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Leicester v Albion - from the King Power Stadium
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- Full-time: Leicester 1 Albion 0
- King (10) rewards bright start by the leaders
- Albion improve after torrid start but do not threaten
- Barnes has second-half penalty saved
- Report and pictures in The Argus tomorrow
Albion had one last chance deep in added time but Barnes fired just wide from 20 yards after their best player on the night Buckley had got away down the right.
We thought it was Barnes, the ref said Vardy. Either way, a header from Bridcutt's corner flashed just over the bar as Albion chased a leveller.
Little had been seen of Bruno as an attacking force but he whipped in a terrific cross which glanced off the head of Mackail-Smith and wide.
Hammond replaced Crofts in the 78th minute but it was hard to see Albion dragging themselves level.
Leicester sent on Marshall and Vardy to liven up their attack and a brief spell of pressure almost saw them put the game out of sight as King's low shot skidded across Kuszczak's dive and just past the far post on 75 minutes.
By now Dicker had made way for Dobbie.
Albion continued to push forward but were struggling to create chances, making that penalty failure all the more galling. Bridcutt's bad pass gave City a chance to counter attack and the midfiuelder was booked for his foul as he looked to make a recovery tackle.
Attendance: 25,726 (635 away)
De Laet was booked for delaying the spot kick. Barnes then saw his penalty saved by Schmeichel low to his left - and the Albion striker hooked the rebound over the bar with a right-foot shot as he stretched to make amends.
Buckley threw Albion a lifeline in the 53rd minute when he glided past Konchesky and was then pushed over by the covering Whitbread in the area. The assistant referee was close to the incident and signalled for a penalty.
City, though, replied quickly and Kuszczak had to put up a strong arm to parry a cross-shot from Nugent.
Albion started the half quite brightly. They got in two crosses and then Dicker switched play with a terrific pass to create space for Buckley on the right edge of the area. But he looked to take on Konchesky when he already had room to cross or shoot and the left-back was happy to usher the ball back to his keeper.
Andy King's third of the season but first for two months divides the sides. About time an Albion midfielder scored. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 23 October 2012
Second half gets under way.
Leicester were on the back foot as the half drew to a close. Buckley got away from two men down the right before his cross was cleared. Schmeichel had still not had serious action though – and that did not change as Buckley ran out of room on the byline as he looked to get behind Konchesky during the one added minute at the end of the half
The Danish keeper had slightly more taxing work in the 41st minute as he fielded a low shot by Mackail-Smith from outside the penalty area.
For the first time, as the game passed the 35th minute mark, there were a few mumblings of discontent from home fans as Albion got more of the ball. Still there was no serious threat of a goal but Schmeichel had to grab the ball hurriedly as it looked like it might drop for Barnes after a free-kick.
"We're top of the league," chorused home fans as Albion looked in vain for a way back into the contest. Bridcutt's free-kick from the right gave Mackail-Smith a chance to head the ball into the danger area but El-Abd could not get there before it drifted into the waiting hands of Schmeichel.
Albion are a long way second best so far against a bright and inventive Leicester. Frenchman Knockaert catching the eye. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 23 October 2012
Leicester threatened again when an Albion move broke down. Waghorn laid the ball off to Knockaert, whose 25-yatrd blast was parried by Kuszczak. It was City's fifth effort on target - against none by Albion.
But that was a rare moment of hope against a home side looking full of confidence. Knockaert showed trickery on the right hand side of the area before delivering a cross which the diving Kuszczak could only knock down into the heart of the penalty area - but there was no home striker there to take advantage.
After that tough opening, Albion manged to get a foothold in the game and Schmeichel had to tip away a free-kick arrowed in from the left by Bridcutt looking for a far post runner.
It could have been worse for Albion but Waghorn hooked a good chance over the bar from close range.
Leicester have looked bright and inventive in early stages. Albion have their hands full. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 23 October 2012
It was a good start by the leaders though and they went ahead in the tenth minute. Nugent got away from Bridcutt on the home left and sent King bursting into the area. El-Abd got across to make what looked a crucial challenge but KING followed up to finish.
The pitch and ball were on the greasy side on a damp, misty evening and Kuszczak took no chances when Waghorn let fly with a 25-yard free-kick, pushing the seventh-minute effort aside for a corner. That was the start of a squall of City pressure, which brought four flag kicks in quick succession. But Albion held firm and got bodies in the way of shots when required.
Albion made a bright start, with Will Buckley winning a corner. But the delivery was poor from Bridcutt and Barnes was crowded out as he looked to make something of it.
No continental system for Leicester, straightforward 4-4-2. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 23 October 2012
Kick-off. A reminder this service is now subject to a three-minute delay while the match is in in progress.
We now have a pre-game Hey Jude!
Teams are on their way out, Albion are in their nice bright green and black stripes with black shorts and green socks.
Referee tonight is Neil Swarbrick - not Mark Halsey as was, and indeed still is, listed on the Football League's website.
Palace are here on Saturday, without Freedman. He visitsThe Amex with Bolton on Nov 24, the week before Albion go to Selhurst. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 23 October 2012
A big crowd is expected here tonight although it looks it will build up very quickly in the last 10-12mins before kick-off. Stands are quite sparsely populated at the moment.
Leicester have won all five at home in the league this season. Arguably their toughest test among those five was at home to Blackpool when the Tangerines were flying. They have also beaten Peterborough, Burnley (who were missing Charlie Austin), Hull and Bristol City.
It's a slightly misty evening here in Leicester but nothing which will affect the game. By common consent, this is the Championship's game of the night.
Welcome to the King Power Stadium. Main team news is elsewhere on this site but, basically, it's Dicker and Buckley in for Hammond and David while Leicester are unchanged.
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