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Leicester beat the weather and Boro to stay on course

Leicester City 2:0 Middlesbrough

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Although a storm at kick-off ruined the first half as a spectacle, two second half goals against Middlesbrough sealed a seventh consecutive win for City at the KPS on Saturday…

Nigel Pearson sent out an unchanged side, but it soon had to be reshuffled.
A violent storm broke over the ground as the two sides came out and heavy rain soon made the playing surface waterlogged.
In the 5th minute Moore raced to meet a Knockaert free-kick at the far post and, sending his effort just wide, he slid into the left hand upright. After attempting to carry on he had to concede defeat and was replaced by Wasilewski.
He wasn’t the only casualty of the storm, with the ball refusing to roll along the ground, both sides had to limit their ambitions to simply propelling it forward.
There were few chances among the hoofing: Vardy attempted to lob Given in the Boro goal; and there was a scramble in City’s penalty area that was cleared.
The rain abated and the groundsmen forked the pitch at half time, and the real game began an hour late.
Although Boro had the first chance – Jutkiewicz’s header from close in going straight at Schmeichel – it was City who took a vital lead seven minutes into the second half. Nugent cahsed a long ball from Nugent down the left, and robbed Ayala right on the goal line, before cutting a ball back for Vardy to slot home an easy chance.
Vardy’s enthusiasm was undampened by the conditions and one head long charge into the penalty area against three defenders saw him upended by Williams in the 72nd minute.  Unfortunately Nugent could not add to his tally from the penalty spot this season, placing his kick too close to Given.
But City got a second a minute later when a James free-kick delivered from the left was headed home from close in by De Laet.
Phillips and Mahrez then made their KPS bows, replacing Dyer and Vardy, although the game was alreadey won, as City had passed another difficult test.
They equalled the all-time club record of seven league wins on the trot and went 8 points clear at the top of the Championship.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Konchesky, Morgan, Moore (Wasilewski 9), De Laet; Knockaert, Dyer (Mahrez 79), James, Drinkwater; Vardy (Phillips 79), Nugent. Subs Not Used: Hammond, King, Taylor-Fletcher, Logan.
Middlesbrough: Given, Friend, Williams, Leadbitter, Varga, Jutkiewicz (Kamara 59), Ledesma (Chalobah 75), Whitehead, Carayol, Ayala, Adomah. Subs Not Used: Butterfield, Emnes, Konstantopoulos, Gibson, Omeuo.

Referee: S  Martin. Attendance: 26,047.  

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Leicester leave it late at Leeds

Leeds United 0:1 Leicester City

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City made it six victories on the trot with a late winner from David Nugent at Elland Road on Saturday…

Nigel Pearson’s starting line-up was unchanged, with new signings Mahrez and Phillips on the bench, but it was the home side who got off to a good start, determined to halt their recent bad run.
Austin went close with a shot, and then McCormack headed against the right hand upright from a Varney cross.
Soon after that it was City’s turn to hit the woodwork when De Laet’s ball forward found Vardy whose fierce shot across Kenny smacked against the far post.
The action soon moved back to the other end, where Schmeichel punched a free-kick out as far as McCormack, whose lob over the keeper was headed off the line.  McCormack’s follow-up shot was then tipped round the post by the busy Schmeichel.
In the 17th minute the former-Leeds keeper rescued City again, when a careless Konchesky ball gifted McCormack a chance, but  Schmeichel raced out to deny the Leeds skipper with a fine block.
De Laet was the next City man to deny Leeds when a Kebe cross looked to be reaching Varney for an easy chance, but the City defender bravely intercepted.
It hadn’t been a great half for the league -leaders, but they had survived with their goal intact.

City improved in a calmer second half. James went close with a curling effort, but chances for either side were now few and far between.
The game changed with 15 minutes to go, when Nigel Pearson brought Phillips on for Vardy. At 40 years of age he may have been City oldest ever debutante, but three moments proved that he was far from past it.
First, he attempted a difficult snap shot out of nothing that flew over the bar.
Then he teed up fellow sub King who was in a better position, when most strikers would have attempted a shot themselves…
And his third involvement was a clever dummy that let a Moore cross unzip the Leeds defence and allowed Nugent in for an 87th minute winner, calmly guided past Kenny.
The away section went mad… to gain three points from a below par performance was a hugely encouraging sign.

Leeds: Kenny, Byram, Pearce, Lees, Warnock, Kebe (Peltier 85), Brown, Austin, Stewart, McCormack, Varney (Diouf 85). Subs Not Used: Cairns, Murphy, Wootton, Poleon, Mowatt.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Wasilewski 64), Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Knockaert, James, Drinkwater, Dyer (King 80), Nugent, Vardy (Phillips 75). Subs Not Used: Hammond, Logan, Mahrez, Wood.

