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Keith Treacy sends in a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Wayne Brown misses to the left of the goal.
Matt Oakley is cautioned. Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Oakley on Billy Jones. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Keith Treacy from right channel, Steve Howard manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Danny Mayor, clearance made by Yuki Abe.
The offside flag is raised against Dany N'Guessan. Sean St. Ledger takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on David Gray by Dany N'Guessan results in a free kick. Andy Lonergan restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Paul Parry. Chris Weale restarts play with the free kick.
Paul Gallagher leaves the field to be replaced by Matt Oakley.
Kyle Naughton takes a shot. Blocked by Wayne Brown. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher, save by Andy Lonergan.
Shot by Paul Gallagher from 18 yards. Save by Andy Lonergan. Inswinging corner taken by Paul Gallagher from the left by-line.
Danny Mayor comes on in place of Adam Barton.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Howard by Sean St. Ledger. Paul Gallagher produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Callum Davidson leaves the field to be replaced by David Gray. Paul Parry challenges Angelo Miguel Vitor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Weale takes the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Dany N'Guessan. Andy Lonergan takes the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Keith Treacy. Chris Weale takes the indirect free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Paul Gallagher, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Billy Jones by Steve Howard. Free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.
Foul by Paul Gallagher on Keith Treacy, free kick awarded. Keith Treacy crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
Shot by Dany N'Guessan. Save by Andy Lonergan.
Angelo Miguel Vitor challenges Iain Hume unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Coutts takes the free kick.
Billy Jones is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Greg Cunningham restarts play with the free kick.
Martyn Waghorn goes off and Dany N'Guessan comes on. Paul Parry replaces Darel Russell.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Treacy on Kyle Naughton. Richie Wellens restarts play with the free kick.
The referee cautions Wayne Brown for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Wayne Brown on Steve Howard, free kick awarded. Richie Wellens restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Keith Treacy, Chris Weale makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sean St. Ledger by Martyn Waghorn. Sean St. Ledger restarts play with the free kick.
Matt Fryatt leaves the field to be replaced by Steve Howard.
Greg Cunningham produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Sean St. Ledger by Martyn Waghorn results in a free kick. Sean St. Ledger takes the direct free kick.
Keith Treacy sends in a cross.
The referee blows for offside. Andy Lonergan takes the free kick.
Andy King has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Blocked by Wayne Brown. Corner taken left-footed by Paul Gallagher, Unfair challenge on Wayne Brown by Jack Hobbs results in a free kick. Andy Lonergan restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Callum Davidson, save by Chris Weale. Effort on goal by Keith Treacy from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Inswinging corner taken by Keith Treacy, Andy King makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Keith Treacy.
Kyle Naughton fouled by Adam Barton, the ref awards a free kick. Kyle Naughton takes the direct free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Iain Hume from the left by-line, clearance made by Angelo Miguel Vitor.
Paul Gallagher fires in a fantastic goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Leicester 1-0 Preston.Assist by Yuki Abe.
Kyle Naughton delivers the ball, Sean St. Ledger makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Martyn Waghorn.
Darel Russell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Gallagher. Direct free kick taken by Angelo Miguel Vitor.
Unfair challenge on Matthew James by Martyn Waghorn results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Callum Davidson.
Matt Fryatt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Callum Davidson. Wayne Brown restarts play with the free kick.
The official flags Keith Treacy offside. Chris Weale restarts play with the free kick.
Martyn Waghorn decides to take a short corner.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Martyn Waghorn, clearance by Iain Hume.
Sean St. Ledger concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Fryatt. Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul Gallagher, Wayne Brown makes a clearance.
Long range effort on goal by Richie Wellens goes wide left of the goal.
The ball is sent over by Keith Treacy, Adam Barton takes a shot. Corner from the left by-line taken by Iain Hume, save by Chris Weale. Clearance made by Jack Hobbs.
The ball is sent over by Keith Treacy, Adam Barton takes a shot. Corner from the left by-line taken by Iain Hume, Chris Weale makes a save. Jack Hobbs manages to make a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Adam Barton. Angelo Miguel Vitor takes the indirect free kick.
A cross is delivered by Yuki Abe.
Darel Russell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy King. Direct free kick taken by Kyle Naughton.
Paul Gallagher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Barton. Billy Jones takes the free kick.
Foul by Martyn Waghorn on Wayne Brown, free kick awarded. Andy Lonergan takes the free kick.
Kyle Naughton sends in a cross.
Shot by Matt Fryatt from outside the box goes over the target.
