Leicester - Manchester City made it seven straight victories and kept
the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea as Frank Lampard's first-half
goal secured a 1-0 win at lowly Leicester City on Saturday.
Manuel Pellegrini's side were far from their clinical best
at the King Power Stadium, but the winner from former Chelsea midfielder
Lampard ensured the champions remain just three points behind his old club.
There was a significant blow for City however as captain
Vincent Kompany, who had returned after a hamstring problem, was forced off
with a recurrence of the same injury.
To make matters worse, City - who were already without
Sergio Aguero due to a knee injury - lost another striker in the warm-up with
Edin Dzeko pulling out to be replaced by youngster Jose Angel Pozo.
It was the bottom-of-the-table Leicester who had started the
better with Esteban Cambiasso slicing off target after a driving run and Jamie
Vardy having a shot deflected wide off Eliaquim Mangala.
An audacious 35-yard free kick from Cambiasso came close to
catching out Joe Hart as Leicester dominated.
It took until the half-hour mark for City's first chance
when Pozo shot straight at Ben Hamer from the edge of the area after David Silva's
free-kick had only been half-cleared.
Moments later Hamer, in the side for the injured Kasper
Schmeichel, made a decent stop to keep out a Yaya Toure drive from Silva's
Pellegrini's side were improving and went on to take the
lead in the 40th minutes.
A patient build-up resulted in Samir Nasri crossing for
Lampard to coolly flick home from six yards out.
It was the former England international's sixth goal in 13
games since moving to Eastlands on loan from New York City.
City nearly made it two early in the second half when
Silva's flicked shot just missed the target from Nasri's cross.
Vardy then had a penalty appeal waved away as he went down
under a challenge from Mangala.
Lampard was withdrawn on the hour to be replaced by James
Milner, while Leicester manager Nigel Pearson took off Jeffrey Schlupp and sent
on top scorer Leonardo Ulloa in a bid to spark his team into life.
Pearson was given a good reception by Leicester's supporters
in the club's first home game since he had an angry confrontation with one of
his own fans at the end of the 3-1 defeat by Liverpool earlier this month.
The Leicester boss faces a possible touchline ban after
being charged by the Football Association over that incident, but the home fans
were more concerned with trying to will their side to only their third league
win of the season.
Kompany appeared to pull his hamstring again and was
immediately replaced by Martin Demichelis late in the game.
Ulloa then saw a shot deflected wide as Leicester pushed for
an equaliser before Mangala and Hart got in each other's way to concede a
City were left to hold on somewhat with Anthony Knockaert's
free-kick from 25 yards hitting the top of the wall.
For all their unstinting efforts, Leicester could not find
the late equaliser with Ulloa blazing wide after Wes Morgan's header down.
English Premiership results on Saturday:
Leicester City 0-1 Manchester City
Crystal Palace 1-1 Stoke City
Sunderland 1-1 West Ham United
Chelsea 2-0 Hull City
West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Aston Villa
Burnley 1-0 Southampton
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