Norwich City 1-2 Leicester City
David Nugent fired Leicester City through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a superbly-taken winner against Norwich City at Carrow Road.
The visitors led through Sean St Ledger's header, but Wes Hoolahan levelled, following up his own penalty after Kasper Schmeichel had saved.
Both sides had efforts cleared off the line in pursuit of a winner.
But Nugent won it, collecting Jermaine Beckford's knockdown, before jinking through the Canaries defence to finish.
Nigel Pearson had demanded a response from his Leicester side following their 3-2 midweek loss at Watford and got what he desired early on.
The Foxes pelted the Norwich penalty box with a series of corners and their fourth in quick succession, from Ben Marshall, found St Ledger, who rose above Steve Morison at the near post to glance home.
The early pace refused to ease and Leicester showed no signs of settling for a one-goal lead, pouring forward at every opportunity and looking like they had the Canaries rattled.
But Norwich were handed a respite when Foxes keeper Schmeichel conceded a penalty.
The Dane jumped over the top of Elliott Bennett and, although he got a fist to the ball, referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot.
Schmeichel saved Hoolahan's penalty kick superbly, diving to his left, but the ball spun back out to the Irishman who duly clattered it into an empty net.
Leicester, who already felt they were hard done by with the penalty decision, were doubly aggrieved moments later.
Teenage Canaries keeper Jed Steer could only flap at another dangerous Marshall corner and Wes Morgan's cleverly improvised back-heel effort was blocked on the line by Elliott Ward's chest.
The Foxes were adamant that the ball had crossed the line, but replays proved inconclusive.
Leicester were on the back foot themselves after the break when Richie Wellens twice denied Leon Barnett, clearing one effort from under his own bar and then directing a goal-bound header around the post.
Visiting left-back Paul Konchesky was also forced to scramble the ball away when Russell Martin put his header on target.
But fellow former England international Nugent showed a match-winning touch of class when he won the contest 19 minutes from time.
Collecting the ball in the Norwich half, he evaded a challenge from Barnett and skipped into the area before applying a cool finish for his third goal in two games - and his 13th of the campaign.
Norwich threw everything forward, bringing James Vaughan off the bench for his first appearance since a knee injury ruled him out in September.
But the best chance of the latter stages fell to Beckford, who crashed a left-footed effort against the post.
- 31 Steer
- 02 R Martin
- 03 Drury
- 20 Barnett
- 22 Ward Booked
- 12 Pilkington
- 14 Hoolahan
- 15 Fox (Johnson - 78' )
- 17 E Bennett
- 05 Morison (Wilbraham - 62' )
- 10 Jackson (Vaughan - 62' )
- 01 Ruddy
- 04 Johnson
- 07 Crofts
- 11 Surman
- 19 Lappin
- 08 Vaughan
- 21 Wilbraham
- 01 Schmeichel
- 02 Peltier
- 12 St Ledger
- 26 Morgan Booked
- 30 Kennedy (Konchesky - 66' )
- 11 Dyer
- 19 Wellens
- 23 Danns
- 20 Beckford
- 22 Marshall (Delfouneso - 66' )
- 35 Nugent
- 31 Smith
- 03 Konchesky
- 05 Mills
- 18 Moussa
- 09 Howard
- 24 Delfouneso
- 37 Hopper
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee ends the match.90:00 +3:12
Unfair challenge on Jermaine Beckford by Leon Barnett results in a free kick. Richie Wellens takes the direct free kick.90:00 +0:45
Adam Drury delivers the ball, save made by Kasper Schmeichel.90:00 +0:36
Adam Drury sends in a cross, clearance made by Sean St. Ledger.89:11
Jermaine Beckford has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.88:20
Aaron Wilbraham takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.87:45
Jermaine Beckford takes a shot from inside the six-yard box that strikes the post.87:07
Corner taken by Elliott Bennett from the right by-line, Russell Martin takes a shot. Richie Wellens gets a block in.85:08
Elliott Bennett crosses the ball, save by Kasper Schmeichel.83:42
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Elliott Bennett, Effort from deep inside the area by Bradley Johnson clears the bar.83:11
David Nugent challenges Leon Barnett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Russell Martin takes the direct free kick.81:56
Nathan Delfouneso takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.79:25
Wesley Hoolahan produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.77:11
Russell Martin restarts play with the free kick.77:11 Substitution
Substitution David Fox leaves the field to be replaced by Bradley Johnson.77:11
Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Konchesky on James Vaughan.76:46
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Neil Danns.76:34
Jermaine Beckford takes a shot. Clearance made by Leon Barnett.73:15
Effort from deep inside the area by Wesley Hoolahan misses to the left of the goal.72:58
A cross is delivered by Elliott Ward, clearance made by Paul Konchesky.
