Leicester City 2 Southampton 0 – 9 May 2015

Riyad Mahrez scored two first-half goals to boost Leicester City’s survival hopes with a deserved win over Southampton this afternoon.

The Algerian international put the Foxes ahead after seven minutes after picking the ball up in midfield and finding the bottom corner of the net with a cool finish from eighteen yards.

Mahrez doubled Leicester’s tally just twelve minutes later when he poked home from close range after excellent work from Jamie Vardy.

The visitors enjoyed much of the possession in the second half but were unable to break down a resolute and disciplined Leicester City backline, commanded by the impressive Robert Huth.

It was a sixth win in seven for Nigel Pearson’s side who continue their astonishing escape from the Premier League’s bottom three, and now find themselves in fifteenth place – three points above Hull City, and with a superior goal difference – with just two games remaining.

The only dampener on the day for April’s Manager of the Month was watching Matty James being carried off the field on a stretcher after suffering what appeared to be a nasty knee injury early in the first half.

Pearson named an unchanged starting XI from last weekend’s season-best 3-0 victory over Newcastle United, with David Nugent named back among the replacements after recovering from injury.

Leicester started the match at a high tempo, although it was the visitors who had the first opportunity to open the scoring when Saido Mané almost broke through the Foxes’ defense, but Marc Albrighton’s excellently timed tackle was enough to thwart the Senegalese international.

Moments later, the home side were ahead when Leonardo Ulloa nodded the ball to Riyad Mahrez for the tricky winger to reach the edge of the Saints’ penalty area before firing into the bottom corner past Paulo Gazzaniga.

It was a neat finish from Mahrez who had not found the net since December 2014 and a perfect way to put the visitors, who hold the second best defensive record in the Premier League, on the back foot.

Spirits were high at the King Power Stadium but in the thirteen minute, Matty James took an awkward fall after appearing to catch his foot in the turf while defending against Ryan Bertrand – a moment which caused a lengthy delay in the match and was later confirmed as a knee injury.

However, Leicester remained focused, and shortly after Danny Drinkwater replaced James in the centre of midfield, the Foxes doubled their lead when Jamie Vardy burst past Nathaniel Clyne and fired a cross into the Southampton six yard box for Mahrez to poke the ball past Gazzaniga for his – and Leicester’s – second of the match.

It was goal which typified Leicester City’s performances over the last six weeks, with Vardy relentlessly pressing the opposition and breaking quickly in attack, and attacking players finding themselves in the right place at the right time.

The visitors looked stunned but did try to find a way back into the match, with Harrison Reed seeing his long range effort punched away by Kasper Schmeichel, before Mane headed over the crossbar shortly after.

Leicester might have put the game out of sight with ten minutes of the first half remaining when Mahrez pierced the Saints’ defense with a pass to Jamie Vardy, but the former Fleetwood Town man was denied by the legs of Gazzaniga.

Toby Alderweireld’s free kick was tipped over the bar by Kasper Schmeichel as the first half came to a close, as the Foxes left the field of play to rapturous applause by the Blue Army.

Southampton began the second half enjoying the lion’s share of possession, as they had done in the first, but were unable to find a way through a wall of Leicester City players, this time with Wes Morgan executing a well-timed tackle to deny Mane breaking into the penalty area.

Mahrez could have grabbed his hat-trick with just under an hour played when he picked up a loose defensive clearance outside the penalty area, but could only drag his shot wide of the near post.

Esteban Cambiasso then had a shot comfortably saved by Gazzaniga before the ever-dangerous Jamie Vardy broke on the counter attack, but could not release the ball to Mahrez who was unmarked on the edge of the box.

With fifteen minutes remaining, Cambiasso hit the side netting after good work from Jeff Schlupp and Marc Albrighton, but the visitors lacked bite going forward as the second half drew to a close.

Leicester held out for their fourth clean sheet in five matches and their sixth win in seven matches, as they climb to fifteenth in the Premier League table, knowing that a win at Sunderland next weekend would all but seal their top-flight status for another year.

Man of the Match – Riyad Mahrez

Leicester City 2 Swansea City 0 – 18 April 2015

Leicester City beat Swansea City to secure a third consecutive Premier League win and to move off the bottom of the table for the first time in 2015.

The Foxes took the lead after a blistering start when Leo Ulloa smashed the ball past Lukasz Fabianski from ten yards after excellent hold up play from Wes Morgan.

But Swansea improved after the break and came closest to drawing level through Nelson Oliveira, with Kasper Schmeichel pulling off an excellent save to deny the Portuguese international.

The three points were secured late in the second half when Fabianksi fumbled Esteban Cambiasso’s free kick and Andy King reacted quickest to double Leicester’s advantage.

It was a deserved win for the Foxes who climb two places to 18th, having been rooted to the foot of the Premier League table since 29 November 2014, and the players will now have real belief that they can escape relegation to the Championship having once been seven points adrift at the bottom.

Nigel Pearson made three changes to the starting eleven that beat West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns last weekend, bringing in Andy King, Marcin Wasilewski and Andrej Kramaric for Matty James, Ritchie De Laet, and David Nugent.

