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MATCH REPORT: Sky Bet Championship - Yeovil Town v Leicester City
YEOVIL lost out 2-1 in a frantic Sky Bet Championship game played out in torrential rain at Huish Park last night (October 1).
Both sides put in plenty of endeavour but quality in the final third was lacking until the 54th minute, when a quick break down Yeovil’s right led to Dave Nugent playing in Lloyd Dyer who slotted a composed finish past Wayne Hennessey from six yards. Nine minutes later Dan Seaborne was adjudged to have fouled Ritchie De Laet inside the area, and from the resulting spot kick Dave Nugent smashed the ball down the middle to double Leicester’s advantage.
The game then seemed to be petering out until substitute James Hayter was brought down under Liam Moore’s challenge, and Hayter duly picked himself up to score the Glovers’ first home league goal of the season.
Yeovil piled forward late on but Leicester saw out the final few minutes and sealed the win that moved them level at the top of the league.
Both teams stuck with the same starting eleven that picked up results on Saturday, which meant the returning Byron Webster had to settle for a place on the bench.
The match started in frenetic fashion as Nugent, Dyer and Andy King all went close early on for the visitors, while Joel Grant, Ed Upson, and Joe Ralls, all spurned presentable opportunities for the home side.
The intensity then dropped as both defences started to get on top, with home debutant Shane Duffy particularly impressive at the heart of the Glovers’ back line, although Leicester looked threatening on the break.
Andy Williams had the best chance of the half, as a sharp turn bought him some space in the box, but the Swindon loanee’s tame shot was easily saved by Kasper Schmeichel.
After half time the impressive Dyer slotted the visitors into the lead, following tidy build-up down the left wing.
The goal seemed to give the Foxes new impetus and they were only denied a second through a block from the excellent Duffy.
They weren’t denied for long though and in the 63rd minute Yeovil conceded a penalty for the third home game in succession. A clumsy challenge by Seaborne brought down De Laet, with Nugent converting the spot kick.
A swathe of substitutions, and the worsening weather conditions broke up the flow of the game, after which the game went flat, a booking for a petulant flick away of the ball by De Laet, receiving the biggest cheer from the home fans.
However, a rash challenge in the 84th minute from youngster Liam Moore on Hayter, had referee Brendan Malone pointing to the spot for the second time. Hayter got up and duly did the honours giving Yeovil a lifeline, and scoring their first home league goal of the season, giving the majority of the 6,476 inside Huish Park hope of nicking an unlikely point.
For the final few minutes the home side piled forward, Grant having the best of the chances, while Paul Konchesky took advantage of the space, forcing a good save from Hennessey, but the East Midlands side played out injury time professionally to seal a hard fought three points.
The result sees Yeovil slip to 22nd, and into the relegation zone on goal difference from Sheffield Wednesday who also have a game in hand.