Leicester City 2-0 Coventry City

David Nugent scored one goal and created the other as Leicester City beat Midlands rivals Coventry City.

Neil Danns had a seventh-minute penalty saved by Joe Murphy before Nugent put the hosts ahead, turning provider for Jermaine Beckford to extend the lead.

Coventry were awarded a 72nd-minute penalty but Sammy Clingan, like Danns, saw his spot-kick saved.

The hosts finished with 10 men after defender Paul Konchesky was shown a red card for a foul on Alex Nimely late on.

Back-to-back victories for the first time this season enabled Leicester to climb a place to 11th in the Championship, narrowing the gap on the teams in the top six to seven points.

Coventry's 10th straight away defeat means that stay in the relegation zone, three points adrift of safety.

The visitors almost took the lead in the first minute when Kasper Schmeichel saved David Bell's effort, and they were thankful to keeper Murphy, who got a strong hand to Danns' spot-kick following Martin Cranie's foul on Richie Wellens.

Nigel Pearson

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Play-offs still in sight - Pearson

However, the Foxes were in front after 11 minutes when Beckford's shot was parried and Nugent was on hand to smash in from six yards.

Coventry responded well, Nimely shaving the crossbar with a rising shot following a weaving run. But then Nugent's neat one-two with Wellens led to Beckford tapping home from virtually on the goal-line.

Andy Thorn's team looked like they might be given a lifeline when Wes Morgan fouled Nimely in the penalty area, but Schmeichel denied Clingan.

And neither could they take advantage of Konchesky's late red card for a high challenge.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson: "I thought we dominated the game for long periods. Even when they went down to 10 men they showed great composure. It was a good win today.

"Although we are eight points off the play-offs, the players are very confident, so there is still a chance. There's a long way to go yet, but the margin of error is getting tighter.

"If we show the same application we have in the last month or two, there is still a chance we can achieve something this season."

Coventry assistant manager Steve Harrison: "It was a strange game. We had a good chance to score early on and for the first 15 minutes we did very well, but then we lost our way a bit.

"After they scored we climbed our way back in. We came up with a game-plan for the second half but then gave away a bad goal and that was the nail in the coffin, really.

"We had our chances but we didn't really defend well enough. We showed a bit of naivety and we have got to learn sooner, rather than later."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Leicester

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 02 Peltier
  • 03 Konchesky Dismissed
  • 12 St Ledger
  • 26 Morgan Booked
  • 11 Dyer
  • 19 Wellens
  • 23 Danns
  • 20 Beckford (Howard - 80' )
  • 22 Marshall (Drinkwater - 71' )
  • 35 Nugent (Schlupp - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Bamba
  • 30 Kennedy
  • 16 Drinkwater
  • 27 Schlupp
  • 09 Howard

Coventry

  • 01 Murphy
  • 02 Keogh
  • 15 Cranie
  • 26 Clarke
  • 31 Christie
  • 07 Bell (Baker - 68' )
  • 12 Deegan (Clingan - 71' )
  • 16 Norwood
  • 11 McSheffrey (McDonald - 79' )
  • 18 Nimely Booked
  • 22 Platt

Substitutes

  • 13 Dunn
  • 30 Cameron
  • 04 Clingan
  • 08 Baker
  • 14 McDonald
Ref: Probert
Att: 25,487

Match Stats

Shots

7 5

On target

4 2

Corners

5 5

Fouls

10 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:08 Full time

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

90:00 +1:28

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Carl Baker.

86:37

Oliver Norwood crosses the ball, Clive Platt has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

82:13

Shot comes in from Sammy Clingan from the free kick.

82:13 Dismissal

Dismissal Paul Konchesky sent from the field by the ref for serious foul play.

82:11

Paul Konchesky gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Nimely.

79:24 Substitution

Substitution Jermaine Beckford goes off and Steve Howard comes on.

78:19

Free kick taken by Paul Konchesky.

78:19 Substitution

Substitution Gary McSheffrey goes off and Cody McDonald comes on.

78:19

Unfair challenge on Lloyd Dyer by Cyrus Christie results in a free kick.

