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Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Leicester City

Leicester City players celebrate their Championship title success

Leicester clinched the Championship title with two games to go following a narrow victory at Bolton.

Andy King and Riyad Mahrez went close early on for the long-time leaders as Nigel Pearson's men dominated.

Bolton almost took the lead after the break but striker Lukas Jutkiewicz was denied by keeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Lloyd Dyer's second-half goal proved decisive, the Foxes midfielder cutting in to find the net from distance with 25 minutes left.

And Leicester, who registered 20 shots on goal to Bolton's 12, deservedly recorded a 13th away win of the season in front of their 2,000 travelling fans.

They should have won with something to spare, as the influential Danny Drinkwater and Ritchie De Laet both tested keeper Adam Bogdan.

And they had strong penalty appeals turned down when Tim Ream blocked a shot from Anthony Knockaert as the visitors pressed for the opening goal.

Bolton came more into the contest in the second half, striker Jutkiewicz seeing his effort saved by Schmeichel as the hosts enjoyed their best spell.

But it only succeeded in galvanising the visitors - Dyer using his pace to find the net with a powerful shot after cutting in from the left.

Bolton pressed for an equaliser but could not find a way through as Leicester moved seven points clear of second-placed Burnley.

It is now just one defeat in 20 games for Premier League-bound City, who travel to Huddersfield on Saturday boasting the Championship's best away record.

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson:

"It was nice to win it ourselves, especially having gained promotion when we didn't play.

"I think it was nicer for the players to get us over the line tonight in terms of winning the league.

"It was great to be able to finish off the season well and we've got to 96 points, which is a really good total with two games to go, and I want the players to go on and try and get as many points as possible now."

Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman:

"I'm building a team that is committed and is going to put their bodies on the line for the cause. You can start to see that in the second half of the season with our points tally.

"Leicester have done it in a way that I would like to copy with young, hungry players.

"They went and bought their players for a significant amount of money; we are going to have to find them a little bit rougher and polish them up."

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 1Bogdan
  • 33WhiteSubstituted forBeckfordat 45'minutes
  • 5Ream
  • 4Mills
  • 12Knight
  • 31Wheater
  • 11HallSubstituted forKellettat 71'minutes
  • 17Trotter
  • 29Jutkiewicz
  • 6Spearing
  • 27LeeSubstituted forLesterat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Beckford
  • 24Lonergan
  • 30Robinson
  • 39Lester
  • 41Threlkeld
  • 43Kellett
  • 46Iliev

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 2de Laet
  • 3Konchesky
  • 8James
  • 27Wasilewski
  • 5Morgan
  • 26MahrezSubstituted forDyerat 57'minutes
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 35Nugent
  • 10KingSubstituted forWoodat 56'minutes
  • 24KnockaertSubstituted forHammondat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Hammond
  • 11Dyer
  • 18Moore
  • 22Taylor-Fletcher
  • 25Logan
  • 28Phillips
  • 39Wood
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
16,569

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home12
Away20
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away13
Fouls
Home5
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Leicester City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Leicester City 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Zat Knight (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jay Spearing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

  5. Post update

    Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew Mills with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Chris Wood (Leicester City).

  8. Post update

    David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Dean Hammond replaces Anthony Knockaert.

  11. Post update

    Delay in match Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chris Wood (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matthew James.

  13. Post update

    Chris Wood (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Chris Lester replaces Lee Chung-Yong.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

  17. Post update

    Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Zat Knight with a headed pass.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Ritchie de Laet.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester44299680433796
2Burnley442514569353489
3Derby442491179493081
4QPR4422101256411576
5Wigan4320101357421570
6Reading4418131365531267
7Brighton4417151251391266
8Nottm Forest441617116558765
9Ipswich441714135852665
10Blackburn441616126358564
11Bournemouth441712156364-163
12Watford4315151370531760
13Middlesbrough441416145548758
14Bolton441316155457-355
15Sheff Wed441314176160153
16Leeds44158215565-1053
17Huddersfield441311205462-850
18Charlton431112203457-2345
19Doncaster441111223866-2844
20Millwall441014204473-2944
21Birmingham431110225568-1343
22Blackpool441013213663-2743
23Barnsley44912234171-3039
24Yeovil44813234369-2637
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