In the conditions it was a move worthy of winning any match. The Foxes played 13 passes between eight outfield players before Nugent’s sweetly struck finish. In a match which saw the Foxes strike the woodwork three times it’s fair to say Leicester sit in the automatic promotion places firmly on merit. The task now is to stay there.
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2 – Kasper Schmeichel secured the three points with his second penalty save of the season. Given that the Dane has faced four spot kicks so far, that’s a pretty decent record. In general penalty success rates drop from 83 per cent in the first half to 73 per cent in the final ten minutes of games. And interestingly Marvin Emnes did give Kasper a clue as to his intentions before he struck the ball. Around 85 percent of the time a player’s standing foot points in the direction he is aiming the spot kick. That said, from the replays it looks like Schmeichel starts moving just before Emnes plants his standing foot.
50 – Leicester are now well ahead of last season’s efforts, eight games ahead to be precise. It wasn’t until mid-March that Nigel Pearson’s men got themselves to the 50 point mark last term. Ten wins in Leicester’s final 18 games of the season would put the Foxes in contention for an automatic promotion spot.
8,585 – The only shame about last night’s win was that it was witnessed by the smallest crowd ever to watch a league game at the Walkers/King Power Stadium. Leicester’s lowest home gate for a league game since World War II came in February 1983. Just 6,155 spectators saw Gary Lineker score a brace in a 3-2 win over Shrewsbury. City went unbeaten for the rest of the season after that game to secure promotion to the top flight. Same again please.