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Leicester City 0-1 Manchester City

Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard may extend his stay at Manchester City
  • Lampard fourth on scorers' list
  • Dzeko & Kompany injured
  • Leicester now winless in 11
  • Home fans chant support for Nigel Pearson

Frank Lampard scored his 175th Premier League goal as Manchester City triumphed 1-0 at bottom-of-the-table Leicester City.

The ex-Chelsea man guided home Samir Nasri's pass to give City three points.

However Manuel Pellegrini's afternoon will have been darkened by injuries to Edin Dzeko and Vincent Kompany.

Striker Dzeko pulled a calf muscle in the warm-up and captain Kompany, in his first game back from injury, appeared to have pulled a hamstring.

That took a little of the attention from Lampard's goal, which puts him level with Thierry Henry in fourth place on the all-time scorers' list.

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Pellegrini hopes Lampard will stay

And with Pellegrini keen to keep the former Chelsea midfielder beyond the end of his loan spell from New York City, he could yet add to his six goals for City.

His latest extended Leicester's winless run to 11 matches, their last victory coming against Manchester United on 21 September.

Manager Nigel Pearson, charged by the Football Association after rowing with a fan during the Foxes' 3-1 loss to Liverpool, will have been heartened to hear a number of chants in his favour from the home support.

His side started well, with forward Jamie Vardy particularly impressive.

The 27-year-old, who terrorised Man City's city rivals United earlier this season, had an early shot deflected wide by Eliaquim Mangala.

Leicester's veteran Argentina international Esteban Cambiasso then came close to catching out Joe Hart with a cheeky 35-yard freekick.

The visitors, with 18-year-old Jose Angel Pozo making his full debut in place of the luckless Dzeko, were laboured and narrow.

However, the young Spaniard sparked City into life when he fired their first shot at stand-in Leicester keeper Ben Hamer.

Moments later they were ahead. Samir Nasri, so impressive in the decisive 2-0 Champions League win over AS Roma, squeezed a pass through a cluster of legs for Lampard, who managed to readjust to sidefoot past Maher.

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Leicester do not lack belief - Pearson

Pellegrini's men hit cruise control for long periods but, on 77 minutes, Kompany pulled up clutching the back of his right hamstring.

He was replaced by Martin Demichelis and, despite a couple of late scares with substitute Leonardo Ulloa going close, the champions held on.

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson: "They showed why they are champions, scored a goal out of nothing and didn't really create anything else.

"We are on the receiving end of another defeat and I don't think we deserved to be but that's how it is. There's no point me being anything other than rational about it.

"When you're adrift that makes it even more difficult psychologically but I don't think our players looked like they lacked belief and that will be important."

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "It is an important victory. It's been a very difficult week for us as we had to play on Wednesday in Rome.

"We play in less then 72 hours another game and it's not enough to recover physically and mentally. And we had a lot of injuries.

"That is why it is important to take a 1-0 lead and defend well."

Nigel Pearson
Leicester fans chanted their backing for their manager
Frank Lampard
Lampard believes Man City were not at their best
Joe Hart
Hart was targeted by sections of the home support
Vincent Kompany
Kompany had missed three games with a hamstring problem

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 12Hamer
  • 17Simpson
  • 27Wasilewski
  • 5Morgan
  • 3Konchesky
  • 26Mahrez
  • 10King
  • 19Cambiasso
  • 4DrinkwaterSubstituted forKnockaertat 79'minutes
  • 15SchluppSubstituted forUlloaat 64'minutes
  • 9VardySubstituted forPowellat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Hammond
  • 8James
  • 14Powell
  • 18Moore
  • 23Ulloa
  • 24Knockaert
  • 31Smith

Man City

  • 1HartBooked at 78mins
  • 3Sagna
  • 4KompanySubstituted forDemichelisat 77'minutes
  • 20Mangala
  • 22Clichy
  • 42Y Touré
  • 6Fernando
  • 8NasriBooked at 70mins
  • 18LampardSubstituted forMilnerat 60'minutes
  • 21Silva
  • 78PozoSubstituted forJesús Navasat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Zabaleta
  • 7Milner
  • 11Kolarov
  • 13Caballero
  • 15Jesús Navas
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 26Demichelis
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
31,643

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Leicester City 0, Manchester City 1.

Full Time

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

Offside, Manchester City. Fernando tries a through ball, but David Silva is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Wes Morgan with a headed pass.

Samir Nasri (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Danny Simpson (Leicester City).

Offside, Manchester City. James Milner tries a through ball, but Samir Nasri is caught offside.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Bacary Sagna.

Foul by Gaël Clichy (Manchester City).

Nick Powell (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Yaya Touré.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Fernando (Manchester City) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by James Milner following a fast break.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Fernando (Manchester City).

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

Attempt missed. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Jesús Navas.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Paul Konchesky.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Eliaquim Mangala.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Martín Demichelis.

Attempt blocked. Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Anthony Knockaert replaces Daniel Drinkwater.

Offside, Manchester City. Jesús Navas tries a through ball, but Samir Nasri is caught offside.

Booking

Joe Hart (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.

Gaël Clichy (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Martín Demichelis replaces Vincent Kompany because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) because of an injury.

Jesús Navas (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Paul Konchesky (Leicester City).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Jesús Navas replaces Jose Pozo.

Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City).

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Nick Powell replaces Jamie Vardy.

Foul by Fernando (Manchester City).

Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Fernando.

Booking

Samir Nasri (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea16123136132339
2Man City16113233141936
3Man Utd158432617928
4West Ham168442719828
5Southampton1682625131226
6Arsenal167542819926
7Newcastle166551822-423
8Swansea156452017322
9Liverpool156361919021
10Tottenham156361821-321
11Stoke165471821-319
12Aston Villa165471020-1019
13Everton154652423118
14West Brom164571520-517
15Sunderland1621041424-1016
16Crystal Palace163671924-515
17Burnley163671124-1315
18QPR154291627-1114
19Hull162771523-813
20Leicester1624101527-1210
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