77:12

Lloyd Dyer has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.

73:15 Substitution

Substitution Jeffery Schlupp replaces David Nugent.

72:37

Alex Nimely challenges Sean St. Ledger unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.

72:37 Penalty

Penalty taken by Sammy Clingan is saved by Kasper Schmeichel. Leicester 2-0 Coventry.

71:12

Foul by Wes Morgan on Alex Nimely, Penalty awarded.

70:18 Substitution

Substitution Sammy Clingan on for Gary Deegan.

70:18 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Drinkwater on for Ben Marshall.

67:40 Substitution

Substitution Carl Baker comes on in place of David Bell.

66:47

Neil Danns takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Cranie. Short corner worked by Ben Marshall. The ball is swung over by Ben Marshall, clearance made by Richard Keogh.

61:15

Neil Danns concedes a free kick for a foul on Oliver Norwood. Oliver Norwood delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel. Shot from just outside the box by Alex Nimely goes over the bar.

59:32

David Nugent provided the assist for the goal.

59:32 Goal scored

Goal! - Jermaine Beckford - Leicester 2 - 0 Coventry Goal scored by Jermaine Beckford from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Leicester 2-0 Coventry.

59:30

Centre by David Nugent,

58:20

Cyrus Christie fouled by Jermaine Beckford, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

57:53

The ball is swung over by Gary McSheffrey, Lee Peltier makes a clearance.

56:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Wes Morgan on Alex Nimely. Free kick taken by Oliver Norwood.

55:41

Cyrus Christie sends in a cross.

53:08

Neil Danns sends in a cross, Richard Keogh manages to make a clearance.

51:40

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gary McSheffrey from the left by-line, Richie Wellens manages to make a clearance.

50:41

David Bell takes the outswinging corner, Ben Marshall makes a clearance.

47:48

Unfair challenge on Oliver Norwood by Neil Danns results in a free kick. Martin Cranie takes the direct free kick.

47:09

Foul by Clive Platt on Sean St. Ledger, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.

45:58

Oliver Norwood takes the direct free kick.

45:58 Booking

Booking Wes Morgan booked.

45:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Wes Morgan on Alex Nimely.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +0:11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Neil Danns by Jordan Clarke. Free kick crossed by Ben Marshall.

42:18

Inswinging corner taken by Ben Marshall from the left by-line, Martin Cranie manages to make a clearance.

38:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Konchesky on Cyrus Christie. Richard Keogh takes the direct free kick.

33:18

Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.

33:18 Booking

Booking Alex Nimely goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

33:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wes Morgan by Alex Nimely.

32:30

Joe Murphy fouled by Jermaine Beckford, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

27:56

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ben Marshall.

23:53

Centre by Richie Wellens, Jermaine Beckford produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

23:29

Foul by Gary Deegan on Richie Wellens, free kick awarded. Richie Wellens takes the free kick.

20:37

Inswinging corner taken by Ben Marshall from the left by-line played to the near post. Effort on goal by Sean St. Ledger from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

18:21

Unfair challenge on Alex Nimely by Sean St. Ledger results in a free kick. Richard Keogh takes the free kick.

14:59

Shot on goal by Alex Nimely from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

10:35

The assist for the goal came from Jermaine Beckford.

10:35 Goal scored

Goal! - David Nugent - Leicester 1 - 0 Coventry Goal scored by David Nugent from close in low into the middle of the goal. Leicester 1-0 Coventry.

10:26

Jermaine Beckford takes a shot. Save made by Joe Murphy.

7:42

The referee blows for offside. Jordan Clarke restarts play with the free kick.

7:01

Ben Marshall takes a outswinging corner.

7:01 Penalty

Penalty taken by Neil Danns saved by Joe Murphy. Leicester 0-0 Coventry.

6:03

Richie Wellens fouled by Martin Cranie, the ref awards a Penalty.

0:34

David Bell takes a shot. Kasper Schmeichel makes a save. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by David Bell from the right by-line, clearance made by Sean St. Ledger.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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