Championship
BournemouthAFC Bournemouth0LeicesterLeicester City1

Bournemouth 0-1 Leicester City

Kevin Phillips

Kevin Phillips's controversial late goal meant Leicester extended their lead at the top of the Championship to 10 points with victory at Bournemouth.

The striker, 40, headed in Anthony Knockaert's cross to give the Foxes their ninth straight league win, though the home side felt the whole of the ball did not cross the goalline.

Lewis Grabban went closest for the Cherries with a long-range shot.

But Leicester deserved the win as home keeper Lee Camp denied several chances.

He was first called on to keep out Knockaert's close-range header, then blocked Lloyd Dyer's fierce strike from a tight angle before pushing Jamie Vardy's effort onto the crossbar.

After creating few meaningful chances in the first half, Bournemouth improved after the break as Grabban, looking for his 13th league goal of the season, had visiting keeper Kasper Schmeichel scrambling when his 25-yard strike flew just wide of the post.

But the goalscoring instincts of Phillips, who is closing in on 300 goals in his career, proved telling as the former England striker nodded past Camp.

Bournemouth, who are 14th, pushed in the closing stages but failed to really threaten Schmeichel as Leicester secured all three points.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said:

"Our goalkeeper has had an excellent day between the sticks. He kept us in the game and we thought that might get us a point but it wasn't to be.

"The feeling from my players is that it wasn't a goal. I have only had a quick look at it and it is very close, you cannot really tell as it is a really bad angle."

"They showed what a good side they are. Nine wins in a row is a remarkable achievement and credit to them."

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson said:

"Kevin Phillips is a striker and is smiling, he knows he has scored. I have not had a clear look at the incident and the goal but the assistant seemed pretty sure it went over the line.

"I know that he will contribute very positively to our season both in terms of what he can do on the pitch and off the field as well. He has a lot of experience.

"He is a goalscorer and his anticipation is excellent, he is in his forties so won't be as quick as he was 16 years ago but still creates a lot of space and time for himself because of his understanding of the game."

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 42CampBooked at 81mins
  • 2Francis
  • 14Harte
  • 8ArterBooked at 66mins
  • 5Elphick
  • 22WardBooked at 53mins
  • 9Grabban
  • 32O'Kane
  • 28RantieSubstituted forKermorgantat 45'minutes
  • 4SurmanSubstituted forPitmanat 83'minutes
  • 20FraserSubstituted forRitchieat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Allsop
  • 3S Cook
  • 10Pitman
  • 15A Smith
  • 16MacDonald
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 30Ritchie

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 2de Laet
  • 3Konchesky
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 27WasilewskiBooked at 67mins
  • 5Morgan
  • 24Knockaert
  • 8JamesSubstituted forKingat 79'minutes
  • 9VardySubstituted forHammondat 88'minutes
  • 35NugentSubstituted forPhillipsat 73'minutes
  • 11Dyer

Substitutes

  • 7Hammond
  • 10King
  • 15Schlupp
  • 25Logan
  • 26Mahrez
  • 28Phillips
  • 39Wood
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
10,719

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home12
Away22
Shots on Target
Home1
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bournemouth 0, Leicester City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bournemouth 0, Leicester City 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Simon Francis with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

  5. Post update

    Andy King (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Dean Hammond replaces Jamie Vardy.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ian Harte (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman replaces Andrew Surman.

  10. Booking

    Lee Camp (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Bournemouth 0, Leicester City 1. Kevin Phillips (Leicester City) header from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Bournemouth. Harry Arter tries a through ball, but Yann Kermorgant is caught offside.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Andy King replaces Matthew James.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Matthew James.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kevin Phillips (Leicester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Marcin Wasilewski.

  19. Post update

    Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).