Referee: M Dean. Attendance: 22,678.
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Leicester beat Reading in the dark

Leicester City 1:0 Reading

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City went back to the top of the Championship with a 1-0 win over Reading at the KPS on Saturday, despite the odd technical hitch…

City, unchanged from the side that won at QPR, were quickly out of the traps with Dyer and Knockaert providing a threat on each flank.
At this stage the power went off, but there was enough daylight to continue, and City went ahead in the gathering gloom in the 21st minute.
Knockaert was brought down in the area by Cummings and Nugent planted home yet another spot-kick past McCarthy.

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With the lights going on and then off again City pressed forward and Morgan fed a ball to Nugent whose curling shot hit the outside of the right hand post.
At one point the fans pitched in with their mobile phone lights creating an eerie scene.
Nugent had another chance before Dyer was brought down as a promising move opened up for City.
But it was a slender lead that City took in with them at half-time, at which point it was announced that the stadium was running on back-up power!

Vardy had an early chance in the second half, but having raced clear and gone round the keeper the angle was too narrow and he hit the side-netting.
Reading had their best spell then and Schmeichel did very well to palm a Drenthe free-kick over.
Drenthe then sent a shot just over, before Pogrebnyak found the net but was denied by the off-side flag.

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City managed to regain control, and an incredible run from Dyer ended with him sadly not being able to finish off what might have been Goal of the Century.
Knockaert then left two defenders standing cutting in from the right before firing a shot across goal.
Vardy then played a perfect ball to Dyer who had his shot blocked by Gorkss.
However, Reading’s threat had fizzled out, the lights remained on, Burnley lost, and the final whistle heralded City returning to the top of the league.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Morgan, James, Vardy, (Taylor Fletcher 88), Dyer (Hammond 86), Moore, Knockaert, Nugent (Waghorn 75). Subs Not Used: King, Miquel, Logan, Wasilewski.
Reading: McCarthy, Gunter, Pearce, Pogrebnyak, Drenthe (Sharp 71), McAnuff (Le Fondre 83), Gorkss, Guthrie, Blackman, Williams, Cummings. Subs Not Used: Federici, Kelly McCleary, Akpan, Taylor.

Referee: M Naylor. Attendance: We’ll get back to you.

All photos: Simon Kimber

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Nugent Double at Ipswich puts Leicester joint top

Ipswich Town 1:2 Leicester City

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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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Leicester see off Rovers to go top

Leicester City 2:1 Blackburn Rovers

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City went top of the Championship with a 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers at the KPS on Tuesday night…

Nigel Pearson made no changes to the side that beat Wigan three days earlier.
The recently departed Marshall hit an early shot on target, easily fielded by Schmeichel, and then Knockaert cut in from the right testing Kean with a well struck shot before City took a 15th minute lead.
An inch-perfect ball slipped through the Rovers defence by King  set up Dyer who beat Kean from close range.
City went on to dominate the first half, although when they did add to their lead seconds before the break it was thanks to a soft penalty award from referee Simon Hooper and Spurr and De Laet tangled in the area.
Nugent netted from 12 yards, as he did on Saturday, to give City a comfortable lead.

The second half saw plenty of chances for City, attacking the Kop end, but they could’t find the net again. Kean denied Vardy in a one-on-one; and then made good saves from Knockaert and King.
Nugent then had a chance that was blocked by Dann, before a rare bit of play up the other end saw the second soft penalty of the night awarded.
Taylor went over after a Drinkwater challenge and the ref took the opportunity to even things out. Rhodes completed the job from 12 yards to set up a nervy last 20 minutes.
Pearson brought Hammond on for Dyer, and then Wood replaced Knockaert.
Dann’s header we well saved by Schmeichel and as City attacked on the counter Vardy was chopped down in the area for a much more clear cut penalty than the two that were actually given.
The tireless Vardy then struck the post in time added on, after which City managed to close out the game in a professional manner.

Three points took City to the apex of the Championship, just reward for their efforts in recent weeks…

Leicester: Schmeichel; De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky (Wood 79); Knockaert, Drinkwater, King, Dyer (Hammond 74); Nugent, Vardy. Subs Not Used: James, Schlupp, Hopper, Miquel, Logan.
Blackburn:Kean, Kane, Spurr, Hanley, Lowe, King, Rhodes, Marshall (Olsson 65), Dann, Evans (Taylor 65), Cairney. Subs Not Used: Kilgallon, Eastwood, Marrow, Morris, Judge. 

Referee: Simon Hooper. Attendance:19,135.

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Moore goal sets Leicester on road to victory

Leicester City 2:0 Wigan Athletic

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Liam Moore’s first goal in a City shirt, and a spot-kick from David Nugent saw a comfortable 2-0 win over the FA Cup holders at the KPS on Saturday afternoon…

Nigel Pearson made three changes to the side that lost at Charlton with Konchesky, Knockaert and Dyer slotting into a 4-4-2 formation.
A lively opening saw Nugent and Knockaert missing the target before City took a 15th minute lead.
Knockaert’s corner delivered from the left found Moore unmarked at the far post and he beat Carson with a powerful header into the roof of the net. He delight at scoring his first goal for City was evident as he incorporated several celebrations including the Bale Heart, badge-kiss, fist pump, knee slide and advert hoarding kick in front of L1.
Wigan then had their first decent chance when Cup Final scorer Watson sent a 30 yard free-kick flashing past the left hand post.
City should have extended their lead before the break when Nugent blazed a decent chance over the bar and then Vardy’s great run down the left ended with his fierce shot being blocked by Carson.
The last action of the half saw Schmeichel instinctively blocking a fizzing shot from Barnett, ensuring that City took their well deserved lead down the tunnel.

