David Nugent's late winner denied Leeds a deserved point as Championship leaders Leicester stretched their advantage to five points.

Leeds created a host of chances before the break as they restored pride with a fine display following last week's 6-0 defeat by Sheffield Wednesday.

Ross McCormack hit the post with a header and could have had a hat-trick.

But the Foxes secured a sixth straight league win when Nugent poked the ball past goalkeeper Paddy Kenny.

Veteran striker Kevin Phillips, making his debut as a substitute, was the creator with a brilliant dummy that allowed Nugent to get in on goal and make the most of a lucky ricochet to nick the ball low into the net.

Nugent's composed finish means Leicester are now five points ahead of QPR and six points clear of Burnley in third place.

But Leeds manager Brian McDermott, who demanded a performance full of pride and passion after the "humiliating" loss against their Yorkshire rivals last time out, will justifiably feel aggrieved.

His side responded in style to that spanking, playing in the first half with an urgency and quality missing in a winless six-game run.

Top scorer McCormack could easily have had a hat-trick in the first 30 minutes, with Tom Lees and Jimmy Kebe also missing decent headed chances.

But it was McCormack, with 17 goals in 25 league games this season, who had the best opportunities.

The Scot was unlucky with an early header that drifted on to the far post after a fine cross from Luke Varney.

He was also unfortunate to see a clever dinked effort cleared off the line by Matty James, and then the measured curling follow-up turned wide by Foxes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

But between those chances the Championship's leading goalscorer should have made the most of a one-on-one with Schmeichel. A terrible Paul Konchesky back-pass left McCormack bearing down on goal with plenty of time, but he delayed his shot and the Dane kept his nerve to produce a classy one-handed save.

At the other end Leicester, who blew away Derby in such emphatic fashion last time out, were kept on the back foot by their hosts for long spells but retained a serious threat with the pace and direct running of Jamie Vardy, David Nugent and wing duo Lloyd Dyer and Anthony Knockaert once again prominent.

Vardy hit the post with a fierce cross shot from Ritchie De Laet's pass, while a rising 18-yard drive from Knockaert went just over as the visitors began to look the better side in the closing stages of a gripping first period.

The chances dried up in a more even, but still entertaining, second half.

Contrasting form

Leeds have now lost their past five games in all competitions, conceding 13 goals.

They have not won any of their past seven matches and have only scored three goals.

Championship leaders Leicester have won their past six league games and have picked up 25 points from their 13 away fixtures.

Cameron Stewart and Michael Brown both had strikes on goal for the home side while City struggled to create openings despite the constant menace that Knockaert's trickery and inventiveness provided.

But a growing sense among the home fans that their side had wasted too many chances when on top was vindicated with two minutes of normal time left.

James had curled the away side's only effort of the second half effort narrowly wide from long range, but the introduction of Phillips gave fresh impetus to Leicester's attack.

The 40-year-old teed up a chance for fellow substitute Andy King and then cracked a half-volley over the bar, before his dummy from Liam Moore's cross let Nugent in to steal the points.

Leeds United boss Brian McDermott:

"That was tough to take. We should have been three-up at half-time.

"The most important thing for me - obviously you want to win, it's so important to win games, and I'm used to winning games in this league - was to restore pride in that shirt and I think the players did that."

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson:

"He [Kevin Phillips] has a presence and a reputation, for somebody who's the age he is, to be able to get into a game as quickly as he did.

"It's testament to how he's looked after himself, and it's not just the physical side of it when you get older, to still have that desire and that hunger to play is quite remarkable. There won't be too many players of his ilk and I'm delighted that we've got him.

"He showed an awful lot of intelligence out there. Hopefully that will be important for us in the second half of the season. We made a lot of mistakes, let's be clear on this, it was probably a bit hard on Leeds.

"It depends on how you want to look at it. Some people could argue we were a bit fortunate, or from our perspective we would say that, on a day that it wasn't a polished performance, we showed different qualities and were able to get ourselves out of tricky situations."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Leeds United

  • 01 Kenny
  • 25 Byram Booked
  • 15 Warnock
  • 17 Brown
  • 04 Lees
  • 05 Pearce
  • 38 Kebe (Peltier - 85' )
  • 08 Austin
  • 44 McCormack
  • 11 Varney (Diouf - 86' )
  • 28 Stewart

Substitutes

  • 02 Peltier
  • 06 Murphy
  • 21 Diouf
  • 22 Wootton
  • 26 Poleon
  • 33 Cairns
  • 36 Mowatt

Leicester City

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 02 de Laet (Wasilewski - 64' )
  • 03 Konchesky
  • 04 Drinkwater
  • 05 Morgan Booked
  • 18 Moore
  • 24 Knockaert Booked
  • 08 James
  • 09 Vardy Booked (Phillips - 75' )
  • 35 Nugent
  • 11 Dyer (King - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Hammond
  • 10 King
  • 25 Logan
  • 26 Mahrez
  • 27 Wasilewski
  • 28 Phillips
  • 39 Wood
Ref: Mike Dean
Att: 22,678

Match Stats

Shots

14 10

On target

4 1

Corners

4 4

Fouls

15 19

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Leeds United 0, Leicester City 1.

