Leicester City moved closer to Premier League survival as they beat West Brom at The Hawthorns to secure their first win in four Premier League games.
After a dull first 43 minutes, Leicester broke the deadlock when Shinji Okazaki intercepted Salomon Rondon’s poor backpass and fed Jamie Vardy, who finished coolly past Ben Foster.
Vardy, who had just one shot on target all afternoon, almost turned provider in the second period but Okazaki failed to connect with his cross.
West Brom, who are attempting to reach a club-record Premier League points tally of 50, have failed to score in five consecutive games for the first time in their history, losing four of them.
A low-key first half was largely dominated by scraps in midfield, and Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater was lucky to escape with only a yellow card after a reckless challenge on Nacer Chadli.
The Baggies’ Claudio Yacob, following an earlier tackle on Vardy, was also booked, after elbowing Okazaki.
Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was called into action just once, when his acrobatic save thwarted Chris Brunt.
And Vardy’s first-time finish – his 13th league goal of the season – proved to be the match-winner, hauling the Foxes up to the 40-point mark.
Craig Shakespeare’s side are now nine points clear of Swansea, who play Manchester United on Sunday, with four games remaining.
Pulis’ 40-point curse
Tony Pulis’ teams have won only six of the 43 Premier League games they have played after reaching 40 points, which is seen as the tally needed to guarantee safety.
Last season, West Brom reached the mark on 2 April, but added only three from their final seven matches.
And history seems to be repeating itself for the former Stoke City and Crystal Palace manager.
In the eight games since they reached 40 points this season – on 25 February – the Baggies has secured just four points.
Victory against Arsenal and a draw at Manchester United have been overshadowed by six defeats – and four on the bounce since the beginning of April.
Their problem has undoubtedly been scoring goals – they have now gone 450 minutes without hitting the back of the net.
That leaves Pulis and his side with four games to find another six points and set a club record.