Date:Saturday March 4 2006
Two stupendous goals, quite possibly the best brace ever scored by a City player, clinched Leicester City's 3-2 win over Hull today and three more precious Championship points.
Joey Gudjonsson was the hero, first with a genuinely Beckhamesque goal from just beyond the halfway line which he rifled with ruthless accuracy past the stranded Boaz Myhill.
The second was his 84th minute match winner from a Nisse Johansson tee up which was ferociously struck from outside the box and might just have been fractionally deflected as it rocketed into the goal.
Leicester fans among the 22,835 crowd would certainly never have seen two better goals from one player in the same match at the Walkers and it is hard to imagine anything better throughout City's history.
Victory took Leicester to 18th in the table, above Hull and Derby and gave managers Rob Kelly and Mike Stowell their fourth win in seven League games and a total of 14 points since the post-Levein revival began.
Today's game was one where the individual incidents were more memorable than the overall game.
When Iain Hume gave Leicester a 30th minute lead with his eighth goal of the season and fourth in five matches it was the 100th City goal against Hull and the 50th at home.
It was also an outstanding goal like all five goals of the match each in their own way.
A slick three-man move climaxed with Gudjonsson dummying to shoot and instead feeding Hume in the penalty area where he finished in style. Quality goal all round.
As happened later when they took the lead a second time, City seemed uncertain how to react when ahead and five minutes of edgy, disjointed football ended with Hull plundering an equaliser.
There seemed little danger when a posse of five Leicester players chased a Hull attacker out wide but Hughes missed his tackle, Stuart Green ended up hanging a brilliant cross up at the far post and prolific winger/marksman Stuart Elliott was unchallenged and deadly accurate with his header.
If the first half was uninspiring the second was a complete contrast.
Hughes flashed a volley wide, Maybury tried to repeat a longer-range replica of his goal against Derby, bringing a second attempt save from the Hull keeper before Gudjonsson took centre-stage with his 64th minute wonder strike.
It was no speculative effort. The Icelander spotted Myhill off his line, knew he had the range and fired with pinpoint accuracy over the stranded keeper and high into the net from all of 50 yards.
When Rob Kelly replaced Stephen Hughes with new loan signing Andy Welsh Leicester promptly lost the lead.
Again it was an excellent goal. Hull centre-forward John 'The Beast', Parkin slipped a deft pass through to Stuart Green who turned on the right edge of the penalty and crashed an excellent low cross-shot past Paul Henderson's despairing reach.
But, with 16 minutes left, young Welsh started to weave his magic and what an elusive and ever-threatening player he seemed to be.
He was involved in the move down the left in which Nisse Johansson showed previously unseen skills to evade a challenge and feed the ball across to Gudjonsson who took aim and fairly whacked in the winner from two or three yards outside the box.
Welsh could have capped an impressive debut 20 minutes when Myhill joined the Hull attack in the closing seconds and became stranded again, this time in midfield.
Welsh beat him, evaded a possee of defenders and closed in on an open goal only to fire his shot over the bar when a pass-in might have sufficed.
It was perhaps evidence of why he has so few goals against his name despite such impressive creative skills.
No matter. His arrival lifted Leicester's play and reflected Rob Kelly's determination not to fall back on defence in the closing stages.
His late commitment to attack was rewarded. Leicester remained eight points clear of the relegation pack because of Millwall's win but there are now only nine games to go.
Rufus Brevett had the benefit of a six-minute winning debut and returning ex-Leicester manager Peter Taylor left, with nothing. Altogether a special day for City fans.
City: Henderson, Stearman, Gerrbrand, Kisnorbo, Johansson, Maybury (captain), Gudjonsson, Williams, Hughes (Welsh 70), Hume, Fryatt (Brevett 88).Subs not used: O'Grady, Hammond, Logan.
Hull: Myhill, Thelwell (Duffy) Cort, Delaney, Rogers, Noble (Welsh J 60), Andrews (Paynter 86), Green, France, Parkin, Elliott. Subs not used: Duke, Ellison.
Referee: Nigel Miller (Durham). Let the game flow well.
Booking: Elliott (Hull) 53 minutes.
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