Bury 1:4 Leicester City
Three goals in his first game from Joe Dodoo proved the difference as City progressed in the League Cup with a 4-1 win over Bury at Gigg lane on Tuesday night…
Claudio Ranieri made a wholesale eleven changes to his line-up for this League Cup meeting, though this was possibly City’s strongest ever ‘second string’ so he wasn’t really disrespecting the competition.
Inler, making his full debut, soon settled into his midfield role and Ulloa went close with a couple of early chances, a header and a shot on the turn, before Kante set Kramaric up for a shot which tested Walton in the Shakers goal.
City then took a 25th minute lead when Dodoo scored a cracker on his debut. As he progressed through the Bury penalty area he lifted the ball over the left back before firing a volley into the roof of the net.
The impressive midweek following for Leicester were celebrating again when Ulloa picked out Kramarić with a square pass and the Croatian beat Walton with a shot that curled just inside the left hand post.
It was a commanding lead for the Premier League team at the break, but it was eroded five minutes into the second half when the City defence lost out in an aerial challenge and Mayor was on hand to beart Schwarzer from 12 yards out.
Rose angled a shot narrowly past the far post and then Schwarzer was bundled into the net along with the ball for a free-kick, but City held on to their lead.
They extended it in the 86th minute, when Dodoo got his second goal of the night. Ulloa’s chest turn and pass sent Dodoo through down the right, slotting the ball under Walton while the home crowd yelled for an offside flag.
This led to a group of home fans gathering behind the linesman and one of them threw a drink over Moore as he went to take a thrown-in. Dodoo showed a cool head to drag him away as he looked ready to contront the offender.
And moments later Dodoo became only the third player in the club’s history to score three on his debut.
The man who was the second player to achieve this, Jeff Shlupp, pounced on a goalkeeping error before generously squaring the ball to Dodoo who fired past Walton before celebrating gleefully in front of the travelling support.
The 4-1 victory against a decent Bury side served to illustrate how City’s squad has strengthened of late.
They will face West Ham at home in the next round.
Bury: Walton, Riley, Hussey, Tutte, Clarke, Mellis, Mayor, Pope, Soares, Pugh, Cameron. Subs: Lainton, Hope, Sedgwick, Jones, Burgess, Rose, Foulds.
Leicester: Schwarzer, Hammond, Kante, Moore (De Laet 90), Kramaric (Schlupp 66), Ulloa, Wasilewski, Fuchs, Benalouane, Inler, Dodoo. Subs Not Used: Simpson, Chilwell, Panayiotou, Olukanmi, Maddison.
Referee: A Madley. Attendance: 4,914 (1,327 away).