Leicester City 1:2 Preston North End
Preston became the first side in over a year to take three points from Filbert Way on Saturday afternoon…
Nigel Pearson made one change to his side with Hobbs dropped in favour of Tunchev.
The first half saw play switching constantly from one end to the other, with neither side able to convert their chances.
Wellens fired a shot over the bar, while at the other end Preston carved up City’s defence with a fine passing move but an unmarked Chaplow slipped at the vital moment.
A superb turn from Fryatt saw him on on goal but he was denied by Lonergan, while Weale denied Brown with a fine save.
Gallagher and Oakley both sent shots over the bar before Preston took a 41st minute lead.
A mispalced clearance from Wellens put the ball back into the danger area and Preston neatly teed the ball up for Mellor whose low drive beat Weale to his left.
The visitors almost doubled their lead before the break but Weale denied Mellor with a fine save.
City were second best for most of the second half. Preston passed well, were quicker to the ball and also knew how to play the ref, getting every decision their way. City lost their shape and were disconnected up front.
N’Guessan became the latest City player to fire the ball a yard over the bar and then Berner sent a shot wide, but City found themselves two goals down in the 65th minute. From a City corner Preston broke swiftly upfield and Mellor set Chaplow up to extend their lead.
Howard, N’Guessan and Wellens made way for Waghorn, Dyer and Kermorgant as City set about trying to rescue their proud home record, but it wasn’t to be, despite a late rally.
City finally found the net in the 90th minute when a Gallagher shot was blocked and Berner smashed home the rebound.
Any thoughts of an equaliser were dispelled when Neilson sent a woeful effort sailing over the bar and City’s attacking momentum was lost.
After more than a year without defeat this was a poor way to surrender the record with City out played, out thought and out fought.
Leicester: Weale, Brown, Berner, Tunchev, Neilson, Gallagher, Oakley, N’Guessan (Waghorn 63), Wellens (Kermorgant 77), Fryatt, Howard (Dyer 62). Subs Not Used: King, Logan, Hobbs, Adams.
Preston: Lonergan, Jones, Chilvers, Collins, Nolan, Wallace, Shumulikoski, Chaplow, Sedgwick, Mellor, Brown. Subs Not Used: Carter, Henderson, Parkin, Elliott, Hart, Mawene,
Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight). Attendance: 20,623.