Leicester City 2-1 Crewe
25/11/08 - 7.45 p.m.
Attendance: 16,969 (201 away)
Andy King rescued Leicester City once again as he headed the Foxes to a hard-fought win over bottom club Crewe at the Walkers Stadium earlier this evening.
A Calvin Zola equaliser in reply to Matty Fryatt's early strike was not enough for the Railwaymen to take anything from the game.
Lloyd Dyer had the game's first chance when his free-kick was beaten away by Tomlinson in the Crewe goal.
The Foxes should have taken the lead in the 11th minute when Andy King raced through from Matt Oakley's chip, but the Welshman found only the fans in the crowd behind the goal with his effort.
Foxes hot-shot Matty Fryatt did however finish things off for the Foxes soon after, his cool finish from twelve yards out beating Tomlinson comfortably. Good play down the left wing from Joe Mattock and Lloyd Dyer handed the chance for Fryatt to fire home his 16th goal of the season.
The home side could have doubled their lead straight after, but this time the Crewe goalkeeper was on hand to save first from Fryatt and then from Campbell to deny the strike duo.
Matt Oakley could have doubled Leicester's advantage with a header from Bruno Berner's superb pin-point cross, but again the goalkeeper was there to fist the ball away for a corner kick.
However, against the run of play Crewe took perfect advantage of some lacklustur Leicester defending in the 30th minute to slot hom an equaliser, courtesy of big striker Calvin Zola. DJ Campbell's attempted clearance was charged down by the Crewe midfield and given to Zola to fire home from close range.
Crewe could have added a second to shock the hosts right on the stroke of half time, but Zola's effort was saved well by stand in goalkeeper David Martin.
Leicester began the second half the brighter of the two sides, firstly with Joe Mattock unleashing a fierce shot on goal which flashed narrowly wide of Tomlinson's goal, and then with centre back Michael Morrison heading narrowly over in the 56th minute.
Deciding that things weren't working as planned, Leicester manager decided to ring the changes in the 58th minute of play; Steve Howard and Max Gradel replacing DJ Campbell and Matt Oakley. Crewe boss Dario Gradi replaced scorer Calvin Zola with Clayton Donaldson soon after.
Gradel wasted no time marking his arrival to the game with a wild shot from the edge of the area, before goalkeeper Tomlinson saved well from Fryatt's header minutes later.
Leicester's pressure paid off in the 72nd minute when Andy King rose highest to head home Gradel's teasing corner.
This spelt out the end of Crewe's resistance, and the end of their attacking threat also as they struggled to fight back after Leicester's second goal.
The home side managed a further couple of efforts in the final minutes of the game, first with a Fryatt header and then Gradel with his cross-shot attempt.
In truth, it was a battling performance by both teams, but both Leicester's persistence and ability was too much for Crewe to handle, and in the end they got the three points they deserved from the game.
City: Martin, Edworthy (Hobbs 85), Tunchev, Morrison, Mattock, Berner, Oakley © (Gradel 58), King, Dyer, Fryatt, Campbell (Howard 58). Subs not used: Cisak, Hayles.
Crewe: Tomlinson, Woodards (Miller 81), O'Donnell, Baudet, Jones ©, O'Connor, Bailey, Brayford, Daniel, Lunt, Zola (Donaldson 68). Subs not used: Rix, Lawrence, Grant.
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