Martyn Waghorn is caught offside. Andy Lonergan takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Iain Hume. Jack Hobbs takes the free kick.
Martyn Waghorn has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Inswinging corner taken by Martyn Waghorn from the right by-line, save by Andy Lonergan. Paul Gallagher takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Adam Barton.
Corner taken by Martyn Waghorn.
Yuki Abe fouled by Keith Treacy, the ref awards a free kick. Martyn Waghorn crosses the ball in from the free kick, Darel Russell makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Andy King.
Shot by Adam Barton from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
The game begins.
The ref blows to end the first period.
The match restarts for the second half.
The referee signals the end of the game.
Vassell may make Foxes squad
Darius Vassell could be ready to make his Leicester debut against Preston at the Walkers Stadium.
A lack of match fitness has kept the former England striker out of the picture since he joined the club 10 days ago. Vassell has not played a competitive match since leaving Turkish side Ankaragucu in May.
He could make his bow this weekend, with a place on the bench the most likely scenario.
Fellow striker Martyn Waghorn and defenders Greg Cunningham and Kyle Naughton return to contention after being cup-tied for the visit of West Brom in midweek. Forward Dany N`Guessan could also come back into the reckoning after almost a month out with an ankle injury.
On-loan defender Curtis Davies (hamstring) and midfielder Matt Oakley (thigh) remain sidelined.
Meanwhile, defender Aleksandar Tunchev is on course to return to full training at the end of November after making good progress in his comeback from a serious knee injury.
Preston manager Darren Ferguson will still have Iain Hume at his disposal for the trip.
Hume will stay with North End for the full 93 days of his emergency loan after agreeing a deal with his parent club Barnsley who have secured the services of striker Paul Hayes in return.
Barry Nicholson returned to reserve duty in midweek after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a broken leg but the game at the Walkers Stadium is thought to come too soon for the midfielder.
Josh King could return if he recovers from a twisted ankle while Wayne Brown and Matt James are likely to keep their places after returning to the starting line-up following injuries.
Paul Parry impressed in the reserves and is pushing for a start against the Foxes.
Foxes grind out win
Leicester claimed a narrow 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers Preston in a forgettable npower Championship clash at the Walkers Stadium.
An entertaining opening quarter with plenty of goalscoring chances was as good as it got for the 21,212 in attendance as the encounter descended into a lacklustre affair.
If one team deserved to take the spoils though it was Leicester and they did so courtesy of Paul Gallagher's well-taken 36th-minute finish, the midfielder proving the difference against the team he spent four months on loan with in 2007.
It never promised to be a classic between two sides struggling at the wrong end of the table and with the two worst defensive records in the second tier.
And, crucially, it was Leicester who had their first clean sheet in 15 games to thank for all three points, although former centre-back Wayne Brown almost snatched a point for North End when his injury-time header drifted just inches wide.
Foxes boss Sven-Goran Eriksson made seven changes to the side which started Tuesday`s 4-1 Carling Cup defeat to West Brom, reverting to his strongest line-up.
Darren Ferguson, in contrast, made just one switch from the line-up which saw off Crystal Palace 4-3 last weekend, Adam Barton coming in for the suspended Jon Parkin.
And it was the 19-year-old midfielder who should have broken the deadlock with just 25 seconds on the clock but he could only curl wide from 12 yards.
But he was not the only guilty party as the opening 20 minutes somehow passed by goalless.
Matchwinner Gallagher saw his blistering 30-yard drive tipped over by Andy Lonergan before Martyn Waghorn sliced wide for the hosts when in a really good position.
Barton then had another opportunity to open the scoring but saw his header pushed for a corner by Chris Weale, who should have been made to work harder.
Yet, as entertaining as the first quarter was, the following 15 minutes were beyond pedestrian - with North End almost completely stepping off the gas.
And it was Gallagher`s perfectly-timed strike which woke the home fans from their slumber, the former Blackburn man receiving a neat pass from Yuki Abe before finding the bottom corner with a left-footed strike from 12 yards.
Leicester goalkeeper Weale did his best to hand North End an equaliser at the end of the first half with a sliced clearance which fell to Barton, who saw his goalbound effort blocked.
The second half continued in dull fashion and failed to get any better.
Preston defender Brown was booed at every opportunity on his return to the Walkers Stadium following his summer exit by mutual consent after a training ground bust-up, and his 67th-minute booking was no exception.
But a complete lack of goalmouth action after the break, with not one single chance of note, meant the final whistle could not come quick enough.
Yet it was Brown who came within a whisker of providing a dramatic conclusion when his 94th-minute header drifted just wide.
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