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Leicester 6 Huddersfield 1 – match report

Leicester 6 Huddersfield 1: New boy Wood bags brace as sorry Terriers are hit for six


18:01 GMT, 1 January 2013



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Chris Wood marked his Leicester debut with two goals as the Foxes emphatically brushed aside struggling Huddersfield to maintain their place in the npower Championship play-off positions.

The New Zealand international, who netted 11 times on loan at Millwall before he was recalled by West Brom, completed his switch to the King Power Stadium this morning and needed just six minutes to open his Leicester account.

Wood formed an excellent understanding with the dangerous David Nugent and added his second midway through the first half before Ritchie De Laet's first Foxes goal capped off an outstanding 45 minutes.

Things got better for Leicester after the break as Anthony Knockaert bagged a quickfire brace and, after Scott Arfield netted a consolation, Martyn Waghorn converted late on to help City secure their second successive victory.

Impact: Wood scored twice on his Leicester debut

Impact: Wood scored twice on his Leicester debut


Leicester: Schmeichel, Keane, Konchesky, Morgan, De Laet, Marshall (Dyer 66), Drinkwater, James, Knockaert (Gallagher 74), Nugent (Waghorn 57), Wood.

Subs Not Used: Logan, King, Moore, Futacs.

Goals: Wood 6, 24, De Laet 45, Knockaert 49, 51, Waghorn 76.

Huddersfield: Smithies (Bennett 46), Wallace, Lynch (Dixon 55), Gerrard, Hammill, Hunt, Arfield, Southern, Clayton (Norwood 81), Novak, Vaughan.

Subs Not Used: Peter Clarke, Scannell, Robinson, Atkinson.

Booked: Lynch.

Goals: Arfield 60.

Att: 25,913

Ref: Mark Haywood

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The Terriers' struggles continued and they have now gone 10 games without a win.

In a frantic opening, Town midfielder
Adam Clayton had to hack the ball off the line to prevent Knockaert
from breaking the deadlock, while James Vaughan – replacing Jermaine
Beckford who is ineligible to play against his parent club, fired over
from a tight angle.

The Foxes opened the scoring thanks
to Wood, who rose highest to nod in from close range after Alex Smithies
had brilliantly kept out Nugent's header from Knockaert's cross.

Nugent then burst into the box and unleashed a shot that Smithies saved
before the former England striker headed Paul Konchesky's cross wide.

The hosts' front two continued to cause havoc for the Terriers defence
and they were both involved in the second goal after 24 minutes. Wood
linked up superbly with the impressive Nugent and fired a low shot that
flew in off the post.

Wood wasted a chance to complete his treble, heading wide from 12 yards nine minutes before the interval.

Leicester went in at half-time 3-0 ahead. Knockaert picked up the ball
35 yards out and after teasing the Town defence, fed full-back De Laet
who fired past Smithies.

City started the second half where they left off in the first as Knockaert scored twice in three minutes.

Rout: Knockaert scored two goals in three minutes during the thumping win

Rout: Knockaert scored two goals in three minutes during the thumping win

The Frenchman swept home the overlapping Konchesky's cut back from 12
yards and then after fooling the visiting defence with some eye-catching
trickery, he darted through two players and curled a shot past Ian
Bennett, replacing the injured Smithies at half-time.

Huddersfield got on the scoresheet in the 59th minute thanks to Arfield,
who converted after Kasper Schmeichel had parried his initial shot.

That sparked the visitors into life, with Arfield heading over and
Schmeichel denying Lee Novak a goal on his 100th start for Huddersfield.

Arfield and Clayton combined to set up Adam Hammill and the on-loan Wolves winger fired a 25-yard shot wide.

Despite the pressure, Leicester grabbed a sixth 15 minutes from time
when Waghorn, a replacement for Nugent, volleyed home after Wood nodded
Konchesky's delivery back across goal.

Burnley 0 Leicester 1 – match report

Burnley 0 Leicester 1: Nugent pounces on bad day for Clarets with Austin sidelined


17:36 GMT, 29 December 2012



17:54 GMT, 29 December 2012

David Nugent's 12th goal of the season was enough to see off Burnley and consolidate Leicester's place in the Championship's play-off zone.

Nugent struck shortly after the half hour as the Clarets' afternoon went from bad to worse.

The hosts had already received a hammer blow when leading scorer Charlie Austin, having passed a late fitness test on a muscle injury, was replaced by Martin Paterson after a mere eight minutes.

Decider: David Nugent (left) scored early on and his goal settled the game

Decider: David Nugent (left) scored early on and his goal settled the game

Match facts

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Lafferty, Wallace (Vokes 57), Marney, McCann, Treacy (Stock 83), Ings, Austin (Paterson 8).