Leicester began the match at lightning pace, closing down Swansea at every given opportunity and putting them under pressure from the kick-off, and were rewarded with a quarter of an hour played when Foxes’ captain Wes Morgan latched on to a hanging cross into the Swans’ penalty area, and showing real strength to hold the ball up for Leo Ulloa to fire the ball into the bottom corner.

It was a smart finish from Ulloa, who was originally due to start on as a substitute, for his tenth goal of the season in all competitions, and a perfect example of how clinical the Argentine can be.

The home fans were in fine voice as Leicester continued the first half with real intensity, preventing Swansea from adopting their favoured brand of football and playing the ball out from the back, and Nigel Pearson’s men almost doubled their lead when Marc Albrighton cut inside onto his left foot, but the former Villa man was unable to bend his shot inside Lukasz Fabianski’s far post.

At the other end, Jonjo Shelvey saw his shot blocked by Esteban Cambiasso, before firing over from 20 yards, and Gylfi Sigurdsson tested Kasper Schmeichel with a shot on target which the Dane was more than equal to.

With ten minutes to go before half time, Wayne Routledge latched on to a dangerous early cross into the Leicester penalty area, but Marc Albrighton’s superbly timed challenge thwarted the pacey winger and cleared the danger.

Leicester started the second half as they had begun the first, with Albrighton and Kramaric looking to find sight of goal in quick succession, but Swansea quickly gained more of a foothold in the match and came close to breaking the deadlock through Jonjo Shelvey, but Kasper Schmeichel did well to parry his curling effort away from danger.

The introduction of Jefferson Montero gave Swansea added impetus down the left-hand side, but it was Nelson Oliveira who came closest for the visitors when he cut past Robert Huth inside the Foxes’ penalty area, but Kasper Schmeichel was off his line quickly to deny the former Benfica man with a smart save.

Swansea were enjoying the lion’s share of the possession as the second half continued, but Leicester were lightning fast on the counter attack and could have added a second when Jamie Vardy broke through the heart of the Swansea midfield, but with the Foxes in a two-on-one situation, the weight of Vardy’s pass was slightly too heavy for substitute Riyad Mahrez who saw his chipped effort saved by Fabianski.

Leicester were then denied a penalty when Ashley Williams appeared to push Jamie Vardy inside the area without playing the ball, but referee Lee Probert waved away the protests of the home side.

With seven minutes remaining, Riyad Mahrez saw his low effort tipped around the post by Fabianski as Leicester looked to seal the win with a second goal.

But the Foxes finally made sure of the three points in the 89th minute when Esteban Cambiasso’s free kick was bobbled by Fabianski, and Andy King was quickest to react to stab the ball into the net from close range for Leicester’s second of the match, sending the home fans into raptures.

It was an instinctive finish from King who has now scored two goals in his last three games, and one which capped a fine display from the Welsh international.

Leicester saw out the remainder of the match as confidently as they had started it, and with their third successive win, are now in as good a position as they have been in months to maintain their Premier League status – and now have the momentum and belief to do just that.

Man of the match – Esteban Cambiasso

Leicester City 2 West Ham United 1 – 4 April 2015

Andy King’s dramatic late winner gave Leicester City a crucial win over West Ham United and sparked new life into the Foxes’ fight against relegation.

Leicester took an early lead through Esteban Cambiasso’s 20-yard volley, and were given the opportunity moments later to double their advantage from the spot when Leo Ulloa was brought down by Carl Jenkinson – but David Nugent saw his penalty kick turned away by Adrian in the West Ham goal.

After a period of sustained pressure, the visitors grabbed an equaliser just after the half hour mark when Cheikou Kouyaté fired past Kasper Schmeichel from a tight angle after Jeff Schlupp had misjudged Alex Song’s cross into the Leicester penalty area.

The game opened up in the second half with both sides creating chances to take the lead – Leicester coming close through substitute Andrej Kramarić who saw a powerful effort cleared off the line, and Kouyaté striking the post for the Hammers.

But it was Nigel Pearson’s men who would come out on top when Andy King steered Jamie Vardy’s shot past Adrian with four minutes left to play, securing a massive three points for the Foxes.

Other results mean that Leicester remain at the foot of the table, but are now just four points from safety with eight games still to be played.

Nigel Pearson made one change from the side that lost 4-3 at White Hart Lane, bringing in Riyad Mahrez for the injured Matthew Upson, and it was Mahrez who created the first chance of the match for the home side after linking up well with the lively Jamie Vardy, before finding Leo Ulloa who fired over from distance.

And having begun the first half with real energy, the home side were ahead after twelve minutes when Esteban Cambiasso fired a superb 20-yard volley past Adrian in the West Ham goal.

It was a deserved lead for Leicester and a goal that would begin a complete performance from the former Argentine international.

Leicester were then awarded a penalty just moments after the restart when Leo Ulloa was brought down inside the box by former Arsenal man Carl Jenkinson after another speedy break from the home side.

However, the opportunity to add a second goal went begging as Adrian guessed correctly to parry David Nugent’s spot kick away from danger.

That moment in the match gave the visitors real impetus to take the game to Leicester and came close to drawing level through Diafra Sakho, but Jeff Schlupp was well-placed to clear his header off the line.