The ball is crossed by Anthony Pilkington, Sean St. Ledger makes a clearance.71:47
A cross is delivered by Elliott Bennett.70:30
Nathan Delfouneso provided the assist for the goal.70:30 Goal scored
Goal! - David Nugent - Norwich 1 - 2 Leicester David Nugent scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Norwich 1-2 Leicester.69:50
The ball is sent over by Elliott Bennett, James Vaughan has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.68:44
Wesley Hoolahan challenges Neil Danns unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richie Wellens restarts play with the free kick.66:45
Outswinging corner taken by David Fox from the right by-line, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wes Morgan by Elliott Ward. Kasper Schmeichel takes the direct free kick.66:27
Outswinging corner taken by David Fox, David Nugent manages to make a clearance.66:06
James Vaughan takes a shot. Clearance by Wes Morgan.65:38 Substitution
Substitution Ben Marshall leaves the field to be replaced by Nathan Delfouneso.65:12 Substitution
Substitution Paul Konchesky comes on in place of Tom Kennedy.64:17
Ben Marshall takes a shot. Jed Steer makes a save.64:11
Centre by Lloyd Dyer.63:38
The referee blows for offside. Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.62:57
Lee Peltier crosses the ball.62:41
Richie Wellens takes a shot. Leon Barnett gets a block in.62:11
Corner taken by Tom Kennedy, Aaron Wilbraham makes a clearance.61:08 Substitution
Substitution (Norwich) makes a substitution, with James Vaughan coming on for Simeon Jackson.61:08 Substitution
Substitution Aaron Wilbraham comes on in place of Steve Morison.60:16
David Fox takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Neil Danns.59:33
Corner taken right-footed by David Fox from the right by-line, Leon Barnett takes a shot. Clearance made by Richie Wellens.59:26
The ball is sent over by Russell Martin, clearance by Tom Kennedy.59:00
The ball is swung over by Richie Wellens, clearance by Leon Barnett.57:44
The ball is crossed by Tom Kennedy, save by Jed Steer.53:53
Tom Kennedy delivers the ball, Elliott Ward manages to make a clearance.52:28
Corner taken right-footed by David Fox to the near post, Leon Barnett takes a shot. Ben Marshall gets a block in.51:06
Jermaine Beckford challenges Leon Barnett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jed Steer.49:51
The ball is sent over by Simeon Jackson, Kasper Schmeichel makes a save.49:32
A cross is delivered by Lloyd Dyer, Adam Drury manages to make a clearance.48:49
Wesley Hoolahan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lloyd Dyer. Free kick taken by Lloyd Dyer.47:41
Shot from inside the area by Lloyd Dyer clears the bar.46:53
The ball is sent over by Lloyd Dyer, David Fox makes a clearance.46:30
The ball is swung over by Lee Peltier, Leon Barnett manages to make a clearance.45:01
The second half kicks off.45:00 +2:07 Half time
Half Time The referee blows for half time.44:55
Lloyd Dyer delivers the ball, inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Marshall. Save by Jed Steer.44:16
Long range effort from Elliott Bennett misses to the left of the target.42:21
Shot by David Nugent. Save by Jed Steer.41:33
The referee gives a free kick against Jermaine Beckford for handball. Elliott Ward takes the free kick.40:55
Steve Morison concedes a free kick for a foul on Richie Wellens. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.39:54
Effort from the edge of the box by Lloyd Dyer goes wide of the left-hand upright.38:59
Leon Barnett fouled by Jermaine Beckford, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Fox.38:26
