Leicester City 2:0 Blackpool
A decent performance against Blackpool at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night brought a 2-0 win and a place in the top six…
Pearson made one change to his side with Bamba returning for St Ledger, and after a minute’s applause in memory of Gary Speed, a tight first half commenced.
There were few chances in the opening half hour, until Schmeichel pulled off a superb close range save from a Taylor-Fletcher header.
At the other end Gilks bettered even that effort to deny Beckford’s first time shot from eight yards out.
It was City who broke the deadlock ten minutes before the break when Dyer threaded a perfect ball through to King who beat Gilks to put City ahead, later dedicating the goal to his late international boss Gary Speed.
City took that lead in at the break and looked the stronger side in the second half. Mills went close with a header and Gilks did well to block a Beckford well-struck shot on the turn from the edge of the area.
Howard and Danns came on for Beckford and Gallagher as Blackpool pushed forward in search of an equaliser. But the City defence stood firm and most of the chances came at the Kop end with Howard and Dyer going close and the energetic Nugent skimming both left and right hand uprights by a whisker.
City sealed the points in the 82nd minute when a defence splitting pass from Wellens sent Dyer through and he beat the advancing Gilks with a touch to Danns who lined up a 20 yarder that beat the backtracking defender.
Seven points from 9 and a place in the top six represented a fine start to Nigel Pearson’s second spell as City boss…
Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Mills, Bamba, Konchesky, Gallagher (Danns 67), King, Wellens, Dyer (Fernandes 88), Beckford (Howard 67), Nugent. Unused Subs: Weale, Abe.
Blackpool: Gilks, Eardley, Baptiste (Basham 34), Evatt, Crainey, Ferguson, Sylvestre (McManaman 57), Shelvey, M Phillips, LuaLua (K Phillips 65), Taylor-Fletcher. Unused Subs: Howard, Ince.
Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire). Attendance: 21,578.