EFL Cup - Fourth Round
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Leicester City 4-3 Fulham

Leicester City celebrate victory over Fulham

Leicester heaped more pressure on Fulham boss Martin Jol with a dramatic win in the Capital One Cup.

Fulham took the lead through Hugo Rodallega before Wes Morgan and Chris Wood gave Leicester a 2-1 lead.

Ignasi Miquel extended the lead with a header before Rodallega scored his second straight from the restart.

Giorgos Karagounis equalised for the Cottagers with just three minutes to go but there was still time for Lloyd Dyer to win it for the Foxes.

The result keeps up Championship side Leicester's impressive home form, which sees them unbeaten after nine games, while Fulham's miserable run continued.

They have won just three times in the Premier League so far this season and Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Southampton was their fifth of the campaign, adding to the pressure on Jol.

The Cottagers boss made nine changes from the side defeated at St Mary's - but that could have had as much to do with their failure to create a single chance at the weekend rather than any sense of Jol showing his priorities.

Fulham went ahead in the 18th minute when Damian Duff played in Karagounis, who squared the ball for Rodallega to side-foot home.

The goal sparked the home side into life with Paul Konchesky twice firing over against his former club, before Wood went close.

Fulham keeper Maarten Stekelenburg, a summer signing from Roma, made a double save from Anthony Knockaert but he should have done better when the equaliser came.

Knockaert swung in a free-kick with pace but the keeper got it all wrong and the ball hit his chest, falling for Morgan to head home from close-range.

Leicester went ahead on the stroke of half-time when Wood scored his fourth goal in this season's competition.

The New Zealand international, who scored a hat-trick in the 5-2 win at Carlisle in the last round, took advantage of some poor defending from Philippe Senderos.

A casual clearance from the former Arsenal defender hit the head of Konchesky and deflected into the path of Wood, who made no mistake.

Things went from bad to worse after the break for Jol, when Ignasi, on loan from Arsenal, scored his first Leicester goal. The Spaniard rose highest to head home a cross from Danny Drinkwater.

The home fans were still celebrating when Rodallega scored his second of the night straight from the restart, when he was left marked to head in a hanging cross from Elsad Zverotic.

Jeffrey Schlupp twice went close for Leicester before his keeper Kasper Schmeichel made an excellent point-blank save from Bryan Ruiz.

With time ebbing away, Karagounis added a goal to his assist with a thundering free-kick which gave Schmeichel no chance.

The equaliser was nothing less than Fulham deserved but there was a sting in the tail as David Nugent, on as substitute, set up Dyer with his first touch and he made no mistake to send Leicester through to the last eight.

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson:

"It was a good game between two sides trying to win it. I am probably a bit more relaxed than Martin (Jol) but it was a good night for us.

"You can look at the goals they scored and talk about the possible difference between the Premier League and Championship when it comes to taking chances.

"We have a competitive squad, a squad of players who aspire to be in the Premier League - as do any number of Championship clubs - so let's not get ahead of ourselves

"It could have gone either way but we've come out on top."

Line-ups

Leicester

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 27Wasilewski
  • 3KoncheskySubstituted forDyerat 45'minutes
  • 8James
  • 5MorganBooked at 79mins
  • 23Miquel
  • 24KnockaertSubstituted forNugentat 87'minutes
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 39WoodSubstituted forVardyat 87'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 15Schlupp
  • 7Hammond

Substitutes

  • 9Vardy
  • 10King
  • 11Dyer
  • 18Moore
  • 22Taylor-Fletcher
  • 25Logan
  • 35Nugent

Fulham

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Stekelenburg
  • 22ZveroticBooked at 88mins
  • 3Riise
  • 14KaragounisBooked at 76mins
  • 4SenderosBooked at 74mins
  • 18Hughes
  • 16DuffSubstituted forRuizat 56'minutes
  • 23BoatengBooked at 39minsSubstituted forSidwellat 80'minutes
  • 20RodallegaSubstituted forBentat 65'minutes
  • 19Taarabt
  • 11Kacaniklic

Substitutes

  • 7Sidwell
  • 10Ruiz
  • 13Stockdale
  • 24Dejagah
  • 30David
  • 35Amorebieta
  • 39Bent
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
17,932

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home17
Away10
Shots on Target
Home9
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leicester City 4, Fulham 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leicester City 4, Fulham 3.

  3. Post update

    Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Darren Bent (Fulham).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

  6. Post update

    Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Booking

    Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Dean Hammond (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Leicester City 4, Fulham 3. Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Nugent.

  11. Booking

    Elsad Zverotic (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Post update

    Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Elsad Zverotic (Fulham).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Jamie Vardy replaces Chris Wood.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. David Nugent replaces Anthony Knockaert.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Leicester City 3, Fulham 3. Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

  18. Post update

    Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Chris Wood (Leicester City).

  20. Post update

    Aaron Hughes (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.