Foxes bounce back with win over Blackpool
|Victory for Leicester pushed them into the top half of the Championship|
Ben Marshall's second-half penalty was enough to give
Leicester all three points in a 1-0 win at
the King Power Stadium over table-toppers Blackpool this evening.
The goal came ten minutes after the break after Jamie Vardy was brought down inside the box by Portuguese midfielder Tiago Gomes.
Ben Marshall's converted from twelve yards to send the Foxes faithful into raptures and quash any fears of a fourth consecutive defeat for Nigel Pearson's side.
It was another disappointing return to
Leicester for former manager Ian Holloway,
who has now seen his Blackpool side lose five times against the
Foxes since parting ways with the club in 2009.
Leicester's Capital One Cup midweek
4-2 defeat to League Two Burton Albion, Nigel Pearson will have been delighted
with the reaction of his players, as Jamie Vardy, Lloyd Dyer and the goalscorer
all looked threatening going
But it was in defence that
Leicester really excelled, as
the partnership of Wes Morgan and Liam Moore managed to shut out a dangerous Blackpool side that had scored
ten goals in their previous three league outings, including six against Ipswich last weekend.
Leicester looked positive from the outset and almost took an early lead when Ben Marshall's piercing through ball sent Jamie Vardy through one-on-one, but Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks did well to save the former Fleetwood striker's low shot with his feet.
Danny Drinkwater then tested his luck from distance with a shot on goal, before Thomas Ince for the travelling side saw his near post effort parried away for a corner by Kasper Schmeichel.
Jamie Vardy had another effort blocked midway through the first-half as
Leicester began to dominate
possession, and the hosts were almost ahead when Ben Marshall's low free-kick
evaded the Blackpool wall, but Matt Gilks did well to
get a hand to it and push the ball out for a corner.
The Tangerines finished the half strongly when Thomas Ince had another effort saved by Kasper Schmeichel, before Barry Ferguson's dipping volley struck the foot of the
If Leicester ever needed to come out swinging in the second-half, today was certainly that day, following three consecutive losses for the first time since 2010, and Nigel Pearson's men did exactly that by taking the game to the visitors and looking like the only team who would break the deadlock.
Jamie Vardy had a penalty appeal turned down within minutes of the restart before Andy King's shot from 20 yards beat Matt Gilks and several
Blackpool defenders, but clipped
the offside-David Nugent on its way into the net, resulting in the goal being
Ben Marshall then played Lloyd Dyer in behind the
Blackpool defence, but he was well-tackled
before having the opportunity to get the ball out from under his feet.
Ben Marshall stepped up to convert from twelve yards with a powerful strike into the left-hand corner, and while Matt Gilks got a hand to the ball, he was unable to keep his side from falling behind with just over half an hour left to play.
It was a deserved lead for Leicester, who had been by far the better side for the opening hour of the match, continually piling pressure on
Blackpool and causing their
defence all sorts of trouble.
Vardy should have doubled the Foxes' advantage on the hour mark when he pounced on a poor throw in, but never managed to get a shot away and the chance fell begging.
David Nugent then had a shot tipped wide after a clever through ball from Lloyd Dyer, while Thomas Ince continued to keep the
Leicester defence on their toes after
popping up at the back post, but he could not find the target.
Lloyd Dyer had a chance cleared off the line, before Jamie Vardy and Jermaine Beckford wasted good opportunities to put the hosts out of sight with time running out.
Either side could have scored during an end-to-end injury time period, but
Leicester held on until the
final whistle to alleviate some of the pressure before the international break
and end Blackpool's 100 per cent start to the Championship campaign.
Man of the Match – Wes Morgan