Adam Clayton struck a superb second-half winner as Leeds bounced back from their 5-0 midweek defeat by Blackpool with a win at managerless Leicester.

In a match of few goalscoring chances, midfielder Clayton's long-range strike in the 68th minute proved decisive.

Leeds' notoriously fragile defence was rarely tested by City, with on debutant keeper Alex McCarthy not having a meaningful save to make.

The win moves Leeds up to seventh in the table, while Leicester are 12th.

The Foxes have now lost two of the three games for which the temporary management team of Jon Rudkin and Mike Stowell have been in charge, following the departure of Sven-Goran Eriksson last month.

The club have refused to comment on rumours of an approach for their former manager Nigel Pearson, currently boss at Hull, to replace Eriksson permanently but surely they will have a new man in place by the time City face Crystal Palace in a fortnight's time.

Leeds will go into the upcoming international break in much better spirits after bouncing back from Wednesday's loss to Blackpool - only the second time they have conceded five goals at home in their history.

The quality of Clayton's goal - a curling effort into the top corner from 25 yards midway through the second half - made it a deserved winner.

Prior to that there had been precious little action, with Ross McCormack drilling over from 12 yards and half-hearted scoop from Neil Danns that landed on the top of McCarthy's net the closest either side came to a goal.

Clayton's goal sparked the home side into a number of changes, the most significant of which saw former Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford join the action.

However, neither he or his team-mates could trouble Leeds keeper McCarthy, who only joined the club on Friday following Paul Rachubka's calamitous display at Elland Road two days earlier.

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Leicester

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 02 Peltier
  • 03 Konchesky Booked
  • 05 Mills
  • 06 Bamba Booked
  • 10 King
  • 19 Wellens
  • 23 Danns Booked (Johnson - 74' )
  • 07 Gallagher (Schlupp - 85' )
  • 09 Howard (Beckford - 74' Booked )
  • 35 Nugent

Substitutes

  • 21 Weale
  • 12 St. Ledger
  • 17 Johnson
  • 27 Schlupp
  • 20 Beckford

Leeds

  • 21 McCarthy
  • 02 Connolly Booked
  • 03 Kisnorbo
  • 05 O'Brien (Bromby - 75' )
  • 28 White
  • 14 Howson
  • 15 Clayton
  • 16 Pugh
  • 23 Snodgrass Booked
  • 38 Keogh (Becchio - 76' )
  • 44 McCormack (Brown - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 30 Cairns
  • 26 Bromby
  • 08 Brown
  • 11 Sam
  • 10 Becchio
Ref: Langford
Att: 27,720

Match Stats

Shots

13 10

On target

5 6

Corners

3 2

Fouls

12 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:18

The ball is delivered by Robert Snodgrass, clearance made by Matt Mills.

90:00 +4:42

Centre by Lee Peltier, save by Alex McCarthy.

90:00 +4:15 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +3:35

Free kick taken by Adam Clayton.

90:00 +3:35 Booking

Booking Booking for Jermaine Beckford for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +3:19

Foul by Jermaine Beckford on Patrick Kisnorbo, free kick awarded.

90:00 +2:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Richie Wellens on Adam Clayton. Alex McCarthy takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +1:30

The offside flag is raised against Robert Snodgrass. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:22

Unfair challenge on Andy King by Danny Pugh results in a free kick. Kasper Schmeichel takes the direct free kick.

89:46

Paul Konchesky produces a left-footed shot from 35 yards and missed to the left of the goal.

89:09

Michael Johnson takes a shot. Adam Clayton manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Andy King.

87:39

Foul by Danny Pugh on Michael Johnson, free kick awarded. Richie Wellens takes the direct free kick.

85:39 Substitution

Substitution Michael Brown joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ross McCormack.

84:43 Substitution

Substitution Jeffery Schlupp on for Paul Gallagher.

82:55

The referee gives a free kick against Aidan White for handball. Shot comes in from Paul Konchesky from the free kick, blocked by Andy O'Brien.

79:43

Corner from the left by-line taken by Robert Snodgrass, save by Kasper Schmeichel.

79:25

Robert Snodgrass takes a shot. Kasper Schmeichel makes a save.

78:24 Booking

Booking Paul Connolly receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

77:59

The ball is sent over by Patrick Kisnorbo, Luciano Becchio takes a shot. Kasper Schmeichel makes a save.

77:59 Booking

Booking Souleymane Bamba is booked.

77:44

Unfair challenge on Ross McCormack by Souleymane Bamba results in a free kick.

76:44

The ball is delivered by Andy King, save by Alex McCarthy.

75:47 Substitution

Substitution Luciano Becchio on for Andrew Keogh.

74:52 Substitution

Substitution Leigh Bromby replaces Andy O'Brien.

74:37

Paul Konchesky takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

74:29

A cross is delivered by Lee Peltier, clearance by Andy O'Brien.

73:09 Substitution

Substitution (Leicester) makes a substitution, with Michael Johnson coming on for Neil Danns.

73:09 Substitution

Substitution Steve Howard goes off and Jermaine Beckford comes on.

71:31

Andrew Keogh fouled by Matt Mills, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Patrick Kisnorbo.

