Leicester City 3-2 Bolton Wanderers

  • April 16, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton dropped out of the Championship play-off places on Tuesday night, after losing 3-2 at Leicester City.

Wanderers took an early lead at the King Power Stadium as David Ngog beat Kasper Schmeichel from the penalty spot, after Lee Chung-Yong had been brought down inside the area by Wes Morgan.

The visitors looked comfortable in their lead, but were left stunned as the Foxes scored two goals inside three minutes shortly before the break. Chris Wood converted from the penalty spot after Danny Butterfield had fouled Lloyd Dyer, before Dyer completed the turnaround just two minutes later by crashing the ball over the line via the underside of the crossbar.

Darren Pratley brought Bolton level with less than 20 minutes to play, but the hosts claimed their first win since February when one-time Wanderers target Jeffrey Schlupp volleyed past Adam Bogdan with ten minutes to play.

The result sees Leicester leapfrog Wanderers in the Championship table, with just three points separating Brighton & Hove Albion in 4th and 8th-placed Nottingham Forest. Bolton drop one place to 7th.

Trotters boss Dougie Freedman made three changes to the side that beat Bristol City on Saturday afternoon, with Danny Butterfield, Josh Vela and Darren Pratley taking the places of Sam Ricketts, Jay Spearing and Marvin Sordell.

Early goals have become the norm in Wanderers matches of late and they got another with just three minutes on the clock, after Chung-Yong was fouled inside the Leicester penalty area by Morgan. Ngog stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick and made no mistake in firing the ball beyond Schmeichel.

Leicester's first chance of the game arrived on the quarter-hour mark, as Dyer cut inside from the left before shooting into the side netting.

Wood and Schlupp both came close in the moments that followed, before Pratley saw a shot blocked by Michael Keane at the other end.

Ngog and Wood both saw strikes blocked by defenders as the game reached the half-hour, before Bogdan made a stunning save to prevent Wood's free-kick from landing in the bottom corner of his goal.

Bolton were struggling to deal with the threat of Dyer down the left-wing and the Foxes midfielder won a penalty with five minutes of the first half remaining, as he went down under a challenge from Butterfield. Wood placed the ball on the spot and succeeded in finding the net, with Bogdan diving the wrong way.

The hosts would then complete a dramatic turnaround and led just two minutes later. Wood played the ball into dangerous territory and after racing away from Butterfield, Dyer had the simple task of slotting the ball past Bogdan - albeit via the underside of the crossbar.

Schmeichel saved well from Marcos Alonso as Bolton looked to level the scores before the break, but the Foxes took a rather fortunate lead into the interval.

The two sides emerged unchanged for the start of the second period and the first chance after the restart fell the way of Nigel Pearson's side, with an acrobatic effort from Wood sailing narrowly over the top of the Wanderers bar.

Craig Davies and Ricketts would replace Vela and Butterfield just before the hour, and Davies almost made an instant impact as his 25-yard strike cannonned back off the Leicester crossbar, with Schmeichel a beaten man.

Wanderers saw strong appeals for a penalty turned down my match referee Eddie Ilderton when Chung-Yong was seemingly hauled down by Ritchie de Laet on 64 minutes, while Anthony Knockaert shaved the outside of the post at the other end just moments later.

Schmeichel did well to deny Davies at the midway point of the half, but he was beaten with little less than 20 minutes to play as Wanderers found a timely equaliser. The Leicester defence failed to deal with a routine throw-in inside their area, allowing Pratley time and space to send a half-volley past the Foxes goalkeeper.

The hosts would restore their lead just seven minutes later, though. Schlupp, who was publically courted by Bolton in the Football League loan window, was allowed too much time on the edge of the area and he sent a stunning volley past a helpless Bogdan.

Davies struck the bar as Bolton went in search of a quick equaliser but the game came to a halt with four minutes of normal time remaining, as Ngog landed heavily on his shoulder. The Trotters forward received oxygen as he was stretchered from the field, with Tom Eaves replacing him - marking his senior debut for the club.

Leicester survived two corner routines inside seven minutes of added time, before appeals for a penalty went unnoticed by Ilderton as Chung-Yong went down in the closing stages.

After recording a fourth away win of the campaign on Saturday, Wanderers returned to losing ways on the road as the Foxes secured their first league victory in 10 outings. The Foxes leapfrog Bolton into 6th place in the Championship, and lie just one point above Freedman's side in the table.

Leicester travel to fellow play-off hopefuls Crystal Palace on Saturday while Wanderers return to home soil, when they host Middlesbrough at the Reebok Stadium.

Leicester City: Schmeichel, de Laet, Morgan, Keane, Konchesky, Knockaert (Drinkwater 82), King, James, Dyer (Nugent 78), Schlupp (Whitbread 90), Wood
Subs Not Used: Logan, Vardy, Gallagher, Kane
Booked: Dyer
Goals: Wood 39(pen), Dyer 41, Sclupp 79

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Butterfield (Ricketts 59), Knight, Dawson, Alonso, Kamara, Vela (C Davies 56), Pratley, Eagles, Chung-Yong, Ngog (Eaves 87)
Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Ream, Hall, Sordell
Booked: Alonso
Goals: Ngog 3(pen), Pratley 71

Referee: Eddie Ilderton
Attendance: 22,442

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