The Hammers continued to press for an equaliser and came close again through Sakho – this time Esteban Cambiasso coming to Leicester’s rescue – and then through Kevin Nolan who headed well wide after teammate Stewart Downing had picked him out with a pinpoint first-time cross.

But with just over 30 minutes played, West Ham found themselves level when Alex Song picked out Cheikou Kouyaté at the back post, who controlled well and drilled the ball into Kasper Schmeichel’s far corner.

It was a strong finish by Kouyaté, although Jeff Schlupp will have been disappointed with his positioning in allowing his man so much time and space in such a dangerous position.

Leicester continued to play some excellent football but could not turn their possession into chances, with Matty James firing over from distance.

The second half saw Marc Albrighton replacing Riyad Mahrez on the right wing as Leicester continued in search of a second goal, and the Foxes might have taken the lead when Esteban Cambiasso’s free-kick found Robert Huth, but the former Chelsea centre-back could not steer his header on target.

With just over an hour played, Jamie Vardy’s direct run found David Nugent, who laid the ball off to the onrushing Jeff Schlupp, but the Ghanaian’s left-footed strike from a difficult angle flew well wide of Adrian’s near post.

The Foxes might have had another penalty awarded when Jeff Schlupp’s cross appeared to strike the raised arm of Stewart Downing, but referee Mark Clattenburg waved away any protests.

Jamie Vardy then hit the woodwork with a header and fired wide of the far post in quick succession, before Cheikou Kouyaté hit the inside of Kasper Schmeichel’s post at the other end.

Schmeichel then had to be at his best to tip away a swerving strike with just under fifteen minutes left to play, before substitute Andrej Kramarić saw his goal-bound effort cleared off the line by a combination of Carl Jenkinson and Aaron Cresswell.

Leicester would eventually be rewarded for their persistence and attacking threat when Jamie Vardy’s low effort fell into the path of another substitute, Andy King, who scrambled the ball into the bottom corner of the net to send the home fans into delirium.

It was far from the prettiest goal Nigel Pearson’s men had scored this season, but could prove to be one of the most important, giving the Foxes a 2-1 lead with four minutes remaining.

Jamie Vardy could have added a third in second-half stoppage time but his one-on-one effort was well-saved by Adrian – however, the final whistle just moments later gave Leicester a crucial – and well-deserved – three points in their bid to remain in the top flight of English football.

Man of the match – Esteban Cambiasso

Leicester City 1 Aston Villa 0 – 10 January 2015

Paul Konchesky’s first-half goal gave Leicester City a deserved win over fellow strugglers Aston Villa, while extending the Foxes’ unbeaten run to four games.

The only goal of the game came in first-half stoppage time when Konchesky volleyed past Brad Guzan at the near post.

Leicester had a number of opportunities to extend their lead in the second half but were thwarted by Guzan, who made a number of fine saves to deny the home side.

The Foxes’ fourth league win of the season was blemished when Matty James was shown a red card by Michael Oliver at the end of the second half for a strong challenge on Jores Okore, while Ciaran Clark was also shown a second yellow card for his reaction – sparking ugly scenes in the tunnel.

Nevertheless it was an important and impressive win for Nigel Pearson’s men, who have taken seven points from their last nine – as well as picking up an FA Cup third round win over Newcastle United – as they aim to maintain their Premier League status.

Leicester were without Riyad Mahrez and Jeffrey Schlupp, due to international commitments and injury respectively, with Nigel Pearson opting to hand starts to former Aston Villa man Marc Albrighton and Anthony Knockaert, while Marcin Wasilewski and Danny Simpson both returned to the starting XI.

The hosts started strongly and had a glorious opportunity to take the lead after eleven minutes when Leicester broke on the counter attack through Marc Albrighton, but his square ball was turned wide by David Nugent from six yards when it appeared that Anthony Knockaert might have been better-placed to finish.

Aston Villa came into the match with the fewest goals scored in the Premier League this season, although it looked like they had ended their goal drought when Christian Benteke rounded Ben Hamer and slotted the ball into the back of the net, but the Belgian striker was adjudged to have been offside.

Another chance went begging at the other end when Anthony Knockaert picked out David Nugent with a fine left-footed cross, but his header from three yards failed to trouble Brad Guzan.

Gabby Agbonlahor fired high and wide for the visitors just before the half hour mark before former Fox Tom Cleverley saw his shot blocked by Wes Morgan and Marcin Wasilewski.

Leicester might have been awarded a spot kick before half time when Dean Hammond was bundled over inside the Villa penalty area by Alan Hutton, but appeals were waved away by referee Michael Oliver.

David Nugent then came close to breaking the deadlock when his stunning volley smacked against the crossbar with Guzan grabbing at air, with Leonardo Ulloa’s follow-up header sailing onto the roof of the net.

It seemed like it might be one of those afternoons for Leicester, but they finally took the lead in first-half stoppage time when Aston Villa failed to deal with Leonardo Ulloa’s cross, and when the ball fell to Paul Konchesky on the edge of the penalty area, the experienced full back made no mistake with a low volley past Brad Guzan at his near post.

It was a deserved goal for the home side who had seen the better chances in the first half, and some retribution for Konchesky who was wrongfully sent off in the earlier meeting between the two teams at the end of 2014.

