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Leicester City

Britannia Stadium

13th September 2014 3pm

Attendance: 27,500

Referee:

Leonardo Ulloa third goal in four games was enough for Leicester to pick up their first Premier League win since being promoted from the Championship last season as Champions.

Ulloa`s goal just after the hour mark was the Foxes only shot on target and succumbed Stoke to their second home defeat of the season on a frustrating afternoon for the Potters.

Mark Hughes was forced into one change from the side that won at Etihad Stadium before the international break with Bojan Krkic coming in for Mame Biram Diouf after he only reutnred from international duty on Friday.

Nigel Pearson was also forced into one change with Ben Hamer coming in for Premier League debut in replace of the injured Kasper Schmeichel.

The Potters started the brighter and looked to be more fluid and urgent than they were in their previous home game against Aston Villa.

Peter Crouch should have opened the scoring for the Potters when he connected to Victor Moses header but failed to hit the target whilst the goal was gaping.

Stoke continued to control the opening half, without creating any real clear cut opportunities though.

Leicester stayed resilient and organised but failed to impress when in possession.

Another chance fell to Crouch after some good work on the right hand side but his spectacular volley from the edge of the box narrowly went over.

Nigel Pearson saw enough in the first half and made two changes at the break, hauling off Mahrez and King, replacing them with Drinkwater and former Champions League winner Esteban Cambiasso.

The veteran midfielder was the catalyst for Leicester`s improved second half performance. The former Inter Milan player was at the heart of every play for the Foxes in the second half, he anchored the midfield, dictated tempo and used his experience to lead the team.

The Foxes were rewarded with their second half performance when former Brighton forward Ulloa neatly finished from Paul Konchesky`s left hand side cross.

The Argentinian seemed to have got himself stuck in front of the ball but was able to adjust his body perfectly and guide the ball past Asmir Begovic.

The goal failed to wake the Potters up until the introduction of Mame Biram Diouf and Oussama Assaidi, who added extra impetus and pace to the Potters, but Leicester remained, organised and defended well.

Peter Crouch had another chance for the Potters but once again the 33-year-old missed the target with Victor Moses failing to pick up the scraps in the 6 yard box. The beanpole forward has failed to score for the Potters in the league since March.

Mame Biram Diouf managed to weave his way through traffic and strike a shot on goal but Hamer saved well to keep his Premier League clean sheet debut intact.

Star Player

Glenn Whelan The Irish international was at the middle of everything good in the Potters first half display. Continued to battle hard in the second half but couldn't help drag the team back into the game.


Writer:Lloyd Reddin
Date:Sunday September 14 2014
Time: 5:54PM

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