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BBC Sport's Ron Jones
"Cup exersions played some part"
 real 14k

Leicester captain Matt Elliott
"There was a real feeling of jubilation"
 real 14k

Leicester boss Peter Taylor
"We closed down as a team"
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Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier
"Mr Gallagher got it wrong"
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Leicester's second goalscorer Muzzy Izzet
"It's a good time to play Liverpool"
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Saturday, 3 March, 2001, 17:24 GMT
Foxes stun Reds
Akinbiyi celebrates his strike
Akinbiyi (middle) celebrates his strike
Leicester 2-0 Liverpool

Ade Akinbiyi helped answer his critics with the opener for Leicester as Liverpool's Champions League ambitions received a blow.

Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier threw on Michael Owen to join Robbie Fowler and Emile Heskey up front but, even with a three-pronged attack, the visitors could not draw level.

Instead, Muzzy Izzet scored an injury time second for Leicester as they enhanced their own prospects of European qualification.

  Key incidents
3 mins: Royce turns away a well-struck Ziege shot
27: Heskey's attempted curler goes over
33: Andy Impey comes on for injured Frank Sinclair
37: Sturridge bursts through on goal and sees an effort go just wide
51: Impey crosses for Akinbiyi to score
69: Fowler and Ziege can't convert chances
70: Heskey booked after appeals for penalty rejected
90: Izzet rounds off a deserved Leicester win

Leicester have moved level on points with Liverpool, who suffered their first Premiership defeat since last December.

The loss also ruined Heskey's return to Leicester for the first time since his 11m switch to Liverpool.

Akinbiyi struck shortly after the interval to finish off a move which began when Robbie Fowler gave the ball away for the visitors.

Leicester incisively punished Liverpool with Muzzy Izzet passing to Dean Sturridge.

He crossed low to the near post where Akinbiyi converted at the near post.


We have to blame ourselves and say our performance was not acceptable
  Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier

It was the perfect response from Akinbiyi after criticism of his lack of goals since a 5m summer move from Wolves.

Liverpool, who played a spell of six games in 22 days during February, chased the game but never really threatened to break down a resilient Leicester.

Fowler, Christian Ziege and Sami Hyypia came close and Heskey had a penalty appeal waved away before Izzet put the game out of the visitors' reach.

Heskey was fuming at a rejected penalty appeal after tangling with Gerry Taggart, but his protests proved fruitless and he was booked.

Liverpool could not break Leicester's shackles
Gary McAllister (left) and Dean Sturridge (right)

Liverpool had started the game well but ultimately faded with Leicester seemingly growing stronger as the match progressed.

Christian Ziege rifled in a well-struck shot for Liverpool after three minutes but Simon Royce saved.

The Leicester keeper had little to do from there on.

Renowned for their pressurising of opponents, Leicester were no different on this occasion.

Midfielder Robbie Savage was playing an influential part in Leicester's challenge which was dented when Frank Sinclair was forced off injured in the first half.

Heskey shot over for Liverpool, Sturridge came closet in the first-half when he burst past Hyypia and Stephane Henchoz onto the visitors' goal.


We have done well at home all season and for us to beat a team like Liverpool is tremendous for Leicester City
  Leicester boss Peter Taylor

Sander Westerveld came quickly out to smother at the striker's feet before the ball ricocheted past the Liverpool post.

But Akinbiyi and Izzet confirmed Leicester's superiority with second-half goals.

Izzet was played through on the Liverpool goal and calmly slotted home to complete a Leicester counter-attack.


Leicester: Royce, Sinclair, Davidson, Elliott, Rowett, Taggart, Savage, Lewis, Izzet, Akinbiyi, Sturridge. Subs: Andrews, Impey, Benjamin, Gunnlaugsson, Guppy.

Liverpool: Westerveld, Gerrard, Ziege, Henchoz, Babbel, Hyypia, Carragher, McAllister, Barmby, Fowler, Heskey. Subs: Arphexad, Owen, Murphy, Hamann, Biscan.

Referee: D Gallagher (Banbury).

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