David Nugent scored twice as Leicester sealed a deserved win against Barnsley to preserve their unbeaten home record.

The Foxes created several chances in the first half but were denied by debutant Tykes goalkeeper Jack Butland.

Nugent broke the deadlock five minutes after the break when he found space and fired in a low drive.

The striker added his second from the penalty spot, before Jason Scotland pulled one back to spark a late flurry from the visitors.

Post match: Leicester boss Pearson

Barnsley had the ball in the net early on when Paddy McCourt set up Scott Wiseman, only for the effort to be ruled offside.

But Butland, on loan from Stoke City, was the busier keeper as Leicester created several chances without reward in the opening period.

The England Under-21 international tipped a fierce Lloyd Dyer shot around the post and then blocked Andy King's header, before denying Jamie Vardy with a diving save.

But the Foxes' best chance fell to Dyer, who prodded wide with only Butland to beat after being played in by Vardy.

Leicester finally made the breakthrough in the 50th minute when Dyer found Nugent and he drilled a low shot into the far corner.

Post-match: Reds manager Flitcroft

It was Nugent's fifth goal of the season, but the first that has not been a penalty - and he was given another chance to score from the spot in the 62nd minute.

Vardy was brought down by Butland, who escaped with just a yellow card and Nugent hammered into the top corner from 12 yards.

The Tykes pulled a goal back against the run of play when poor defending allowed Scotland to place a simple header into the net.

It sparked a Barnsley fightback and Kasper Schmeichel had to pull off a stunning save to keep out a Martin Crainie header in the closing stages.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson:

"We negotiated a tough game very well and could have won it by more.

"It was disappointing to concede a goal but the way they set up it became clear very early on that it was a damage limitation exercise.

"You have to find a way to win games. But we have a better balanced squad and more experience this year.

"I know we will have some dips, but we are better equipped to deal with them this season. We are doing OK - a bit better than OK actually."

Barnsley manager David Flitcroft:

"I am not naive enough to think I am not under pressure, but I am up for the fight and so is this group of players.

"I have seen the first goal from Scott Wiseman that was disallowed and it was about half a yard onside.

"We have come away with another defeat, which is disappointing, but there was a lot of encouragement from the performance.

"We have had a tough week trying to freshen up the squad and I want to know this group of players are fighting for the football club and for me. I believe they are."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Leicester

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 02 De Laet
  • 03 Konchesky
  • 05 Morgan
  • 18 Moore
  • 04 Drinkwater
  • 10 King (James - 86' )
  • 11 Dyer
  • 24 Knockaert (Hammond - 85' )
  • 09 Vardy
  • 35 Nugent (Taylor-Fletcher - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Logan
  • 23 Miquel
  • 27 Wasilewski
  • 07 Hammond
  • 08 James
  • 15 Schlupp
  • 22 Taylor-Fletcher

Barnsley

  • 12 Butland Booked
  • 04 Kennedy
  • 06 Cranie
  • 14 Wiseman
  • 22 Mvoto
  • 11 Perkins
  • 16 Jennings (Scotland - 65' )
  • 34 Fox
  • 42 McCourt
  • 10 O'Grady (Rose - 80' )
  • 24 Noble-Lazarus (Cywka - 59' )

Substitutes

  • 07 O'Brien
  • 08 Dawson
  • 19 Cywka
  • 21 Mellis
  • 23 Etuhu
  • 09 Scotland
  • 32 Rose
Ref: Phil Gibbs
Att: 21,591

Match Stats

Shots

17 15

On target

6 6

Corners

7 7

Fouls

13 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:54 Full time

Full Time The referee blows the whistle to end the game.

90:00 +5:13

Martin Cranie makes a clearance.

90:00 +5:00

Short corner worked by Lloyd Dyer.

90:00 +3:12

Wes Morgan makes a clearance.

90:00 +2:41

The ball is swung over by Danny Drinkwater.

