Only goal difference keeps Leicester off the top of the Championship table after they saw off hard-working Yeovil.

Yeovil's Ed Upson and Joel Grant went close in the first half, but the hosts were caught on the counter as Lloyd Dyer finished David Nugent's pass.

Daniel Seaborne brought down Ritchie de Laet soon after and Nugent slotted home from the spot to double the lead.

James Hayter's penalty, after Liam Moore's foul, set up a frantic finish, but Grant wasted the best late chance.

Post-match: Leicester boss Pearson

The Foxes have taken 13 points for their last five league games and only leaders Burnley and QPR's superior goal difference keeps them out of the automatic promotion spots.

Yeovil, by contrast, slip into the relegation zone are are without a win in the league since their opening-day success against Millwall.

The Glovers looked lively in a first half though in which both sides regularly threatened.

Upson could not get enough power on his effort after Kasper Schmeichel had spilled Grant's cross before Anthony Knockaert scuffed a good chance straight at Wayne Hennessey at the other end for the visitors.

Leicester's greater attacking guile told in the second half though as Nugent's low cross was buried by Dyer at the end of a swift attack.

Post-match: Yeovil boss Johnson

After giving away the decisive spot-kick in Yeovil's previous home game against QPR, Seaborne brought down De Laet with an untidy challenge to allow Nugent to extend the lead.

Yeovil came close to an unlikely comeback when Moore's trip on Upson and substitute Hayter's successful penalty conversion set nerves on edge in the visiting defence.

But ultimately Leicester held on, rode their luck and kept up the pressure on the sides above them.

Yeovil boss Gary Johnson:

"It is a learning curve for our boys. We haven't got that many lads with experience in the Championship like they have.

"You could see that both teams played with a tremendous amount of power and pace but they just had that little extra quality where it mattered in their two goals.

"We still gave it a go and it was nice to get a home goal."

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson:

"We should have been out of sight, let's be honest.

"I don't think anybody could argue that we didn't deserve to win. With the number of chances we've created we could have won by six.

"On another night we could be frustrated by having not put them out of sight.

"It is a good win, the players are continuing to improve as a group. All in all it is a good win but it could have been more convincing but we will improve."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Yeovil Town

  • 27 Hennessey
  • 06 Seaborne (Webster - 63' )
  • 02 Ayling (McAllister - 74' )
  • 21 Davis
  • 15 Duffy
  • 23 Grant
  • 08 Upson
  • 04 Edwards
  • 19 Ralls
  • 17 Madden
  • 28 Williams (Hayter - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Hayter
  • 03 McAllister
  • 05 Webster
  • 10 Foley
  • 13 Moore
  • 24 Dunn
  • 07 Dawson

Leicester City

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 03 Konchesky
  • 05 Morgan
  • 02 de Laet Booked
  • 18 Moore
  • 04 Drinkwater (Hammond - 93' )
  • 11 Dyer
  • 24 Knockaert (James - 72' )
  • 10 King
  • 35 Nugent (Schlupp - 78' )
  • 09 Vardy

Substitutes

  • 27 Wasilewski
  • 08 James
  • 20 Hopper
  • 07 Hammond
  • 15 Schlupp
  • 25 Logan
  • 23 Miquel
Ref: Brendan Malone
Att: 6,476

Match Stats

Shots

21 24

On target

5 8

Corners

5 7

Fouls

5 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Yeovil Town 1, Leicester City 2.

90:00 +4:56 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Yeovil Town 1, Leicester City 2.

90:00 +4:51

Attempt blocked. Patrick Madden (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Edward Upson.

90:00 +3:26

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:26

Foul by Edward Upson (Yeovil Town).

90:00 +2:59

Foul by Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City).

90:00 +2:59

Jamie McAllister (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Dean Hammond replaces Daniel Drinkwater.

90:00 +2:03

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Wayne Hennessey.

90:00 +1:44

Attempt saved. Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

90:00 +0:34

Offside, Yeovil Town. James Hayter tries a through ball, but Patrick Madden is caught offside.

90:00 +0:03

Attempt saved. Joel Grant (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Edward Upson.

88:01

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

88:01

Edward Upson (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:34

Foul by Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City).

