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Leicester   2 - 1   Sheff Utd

Leicester v Sheff Utd

Leicester 2-1 Sheffield Utd

Leicester moved into fourth place in the Championship following a pulsating victory over Sheffield United.

Michael Morrison headed the hosts in front after 25 minutes from a corner before Matt Fryatt doubled the lead from the penalty spot 10 minutes later.

United pulled a goal back 61 seconds after the restart when substitute Henri Camara deftly turned in Stephen Quinn's bye-line cross past Chris Weale.

Camara went close with a volley but the Foxes held on for three points.

Leicester began brightly and capitalised on a mistake by Blades goalkeeper Mark Bunn, who misjudged Matt Oakley's corner, allowing Morrison to beat his marker and nod in the opener.

Fryatt fired in his 11th goal of the season when he sent Bunn the wrong way from the penalty spot in the 35th minute following a clumsy challenge on him by Nick Montgomery.

Oakley came close to adding a third three minutes before half time, but he drilled a volley into the side netting from 10 yards out.

United manager Kevin Blackwell's half-time team-talk had its desired effect as substitute Camara pulled a goal back a minute into the second half.

But seconds later, United keeper Bunn produced a superb parry to deny Lloyd Dyer following a powerful left-wing surge and shot from 18 yards.

Steven Howard went close with a header before Blades captain Chris Morgan turned a six-yard header just wide of the post following an excellent cross from Jamie Ward in the 65th minute.

A spectacular volley from Camara flew over the crossbar as United pushed forward in search of the equaliser, but Leicester held firm in the final minutes.


Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson:

"I'm pleased we are still in the play-off picture but I am sure there are 10 or 12 managers who think they still have a chance. It's very tight and it only takes a couple of bad results to drop out of it.

"Sheffield United would have been one of the favourites to go up before the season started and that's why I'm delighted with the win.

"I thought we played very well after a poor start and created some good chances. We were worthy winners in the end."

Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell:

"I thought we were a little sloppy in the first half and I wanted the players to be more positive. So I gave them a kick up the back side at half time. The players were disappointed they didn't do the job I expect of them.

"However, we didn't cave in and kept going throughout.

"I thought we deserved at least a point, I thought we showed character but I was disappointed with the goals we conceded."

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Saturday, 26 December 2009

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Leicester 2-1 Sheff Utd FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Morrison 26
  • Fryatt (pen) 35
  • Camara 47

Leicester

  • 01 Weale
  • 02 Neilson
  • 03 McGivern
  • 04 Morrison
  • 25 Hobbs (O'Neill 46)
  • 08 Oakley
  • 10 King
  • 11 Dyer (Gallagher 90+3)
  • 19 Wellens
  • 09 Howard
  • 12 Fryatt

Substitutes

  • 13 Logan,
  • 15 Berner,
  • 20 O'Neill,
  • 16 Adams,
  • 17 N'Guessan,
  • 22 Kermorgant,
  • 24 Gallagher

Sheff Utd

  • 23 Bunn
  • 05 Morgan
  • 06 Kilgallon
  • 16 Taylor (Camara 46)
  • 19 Stewart
  • 34 Walker (Geary 49)
  • 04 Montgomery (Evans 73)
  • 15 Harper
  • 28 Quinn
  • 17 Cresswell
  • 18 Ward

Substitutes

  • 13 Bennett,
  • 26 Geary,
  • 02 France,
  • 10 Reid,
  • 25 Little,
  • 09 Evans,
  • 37 Camara
Ref: DeadmanAtt: 23,999
LEICESTER
SHEFF UTD