90:00 +2:10

Header by Jean Yves Mvoto misses to the right of the target.

90:00 +1:55

Scott Wiseman restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:50

Jamie Vardy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Wiseman.

90:00 +1:40

Clearance made by Dean Hammond.

90:00 +1:36

Matty James manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +1:24 Substitution

Substitution Gary Taylor-Fletcher is brought on as a substitute for David Nugent.

89:11

Jean Yves Mvoto manages to make a clearance.

87:03

Ritchie De Laet makes a clearance.

86:59

David Fox crosses the ball in from the free kick.

86:40

Dean Hammond gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Rose.

86:09

Clearance by Liam Moore.

86:06

Tom Kennedy crosses the ball.

85:40

Free kick taken by Danny Drinkwater.

85:34

Paddy McCourt concedes a free kick for a foul on David Nugent.

85:24

Tom Kennedy restarts play with the free kick.

85:17 Substitution

Substitution Matty James joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andy King.

84:48 Substitution

Substitution Dean Hammond comes on in place of Anthony Knockaert.

84:16

Unfair challenge on David Perkins by Anthony Knockaert results in a free kick.

83:17

Clearance made by Danny Drinkwater.

83:14

Corner taken by David Fox from the right by-line.

83:01

Shot by Martin Cranie. Andy King gets a block in.

82:45

Corner taken by David Fox from the right by-line.

82:45

Clearance made by Danny Drinkwater.

82:27

Martin Cranie heads at goal. Kasper Schmeichel fumbles the ball.

82:29

Paul Konchesky makes a clearance.

82:23

Corner taken by Tom Kennedy from the left by-line.

82:04

Tomasz Cywka takes a shot. A parry by Kasper Schmeichel prevents the goal.

81:30

The ball is crossed by Ritchie De Laet.

81:01

Wes Morgan manages to make a clearance.

80:25

Clearance by Wes Morgan.

79:35

Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.

79:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wes Morgan by Jean Yves Mvoto.

79:11

Tom Kennedy crosses the ball in from the free kick.

79:03 Substitution

Substitution Danny Rose is brought on as a substitute for Chris O'Grady.

78:36

Andy King challenges David Perkins unfairly and gives away a free kick.

77:37

Tomasz Cywka takes a shot. Kasper Schmeichel blocks the ball.

76:28

Tomasz Cywka has an effort at goal. Kasper Schmeichel fumbles the ball.

75:54

Scott Wiseman manages to make a clearance.

75:52

The ball is sent over by Lloyd Dyer.

75:38

Jean Yves Mvoto makes a clearance.

75:29

Danny Drinkwater takes the free kick.

75:21

Tomasz Cywka concedes a free kick for a foul on Ritchie De Laet.

72:56

Jean Yves Mvoto manages to make a clearance.

72:06

Assist on the goal came from Tom Kennedy.

72:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Jason Scotland - Leicester 2 - 1 Barnsley Jason Scotland scores a headed goal. Leicester 2-1 Barnsley.

72:01

The ball is delivered by Tom Kennedy.

71:56

David Fox delivers the ball.

71:54

Andy King makes a clearance.

71:51

Danny Drinkwater manages to make a clearance.

71:48

Clearance made by Liam Moore.

71:43

Corner taken by David Fox.

71:08

Paddy McCourt takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Ritchie De Laet gets a block in.

70:46

Tom Kennedy makes a clearance.

70:43

The ball is swung over by Paul Konchesky.

70:00

Paddy McCourt takes the free kick.

69:53

Foul by Liam Moore on Jason Scotland, free kick awarded.

69:44

Jamie Vardy takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Jack Butland blocks the ball.

68:44

David Perkins has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

67:53

Clearance by Jack Butland.

67:10

Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.

66:37

The official flags Jason Scotland offside.

65:45

Wes Morgan makes a clearance.

64:51

Anthony Knockaert has an effort direct from the free kick that flies over the crossbar.