Subs Not Used: Jensen, Edgar, O'Neill, Bartley.

Booked: Duff, Trippier, Vokes.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, James, Drinkwater, Marshall, Knockaert (Waghorn 61), Dyer (Gallagher 83), Nugent (Futacs 86).

Subs Not Used: Logan, King, Keane, Schlupp.

Booked: Dyer, Drinkwater.

Goals: Nugent 31.

Att: 13,050

Ref: Michael Naylor (Sheffield).

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And it was testament to Burnley's battling spirits that the Clarets made a real game of it despite the loss of their star man.

In fact, Burnley made the brighter
start of the two sides and Chris McCann tried his luck from distance
after only 11 minutes, only to see his effort go wide.

At the other end, Leicester's Ben
Marshall twice came close, first seeing an effort blocked by Kieran
Trippier and then bringing the best out of Burnley keeper Lee Grant who
tipped his 17th-minute effort round the post.

Paterson brought a save out of Kasper
Schmeichel as the Clarets went toe-to-toe with their promotion-hunting
rivals, while Leicester's Lloyd Dyer also tried his luck in an
end-to-end start at Turf Moor.

The Foxes went into the game without a
goal in three matches, but boss Nigel Pearson's long wait was finally
over after 31 minutes when Nugent struck home from close range following
an assist from Wes Morgan.

The lead could have been doubled just
three minutes later but McCann came to the rescue, blocking an 18-yard
effort from Anthony Knockaert.

Burnley had taken time to recover
their cool after conceding, but eight minutes from the break Danny Ings
just cleared the bar from inside the box to raise home fans' spirits.

Even so, the Clarets could have
conceded a second minutes from half time when Dyer again worked himself a
good shooting opportunity, only to lift his 12-yard effort over the

The Foxes picked up where they had
left off after the interval as Matty James saw Jason Shackell get in the
way of his effort as Pearson's side turned the screw at the start of
the second half.

But Schmeichel had to be at his alert
best to thwart Paterson an equaliser from point-blank range after 59
minutes as Sean Dyche's men sensed at least a point was still there for
the taking.

The Leicester keeper was again in the
thick of the action with 20 minutes left, this time comfortably saving
an on-target Ings effort from 18 yards.

Livewire Ings then saw an effort
blocked by Liam Moore as Leicester were forced back on the defensive,
Schmeichel then tipping another Paterson attempt round the post as the
Clarets battled to the end.

Leicester 4 Derby 1 match report:

Leicester 4 Derby 1: Nugent at the double as Foxes move up to third



19:59 GMT, 1 December 2012

Derby's miserable away form in the npower Championship continued as
they failed to recover from a dismal start at promotion-chasing local
rivals Leicester.

England Under-21 international Martyn Waghorn set up Zak Whitbread for
Leicester's opener, added a second with a cool side-footed finish and
could have scored three more in an embarrassingly one-sided opening

Leicester's David Nugent rises above Richard Keogh to head home third goal

High point: Leicester's David Nugent rises above Richard Keogh to head home third goal

Match facts

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Whitbread, Konchesky, Knockaert (James 80), Drinkwater, King, Dyer (Marshall 66), Waghorn, Vardy (Nugent 66). Subs Not Used: Logan, Schlupp, Moore, Futacs.

Goals: Whitbread 6, Waghorn 23, Nugent 74,89.

Derby: Legzdins, Brayford, Keogh, Buxton, O'Connor (Freeman 77),
Coutts,Hendrick,Hughes,Jacobs (Bennett 85),Robinson (Tyson 81),
Sammon. Subs Not Used: Fielding, O'Brien, Davies Hoganson.

Booked: Coutts.

Goals: Robinson 38.

Att: 20,680

Ref: Geoff Eltringham (Tyne & Wear).

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The visitors belatedly sprung into life and pulled a goal back through Theo Robinson's 38th-minute half-volley.

Leicester were not to be denied, though, and wrapped up an eighth home win of the campaign – and fifth successive league win over County – through two late goals from substitute David Nugent.

Nigel Pearson's men move up to third in the table as a result of their victory, while Derby, such a formidable force at Pride Park, have now lost their last four on the road and lie 16th.

Each side showed two changes from their midweek assignments. Paul Konchesky and Anthony Knockaert were restored to Leicester's line-up, while Derby brought in James O'Connor and Jeff Hendrick in place of injured duo Gareth Roberts and Craig Bryson.

The excellent Waghorn was at the heart of the action as Leicester initially threatened to run riot, creating eight presentable chances before their opponents could muster a noteworthy attempt on goal.

Whitbread registered his maiden goal for the Foxes when heading home the forward's outswinging corner in the sixth minute.

Waghorn then forced a save from Adam Legzdins with one free-kick and rattled the crossbar with another before hitting the target again with an acrobatic volley.