Leicester continued to look dangerous in front of goal after the break when Marc Albrighton picked out an unmarked Matty James with a fine cross, whose powerful header forced Brad Guzan into making a brilliant reflex save from eight yards.

Guzan thwarted his former teammate Marc Albrighton on the hour mark with a fine parried save, before Leicester were again denied a penalty when Leonardo Ulloa appeared to have been brought down by Ciaran Clark –Michael Oliver again waving away the protests of the home side.

Substitute Tom Lawrence fired over the bar for the home side as Paul Lambert’s side continued to struggle in front of goal, with Aly Cissokho firing high and wide at the other end.

In second-half stoppage time, Matty James was shown a straight red card for his challenge on Jores Okore, resulting in in tempers flaring between the two sides on the pitch.

Ciaran Clark was also shown a second yellow card for his angry reaction towards James, as the dispute appeared to continue off the pitch and down the tunnel.

Christian Benteke headed over the crossbar as the last few seconds ticked away, ending any hope of the visitors salvaging a point from the match.

The final whistle confirmed a deserved three points for Nigel Pearson’s men, who now face Stoke City in a week’s time, knowing that a win could lift the Foxes off of the foot of the table since the end of November 2014.

Man of the match: Marcin Wasilewski

Leicester 0 Sunderland 0 – 22 November 2014

Leicester’s winless run extended to seven games as they were held to a goalless draw by Sunderland at the King Power Stadium this afternoon.

The Foxes had opportunities to break the deadlock in the second half through Matty James and Jeff Schlupp, although Kasper Schmeichel certainly played his part in Leicester’s second clean sheet of the season by denying Steven Fletcher from close range.

The result lifted Leicester out of the bottom three, with Crystal Palace still to play Liverpool this weekend, although Nigel Pearson’s side are now without a goal in their last five matches – and have gone over two months without winning a game.

Pearson opted to test the Black Cats with width in a 4-4-2 formation, as Riyad Mahrez and Jeff Schlupp were preferred in midfield over Andy King and Danny Drinkwater, with David Nugent named among the replacements.

Leicester could have taken the lead after two minutes when Marcin Wasilewski found himself unmarked from an attacking corner, but was unable to guide his header on target.

Jamie Vardy was then denied by Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon from close range, before Riyad Mahrez tested the Romanian with a low strike from 25 yards.

Leicester’s lively start continued as some great build-up play between Mahrez and Leonardo Ulloa allowed Jeff Schlupp to shoot inside the penalty area, but the Ghanaian international could only hit the side netting.

At the other end, Kasper Schmeichel denied Steven Fletcher with a superb block after Adam Johnson had picked out the Scottish international in a dangerous position.

Johnson tested Schmeichel just after the half-hour mark with a shot of his own which dipped and bounced before being parried to safety, as both sides looked threatening in front of goal.

Riyad Mahrez then came close to breaking the deadlock when his deep cross almost crept inside Pantilimon’s far post, before Wes Morgan threw himself in front of Sebastian Larsson’s powerful close-range strike, which seemed destined to hit the back of the net.

Leicester continued to attack after the break and came close to taking the lead through Matty James, but his effort was parried away by Pantilimon who continued to frustrate the home side.

Just before the hour mark, Riyad Mahrez was cleaned out following a collision with Sunderland right-back Anthony Réveillère on the edge of the area that left Leicester claiming a free-kick or a penalty, but referee Robert Madley was unmoved by the protests of the home fans.

Lee Cattermole was then penalised for a heavy challenge on Esteban Cambiasso, which saw both Cattermole and Jamie Vardy cautioned as the game looked like boiling over.

Matty James was again denied by Pantilimon after the influential midfielder played a clever one-two with Ulloa, but his resulting shot was not enough to cause the giant keeper any problems.

Schmeichel was on hand to make another save from Steven Fletcher with 20 minutes remaining, before substitute David Nugent dragged his first-time shot wide of goal at the other end.

Leicester continued in search of a goal, but the Black Cats held strong to ensure that the points would be shared in a game that neither side wanted to lose.

The performance of Nigel Pearson’s side was much improved, but the result will certainly frustrate some Leicester fans – and the five-game goal drought will be a real concern for most.

Man of the Match: Wes Morgan

Leicester City 5 Manchester United 3 – 21 September 2014

Leicester City overcame a 3-1 deficit at the King Power Stadium this afternoon to secure a memorable victory over Manchester United, who finished the game with ten men.

Manchester United raced to an early 2-0 lead courtesy of a Robin Van Persie header and a stunning chip from Angel Di Maria.

The Foxes pulled one back through Leonardo Ulloa, but the visitors restored their two-goal advantage in the second half when Ander Herrera diverted Di Maria’s shot past Kasper Schmeichel.

Leicester were handed a lifeline in the second half when David Nugent converted a penalty after Jamie Vardy had been felled by Rafael, and the hosts were level just two minutes later when Esteban Cambiasso drilled the ball past David De Gea from fifteen yards.

With ten minutes remaining, Ritchie De Laet dispossessed Juan Mata before picking out Jamie Vardy who raced through on goal and coolly slotted past De Gea to give Leicester a 4-3 lead.

