FA Cup 4th Round – Leicester City 2:0 Swindon Town
City successfully negotiated a tricky looking tie with Swindon at Filbert Way on Saturday to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2005.
With Drinkwater and Delfouneso unavailable Pearson stuck with the starting eleven that had won the last two games, and they got off to the perfect start taking a 4th minute lead.
Swindon failed to clear a corner properly and Mills chipped a ball across the area for Beckford to fire home. This had the invaluble effect of silencing Town’s big following and putting Swindon on the back foot.
As the half wore on the League Two side eventually got a foothold in the game and enjoyed a good spell approaching the break.
Risser tested Schmeichel with a header; Connell skimmed the crossbar with a shot and Ritchie went close after a goalmouth scramble. Just before the half time whistle Schmeichel then turned a Cibocchi free-kick over the bar, but City had weathered the storm.
It was all over for Paolo Di Canio’s side eight minutes after the break when City extended their lead.
Wellens sent Gallagher in down the right and his cross was only cleared as far as Beckford who crashed home his fifth FA Cup goal of the year and his 14th in 16 appearances.
St Ledger, with a header, and Danns with a low shot both went inches wide, while Swindon continued to press forward when they could but produced only a series of wildy hit shots to cap some decent approach play.
Nugent rose like a salmon to meet a Gallagher cross with a downward header but Foderingham brought off a fine save; and then young debutant Hopper found the side-netting after a good run, but City could not summon a third goal.
But thanks to those two Beckford strikes City were in the last sixteen for the first time in seven years…
Leicester: Schmeichel; Peltier, Mills, St Ledger, Konchesky (Kennedy 73), Gallagher, Danns, Wellens, Dyer, Nugent (Hopper 81), Beckford (Howard 65). Unused Subs: Smith, Tunchev, Parkes.
Swindon: Foderingham, Caddis, Devera, McCormack, Cibocchi, Ritchie, Ferry (Thompson 80), Risser, De Vita (Gabilondo 54), Benson, Connell (Murray 60). Unused Subs: P. Smith, Boateng, J. Smith, Magera.
Referee: D Drysdale (Lincolnshire). Attendance: 19,942.