64:22 Substitution

Substitution (Barnsley) makes a substitution, with Jason Scotland coming on for Dale Jennings.

63:41

Lloyd Dyer fouled by Tom Kennedy, the ref awards a free kick.

62:56

Paddy McCourt takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Konchesky.

61:53 Goal scored

Goal! - David Nugent - Leicester 2 - 0 Barnsley David Nugent scores a penalty. Leicester 2-0 Barnsley.

61:13 Booking

Booking

61:13

Jack Butland receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

60:57

Jack Butland concedes a Penalty for a foul on Jamie Vardy.

59:24

Liam Moore makes a clearance.

58:42

Paul Konchesky delivers the ball.

58:15 Substitution

Substitution Tomasz Cywka replaces Reuben Noble-Lazarus.

57:14

Free kick taken by Jack Butland.

57:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Perkins by Anthony Knockaert.

56:39

Centre by Paul Konchesky.

56:36

Header at goal by Danny Drinkwater hits the bar.

56:32

Clearance made by Tom Kennedy.

56:31

The ball is sent over by Ritchie De Laet.

56:17

Wes Morgan takes the free kick.

56:09

Chris O'Grady concedes a free kick for a foul on Wes Morgan.

55:58

Jack Butland takes the free kick.

53:46

Liam Moore challenges David Fox unfairly and gives away a free kick.

53:37

Corner from the left by-line taken by Anthony Knockaert.

53:15

Jamie Vardy takes a shot. Jean Yves Mvoto gets a block in.

52:50

Clearance made by Scott Wiseman.

52:49

The ball is swung over by Ritchie De Laet.

52:38

Clearance made by Dale Jennings.

50:47

Wes Morgan manages to make a clearance.

50:44

Jack Butland restarts play with the free kick.

50:26

David Nugent challenges Tom Kennedy unfairly and gives away a free kick.

49:31

Assist by Lloyd Dyer.

49:31 Goal scored

Goal! - David Nugent - Leicester 1 - 0 Barnsley David Nugent scores a right footed goal. Leicester 1-0 Barnsley.

48:03

Anthony Knockaert takes a shot and cleared the goal.

47:36

Corner taken by Anthony Knockaert.

46:48

Andy King takes a shot. Jack Butland makes a block.

46:23

Jack Butland restarts play with the free kick.

46:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Nugent on Martin Cranie.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:44 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +2:28

Chris O'Grady takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Drinkwater.

45:00 +2:23

Corner from the right by-line taken by David Fox.

45:00 +1:56

The ball is sent over by Chris O'Grady.

45:00 +1:56

Paul Konchesky makes a clearance.

45:00 +1:23

Clearance by Liam Moore.

44:05

Wes Morgan restarts play with the free kick.

44:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy King by Paddy McCourt.

43:10

Jack Butland takes the free kick.

42:41

The official flags David Nugent offside.

42:38

Liam Moore has an effort at goal.

42:25

Jean Yves Mvoto manages to make a clearance.

42:25

Andy King crosses the ball.

41:51

Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.

41:30

Tom Kennedy is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

41:24

Chris O'Grady takes a shot. Wes Morgan gets a block in.

40:18

Jack Butland takes the free kick.

39:42

The referee blows for offside against David Nugent.

39:10

Clearance by Jean Yves Mvoto.

39:06

Wes Morgan takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

38:51

Clearance by Martin Cranie.

38:28

Clearance made by Liam Moore.

37:46

Lloyd Dyer takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.

37:27

Corner taken by David Fox.

36:25

Clearance made by Jean Yves Mvoto.

36:24

The ball is sent over by Ritchie De Laet.

35:30

Scott Wiseman manages to make a clearance.

33:54

Clearance by Jean Yves Mvoto.

33:51

Free kick crossed by Anthony Knockaert.

33:10

Martin Cranie challenges Anthony Knockaert unfairly and gives away a free kick.

