the 60-year-old Thai billionaire.

IMAGE: The Leicester City team hold up a tribute banner to the club's late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who died in a helicopter crash. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

A second-half goal from Demarai Gray sparked jubilation amongst Leicester's players and fans, although referee Lee Probert will face criticism for booking the forward after he took his shirt off in celebration.

"I feel proud, it's been a really tough week for everyone," said Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel. "The way everyone at the club handles themselves is a testament to the family Vichai built."

Newcastle fans finally had something to celebrate as Rafa Benitez's side won at the 11th attempt after Ayoze Perez flicked home a 65th-minute header from a Ki Sung-yeung free kick.

The win took Rafa Benitez's side out of the relegation zone at Cardiff's expense, with West Ham, who beat Burnley 4-2, also edging further clear of the scrap at the bottom.

The Hammers' deserved win was their first in the league since late September and owed much to two goals from Felipe Anderson. The result would have been even worse for Burnley had Joe Hart not pulled off a string of fine saves.

The other 3pm kickoff saw Everton beat Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 -- their third win in four league games -- with Richarlison's double taking his tally to six goals this season.

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