Leicester soon added a deserved second when Knockaert capitalised on an error from O'Connor and picked out Jamie Vardy in the box. An unselfish lay-off to Waghorn followed and the game's outstanding player finished with ease.

Some atrocious defending enabled Vardy, who had earlier fired wide, and Knockaert to bring further stops from Legzdins, but Derby eventually woke from their slumber and dominated the remainder of the first period.

The Rams were rewarded for their improvement when Robinson latched onto a cross from Michael Jacobs and took a touch before stabbing a powerful finish beyond Kasper Schmeichel.

Conor Sammon and Robinson were subsequently denied by Schmeichel, before Lloyd Dyer got the hosts going again in the 57th minute with a fine run and shot that was beaten away by Legzdins at his near post.

Derby continued to pose problems at the other end, prompting a double change by Pearson that saw Nugent and Ben Marshall introduced in place of Vardy and Dyer.

After Waghorn had seen an effort deflect on to the underside of the bar via the body of Legzdins, the substitutes combined to settle home nerves with 16 minutes remaining.
Marshall delivered a pinpoint cross from the left, leaving Nugent with a simple close-range header.

That knocked the stuffing out of Derby and there was time for Nugent, who also had a goal disallowed, to rub salt into the Rams' wounds with an 89th-minute half-volley into the top-right corner.

Leicester 6 Ipswich 0 – match report

Leicester 6 Ipswich 0: Nugent lights up Pearson's happy anniversary


17:52 GMT, 17 November 2012



17:53 GMT, 17 November 2012

Nigel Pearson watched Leicester stroll to victory and halt a four-match league run without a win in style at the end of a week which marked the one-year anniversary of his return as manager.

Wednesday was 12 months to the day since Pearson came back to City, having previously been in charge between June 2008 and June 2010 before leaving to take over at npower Championship rivals Hull.

City slickers: David Nugent celebrates scoring the first goal

City slickers: David Nugent celebrates scoring the first goal

Match facts

LEICESTER: Schmeichel, De Laet, Whitbread, Morgan, Drinkwater, King, Schlupp, Knockaert (Marshall 64), Dyer, Nugent (Vardy 30), Waghorn (Futacs 74). Subs not used: Logan, James, Moore, Lingard.

Goals: Nugent 8 (pen), 18, Dyer 27, Knockaert 44, Waghorn 53, Futacs 82

IPSWICH: Henderson, Higginbotham, Chambers, Orr, Cresswell, Edwards, Reo-Coker, N'Daw (Hyam 58), Martin, Campbell (Chopra 78), Murphy (Emmanuel-Thomas 58). Subs not used: Lee-Barrett, Hewitt, Smith, Mohsni.

Booked: Reo-Coker.

Referee: Keith Stroud

Att: 20,779

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Last November, Leicester won 3-0 at
home against Crystal Palace in Pearson's first game back after rejoining
the club from the Tigers, and he saw his side double that tally against
a poor Ipswich team.

Four goals came in the first half.
David Nugent opened the scoring from the penalty spot after eight
minutes and doubled Leicester's lead with his second strike 10 minutes

The superb Lloyd Dyer got on the
scoresheet just before the half-hour mark and Anthony Knockaert netted
two minutes before the break.

Martyn Waghorn scored another for
the Foxes shortly after half-time and substitute Marko Futacs completed
the rout in the 82nd minute.

Leicester were unchanged from the
side that drew 2-2 at home with Nottingham Forest last Saturday, meaning
teenage striker Jeff Schlupp continued to deputise for the injured Paul
Konchesky at left-back.

Striker Jamie Vardy returned from
injury to fill the place on the bench left by midfielder Neil Danns, who
has joined Bristol City on loan.

Fit-again Foxes midfielder Richie Wellens, who has just returned from a loan spell at Ipswich, did not make Pearson's squad.

Lee Martin returned from suspension
to replace Wellens in the Town team as one of two changes made by
manager Mick McCarthy, who handed Bradley Orr his debut.

Orr, signed on loan from Blackburn on
Wednesday, came in at right-back with Tommy Smith dropping to the bench
and Luke Chambers switching to centre-half.

Kelly Youga was also signed by McCarthy this week on a short-term deal until January but the defender was not involved.

Ipswich made a sloppy start.
Hesitancy between Stephen Henderson and Orr saw neither take command
following Danny Drinkwater's throughball, resulting in the goalkeeper
bringing down the alert Dyer inside the area. Nugent converted the
spot-kick with aplomb.

Aaron Cresswell did well to block a goalbound shot from Andy king before Nugent struck again.

Henderson could then only parry
Waghorn's fierce shot into the path of Nugent, who got his reward for
following up by chesting the ball home from close range.

Leicester were playing dome lovely football and it only seemed a matter of time before they got another goal.