86:34

Liam Davis (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:05

Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

85:23

Foul by Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City).

85:23

Liam Davis (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Yeovil Town 1, Leicester City 2. James Hayter (Yeovil Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

83:20

Penalty conceded by Liam Moore (Leicester City) after a foul in the penalty area.

83:20

Penalty Yeovil Town. James Hayter draws a foul in the penalty area.

82:54 Booking

Booking Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card.

81:53

Matthew James (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:53

Foul by James Hayter (Yeovil Town).

80:53

Attempt missed. Joel Grant (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Byron Webster.

80:10

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Yeovil Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

79:21

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Paul Konchesky.

77:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Jeffrey Schlupp replaces David Nugent.

77:18

Offside, Leicester City. Ritchie de Laet tries a through ball, but Paul Konchesky is caught offside.

75:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Yeovil Town. James Hayter replaces Andy Williams.

73:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Yeovil Town. Jamie McAllister replaces Luke Ayling.

72:21

Attempt saved. Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Moore.

71:56

Foul by Paul Konchesky (Leicester City).

71:56

Joel Grant (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Matthew James replaces Anthony Knockaert.

70:35

Attempt missed. Patrick Madden (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Liam Davis with a cross.

67:49

Attempt missed. Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

65:30

Attempt missed. Patrick Madden (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andy Williams following a set piece situation.

64:33

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

64:33

Patrick Madden (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:49

Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Nugent.

62:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Yeovil Town. Byron Webster replaces Daniel Seaborne.

62:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Yeovil Town 0, Leicester City 2. David Nugent (Leicester City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

61:23

Penalty Leicester City. Ritchie de Laet draws a foul in the penalty area.

61:23

Penalty conceded by Daniel Seaborne (Yeovil Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

60:38

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Yeovil Town) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Ralls with a cross following a corner.

60:17

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Lloyd Dyer.

59:27

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Paul Konchesky.

59:03

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

59:03

Luke Ayling (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

57:34

Attempt saved. Andy Williams (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wayne Hennessey.

57:21

Attempt blocked. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

56:38

Attempt missed. Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert following a corner.

56:09

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Daniel Seaborne.

55:24

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

55:22

Attempt blocked. Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer.

53:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Yeovil Town 0, Leicester City 1. Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Nugent.

51:16

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Ritchie de Laet.

51:00

Attempt blocked. Liam Davis (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick Madden.

50:09

Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ritchie de Laet with a cross.

48:48

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer.

45:00

Second Half begins Yeovil Town 0, Leicester City 0.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Yeovil Town 0, Leicester City 0.

44:28

Foul by Andy King (Leicester City).

44:28

Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

41:28

Offside, Yeovil Town. Joe Edwards tries a through ball, but Patrick Madden is caught offside.

40:01

Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

38:11

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

38:11

Edward Upson (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:46

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer with a cross.

33:17

Attempt blocked. Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Nugent.

33:00

Attempt saved. Andy Williams (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joel Grant.

32:26

Attempt saved. David Nugent (Leicester City) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer with a cross.

29:45

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

29:45

Edward Upson (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:58

Attempt missed. Joel Grant (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

27:40

Attempt blocked. Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joel Grant.

26:43

Attempt missed. Liam Davis (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Edward Upson.

25:45

Attempt missed. Edward Upson (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

24:37

Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.

23:33

Attempt missed. Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

22:54

Attempt saved. Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

22:16

Attempt missed. Andy King (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

15:18

Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:18

Foul by Patrick Madden (Yeovil Town).

14:48

Hand ball by Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City).

13:24

Attempt missed. Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

12:21

Attempt saved. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andy King.

11:26

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Luke Ayling.

10:53

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

10:11

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Paul Konchesky.

9:41

Attempt blocked. Andy Williams (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joel Grant.

7:14

Attempt blocked. Patrick Madden (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Edward Upson.

6:25

Attempt missed. Liam Moore (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross following a corner.

6:02

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Luke Ayling.

4:36

Attempt missed. Edward Upson (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Patrick Madden with a cross.

3:45

Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the top right corner.

3:10

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

3:10

Foul by Liam Davis (Yeovil Town).

2:03

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Luke Ayling.

1:55

Attempt blocked. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from long range on the right is blocked.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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