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BBC Five Live's Stuart Hall
"Joe Royle returns to the drawing board"
 real 14k

Sunday, 5 November, 2000, 10:37 GMT
Foxes savage Man City
Wanchope and Taggart
Paulo Wanchope got little change out of Gerry Taggart
Manchester City 0-1 Leicester City

Robbie Savage's sweetly-struck shot lifted Leciester City back to third place in the Premiership table as the Foxes overcame Manchester City in a keenly-contested encounter at Maine Road.

Manchester City enjoyed most of the play, but their lack of a cutting edge was again apparent against a Leicester defence that showed why it is the meanest in the top flight.

Stan Collymore's former sparring partner Trevor Benjamin was given his first start as Leicester City manager Peter Taylor tried to bolster an attack that had only scored nine goals in 11 Premiership matches.

Darren Eadie dropped to the bench and Gerry Taggart returned from injury but there was no place in the squad for either Steve Guppy or Richard Cresswell.


They spent 75 minutes of the match camped in their own box. They defend well - it was a typical Leicester performance
  Manchester City manager Joe Royle
Irish internationals Richard Dunne and Mark Kennedy had to be content with places on the bench for Manchester City, but recent signing Laurent Charvet was given a start, while Paolo Wanchope came in for Kevin Horlock.

Attrition

With the likes of Robbie Savage, Muzzy Izzet, Spencer Prior and Jeff Whitley in midfield opposition, flair and finesse were subordinated to industry and attrition with a consequent lack of width and wit.

Manchester City had the first chance of note after seven minutes, when Tim Flowers saved from Paul Dickov.

However, Flowers picked up a back injury soon after, leaving the goalkeeper looking very comfortable throughout, and Manchester City tested him with shots from distance.

Tim Flowers
Flowers had to retire with a back injury
Whitley's drive after 25 minutes had Flowers scampering as the ball flew just wide, while Wanchope was also off target from 30 yards.

Leciester finally pieced together a meaningful move after 38 minutes, but Ade Akinbiyi continued his poor form as he met Izzet's cross with the tamest of headers straight at the grateful Nicky Weaver.

Seconds later, Alf-Inge Haaland headed just wide at the far post.

The injured Flowers made way for Simon Royce at the break, but the early action was at the other end when Matt Elliot headed narrowly wide from a Callum Davidson corner - the first of the game after some 50 minutes

Another set-piece six minutes later gave Leicester the lead. Izzet played a free kick short to Savage, his initial shot was blocked, but he followed up with a superb left foot shot past Weaver from just outside the box.

Flair


We were solid, we worked hard and took the chance when it came. I accept that it's a bit easier to play away from home these days
  Leicester manager Peter Taylor
However, Joe Royle's side should have restored parity after 62 minutes but Dickov was narrowly off target after a fine move. The introduction of Ian Bishop and Mark Kennedy had injected some much-needed flair into the City midfield.

Deputy Royce was certainly kept busy as Manchester City laid siege to the Leicester goal in the final 30 minutes, but the famed Foxes resilience kept them at bay.

The closest City came was after 77 minutes, when Wanchope got on the end of Kennedy's cross only for Royce to tip the ball over the bar.

However, Leicester held on with little trouble for their seventh clean sheet in 12 Premiership games.


Man City: Weaver, Whitley, Howey, Prior, Ritchie, Haaland, Wiekens, Charvet, Wanchope, Dickov, Tiatto.
Subs: Bishop, Horlock, Dunne, Kennedy, Wright.

Leicester City: Flowers, Rowett, Davidson, Sinclair, Elliott, Taggart, Lennon, R. Savage, Izzet, Benjamin, Akinbiyi.
Subs: Royce, Gilchrist, McKinlay, Eadie, Gunnlaugsson.

Referee: M Halsey (Welwyn Garden City)

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