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Sir Alex Ferguson fourth in Managers" Performance Table behind Nigel Pearson, Paolo Di Canio and Roberto Mancini

He's nine points clear and chasing a 12th Premier League title… but Fergie's not the best manager in the English game

John Edwards


08:20 GMT, 5 February 2013



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Sir Alex Ferguson may be lording it over the rest in the Barclays Premier League, but he isn’t having it all his own way in a competition devised to allow managers from all four divisions to measure their achievements against each other.

The Manchester United boss is sitting on a nine-point gap at the top of the Premier League, but he can’t hold a candle to Leicester’s Nigel Pearson in the Castrol LMA Managers’ Performance Table.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Nigel Pearson, the Leicester City manager

Best in the business: Sir Alex Ferguson (left) may have guided Manchester United to a 10 point lead in the Barclays Premier League, but Leicester's Nigel Pearson (right) trumps him in the LMA chart (below)


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Pearson leads the way, in the latest quarterly table, with Ferguson trailing in fourth behind third-placed Paolo Di Canio, of Swindon, and, gallingly for the man who christened The Etihad Stadium’s inhabitants his ‘noisy neighbours’, Manchester City’s Roberto Mancini in second.

Points are awarded for every competitive game played by all 92 Football League and Premier League clubs. There is a sliding scale for wins, draws, clean sheets, goals scored, winning margins and knock-out matches, with the total number of points gained divided by games played and, finally, multiplied by 10, to do away with decimals, to arrive at the Top Twenty score.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini

Swindon Town manager, Paolo Di Canio

Flying high: Manchester City's Roberto Mancini (left) is second in the LMA table, while Swindon's Paolo Di Canio came in third

Though consistently in the top five or six, the three quarterly tables so far do not make pleasant reading for the fiery United manager.

Bad enough being fifth, behind Roberto Di Matteo, Ronnie Moore, Arsene Wenger and Port Vale’s Micky Adams, in the first, he suffered an even greater indignity in the second by finishing lower than his arch-rival Rafa Benitez.

Despite Benitez’s woes as interim Chelsea boss, he was second to Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe, with Paul Sturrock, Kenny Jackett and Gianfranco Zola also ahead of sixth-placed Fergie.

Paralympics: Honours List strongly criticised by dressage rider Lee Pearson

The Honours List just 'p***** me off'… Paralympics great Pearson says he should have been knighted and Olympic medals are still valued higher



17:27 GMT, 30 December 2012

One of Britain's leading Paralympians has launched a stinging attack on the New Year Honours List, admitting it 'p***** him off'.

Dressage rider Lee Pearson won his 10th gold medal at this year's London Paralympics, and received a CBE in the list.

He told the Independent on Sunday that he was 'disappointed' not to receive a knighthood, and added: 'It's the discrepancy that p***** me off'.

Lee Pearson

Lee Pearson

High achiever: Dressage star Pearson competing at this year's London Paralympic Games

Other Paralympians had already criticised the list, which saw Bradley Wiggins and Ben Ainslie knighted. Paralympian Sarah Storey was made a dame. Four Olympians and two Paralympians were awarded OBEs, with four Olympians and one Paralympian receiving a CBE.

Pearson said: 'Obviously, 10 gold, one silver and one bronze just isn't enough. I'm disappointed because I do feel I've given a lot to Paralympic sport and equestrianism. I think 10 gold medals is quite an achievement.'

Pearson won three gold medals at three successive Games, in Sydney, Athens and Beijing. He won an amazing tenth gold in the team dressage at Greenwich Park.

Wiggins and Ainslie are both greats of their respective sports, cycling and sailing, but Pearson's gold medal tally is higher than both of them combined.

Bradley Wiggins

Ben Ainslie

Suits you both, sir: Bradley Wiggins (left) and Ben Ainslie (right) have both been knighted

Pearson, 38, insists this case shows that Paralympic and Olympic medals are still not valued equally.

'There still seems to be a discrepancy between a Paralympic medal and an Olympic medal,' he added.

'It's tougher to get on in normal life if you've got a disability, and then to do sport on top of that is quite an achievement, I think, but maybe the powers that be don't.'

Stars such as David Weir, who won four
gold medals in London, had already said over the weekend that better
awards were deserved for Paralympians.

Weir told the Daily Telegraph: 'Kelly
Holmes was made a dame when she won two gold medals, but it seems we
have to get into double figures to get it. Sarah Storey should have been
awarded this years ago. I feel that sometimes we are left out, perhaps
because we are not in the public eye.'

