Thursday May 9, 2013 Semifinal Finished King Power Stadium

Leicester City 1 - 0 Watford

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  1. Championship - Nugent ends goal drought to give Leicester lead

    Championship - Nugent ends goal drought to give Leicester lead

    Leicester will carry a 1-0 lead to Watford in the Championship play-off semi-final second leg courtesy of David Nugent's goal. More

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    Time:90'
    • Leicester City
    • Watford
    • 90+5' There goes the final whistle! A 1-0 win for Leicester. David Nugent. His first goal in 17 games. Thanks for joining us. The second leg on Sunday in Watford.
    • 90+4' Drinkwater replaces Knockaert for Leicester, who are almost over the line in this match.
    • 90+3' A booking for Hall as he takes out King with a late sliding challenge.
    • 90+2' Watford's Matej Vydra makes way for Fernando Martin Forestieri.
    • 90+1' Anya drills an effort miles over the bar from distance. Leicester will take those all night long.
    • 89' Dyer thumps the ball across goal, but Cassetti comes up with the clearance. Four minutes to be added to this contest.
    • 88' Almunia in the wars. Gets back to his feet before hammering the ball long down the park.
    • 87' Brave goalkeeping from Almunia to race from his line and save at the feet of Knockaert. He is going to need a spot of treatment here.
    • 86' Cassetti taking no chances as he thumps the ball clear under pressure from Knockaert.
    • 85' Fitz Hall is wheeled on to take over from Doyley with five minutes or so remaining.
    • 84' Ekstrand with a clearing header. Watford facing a 1-0 loss here. And they are going to make a change.
    • 83' Keane with the chance to play in Dyer, but just overhits the pass and that will be a goalkick to Watford.
    • 82' Watford suddenly looking ragged as Knockaert gets a head to the cross from Kane, but easy enough take for Almunia.
    • 81' GOAL! Nugent gets his head to the free-kick from Knockaert's free-kick. No chance for Almunia and Leicester lead 1-0.
    • 80' Ekstrand goes in late on Kane and that will be a free-kick to the home side.
    • 79' Watford with 16 shots at goal compared to six from the home side. No goals at either end.
    • 78' A packed six yard box, but Schmeichel does just enough to scramble the danger clear. Just got his finger tips on that loose ball.
    • 77' Both teams turning their thoughts to the second leg. Watford have a corner.
    • 76' De Laet's final ball is again found wanting. And Watford will have their own goalkick to be thumped long by Almunia.
    • 75' Briggs somehow missed the target from a header after Anya had produced a wonderful cross. What a chance that is again for Zola's side.
    • 74' De Laet bounds away down a flank. Comes up with a cross that flies straight out of play. Goalkick then to Watford that Almunia hammers long.
    • 73' The home fans begin to raise their voices as we head for the final 15 minutes or so of an engrossing sort of contest between these two outfits.
    • 72' Schlupp with a clear foul on Geijo, but the referee lets it go. That could easily have been a second yellow and a red card.
    • 71' Kane and Nugent trying to carve open Watford, but the defenders clear the danger.
    • 70' Pudil departs to be replaced by Briggs for the visiting side. Watford's first change of the match.
    • 69' Pudil has been booked for Watford after he clatters into a late challenge on De Laet. Zola smiling on the touchline.
    • 68' Kane chips an effort wide of goal, but an offside flag had gone up with Almunia off his line. Should have at least hit the target.
    • 67' Brilliant hit by Vydra seconds later. Lovely pass from Geijo. Schmeichel makes a strong block to keep the ball out.
    • 66' Ball breaks to Vydra, but the finish is again found wanting. Easy clearance for De Laet.
    • 65' The home fans not as noisy as earlier. All getting a bit edgy now. What they would do for a goal.
    • 64' Nugent fouled by Abdi and the home side will have a free-kick which Schmeichel fires long and out of the park.
    • 63' Knockaert penalised for a late challenge. Doyley forced to make a clearance seconds later.
    • 62' Plenty of huffing and puffing as the ball is won in the air by several headers. Ekstrand gets lucky as the ball comes back off the back of his feet before running to safety.
    • 61' Harry Kane is thrown on to take over from Wood for the home side.
