Middlesbrough 1:2 Leicester City
City came from behind to claim a late victory against Middlesbrough at the Riverside on Saturday…
Nigel Pearson sent out an unchanged side against Boro, who had a 100% record at home this season. City started brightly with Vardy having an effort cleared by Woodgate and Bikey then had to deflect a Nugent shot over the bar.
At the other end Bailey went close with a shot across goal.
City had to make a change in the 28th minute when De Laet limped off for Moore, and then Nugent missed the best chance of the half, sending Konchesy’s cut-back wide.
Just before the break a great challenge from Morgan halted Friend’s mazy run into the box.
If City could be satisfied with their fist half performance the away jinx struck again just five minutes after the break when Bailey had too much time and space to line up a 30 yard rocket.
Things nearly got worse when Jutkiewicz slid in to hit the post a couple of minutes later, before Nigel Pearson shuffled his pack and brought on King and Dyer for James and Marshall.
This soon brought it’s reward, as City hit back with a 62nd minute equaliser. A Nugent shot was blocked and Vardy pounced on the rebound to level the game.
City were on top now and Boro keeper pulled off two fantastic saves to deny King and St Ledger.
Ledesma then hit a shot straight at Schmeichel when well placed in a rare home attack.
It was City who found that something extra in the tank in the 89th minute when Knockaert sent Dyer in and the winger’s shot took a deflection that carried it over Steele and into the net, much to the delight of 1,000 travelling supporters.
City’s first points on the road move them up to fifth place, just a point behind leaders Brighton, City’s strongest start going into October since the 2002-03 promotion season…
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