Huddersfield v Leicester
Knockaert 30′, 60′
- FT 90 +5
- HT 0-1
Anthony Knockaert scored twice as Leicester won at Huddersfield to move up to second in the Championship.
The French winger opened the scoring 15 minutes before the break with a stunning goal from 30 yards.
The visitors dominated after that and deservedly scored a second on the hour through Knockaert's clever flick.
Home woe for Huddersfield
Leicester's win meant Huddersfield suffered back-to-back home defeats in the league for the first time since September 2008
Huddersfield made three substitutions straight after as they looked to respond but Leicester held firm for their second away win of the season.
For Huddersfield, it was their second-successive defeat after they lost to Watford at the weekend and saw them drop out of the top six.
Leicester went into the game having won their three previous matches and they started brightly.
David Nugent was just wide with an effort from distance while former Halifax striker Jamie Vardy saw a shot from outside the area denied by Huddersfield keeper Alex Smithies.
But Leicester's opener came out of nothing as Knockaert despatched a 35-yard drive on the half hour that left Smithies with no chance.
Andy King shot wide from 12 yards just before the break as Leicester looked for a second. It duly arrived in the 60th minute, again from Knockaert, who flicked home from Paul Konchesky's cross.
Huddersfield boss Simon Grayson responded by replacing Adam Clayton, Oliver Norwood and Paul Dixon with Alan Lee, Scott Arfield and Anton Robinson.
It appeared to have the desired result as the home side enjoyed a sustained spell of pressure.
However, it was Leicester who come closest in the last minute of the game as Smithies did well to deny Nugent from point-blank range.
Huddersfield manager Simon Grayson: "We have had a reality check in the last two games.
"We lost against Watford on Saturday and I thought this was a great opportunity to get that out of our system.
"We were beaten by the better side but, more than that, we didn't perform to our capabilities."
Leicester manager Nigel Pearson: "The two goals were great. [Knockaert] certainly let fly for the first one. He had the breeze behind him but it was a fantastic strike.
"The second one was superb improvisation but you need ability to do that. He is certainly a potential match winner for us but he is still a young player.
"He has shown there is a bit of an edge to him as well and we have to help him control that."
- 01 Smithies
- 03 Dixon Booked (Woods - 63' )
- 05 P Clarke
- 06 Gerrard
- 32 Hunt
- 04 Norwood (Arfield - 63' )
- 08 Clayton (Lee - 63' )
- 11 Ward
- 24 Southern
- 07 Scannell
- 09 Novak
- 13 Bennett
- 02 Woods
- 15 Wallace
- 16 Arfield
- 22 Robinson
- 19 Lee
- 30 Spencer
- 01 Schmeichel
- 03 Konchesky
- 05 Morgan
- 12 St Ledger
- 22 Moore
- 04 Drinkwater
- 10 King
- 11 Dyer (Schlupp - 77' )
- 24 Knockaert Booked (Marshall - 90' )
- 09 Vardy (Waghorn - 80' )
- 35 Nugent
- 13 Logan
- 06 Whitbread
- 07 Marshall
- 16 James
- 14 Waghorn
- 18 Schlupp
- 29 Futacs
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The match has reached full-time.90:00 +2:53
Martyn Waghorn concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Clarke. Direct free kick taken by Peter Clarke.90:00 +1:30
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Lee by Wes Morgan. Calum Woods restarts play with the free kick.90:00 +0:18
Corner taken short by Danny Drinkwater.90:00 +0:18 Substitution
Substitution (Leicester) makes a substitution, with Ben Marshall coming on for Anthony Knockaert.89:33
David Nugent takes a shot. Save by Alex Smithies.84:48
The referee blows for offside. Wes Morgan takes the indirect free kick.80:34
Handball by Martyn Waghorn. Alex Smithies takes the direct free kick.79:42 Substitution
Substitution Martyn Waghorn is brought on as a substitute for Jamie Vardy.76:57
Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Ward, Wes Morgan manages to make a clearance.76:15 Substitution
Substitution (Leicester) makes a substitution, with Jeff Schlupp coming on for Lloyd Dyer.76:01
Anthony Knockaert has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.75:14
Alan Lee takes a shot. Save made by Kasper Schmeichel.74:49
Foul by Liam Moore on Keith Southern, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Keith Southern.68:26
Daniel Ward takes the outswinging corner, Liam Moore makes a clearance.67:15
David Nugent has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.63:38
Anthony Knockaert takes a outswinging corner.62:30 Substitution
Substitution Oliver Norwood leaves the field to be replaced by Scott Arfield.62:30 Substitution
Substitution Paul Dixon leaves the field to be replaced by Calum Woods.62:30 Substitution
Substitution Alan Lee joins the action as a substitute, replacing Adam Clayton.
The ball is crossed by Andy King.59:18
Assist by Paul Konchesky.59:18 Goal scored
Goal! - Anthony Knockaert - Huddersfld 0 - 2 Leicester Goal scored by Anthony Knockaert from inside the six-yard box to the top right corner of the goal. Huddersfield 0-2 Leicester.58:01
Alex Smithies restarts play with the free kick.58:01 Booking
Booking Booking for Anthony Knockaert.57:50
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Dixon by Anthony Knockaert.53:37
Shot on goal comes in from Anthony Knockaert from the free kick, Alex Smithies makes a save.53:37 Booking
Booking Paul Dixon booked.53:27
Paul Dixon concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Knockaert.50:58
Jamie Vardy has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.46:43
Unfair challenge on Peter Clarke by David Nugent results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Alex Smithies.45:01
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.45:00 +1:08 Half time
Half Time It is the end of the first-half.40:27
Unfair challenge on Lloyd Dyer by Adam Clayton results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Konchesky.39:38
Andy King produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.38:55
The ball is sent over by Daniel Ward.37:27
David Nugent fouled by Paul Dixon, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Konchesky has an effort direct from the free kick, blocked by Adam Clayton.34:40
The referee blows for offside against Jamie Vardy. Alex Smithies restarts play with the free kick.34:28
Keith Southern challenges David Nugent unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David Nugent.33:17
Lee Novak is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.30:55
Outswinging corner taken by Oliver Norwood from the right by-line played to the near post, Jamie Vardy manages to make a clearance.29:34 Goal scored
Goal! - Anthony Knockaert - Huddersfld 0 - 1 Leicester Goal scored by Anthony Knockaert from 35 yards. Huddersfield 0-1 Leicester.24:48
Danny Drinkwater challenges Keith Southern unfairly and gives away a free kick. Oliver Norwood crosses the ball in from the free kick, Liam Moore makes a clearance.22:28
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Oliver Norwood, save made by Kasper Schmeichel.20:58
Handball by Anthony Knockaert. Direct free kick taken by Alex Smithies.18:04
Free kick awarded for a foul by Oliver Norwood on Anthony Knockaert. Anthony Knockaert shoots direct from the free kick.17:38
Jamie Vardy takes a shot. Save made by Alex Smithies.15:53
Foul by Liam Moore on Keith Southern, free kick awarded. Alex Smithies takes the direct free kick.14:13
Danny Drinkwater fouled by Oliver Norwood, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Drinkwater takes the free kick.13:09
Shot from outside the box by Andy King goes wide right of the target.9:32
Corner taken by Anthony Knockaert, clearance by Adam Clayton.9:15
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy King by Adam Clayton. Paul Konchesky takes the free kick.8:36
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Anthony Knockaert, save made by Alex Smithies.3:46
Effort by Sean Scannell from a long way out goes over the crossbar.0:38
Anthony Knockaert takes the outswinging corner, Lee Novak makes a clearance.0:00
The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
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