    • 60' Looks like Leicester are getting ready to make a change soon. Nugent a bit sloppy in possession, but wins it back seconds later.
    • 59' Glorious chance for Vydra. Just Schmeichel to beat, but he knocks the ball into the ground and that is a feeble finish. Easy take for the keeper.
    • 58' Vydra on the move again for Watford, but the final ball lets him down. The visitors continue to push and probe.
    • 57' Abdi goes for goal, but can only knock the effort wide of goal. Not the worst shot in the world.
    • 56' Keane picks up a booking for a late sliding tackle on Geijo. Free-kick chance from distance for Watford.
    • 55' Morgan makes a timely clearance to wallop the ball out of harm's way. Watford continue on the move.
    • 54' Schmeichel drives a long free-kick straight down the field, but all too easy for Almunia to come off his line and collect the high ball.
    • 53' Cassetti deemed to have fouled Knockaert and that will be a free-kick to Leicester.
    • 52' De Laet sees an effort deflect over the bar and Lecicester have another corner here. Knockaert's corner comes off Doyley, but no corner.
    • 51' Schlupp drives into the heart of the Watford box, but is off balance as he fires an effort well wide of goal.
    • 50' Leicester City conceded a league-low 21 second-half goals this season.
    • 49' A draw would certainly be no bad result for Watford before the return leg at Vicarage Road on Sunday afternoon.
    • 48' Schmeichel hammers a long ball down the park, but Wood is penalised for a late shove on Pudil. Free-kick to Watford.
    • 47' Around 30,000 inside this 32,000 capacity ground. Knockaert on a booking for a late challenge on Anya.
    • 46' Leicester get the second period off and running then.
    • 45+2' Fine first half, but no goals as yet. 0-0 at the break. All to play for in the second period.
    • 44' We are into two minutes of time added on to this one.
    • 43' Ekstrand rises highest in the area, but he nods wide of the target. Heading for stoppage time in the first period.
    • 42' De Laet doing well to deflect a Pudil effort wide of goal. And the visitors will have another corner here - their fourth of the game.
    • 41' Watford all over the place at the back. Long ball from the back is met by Keane, but he drives the volley wide when he should have taken a touch.
    • 40' Knockaert somehow manages to give Cassetti the slip. Turns inside, but the shot is well blocked by Almunia. Almost the opening for Leicester.
    • 39' Dyer with another lovely ball across the face of goal. But no takers on hand as Watford again survive.
    • 38' Schlupp looking very nervy out there as he gets away with some more hesitancy at the back. Should be knocking those loose balls out of the park.
    • 37' Abdi's free-kick heading for goal. Deflects off the wall and over with Schmeichel a bit concenred as he scampered one way then back across his goal.
    • 36' Vydra needing a spot of treatement here, but looks like he is going to be fine to carry on. Watford with a free-kick 25 yards from goal.
    • 35' Vydra chopped to the deck by the high boot of Morgan. The Leicester City skipper is going to be booked for the challenge.
    • 34' Zola enjoying his chewing gum out there. Can't be too dismayed with his side's performance in this match so far.
    • 33' Watford with plenty of bodies back whenever Leicester throw bodies forward. Not much space now in the visiting half of the field.
    • 32' Nathaniel Chalobah unloads a shot from distance, but Schmeichel is well positioned to dive and make the stop.
    • 31' Morgan claiming he was held back in the box or a handball against Hogg, but nothing doing as the referee waves play on.
    • 30' Zola used 36 players in his 46 Championship matches; only Blackburn and Ipswich exceeded that - 38 each.
    • 29' King makes a superb block to prevent the shot from Anya hitting the target. More lovely awareness by Cassetti in the opposition box.
    • 28' Schlupp has been booked for a clumsy late challenge on Anya. Watford with a free-kick out wide.
    • 27' Doyley nips in ahead of Wood to make sure he can't win possession as Almunia slides out of his goal to collect.
    • 26' Once again Watford keep the ball. But sometimes guilty of overplaying it in possession.
    • 25' Glorious chance for Nugent, but he knocks the ball wide from 12 yards. Should have been the opener from Dyer's pass.
    • 24' Pudil thumps a volley over the bar. Wasn't easy to get that on target after Geijo had showed off his wares out wide.
