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Stoke City 0-1 Leicester City

Leonardo Ulloa, Leicester v Stoke
Leonardo Ulloa added another to his tally after scoring against Arsenal and Everton
  • Ulloa scores his third goal in four Premier League games
  • Leicester's first win since their return to the top flight
  • Crouch misses with a header for Stoke
  • Ben Hamer keeps clean sheet on Premier League debut

Leonardo Ulloa scored his third goal of the season to earn Nigel Pearson's Leicester side their first win since they returned to the Premier League.

The £8m summer signing from Brighton showed fantastic technique to check his run and tuck in Paul Konchesky's cross.

Hosts Stoke bossed the first half but Peter Crouch missed their best chance.

Former Inter Milan player and Argentina international Esteban Cambiasso, 34, impressed after making his Foxes debut as a substitute at half-time.

Stoke will be kicking themselves after controlling the first 45 minutes and missing several good opportunities.

Mark Hughes' side had been aiming to make it back-to-back wins after a famous victory last time out at champions Manchester City.

But Stoke, usually so strong at the Britannia Stadium, lost for the second successive time on home soil after defeat by Aston Villa on the opening day.

Match facts
Leicester record their first top-flight victory since May 2004It is the first time Stoke have lost consecutive league games at home since April 2013
Leicester had been without a clean sheet in 11 Premier League games, the longest run of any top-flight sidePeter Crouch had four efforts on goal for Stoke but none of them hit the target

It was a hugely satisfying afternoon for Leicester boss Nigel Pearson, who got his tactics spot on.

Well-organised and resilient, the Foxes were content to sit back and soak up the pressure in the opening 45 minutes before Pearson introduced Cambiasso at half-time.

The veteran midfielder caught the eye immediately with some neat touches and always wanted the ball.

He provided the impetus for Leicester to show more ambition and they were rewarded when Ulloa struck on 64 minutes.

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Stoke 0-1 Leicester: We didn't deserve defeat - Mark Hughes

It was a classic counter-attack move, Danny Drinkwater feeding Konchesky on the left and Ulloa making a difficult finish look easy as he halted mid-run and stretched backwards to meet the ball with his left foot.

Referee Michael Oliver had played advantage when Drinkwater was scythed down after releasing the ball.

Ulloa, 28, has already scored against Arsenal and Everton this season and looks an early contender for bargain buy of the summer.

Stoke had their best moment in the first half when Crouch connected with a Victor Moses corner but missed the target with the goal gaping.

The 33-year-old was Stoke's top scorer last season but has not netted in the league since March, although he also came close with a spectacular volley which flashed over the bar.

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Ulloa good value for Nigel Pearson

Stoke were a little lacklustre after the break but showed more urgency towards the end and piled on the pressure in the closing minutes.

Victor Moses had two good chances but was denied by Ben Hamer as the 26-year-old former Charlton keeper, playing because of a knee injury to Kasper Schmeichel, marked his Premier League debut with a clean sheet.

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson:

"To do well in any division you have to score goals and for Ulloa to get three already is great for him.

"He is very popular among the players and he has settled in very well and is delivering at the moment.

"The more experience the players get in this division the better, and the better I can see us performing, but there is a long way to go."

Stoke boss Mark Hughes:

"It was frustrating. On the balance of play we certainly deserved something but Leicester, to their credit, got loads of people behind the ball and cleared their lines well.

"We understood what their game-plan was going to be and we need to find a way to break down teams that are resolute.

"But we can't have any complaints about their game-plan because we did the same at Manchester City a couple of weeks ago."

Nigel Pearson and Leonardo Ulloa
Leicester boss Nigel Pearson says matchwinner Ulloa is popular among the players
Victor Moses and Paul Konchesky, Stoke v Leicester
Paul Konchesky set up Leicester's winner
Peter Crouch, Stoke v Leicester
Peter Crouch is without a Premier League goal since March
Peter Crouch
Stoke have lost both their league matches at home

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Line-ups

Stoke

  • 1Begovic
  • 2Bardsley
  • 17Shawcross
  • 12Wilson
  • 3PietersBooked at 49minsSubstituted forMuniesaat 84'minutes
  • 6WhelanBooked at 64mins
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 19WaltersSubstituted forAssaidiat 82'minutes
  • 27BojanSubstituted forDioufat 74'minutes
  • 13Moses
  • 25CrouchBooked at 29mins

Substitutes

  • 4Huth
  • 5Muniesa
  • 10Arnautovic
  • 16Adam
  • 18Diouf
  • 24Assaidi
  • 29Sørensen

Leicester

  • 12Hamer
  • 2de Laet
  • 5Morgan
  • 18Moore
  • 3Konchesky
  • 26MahrezSubstituted forDrinkwaterat 45'minutes
  • 10KingSubstituted forCambiassoat 45'minutes
  • 7Hammond
  • 15SchluppSubstituted forVardyat 76'minutes
  • 23Ulloa
  • 35Nugent

Substitutes

  • 4Drinkwater
  • 9Vardy
  • 19Cambiasso
  • 24Knockaert
  • 27Wasilewski
  • 31Smith
  • 39Wood
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
27,500

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home27
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home16
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Stoke City 0, Leicester City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stoke City 0, Leicester City 1.

Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).

Ben Hamer (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Ritchie de Laet.

Victor Moses (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City).

Attempt missed. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Glenn Whelan following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Marc Muniesa replaces Erik Pieters because of an injury.

Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Oussama Assaidi replaces Jonathan Walters.

Delay in match Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City) because of an injury.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Liam Moore.

Attempt missed. Dean Hammond (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Esteban Cambiasso with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Marc Wilson.

Victor Moses (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Jamie Vardy replaces Jeffrey Schlupp.

Attempt missed. Dean Hammond (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Konchesky.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa.

Attempt saved. Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) header from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Marc Wilson (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Shawcross with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Mame Biram Diouf replaces Bojan.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jeffrey Schlupp.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Ritchie de Laet.

Attempt blocked. Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Peter Crouch.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Erik Pieters (Stoke City) because of an injury.

Victor Moses (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City).

Attempt missed. Bojan (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Peter Crouch with a headed pass.

Marc Wilson (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Nugent (Leicester City).

Goal!

Goal! Stoke City 0, Leicester City 1. Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paul Konchesky with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea4400156912
2Aston Villa431041310
3Swansea43018539
4Southampton42118357
5Man City42117437
6Tottenham42117527
7Arsenal41307616
8Liverpool42026516
9Everton4121910-15
10Leicester412145-15
11Hull31113304
12Stoke411223-14
13Sunderland403156-13
14West Ham310245-13
15QPR310215-43
16Man Utd302123-12
17Crystal Palace402258-32
18Burnley402214-32
19West Brom402227-52
20Newcastle402239-62
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