And the 22-minute turnaround was complete when Ulloa netted Leicester’s second penalty of the match after Tyler Blackett was sent off for his foul on Jamie Vardy.

It was an amazing result for Nigel Pearson’s men, who demonstrated incredible character to fight back against a defensively poor Manchester United side, but the Foxes deserve all the credit for a huge second-half performance and besting a team with big name attacking players including Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Robin Van Persie.

Leicester started the match positively and had a chance to test David De Gea when Nugent attempted to pick out Leonardo Ulloa at the back post, but Louis Van Gaal’s widely-criticised defence were able to clear their lines.

At the other end, Kasper Schmeichel did well to thwart Robin Van Persie from close range, as Manchester United looked threatening in attack, but the visitors were ahead just moments later when Radamel Falcao picked out Van Persie at the back post with a deep cross, who nodded past Schmeichel.

It was a well-worked goal for the visitors but Ritchie De Laet will have been disappointed to have allowed Falcao to ease past him on the right wing.

Manchester United doubled their lead quickly after the restart when Angel Di Maria played a clever one-two with Wayne Rooney before the Argentine international expertly lobbed the ball over a helpless Schmeichel.

It was a moment of brilliance from Di Maria who continues to impress after his big money move from Real Madrid, but a huge blow for Leicester who had a huge mountain to climb to get back into the match.

Leicester, as they had done at home against Everton and Arsenal this season, responded instantaneously when Jamie Vardy picked out Leo Ulloa with an excellent cross, who headed the ball past a rooted David De Gea in the Manchester United goal.

It was, again, the perfect response by the Foxes, and another goal for Ulloa – his fourth goal in five games – since making the move to the King Power Stadium this summer.

Leicester were looking dangerous on the counter attack, but Manchester United should have restored their two-goal cushion before half time when Marcos Rojo headed over the bar from six yards when he should have at least hit the target.

Shortly after the restart, Rooney burst through the Leicester midfield before picking out Falcao at the back post, only for the Columbian international to hammer his effort against the crossbar.

But United did restore their two-goal advantage following a strong start to the second half when Di Maria’s low drive was turned in by Anders Herrera from close range.

It was an unfortunate goal for the Foxes to concede, but Herrera’s quick reaction meant that Kasper Schmeichel could do little to prevent it.

It was starting to look as though it wouldn’t be Leicester’s day until just after the hour mark when Jamie Vardy dispossessed Rafael nearer the corner flag before winning a spot kick after being bundled over by the Brazilian in the Manchester United penalty area.

David Nugent stepped up from twelve yards to smash the ball straight down to the middle to reduce the deficit to 3-2 – a huge goal for Leicester, and for Nugent; his first of the season – although United fans will be disappointed that referee Mark Clattenburg did not award their side a free-kick for a push by Vardy on Rafael in the build-up.

Leicester had their tails up and found themselves level shortly after the restart, when home debutant Esteban Cambiasso drove the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the United penalty area.

It was a great finish by the influential midfielder, although the Manchester United defence were exposed as they had been on a number of occasions during the match.

Manchester United were shell-shocked, having led for the majority of the game, and were looking to respond quickly as Leicester had done in the first half, but Anders Herrera was off target with his long-range effort.

Leicester were almost ahead with fifteen minutes remaining when some excellent build-up play involving Ritchie De Laet and Jamie Vardy created a chance for Andy King, but the Welsh international flashed his volley just wide of David De Gea’s right hand post.

But the Foxes did take the lead on their next attack when Ritchie De Laet dispossessed substitute Juan Mata before breaking down the right wing, and when his well-placed pass played Jamie Vardy beyond the Manchester United defence, the former Fleetwood Town man capped a man-of-the-match performance with his first Premier League goal, slotting the ball past David De Gea.

It was a well-deserved goal for Vardy who had caused Manchester United problems all afternoon, and a reminder to Leicester fans – and a warning to the rest of the Premier League – of what he is capable of.

Leicester completed their stunning 22-minute turnaround four minutes later when Vardy – involved again – was bundled down in the Manchester United penalty area by Tyler Blackett, who was shown a straight red card by referee Mark Clattenburg.

Leo Ulloa tucked the ensuing spot-kick into the bottom right-hand corner for his second of the game, and his fifth of the season, as he continues to establish himself as a firm fan favourite at the King Power Stadium.

Substitute Jeffrey Schlupp might have made it 6-3 in stoppage time if it hadn’t been for a last-ditch challenge from Chris Smalling, but the final whistle minutes later capped an astonishing result for Leicester City, who remain undefeated at home, having collected eight points from their opening five Premier League fixtures.

Man of the Match – Jamie Vardy

Leicester City 1 Arsenal 1 – 31 August 2014

Leonardo Ulloa’s second successive goal at home gave Leicester City a deserved point against Arsenal at the King Power Stadium this afternoon.

The visitors took the lead through a close-range strike from summer signing Alexis Sanchez, but Ulloa leapt above Laurent Koscielny to power a header past Wojciech Szczesny just two minutes after the restart.

Arsenal enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the second half but Leicester had the better chances to win, with Ulloa and Jamie Vardy coming close after the break.

