• Date: Sun 02 May 2010
  • Venue: The Walkers Stadium
  • Ref: Taylor, A
  • Attendance: 30,223
Leicester City

Leicester City

Kermorgant (41)

Wellens (86) P

2 - 0

Leicester City vs Middlesbrough

Team Lineups

Leicester City

Conrad Logan
Ryan McGivern
Jack Hobbs
Alex Bruce
Nolberto Solano
Richie Wellens
Jay Spearing
Dany N'Guessan (Martyn Waghorn, 71)
Yann Kermorgant
Paul Gallagher (Matt Fryatt, 58)
James Vaughan (Lloyd Dyer, 77)

Middlesbrough

Brad Jones
Justin Hoyte
Jonathan Grounds
Joe Bennett
Kyle Naughton
Gary O'Neil
Julio Arca
Scott McDonald
Jeremie Aliadiere
Chris Killen
Luke Williams (Danny Coyne, 84)

Match Report
Leicester City head for the play-offs on the back of five straight wins after edging out ten-man Middlesbrough 2-0 in a tight contest at the Walkers Stadium. With next Sunday's semi-final first leg in mind, manager Nigel Pearson rested seven players from a side which won at Preston last week. Matt Fryatt came off the bench to feature for the first time since breaking his jaw in February. Yann Kermorgant gave City the lead just before the break with Richie Wellens wrapping up the win from the penalty spot five minutes from the end. Both sides began brightly with Boro's Scott McDonald firing Julio Arca's knock down wide and James Vaughan just failing to connect with a Paul Gallagher cross before Bradley Jones reacted smartly to deny Gallagher. Jones then kept out a Jack Hobbs close-range header after Gallagher had nodded on a Nolberto Solano cross with Kermorgant heading the resultant corner from Gallagher just wide. City were in front on 41 minutes when Kermorgant took a return pass from Gallagher before curling home a superb shot from 25 yards for his first goal for the club. Vaughan missed a chance to double City's advantage on 55 minutes after he was put clean through by Kermorgant. Jones blocked the Everton loanee's first shot with the keeper recovering well to keep out Vaughan's follow up. Jones rescued Boro again soon after with a fingertip save to keep out a long range drive from Dany N'Guessan. The Seasiders went close on 68 minutes when Justin Hoyte saw his 20-yard drive tipped onto the bar by Conrad Logan. Boro then squandered a lifeline on 70 minutes when Wellens was ruled to have handled a cross by Arca with Logan diving to his right to keep out Chris Killen's spot-kick. Logan, in his first start of the season, continued to defy the Teessiders when at full stretch to tip over a 20-yard drive from O'Neil. Jones was then shown a straight red card on 84 minutes after he had raced from his line to barge over substitute Lloyd Dyer who had been put clean through by Jay Spearing. Wellens stepped up to chip the resultant penalty down the middle with substitute keeper Danny Coyne diving the wrong way.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

86
Goal
 

Richie Wellens takes a penalty for Leicester and scores!.

84
Substitution
 

Luke Williams is replaced by Danny Coyne.

84
Red Card
 

It's red. He's off. Bradley Jones has been sent off.

77
Substitution
 

James Vaughan is being taken off, Lloyd Dyer has come on in his place.

71
Substitution
 

Dany N'Guessan is being taken off, Martyn Waghorn has come on in his place.

58
Substitution
 

Paul Gallagher is replaced by Matt Fryatt.

Second half
 

The second half is under way with the score currently at 1 v 0.

Half time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

41
Goal
 

Goal!! Leicester have scored with Yann Kermorgant putting it in the back of the net.

Kickoff
 

The ref has blown his whistle and the match has started.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Leicester face Middlesbrough at 1pm on Sunday, May 2nd.