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Leicester City 1-0 Reading

Leicester City striker David Nugent scores the only goal against Reading

Leicester City moved top of the Championship table as David Nugent's first-half penalty saw off Reading in a game affected by floodlight failure.

A number of first-half power failures threatened the game before an emergency generator was utilised.

Nugent then struck home a penalty after Anthony Knockaert was fouled.

Alex Pearce had a header cleared off the line by Ritchie De Laet for Reading in the second half, but Leicester deserved the win.

With Burnley losing at Middlesbrough, Leicester leapfrogged the Clarets to go two points clear at the top of the standings.

Following a run of two defeats and no wins from three league games, the Foxes have now won back-to-back matches after edging automatic promotion rivals QPR last time out.

They were the better side against Reading and Lloyd Dyer had already forced a good save out of Reading keeper Alex McCarthy before the floodlights went off intermittently as power failures affected the King Power Stadium and surrounding area.

But light was restored in time for Leicester to take the lead midway through the first half as Knockaert weaved his way into the area and was brought down by Shaun Cummings, giving referee Michael Naylor no option but to award a penalty, which Nugent despatched for his 12th goal of the season.

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Post-match: Leicester boss Pearson

The floodlights again went off but following discussions with the Leicester and Reading captains, the referee opted to let play continue with emergency power eventually sorting the issue out.

Nugent clipped the outside of the post and Danny Drinkwater forced a low save from McCarthy as Leicester pushed for a second before half-time.

Reading had offered little in attack but should have done better early in the second half when Royston Drenthe whipped in a free-kick and Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel denied Kaspars Gorkss from close range.

From the resulting corner, Pearce had a header cleared off the line.

Dyer ended a 60-yard run with a shot into the side netting as Leicester finished strongly, but a second goal was not needed as the hosts took the three points.

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson:

"The last two results have been very good for us. When you look at the last three league games - including Burnley, where we drew and were unlucky not to win - we have done very well.

"The information I got about the power problem was that, although it had tripped before, if we isolated the floodlights and powered those through the generator it wouldn't trip again. I thought the referee handled it very well.

"We have done OK so far this season and it will be tight all the way through."

Reading manager Nigel Adkins:

"It was a poor first half hour of the game but in the second half I thought we were the better side.

"It was disappointing because we came away with nothing.

"There was always going to be a possibility of the game being abandoned because of the power failures, but well done to Leicester for what they did. People want to see a full game of football."

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 2de Laet
  • 3KoncheskyBooked at 68mins
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 5Morgan
  • 18Moore
  • 24Knockaert
  • 8James
  • 9VardySubstituted forTaylor-Fletcherat 88'minutes
  • 35NugentSubstituted forWaghornat 75'minutes
  • 11DyerSubstituted forHammondat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Hammond
  • 10King
  • 14Waghorn
  • 22Taylor-Fletcher
  • 23Miquel
  • 25Logan
  • 27Wasilewski

Reading

  • 21McCarthy
  • 2Gunter
  • 24Cummings
  • 23Williams
  • 5Pearce
  • 17Gorkss
  • 22Blackman
  • 20GuthrieBooked at 36mins
  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 10DrentheSubstituted forSharpat 71'minutes
  • 11McAnuffBooked at 80minsSubstituted forLe Fondreat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Federici
  • 3Kelly
  • 9Le Fondre
  • 12McCleary
  • 14Sharp
  • 16Akpan
  • 25Taylor
Referee:
Michael Naylor

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamReading
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home22
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home1
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Leicester City 1, Reading 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leicester City 1, Reading 0.

Attempt missed. Matthew James (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dean Hammond.

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

Foul by Billy Sharp (Reading).

Hand ball by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

Offside, Leicester City. Anthony Knockaert tries a through ball, but Martyn Waghorn is caught offside.

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Leicester City).

Alex Pearce (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

Dean Hammond (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Williams (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Gary Taylor-Fletcher replaces Jamie Vardy.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Dean Hammond replaces Lloyd Dyer.

Attempt missed. Chris Gunter (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

Foul by Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City).

Adam Le Fondre (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Adam Le Fondre replaces Jobi McAnuff.

Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Leicester City).

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Jobi McAnuff (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt blocked. Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Liam Moore.

Attempt blocked. Martyn Waghorn (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

Attempt saved. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Gunter with a cross.

Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Martyn Waghorn replaces David Nugent.

Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jobi McAnuff (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Billy Sharp replaces Royston Drenthe.

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew James.

Attempt missed. Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by David Nugent.

Booking

Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Paul Konchesky (Leicester City).

Nick Blackman (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Reading. Chris Gunter tries a through ball, but Pavel Pogrebnyak is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak.

Offside, Leicester City. Matthew James tries a through ball, but Ritchie de Laet is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester22143534221245
2Burnley22127333161743
3QPR22126424131142
4Derby22125546281841
5Nottm Forest229943122936
6Leeds2210573324935
7Ipswich229763425934
8Reading229763025534
9Brighton228862721632
10Blackpool228862526-132
11Blackburn228772624231
12Watford227873529629
13Wigan218582423129
14Huddersfield227782625128
15Bournemouth2284102939-1028
16Middlesbrough226883331226
17Bolton226882427-326
18Birmingham226792626025
19Charlton2257102028-822
20Millwall2256112546-2121
21Doncaster2255121840-2220
22Sheff Wed213992231-918
23Yeovil2245131731-1417
24Barnsley2237121939-2016
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