Possession

  • Leicester 55%
  • Sheff Utd 45%

Attempts on target

  • Leicester 7
  • Sheff Utd 6

Attempts off target

  • Leicester 9
  • Sheff Utd 5

Corners

  • Leicester 8
  • Sheff Utd 8

Fouls

  • Leicester 9
  • Sheff Utd 12
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:17 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+2:19 Substitution Paul Gallagher joins the action as a substitute, replacing Lloyd Dyer.
  • 90:00+0:21 Corner from the left by-line taken by Jamie Ward, Chris Weale fouled by Chris Morgan, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Weale restarts play with the free kick.
  • 88:44 A cross is delivered by Robbie Neilson, save by Mark Bunn.
  • 87:58 Foul by Jordan Stewart on Matt Oakley, free kick awarded. Michael Morrison takes the free kick.
  • 87:05 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jamie Ward from the right by-line, save made by Chris Weale.
  • 85:14 The assistant referee flags for offside against Steve Howard. Free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
  • 84:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Kilgallon on Steve Howard. Richie Wellens takes the free kick.
  • 83:32 Matt Fryatt is ruled offside. Mark Bunn takes the free kick.
  • 83:09 Jamie Ward concedes a free kick for a foul on Richie Wellens. Luke O'Neill takes the free kick.
  • 79:35 Free kick awarded for a foul by Derek Geary on Richie Wellens. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Richie Wellens.
  • 79:09 Ched Evans takes a shot. Henri Camara gets a block in.
  • 77:40 The ball is delivered by Henri Camara, Chris Weale makes a save.
  • 76:31 Ched Evans takes a shot. Save made by Chris Weale.
  • 74:54 Outswinging corner taken by Jamie Ward, Richard Cresswell takes a shot. Henri Camara gets a block in.
  • 74:20 Corner taken by Jamie Ward from the left by-line, clearance by Michael Morrison.
  • 73:57 Derek Geary fouled by Steve Howard, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Bunn takes the direct free kick.
  • 72:51 Substitution Ched Evans replaces Nick Montgomery.
  • 70:58 Matt Fryatt produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
  • 70:15 Jamie Ward is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Chris Weale takes the indirect free kick.
  • 69:15 Richie Wellens concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Morgan. Mark Bunn restarts play with the free kick.
  • Correction - 68:18 Effort from inside the area by Henri Camara misses to the left of the target.
  • 68:18 Henri Camara produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 66:24 Steve Howard fouled by Jordan Stewart, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Richie Wellens, Mark Bunn makes a save.
  • 65:55 Jamie Ward crosses the ball, Headed effort from close range by Chris Morgan goes wide left of the target.
  • 64:43 Outswinging corner taken by Jamie Ward, clearance made by Steve Howard.
  • 64:20 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jamie Ward from the left by-line.
  • 64:02 A cross is delivered by Derek Geary, Jamie Ward takes a shot. Chris Weale makes a save.
  • 62:16 Corner taken right-footed by Matt Oakley, Steve Howard has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.
  • 61:53 Matt Fryatt takes a shot. Derek Geary gets a block in.
  • 60:58 Matt Oakley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordan Stewart. James Harper crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Chris Weale.
  • 60:47 The ball is swung over by Henri Camara.
  • 59:51 Shot from deep inside the area by Steve Howard clears the bar.
  • 59:09 Steve Howard takes a shot. Mark Bunn makes a save.
  • 58:46 Unfair challenge on Steve Howard by Nick Montgomery results in a free kick. Richie Wellens restarts play with the free kick.
  • 56:20 The referee blows for offside. Chris Weale takes the indirect free kick.
  • 54:45 Matt Oakley takes a corner.
  • 53:58 The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
  • 52:53 Michael Morrison concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Cresswell. Matthew Kilgallon crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.
  • 52:35 Matt Oakley crosses the ball.
  • 52:05 Lloyd Dyer takes a shot. Save made by Mark Bunn.
  • 51:16 Effort from inside the area by Henri Camara misses to the left of the target.
  • 51:01 The ball is delivered by Nick Montgomery.
  • 50:31 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jamie Ward.
  • 49:39 Centre by Derek Geary.
  • 48:24 Substitution Derek Geary is brought on as a substitute for Kyle Walker.
  • 46:01 Assist on the goal came from Stephen Quinn.
  • 46:01 GOAL - Henri CamaraLeicester 2 - 1 Sheff Utd Henri Camara finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Leicester 2-1 Sheff Utd.
  • 45:51 The ball is crossed by Stephen Quinn, clearance by Michael Morrison.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • 45:01 Substitution Andy Taylor goes off and Henri Camara comes on.
