Leicester City 2:1 Cardiff City
Paul Gallagher, back in the starting XI for the suspended Danns, scored both City goals in a 2-1 over Cardiff at the King Power Stadium on Saturday…
City dominated the game right from the start but didn’t have much luck in front of goal after some neat approach play. Gallagher sent a shot wide and a Mills header also failed to find the target.
Despite the one way traffic from a fluid City side the home fans had to wait until five minutes before the break for the first goal.
Konchesky sent a fierce half volley goalwards but it was blocked by Marshall.
Gallagher floated in the resulting corner which saw hesitancy in the Cardiff defence leading to a scramble that saw Wellens barged over for an obvious penalty. Gallagher did his usual neat job from 12 yards to give City an overdue lead.
Moments later it looked as though Cardiff had levelled when Miller lobbed the ball over Schmeichel and into the net, but celebrations in the Welsh corner were halted by an offside flag.
City started where they had left off in the second half with Dyer setting up Nugent for a shot which Marshall did well to reach. Beckford, then beat two Cardiff defenders before seeing Marshall block his shot at the near post.
City extended their lead in the 70th minute after Dyer had been brought down by Cowie 20 yards out. Gallagher’s swinging shot over the wall and into the top left hand corner left Marshall a spectator.
City being City, we weren’t allowed a comfortable close to the game. With 13 minutes remaining a Peltier push on Gestede saw the second penalty award of the game and Whittingham crashed it home to give the Bluebirds some hope.
City weathered a bit of late pressure but hung on for the three points that their impressive display had earned.
Nigel Pearson commented: “We were dominant and a little unlucky to concede a penalty because there was a foul on Kasper leading up to the incident. I think we played with confidence and created some good chances as well. There have been suggestions we look jittery when we concede a goal but I thought we coped with that well and stayed the dominant side to win well.”
Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Mills, St Ledger, Konchesky, Gallagher (Howard 90+2), Wellens, Drinkwater, Dyer (Marshall 71), Nugent, Beckford. Unused subs: Delfouneso, Logan, Morgan.
Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton, Gerrard, Turner, Taylor, Cowie, Gunnarsson (Kiss 7 (Mason 65), Whittingham, Conway, Vuckic (Gestede 46), Miller. Unused subs: Parish, Blake.
Referee: Mark Halsey (Bolton). Attendance: 21,375.