It was, and it arrived after 27 minutes courtesy of Dyer.

The winger gave Orr a torrid time
down the left, beating him with pace before firing a powerful shot past
Henderson and into the far corner of the net from 15 yards out.

Nugent was denied the chance of a hat-trick when he was replaced by Vardy after only half an hour, carrying some sort of knock.

Vardy got involved straight away, playing a one-two with Knockaert but Henderson pushed away the Frenchman's effort.

But Knockaert was not to be denied and swept home Dyer's first-time cross from 12 yards in the 43rd minute.

Luke Chambers headed over in a rare
Ipswich attack at the start of the second half and Waghorn missed the
target with a header at the other end.

However, the England Under-21
international striker got on the scoresheet after 53 minutes, curling
the ball past Henderson after being put through by King. King slipped
another clever pass past the Ipswich defence midway through the second
half but Henderson was up to the task of saving Vardy's attempted dink
over him.

More brilliance from Dyer down the
left saw Futacs, on as a 74th-minute replacement for Waghorn, score his
first league goal for the Foxes.

The Hungarian made it 6-0 with a lovely first-time finish from 12 yards out.

Ipswich thought they had a
consolation goal when substitutes Michael Chopra and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
combined but Chopra's strike was ruled out by an offside flag.

Leicester 2 Nottingham Forest 2: match report

Leicester 2 Nottingham Forest 2: Cox on the spot to ensure derby ends all square



14:56 GMT, 10 November 2012

East Midlands rivals Leicester and Nottingham Forest shared a thrilling draw at the King Power Stadium as the dominant hosts were forced to settle for a point.

The two sides met four times last season, three of which ended all square, and they could not be separated yet again as Forest twice hit back to level.

Forest defender Elliott Ward, on loan from Norwich, put through his own net to hand Leicester a seventh-minute lead before Adlene Guedioura equalised midway through the first half.

Share of the spoils: Nottingham Forest twice fought back to earn a point at Leicester

Share of the spoils: Nottingham Forest twice fought back to earn a point at Leicester

Match facts

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Whitbread, Schlupp, Knockaert (Marshall 77), King, Drinkwater, Dyer, Waghorn, Nugent (Lingard 59)

Subs not used: Logan, Danns, James, Moore, Futacs.

Goals: Ward 7 (og), Nugent 32

Nottm Forest: Camp, Halford, Collins, Moloney, Ward, Gillett (Blackstock), Reid (Lansbury 79), Cohen, Guedioura (Jenas 53), Sharp, Cox.

Subs not used: Darlow, McGugan, Tudgay, Coppinger

Goals: Guedioura 22, Cox 67 (pen)

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Attendance: 24,793

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David Nugent's superbly-taken lob, his seventh of the season, put the Foxes back in front before the break but Simon Cox's second-half penalty, Forest's first from the spot in 14 months, levelled matters.

Leicester will feel hard done by having bossed the derby, while they were denied strong penalty claims of their own after Cox's equaliser when Gillett appeared to handle in the area.

It was a first home draw of the campaign for Nigel Pearson's side, who have now won just one of their last six in the npower Championship.

Leicester, having dominated the early exchanges, drew first blood early on.

The goal owed much to the determination of the lively Martyn Waghorn, who harried and eventually won the ball before laying it off to Lloyd Dyer, he beat his man and crossed low from the left and Ward could only divert into his own goal.

Andy King almost levelled with another own goal at the other end, his flick narrowly going out for a corner after Kasper Schmeichel failed to collect.

But Forest did level with arguably their first meaningful attempt after 22 minutes.

The Reds cut their hosts open far too easily with a simple move down the right which ended with Guedioura side-footing home from 10 yards.

Off and running: Elliott Ward scores an own goal to put Leicester in front

Off and running: Elliott Ward scores an own goal to put Leicester in front

The leveller briefly gave Sean O'Driscoll's side greater confidence, but it did not last long as Nugent put Leicester back in front.

Talented Frenchman Anthony Knockaert sent Nugent clear with a delightful throughball and the striker sent an inch-perfect lob over Lee Camp.

Dyer rounded Camp as the Foxes went in search of a crucial third prior to the interval but the winger could not prevent the ball from running out.

Level pegging: Adlene Guedioura fires home to equalise for Nottingham Forest

Level pegging: Adlene Guedioura fires home to equalise for Nottingham Forest

Leicester passed up a superb chance to effectively wrap matters up four minutes after the break, Waghorn taking marginally too long to get his shot off and, with Camp beaten, allowed Ward to clear off the line.

Waghorn deserved a goal of his own but his header was well kept out by Camp just before the hour mark.

