Leicester City 2:1 Barnsley
Two goals from David Nugent ensured that City did enough to beat Barnsley at the KPS on Saturday afternoon…
Nigel Pearson left his line-up unchanged for the fourth League game running, and they dominated possession in the first half without being able to find the net.
Nugent had a couple of early chances but one was blocked and the other was mis-cued wide. He then set up Dyer for a long-range effort saved by Butland.
In a rare chance for Barnsley Wiseman found the net but the linesman’s flag curtailed the celebrations in the sparsely populated away corner. Otherwise it was all City as the visitors parked the bus. Vardy tested Butland with a good effort and Dyer sent a difficult chance wide as frustration grew. Then Knockaert suffered a heavy challenge from M’Voto in the area which left him flattened but the home crowd’s loud penalty appeals were ignored and the sides went in scoreless at the break.
City emerged for the second half unchanged and only had to wait five minutes for breakthrough. Dyer found Nugent in space and he had time to steady himself before firing a precise shot past Butland.
Soon after this opener Drinkwater hit the bar with a looping header, with City all over the opposition.
The lead was extended in the 62nd minute when Vardy was taken out by Butland who was lucky to have only a yellow card waved at him.
Nugent did a neat job from 12 yards to put City comfortably ahead.
They appeared to switch off a little after that however, and Barnsley put themselves back in contention when substitute Scotland nodded in a Perkins’ cross at the far post in the 72nd minute.
It made for a nervy final twenty minutes, especially when Schmeichel produced a fine save to deny a solid Cranie header from a corner.
With Hammond and James on for Knockaert and King things tightened up and City did a professional job in seeing out the game through 5 minutes injury time to gain another three points.
Nigel Pearson summed up: “You have to find a way to win games. But we have a better balanced squad and more experience this year. I know we will have some dips this year but I think we are better equipped to deal with them this season than we were last. We are doing okay – a bit better than okay actually.”
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Morgan, Vardy, King (James 85), Dyer, Moore, Knockaert (Hammond 85), Nugent (Taylor-Fletcher 90). Subs Not Used: Schlupp, Miquel, Logan, Wasilewski.
Barnsley: Butland, Kennedy, Crainie, O’Grady (Rose 79), Perkins, Wiseman, Jennings (Scotland 65), M’Voto, Noble-Lazarus (Cywka 59), Fox, McCourt. Subs Not Used: O’Brien, Dawson, Etuhu, Mellis.
Referee: Phillip Gibbs. Attendance: 21,591.
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