Yeovil Town 1-2 Leicester City

Leicester's David Nugent

Only goal difference keeps Leicester off the top of the Championship table after they saw off hard-working Yeovil.

Yeovil's Ed Upson and Joel Grant went close in the first half, but the hosts were caught on the counter as Lloyd Dyer finished David Nugent's pass.

Daniel Seaborne brought down Ritchie de Laet soon after and Nugent slotted home from the spot to double the lead.

James Hayter's penalty, after Liam Moore's foul, set up a frantic finish, but Grant wasted the best late chance.

Nigel Pearson

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Post-match: Leicester boss Pearson

The Foxes have taken 13 points for their last five league games and only leaders Burnley and QPR's superior goal difference keeps them out of the automatic promotion spots.

Yeovil, by contrast, slip into the relegation zone are are without a win in the league since their opening-day success against Millwall.

The Glovers looked lively in a first half though in which both sides regularly threatened.

Upson could not get enough power on his effort after Kasper Schmeichel had spilled Grant's cross before Anthony Knockaert scuffed a good chance straight at Wayne Hennessey at the other end for the visitors.

Leicester's greater attacking guile told in the second half though as Nugent's low cross was buried by Dyer at the end of a swift attack.

Gary Johnson

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Post-match: Yeovil boss Johnson

After giving away the decisive spot-kick Seaborne brought down De Laet with an untidy challenge to allow Nugent to extend the lead.

Yeovil came close to an unlikely comeback when Moore's trip on Upson and substitute Hayter's successful penalty conversion set nerves on edge in the visiting defence.

But ultimately Leicester held on, rode their luck and kept up the pressure on the sides above them.

Yeovil boss Gary Johnson:

"It is a learning curve for our boys. We haven't got that many lads with experience in the Championship like they have.

"You could see that both teams played with a tremendous amount of power and pace but they just had that little extra quality where it mattered in their two goals.

"We still gave it a go and it was nice to get a home goal."

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson:

"We should have been out of sight, let's be honest.

"I don't think anybody could argue that we didn't deserve to win. With the number of chances we've created we could have won by six.

"On another night we could be frustrated by having not put them out of sight.

"It is a good win, the players are continuing to improve as a group. All in all it is a good win but it could have been more convincing but we will improve."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Burnley107211323
2QPR9720823
3Leicester10721723
4Nottm Forest10541619
5Reading10541619
6Blackpool10541419
7Watford105321018
8Blackburn10433515
9Huddersfield10352414
10Ipswich10424314
11Leeds10424-114
12Brighton10343113
13Bournemouth10415-913
14Derby10334112
15Wigan8323311
16Millwall10325-811
17Birmingham10316-110
18Doncaster9234-39
19Middlesbrough10163-49
20Charlton9135-66
21Sheff Wed9054-65
22Yeovil10127-95
23Bolton10055-105
24Barnsley10127-145
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