City continued to create chances in the second half but the final ball was often wanting. Especially when City hit Wigan on the break and Dyer chose the wrong ball to Nugent with Vardy in space on the right. Nugent then overhit a pass to Knockaert when the Frenchman was well placed, but City remained in control of the game despite three substitutions from Owen Coyle.
Nugent then sent another chance high and wide, before another long range effort from Watson threatened Schmechel’s goal.
With ten minutes left Pearson brought on Wood and debutant Hammond for Dyer and Knockaert and within two minutes City doubled their lead and sealed the victory.
A clumsy challenge from Beausejour sent Vardy tumbling in the box and there were no protests as David Webb pointed to the spot.
After a brief struggle with Wood, Nugent claimed the ball and sent his spot-kick a little too close to Carson but still found the net.

It was an excellent afternoon’s work for City who retained their top six place against what should be one of the league’s stronger sides.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Morgan, Vardy (Schlupp 90), King, Dyer (Wood 79), Moore, Knockaert (Hammond 79), Nugent. Subs Not Used: Whitbread, Hopper, Miquel, Logan.
Wigan: Carson, Rogne, Watson, Maloney (McClean 62), Gomez (Powell 54), Boyce, Espinoza (McManaman 54), Beausejour, Perch, Barnett, Fortune. Subs Not Used: Nicholls, Shotton, McCann, McArthur.

Referee: David Webb. Attendance: 21,810.

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Late Show Dispels the Blues…

Leicester City 3:2 Birmingham City

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City left it late against Birmingham at the KPS on Saturday afternoon, but eventually battled their way to a 3-2 win…

Schmeichel was named skipper in the absence of the injured Morgan who was replaced by Whitbread. City retained the 4-3-3 line-up that earned a victory at Derby last week.
The first chance fell to City early on when Vardy raced clear of the Blues’ defence only to be bravely blocked by goalkeeper Randolph who then received a lengthy spell of treatment.
But despite a bright start from City it was the visitors who took a 12th minute lead with their first meaningful attacking move. The back-line looked to be missing Morgan a little as Ferguson squared from the left for a simple finish for Green.
Content to sit on this lead the story of the remainder of the first half was Birmingham defending in depth and City reduced to taking off target pot-shots from distance.
Wood, Drinkwater, James and Schlupp all peppered the Family Stand with their wayward efforts.
Vardy’s persistence down the left then saw him battle his way past Mullins and two other yellow shirts before firing a shot at the near post, which Randolph blocked.

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But City couldn’t summon an equaliser before half-time and Nigel Pearson changed things round for the second half – Knockaert and Dyer replacing Wood and Drinkwater and the formation switching to 4-4-2.
Most of the action took place in Birmingham’s half and a great run run and cross down the left from Dyer saw Knockaert going close at the far post; shortly after Nugent had a fierce effort blocked.
However an extended period of City pressure led to nothing and then Schmeichel had to act smartly to tip a Spector free-kick round the post.
Referee Eddie Ilderton’s series of poor decisions were angering the home fans, especially when Robinson clearly tripped Nugent on the 18 yard line. The only debate seemed to be whether it was inside or onside the area, but the ref waved play on.
The mood lifted in the 77th minute however when Vardy received a Dyer pass 20 yards out and drilled it into the bottom left hand corner past Randolph.
The fans nearly raised the roof five minutes later when King delivered a similar finish having been set up by a Nugent pass.
In injury time City added a third when Ilderton harshly judged that Bartley had brought Dyer down in the area when it looked like a clean tackle.
Nugent made no mistake from 12 yards and, although Burke curled home a fine reply for Birmingham moments later, City had earned a fine victory that saw them sitting in second place in the table.

Nigel Pearson, who turned 50 this week, reflected:  “It’s early in the season so I wouldn’t say it’s a case of building momentum, it’s about finding your feet and trying to get off to a good start which we have done. I don’t think that our performances have been what we’re looking for, but the important thing at the minute is that we’re able to win tight games and that’s always a quality which isn’t easy in this division.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Moore, Whitbread, Schlupp, Drinkwater (Dyer 46), James, King, Vardy, Wood (Knockaert 46), Nugent. Subs Not Used: Waghorn, Danns, Bakayogo, Miquel, Logan.
Birmingham: Randolph, Eardley, Robinson, Burn, Mullins (Burke 86), Novak, Elliott, Spector, Adeyemi, Green (Shinnie 58), Ferguson (Bartley 78). Subs Not Used: Ambrose, Doyle, Reilly, Allan.

Referee: Eddie Ilderton. Attendance: 21,229.

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