Leicester City 2:0 Coventry City
Leicester managed back to back league victories for the first time this season with a comfortable 2-0 win over neighbours Coventry at the King Power Stadium on Saturday…
An unchanged City line-up dominated a poor Coventry side right from the start of the game and should have taken a 7th minute lead. Dyer slotted a ball between to defenders for Wellens to run on to but he was crudely tripped by Cranie for a blatant penalty. With regular spot-kick taker Gallagher not on the field Danns stepped up but his weak effort was saved just inside the right hand post by Murphy.
City soon made amends however, taking an 11th minute lead after more good work by Dyer. Double-marked out on the left, the winger showed a burst of pace to outstrip the Sky Blues defence. His cross was neatly gathered by Beckford whose shot on the turn was blocked by Murphy but only as far as Nugent who prodded home his 12th goal of the season, picking up a heavy knock which required a long spell of treatment in the process.
With Coventry looking shaky at the back good chances to extend City’s lead were missed by St Ledger and Marshall.
The Sky Blues had their best spell of the game after the break, but Morgan marshalled his defence well and City were never really stretched.
It was City who got the decisive goal on the hour when a slick passing move involving Wellens and Nugent set Beckford up for a simple tap in at the near post.
Coventry hopes were briefly revived when they were awarded a ridiculous penalty after Morgan had completed a back pass to Schmeichel before Nimely ran into to him, but justice was served when the City keeper pulled off a fantastic save to deny Clingan.
City ended the game with ten men when Konchesky’s waist high challenge on Nimely saw him receive a straight red, but there was never any doubt as to the destination of the three points.
City’s slim hopes of a play-off place remain alive, while Coventry are looking down the barrel of the third division.
Nigel Pearson was retaining his belief: “Although we are eight points off the play-offs, the players are very confident, so there is still a chance. There’s a long way to go yet, but the margin of error is getting tighter. If we show the same application we have in the last month or two, there is still a chance we can achieve something this season.”
Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Morgan, St Ledger, Konchesky, Marshall (Drinkwater 72), Danns, Wellens, Dyer, Beckford (Howard 80), Nugent (Schlupp 74). Unused Subs: Bamba, Kennedy.
Coventry: Murphy, Christie, Keogh, Cranie, Clarke,Bell (Baker 68),Norwood, Deegan (Clingan 71), McSheffrey (McDonald 79), Platt, Nimely. Unused Subs: Dunn, Cameron.
Referee: L Probert (Wiltshire). Attendance: 25,487.