Vital Football

Latest Leicester City News

Magic moments see Leicester home

Magic moments see Leicester home

Andy Welsh's full debut goal and another by Stephen Hughes, his third in the League, gave Leicester City Championship safety and the notable scalp of play-off chasing Crystal Palace at the Walkers tonight.

Leicester's 2-0 win in their fourth televised match of the season was basically a victory for their organisation and collective energy.

But it was Leicester's Gareth Williams and Matty Fryatt who produced two moments of magic to unlock the mean Palace defence.

Much maligned Williams continued the sort of form which has earned him man-of-the-match ratings by personally creating City's opening goal out of nothing.

Fast and determined closing down of Palace defender Darren Ward on the edge of his own penalty area enabled Williams to win possession and, after a quick look, back heel the ball inside to Iain Hume.

It was a killer pass.

Hume's first shot was blocked by Fitz Hall but he followed up to stab the ball across goal to winger Andy Welsh who sidefooted home from close range at the far post to give City a 41st minute lead.

The goal was his first for the club and came in his first start.

In the second half it was Matty Fryatt whose brilliance was paramount in carving out the 86th minute winner.

Fed down the right channel by Stephen Hughes he turned Palace marker Gary Borrowdale this way and that before leaving him totally bemused and squaring an inch perfect pass for Hughes to sidefoot home from 10 yards.

For City the three points lifted them to 15th in the Championship table and took them to 50 points from 42 games, and certain safety.

The 2-0 victory exactly avenged a similar defeat at Selhurst Park and made it 24 points from 12 League games for Rob Kelly's marvellously revived team.

Another Leicester clean sheet was testimony to outstanding organisation and fast, determined zonal covering.

That a Palace attack which included England international Andy Johnson, Clinton Morrison and later Dougie Freedman should be denied a single clear cut opening is a major compliment not only to centre-backs Paddy McCarthy and Patrick Kisnorbo but also to the protection which always amassed around them especially from the likes of Alan Maybury (back at full-back for the injured Richard Stearman) and Nisse Johansson.

Special credit was also due to goalkeeper Paul Henderson who twice unhesitatingly risked serious injuries by denying first Clinton Morrison and then Andy Johnson.

Indeed so single minded was his challenge on Morrison that the powerful striker had to go off with mild concussion and there was some argument that there might have been a case for a penalty.

It might equally be said that Morrison made a back for Henderson. Anyway the keeper deserved his good fortune and, with safe handling throughout, had an excellent night.

Palace, fifth in the Championship, provided stern and determined opposition but Leicester never let them rest and created the better of the half-chances with Fryatt firing a swerving shot just over and both Hume and Gudjonnson shooting wide when they might have done better.

But the real victory was for teamwork and organisation.

Furthermore the result was further proof that City are now troublesome opponents for all the leading teams in the division.

Leicester have beaten four from the League's top seven of Reading, Sheffield United, Watford, Palace Leeds, Preston, and Wolves this season, and drawn against the others.

Tonight there were no weaknesses in the team as a spoiling unit.

Welsh's presence offered the central players more passing options and even when the likes of Kisnorbo and Johansson made occasional mistakes, among a catalogue of good things, Leicester always seemed to have spare men to clean up.

Altogether a thoroughly deserved three points. Not pretty, except for those two vital moments for the goals, but clinically efficient.

City: Henderson, Maybury, McCarthy ©, Kisnorbo, Johansson, Hughes S, Gudjonsson, Williams, Welsh (Sylla 77), Hume, Fryatt. Subs not used: O'Grady, Gerrbrand, Douglas, Brevett.

Palace: Kiraly, Ward (Macken 76), Borrowdale, McAnuff, Johnson, Morrison (Freedman 45), Watson, Hughes M ©, Soares (Reich 76), Boyce, Hall. Subs not used: Riihilahti, Speroni.

Yellow Cards:

City: McCarthy (16), Kisnorbo (90)

Palace: Hall (38), Freedman (90)

Referee: Graham Laws (Tyne &Wear)

Attendance: 23,211


Click Club Forums, click 100% football for fans chat. Click Vital Links, click Football Leagues for other club sites.


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:
Date:Friday April 7 2006
Time: 11:13PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Leicester City Articles

Real Madrid's Zidane Wants Kante & Other Bits

With plenty of N'Golo Kante to Real Madrid, Juventus, Chelsea, Manchester United and whoever else has been linked to him the last month or so...

Fuchs Retires From Austria Action

Leicester City left back Christian Fuchs has now hung up his international Austria boots after a decade of service.

Are Players Set For A Football Exit?

With the country narrowly voting to leave the European Union in Thursday's Referendum, there are certainly plenty of real questions that have to be addressed in terms...

A Leicester XI To Visit Chesterfield

Leicester City have today confirmed that a Leicester XI side will travel to Chesterfield in the pre season build up to 2016/17.

Archived Vital Leicester Articles

Vital Leicester articles from

Site Journalists

SvensAmbition
Editor email
Profile
Foxes25
no email
Profile
Simon
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Chelsea MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Schmeichel27%
Simpson0%
Wasilewski2%
Morgan1%
Fuchs1%
Drinkwater15%
Kante3%
Mahrez44%
King1%
Gray2%
Vardy3%
Sub - Okazaki0%
Sub - Schlupp0%
Sub - Albrighton1%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 38 23 12 3 81 32
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 71 29
3 Spurs 38 19 13 6 70 34
4 Man City 38 19 9 10 66 30
5 Man Utd 38 19 9 10 66 14
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 63 18
7 West Ham 38 16 14 8 62 14
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 60 13
9 Stoke 38 14 9 15 51 -14
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 50 6
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 47 4
12 Swansea 38 12 11 15 47 -10
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 45 -10
14 WBA 38 10 13 15 43 -14
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 42 -12
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 42 -22
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 39 -14
R Newcastle 38 9 10 19 37 -21
R Norwich 38 9 7 22 34 -28
R Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 17 -49
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Leicester City Results (view all)

Leicester City Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.benlcfc1