She's more than a Brit special: Sarah Storey has been made a Dame

She's more than a Brit special: Sarah Storey has been made a Dame

Sir Philip Craven, president of the International Paralympic Committee, said: 'You can do the arithmetic and make your own conclusions. I think it's important to listen to what two great Paralympians think. The people saying maybe [Paralympians] should have a bit more, there might be a case for that.'

The London Paralympic Games was the biggest in the history of the event. Huge television audiences tuned into Channel 4's coverage, with sell-out crowds turning up across the capital to watch the various sports.

The likes of Storey, Weir, and Ellie Simmonds have become major public figures after their success at the Games. All three were among the contenders for this month's Sports Personality of the Year award, which was won by Wiggins.

Chris Wood will sign for Leicester for 1.5m

Foxes snare 1.5m West Brom hitman Wood to aid promotion push



17:10 GMT, 27 December 2012

Leicester have won the battle to sign Chris Wood after
agreeing a 1.5million deal with West Brom for the free-scoring New Zealand

Wood has been in prolific form during a loan spell with
Millwall, who were anxious to turn his temporary stay into a permanent transfer and were competing with Leicester, Huddersfield and several other
clubs for his signature.

But the 21-year old has opted for Championship promotion
chasers Leicester and will be confirmed as a Foxes’ player shortly.

Goal machine: Chris Wood has been in fine fettle for Milwall

Goal machine: Chris Wood has been in fine fettle for Milwall

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson bemoaned his side’s lack of
a cutting edge after seeing them follow a 1-0 home defeat by Cardiff with a
goalless draw at Hull on Boxing Day.

He was adamant that the addition of more firepower could
prove vital to their promotion prospects and admitted he was hopeful of a
transfer breakthrough in the next few days.

Though he played down speculation
that he was closing in on Wood, the burly West Brom target man was always his
main priority and is now heading to the East Midlands to bolster Leicester’s
promotion push.

Hull 0 Leicester 0 match report

Hull 0 Leicester 0: Honours even as promotion chasers play out a damp squib on Humberside



18:27 GMT, 26 December 2012

Hull were unable to provide any kind of celebration on their 10th anniversary since moving into the KC Stadium following a goalless draw with fellow promotion chasers Leicester.

Not even the return of former Tigers boss Nigel Pearson was enough to enliven a cold and damp afternoon on Humberside as both sides failed to live up to their lofty positions in the npower Championship table.

Jay Simpson saw a shot cleared off the line by Richie De Laet in the first half, but otherwise Pearson engineered a rearguard to frustrate his second-placed former employers.

It was the Foxes third successive match without scoring, highlighting Pearson's desire for a striker in next month's transfer window, but it was a point earned for the visitors after back-to-back defeats.

Goalless: Hull City's Sone Aluko (middle) fails to find the net in the 0-0 draw with Leicester City

Goalless: Hull City's Sone Aluko (middle) fails to find the net in the 0-0 draw with Leicester City


Hull: Jakupovic, Chester, Faye (Proschwitz 84), Hobbs, Elmohamady, Evans (Cairney 71), Koren, Quinn, Brady, Aluko (Rosenior 84), Simpson.

Subs Not Used: Amos, Mclean, McShane, Olofinjana.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Moore 46), Whitbread, Morgan, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Knockaert, Marshall, King (Gallagher 82), James, Nugent (Waghorn 67).

Subs Not Used: Logan, Dyer, Schlupp, Futacs.

Booked: De Laet, Whitbread

Attendance: 20,321

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire).

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Pearson left the KC Stadium in acrimonious circumstance to return to Leicester 13 months ago and the home fans took little time to remind of their antipathy towards him – directing a couple of derisory chants as their team made the best of the opening exchanges.

Simpson turned a weak side-footed shot wide when well placed before Paul Konchesky was forced into an awkward headed clearance inside his own six-yard box.

Leicester were hardly on the back-foot though and, with David Nugent playing on his own in front of a five-man midfield, they began to settle into a period of possession.

It prompted the Foxes' best spell of the first half and midfielder Anthony Knockaert should have rewarded them only to waste a hat-trick of chances inside a 10-minute period.

The Frenchman twice shot wide of the left-hand post before spurning the best of his opportunities with a scuffed effort after Konchesky pulled a cross back to the penalty spot.

Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic then needed a strong arm to keep out Danny Drinkwater, after Knockaert this time opted to pass, but the away side's attacking vigour soon subsided.

Instead they were left attempting to quell the increasing threat of Sone Aluko, back in the starting XI, as he began to busy himself in the hole behind the striker.