Nigel Pearson’s men go into the international break without a win, but the manager will surely be very pleased with his side’s performances against Everton, Chelsea and Arsenal in their opening three fixtures, having gained two points along the way, and maintaining an unbeaten home record in the Premier League.

Pearson named an unchanged starting XI to the team that had suffered a 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge, while new signing Esteban Cambiasso was named among the substitutes, along with fit-again Danny Drinkwater and Jamie Vardy.

Arsenal began brightly with Santi Carzorla testing Kasper Schmeichel with an early shot on target, before Welsh international Aaron Ramsey saw his effort blocked for a corner.

At the other end, Riyad Mahrez fired just wide of the post from 20 yards with a fizzing low drive following a quick one-two with Andy King.

The visitors did take the lead after twenty minutes when Santi Carzorla’s lofted ball found Yaya Sanogo, and while the onrushing Kasper Schmeichel did enough to thwart the Frenchman’s effort, he could do nothing about the follow up from Alexis Sanchez, who hammered the ball into the net from twelve yards.

It was a disappointing goal for Leicester to concede, and one that might have been better dealt with, but a powerful finish by the Chilean international and former Barcelona man.

Leicester’s response, as it had been against Everton two weeks ago, was instantaneous, and the hosts were level just two minutes later when Jeffrey Schlupp picked out Leonardo Ulloa with a fine cross from the left wing, who leapt above Laurent Koscielny to head past the helpless Wojciech Szczesny in the Arsenal goal to level the score.

It was a fine header by Ulloa and the Argentine’s second goal in successive home matches, as he continues to impress since his move to the King Power Stadium this summer, but also an excellent response by Leicester to going a goal behind at home.

Sanogo saw his shot blocked by Liam Moore midway through the first period, as Arsenal continued to dominate possession in attacking areas, but the Foxes finished the half strongly with Mahrez testing Szczesny with a powerful shot on target from the edge of the penalty area.

Leicester began the second half well, with Andy King quickly finding David Nugent in the penalty area, but his header was blocked and cleared by the Arsenal defence.

At the other end, Sanogo had another shot blocked by Liam Moore, before Santi Carzorla hit the side netting after some great interplay with Alexis Sanchez.

Leonardo Ulloa then had a fantastic opportunity to put the Foxes ahead after an excellent one-two with Riyad Mahrez, but, after leaving Callum Chambers in his wake, could only find the side netting.

Leicester were withstanding long periods without the ball as Arsenal continued to look dangerous in attack, and Kasper Schmeichel needed to be quick off his line to win a one-on-one with Yaya Sanogo after a clever ball through by Nacho Monreal.

Nugent had another effort blocked just after the hour mark as Riyad Mahrez continued to cause Arsenal problems, before Santi Carzorla’s deflected shot grazed the top of the net of Schmeichel’s goal.

Leicester were beginning to look tired, as Marc Albrighton, Jamie Vardy and Danny Drinkwater were introduced within ten minutes of each other, but the defence was resolute, as Wes Morgan made another crucial block from an Alexis Sanchez low ball across the six yard  box.

But the Foxes looked sharp on the break, and almost took the lead with seven minutes remaining when Jamie Vardy burst through the middle of the park and played a clever one-two with strike partner David Nugent, but Szczesny was equal to Vardy’s curling strike and the score remained level.

Drinkwater fired wide from distance in added time with the Foxes arguably on top and in search of a winner, but the final whistle confirmed that the points were shared after a thoroughly entertaining match.

Man of the Match – Ritchie De Laet

Leicester City 2 Everton 2 – 16 August 2014

Leicester City marked their return to the Premier League with a deserved point against Everton this afternoon at the King Power Stadium.

Aiden McGeady put the visitors in front after twenty minutes with a measured curling strike, but the Foxes responded immediately through debutant Leonardo Ulloa after Everton failed to clear their lines after a corner kick.

Steven Naismith restored the Toffees’ lead on the stroke of half-time and seemed good value to push on and take all three points, but the Foxes improved after the break and drew level with five minutes remaining from substitute Chris Wood’s cool finish from twelve yards.

It was a spirited display by Nigel Pearson’s side, although Everton manager Roberto Martinez will be disappointed to have seen his side squander the lead twice despite enjoying the lion’s share of possession in the match.

Both sets of supporters were in fine voice for their season opener – the travelling Everton fans hoping to see their team push on from a fifth-place finish last year, while Foxes fans seemed quietly confident about their side’s chances on their return to the Premier League.

Aiden McGeady had the first real chance of the match with a shot on goal from eighteen yards, but his effort lacked power and was comfortably dealt with by Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

At the other end, Anthony Knockaert’s free-kick was tipped over the bar by Tim Howard, and Wes Morgan’s shot from the ensuing corner failed to test the USA international.

But it was Everton who looked the more dangerous in possession and the visitors took the lead on 21 minutes when Aiden McGeady curled the ball past Kasper Schmeichel into the top right-hand corner, after the Danish international had saved well from Sylvain Distin’s initial effort on goal.

It was a fine finish from McGeady, although the Republic of Ireland international was given too much time on the ball in order to compose himself in front of goal.