32:26

Clearance by Jean Yves Mvoto.

32:00

Shot by Jamie Vardy. A parry by Jack Butland prevents the goal.

31:10

Wes Morgan manages to make a clearance.

30:45

Ritchie De Laet produces a cross.

30:43

Jean Yves Mvoto makes a clearance.

30:40

David Fox makes a clearance.

30:37

The ball is sent over by Ritchie De Laet.

30:28

Martin Cranie manages to make a clearance.

30:25

The ball is crossed by Andy King.

29:11

David Fox manages to make a clearance.

29:08

Corner taken by Anthony Knockaert from the right by-line.

28:33

Lloyd Dyer takes the free kick.

28:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Cranie on David Nugent.

27:39

Shot by Anthony Knockaert went wide right of the post.

26:54

Header by Andy King goes to the left of the goal.

26:48

Martin Cranie manages to make a clearance.

26:46

Clearance by David Perkins.

26:44

Clearance by Chris O'Grady.

26:43

Danny Drinkwater sends in a cross.

26:32

Clearance made by David Fox.

26:29

Corner taken by Anthony Knockaert from the right by-line.

26:02

Clearance by Chris O'Grady.

26:00

Centre by Anthony Knockaert.

25:49

David Fox makes a clearance.

25:46

Corner taken by Anthony Knockaert.

25:20

Lloyd Dyer takes a shot. A parry by Jack Butland prevents the goal.

25:06

Clearance made by Jamie Vardy.

25:00

Corner taken by David Fox.

23:35

Paddy McCourt has an effort at goal. Kasper Schmeichel blocks the ball.

22:55

Tom Kennedy manages to make a clearance.

22:50

Tom Kennedy manages to make a clearance.

22:17

Dale Jennings takes a shot and went wide left of the target.

20:58

Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.

20:41

Scott Wiseman is ruled offside.

19:32

Danny Drinkwater takes a shot. Jack Butland catches the ball.

19:02

Clearance made by Jean Yves Mvoto.

17:55

Reuben Noble-Lazarus manages to make a clearance.

17:53

Jean Yves Mvoto makes a clearance.

17:50

The ball is swung over by Paul Konchesky.

17:10

David Fox takes the free kick.

16:58

Jamie Vardy concedes a free kick for a foul on David Perkins.

15:44

Liam Moore manages to make a clearance.

14:15

Dale Jennings takes a shot and went wide left of the target.

12:31

David Nugent takes a shot and went wide right of the goal.

11:42

Shot by David Nugent. Blocked by Jean Yves Mvoto.

11:01

The ball is swung over by Anthony Knockaert.

10:56

Jean Yves Mvoto manages to make a clearance.

10:52

Corner from the left by-line taken by Anthony Knockaert.

10:25

Clearance made by Martin Cranie.

10:25

The ball is swung over by Lloyd Dyer.

9:51

A cross is delivered by Ritchie De Laet.

9:44

Lloyd Dyer crosses the ball.

9:18

Free kick taken by Tom Kennedy.

8:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Drinkwater on Chris O'Grady.

8:23

Clearance made by Ritchie De Laet.

7:31

Scott Wiseman makes a clearance.

6:57

Free kick taken by Martin Cranie.

6:41

Foul by Danny Drinkwater on David Perkins, free kick awarded.

3:03

Clearance made by Paul Konchesky.

3:03

Centre by Scott Wiseman.

2:40

Clearance by Liam Moore.

2:27

Wes Morgan manages to make a clearance.

2:22

Jack Butland restarts play with the free kick.

2:08

Wes Morgan challenges Jean Yves Mvoto unfairly and gives away a free kick.

1:49

Free kick taken by Anthony Knockaert.

1:23

David Perkins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ritchie De Laet.

0:52

Clearance by Martin Cranie.

0:24

Jean Yves Mvoto manages to make a clearance.

0:08

Clearance by Scott Wiseman.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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