After Abdoulaye Faye headed a cross at the back post into the side netting, Aluko jinked his way into space only for Kasper Schmeichel to expertly tip away his low shot.

Aluko set up the best chance of the first 45 minutes moments later when he snuck a pass behind the defence for Simpson. The striker looked certain to score when he rounded Schmeichel but Richie De Laet was alive to the danger and got back to clear off the line.

It was De Laet's last major involvement as he was replaced at the break by Liam Moore who survived a nervous moment shortly after as appeals for handball were waved away.

Leicester almost stole ahead against the run of play on the hour when Faye sliced an attempted clearance just wide of his own goal.
Chances were at a premium in the second half, though, as the match deteriorated in driving rain.

Ben Marshall almost fooled Jakupovic on 72 minutes with a well-hit 20-yarder before the keeper made heavy work of keeping out Paul Gallagher's deflected free-kick.

Hull made a late push for the points but Schmeichel twice denied Simpson, latterly when the striker headed straight into his arms at close quarters.

Black Caviar named Australia"s sportswoman of the year ahead of Olympic gold-medallist Sally Pearson

Golden girl Pearson falls at the first and is beaten to national Aussie gong… by a horse!



13:48 GMT, 23 December 2012

Olympic gold-medallist Sally Pearson had to settle for the runner-up place in an Australian Sportswoman of the Year contest – after she was pipped at the post by a horse.

Racehorse Black Caviar is undefeated in 22 races, a record not matched in 100 years, and was handed the honour by two journalists at Sydney’s Daily Telegraph.

Pearson has suffered shock losses before, but generally when pitted against her own species.

Top of the pile: Black Caviar was named Australia's Sportswoman of the year

Top of the pile: Black Caviar was named Australia's Sportswoman of the year

She fell at the first hurdle and lost to Kellie Wells in the last race before London 2012 and came back to top the table in the 100m, but quite how anyone could recover from being overlooked in favour of a horse is unclear.

Pearson will no doubt draw consolation from knowing one other horse made it into the shortlist of four female athletes.

Other prominent female athletes who were snubbed include members of Australia’s only Olympic gold medal in the pool, Cate Campbell, Alicia Coutts, Brittany Elmslie and Melanie Schlange, along with gold-medallist cyclist Anna Meares.

Flying the flag: Sally Pearson won the Women's 100m final at the Olympics but it was not enough to win her national prize

Flying the flag: Sally Pearson won the Women's 100m final at the Olympics but it was not enough to win her national prize

Sports writers Phil Rothfield and Darren Hadland maintain the accolade was part of a light-hearted feature, but prompted a wave of angered reaction.

Channel Seven AFL commentator Tom Harley tweeted it was: 'plain offensive to all the inspirational sportswomen of Australia' while News Limited colleague, Mark Robinson, slammed the ‘award’, saying it was 'utterly embarrassing'.

Fewer complaints were heard for men’s category. Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke was named Sportsman of the Year for his four double centuries this year.

Leicester 1 Crystal Palace 2 match report: Peter Ramage scores winner

Leicester 1 Crystal Palace 2: Ramage does the damage as Eagles make it 10 unbeaten



16:54 GMT, 27 October 2012

Two first-half goals from Damien Delaney and Peter Ramage kept up managerless Crystal Palace's impressive start to the npower Championship and ended Leicester's unbeaten home record.

Defending a 100 per cent sequence at the King Power Stadium, Nigel Pearson's side were second best against a slick Palace side under the stewardship of caretaker boss Lennie Lawrence following the departure of Dougie Freedman this week.

The visitors could have been ahead in the first minute but Yannick Bolasie spurned a chance from just yards out.

Perfect 10: Palace kept up their unbeaten record

Perfect 10: Palace kept up their unbeaten record

Match facts

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Whitbread, Konchesky, Knockaert (Schlupp 77), Drinkwater (Marshall 63), King, Dyer (James 32), Vardy, Nugent.

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

Booked: Vardy, De Laet.

Goals: King 90.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ramage, Delaney, Ward, Parr, Bolasie, Dikgacoi, Garvan, Jedinak, Zaha (Moxey 90), Murray (Wilbraham 89).

Subs Not Used: Price, Blake, Easter, O'Keefe, Moritz.

Booked: Moxey.

Goals: Delaney 23, Ramage 28.

Attendance: 23,646

Referee: Andy Haines (Tyne & Wear).

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It was a rocky start for Pearson's
Championship leaders but Julian Speroni – making his 250th league start
in goal for the Eagles – had to be alert to save a Dave Nugent effort as
the Foxes briefly threatened at the other end.