Cox fired off target for Forest from the edge of the area when he should have done better but it was always Leicester who looked the more dangerous, Camp again called into action to deny Dyer.
Yet out of nowhere Forest drew level.

Pure delight: David Nugent puts Leicester back in front before the break

Pure delight: David Nugent puts Leicester back in front before the break

Leicester gave possession away cheaply and Zak Whitbread brought down Billy Sharp in the penalty area, leaving Cox to take the honours from 12 yards.

Home fans were furious minutes later when Dyer's drilled effort appeared to rebound off the hand of Forest's Gillett in the penalty area.

That proved the final meaningful moment of the encounter as Forest took a point which will have pleased them more.

Watford 2 Leicester 1 – match report

Watford 2 Leicester 1: Whitbread sent off as Zola's men drag Foxes out of top two spots


17:53 GMT, 3 November 2012



17:53 GMT, 3 November 2012

Leicester were handed a second consecutive defeat as Watford recorded a 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road.

The Foxes slipped out of the promotion spots after their fourth defeat of the campaign, as Gianfranco Zola's side completed a deserved win.

On-loan midfielder Almen Abdi gave the home side a 14th minute lead as he clinically netted his fourth goal of the season.

Wheeling away: Fernando Forestieri (left) celebrates doubling Watford's lead

Wheeling away: Fernando Forestieri (left) celebrates doubling Watford's lead

Match facts

Watford: Almunia, Hall (Anya 90), Doyley, Pudil, Cassetti, Hoban, Chalobah, Hogg, Abdi (Smith 86), Deeney, Forestieri (Vydra 79).

Subs not used: Bond, Yeates, Battocchio, Geijo

Goals: Abdi 14, Forestieri 68

Leicester: Schmeichel, Konchesky, Morgan, Whitbread, Moore, Drinkwater (Dyer 46), Marshall (Waghorn 62), King, James, Knockaert (Futacs 62) Nugent

Subs not used: Logan, Danns, Gallagher, Schlupp

Booked: Drinkwater, Whitbread

Sent off: Whitbread

Attn: 12,954

Ref: D'Urso

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Fernando Forestieri made it two after reacting the quickest following Kasper Schmeichel's terrific save to deny Daniel Pudil.

Leicester pulled one back three minutes later as top scorer David Nugent scored his sixth of the season.

But Zak Whitbread was dismissed for two bookable offences in the 83rd minute to kill off hopes of a comeback.

Watford welcomed back suspended duo Pudil and Nathaniel Chalobah to the side, while Abdi returned from injury.

Leicester were without the suspended
Ritchie De Laet and the injured Jamie Vardy, while Lloyd Dyer dropped to
the bench as Matty James started in a three-man midfield.

Watford started the brighter side and
had the first sight of goal after 11 minutes but Troy Deeney blazed his
effort from the edge of the area high over the bar.

But the Hornets opened the scoring
three minutes later. A clever pass from Forestieri released Abdi on the
right and the midfielder advanced towards Schmeichel before slotting a
low effort into the bottom corner.

Schmeichel was called into action
again in the 20th minute as Wes Morgan's clearance fell to Forestieri
whose low effort was well held by the Leicester goalkeeper.

It took the Foxes until the 30th
minute to create an opening, with Ben Marshall forcing a save out of
Manuel Almunia, before a powerful Morgan header was cleared off the line
by a well placed Jonathan Hogg.

Nigel Pearson replaced Danny
Drinkwater with Dyer at half-time, as he looked for more width from his
side, but the change did not have an immediate impact as the second half
got off to a quiet start.

And it was Watford who eventually had
the first opening as Deeney forced a stop out of Schmeichel with a
header just before the hour mark.

Pearson responded by bringing on Martyn Waghorn and Marko Futacs, but his side were soon two goals down.

Schmeichel pulled off a terrific save
to prevent Pudil's effort, but Forestieri pounced on the rebound and
tucked away the loose ball.

The visitors responded three minutes
later as Nugent controlled Paul Konchesky's cross and fired a low effort
into the corner of the net.

But any hopes of a comeback were
scuppered as Whitbread brought down substitute Matej Vydra and was shown
his second yellow card of the game.

Leicester 1 Brighton 0 match report: Kasper Schmeichel saves Foxes perfect home record

Leicester 1 Brighton 0: King takes lead but Schmeichel saves perfect home record



21:39 GMT, 23 October 2012

It took a stunning penalty save from Kasper Schmeichel to protect Nigel Pearson’s unblemished home league record at the King Power Stadium.

The keeper, who has struggled manfully to step out of the shadow of his illustrious father, pulled off a superb stop to deny Ashley Barnes on an evening when the Championship leaders almost proved their own worst enemies.

Leading thanks to Andy King’s tenth-minute goal, Leicester became complacent and allowed Gus Poyet’s Seagulls a route back into a game that should have been put beyond them.

