Foxes see off Gulls in season opener

Torquay United 0:4 Leicester City

City got the season off to a perfect start down in Devon on Tuesday night with a comfortable 4-0 League Cup first round win against Torquay United…

Fielding the same side that beat Sunderland in the final pre-season game Nigel Pearson gave competitive debuts to Vardy, De Laet and James and two of them were to end up on the scoresheet.
City’s makeshift defence looked a little shaky at first but Morris was denied the Gulls best chance of the night by Morgan and things settled down.
City always looked to have too much quality for the League Two side after that and took a 21st minute lead. New skipper Morgan’s long pass found Dyer on the left and a clever piece of work took him round the defender before beating Poke in the Torquay goal.
Off target efforts from Beckford and Drinkwater followed before Marshall fired home a free-kick from the edge of the area, taking up where he left off last season.
The outcome was beyond doubt with City putting in a display of great energy and pace and they added to their lead five minutes into the second half when James poached an effort from close in after being teed up by Beckford.
Beckford himself should have added a fourth but was brilliantly denied by Poke; instead it was Vardy who made it 4-0 – applying a headed finishing touch to a long diagonal ball from Marshall – reward for the former-Fleetwood man’s tireless running all night.
It was as good a start as City and their 1,166 followers could have hoped for and Saturday’s league opener against Peterborough is now eagerly anticipated…

Torquay: Poke, Oastler, Saah, Downes, Nicholson, Easton (Thompson 64), Lathrope, Mansell, Jarvis (Yeoman 77), Howe, Morris. Unused Subs: Leadbitter, Rice, Craig, Cruise, Yeoman, MacKenzie.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Marshall, James (King 73), Drinkwater (Danns 78), Dyer (Nugent 66), Beckford, Vardy. Unused Subs: Logan, Waghorn, Gallagher, Schlupp.
Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands)
Attendance: 3,367 (1,166 away).

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