Leicester City 3:1 Birmingham City
A gradually improving performance from City brought a 3-1 victory over Birmingham at the KPS on Tuesday night…
Lee Peltier’s absence caused a defensive reshuffle and Matt Mills was back in the squad after a recent fall out.
The game got off to a lively start with Danns sending a couple of speculative efforts narrowly high and wide, but Birmingham drew first blood after 20 minutes. Referee Martin Russell obviously believed that a giant like Zigic would have to be pushed to fall over, which was harsh on Kennedy who had put in a decent challenge. Elliott sent Schmeichel the wrong way with his spot-kick to put Blues ahead.
It almost got worse for City on the half hour when Zigic sent a firm header against the underside of the bar during a frantic moment which also saw St Ledger clearing off the line.
Having survived this City then equalised four minutes later. Kennedy’s cross from the left was hit against the post by Nugent but Beckford was in the right place to net the loose ball from two inches out.
Nugent went close with another shot, but the sides went in level at the break.
City took control in the second half with the visitors restricted to break-away moves.
Gallagher wasted a free-kick before bowing out of the action, replaced by Marshall on the hour., but it was the substituion of Schlupp for Nugent that really turned the game.
After Schmeichel was forced into a rare save to deny a well struck Burke effort, it was all City.
Wellens fired in a fierce shot which Myhill could only parry but Beckford’s over elaborate overhead kick failed to find the mark when he had more time.
Having struggled with a passing game due to Birmingham’s tight marking they began to play a ball over the defence to utilise the pace of Beckford and Schlupp, exposing the visitors back line.
Myhill then denied Dyer with a fine save but City were rampant now and a ball over the defence from Kennedy sent Schlupp racing through to slot the ball past Myhill and give City the lead.
In the fifth minute of time added on Marshall sent Beckford in for a similar goal to underline City’s second half superiority, and leave us wondering why this side wasn’t higher up the table.
Cardiff’s 3-0 defeat at home to Hull left City six points shy of a play-off place…
Leicester: Schmeichel, St Ledger, Morgan, Bamba, Kennedy, Gallagher (Marshall 61), Danns, Wellens, Dyer, Beckford, Nugent (Schlupp 70). Unused Subs: Mills, Howard, Drinkwater.
Birmingham: Myhill, Spector (Pablo 10), Davies, Caldwell, Ramage (Huseklepp 81), Burke, Fahey, N’Daw, Townsend, Elliott, Zigic (King 65). Unused Subs: Doyle, Gomis.
Referee: Mick Russell (Hertfordshire). Attendance:21,092.