Regal: Andy King (right) nets against Brighton

Regal: Andy King (right) nets against Brighton

Match facts

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Moore 56), Morgan, Whitbread, Konchesky, Knockaert, King, Drinkwater, Dyer, Waghorn (Marshall 71), Nugent (Vardy 68). Subs not used: Logan, James, Schlupp, Futacs.

Booked: De Laet.

Goals: King 10.

Brighton: Kuszczak, Saltor, Greer, El-Abd, Bridge, Bridcutt, Dicker (Dobbie 59), Crofts (Hammond 77), Buckley, Barnes, Mackail-Smith. Subs not used: Ankergren, Dunk, Calderon, David Lopez, LuaLua.

Booked: Bridcutt.

Att: 25,726.

Ref: Neil Swarbrick.

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And it seemed that Poyet’s team were
about to stop a run of four matches without victory by becoming the
first team this season to earn a point from a trip to the east Midlands.

But Schmeichel had other ideas,
blocking Barnes’s effort as Leicester looked to build on a top spot
gained after last weekend’s draw against Birmingham at St Andrew’s.

But while the Dane did his job at one
end of the field, it was left to King to separate the sides with a
strike that will have left Poyet fuming.

The midfielder’s effort owed a debt to
forward David Nugent. The former Portsmouth forward has looked a
different player since his goal-drought came to an end last month.

The striker, famously capped once for England by Steve McClaren, turned Liam Bridcutt on the left touchline.

Brighton’s defence stood statically on
the edge of the area. With King at his shoulder, Nugent powered
forward, leaving Bridcutt in his wake.

Eventually, one of Poyet’s defenders sensed there might be some danger and Nugent off-loaded the ball to his team-mate.

The first shot by the Wales
international was blocked. The ball bounced untidily back into the
midfielder’s path and he claimed his third goal of the season, rapping
home from close-range.

Top man: Andy King is grabbed by Lloyd dyer and Danny Drinkwater

Top man: Andy King is grabbed by Lloyd dyer and Danny Drinkwater

Martyn Waghorn blazed over at the near
post and then Anthony Knockaert forced Tomasz Kuszczak into a fine stop
after a well-struck drive from distance.

It was too easy for the Foxes and they
lost urgency, allowing Brighton back into the game. They should have
heeded the undoubted warning from boss Nigel Pearson at the interval.

But Zak Whitbread was guilty of a rash
decision in the 52nd minute when he ploughed into Will Buckley as the
Brighton man attempted to reach the byeline.

Ashley Barnes shouldered the responsibility but Schmeichel was equal to the task, saving to his left.

Right-back Ritchie de Laet bravely
threw himself at the rebound, injuring himself in the process, and was
substituted for his trouble.

Leicester almost grabbed a second goal
after a cross from Lloyd Dyer found substitute Jamie Vardy, but his
headed effort was wide.

The Seagulls kept the pressure up, attackingly strongly in the closing ten minutes.
Striker Craig Mackail-Smith came close in the 87th, but his effort was comfortably saved by Schmeichel.

Barnes then fired off a hopeful shot outside the area, but it was to no avail.

Leicester 2 Bristol City 0: Foxes maintain top start to season thanks to Nugent strike and Foster own goal

Leicester 2 Bristol City 0: Foxes maintain top start to season thanks to Nugent strike and Foster own goal



16:50 GMT, 6 October 2012

It was very much high fives all-round for Nigel Pearson's in-form Foxes as they maintained their winning form in the npower Championship.

David Nugent's fifth league strike of the season and Richard Foster's own goal secured Leicester's fifth straight victory – following excellent away wins at Middlesbrough and Huddersfield – and also brought their fifth win in a row at their King Power Stadium home.

The result took the midlanders top of the table prior to Cardiff's televised late afternoon clash at Ipswich, but the success did not come without a cost, with the Foxes losing three players through injury.

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Party time: David Nugent (third from left) notched up his fifth goal of the season

Match facts

Leicester: Schmeichel, Konchesky (De Laet 46), St. Ledger (Whitbread 63), Morgan, Moore, King, Dyer, Drinkwater, Knockaert, Vardy (Marshall 51), Nugent

Subs Not Used: Logan, Waghorn, James, Futacs.

Goals: Nugent 19, Foster 74 og

Bristol City: Heaton, Foster, Fontaine, Nyatanga, Louis Carey (Mark Wilson 70), Skuse, Pearson, Morris (Anderson 82), Adomah, Taylor, Baldock (Davies 59).

Subs Not Used: Gerken, Stead, Woolford, James Wilson.

Booked: Louis Carey, Morris.

Att: 22,529

Ref: Trevor Kettle (Rutland).

