Leicester City 5:1 Scunthorpe United
City thumped Scunthorpe 5-1 at Filbert Way on Saturday, with an incredible performance from Paul Gallagher, who scored a hat trick…
Nigel Pearson made two changes to the side who drew 0-0 in a woeful game against Doncaster on Tuesday night with Waghorn in the the injured Fryatt and Dyer replacing N’Guessan.
This game swiftly promised to be a much better spectacle, and so it proved. In the third minute Hayes went clear on goal from the left, but Weale narrowed his angle well and blocked.
By the sixth minute City were ahead. Waghorn swung a free-kick into the area and Morrison edged ahead of his marker to head it into the roof of the net from close in.
Although McCann sent a shot inches wide for the Iron City doubled their lead in the 16th minute. As City broke upfield Oakley found Dyer who passed to Gallagher who had room to deliver a measured shot which found the top right hand corner via a defelction.
Weale did well to tip a Jones shot over the bar before City deligthed the home crowd with a third goal in the 25th minute. O’Connor brought Dyer down just outside the area and Gallagher swung his free-kick round the wall and past Murphy at the far post.
City were rampant now and added a fourth in the 34th minute. Gallagher did well to save a ball that looked to be going out of play and hooked a cross into the goalmouth. A poor headed clearance fell for an unmarked Waghorn eight yards out, and he gleefully smashed the ball past Murphy.
City were a little subdued for a while after half time and Hayes pulled one back for the visitors, driving in a low shot that deflected off Togwell, deceiving Weale.
This lifted Scunthorpe and they ejoyed a period opf pressure, but off-target efforts from O’Connor and Hooper were the best they could muster.
Pearson switched things around on the hour bringing Kermorgant on for Oakley and Solano for Morrison. Solano showed some classy touches and also sent a sizzling free-kick from 30 yards inches over the bar.
City gradually regained control and, just short of the 10th Anniversary of the last time City scored five, Gallagher made it 5-1 to complete his hat trick in the 73rd minute. A 50 yard ball from Wellens caught United’s defence out and Gallagher nodded a cheeky back header over Murphy and into the net.
Gallagher narrowly failed to make it 6-1 with a snap shot that just missed an empty goal after Murphy had committed himself.
Seconds later Gallagher was replaced by N’Guessan, receiving a standing ovation for a fantastic performance.
In one great afternoon’s work City had cemented their place in the top six; made amends for the Doncaster performance; improved their goal difference; and assuaged fears about who would replace our leading goalscorer…
Pearson said of his hat trick hero: “Paul Gallagher has had a bit of criticism so it’s good for him to be able to walk off with the match ball. He will be a player who will be important for this club for the next few years.”
Leicester: Weale, Brown, Berner, Hobbs, Morrison (Solano 61), King, Dyer, Oakley (Kermorgant 61), Wellens, Gallagher (N’Guessan 83), Waghorn. Subs Not Used: Logan, Bruce, Howard, McGivern.
Scunthorpe: Murphy, Mirfin, Williams, Raynes, Jones, Togwell, O’Connor, J Wright, McCann, Hayes, Hooper. Subs Not Used: Morris, Forte, Lillis, Woolford, A Wright, McDermott, Sparrow.
Referee: D Phillips (W Sussex). Attendance: 21,626.