West Bromwich Albion 2:3 Leicester City
There was one change to City’s line-up with Albrighton in for Mahrez.
It wasn’t the easiest day to visit The Hawthorns with Albion celebrating ‘Astle Day’ and wearing 1968 vintage kit in honour of Jeff Astle. And by the time the Albion fans marked the ninth minute with their usual applause in his memory they were already a goal up.
In the 6th minute Lescott had enjoyed the freedom of the City six yard box but sent his header from a Gardner free-kick over.
Two minutes later there was similar slack marking from another flag kick on the right and Brunt’s corner was glanced on at the near post by Fletcher. Although Cambiasso managed an acrobatic clearance from under the bar, goal-line technology placed the ball a foot over the line.
Although this was a blow for City they were back on terms 12 minutes later. Quick thinking from Cambiasso saw him launch a free-kick 50 yards upfield, Ulloa nodded it into the path of Nugent who conjured up a neat finish past Myhill.
This didn’t last long however, with City again lookng fragile at the back in the 25th minute.
A cross from the left was nodded back by Ideye and Gardner’s shot from 12 yards took a deflection off Morgan and beat Schmeichel.
City were undaunted at going behind a second time and enjoyed a spell of pressure up to the break, though they missed out on a good chance to go in level at half-time. Nugent’s clever back-header teed up an Albrighton cross for Ulloa, but the Argentinian sent his effort flying over the bar from six yards out.
Wasilewski came on for De Laet for the second half and City continued to press forward.
After 15 minutes of good possession but no clear-cut chances Pearson brought King on for James and then Mahrez replaced Ulloa.
In what was now and open, end-to-end encounter City finally made the breakthrough with ten minutes remaining.
After a period of pressure City gained a corner on the left. Cambiasso fed it back to Albrighton who delivered a cross into the penalty area. Nugent sent it looping back across goal to Wasilewski whose header set up Huth, who nodded past Myhill to get the away section roaring their approval.
Far from being satisfied with a point, City continued to press and this ambition was rewarded in time-added-on.
Vardy chased a Cambiasso clearance up-field and out-muscled McAuley on the left-hand touchline, robbing him of possession and then bearing down on goal. He outpaced Lescott, giving himself the half a yard he needed to beat Myhill with a superb low angled drive that had the away fans celebrating even more manically.
There was no time for Albion to reply, and City had gained another vital three points on a weekend when other results went well.
Although City remained bottom of the Premier League, they were in a very different position to that of eight days previously…
Albion: Myhill, Dawson, Brunt, Yacob, McAuley, Lescott, Morrison (Sessegnon 85), Gardner (Olsson 73), Berahino, Ideye (Anichebe 60), Fletcher. Subs Not Used: Rose, Wisdom, Baird, McManaman.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Wasilewski 46), Morgan, Huth, Schlupp, Cambiasso, James (King 60), Albrighton, Nugent, Vardy, Ulloa (Mahrez 64). Subs Not Used: Konchesky, Drinkwater, Schwarzer, Kramarić.
Referee: M Atkinson. Attendance: 26,768.
PHOTO: Paul Coulson