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Paul Konchesky was forced to withdraw
at the break, Jamie Vardy hobbled off in the 51st minute, and then
after 63 minutes Republic of Ireland international defender Sean St
Ledger also picked up a knock.

The Robins, who had chalked up a
league double over Leicester last season, had almost snatched the lead
inside the first minute, Jody Morris meeting Sam Baldock's cross but his
six-yard header was saved by Kasper Schmeichel.

The Foxes responded well and after
eight minutes a left-foot shot by Lloyd Dyer was tipped over the
crossbar by City goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

The visitors, the second-highest
scorers in the Championship going into the contest, with 18 goals, had
certainly not come to sit back and defend in the early stages and
following a corner from Morris into the heart of the Leicester box, Liam
Fontaine sent a 10-yard shot wide of the right-hand upright.

Leicester's former England striker
Nugent headed over from six yards out in the 28th minute, but he made
amends just 60 seconds later. Vardy's long ball from the back caught the
Robins rearguard napping and Nugent raced through one-on-one with
Heaton and drove a low right-footer into the bottom corner.

David Nugent of Leicester

Off to a flyer: Nugent, who has discovered his old form this season, put Leicester in front after 19 minutes

Heaton kept City in the hunt with
smart saves from both Nugent and French ace Anthony Knockaert in the
space of a few seconds in the 36th minute.

The Robins had lost their record as
being the only Championship team not to have gone in trailing at
half-time – and boss Derek McInnes decided to replace Baldock with Steve
Davies in the 59th minute.

Fontaine fluffed a good chance to
bring City level in the 71st minute, the big defender heading an
inswinging corner from Morris over the top from six yards, and that miss
proved costly as the Foxes forged further ahead on 74 minutes, Andy
King's left-wing cross being headed into his own goal by the unfortunate
Richard Foster.

It brought up Leicester's 50th goal
against their west country opponents and was enough for them to chalk up
their fifth straight league win for the first time since February 2011.

As for the Robins, they have now failed to win six of their last seven league outings.

Hull 1 Peterborough 3: Emile Sinclair hat-trick

Hull 1 Peterborough 3: Sinclair treble helps underdogs earn first points



17:21 GMT, 29 September 2012

Emile Sinclair scored a hat-trick as Peterborough gladly assumed the role of Saturday's coupon-busters and recorded not only a first win of the season but their first points of it at promotion hopefuls Hull.

With seven straight defeats to their name this campaign, there were few who expected Posh and their under-fire manager Darren Ferguson to topple City, a side chasing a seventh straight home league win.

But, thanks to a treble from Sinclair, whose pace and power was too much for Hull to deal with, United upset the form book, despite Jay Simpson's goal, at a ground Sinclair has great affection for.

Oh no: Steve Bruce had an unhappy day

Oh no: Steve Bruce had an unhappy day

Match facts

Hull: Amos, Elmohamady, Chester (Rosenior 62), Faye, Bruce, Dudgeon, Koren, Olofinjana (Proschwitz 59), Quinn, Simpson, Aluko.

Subs Not Used: Oxley, Dawson, Evans, Mclean, McShane.

Goals: Simpson 61.

Peterborough: Olejnik, Little, Rowe (McCann 76), Knight-Percival, Alcock, Brisley, Bostwick, Ferdinand (Ntlhe 72), Barnett (Tomlin 81), Boyd, Sinclair.

Subs Not Used: Day, Zakuani, Swanson, Mendez-Laing.

Booked: Boyd, Sinclair.

Goals: Sinclair 24, 29, 73.

Att: 15,279

Ref: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).

His two-goal salvo for Macclesfield
in the Carling Cup by the Humber last August brought him to Ferguson's
attention and they duly signed him later that month for 100,000. He
scored 10 goals last season but these three may well be more important
than all of them combined.

It is the second successive week
Steve Bruce's Hull have conceded a hat-trick as well, with David Nugent
having done the same for Leicester last Sunday.

That 3-1 reverse showed that despite
their previous home prowess, Hull have a soft underbelly and Sinclair
immediately set about testing it out today.

He broke down the left with 10
minutes gone, showing the pace to get away from Alex Bruce, the son of
Steve, before working Ben Amos with a low drive.

It appeared as though Peterborough
would pay for not taking that chance, especially as Hull then got after
them, with Sone Aluko hooking a volley over and then cutting in from the
right to work Robert Olejnik at his near post.

But Peterborough would get another
opportunity and, with 24 minutes gone, Sinclair took it. It first seemed
that Stephen Quinn had covered the long ball aimed for the striker but
as he dallied, Sinclair clattered into him to regain possession and then
torched past Bruce before rounding Amos and tucking into an open goal.

His composure belied a man who can occasionally appear cumbersome and six minutes later he was at it again.