68:33 Goal scored

Goal! - Adam Clayton - Leicester 0 - 1 Leeds A goal is scored by Adam Clayton from outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Leicester 0-1 Leeds.

67:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Keogh on Souleymane Bamba. Kasper Schmeichel takes the direct free kick.

66:44

The ball is swung over by Jonathan Howson, Ross McCormack takes a shot. Kasper Schmeichel makes a save.

65:49

David Nugent takes a shot. Alex McCarthy makes a save.

63:29

Effort from just outside the area by Lee Peltier goes over the target.

60:43

Alex McCarthy takes the direct free kick.

60:43 Booking

Booking Caution for Neil Danns.

60:34

Neil Danns challenges Aidan White unfairly and gives away a free kick.

59:04

Neil Danns is caught offside. Alex McCarthy takes the direct free kick.

57:18

Close range strike by Neil Danns goes over the bar.

56:07

Neil Danns sends in a cross, clearance by Patrick Kisnorbo.

54:31

Paul Konchesky takes the direct free kick.

54:31 Booking

Booking Robert Snodgrass shown a yellow card.

54:27

Robert Snodgrass handles the ball and concedes a free kick.

53:34

The ball is swung over by Adam Clayton, clearance made by Souleymane Bamba.

53:04

Paul Gallagher challenges Ross McCormack unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jonathan Howson takes the free kick.

50:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Peltier by Adam Clayton. Richie Wellens restarts play with the free kick.

48:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Clayton by Lee Peltier. Direct free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.

47:11

Andrew Keogh is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +2:28 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +2:08

David Nugent takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Connolly.

45:00 +1:06

The free kick is delivered left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from right wing, Neil Danns gets a block in.

45:00 +1:06 Booking

Booking Paul Konchesky receives a yellow card.

45:00 +0:49

Paul Konchesky gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Clayton.

44:05

Jonathan Howson challenges Souleymane Bamba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Souleymane Bamba takes the direct free kick.

43:13

David Nugent gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Howson. Patrick Kisnorbo takes the direct free kick.

41:43

Unfair challenge on David Nugent by Andy O'Brien results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Paul Konchesky, Andrew Keogh makes a clearance.

40:58

Andy King delivers the ball.

39:20

David Nugent takes a shot. Save made by Alex McCarthy.

37:39

Paul Gallagher delivers the ball, clearance made by Aidan White.

36:22

The assistant referee flags for offside against David Nugent. Alex McCarthy takes the free kick.

35:27

Patrick Kisnorbo concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Howard. Paul Konchesky takes the direct free kick.

33:55

Effort on goal by Paul Gallagher from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

33:05

Corner taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher, Patrick Kisnorbo makes a clearance.

31:19

Unfair challenge on Steve Howard by Andy O'Brien results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Paul Konchesky from left channel, clearance by Andy O'Brien.

29:47

Paul Gallagher has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.

29:33

Aidan White has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.

28:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Howard by Andy O'Brien. Kasper Schmeichel takes the indirect free kick.

27:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Howard on Adam Clayton. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Paul Connolly from right channel, clearance made by Steve Howard.

27:24

The assistant referee signals for offside against Neil Danns. Alex McCarthy takes the indirect free kick.

25:13

Robert Snodgrass sends in a cross.

24:03

The ball is delivered by Paul Konchesky, clearance by Adam Clayton.

23:20

Foul by Ross McCormack on Richie Wellens, free kick awarded. Souleymane Bamba takes the direct free kick.

22:52

Paul Connolly delivers the ball, Neil Danns makes a clearance.

22:15

The ball is crossed by Paul Konchesky, clearance made by Patrick Kisnorbo.

21:58

Effort on goal by Ross McCormack from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

19:11

Foul by Paul Connolly on Neil Danns, free kick awarded. Paul Gallagher has a direct shot on goal from the free kick. Adam Clayton fouled by Richie Wellens, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Robert Snodgrass, Effort on goal by Ross McCormack from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target. The ball is delivered by Robert Snodgrass, clearance made by Souleymane Bamba.

17:50

Effort on goal by Ross McCormack from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

15:34

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Richie Wellens from the right by-line, Andy O'Brien manages to make a clearance. Robert Snodgrass fouled by Richie Wellens, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Connolly.

15:25

Andrew Keogh sends in a cross, save made by Kasper Schmeichel.

9:18

Neil Danns crosses the ball.

8:26

Foul by Andy O'Brien on Steve Howard, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Richie Wellens.

7:07

Andrew Keogh takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel. Short corner taken by Andrew Keogh from the right by-line. Robert Snodgrass sends in a cross, Kasper Schmeichel makes a save.

6:00

Unfair challenge on Richie Wellens by Andrew Keogh results in a free kick. Richie Wellens takes the free kick.

4:59

Shot by Steve Howard from outside the box goes over the target.

3:15

Steve Howard is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.

2:12

Andrew Keogh is ruled offside. Paul Konchesky takes the indirect free kick.

1:48

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.

0:40

Ross McCormack takes a shot. Save made by Kasper Schmeichel.

0:00

The game begins.

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