90:00 +4:16 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Leeds United 0, Leicester City 1.

90:00 +2:07

Hand ball by Ross McCormack (Leeds United).

90:00 +0:36

Foul by David Nugent (Leicester City).

90:00 +0:36

Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:28

Attempt blocked. Cameron Stewart (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Warnock.

89:58

Foul by Matthew James (Leicester City).

89:58

Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

88:55

Andy King (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:55

Foul by Cameron Stewart (Leeds United).

87:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 0, Leicester City 1. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam Moore with a cross.

85:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. El Hadji Diouf replaces Luke Varney.

85:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Lee Peltier replaces Jimmy Kébé.

84:40

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

83:48

Delay in match Liam Moore (Leicester City) because of an injury.

83:18

Attempt missed. Kevin Phillips (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Wes Morgan following a corner.

82:55

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Rodolph Austin.

82:44

Attempt blocked. Andy King (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin Phillips with a cross.

81:27

Matthew James (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:27

Foul by Michael Brown (Leeds United).

79:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Andy King replaces Lloyd Dyer.

78:36

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

78:36

Luke Varney (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

77:39

Attempt blocked. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

77:18 Booking

Booking Sam Byram (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

76:54

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

76:54

Sam Byram (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Kevin Phillips replaces Jamie Vardy.

69:12

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Liam Moore.

69:09

Attempt blocked. Cameron Stewart (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rodolph Austin.

68:31 Booking

Booking Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card.

68:14

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

68:14

Michael Brown (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

67:41

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

67:41

Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:25

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

65:24

Delay in match Michael Brown (Leeds United) because of an injury.

65:05

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

65:01

Attempt blocked. Cameron Stewart (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Brown.

63:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Marcin Wasilewski replaces Ritchie de Laet because of an injury.

59:58

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Rodolph Austin.

59:54

Attempt blocked. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Moore.

59:05

Liam Moore (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:05

Foul by Luke Varney (Leeds United).

58:05

Offside, Leeds United. Michael Brown tries a through ball, but Luke Varney is caught offside.

57:15

Foul by Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City).

57:15

Tom Lees (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:18

Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:18

Foul by Michael Brown (Leeds United).

55:13

Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:13

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

54:33

Attempt missed. Matthew James (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

54:28

Attempt blocked. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater.

50:45

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

50:45

Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:03

Hand ball by Michael Brown (Leeds United).

48:41

Attempt saved. Michael Brown (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jimmy Kébé.

47:35 Booking

Booking Wes Morgan (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

47:20

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

47:20

Luke Varney (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:40 Booking

Booking Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

46:28

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

46:28

Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:35

Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:35

Foul by Luke Varney (Leeds United).

45:00

Second Half begins Leeds United 0, Leicester City 0.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Leeds United 0, Leicester City 0.

39:11

Offside, Leicester City. Paul Konchesky tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

36:06

Attempt blocked. Matthew James (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer.

33:39

Foul by Paul Konchesky (Leicester City).

33:39

Jimmy Kébé (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

32:14

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ritchie de Laet.

30:18

Foul by Matthew James (Leicester City).

30:18

Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:09

Hand ball by Luke Varney (Leeds United).

27:51

Foul by Paul Konchesky (Leicester City).

27:51

Sam Byram (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:15

Attempt missed. Tom Lees (Leeds United) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Stephen Warnock with a cross following a corner.

25:37

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Ritchie de Laet.

22:17

Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:17

Foul by Jimmy Kébé (Leeds United).

18:35

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Rodolph Austin.

17:16

Attempt blocked. Luke Varney (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

17:14

Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

16:07

Foul by Cameron Stewart (Leeds United).

16:07

Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:49

Attempt missed. Jimmy Kébé (Leeds United) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Rodolph Austin with a cross following a set piece situation.

14:16

Luke Varney (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:16

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

12:04

Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:04

Foul by Stephen Warnock (Leeds United).

11:30

Foul by Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City).

11:30

Luke Varney (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:00

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

11:00

Michael Brown (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:28

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Jason Pearce.

9:11

Attempt missed. Luke Varney (Leeds United) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Stephen Warnock with a cross following a corner.

8:41

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

8:38

Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

8:31

Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

7:50

Hand ball by Paul Konchesky (Leicester City).

7:45

Attempt blocked. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Brown.

6:46

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Ritchie de Laet.

5:48

Hand ball by Luke Varney (Leeds United).

5:14

Hand ball by Michael Brown (Leeds United).

5:04

Ross McCormack (Leeds United) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Luke Varney with a cross.

4:21

Jason Pearce (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:21

Foul by David Nugent (Leicester City).

3:13

Foul by Michael Brown (Leeds United).

3:13

Matthew James (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:52

Offside, Leicester City. Anthony Knockaert tries a through ball, but David Nugent is caught offside.

1:38

Jimmy Kébé (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:38

Foul by Paul Konchesky (Leicester City).

0:46

Attempt missed. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sam Byram.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

Live data and text provided by our data suppliers