City Deliver Knockaert Blows to Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town 0:2 Leicester City

City extended their winning run to four games and moved up to second place with a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield at the John Smiths Stadium on Tuesday night, Anthony Knockaert scoring two very special goals…

Nigel Pearson brought King and Dyer into his side for this trip to a windy West Yorkshire and this line-up produced a fantastic performance.

Knockaert was buzzing right from the start and set up Nugent, whose shot went wide, and Vardy who forced Terriers’ keeper Smithies into a scrambled save.
Knockaert then stunned the John Smiths Stadium on the half hour sending a beautifully struck 35 yarder whistling past Smithies.
A minute later Novak fluffed a chance of an instant equaliser at the far post as City momentarily switched off. It was a rare off moment for an otherwise solid defence.
Just before the break the swirling wind deceived the Town defence and let Vardy in to set up King but his shot was deflected wide and City had to be content with a one goal lead at half time.

City continued their good work in the second half and Knockaert had a shot blocked by Gerrard before Vardy slammed the rebound wide.
But Knockaert only had to wait until the hour to score his second, one of the most audacious goals in the club’s history.
A Konchesky cross from the left was a yard behind Knockaert, who was 8 yards out. He flicked his heel up, sending a ‘blind volley’ into the roof of the net to put City 2-0 up and leave City fans to decide in which order his goals should be 1 and 2 in Goal of the Season.
The Terriers were beaten and although Nugent had a couple of chances he couldn’t make it 3-0.
It was a fantastic night for Knockaert, City and their followers and Nigel Pearson’s side moved up to second place, the boss being keen to share the credit around: “The players controlled the game very well and made a lot of good decisions, because when you play in these conditions it’s a potential nightmare for defenders. I thought ours did exceptionally well and the midfield controlled the game utterly. It was a good all-round performance.”

Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Clarke, Gerrard, Dixon (Woods 64), Clayton (Lee 63), Southern, Norwood (Arfield 64), Ward, Novak, Scannell. Unused Subs: Bennett, Wallace, Robinson, Spencer.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Moore, Morgan, St Ledger, Konchesky, Knockaert (Marshall 90+1), King, Drinkwater, Dyer (Schlupp 77), Nugent, Vardy (Waghorn 80). Unused Subs: Whitbread, Logan, James, Futacs.
 
Referee: Phil Gibbs (West Midlands). Attendance: 13,821.

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2 responses to “City Deliver Knockaert Blows to Huddersfield

  1. Graham Sykes

    I was watching the number 24 for City from the word go, attacking on the right side and linking up dangerously – who’s this guy I thought, looks like “lockyear” on the shirt – could not make it out. He’s a great player this. Then bang – Smithies off his line slightly, and a wicked swerve just as a flailing hand had my hopes up. Not to be – what a great strike. After that he just went on and on, all over the pitch, left to right – no Town player ever got near him. As to the second – well I have tried that many times as a kid is all I will say!!.
    Back to the drawing board Town – we were outclassed last night.
    Graham

  2. thefoxfanzine

    Cheer Graham,
    Good luck for the rest of the season, you have a good man in Simon Grayson.
    Gary

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