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Bournemouth 0-1 Leicester City

Kevin Phillips's controversial late goal meant Leicester extended their lead at the top of the Championship to 10 points with victory at Bournemouth.

The striker, 40, headed in Anthony Knockaert's cross to give the Foxes their ninth straight league win, though the home side felt the whole of the ball did not cross the goalline.

Lewis Grabban went closest for the Cherries with a long-range shot.

But Leicester deserved the win as home keeper Lee Camp denied several chances.

He was first called on to keep out Knockaert's close-range header, then blocked Lloyd Dyer's fierce strike from a tight angle before pushing Jamie Vardy's effort onto the crossbar.

After creating few meaningful chances in the first half, Bournemouth improved after the break as Grabban, looking for his 13th league goal of the season, had visiting keeper Kasper Schmeichel scrambling when his 25-yard strike flew just wide of the post.

But the goalscoring instincts of Phillips, who is closing in on 300 goals in his career, proved telling as the former England striker nodded past Camp.

Bournemouth, who are 14th, pushed in the closing stages but failed to really threaten Schmeichel as Leicester secured all three points.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said:

"Our goalkeeper has had an excellent day between the sticks. He kept us in the game and we thought that might get us a point but it wasn't to be.

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Post-match: Bournemouth boss Howe

"The feeling from my players is that it wasn't a goal. I have only had a quick look at it and it is very close, you cannot really tell as it is a really bad angle."

"They showed what a good side they are. Nine wins in a row is a remarkable achievement and credit to them."

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson said:

"Kevin Phillips is a striker and is smiling, he knows he has scored. I have not had a clear look at the incident and the goal but the assistant seemed pretty sure it went over the line.

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Post-match: Leicester boss Pearson

"I know that he will contribute very positively to our season both in terms of what he can do on the pitch and off the field as well. He has a lot of experience.

"He is a goalscorer and his anticipation is excellent, he is in his forties so won't be as quick as he was 16 years ago but still creates a lot of space and time for himself because of his understanding of the game."

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 42CampBooked at 81mins
  • 2Francis
  • 14Harte
  • 8ArterBooked at 66mins
  • 5Elphick
  • 22WardBooked at 53mins
  • 9Grabban
  • 32O'Kane
  • 28RantieSubstituted forKermorgantat 45'minutes
  • 4SurmanSubstituted forPitmanat 83'minutes
  • 20FraserSubstituted forRitchieat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Allsop
  • 3Cook
  • 10Pitman
  • 15Smith
  • 16MacDonald
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 30Ritchie

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 2de Laet
  • 3Konchesky
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 27WasilewskiBooked at 67mins
  • 5Morgan
  • 24Knockaert
  • 8JamesSubstituted forKingat 79'minutes
  • 9VardySubstituted forHammondat 88'minutes
  • 35NugentSubstituted forPhillipsat 73'minutes
  • 11Dyer

Substitutes

  • 7Hammond
  • 10King
  • 15Schlupp
  • 25Logan
  • 26Mahrez
  • 28Phillips
  • 39Wood
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
10,719

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home12
Away22
Shots on Target
Home1
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Bournemouth 0, Leicester City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bournemouth 0, Leicester City 1.
Attempt blocked. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Simon Francis with a cross.
Foul by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).
Andy King (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Dean Hammond replaces Jamie Vardy.
Attempt missed. Ian Harte (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman replaces Andrew Surman.

Booking

Lee Camp (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Bournemouth 0, Leicester City 1. Kevin Phillips (Leicester City) header from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross.
Offside, Bournemouth. Harry Arter tries a through ball, but Yann Kermorgant is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Andy King replaces Matthew James.
Attempt missed. Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Matthew James.
Attempt blocked. Kevin Phillips (Leicester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross.
Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Marcin Wasilewski.
Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Kevin Phillips replaces David Nugent.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Harry Arter (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

Booking

Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).
Attempt missed. Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Matthew James with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Harry Arter (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).
Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt blocked. Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Paul Konchesky (Leicester City).
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Harry Arter (Bournemouth) because of an injury.
Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer with a cross.
Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Harry Arter.
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Ritchie de Laet.
Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Elliott Ward (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Elliott Ward (Bournemouth).
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt blocked. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Wes Morgan.
Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Surman.
Offside, Bournemouth. Simon Francis tries a through ball, but Yann Kermorgant is caught offside.

Second Half

Second Half begins Bournemouth 0, Leicester City 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Yann Kermorgant replaces Tokelo Rantie.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Matt Ritchie replaces Ryan Fraser.

Half Time

First Half ends, Bournemouth 0, Leicester City 0.
Attempt blocked. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer.
Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).
Foul by Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth).
Wes Morgan (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City).
Attempt missed. David Nugent (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie Vardy with a cross.
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 Daniel Drinkwater.
Attempt blocked. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew James.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester2921352466
2QPR2816841656
3Burnley28141131953
4Derby2915771752
5Nottm Forest27121141547
6Reading2913881447
7Ipswich2911108943
8Blackburn291199242
9Brighton2710107740
10Wigan271179340
11Leeds2811611439
12Middlesbrough299119638
13Huddersfield289712-134
14Bournemouth289712-1334
15Blackpool298912-1433
16Watford267109331
17Sheff Wed276129030
18Birmingham287912-330
19Doncaster297814-1829
20Bolton2861012-1328
21Millwall286814-2626
22Charlton275913-1324
23Barnsley274914-2021
24Yeovil265516-1820
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