Leicester claimed their first home league win of the season at the third time of asking to end Southampton's 100% start to the campaign.

The home side took a 2-0 lead courtesy of a close-range finish from Darius Vassell and a Richie Wellens strike.

Dan Harding headed one back before Rickie Lambert's header into his own net restored City's two-goal lead.

The visitors hit back again through David Connolly's header but they were unable to force an equaliser.

The result is a timely boost for big-spending Leicester, who have had an inconsistent start to the season but are now up to 10th with seven points from five games.

In contrast, newly-promoted Southampton have had a stunning start to the campaign, with this their first slip-up. The defeat leaves them second, a point behind leaders Brighton.

Foxes manager Sven-Goran Eriksson made 10 changes to the side that overcame Bury in the Carling Cup in midweek, with captain Matt Mills the only player to keep his place in the XI, and it paid dividends early on as the home side took a third-minute lead.

Andy King's found space to cross for Vassell to nudge the ball past Kelvin Davis and in.

They deservedly doubled their advantage midway through the half when Jeffery Schlupp, who had earlier replaced David Nugent, teed up Wellens to curl home from 25 yards.

Against the run of play, Southampton snatched a foothold back into the game when Harding nodded Adam Lallana's cross in.

But they were hit with a sucker-punch on the stroke of half-time as Lambert's own goal was allowed to stand despite protestations from the visitors that he had been pushed by Sol Bamba.

Saints were more forceful after the break and again gave themselves hope through Connolly's header, again from a Lallana cross.

Leicester held on though, thanks partly to keeper Kasper Schmeichel, who saved superbly from Lambert late on from point-blank range.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Leicester City

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 03 Konchesky
  • 04 Pantsil
  • 05 Mills
  • 06 Bamba
  • 10 King (Gallagher - 75' )
  • 19 Wellens (Abe - 86' )
  • 23 Danns Booked
  • 26 Fernandes
  • 13 Vassell Booked
  • 35 Nugent (Schlupp - 6' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Weale
  • 12 St. Ledger
  • 22 Abe
  • 27 Schlupp
  • 07 Gallagher

Southampton

  • 01 Davis
  • 02 Richardson (Schneiderlin - 46' )
  • 03 Harding (Fox - 79' )
  • 06 Fonte
  • 25 Seaborne Booked
  • 08 Cork
  • 10 Guly (De Ridder - 71' )
  • 14 Hammond
  • 20 Lallana
  • 07 Lambert
  • 22 Connolly

Substitutes

  • 21 Bialkowski
  • 13 Fox
  • 16 Martin
  • 04 Schneiderlin
  • 33 De Ridder
Ref: Mathieson
Att: 23,808

Match Stats

Shots

13 17

On target

6 11

Corners

5 4

Fouls

12 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:31 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +4:03

The ball is sent over by Daniel Fox, Richard Lambert has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

90:00 +3:39

Adam Lallana takes a shot. Blocked by Souleymane Bamba.

90:00 +2:48

David Connolly is ruled offside. Kasper Schmeichel takes the indirect free kick.

90:00 +2:27

Paul Gallagher challenges Jack Cork unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.

90:00 +1:46

Daniel Fox gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jeffery Schlupp. Paul Gallagher restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:19

Adam Lallana takes a shot. Souleymane Bamba gets a block in.

90:00 +0:08

Kelvin Davis restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:08 Booking

Booking Darius Vassell is given a yellow card.

88:58

Unfair challenge on Daniel Seaborne by Darius Vassell results in a free kick.

87:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jose Fonte by Darius Vassell. Direct free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.

87:11

The offside flag is raised against David Connolly. Kasper Schmeichel takes the indirect free kick.

86:39

Neil Danns takes a shot. Save by Kelvin Davis.

85:55 Substitution

Substitution Richie Wellens goes off and Yuki Abe comes on.

85:17

Centre by Daniel Fox, Adam Lallana takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.

83:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Mills on David Connolly. Free kick taken by Morgan Schneiderlin.

83:15

Adam Lallana takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.

81:52

The ball is crossed by Daniel Fox, David Connolly takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.

81:47

David Connolly delivers the ball, Souleymane Bamba makes a clearance.

81:29

Jack Cork sends in a cross, Richie Wellens gets a block in.

79:57

Steve De Ridder delivers the ball.

79:36

Adam Lallana takes a shot. Souleymane Bamba gets a block in.

78:33

Daniel Fox takes the free kick.

78:33 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Fox on for Dan Harding.

78:33 Booking

Booking Neil Danns is shown a yellow card.

78:09

Unfair challenge on Dan Harding by Neil Danns results in a free kick.

76:35

Foul by Gelson Fernandes on Morgan Schneiderlin, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Morgan Schneiderlin.

76:05

Steve De Ridder challenges Richie Wellens unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Neil Danns, clearance made by Jose Fonte.

74:38

Jeffery Schlupp sends in a cross.

74:16 Substitution

Substitution Paul Gallagher is brought on as a substitute for Andy King.

73:36

Morgan Schneiderlin produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

73:01

Short corner taken by Dean Hammond.

72:14

The ball is swung over by David Connolly.

71:49

Morgan Schneiderlin takes a shot. Matt Mills gets a block in.

71:39

Steve De Ridder delivers the ball.

71:16

Steve De Ridder takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Andy King makes a clearance.

71:05

David Connolly delivers the ball, Souleymane Bamba gets a block in.

