West Bromwich Albion 3:0 Leicester City
City losing run extended to four games with a 3-0 defeat at the Hawthorns on Friday evening…
Nigel Pearson made four changes to his side for a return to the club he managed for two games.
Oakley, Howard, Berner and Dyer were in, with Gallagher, Spearing, Solano and N’Guessan making way.
City got off to a good start with Dyer moving at a frantic pace against his former club. Once he almost broke clear but was fouled and then he sent a shot narrowly wide. He also charged down the middle before Carson came out to save at his feet.
With Dyer being afforded more attention from Albion and City losing the midfield battle the home side began to impose themselves. Brunt had a shot blocked; Olsson sent a header inches wide with Weale stranded; and then the City keeper produced a good save to deny Miller.
Albion finally made the breakthrough in the 38th minute. Hobbs headed a Brunt cross out to the edge of the penalty area where it was met by Morrison, whose perfect half volley found the bottom left hand corner.
If that left City facing a hard task, they had a mountain to climb by half time. In first half time added on Hobbs again met a Brunt cross, this time it hit King on the back and landed nicely for Koren to fire home.
City, who replaced Waghorn with Gallagher at the break, desperately needed a good start to the second half, but it wasn’t to be when Howard screwed an early chance wide when well placed.
Another chance for Howard was lobbed tamely over the bar with the better placed King begging for a pass.
Vaughan and then Adams came on for Dyer and Oakley and City had loads of possession but couldn’t get near the Baggies goal.
The three points were rubber stamped with five minutes remaining when Morrison sent Koren racing clear and he beat Weale before finding the net and putting Albion another step nearer automatic promotion.
City hadn’t performed badly against what will prove to be th esecond best team in the division, but never really looked like scoring.
Nigel Pearson was in a defiant mood: “There will be twists and turns between now and the end of the season. If people write us off, it is up to us to prove the doubters wrong. We have worked too hard this season to get ourselves into an encouraging position just to let it pass us by. We have to come out of this disappointing run and we will do it by working hard and making sure we do everything we can to cross the line ourselves.”
Albion: Carson, Cech, Tamas, Olsson (Mattock 78), Morrison, Brunt, Dorrans, Koren, Reid (Meite 46), Mulumbu, Miller (Bednar 57). Subs Not Used: Kiely, Barnes, Cox, Slory.Leicester: Weale, Berner, Hobbs, Neilson, Morrison, King, Dyer (Vaughan 53), Oakley (Adams 61), Wellens, Howard, Waghorn (Gallagher, 46). Subs Not Used: Brown, Logan, Kermorgant, Spearing.
Referee: D Deadman (Cheshunt). Attendance: 23,334.