City Bow Out With a Win at Elland Road

Leeds United 1:2 Leicester City

The view for £36.... Photo: Andy Price

Nigel Pearson rang the changes for this final game of the season with Moore, St Ledger, Dyer and Waghorn in the starting XI, and the unfamiliar name of  Harry Panayiotou on the bench.
City had to weather the storm a little in a first half that saw plenty of chances, mostly for the home side.
Clayton had a good effort blocked by Drinkwater and Snodgrass wasted a decent chance when he should have left Schmeichel with no chance from inside the area.
Marshall was denied yet another spectacular goal this season by Lonerghan’s flying save.
It was City who took the lead six minutes before the break when the lively Waghorn  latched onto a wayward ball from the Leeds defence and stood strong against his marker before a clinical finish past Lonerghan.
If Neil Warnock’s side edged the first half play, then it was City’s second half, with Vassell on for Beckford.
Vassell almost teed Waghorn up for his second, but Lonerghan managed to block; and then Dyer and Marshall went close.
17 year old Panayiotou replaced Dyer for the final quarter of an hour, but then came another goal against the run of play.  In the 82nd minute Snodgrass was alert to the half chance and squared for Webber to net from inside the six yard box.
City refused to settle for a point in the face of a bouyant home crowd however, and regained their lead in the fourth minute of time added on.  Marshall cut in from the right and found a way past two defenders before firing in a shot that was diverted home by Panayiotou to cap a dream first appearance from the teenager.
Although this satisfying victory didn’t paper over the cracks of a hugely disappointing season, it was still nice to end proceedings on a high note.

Nigel Pearson wasn’t celebrating: “We finished with a three-point game but I didn’t think it was a good game. I think there were a lot of poor decisions throughout that irritated both benches. The season has finished now and we are looking forward to getting a rebuild.”

Leeds: Lonergan, Connolly, Lees, Bruce, Pugh, Snodgrass, Clayton, Brown, Thompson (Webber 58), Becchio (Forssell 75), McCormack. Unused Subs: O’Brien, Nunez, Taylor.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Moore, Morgan, St Ledger, Konchesky, Marshall, Drinkwater, Bamba, Dyer (Panayiotou 73), Beckford, (Vassell 46), Waghorn (Nugent 63). Unused Subs: Peltier, Logan.

 Referee: D McDermid (Hampshire). Attendance: 25,664.

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