Leicester 3-0 Crystal Palace

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson
Pearson won 55 of his 107 games the last time he was in charge at Leicester

Paul Gallagher scored twice as Nigel Pearson got his second spell as Leicester City manager off to a winning start against Crystal Palace.

Pearson, who left the club last year, returned this week following Sven-Goran Eriksson's dismissal.

After a dismal first half, Jermaine Beckford opened the scoring with a shot inside the area on 55 minutes.

Gallagher made the points safe in the final quarter with two long-range efforts in the space of four minutes.

It means Leicester move level on points with Palace, who have now not scored in their last four Championship matches.

After missing a couple of easy first-half chances, Beckford finally made amends after the break when he was played through by Richie Wellens to shoot home.

Pearson pleased with Foxes return

The former Leeds striker had a chance to double his side's lead immediately after when he picked up a loose ball but after going clean through on goal, his tame effort was comfortably saved by Julian Speroni.

His miss nearly came back to haunt Leicester but Kagisho Dikgacoi blazed over from close range, while debutant Chris Martin - on-loan from Norwich - had a bullet header saved by Kasper Schmeichel just minutes after coming on.

The Foxes weathered the storm and Gallagher and Wellens both forced Speroni into action before the former doubled his side's lead in the 71st minute.

There looked to be little danger when he picked up the ball 25 yards from goal but after being given room to manoeuvre, the winger curled delightfully into the top-right corner.

High on confidence, Gallagher settled matters three minutes later with another exquisite strike, this time his first-time blast from long range rocketed past a despairing Speroni.

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Sunday, 20 November 2011

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Leicester 3-0 Crystal Palace FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Beckford 55
  • Gallagher 71
  • Gallagher 74

    Leicester

    • 01 Schmeichel
    • 02 Peltier (Abe 76)
    • 03 Konchesky
    • 05 Mills
    • 12 St. Ledger
    • 10 King
    • 11 Dyer
    • 19 Wellens
    • 07 Gallagher
    • 20 Beckford (Schlupp 74)
    • 35 Nugent (Howard 75)

    Substitutes

    • 21 Weale,
    • 22 Abe,
    • 23 Danns,
    • 27 Schlupp,
    • 09 Howard

    Crystal Palace

    • 01 Speroni
    • 02 Clyne
    • 03 Wright
    • 05 McCarthy
    • 06 Gardner
    • 21 Moxey
    • 04 Parr (C Martin 61)
    • 08 Dikgacoi (Scannell 61)
    • 15 Jedinak
    • 16 Zaha
    • 17 Murray

    Substitutes

    • 34 Price,
    • 07 Ambrose,
    • 11 Scannell,
    • 19 Easter,
    • 35 C Martin
    Ref: BrownAtt: 22,449
    LEICESTER
    CRYSTAL PALACE

