Leicester City 2:1 Bristol City
A late, late goal by substitute Martyn Waghorn earned City all 3 points from their Friday night home game against Bristol City…
Sven Goran Eriksson stuck with the same starting XI that won at Derby and for a while it looked like business as usual with a large crowd (the result of some clever marketing) enjoying a bright start from City.
Yakubu missed out on an early opener when he connected with a Naughton cross, but was off target.
James then made two fine saves from Gallagher and Bamba, but then slipped up to give City a 21st minute lead. Although the England keeper should have cut out a low Bamba cross from the right, he merely deflected the ball into the path of Yakubu who instantly found the net.
James made amends later in the half, denying King in a one-on-one, not something that many keepers have managed this season.
And Bristol refused to lie down, piecing together several good attacking moves and testing Mee and Bamba at the back. Woolford should have helped put the Robins level, but Bamba was on hand to block his cut back to an unmarked Keogh, as ever.
The visitors continued to press after the break and levelled in the 57th minute when Elliott nodded home a McAllister corner.
Far from being content with a point Bristol continued to press and Adomah forced Ricardo to parry away his fierce shot. The Portugese keeper than had a wobble, dropping the ball int he danger area, but it was scrambled clear.
City wasted a great chance to go ahead on the break when a square ball from Vassell found Oakley and Dyer both unmarked, but Oakley’s first touch allowed James to come out and smother the danger.
At the other end a deflected shot from Woolford left Ricardo stranded, but the ball fell the right side of the post as far as City were concerned.
With five minutes remaining Sven brought Waghorn on for Vassell…
City had lost their shape, too many passes were going astray and, for the first time in weeks, they were employing the long ball forward, which wasn’t making a dent on Bristol’s big back-line. Then came a slice of fortune that seems to favour a club that is on a roll.
An attempted clearance hit Oakley on the back of the head and the rebound fell nicely for Waghorn who lashed the ball past James from an acute angle for a delightful late winner.
City had not played particularly well, and had still won the game, a sign that everything is going for us as we close in on those promotion places.
Sven said of his matchwinner: “He was knocking on my door twice or three times a week during the transfer window, but I think he is happy to stay here now. He works very hard in training and lately he has doing a great job when he comes on. He is physically strong and a hard worker, and his finish was extremely good and very important for us.”
Leicester: Ricardo, Bamba, Naughton, Mee, Van Aanholt, King, Oakley, Wellens (Abe 78), Yakubu, Gallagher (Dyer 64), Vassell (Waghorn 84). Subs Not Used: Weale, Bruma, Berner, Vitor.
Bristol City: James, Fontaine, McAllister (Nyatanga 64), Carey, Caulker, Elliott, Cisse, Woolford, Adomah, Clarkson (Campbell-Ryce 76), Keogh (Maynard 59). Subs Not Used: Stewart, Gerken, Johnson, Pitman.
Referee: R. Booth (Notts). Attendance: 28,768.