Leicester’s response was instantaneous as they won a corner kick just moments after the restart, and when Distin struggled to deal with the ball into the box, summer signing Leonardo Ulloa was on hand to prod the ball past Tim Howard from eight yards and mark his Foxes home debut with a goal.

It was an instinctive finish from the former Brighton frontman, and a perfect response from Nigel Pearson’s side after going a goal down.

Everton thought that they had restored the lead just minutes later when Steven Naismith found the back of the net from close range, although the officials had correctly spotted that the ball had gone out of play in the build-up.

Anthony Knockaert then fired well over with a speculative effort from 25 yards, before Wes Morgan put in a superb challenge at the other end to deny McGeady a second goal.

McGeady continued to cause Leicester problems on the right-hand side as half time drew nearer, striking wide from outside the penalty area, before the Foxes lost Danny Drinkwater to injury with five first-half minutes remaining.

Things then went from bad to worse for the home side when Steven Naismith fired Everton ahead on the stroke of half-time with a powerful shot on goal which hit the underside of the bar before crossing the line, after some excellent build-up play involving Steven Pienaar.

It was a clinical, well-worked goal by the visitors, who had looked the stronger of the two sides in the opening 45 minutes and were good value for their half-time lead.

Leicester made a bright start to the second half but squandered chances to threaten Tim Howard’s goal, as both Liam Moore and Ulloa failed to hit the target with headed efforts.

Everton continued to enjoy the majority of possession but were quiet in front of goal, in no short measure to a superb defensive performance from Foxes captain Wes Morgan to keep £28 million summer signing Romelu Lukaku at bay for the majority of the afternoon.

Substitute Jeff Schlupp looked lively following his introduction to the match and had a glorious opportunity to draw the home side level after being played in on goal by Riyad Mahrez, but the Ghanaian international blasted well over the crossbar from the edge of the penalty area – much to the despair of the Spion Kop.

Mahrez then saw his free kick deflected wide of the post with fifteen minutes remaining as Leicester continued to press for an equaliser.

With four minutes remaining, the Foxes finally drew level for the second time in the match when Andy King’s shot was blocked by England international Phil Jagielka, and substitute Chris Wood was perfectly placed to fire past Tim Howard from twelve yards.

It was a cool finish by Wood, who had been linked with a move to Championship side Wolves earlier in the week, and one which would ensure that Leicester City would mark their return to the Premier League, following a ten-year absence, with a point.

Everton pressed in search of a winner in the last few minutes of the match, but the Leicester defence, led by Morgan, held out for a deserved draw against one of the stronger sides in the Premier League.

Man of the Match – Wes Morgan

Leicester City 1 QPR 0 – 19 April 2014

Leicester City took a huge step towards securing the Championship title this afternoon with a deserved 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers, who finished the game with ten men.

David Nugent’s decisive second-half strike was the difference between the two sides at the King Power Stadium, after a brilliantly through ball by Championship Player of the Season nominee Danny Drinkwater.

QPR had chances in both halves, but were reduced to ten men with twelve minutes remaining when Benoit Assou-Ekotto was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Andy King.

The result takes Leicester’s tally to 93 points – seven clear of second-placed Burnley – and Nigel Pearson could see his team crowned champions on Monday night if the Clarets are beaten by Wigan, or if the Foxes win away at Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night.

It was an impressive performance from Leicester City, who could have easily coasted through their remaining games after gaining automatic promotion two weeks ago, and another club record broken after securing their 28th league win of the season.

The Foxes lined up in a 4-5-1 formation, with David Nugent as the loan striker, hoping to neutralise QPR’s midfield threat of Niko Kranjcar and Yossi Benayoun, while Jamie Vardy was forced out of the match-day squad through injury despite making a return against Reading last Monday.

Riyad Mahrez had an early shot deflected for a corner kick, before Anthony Knockaert dragged a shot wide from outside the penalty area.

At the other end, Niko Kranjcar looked threatening for Harry Redknapp’s side, as he saw his shot blocked smartly by Marcin Wasilewski.

Yun Suk-Young forced a routine save from Kasper Schmeichel midway through the first-half, before another effort on goal from Kranjcar saw the Danish international parry safely the ball over the crossbar for a QPR corner.

Kranjcar continued to threaten for the visitors, and saw his close-range effort thwarted by Schmeichel at his near post, before Leicester cleared the ball from defence following a goalmouth scramble.

But Leicester finished the first-half strongly, and should have gone in at the break a goal to the good, but Andy King’s close-range strike was saved by Rob Green.

Assou-Ekotto was cautioned for a heavy challenge on Riyad Mahrez, which caused a short game delay, before Andy King rounded Rob Green in the QPR goal only to see his goal-bound effort cleared off the line superbly by Nedum Onuoha.

The second-half started at a steady pace, with the first real chance falling to QPR striker Modibo Maiga, but his effort was well-off target.

Jeff Schlupp was then forced to retire from the game after seemingly picking up an injury to his leg, and was replaced by Liam Moore, Leicester’s third substitute of the game, meaning that the Foxes would be unable to bring on Chris Wood, Gary Taylor-Fletcher or Kevin Phillips to partner David Nugent in attack.

