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Last Updated: Monday, 15 September, 2003, 20:54 GMT 21:54 UK
Dickov leaves Leeds reeling
Paul Dickov celebrates after putting Leicester 2-0 ahead
Dickov scored Leicester's second and third goals
Leicester 4-0 Leeds

Leicester secured their first Premiership win of the season and moved above Leeds on goal difference in the process after a fine display at the Walkers Stadium.

An excellent brace from Paul Dickov, a stunning volley from Lilian Nalis and a powerful header from James Scowcroft gave the Foxes the points.

Leicester may lack the class of many of their Premiership rivals but they are well organised and showed they will not go down without a fight.

Leeds, on the other hand, struggled badly, with their new-look defence disappointing throughout the match.

The game started brightly and James Scowcroft forced Paul Robinson into a low save with a header after just 90 seconds.

We were second best all over the pitch - they had more energy and more desire
Leeds boss Peter Reid

Alan Smith did briefly worry the Leicester defence a couple of times, but it was the hosts who soon assumed control.

They nearly took the lead when Gerry Taggart lashed in a close-range shot which Robinson somehow deflected over with his forehead.

And they kept the pressure on as Ben Thatcher and Scowcroft both went near with headers.

When the breakthrough finally came after 20 minutes, it was courtesy of a stunning first-ever Foxes goal from French midfielder Nalis.

KEY INCIDENTS
20 mins: Nalis volleys Leicester into the lead
23 mins: Dickov doubles the hosts' advantage
83 mins: Dickov collects the second of his brace
89 mins: Scowcroft completes the rout

He latched on to a looping defensive header 25 yards out and crashed a stunning volley past the despairing Robinson.

Three minutes later they went two up in equally fine style.

When the diminutive Dickov latched on to Marcus Bent's flick there did not look to be any immediate danger for Leeds, but the Scot spun sharply and fired a low drive into the corner of the visitors' goal.

Leeds were quickly out of the traps immediately after the break, but it was Leicester who forced the first chances of the half.

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Both fell to the debutant Bent, on loan from Ipswich, who first drove a fierce shot wide and then just failed to latch on to a long ball, with Robinson having to race from his area and head clear.

Bent was causing the Leeds defence plenty of problems and Leeds' Brazilian defender Roque Junior was lucky to escape with only a booking when he pulled back the Leicester forward as he raced clear.

There was more good fortune for Leeds just after the hour as Taggart's header was well saved by Robinson before Thatcher grazed the bar with a thumping header from the resulting corner.

Thatcher completed his hat-trick of near misses 10 minutes later, shooting just over after more panic in the Leeds defence.

I would have taken any scoreline providing we won
Leicester boss Micky Adams

The hosts eventually made it 3-0 when Dickov once again turned smartly on the edge of the box before stroking the ball past the exposed Robinson.

And they completed the rout a a minute before the end of normal time rubbed salt into the wound when Scowcroft powered home a free header.


Leicester: Walker, Sinclair, Thatcher, Taggart, Curtis, Nalis, Hignett (Stewart 77), Izzet, Scowcroft, Dickov (Impey 86), Bent (Deane 75).
Subs Not Used: Coyne, Howey.

Leeds: Robinson, Kelly, Camara, Roque Junior (Radebe 81), Domi (Olembe 54), Pennant, Morris, Seth Johnson, Sakho (Lennon 69), Viduka, Smith.
Subs Not Used: Carson, Batty.

Booked: Domi, Roque Junior.

Attendance: 30,460.

Referee: J Winter (Cleveland).




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