Leicester City 3:1 Scunthorpe United
With heir to the throne Sven Goran Eriksson watchig on, Chris Powell and Mike Stowell proved that getting on in the Champsionship is not rocket science, as they beat Scunthorpe 3-1 at Filbert Way on Saturday…
Powell and Stowell made three changes to the side that lost at Norwich with Vitor, Berner and Gallagher in for Lamey, Kennedy and Oakley.
There was a scrappy start to the game but City got a 10th minute goal vital to settling those nerves. Gallagher sent Waghorn through and he negotiated his way round a Scunthorpe challenge before clipping a left foot shot round the keeper and just inside the left hand post.
This was just the start City needed and it lifted a small crowd that looked some 3,000 under the official attendance.
United, led by for City player Ian Baraclough, rarely threatened City, a shot on the turn from Forte straight at Ikeme being their best effort.
Dyer had a good shot on the run saved by Murphy and Howard sent a header narrowly wide with City winning the midfield battle. Howard should have made it 2-0 near the break when a poor backpass fell for him but he somehow prodded the ball wide from close in.
City should have extended their lead early in the second half when an error in the Iron defence presented Dyer with the ball in front of goal, but he elected to square to Waghorn and over-hit his pass.
Dyer made amends a couple of minutes later, after bursting into the penalty area his shot was blocked, but he swiftly regained his feet to fire in another shot past Murphy and into the net.
This should have signalled a comfortable afternoon for City, but it seemed to galvanise United who were allowed to press forward, and they pulled a goal back on the hour.
Nolan’s long range shot smacked against the right hand post and Dagnall hit the rebound back into the goalmouth where O’Connor glanced a header past Ikeme.
PowellNStowell brought Abe on for Gallagher before Waghorn missed out on a chance to restore City’s two goal lead, blasting a shot over the bar when well placed.
Scunthorpe had City longing for the final whistle during one attacking spell, but neither Wright or O’Connor could take their chances and Wellens also headed an effort off the line.
Moussa came on for Dyer in the 87th minute, and it was th eformer Southend-man who finally put the result beyond doubt in the third minute of time added on. King squared for Moussa and he slotted the ball into the bottom right hand corner from the edge of the area. Chris Powell showed his delight and enthusiasm joining in the players celebrations and even giving the linesman a hug.
With Sven Goran Eriksson set to be named new City manager today it looks as though Powell and Stowell will have a 100% win ratio to their names.
Leicester: Ikeme, Berner, Hobbs, Miguel Vítor, Morrison, King, Dyer (Moussa 87), Wellens, Gallagher (Abe 67), Howard, Waghorn. Subs Not Used: Kennedy, Logan, N’Guessan, Moreno, Neilson.
Scunthorpe: Murphy, Byrne, Mirfin, Nolan, Canavan, Togwell (Collins 78), Woolford, Wright, Forte, Dagnall, Grant (O’Connor 56). Subs Not Used: McClenahan, Raynes, Slocombe, Boyes, Godden.
Referee: G Hegley (Hertfordshire). Attendance: 20,652.