It seemed as though Leicester and QPR might cancel each other out for the remainder of the game, but the deadlock was broken with twenty minutes remaining when Danny Drinkwater played a clever pass to David Nugent, who sprinted past the QPR backline and coolly slotted the ball into the far corner from a tight angle to give Leicester the lead.

It was an excellent finish from Nugent, his 21st goal of the season, who had worked exceptionally hard in the lone striker role all afternoon.

QPR pressed for an equaliser, but failed to cause Leicester any real problems as Niko Kranjcar saw his free-kick from just outside the Foxes’ penalty area hit the wall and deflect away from danger.

And the task became even more arduous for Harry Redknapp’s side with twelve minutes remaining when they were reduced to ten men after Benoit Assou-Ekotto was dismissed for a second bookable offence for a clumsy challenge on Andy King.

West Ham United-loanee Ravel Morrison was brought on as a substitute with eight minutes to play, but Leicester finished the game strongly with Matty James firing wide after a smart layoff from Andy King, before Rob Green had to be alert to deny Riyad Mahrez with a save at his near post.

The final whistle confirmed Leicester’s 28th win of the season, taking them to 94 points and within touching distance of the Championship trophy with three games remaining.

Man of the Match – David Nugent

Leicester City 1 Yeovil Town 1 – 25 March 2014

Leicester City scored a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser against Yeovil Town to maintain their eighteen-game unbeaten league run.

The visitors took a surprise first-half lead when Joe Ralls fired past Kasper Schmeichel from 25 yards following a quick free-kick.

But Leicester piled on the pressure towards the end of the second-half, and just when it seemed that the Foxes would be condemned to their first league defeat since November, Kasper Schmeichel rose highest to head a Danny Drinkwater cross, which hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced down over the line.

Chris Wood followed up to bundle the ball into the back of the net and the goal was then given by the officials, but replays later suggested that Schmeichel’s header had indeed crossed the goal line.

It was certainly a point gained for Leicester, who were far from their best against a struggling yet determined Yeovil side, and Nigel Pearson will know his players will need to put in an improved display against Burnley on Saturday in a first-versus-second clash – especially as Sean Dyche’s side were able to close the gap on Leicester to just three points following their 2-0 win at home to Doncaster this evening.

Pearson, who spent two nights in hospital over the weekend after falling ill during Leicester’s trip to Ewood Park last weekend, named an unchanged starting eleven, although Lloyd Dyer was named among the replacements.

It might have been a different game altogether when Jamie Vardy sprung the offside trap after just three minutes, but his tame effort was easily saved by Yeovil goalkeeper Marek Stech.

Riyad Mahrez then tested Stech from 20 yards, but his shot lacked power and failed to threaten the visitors.

Leicester did not look like the same side who had led the Championship since late-December 2013, and, other than a couple of efforts from Danny Drinkwater and Marcin Wasilewski, never really looked like scoring in the first-half.

In a surprise turn, it was Yeovil who did take the lead after 22 minutes when Joe Ralls curled a fine strike past Kasper Schmeichel into the bottom corner following a quick free-kick by the Glovers.

It was a nice finish from Ralls, but one which came from a cheap free-kick conceded by Danny Drinkwater just moments earlier.

Leicester looked to respond and came close when Wes Morgan rose highest for an Anthony Knockaert corner-kick, but the captain’s header bounced down and over the crossbar from close range.

Riyad Mahrez then fired over the bar from eight yards after some good build-up play by the Foxes, before Jamie Vardy appeared to be taken out by a Yeovil defender off the ball, and while Leicester fans appealed for a penalty, referee Andy Madley was unmoved and a Yeovil goal-kick was given.

At the other end, the impressive Ishmael Miller fired just wide from 18 yards after outmuscling Wes Morgan, who struggled to contain the former West Bromwich Albion striker for the majority of the game.

Danny Drinkwater and Jamie Vardy had efforts on goal as the first-half came to a close, but could do nothing to threaten Yeovil’s slender lead.

After the break, Kasper Schmeichel had to be alert to save an Ishmael Miller strike from inside the penalty area, before Miller fired just inches wide after 55 minutes as Yeovil’s game plan continued to work to great effect.

Jeffrey Schlupp dragged a shot wide from a tight angle just after the hour-mark, and Wes Morgan missed the target with a header, as Leicester’s unbeaten run appeared to be in jeopardy.

With just ten minutes remaining, Matty James had a 30-yard effort parried away, before a loose ball fell to substitute Kevin Phillips in the penalty area, and when his powerless shot rolled harmlessly towards Marek Stech, it seemed that Leicester were destined to suffer their first league defeat in over four months.

But in second-half stoppage time, Kasper Schmeichel, who had made his way into the Yeovil penalty area, rose above the Glovers’ defence to power a header off the underside of the crossbar.

The ball appeared to cross the line, and, although the goal was not initially given, Chris Wood was on hand to bundle the ball into the back of the net for a Leicester equaliser.

It was a vital goal for the Foxes, and arguably one of the most memorable in recent history for Leicester City – and while Wood was initially credited with the goal, it was later confirmed that Schmeichel’s header had bounced over the goal-line.

With little time remaining, Leicester pushed forward in search of a winner, but Andy Madley blew his whistle to confirm that the points would be shared after a frenetic end to the match.

Man of the Match – Ishmael Miller