Nugent nicks it for Leicester

Leicester striker David Nugent poached a late winner at Leeds for his 17th goal of the season to keep the Sky Bet Championship leaders on course for automatic promotion.

Last Updated: 20/01/14 at 09:07 Post Comment

David Nugent (r): Celebrates the winner with his team-mates

David Nugent (r): Celebrates the winner with his team-mates

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Nugent benefited from substitute Kevin Phillips' dummy following defender Liam Moore's cross into the box and forced home an 87th-minute winner as Leicester racked up a sixth straight league victory.

Defeat was cruel on Leeds, who restored their pride with a much-improved display before being left to rue a host of missed first-half chances.

After following up a humiliating FA Cup defeat at Rochdale with a 6-0 drubbing at Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday last week, Brian McDermott's side were under considerable pressure to keep their season alive.

Leeds' newly-appointed skipper Ross McCormack was denied by the woodwork and could have scored a hat-trick in the first 45 minutes while Leicester, for whom Jamie Vardy also hit the post, always looked capable of stealing all the points.

McDermott, whose side have lost their last five matches, made four changes to the side humbled at Hillsborough last week in front of another live television audience.

Right-back Sam Byram, midfielder Michael Brown, striker Luke Varney and left-back Stephen Warnock were all recalled, while Leicester were unchanged from the side that dismantled Derby.

McDermott will have been delighted with his side's start as they forced the visitors on to the back foot, with McCormack heading Varney's cross against the post in the sixth minute.

But Leicester quickly demonstrated why they are currently top, a lightning counter-attack ending with Vardy's sweetly struck shot also crashing against the post.

McCormack then had a clever goalbound lob headed off the goal line by Leicester midfielder Matty James and visiting goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel denied his former club with a fine one-handed save to keep out the in-form Scot's skimming drive.

McDermott looked on in disbelief soon after as McCormack wasted another gild-edged chance, shooting tamely at Schmeichel when through one-on-one following Paul Konchesky's kamikaze backpass.

Leeds threatened again when Jimmy Kebe raced on to McCormack's deft pass, but the French winger's ball across the face of goal evaded Varney and then defender Tom Lees headed the impressive Warnock's cross over the bar with the goal at his mercy.

Leicester served warning again though in the 32nd minute, Anthony Knockaert combining with Ritchie De Laet before firing a rising drive over the crossbar.

Visiting pair Knockaert and Lloyd Dyer were booked in quick succession soon after the restart, but Leicester were first to threaten through James' curling right-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Leeds lost some of their intensity an hour into the contest and Leicester began to enjoy more possession without carving out any chances.

Leeds winger Cameron Stewart all of a sudden sprang to life on his home debut with two deflected shots that lifted the home support.

But while the game remained goalless the visitors retained a belief they could pinch all the points, especially after new signing Phillips came on for his debut and narrowly cleared the crossbar with a shot on the turn.

Leicester's winner came with three minutes of normal time left. Moore swung in a cross and after Phillips had let the ball run through to Nugent, the Foxes leading goalscorer poked home the ball to leave Leeds crestfallen.

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

There are no results at present.

Sky Bet Championship

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

Updated Mon, 14 Jul 2014

Footer 365

Dunga replaces Luiz Felipe Scolari as manager of Brazil after World Cup semi-final exit

Brazil have appointed Dunga as their new national team manager following the resignation of Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Transfer News: Stoke City sign Spanish striker Bojan Krkic from Barcelona

Stoke City have signed forward Bojan Krkic from Barcelona on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Transfer News: Real Madrid sign James Rodriguez from Monaco in £63million deal

Real Madrid have signed Colombian star James Rodriguez from Monaco in a £63million deal.

Mail Box

Anyone But Rooney. Or Baines. Or Hart.

There isn't a great deal of excitement in the Mailbox regarding England's potential new captain, but we have good stuff on Gerrard's development and a one club man team...

Goodbye Patrice And Farewell Steven...

Man United fans say a fond farewell to Patrice Evra in the mailbox while there are also thoughts on Steven Gerrard's retirement from England duty. Plus, some rare cricket bantz...

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