A header from Andy King cleared the bar as the hosts rallied, but Kasper
Schmeichel did well to hold on to a Wilfried Zaha cross as Palace –
nine games unbeaten in the Championship – displayed all their attacking
intent in the opening stages.

And Lawrence's men took the lead after 23 minutes. Schmeichel failed to
deal with a Mile Jedinak corner, feeling he was impeded as he went to
claim the ball, and Delaney rattled home from 12 yards out.

Zaha tried his luck from 30 yards out, but Palace did not have long to
wait for their second as Ramage headed home from six yards out after 28
minutes, latching onto Bolasie's assist.

It had been a poor start from the hosts, who went into the game boasting
six successive home wins, but it got worse 13 minutes from the break
when an injured Lloyd Dyer was replaced by Matty James.

Pearson would have hoped for a decent start to the second half but much
as his team huffed and puffed, Palace were always a threat at the other
end of the field, and a third for the visitors would have ended the
Foxes' hopes.

Jamie Vardy would have hoped for a better connection with a header that
sailed harmlessly over the bar from close range 10 minutes after the
break, and Leicester were forced into a tactical change after 63 minutes
when Danny Drinkwater was replaced by Ben Marshall.

Time was running out for the hosts and a speculative shot from all of 35
yards from James showed how well Palace had snuffed out the Foxes'

With 14 minutes left Anthony Knockaert was replaced by Jeff Schlupp, and
Leicester finally registered in added time when King headed home.

But the Foxes were second best on a day when Palace showed true
promotion potential and the legacy left them by former boss Freedman.

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.

Coventry City need Wembley cup run – Neil Moxley

Coventry can begin to paint rosy future with morale-boosting Wembley run



15:53 GMT, 19 October 2012

News that Coventry City have been installed as second favourites to lift the Johnstone's Paint Trophy probably passed by without too much notice.

It would have been greeted by stifled guffaws in some quarters – mainly those with Leicestershire postcodes, it must be said, but nevertheless here is a pot that the Sky Blues clearly have a decent chance of lifting.

I realise that last sentence sounds patronising. But it wasn't written to sound as such. Hear me out.

Wembley run: Robins will be hoping to use the cup run as a springboard for success

Wembley run: Robins will be hoping to use the cup as a springboard for success

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Standing in the way of an area semi-final in early December are Sheffield United. Not the easiest of ties, but at least it's at the Ricoh Arena.

Now, while new boss Mark Robins may have more pressing concerned than the Blades' visit, I would hope he recognises the value of a decent run in the competition.

For years, Coventry City supporters have had nothing by way of excitement to cheer about.

It has been one slog of a campaign after another. Players sold off to meet mounting debts. One failed adventure after another.

What was it that Paul Fletcher attempted Operation Premier League
I can't remember. There have been so many changes of manager. So many issues, anxieties, problems. So many different negatives.

At last, here is an opportunity for the club to give itself a major boost. A trip to Wembley, dust off the pictures from '87 and all that.

Some younger readers won't recall the Sherpa Van Trophy. Or the Leyland Daf Trophy either, for that matter.

But they had a hugely positive effect on both Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham City two decades ago.

In the doldrums: The Sky Blues are desperate for a change in fortunes

In the doldrums: The Sky Blues are desperate for a change in fortunes

They were the forerunners of today's
Johnstone's Paint Trophy. A cup to be contested by those teams in
Division Three and Four (as was).

At the time when both of those west Midlands' sides went to Wembley, they had seen better days. Far better days.

were recovering from the depths of despair. A broken club until Graham
Turner's shrewdness in the transfer market allowed a pair of strikers
called Andy Mutch and Steve Bull to revitalise a club on its knees.

Over at St Andrew's, Lou Macari was attempting to do likewise with another club that was slipping in and out of playing consciousness. John Gayle was the unlikely hero on a great day out for around 50,000 Bluenoses at Wembley.

Glory days: A trip to Wembley would bring golden memories flooding back

Glory days: A trip to Wembley would bring golden memories flooding back

Both of those teams are regarded with fondness by their respective supporters, basically because winning that competition put some much-needed pride back into the club.

It's no fun, slipping into the third (and fourth) tier of English football.

Particularly for Coventry City's supporters who have had nothing, absolutely nothing, to celebrate of note since that day at Villa Park when their Premier League status was lost.

So I hope whatever Mark Robins does – and I'm convinced the Sky Blues have finally sourced a good, capable manager – I hope he doesn't regard this competition as in any way inferior to the league campaign.

