Leicester City’s Premier League survival hopes suffered a major setback as they were beaten 5-3 by Fulham at Craven Cottage.
The Foxes’ fans would have been hoping for a must-win fixture against a side who had lost three of their past four home matches.
However, Leicester was woeful in the first half, conceding three goals and being booed off by their supporters.
Fulham opened the scoring through a Willian free-kick before Carlos Vinicius and Tom Cairney added to their lead before halftime.
Cairney scored again after the restart before Harvey Barnes pulled one back for the visitors. The Foxes’ hopes of a comeback were further dented when Jamie Vardy missed a penalty in the 66th minute.
Fulham soon added a fifth against a porous Leicester defence. The Foxes have now failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their past 20 games, an unwanted Premier League record.
James Maddison scored a late penalty to make the scoreline more respectable, but Leicester never looked like securing anything from the match.
Leicester could have gone three points clear of the drop zone with a win, but instead, they remain 16th and level on points with Leeds and Nottingham Forest who are 17th and 18th.
The Foxes have matches against Liverpool and Newcastle still to come, making their task of avoiding relegation even more challenging.
Their fans were very vocal and they expressed their frustration against the team on the first-half whistle but also at full-time they chanted against their own players.
Leicester City fans not happy with the performance away at Fulham today. #LCFC pic.twitter.com/dQoxRv4bBJ— Football Away Days (@AwayDays_) May 8, 2023
The Cottagers ended a three-match winless run and remain 10th, two points behind west London rivals Brentford.