Leicester City 1:0 Barnsley
City overcame a stubborn Barnsley side at Filbert Way on Saturday afternoon, another goal from Matty Fryatt earning the three points.
New signing Paul Gallagher replaced the injured Steve Howard and Lloyd Dyer was in for Nicky Adams.
A tight and fairly uneventful first half unfolded. Dyer beat two defenders before sending a shot wide and Fryatt was denied by Tykes’ keeper Steele. At the other end Weale had one decent save to make from Deveaney but the sides went in at the break goalless.
There was a very moving tribute from Keith Weller’s family at half time when they made an appearance with Alan Birchenall, thanking the City supporters for their messages sent to Keith during his battle with cancer.
City emerged for the second half looking mor ebusiness-like and within eight minutes they were a goal up.
Wellens chipped a ball forward for Fryatt who plucked it out of the air with some brilliant control before firing it past Steele and into the net for his third goal of the season. Kasabian’s ‘I’m on Fire’ replaced the Fratellis ‘Chelsea Dagger’ as the apparently obligatory ‘goal celebration music’ to some very confused looks from those who like that sort of thing.
City almost stretched their lead soon after when a Hobbs header found the side-netting.
But Barnsley refused to lie down and racked up several chances. Most of their shots flew high over the bar, but a couple of efforts were two close for comfort.
Gallagher’s only real chance of th eafternoon saw him latch on to a ball from Wellens but his shot was tippe dover by Steele. N’Guessan also had Steele leaping across his goal to make another fine save.
There were a few nervous moments late on but Campbell-Ryce had a chance to equalised blocked.
This was a narrow victory for City, but the three points saw them in sixth place at the end of the day.
Leicester: Weale, Neilson, Brown, Hobbs, Berner, N’Guessan, Wellens, Oakley, Dyer (Adams 65), Fryatt (Dickov 87), Gallagher (King 81). Subs Not Used: Logan, Morrison, Tunchev, Gradel.
Barnsley: Steele, Hassell (Kozluk 22), Foster, Moore, El Haimour, Devaney (Hammill 72), De Silva, Hallfredsson, Campbell-Ryce, Hume (Macken 72), Gray. Subs Not Used: Preece, Odejayi, Butterfield, Potter.
Referee: Andy Penn (West Midlands). Attendance: 21,799.