    • 23' The Leicester fans continue to make themselves heard, but Watford are enjoying better moments in breaking up play.
    • 22' Ekstrand comes across to knock a loose ball out of the park. Leicester content to go backwards to retain possession.
    • 21' Doyley in possession before Cassetti hammers a shot a couple of yards over the bar from 35 yards. Decent strike. Just swerving over.
    • 20' Watford slowly but surely coming back into this contest here. All very exciting. This match finely poised.
    • 19' Zola out of his technical area making a few points as Hogg knocks a pass straight out of play. Goalkick to the home team.
    • 18' Leicester's top six finish and 68 points tally is their second best since relegation from the Premier League in 2004.
    • 17' Schmeichel making two fine saves to deny Anya and Abdi before Ekstrand fires wide seconds later. Some really sloppy defending by Leicester.
    • 16' Of 55 meetings in all competitions over 104 years, Leicester have won 22, Watford 17, with 16 drawn.
    • 15' Matej Vydra and Nathaniel Chalobah trying to combine with some neat passing movements, but the ball ends up rolling straight through into the arms of Schmeichel.
    • 14' Leicester working ever so hard with Hogg deprived of the ball. The home side keeping their tempo up out there.
    • 13' Almunia comes up with a solid stop to halt the header by De Laet. Never really had the direction. Watford being pinned back at the moment.
    • 12' Ball swirling in the wind and rain as James sees a long ranger deflect behind for a corner. Which is followed by another corner.
    • 11' Ekstrand forced to head behind his goal from Knockaert's delivery. Some decent pressure from the home side.
    • 10' Watford have won their last three clashes with Leicester City in the league; including two 2-1 victories over them this season.
    • 9' Doyley and Wood collide with Watford earning a free-kick despite a clear slip by Wood. Almunia comes to collect the free-kick.
    • 8' Schlupp with a lovely ball across the face of the Watford goal, but no takers on hand to convert. Leicester then go backwards with it.
    • 7' Knockaert showing off his skills, but Cassetti doing well to hold him up. Leicester continue pressing forwards here.
    • 6' That rain starting to thud down. Not bad conditions for a good old fashioned cup tie in Leicester.
    • 5' Anya picks up a yellow card for a late challenge on Schlupp. But the free-kick comes to nothing in front of the visiting goal.
    • 4' Watford won 2-1 in the league here a few weeks ago. What would they give for a similar outcome this evening.
    • 3' Alexandre Geijo has his pocket picked before Leicester break to the other end. Nugent flicks a backheel at goal, but Almunia dives on the loose ball to make the stop.
    • 2' Ball comes spinning off the back of Cassetti's head for a corner-kick, but somehow the referee awards a goalkick. Strange old decision.
    • 1' Watford get the action off and running in this one.
    • 19:40 Teams on the park here. Bit of a drizzle, but pitch looking in terrific condition for an interesting game of football.
    • 19:35 Manuel Almunia pulled out of the final-day defeat by Leeds after feeling his hamstring in the warm-up but is fit for action. His deputy Jonathan Bond suffered a broken nose during the first half, but was prepared to play with a mask this evening. Alexandro Geijo replaces Fernando Forestieri for the visiting side.
    • 19:30 Ritchie De Laet starts for Leicester with Paul Konchesky on the bench. Right-back De Laet limped out of Saturday's thrilling 3-2 victory over Nottingham Forest after a kick on the calf, while left-back Konchesky underwent a minor hernia operation last week and missed the trip to the City Ground. Foxes boss Nigel Pearson also confirmed that agreements are in place to allow loan players Michael Keane and Harry Kane to play in the play-offs. Keane starts with Kane on the bench.
    • 19:25 The referee for tonight's match is Neil Swarbrick.
    • 19:20 Teams: Watford: Almunia, Doyley, Ekstrand, Cassetti, Hogg, Chalobah, Anya, Abdi, Pudil, Geijo, Vydra..subs: Bond, Hall, Briggs, Eustace, Battocchio, Yeates, Forestieri////Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Keane, Schlupp, Knockaert, James, King, Dyer, Wood, Nugent..subs: Logan, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Marshall, Vardy, Moore, Kane
    • 19:15 Good evening and welcome to live coverage of Leicester City v Watford at the King Power Stadium in the first leg of the Championship play-off semi-final.
  • Summary