George Boyd was the man to show Bruce
– keeping a dangerously high line – a clean pair of heels on this
occasion and, after holding his run temporarily, he played Sinclair
through on goal and he dragged Amos left before beating him with a slick

Hull's only response before the break
came from Aluko's low drive which Olejnik dealt with, and the former
Rangers man should have at least hit the target from six yards four
minutes after it, only to plant Quinn's cross into the stand.

Simpson was the next to fluff his
lines, mis-kicking from 10 yards out, and lightning nearly struck thrice
for Hull just after as Sinclair broke free but failed to beat Amos.

His miss would haunt him too as
Simpson clicked into gear on the hour, drilling in his fifth of the
season after a neat pull-back from Ahmed Elmohamady.

Having missed his hat-trick chance
and with Hull growing, it looked as though Sinclair would end as the
villain rather than the hero, but with 16 minutes left he was left
alone, allowed to advance, and he eventually decided to place a low
strike into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Middlesbrough 1 Leicester 2: Dyer at the death ends Boro"s unbeaten record

Middlesbrough 1 Leicester 2: Dyer at the death ends Boro's unbeaten record



17:31 GMT, 29 September 2012

Substitute Lloyd Dyer's last-gasp goal
earned Leicester a deserved win and ended Middlesbrough's 100% home
record in the process.

Nicky Bailey opened the scoring for
Middlesbrough with a stunning 30-yard drive early in the second half but
it was all Leicester after that, with Jamie Vardy slotting in the
equaliser and Dyer's deflected effort winning it at the death.

It was the Foxes' fourth victory in five matches but the first points they have taken on their travels after three defeats.

Safe hands: Middlesborough keeper Jason Steele

Safe hands: Middlesborough keeper Jason Steele

Match facts

Middlesbrough: Steele, Friend, Woodgate (Hines 37), Bikey, Hoyte,
McEachran, Bailey, Thomson (Ledesma 69),Leadbitter,Jutkiewicz,
Zemmama (Luke Williams 63).
Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Arca, Smallwood, Haroun.

Booked: Bikey.

Goals: Bailey 50.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Moore 28), Konchesky, St. Ledger,
Morgan, Knockaert, Drinkwater, James (King 57),Marshall (Dyer 62),Vardy, Nugent. Subs Not Used: Logan, Whitbread, Waghorn, Futacs.

Goals: Vardy 62, Dyer 89.

Att: 15,679

Ref: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire)

Bailey and Merouane Zemmama were the only survivors from Boro's midweek Capital One Cup victory at Preston, while the Foxes named an unchanged line-up following their impressive 3-1 Championship win against Hull last Sunday.

The home side had the first chance of the game when Justin Hoyte cut in from the right and fired in an effort which brought a decent stop from Kasper Schmeichel. At the other end, David Nugent, who scored a hat-trick against the Tigers, saw a shot deflected just over the crossbar by Andre Bikey.

Middlesbrough's on-loan midfielder Josh McEachran fizzed a right-footed drive wide, before Leicester lost Ritchie De Laet to injury, with highly-rated youngster Liam Moore coming on.

Vardy should have done better with a shot from just inside the area which was straight at Boro goalkeeper Jason Steele as the game continued to flow.

Jonathan Woodgate, whose career has been dogged by injuries, was forced off in the 37th minute with what looked to be a recurrence of a niggling hamstring problem.

His absence was noticeable from a Leicester set-piece shortly afterwards as Nugent rose highest to head over the crossbar.

High jump: Jonathan Woodgate climbs above the Ipswich defence

High jump: Jonathan Woodgate climbs above the Ipswich defence

Tony Mowbray's men took the lead early in the second half. There looked to be nothing on when Bailey picked the ball up 30 yards from goal, but the midfielder let fly with a stunning shot into the top corner.

Middlesbrough came agonisingly close to doubling their advantage moments later, hitting City on the break, only for Lukas Jutkiewicz to slam a shot against the crossbar. They were made to pay as Leicester equalised from their next noteworthy attack.

Nugent's shot deflected into the path of Vardy and he steered the ball past Steele for his fourth goal of the season.

Leicester spurned two gilt-edged chances to take the lead as Dyer cleared the bar from six yards from fellow substitute Andy King's lay-off.

King then found himself with space in the area but his close-range shot was palmed away by Steele.

The visitors were well on top as Anthony Knockaert's corner picked out former Middlesbrough defender Sean St Ledger but his powerful goalbound header was expertly tipped away by the keeper.

Nugent headed wide, before Leicester grabbed the winner their second-half pressure had deserved.

Anthony Knockaert passed the ball wide to Dyer and his shot took a wicked deflection and looped over Steele.

Knockaert should have sealed victory late on when he was sent clear one-on-one with Steele. He took it around him but sub Hines was on hand to hack the ball to safety.