The ball is sent over by Russell Martin, Header from close range by Steve Morison clears the bar.38:07
Elliott Bennett takes a shot. Tom Kennedy gets a block in.36:44
A cross is delivered by David Fox, Leon Barnett takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.36:44 Booking
Booking Wes Morgan goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.36:30
Unfair challenge on Steve Morison by Wes Morgan results in a free kick.35:04
The ball is swung over by Anthony Pilkington. The referee penalises Simeon Jackson for handball. Direct free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.33:35
Richie Wellens crosses the ball.32:11
Corner taken by David Fox, Foul by Leon Barnett on Kasper Schmeichel, free kick awarded. Kasper Schmeichel takes the direct free kick.29:25
Inswinging corner taken by Ben Marshall from the left by-line, Jermaine Beckford takes a shot. Blocked by Elliott Ward.29:16
A cross is delivered by Lloyd Dyer, Leon Barnett manages to make a clearance.28:47
Sean St. Ledger fouled by Simeon Jackson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tom Kennedy.26:51
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jermaine Beckford. Jed Steer takes the free kick.24:36
Ben Marshall produces a cross, save by Jed Steer.22:30 Goal scored
Goal! - Wesley Hoolahan - Norwich 1 - 1 Leicester Wesley Hoolahan grabs a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Norwich 1-1 Leicester.22:23 Penalty
Penalty taken by Wesley Hoolahan saved by Kasper Schmeichel. Norwich 0-1 Leicester.21:14
Penalty awarded for a foul by Kasper Schmeichel on Elliott Bennett.20:14
David Nugent crosses the ball, Leon Barnett makes a clearance.16:05
The free kick is swung in left-footed by Tom Kennedy, save made by Jed Steer.16:05 Booking
Booking The referee shows Elliott Ward a yellow card.15:47
Ben Marshall fouled by Elliott Ward, the ref awards a free kick.13:28
David Nugent takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.13:00
Centre by Lloyd Dyer, Elliott Ward makes a clearance.10:22
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jed Steer.9:19
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by David Fox, Simeon Jackson has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.7:17
Shot from just outside the area by Ben Marshall misses to the right of the target.6:42
Unfair challenge on Wes Morgan by Steve Morison results in a free kick. Richie Wellens takes the free kick.5:41
Unfair challenge on Lee Peltier by Steve Morison results in a free kick. Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.4:50
The assist for the goal came from Ben Marshall.4:50 Goal scored
Goal! - Sean St. Ledger - Norwich 0 - 1 Leicester Sean St. Ledger finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Norwich 0-1 Leicester.4:33
Corner taken right-footed by Ben Marshall from the left by-line to the near post,4:28
Centre by Ben Marshall, clearance by Elliott Bennett.4:13
Ben Marshall decides to take the corner short.3:40
Inswinging corner taken by Ben Marshall from the left by-line, Elliott Bennett makes a clearance.3:17
Corner taken left-footed by Tom Kennedy from the right by-line, Elliott Ward manages to make a clearance.3:12
Ben Marshall crosses the ball, Elliott Ward makes a clearance.2:48
Russell Martin concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Beckford. Direct free kick taken by Richie Wellens.1:06
Effort from the edge of the box by Steve Morison goes wide of the right-hand upright.0:39
Richie Wellens challenges Wesley Hoolahan unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Fox takes the direct free kick.0:00
The referee gets the match started.
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