Leicester City 2:0 Derby County
City delighted a big crowd with a stylish performance earning a 2-0 win against neighbours Derby at Filbert Way on Saturday…
Sven Goran Eriksson made one change to his side with Howard starting instead of Waghorn. It would have been two changes but Vitor injured himself in the warm-up and Hobbs retained his place.
The afternoon didn’t get off to a great start, with the Remembrance Day minutes silence wrecked by people too stupid to see the irony of screaming at someone to be quiet.
City started brightly against the in-form Rams and had the ball in the net after six minutes but Vassell’s celebration were cut short by the linesman’s flag.
Davies and King both went close as City piled on the early pressure, before taking the lead in the 13th minute.
Wellens, who had perhaps his best game in a City shirt to date, sent King through with a defence splitting pass and the youngster produced a cool finish to beat Fielding.
City continued to dominate, King almost put a finishing touch to a Cunningham cross and Gallagher sent a long range effort whistling over the bar.
In a rare Derby attack Commons sent a long range effort a yard wide of the right hand post, and Hobbs managed to clear a dangerous Cywka cross. Moore then sent a shot over when well placed on the left, but City took their 1-0 lead in with them at the break.
City continued in the same vein in the second half with Vassell and the overlapping Naughton proving to be a handful, but no one could get a head to their crosses.
Green went close with a header for the Rams and then Dyer, on for Vassell in th e64th minute, beat two defenders in the area before sending his low shot too close to Fielding.
With twenty minutes remaining City had the chance to ease the nerves when Naughton burst into the area and was clumsily tripped by Commons. Howard made no mistake from the spot for the second time in four days, blasting a nerveless effort to Fielding’s right.
That was game over, with Derby heads going down and the only question mark was whether City could add a third to underline their superiority. Gallagher went close a couple of times but the home crowd were more than happy with a convincing 2-0 victory against fourth placed Derby.
Sven was delighted: “We deserved the win. We started very well, then in the last 15 minutes of the first half Derby came back well and created a lot of problems. We talked at half-time, came back and created many chances. I’m pleased because we beat a very good football team and we had to be 100% to beat them. I thought the players were fantastic today.”
Leicester: Weale, Davies, Hobbs, Naughton, King, Abe, Wellens, Cunningham, Gallagher, Vassell (Dyer 64), Howard (Waghorn 89). Subs Not Used: Berner, Logan, Fryatt, Moussa, Morrison.
Derby: Fielding, Leacock, Moxey, Brayford, Barker (Anderson 78), Cywka (Doyle 85), Bailey, Green, Pearson (Kuqi 69), Moore, Commons. Subs Not Used: Deeney, Savage, Bywater, Pringle.
Referee: Steve Tanner (Somerset). Attendance: 25,930.