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Jan 9, 2021 at 3pm UK
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Justin (34'), Albrighton (59'), Perez (79'), Barnes (81')
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James Justin delighted with wonder goal in FA Cup

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The Foxes fullback fired home the opener in a 4-0 victory.
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James Justin expressed his delight after scoring what he regards as the best goal of his career to date in Leicester's 4-0 FA Cup win at Stoke on Saturday.

The 22-year-old full-back netted the opener in the 34th minute when he cut in from the left, going past Tommy Smith and Joe Allen in the process, and sent a superb shot into the top corner from just outside the box.

Asked where it ranked in the list of his goals, Justin told LCFC TV: "It's number one to be fair, it's number one. I haven't hit one better than that."

The England Under-21 international added: "I just looked at him and then cut in on my stronger side, saw another man coming, pushed it out, and I thought why not?

James Justin fires home Leicester's opener in a 4-0 FA Cup third round victory at Stoke.

"If you don't shoot, you don't score, it ended up in the back of the net, and I'm delighted with the goal."

The Premier League side doubled their lead in the third-round tie through a cool Marc Albrighton finish just before the hour mark.

Ayoze Perez subsequently struck number three for Brendan Rodgers' men in the 79th minute, and Harvey Barnes then added a fourth two minutes later as he lashed the ball past Joe Bursik.

It was a ninth goal of the season and third in four games for Barnes, who had twice been thwarted by Bursik in the first half.

The England winger said: "When I've been in good form, you get a bit of confidence, and I think in front of goal, I feel really confident that I'm going to get the ball and have chances in the game.

"At the minute, they're going in and I'm really happy with that.

"There were times in the game where we played really well, and we scored some great goals."

Jamie Vardy and James Maddison, both of whom had been nursing injuries, were missing from the Leicester line-up.

Their replacements, Perez and Dennis Praet, were the only changes made by Rodgers from the win at Newcastle a week earlier, with the Foxes not in action again until next Saturday, against Southampton.

When asked about the strength of the Foxes team, Stoke boss Michael O'Neill – who made five alterations to his XI – said: "I didn't expect Brendan to come and play anything other than that. Even without Maddison and Vardy, they still had quality.

"For some of our players, it gave them an indication, particularly some of the younger ones, of the level that's required to play at the top end of the Premier League. Once we went behind it was going to be very difficult against that level of quality."

Stoke are currently eighth in the Championship, and O'Neill added: "I don't think that will affect their confidence really in terms of the Championship. We recognise the quality we played against.

"The most important thing is we now know we have 23 league games left, and we can make a real fight to finish in the top six."

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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester UnitedMan Utd19124336251140
2Manchester CityMan City18115231131838
3Leicester CityLeicester19122535211438
4Liverpool1997337221534
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs1896333171633
6Everton1710252821732
7West Ham UnitedWest Ham199552722532
8Aston Villa1792631181329
9Chelsea1985633231029
10Southampton188552621529
11Arsenal198382319427
12Leeds UnitedLeeds187293034-423
13Crystal Palace196582233-1123
14Wolverhampton WanderersWolves196492129-822
15Burnley185491022-1219
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle1954101832-1419
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton193882229-717
18Fulham1826101527-1212
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1925121543-2811
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd1912161032-225
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