Ipswich Town 1:2 Leicester City
Two goals from David Nugent turned Saturday’s game at Portman Road in City’s favour on Saturday afternoon.
Nigel Pearson gave Hammond his first start, and Vardy returned to the side with Knockaert suspended.
But City suffered an early blow when the Tractor Boys went ahead in only the second minute.
McGoldrick found a bit of space on the edge of the area and beat Schmeichel at his near post with a low shot, leaving City with a stiff task.
It almost got worse soon afterwards when a short Konchesky back-pass allowed McGoldrick in, but Schmeichel denied him with a fine save.
City looked a bit rattled for a while and other than half chances for Vardy and Moore they produced very little in the first half.
The first real threat to Ipswich’s lead came just before the break when a King header from a Drinkwater corner forced Gerken into a fine save.
It was a different story in the second half. Pearson introduced James and Miquel for King and Moore and City looked much better.
They equalised in the 51st minute. Dyer’s speedy run down the left saw him cross for Vardy who teed up Nugent for a fine first-time effort that beat Gerken from just inside the area.
That was Nugent’s 12th goal in 12 games against Ipswich and the 13th wasn’t far behind. Six minutes later more great work from Dyer saw him beating the keeper to a Drinkwater ball, before setting up Nugent of his second from close in, sparking wild scenes of celebration in the away section.
Ipswich pressed forward in search of an equaliser, but the nearest they got was a Chambers header that whistled past the left hand post.
City coped with everything else thrown at them and Nugent went close to a hat-trick when he couldn’t quite get enough curl on a late effort.
It was essential that City bounced back swiftly from the Forest result, and this they did, despite an early setback and poor first half.
This was a huge result, that saw them go joint top of the Championship.
Ipswich: Gerken, Chambers, Berra, Smith, Mings (Hunt 77), Anderson (Taylor 64), Skuse, Tunnicliffe, Tabb (Nouble 64), Murphy, McGoldrick. Subs Not Used: Loach, Edwards, Hyam, Wordsworth.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Moore (Miquel 46), Wasilewski, Morgan, Konchesky; Hammond, Drinkwater, King (James 46), Vardy (Wood 75), Nugent, Dyer. Subs Not Used: Schlupp, Bakayogo, Taylor-Fletcher, Logan.
Referee: Oliver Langford. Attendance:18,227.
(Photo: Rob Coe)
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