He has plenty of time to mount a charge back into the Championship.

He would do well to give the Johnstone's Paint Trophy his fullest attention. It could be a happy first step back towards giving the club a much-needed shred of self-respect.

Grounds for praise

If you shout repeatedly at a child, it will end up ignoring you. Worse still, disliking you.

If you criticise and do nothing else to a football club, it will accuse you of highlighting negative stories and never the positive.

So, it's time to dish out some praise.

Take a step forward Aston Villa after the news that they offer the third-cheapest match-day experience in the Premier League.

That's good going. And well deserved too if a visit to Villa Park is a cheaper day out than one to the Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham.

Generally, the facilities are excellent at Villa Park. Yes, supporters can (and will) moan, but as I'm in the privileged position of visiting stadia for a living, Villa's fans don't do badly.

Grounds for concern: Results aren't great, but it's a cheap day out at Villa Park

Grounds for concern: Results aren't great, but it's a cheap day out at Villa Park

You know, Doug Ellis was many things. But let it not be said that he did not place a value on customer service. (As a student, I remember writing a letter to him as part of my thesis. He wrote a four-page reply).

That legacy has been continued by Randy Lerner.

The American has already pumped 200m into Villa, chasing his dream and that of thousands of others.

But he has clearly maintained a degree of benevolence in his patronage of the club. He is not fleecing the fans in an attempt to claw back some of that cash.

The figures speak for themselves. And for that, both he and chief executive Paul Faulkner should be given a pat on the back.

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.

David Nugent

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.

Huddersfield 0 Leicester 2

Huddersfield 0 Leicester 2: Knockaert show, but Redknapp lined up to replace Pearson



22:24 GMT, 2 October 2012

Nigel Pearson is bracing himself for the sack, despite Leicester’s early-season form taking them into the thick of the npower Championship promotion race.

A spectacular brace from midfielder Anthony Knockaert lifted the visitors to second in the table but may not be enough to keep Pearson in a job.

The Leicester manager fears his departure is imminent after sensing that owner Vichai Raksriaksorn has lost confidence in his ability to secure promotion to the Barclays Premier League.

Knockaert blow: The French star scored a double for Leicester

Knockaert blow: The French star scored a double for Leicester

Match facts

Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Peter Clarke, Gerrard, Dixon (Woods 63), Norwood (Arfield 63), Clayton (Lee 63), Southern, Ward, Novak, Scannell.

Subs Not Used: Bennett, Wallace, Robinson, Spencer.

Booked: Dixon.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Moore, Morgan, St. Ledger, Konchesky, Knockaert (Marshall 90), King, Drinkwater, Dyer (Schlupp 77), Nugent, Vardy (Waghorn 80).

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

Booked: Knockaert.

Goals: Knockaert 30, 60.

Attendance: 13,821

Referee: Phil Gibbs (West Midlands).

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While Pearson braces himself for the axe, after barely 11 months in charge, it emerged that Alan Shearer and Iain Dowie have joined former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp on the list of potential replacements.

Redknapp appears to be favourite and Sportsmail understands contact has been made with him. But former England striker Shearer and ex-Charlton manager Dowie have also been sounded out, in case Redknapp decides against moving north.

A frustrated Pearson said: ‘I don’t know who is being mischievous in terms of these stories, but it is a bit of an irritant.’ Then reflecting on his side’s rise to within one point of top place, he said: ‘It gives us a platform to kick on from, and just shows what a good group of players we’ve got.’

Travelling fans chanted his name at Huddersfield.

It is unlikely to make any difference to Raksriaksorn, but Pearson could not have asked for much more from his players in what could prove his last game in charge than a dominant performance capped by a spectacular 30th-minute breakthrough.

Alex Smithies was handily placed to block a firmly struck effort from Jamie Vardy, in the 18th minute, but could do little about a wind-assisted long-range shot from Knockaert on the half-hour.

The France Under 21 midfielder took aim from 35 yards and unleashed a swerving, dipping left-foot drive that flew into the roof of the net.

If that was eye-catching, it was matched by his second goal, on the hour. Paul Konchesky looked to have cut the ball too far back from the left, but Knockaert reacted with a full-length dive that enabled him to backheel the waist-high ball past a startled Smithies.

David Nugent almost made it three, with a point blank effort Smithies somehow blocked. And Pearson defiantly declared: ‘There has been some rubbish said and written about our season so far but what goes on within the club stays there.’

Dejected Huddersfield manager Simon Grayson said: ‘We were beaten by the better side. They have to be one of the favourites for promotion.’