Leicester City 1:2 West Bromwich Albion
West Brom proved their promotion credentials with an assured performance in the Remembrance Day fixture against City at Filbert Way on Saturday…
Almost 29,000 turned out, having their appetites whetted by seeing back to back televised victories at Reading and QPR, and Nigel Pearson started with the same XI who won at Loftus Road.
The game had a lively opening, West Brom were eager to shoot on sight and Neilson and Brown both had to block goalbound shots, while Weale pulled off a fine save to deny Moore…. while Mattock’s every touch was booed to the rafters.
Then City had a good attacking spell, but were perhaps a bit over-elaborate near to goal and either the final ball went astray or the shooting was off-target – Oakley fired wide and then Waghorn was thwarted by Carson.
The lively Waghorn then executed a neat shot on the turn but Carson was well placed to save.
The Baggies found their way through in the 37th minute. Oakley gave away a needless free-kick tripping Thomas. Dorrans’ didn’t connect at all well with his free-kick but somehow the ball snaked through the wall, past a couple of defenders and beyond Weale’s reach just inside the right hand post.
Three minutes later Weale was picking the ball out of his net again and West Brom were in the driving seat.
Jara strode through a large hole in the middle of the park and had time to size up a 30 yarder that deceived Weale and found the net.
City looked in disarray at this stage, and Oakley and King both retired injured, replaced by Gallagher and McGivern.
Half time put a 2-0 deficit in perspective as verterans old and not so old paraded round the track in a ceremony that has even more gravity and relevance than usual given the current situation… http://www.poppy.org.uk/support-us/give-money
City almost instantly had a chance to pull back a goal and set up a great second half contest, but Gallagher somehow failed to prod the ball over the line from close in after good work from Fryatt.
Weale was the busier keeper after that, saving a Moore shot and a Brunt header. When he was beaten by a lob shot the bar came to his aid, Moore denied yet again.
Howard replaced N’Guessan but City couldn’t find a way through Albion’s well drilled defence.
Not until the fourth minute of time added on, when a Gallagher free-kick was saved by Carson at the foot of the left hand post, but Berner reacted swiftly to tuern the loose ball home.
It was too late and, in truth, the scoreline flattered City who had simply been beaten by a better side.
Leicester: Weale, Brown, Berner, Hobbs, Neilson, King (McGivern 44), Oakley (Gallagher 39), Wellens, Fryatt, N’Guessan (Howard 60), Waghorn. Subs Not Used: Logan, Campbell, Kermorgant, Morrison.
Albion: Carson, Jara, Zuiverloon, Olsson, Mattock, Meite, Thomas (Cech 75), Brunt, Dorrans, Moore (Bednar 87), Cox (Mulumbu 66). Subs Not Used: Kiely, Martis, Teixeira, Koren.
Referee: N Swarbrick (Lancashire). Attendance: 28,748.