Sven's stylish Foxes sink Leeds

Sven-Goran Eriksson notched his first Championship win as goals from Kyle Naughton and sub Steve Howard earned Leicester a 2-1 win at Leeds.

Last Updated: 19/10/10 at 22:38 Post Comment

Naughton: Celebrates his goal

Naughton: Celebrates his goal

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Eriksson, installed as Paulo Sousa's successor at the Walkers Stadium earlier this month, saw his new charges turn on the style with a display full of verve that was too good for Leeds by a considerable distance.

The Foxes, who could have been 4-0 up in the first 20 minutes, had to wait until the 63rd minute before converting their superiority into goals when Naughton, on-loan from Tottenham, capitalised on some kamikaze defending to open the scoring.

Howard slid home Leicester's second on the break in the 81st minute and although Luciano Becchio set up a grandstand finale by heading home two minutes later, it was too little too late for Leeds, who slipped to their third home defeat in six league matches.

Eriksson's first match in charge on Saturday ended in a 1-1 home draw with Hull, and his players were full of running at Elland Road.

Grayson named the same side that kicked off Saturday's 2-1 win at Middlesbrough, while Eriksson recalled Franck Moussa and opted to start with Howard on the bench.

Leicester threatened to open the scoring at the Kop End in the eighth minute when Martyn Waghorn played in Andy King, but the Foxes midfielder dragged his shot inches wide.

The same pair combined two minutes later, this time Waghorn curling his shot over the crossbar and within another 60 seconds Paul Gallagher blazed his volley off target when found unmarked by Moussa's cross.

Leeds were at sixes and sevens as Leicester swept forward and only alert goalkeeper Jason Brown, who tipped Bruno Berner's 25-yard thunderbolt on to the crossbar, prevented the visitors taking a deserved lead.

It took Leeds 26 minutes to muster their first effort on goal when Richard Naylor headed Jonny Howson's cross wide.

Grayson had seen enough by the half-hour mark, withdrawing wide midfielder Sanchez Watt and replacing him with Bradley Johnson in a more central role.

Johnson mistimed his header soon after, but the switch helped Leeds stem the tide and the same player crashed a 20-yard shot high and wide after Becchio's lay-off just before the break.

Leeds began the second period in a much more positive vein and a period of pressure culminated in Becchio heading powerfully wide from a corner.

But Leicester broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute. Leeds left-back George McCartney made a hash of his tackle on Naughton on the edge of the penalty area and the Foxes defender ran on, firing goalwards and seeing his shot loop over Leeds goalkeeper Brown and into the net after taking a deflection off centre-half Neill Collins.

Eriksson replaced Moussa with striker Howard in the closing stages and within minutes the veteran put his side two goals to the good after a neat interchange with King.

Becchio headed home his sixth goal of the season from substitute Max Gradel's cross with seven minutes remaining, but it would have been rough on Eriksson's Foxes if Leeds had denied them three points.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Saturday, 30 August 2014
15:00
Brighton 2-2 Charlton Report
Derby 1-1 Ipswich Report
Fulham 1-1 Cardiff Report
Leeds 1-0 Bolton Report
M'boro 0-1 Reading Report
Millwall 2-1 Blackpool  
Norwich 1-1 Bournemth Report
Rotherham 0-2 Brentford Report
Watford 4-2 Huddersfld Report
Wigan 4-0 Birmingham  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 N Forest 5 8 13
2 Watford 5 7 12
3 Wolves 5 4 12
4 Norwich 5 5 10
5 Millwall 5 3 10
6 Charlton 5 2 9
7 Derby 5 4 8
8 Brentford 5 2 8
9 Cardiff 5 2 8
10 Sheff Wed 5 1 8
11 Bournemth 5 3 7
12 Wigan 5 3 7
13 Brighton 5 1 7
14 Blackburn 5 -2 7
15 Reading 5 -3 7
16 M'boro 5 0 6
17 Rotherham 5 -3 6
18 Leeds 5 -5 6
19 Ipswich 5 -1 5
20 Birmingham 5 -5 5
21 Huddersfld 5 -7 4
22 Bolton 5 -6 1
23 Fulham 5 -7 1
24 Blackpool 5 -6 0

Updated Tue, 02 Sep 2014

Footer 365

Premier League: Wayne Rooney hails Radamel Falcao's Manchester United arrival

England captain Wayne Rooney claims Manchester United have made a statement of intent by bringing in Radamel Falcao.

Transfer news: Liverpool refused to consider Fabio Borini loan

The agent of Fabio Borini claims 'very important clubs' were keen on his client but Liverpool decided against a loan.

International news: World Cup winners Germany name Bastian Schweinsteiger as captain

Bastian Schweinsteiger has been named as Germany's new captain, assuming the role vacated by Philipp Lahm.

Mail Box

Reasons To Feel Positive At Spurs...

They didn't complete any big deals on deadline day, but that doesn't mean Spurs fans should be down about their hopes this season. Plus, United fans say farewelbz...

Danny Welbeck - Yes, No And Maybe

And understandably busy Mailbox with the instant reactions with those happy and sad on their club's transfer dealings. On Welbeck, Arsenal, United, Spurs and loans...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property