    Possession

    • Leicester 54%
    • Crystal Palace 46%

    Attempts on target

    • Leicester 10
    • Crystal Palace 3

    Attempts off target

    • Leicester 4
    • Crystal Palace 8

    Corners

    • Leicester 7
    • Crystal Palace 8

    Fouls

    • Leicester 12
    • Crystal Palace 9
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:44 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+0:07 A cross is delivered by Sean Scannell.
    • 89:19 Sean Scannell produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
    • 88:56 Lloyd Dyer crosses the ball.
    • 88:31 Wilfried Zaha produces a cross, clearance made by Paul Gallagher.
    • 88:15 Andy King concedes a free kick for a foul on Glenn Murray. Direct free kick taken by Wilfried Zaha.
    • 87:33 The ball is crossed by Chris Martin, Header from deep inside the area by Glenn Murray goes over the bar.
    • 85:29 Foul by Steve Howard on Mile Jedinak, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Anthony Gardner.
    • 84:09 The offside flag is raised against Mile Jedinak. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.
    • 83:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yuki Abe by Sean Scannell. Kasper Schmeichel takes the direct free kick.
    • 82:36 Jeffery Schlupp challenges David Wright unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Wright.
    • 81:50 Lloyd Dyer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Martin. Free kick taken by David Wright.
    • 78:06 Chris Martin takes a shot. Blocked by Matt Mills.
    • 76:11 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Chris Martin, save by Kasper Schmeichel.
    • 75:04 Substitution Yuki Abe is brought on as a substitute for Lee Peltier.
    • 73:44 Substitution Steve Howard is brought on as a substitute for David Nugent.
    • 73:44 Substitution Jeffery Schlupp joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jermaine Beckford.
    • 73:18 GOAL - Paul GallagherLeicester 3 - 0 Crystal Palace Paul Gallagher scores a goal from long range to the top left corner of the goal. Leicester 3-0 Crystal Palace.
    • 72:52 The ball is crossed by Paul Konchesky, Anthony Gardner makes a clearance.
    • 70:35 Richie Wellens provided the assist for the goal.
    • 70:35 GOAL - Paul GallagherLeicester 2 - 0 Crystal Palace A goal is scored by Paul Gallagher from outside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Leicester 2-0 Crystal Palace.
    • 70:02 Chris Martin challenges Andy King unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richie Wellens takes the direct free kick.
    • 68:47 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Paul Gallagher, free kick awarded for a foul by Richie Wellens on Patrick McCarthy. Julian Speroni takes the direct free kick.
    • 68:01 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Paul Gallagher, Richie Wellens takes a shot. Save made by Julian Speroni.
    • 66:33 Anthony Gardner challenges Jermaine Beckford unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Gallagher fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Julian Speroni.
    • 65:13 Paul Gallagher sends in a cross, save by Julian Speroni.
    • 63:39 Nathaniel Clyne sends in a cross, Chris Martin takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.
    • Correction - 62:52 Lloyd Dyer produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
    • 62:52 Lloyd Dyer produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
    • 62:09 Chris Martin produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
    • 60:35 Substitution Chris Martin comes on in place of Jonathan Parr.
    • 60:35 Substitution Kagisho Dikgacoi leaves the field to be replaced by Sean Scannell.
    • 60:21 Close range strike by Kagisho Dikgacoi goes over the bar.
    • 59:14 David Nugent challenges Dean Moxey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
    • 58:48 Glenn Murray is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Sean St. Ledger.
    • 57:44 Mile Jedinak takes a short corner.
    • 57:16 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Mile Jedinak, clearance by Paul Gallagher.
    • 56:40 Effort on goal by Jermaine Beckford from 12 yards. Save made by Julian Speroni.
    • 56:02 Lloyd Dyer crosses the ball, clearance made by Patrick McCarthy.
    • 54:22 The assist for the goal came from Richie Wellens.
    • 54:22 GOAL - Jermaine BeckfordLeicester 1 - 0 Crystal Palace Goal scored by Jermaine Beckford from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leicester 1-0 Crystal Palace.
    • Correction - 52:07 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Mile Jedinak from the left by-line.
    • 52:07 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Richie Wellens.
    • 51:57 Nathaniel Clyne takes a shot. Blocked by Lloyd Dyer.
    • 50:51 Jonathan Parr delivers the ball, Matt Mills makes a clearance.
    • 50:15 Wilfried Zaha produces a cross, Patrick McCarthy has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
    • 49:13 Corner from the right by-line taken by Mile Jedinak, Andy King makes a clearance.
    • 48:03 Glenn Murray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sean St. Ledger. Kasper Schmeichel takes the direct free kick.
    • 47:30 Richie Wellens challenges Mile Jedinak unfairly and gives away a free kick. Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Glenn Murray on Sean St. Ledger. Free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:12 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 44:18 Patrick McCarthy challenges Jermaine Beckford unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Gallagher takes the free kick.
    • Correction - 41:59 Dean Moxey has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 41:59 Dean Moxey has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 41:44 The ball is swung over by Wilfried Zaha, clearance by Matt Mills.
    • 40:41 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Mile Jedinak from the right by-line, Matt Mills makes a clearance.
    • 38:52 Corner from the left by-line taken by Paul Gallagher, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mile Jedinak by Matt Mills. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.
    • 38:07 David Nugent takes a shot.
    • 37:28 Paul Gallagher crosses the ball, Anthony Gardner manages to make a clearance.
    • 34:53 The ball is crossed by David Nugent, Jermaine Beckford produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
    • 32:17 Paul Gallagher takes a shot. Save made by Julian Speroni.
    • 32:00 Paul Konchesky produces a cross, Anthony Gardner makes a clearance.
    • 28:40 The ball is crossed by Wilfried Zaha.
    • 28:09 Short corner taken by Mile Jedinak.
    • 27:33 Foul by Jermaine Beckford on Nathaniel Clyne, free kick awarded. Julian Speroni takes the direct free kick.
    • 26:42 Glenn Murray produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 25:09 Wilfried Zaha produces a cross, Sean St. Ledger manages to make a clearance.
    • 23:03 Lee Peltier sends in a cross.
    • 21:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Wright by Matt Mills. Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.
    • 21:13 Short corner worked by Richie Wellens.
    • 21:04 Paul Gallagher takes a shot. Julian Speroni makes a save.
    • 20:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Nugent by Patrick McCarthy. Richie Wellens restarts play with the free kick.
    • 19:41 Matt Mills fouled by Glenn Murray, the ref awards a free kick. Richie Wellens takes the direct free kick.
    • 14:51 The ball is swung over by Lee Peltier, Andy King takes a shot. Julian Speroni makes a save.
    • 14:07 Jermaine Beckford challenges Nathaniel Clyne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nathaniel Clyne takes the free kick.
    • 10:00 Corner taken by Mile Jedinak from the right by-line, Andy King manages to make a clearance.
    • 9:56 Wilfried Zaha sends in a cross, clearance by Matt Mills.
    • 8:48 A cross is delivered by Richie Wellens, save by Julian Speroni.
    • Correction - 7:03 Short corner taken by Richie Wellens.
    • 7:03 Short corner taken by Paul Gallagher.
    • 6:44 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Paul Gallagher, Kagisho Dikgacoi manages to make a clearance.
    • 6:23 Andy King produces a cross, David Nugent takes a shot. Blocked by Anthony Gardner.
    • 5:52 David Nugent fouled by Wilfried Zaha, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Konchesky.
    • 4:59 Paul Gallagher crosses the ball, Nathaniel Clyne makes a clearance.
    • 3:38 Paul Gallagher takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
    • 1:59 Shot from just outside the box by Kagisho Dikgacoi goes over the bar.
    • 0:57 Andy King challenges Mile Jedinak unfairly and gives away a free kick. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.
    • 0:47 Paul Konchesky produces a cross, Patrick McCarthy makes a clearance.
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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