Championship
YeovilYeovil Town1LeicesterLeicester City2

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.

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.

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."

Line-ups

Yeovil

Formation 4-4-2

  • 27Hennessey
  • 6SeaborneSubstituted forWebsterat 63'minutes
  • 2AylingSubstituted forMcAllisterat 74'minutes
  • 21Davis
  • 15Duffy
  • 23Grant
  • 8Upson
  • 4Edwards
  • 19Ralls
  • 17Madden
  • 28WilliamsSubstituted forHayterat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Hayter
  • 3McAllister
  • 5Webster
  • 10Foley
  • 13Moore
  • 24Dunn
  • 7Dawson

Leicester

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 3Konchesky
  • 5Morgan
  • 2de LaetBooked at 83mins
  • 18Moore
  • 4DrinkwaterSubstituted forHammondat 90+3'minutes
  • 11Dyer
  • 24KnockaertSubstituted forJamesat 72'minutes
  • 10King
  • 35NugentSubstituted forSchluppat 78'minutes
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 27Wasilewski
  • 8James
  • 20Hopper
  • 7Hammond
  • 15Schlupp
  • 25Logan
  • 23Miquel
Referee:
Brendan Malone
Attendance:
6,476

Match Stats

Home TeamYeovilAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home21
Away24
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home5
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Yeovil Town 1, Leicester City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Yeovil Town 1, Leicester City 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Patrick Madden (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Edward Upson.

  4. Post update

    Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Edward Upson (Yeovil Town).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City).

  7. Post update

    Jamie McAllister (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Dean Hammond replaces Daniel Drinkwater.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Wayne Hennessey.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Yeovil Town. James Hayter tries a through ball, but Patrick Madden is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joel Grant (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Edward Upson.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

  14. Post update

    Edward Upson (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City).

  16. Post update

    Liam Davis (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City).

  19. Post update

    Liam Davis (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Yeovil Town 1, Leicester City 2. James Hayter (Yeovil Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.