secured his first win as manager to push Fulham closer to relegation, as Jamie Vardy reached a century of goals for the Foxes.

Rodgers – who started with a defeat at Watford after his switch from – was afforded a warm reception from fans at the before kick-off and they were able to celebrate with a victory.

Vardy was the key figure throughout, unselfishly setting up a simple first-half finish for Youri Tielemans before rising to the occasion after substitute Floyd Ayite’s scrappy equaliser for the Cottagers after the break.

He raced on to James Maddison’s perfect through ball to put Leicester back in front with 12 minutes left, then got his 100th goal for the club when he turned a finish past Sergio Rico after 86 minutes.

Fulham, under the interim management of Scott Parker, had no answer and this is a defeat that leaves them cut adrift from safety and surely on their way back into the Championship after just one season in the top flight.

Vardy shows importance

Vardy’s relationship with Claude Puel was always a bone of contention before the Frenchman’s sacking – but he has demonstrated his continued importance in the first two games of the Rodgers era.

Vardy and Puel always seemed ill at ease and it looked like the coach never fully trusted the former England striker in his preferred style.

Here, and indeed when he scored in Rodgers’ first game at Watford, Vardy has made the sort of impact that means he will figure prominently as the new manager formulates his early plans.

Another stylish performer was Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans, on loan from , and he is the sort of player Rodgers relishes having.

The 21-year-old ran the show in the first half, not just scoring a relatively simple goal but demonstrating the sort of vision that will make him a hot property whether he stays at Leicester or not.

Rodgers was beaming at the final whistle, delighted to get those first three points on the board.

More to follow…

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 14Ricardo Pereira
  • 6Evans
  • 15Maguire
  • 3Chilwell
  • 21TielemansSubstituted forGhezzalat 72′minutes
  • 25Ndidi
  • 7GraySubstituted forOkazakiat 72′minutes
  • 10MaddisonSubstituted forMendyat 81′minutes
  • 19Barnes
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 5Morgan
  • 8Iheanacho
  • 12Ward
  • 20Okazaki
  • 24Mendy
  • 28Fuchs
  • 31Ghezzal

Fulham

  • 25Rico
  • 4Odoi
  • 16Nordtveit
  • 13Ream
  • 23BryanBooked at 60mins
  • 5Chambers
  • 6McDonaldSubstituted forViettoat 82′minutes
  • 10Cairney
  • 12BabelBooked at 55minsSubstituted forSeriat 67′minutes
  • 9Mitrovic
  • 3R SessegnonSubstituted forAyitéat 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Ayité
  • 19Vietto
  • 20Le Marchand
  • 22Christie
  • 24Seri
  • 29Zambo Anguissa
  • 31Fabri
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
32,017

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home18
Away6
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Full Time

Second Half ends, 3, Fulham 1.

Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luciano Vietto.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Nampalys Mendy () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Floyd Ayité (Fulham).

Attempt blocked. Harvey Barnes () right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Chilwell.

Offside, Fulham. Håvard Nordtveit tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Mitrovic is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! 3, Fulham 1. Jamie Vardy () left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Harvey Barnes.

Attempt missed. Nampalys Mendy () right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ben Chilwell.

Attempt saved. Shinji Okazaki () right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ricardo Pereira.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Luciano Vietto replaces Kevin McDonald.

Substitution

Substitution, . Nampalys Mendy replaces James Maddison.

Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! 2, Fulham 1. Jamie Vardy () right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Maddison with a through ball following a fast break.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jonny Evans.

Attempt saved. Joe Bryan (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Ricardo Pereira () wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).

Substitution

Substitution, . Rachid Ghezzal replaces Youri Tielemans.

Substitution

Substitution, . Shinji Okazaki replaces Demarai Gray.

Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joe Bryan with a cross.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Jean Michael Seri replaces Ryan Babel.

Attempt missed. Ryan Babel (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Harvey Barnes () right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Chilwell.

Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Floyd Ayité.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Joe Bryan (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Demarai Gray () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Bryan (Fulham).

Wilfred Ndidi () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

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