Leicester City 3:0 Sheffield Wednesday
City ended a bad week on a high note with a convincing 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday at Filbert Way on Saturday…
Nigel Pearson made four changes: Fryatt, Howard, Dyer and Berner coming in for Gallagher, Waghorn, McGivern and N’Guessan.
But for Wellens and Weale this was the side who won the third division title last season, and Howard soon invoked memories of 2008-09 powering home a header from a Fryatt chip in the 8th minute for his first goal of the season.
This was a huge confidence booster for City, and dented the fragile spirits of a Wednesday side on a run of eight games without a win.
Tudgay went close with an overhead kick in a rare Owls attack; then Wednesday keeper Grant produced a fine save to deny Fryatt, but the home crowd didn’t have to wait long to celebrate another goal.
Some smart footwork on the edge of the area from Fryatt led to a chance for King who beat Grant with a precise shot to double City’s lead in the 24th minute.
Oakley then caught a volley perfectly but Grant managed to parry the fierce shot away.
In the 36th minute under-fire Owls boss Brian Laws made a double substitution. There were boos from the vistors’ corner as he withrew, Johnson, one of the few Wednesday players to have threatened City’s back line.
After the break Fryatt and Oakley both went close, before Wednesday almost pulled a goal back. Weale came rushing out to the edge of his area but was left stranded as McAllister beat him to the ball; fortunately for the City keeper, Morrison had come charging back to clear McAllister’s shot off the line.
That was Wednesday’s best chance, and City made it 3-0 in the 73rd minute to put the result beyond doubt.
A good cross from substitute MicGivern from the left was turned back by Fryatt into the path of King who firmly side-footed the ball into the top right hand corner.
Although the oppostion looked pretty poor, it was a good end to a terrible week for City, who regained a place in the play-off frame.
It also begged the question, are last year’s side still the best option?
Leicester: Weale, Brown, Berner (McGivern 60), Hobbs, Morrison, King, Dyer (Gallagher 75), Oakley, Wellens, Fryatt, Howard (Kermorgant 81). Subs Not Used: Logan, N’Guessan, Adams, Neilson.
Wednesday: Grant, Purse, Buxton, Spurr, Beevers, Johnson (Soares 36), Potter (Gray 36), McAllister, O’Connor, Tudgay, Clarke (Varney 62). Subs Not Used: Hinds, Esajas, O’Donnell, Feeney.
Referee: C Boyeson (East Yorkshire). Attendance: 22,236.