  • 45:01 Substitution Luke O'Neill comes on in place of Jack Hobbs.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:25 The match has reached half-time.
  • 45:00+2:53 Richie Wellens takes a shot.
  • Correction - 45:00+1:51 Andy Taylor crosses the ball, clearance by Ryan McGivern.
  • 45:00+1:51 Andy Taylor crosses the ball, clearance made by Robbie Neilson.
  • 44:51 Lloyd Dyer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyle Walker. Free kick crossed by James Harper, Ryan McGivern manages to make a clearance.
  • 42:34 The ball is sent over by Richie Wellens, Effort on goal by Matt Oakley from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
  • 42:14 Richie Wellens decides to take a short corner.
  • 41:22 The assistant referee flags for offside against Steve Howard. Free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
  • 40:06 The ball is sent over by Robbie Neilson, clearance made by Matthew Kilgallon.
  • 38:26 Ryan McGivern challenges Jordan Stewart unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kyle Walker crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 34:26 GOAL - Matt FryattLeicester 2 - 0 Sheff Utd Placed penalty scored by Matt Fryatt. Leicester 2-0 Sheff Utd.
  • 33:37 Nick Montgomery concedes a Penalty for a foul on Matt Fryatt.
  • 33:17 The ball is swung over by Andy Taylor, Jack Hobbs makes a clearance.
  • 31:57 Richie Wellens fouled by Nick Montgomery, the ref awards a free kick. Richie Wellens takes the direct free kick.
  • 31:16 Matt Oakley delivers the ball, save by Mark Bunn.
  • 29:00 Nick Montgomery concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy King. Free kick taken by Richie Wellens.
  • 28:08 Effort on goal by Jordan Stewart from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 27:43 Inswinging corner taken by Jamie Ward from the left by-line, clearance made by Michael Morrison.
  • 25:30 Assist on the goal came from Matt Oakley.
  • 25:30 GOAL - Michael MorrisonLeicester 1 - 0 Sheff Utd Michael Morrison finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Leicester 1-0 Sheff Utd.
  • 25:03 Corner taken right-footed by Matt Oakley from the left by-line,
  • 24:20 Michael Morrison takes a shot. Mark Bunn makes a save.
  • 24:09 Lloyd Dyer takes a shot. Matthew Kilgallon gets a block in.
  • 22:27 The ball is sent over by Jamie Ward, save by Chris Weale.
  • 19:49 Jamie Ward produces a cross.
  • 19:22 Short corner worked by Matt Oakley.
  • Correction - 18:56 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matt Oakley.
  • 18:56 Inswinging corner taken by Matt Oakley.
  • 18:44 Matt Oakley takes the inswinging corner, Nick Montgomery makes a clearance.
  • 17:10 Matt Oakley takes the inswinging corner, Steve Howard takes a shot. Save made by Mark Bunn.
  • 16:50 Lloyd Dyer takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Morgan.
  • 16:14 Unfair challenge on Ryan McGivern by Richard Cresswell results in a free kick. Richie Wellens restarts play with the free kick.
  • 14:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Cresswell on Michael Morrison. Direct free kick taken by Chris Weale.
  • 11:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Howard on Kyle Walker. Free kick crossed left-footed by Matthew Kilgallon from right channel, save by Chris Weale.
  • 11:07 Effort on goal by Lloyd Dyer from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
  • 10:41 Jordan Stewart crosses the ball, Jack Hobbs makes a clearance.
  • 7:54 A cross is delivered by Matt Fryatt.
  • 6:49 Close range headed effort by Kyle Walker misses to the right of the target.
  • 6:14 Unfair challenge on Kyle Walker by Steve Howard results in a free kick. Matthew Kilgallon takes the free kick.
  • 3:27 Richie Wellens concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Ward. Stephen Quinn delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Robbie Neilson manages to make a clearance.
  • 2:58 Richie Wellens has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left.
  • 0:46 Jordan Stewart takes a shot. Save made by Chris Weale.
  • 0:10 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Chris Weale.
  • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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Championship table

Saturday, 26 December 2009 20:00 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
Full Championship table
1 Newcastle 23 25 50
2 West Brom 22 24 42
3 Nottm Forest 23 14 40
4 Leicester 22 4 37
5 Cardiff 22 15 36
6 Swansea 23 2 36
7 Blackpool 22 10 34
8 QPR 23 5 33
9 Crystal Palace 23 1 33
10 Middlesbrough 23 6 32
11 Sheff Utd 23 1 32
12 Bristol City 23 0 31
13 Watford 23 -4 31
14 Doncaster 23 2 30
15 Preston 22 -2 29
16 Coventry 23 -7 28
17 Barnsley 21 -6 27
18 Derby 23 -11 25
19 Reading 23 -10 23
20 Scunthorpe 22 -17 23
21 Ipswich 22 -10 21
22 Sheff Wed 23 -14 19
23 Plymouth 22 -16 18
24 Peterborough 23 -12 17


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