Leicester City 2:1 Huddersfield Town
City did just enough to gain all three points at the KPS on Saturday afternoon, though Huddersfield might consider themselves unlucky to have gone home empty handed…
Nigel Pearson made his first team change in seven league matches with new Polish signing Marcin Wasilewski making his debut and Moore moved out to right-back in place of De Laet.
Knockaert carved out the first chance of the game, cutting in neatly before blazing a shot over the bar, but City almost went behind moments later when a fierce Vaughan shot was smartly saved by Schmeichel.
After this let off City took an 11th minute lead, when Vardy ran on to a Nugent ball before lashing a shot into the roof of Smithies’ net.
It was real end to end stuff and Nugent should have extended City’s lead in the 25th minute when one-on-one with Smithies, but the Terriers keeper did well to get a hand to the striker’s low shot. Straight down the other end Vaughan was in the same situation with Schmeichel, with the same outcome.
Schmeichel then produced his third great save from Ward’s shot on the turn as the Wasilewski/Morgan partnership seemed to be taking a while to bed in.
City then enjoyed a large slice of fortune as Gerrard got a firm diving-header onto a Knockaert corner to comprehensively beat his own keeper.
Moore, Vardy and Knockaert all went close as City poured forward in search of a third up to the break.
City’s dominance continued after the break with chances going begging for Dyer, Drinkwater, Vardy and Nugent, but a double substitution on the hour gave the visitors fresh impetus. Mark Robins brought Scannell and Holmes on for Foxon and Hammill and the tide turned.
Holmes set Vaughan up for a good chance but he fired wide of the target; and then Scannell, in a goal similar to his FA Cup winner at the same end last year battled his way through the City defence before placing the ball past Schmeichel.
City fans may have been wondering why he isn’t in the starting line-up.
Pearson then made a couple of changes of his own bringing on Hammond and James for Knockaert and King, and James soon had an on-target effort blocked by Gerrard.
City were in familiar territory defending a one goal lead and the task got a bit easier when Town were reduced to ten men late on. The red mist descended on Vaughan after he was tripped and Wasilewski accidentally clipped his head with his boot. Vaughan marched up to Wasilewski and shoved him hard in the back . As the Pole picked himself up the ref had no choice but to flourish a red card at the former-City player.
Although this fired the visitor’s up for a while, and Schmeichel had to produce perhaps his best save of the afternoon, clawing away a Holmes volley heading for the top right hand corner, the numerical advantage made it easier for City to see out the game for another three points.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Morgan, Vardy, King (Hammond 70), Dyer (Schlupp 88), Moore, Knockaert (James 70), Wasilewski, Nugent. Subs Not used: Taylor-Fletcher, Miquel, Logan, Wood.
Huddersfield: Smithies, Woods, Dixon (Holmes 61), Clarke, Hogg, Vaughan, Gobern (Clayton 68), Ward, Hammill (Scannell 61), Lynch, Gerrard. Subs Not Used: Norwood, Bennett, Stead, Paterson.
Referee: James Adcock. Attendance: 22,297.
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