    • 90+5' There goes the final whistle! A 1-0 win for Leicester. David Nugent. His first goal in 17 games. Thanks for joining us. The second leg on Sunday in Watford.
    • 90+4' Drinkwater replaces Knockaert for Leicester, who are almost over the line in this match.
    • 90+3' A booking for Hall as he takes out King with a late sliding challenge.
    • 90+2' Watford's Matej Vydra makes way for Fernando Martin Forestieri.
    • 85' Fitz Hall is wheeled on to take over from Doyley with five minutes or so remaining.
    • 81' GOAL! Nugent gets his head to the free-kick from Knockaert's free-kick. No chance for Almunia and Leicester lead 1-0.
    • 75' Briggs somehow missed the target from a header after Anya had produced a wonderful cross. What a chance that is again for Zola's side.
    • 72' Schlupp with a clear foul on Geijo, but the referee lets it go. That could easily have been a second yellow and a red card.
    • 69' Pudil has been booked for Watford after he clatters into a late challenge on De Laet. Zola smiling on the touchline.
    • 68' Kane chips an effort wide of goal, but an offside flag had gone up with Almunia off his line. Should have at least hit the target.
    • 67' Brilliant hit by Vydra seconds later. Lovely pass from Geijo. Schmeichel makes a strong block to keep the ball out.
    • 61' Harry Kane is thrown on to take over from Wood for the home side.
    • 59' Glorious chance for Vydra. Just Schmeichel to beat, but he knocks the ball into the ground and that is a feeble finish. Easy take for the keeper.
    • 56' Keane picks up a booking for a late sliding tackle on Geijo. Free-kick chance from distance for Watford.
    • 47' Around 30,000 inside this 32,000 capacity ground. Knockaert on a booking for a late challenge on Anya.
    • 46' Leicester get the second period off and running then.
    • 45+2' Fine first half, but no goals as yet. 0-0 at the break. All to play for in the second period.
    • 41' Watford all over the place at the back. Long ball from the back is met by Keane, but he drives the volley wide when he should have taken a touch.
    • 40' Knockaert somehow manages to give Cassetti the slip. Turns inside, but the shot is well blocked by Almunia. Almost the opening for Leicester.
    • 37' Abdi's free-kick heading for goal. Deflects off the wall and over with Schmeichel a bit concenred as he scampered one way then back across his goal.
    • 36' Vydra needing a spot of treatement here, but looks like he is going to be fine to carry on. Watford with a free-kick 25 yards from goal.
    • 35' Vydra chopped to the deck by the high boot of Morgan. The Leicester City skipper is going to be booked for the challenge.
    • 29' King makes a superb block to prevent the shot from Anya hitting the target. More lovely awareness by Cassetti in the opposition box.
    • 28' Schlupp has been booked for a clumsy late challenge on Anya. Watford with a free-kick out wide.
    • 25' Glorious chance for Nugent, but he knocks the ball wide from 12 yards. Should have been the opener from Dyer's pass.
    • 17' Schmeichel making two fine saves to deny Anya and Abdi before Ekstrand fires wide seconds later. Some really sloppy defending by Leicester.
    • 13' Almunia comes up with a solid stop to halt the header by De Laet. Never really had the direction. Watford being pinned back at the moment.
    • 5' Anya picks up a yellow card for a late challenge on Schlupp. But the free-kick comes to nothing in front of the visiting goal.
    • 3' Alexandre Geijo has his pocket picked before Leicester break to the other end. Nugent flicks a backheel at goal, but Almunia dives on the loose ball to make the stop.
    • 1' Watford get the action off and running in this one.
    • 19:20 Teams: Watford: Almunia, Doyley, Ekstrand, Cassetti, Hogg, Chalobah, Anya, Abdi, Pudil, Geijo, Vydra..subs: Bond, Hall, Briggs, Eustace, Battocchio, Yeates, Forestieri////Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Keane, Schlupp, Knockaert, James, King, Dyer, Wood, Nugent..subs: Logan, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Marshall, Vardy, Moore, Kane

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