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Birmingham City 1-2 Leicester City

Wes Morgan and Lee Novak

Championship leaders Leicester made it a club record eighth league win in a row as they beat Birmingham City.

The Foxes led midway through the first half when David Nugent played in Lloyd Dyer, who smashed the ball into the roof of the net.

Jamie Vardy added a fantastic second goal late on when he beat two defenders to fire home.

Peter Lovenkrands headed in a last-minute goal for Birmingham but it was too late to spark a comeback.

The win for Leicester keeps them eight points clear of second-placed QPR, and more importantly, extended their advantage to 11 points over third-placed Burnley, who could only draw.

Birmingham have failed to win any of their last nine home games, a run stretching back to 1 October, and they are now only five points above the relegation zone.

The Foxes dominated the early stages, with Vardy going close and Danny Drinkwater forcing a save from Darren Randolph.

They deservedly led when Nugent played in a low angled ball from the right to the unmarked Dyer, who was able to take a touch before firing high into the goal.

Leicester could have doubled the lead when Dyer set up Anthony Knockaert but Randolph saved his effort from close range with his legs.

Blues improved after the break but Vardy finished the game as a contest when he received a Riyad Mahrez pass and dribbled down the right before firing an effort into the far corner.

Substitute Lovenkrands gave the Foxes a late scare from Chris Burke's corner but Nigel Pearson's men lasted the four minutes of injury time unscathed.

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson:

"We were aware about the record but the players never discussed it. It was an added plus that we were able to achieve this record. To win eight games on the trot is very difficult in any league, particularly the Championship.

"The players have to take a great deal of credit with their ability to win different types of games. In this league you have to scrap and be resilient. I think against Birmingham we showed that we are capable of playing some really good football.

"The players are very focussed on the goals we have set and that is to win promotion. The chemistry within the squad is good and we are better equipped to deal with disappointment."

Birmingham boss Lee Clark:

"The scoreline doesn't tell the whole story. In every aspect of the game Leicester's confidence was sky high.

"We were happy at the end of the first half that it was only 1-0. We had a go in the second half but they were always the dominant side.

"The league table doesn't lie. Eight wins on the bounce at any level is a fantastic achievement. They have quality all over their team and Nigel Pearson has assembled a very good team. I hope that they go on and get promoted."



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 32Bell
  • 20LeeSubstituted forLovenkrandsat 45'minutes
  • 5Bartley
  • 14Packwood
  • 7Burke
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 35RusnakBooked at 73mins
  • 12Novak
  • 29Brown


  • 8Mullins
  • 10Howard
  • 11Lovenkrands
  • 13Doyle
  • 17Reilly
  • 27Ferguson
  • 33Gray


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 2de LaetBooked at 82mins
  • 3Konchesky
  • 4DrinkwaterBooked at 77mins
  • 27WasilewskiBooked at 74mins
  • 5Morgan
  • 24KnockaertSubstituted forHammondat 81'minutes
  • 8James
  • 35Nugent
  • 9VardyBooked at 38minsSubstituted forPhillipsat 87'minutes
  • 11DyerSubstituted forMahrezat 72'minutes


  • 7Hammond
  • 10King
  • 15Schlupp
  • 22Taylor-Fletcher
  • 25Logan
  • 26Mahrez
  • 28Phillips
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Leicester City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Leicester City 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Albert Rusnák (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

  5. Post update

    Lee Novak (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthew James.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  8. Post update

    Kevin Phillips (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City).

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Birmingham City 1, Leicester City 2. Peter Løvenkrands (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Dean Hammond (Leicester City).

  12. Post update

    Peter Løvenkrands (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Kevin Phillips replaces Jamie Vardy.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

  16. Post update

    Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Birmingham City 0, Leicester City 2. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  19. Booking

    Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City).

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