Leicester City 2:0 Watford
City enjoyed a comfortable win against Watford, showing some economy of effort to gain a 2-0 win over the Hornets in front of a sparse crowd…
Sven made four changes to the side that lost at Birmingham with Danns, Fernandes, Vassell and the suspended Mills replaced by Wellens, Johnson, St ledger and Beckford, who teamed up with Nugent for the first time.
And City enjoyed a bright start with Watford having a couple of shaky moments at the back and Beckford having a goal ruled out when Bamba failed to keep the ball in play before crossing.
It wasn’t long before City had the ball in the net again when a Konchesky ball found Nugent, who showed a great touch and cool composure to beat the Watford defence and slot the ball past Loach.
A mix up in the City defence allowed Garner in for a rare Watford chance but Schmeichel dived bravely at his feet, picking up a knock to the face in the process.
But City doubled their lead soon after, when Abe crossed for Beckford to rise and nod home his first goal in a City shirt.
With Watford having little to offer the game looked to be over and City didn’t expend too much energy in the second half, conceding ground and possession, but no goals.
Only with ten minutes remaining was Schmeichel truly tested when he produced a fantastic reaction save to tip away an effort from Hogg.
The newly resident Peregrine Falcon, who had predicted both City goals by making a deposit on the Koppites below, disappeared from view after the break, so we were unlikely to find the net anyway.
This wasn’t a hugely entertaining evening for those who had braved the chill, but it was a professional job, with as clean sheet and a goal each for our new strike partnership.
A win against Millwall could see City into the play-off frame for the first time under Sven…
City: Schmeichel; Peltier, St. Ledger, Bamba, Konchesky, Johnson; Abe (Fernandes 66), Wellens; King, Nugent (Dyer 88), Beckford (Vassell 75). Unused Subs: Pantsil, Weale.
Watford: Loach, Doyley, Mariappa, Mirfin,Dickinson, Deeney, Eustace, Hogg, Kightly (Buaben 20), Iwelumo (Yeates 82), Garner (Sordell 83). Unused Subs: Gilmartin, Bennett.
Referee: Chris Sarginson (Staffs). Attendance: 20,304.