Bristol City 3:2 Leicester City
Any hopes of success for Leicester City this season now rely on a tough away Cup tie at Chelsea, after defeat at Ashton Gate all but extinguished their play-off hopes…
With Nugent passing a late fitness test, Kennedy in for the suspended Konchesky was Nigel Pearson’s only change for this trip to the south west.
Leicester couldn’t make much impression on a patched-up Bristol side in a largely uneventful first half.
Pitman forced a good save from Schmeichel after a quarter of an hour; while at the other end James was lucky not escape action from the ref when he collided with Beckford at a vital moment.
And that was about it, until the game burst into life at the end of the first half.
In the 42nd minute Dyer combined with Nugent before using his pace to go clear of his markers and blast a shot past James.
But sadly for City this didn’t give them a half time lead. In time-added-on Cisse got on the end of a Stead pass and steered the ball beyond Schmeichel.
It got worse in the second half, after Nugent missed a good chance Pitman then fired the hosts into a 54th minute lead from inside the area.
Nigel Pearson introduced Drinkwater and Schlupp to the game as City pressed forward in search of an equaliser.
A Morgan effort was blocked by James and Nugent blazed over, before Danns eventually managed to bundle home a 77th minute equaliser after good work from Drinkwater.
City looked the more likely winners after all that pressure, but it was the home side who snatched all three points just two minutes later.
A Pitman shot was deflected onto the post and Stead was in the right place at the right time to net the rebound and win the game for the Robins.
Meanwhile, at St Andrews, Chelsea beat Birmingham to set up a stiff quarter-final test for City…
Bristol City: James, Carey, Fontaine, McManus, McAllister, Foster, Cisse, Pearson, Bryan (Adomah 69), Pitman (Kilkenny 84), Stead (Wood 81). Unused Subs: Bolasie, Gerken.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Morgan, St Ledger, Kennedy, Marshall (Drinkwater 60), Danns (Gallagher 87), Wellens, Dyer, Nugent, Beckford (Schlupp 60). Unused Subs: Bamba, Howard.
Referee: M Haywood (West Yorkshire). Attendance: 12,033.