Ten Man City See Off Tigers

Leicester City 2:1 Hull City

City recovered from a poor start and a sending off to claim all three points against Hull at the KPS on Saturday.

Nigel Pearson made one change to the line up that drew at Blackpool bringing Marshall in for the injured Wellens against the side he was in charge of when the season kicked off.
But City got off to a poor start and went a goal down in the 8th minute.
Danns lost the ball in the middle of the park and McKenna sent Fryatt through on goal, showing what seemed to be an improved turn of pace from his days in blue he outstripped St Ledger before slipping the ball deftly past the onrushing  Schemichel.
The large Hull following had ten minutes to celebrate before City equalised. Dyer latching on to a Marshall ball down the right and cutting inside Dawson before unleashing a fierce left-footer that Mannone could only help on its way into the net.
If this cheered up the home crowd then things got even better a minute later when Marshall strode through the middle and fired a 30 yarder past Mannone to give City the lead.
Marshall, who had scored a similar effort at Chelsea, was man of the moment, L1 inventing a new song for him as he fired another shot over the bar.
City went in at half time with the lead, with Hull rarely threatening after Fryatt’s opener.
City started the second half in the same fashion and persistent work from Dyer saw him firing into the side-netting from an acute angle.

But just seven minutes into the second half City were reduced to ten men when Danns was given a straight red for a lunging challenge on McKenna. Although the Hull man also flew into the tackle Danns appeared to be punished for emerging with the ball, and his cause was not helped by some Hull player’s reaction.
Brady hit the post soon after, but that was the nearest Hull got to an equaliser.
Bamba came on to strengthen the defence  and also struck the left hand post with a volley, while Drinkwater shot tamely at Mannone after doing well to set himself up with the opportunity.
City weren’t really stretched in the closing stages and Beckford and Dyer put in a big shift, hitting Hull on the break and denying them the chance to build a spell of pressure.
The final whistle heralded three points, though surely it is too late for City to snatch a play-off place?

Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Morgan, St Ledger, Konchesky, Danns, Drinkwater, Marshall (Kennedy 85), Dyer, Beckford, Nugent (Bamba 67). Unused Subs: Howard, Schlupp, Hopper.
Hull: Mannone, Rosenior,Chester,Hobbs, Dawson, McKenna, Evans (Mclean85), Cairney (Brady 58), King (Cullen 78), Fryatt, Stewart. Unused Subs: Dudgeon, Gulacsi.

Referee: N Miller (CountyDurham).  Attendance: 23,759.

 

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