70:31 Substitution

Substitution Steve De Ridder joins the action as a substitute, replacing Guly Do Prado.

64:45

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Neil Danns from the right by-line, save by Kelvin Davis.

64:35

John Pantsil delivers the ball, Daniel Seaborne manages to make a clearance.

63:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Lambert on John Pantsil. Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.

63:25

A cross is delivered by Guly Do Prado, clearance made by John Pantsil.

62:19

Shot from just outside the box by Andy King misses to the left of the target.

60:55

A cross is delivered by Jack Cork, clearance by Souleymane Bamba.

59:14

Darius Vassell is caught offside. Kelvin Davis takes the indirect free kick.

58:35

The offside flag is raised against David Connolly. Indirect free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.

57:59

Paul Konchesky crosses the ball, save by Kelvin Davis.

55:21

Neil Danns crosses the ball, Jose Fonte fouled by Souleymane Bamba, the ref awards a free kick. Kelvin Davis takes the direct free kick.

54:54

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Neil Danns from the right by-line.

53:58

Effort on goal by Gelson Fernandes from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

53:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richie Wellens by Adam Lallana. Paul Konchesky takes the free kick.

52:23 Goal scored

Goal! - David Connolly - Leicester 3 - 2 Southamp'n David Connolly finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Leicester 3-2 Southampton.

51:57

Corner taken by Adam Lallana from the left by-line played to the near post.

51:37

Guly Do Prado takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.

51:30

Jeffery Schlupp is caught offside. Kelvin Davis takes the free kick.

51:17

David Connolly produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

50:38

Neil Danns produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

50:06

The assistant referee signals for offside against Richard Lambert. Matt Mills takes the free kick.

48:36

Paul Konchesky produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

48:36 Booking

Booking Daniel Seaborne is booked.

48:27

Jeffery Schlupp fouled by Daniel Seaborne, the ref awards a free kick.

47:49

The official flags Richard Lambert offside. Free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Morgan Schneiderlin on for Frazer Richardson.

45:00 +4:05 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +3:45

Shot from just outside the area by Richie Wellens misses to the left of the target.

45:00 +2:53

The assist for the goal came from Neil Danns.

45:00 +2:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Richard Lambert - Leicester 3 - 1 Southamp'n Own goal by Richard Lambert. Leicester 3-1 Southampton.

45:00 +1:40

Floated corner taken right-footed by Neil Danns from the right by-line.

44:50

Unfair challenge on Frazer Richardson by Richie Wellens results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Seaborne.

42:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darius Vassell by Jose Fonte. Richie Wellens takes the free kick.

41:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy King on Guly Do Prado. Guly Do Prado restarts play with the free kick.

38:08

Jack Cork fouled by Matt Mills, the ref awards a free kick. Kelvin Davis takes the free kick.

36:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Seaborne on Jeffery Schlupp. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Paul Konchesky, Kelvin Davis makes a fantastic save.

30:26

Effort from a long way out by Neil Danns goes wide right of the target.

30:06

David Connolly takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.

29:00

Gelson Fernandes takes a shot. Save by Kelvin Davis.

27:34

Adam Lallana provided the assist for the goal.

27:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Dan Harding - Leicester 2 - 1 Southamp'n Dan Harding scores a headed goal from close in. Leicester 2-1 Southampton.

25:37

Shot from outside the box by Frazer Richardson misses to the left of the goal.

25:15

A cross is delivered by Frazer Richardson.

24:45

Richard Lambert takes a shot. Blocked by Gelson Fernandes.

21:37

The assist for the goal came from Jeffery Schlupp.

21:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Richie Wellens - Leicester 2 - 0 Southamp'n Richie Wellens gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Leicester 2-0 Southampton.

20:48

Darius Vassell sends in a cross, clearance made by Adam Lallana.

19:17

Richard Lambert takes a shot. Souleymane Bamba gets a block in.

18:40

The official flags Darius Vassell offside. Jose Fonte takes the free kick.

17:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darius Vassell by Dean Hammond. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.

16:30

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Neil Danns.

13:38

Frazer Richardson sends in a cross, save by Kasper Schmeichel.

12:32

Guly Do Prado takes a outswinging corner.

12:19

Jack Cork produces a cross, clearance by Souleymane Bamba.

11:33

John Pantsil delivers the ball, clearance made by Jose Fonte.

10:43

Floated corner taken right-footed by Neil Danns from the right by-line, Matt Mills takes a shot. Kelvin Davis makes a save.

10:37

Neil Danns crosses the ball, clearance made by Dan Harding.

10:28

John Pantsil produces a cross, clearance by Frazer Richardson.

9:47

Foul by Dean Hammond on Jeffery Schlupp, free kick awarded. Souleymane Bamba restarts play with the free kick.

9:14

Headed effort from inside the area by Andy King misses to the left of the target.

8:30

Jack Cork concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy King. Matt Mills takes the direct free kick.

7:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Frazer Richardson by Neil Danns. Free kick taken by Frazer Richardson.

7:21

Unfair challenge on Guly Do Prado by Richie Wellens results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.

7:13

A cross is delivered by Andy King.

5:51 Substitution

Substitution Jeffery Schlupp joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Nugent.

3:33

The ball is crossed by Dean Hammond.

2:24

The assist for the goal came from Andy King.

2:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Darius Vassell - Leicester 1 - 0 Southamp'n Darius Vassell finds the back of the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Leicester 1-0 Southampton.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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