Leicester City 3 Bolton Wanderers 2 match report: Jeff Schlupp on target to pull Foxes out of worrying slump

 

the King Power Stadium

Ghanaian striker Jeff Schlupp gave fresh hope to Leicester's play-off prospects when his third goal in six matches secured victory over the side threatening to cash in on their faltering form. It was a first win in 10 matches for Nigel Pearson's team.

The 20-year-old, who was preferred to the much more experienced but out-of-form David Nugent up front, struck with a volley from outside the box with 12 minutes left after Bolton, who arrived on a streak of eight wins in 10 matches, had recovered from a 2-1 half-time deficit in a game of fluctuating fortunes that began with Leicester going behind to a penalty conceded after 78 seconds. 

Pearson, whose team have their fate in their hands in as much as they face fellow promotion contenders Crystal Palace, Watford and Nottingham Forest in their last three games, was relieved but felt his players had earned their change of luck.

“They deserved something from the games prior to this and they showed a lot of character to deal with a difficult situation after going behind,” he said.

The result means that Leicester climb back to sixth place in the table, displacing Bolton. In a further blow, Bolton lost striker David Ngog, who may miss the remainder of his side's play-off challenge if his shoulder injury turns out to be a dislocation.

Leicester surrendered two points through a last-minute penalty against Birmingham last Friday and their first meaningful act was to give away another as Wes Morgan brought down Lee Chung-yong. 

Ngog converted the kick, although Kasper Schmeichel - who was to make important saves later - was a little unlucky not to keep it out. 

Bolton were 20th in the Championship table, three months or so into Dougie Freedman's tenure and fearing consecutive relegations. The following week they won a Lancashire derby against Burnley and have been looking upwards ever since and Freedman remains in positive mood.  “It was Leicester's night but I'm not worried about the result because we gave a good performance and we have momentum,” he said.

Leicester responded to the early setback with pace and energy, channelling much of their attacking through the recalled Lloyd Dyer on the left. Chris Wood tested Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan with a low drive after 25 minutes and drew an even better save soon afterwards to keep out a fiercely struck free-kick.

Leicester's pressure was rewarded with two goals in as many minutes. First Dyer's trickery in the box drew a foul from Danny Butterfield, Wood sending Bogdan the wrong way from the penalty spot. Then Wood ended a strong run with a deftly timed pass, setting up Dyer to blast the ball home left-footed off the underside of the bar. 

Bolton levelled after making a tactical change, introducing Craig Davies alongside Ngog up front. Davies hit the woodwork and was then denied by a fine Schmeichel save before, a long throw by Sam Ricketts was diverted into the path of Darren Pratley, who beat the home keeper from close range.

Four times in their last six matches Leicester had squandered points after being in front but -with the help of another brilliant stop by Schmeichel to turn a Davies header over the bar - this time they had the final word.

Leicester City (4-4-2): Schmeichel; De Laet, Morgan, Keane, Konchesky; Knockaert (Drinkwater, 81), King, James, Dyer (Nugent, 78); Wood, Schlupp (Whitbread, 90). Substitutes not used Logan (gk), Vardy, Gallagher, Kane.

Bolton Wanderers (4-4-1-1): Bogdan; Butterfield (Ricketts, 59), Knight, Dawson, Alonso; Eagles, Kamara, Vela (C Davies, 56), Lee; Pratley; Ngog (Eaves, 87). Substitutes not used Lonergan (gk), Ream, Hall, Sordell.

Referee E Ilderton (Tyne & Wear).

News
people
Arts and Entertainment
Joel Edgerton, John Turturro and Christian Bale in Exodus: Gods and Kings
film Ridley Scott reveals truth behind casting decisions of Exodus
News
people
Sport
footballArsenal 2 Borussia Dortmund 0: And they can still top the group
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
An unseen image of Kurt Cobain at home featured in the film 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck'
filmThe singers widow and former bandmates have approved project
News
Andy Murray with his girlfriend of nine years, Kim Sears who he has got engaged to
peopleWimbledon champion announces engagement to girlfriend Kim Sears
Arts and Entertainment
Jake Quickenden and Edwina Currie are joining the I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! camp
tv
Arts and Entertainment
George Mpanga has been shortlisted for the Critics’ Choice prize
music
News
Albert Camus (left) and Jean-Paul Sartre fell out in 1952 and did not speak again before Camus’s death
people
Arts and Entertainment
Roisin, James and Sanjay in the boardroom
tvReview: This week's failing project manager had to go
News
Ed Miliband visiting the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. The Labour leader has spoken more openly of his heritage recently
newsAttacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But are the barbs more sinister?
Arts and Entertainment
'Felfie' (2014) by Alison Jackson
photographyNew exhibition shows how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
News
i100
Life and Style
Fright night: the board game dates back to at least 1890
life
Environment
The vaquita is being killed by fishermen trying to catch the totoaba fish, which is prized in China
environmentJust 97 of the 'world's cutest' sea mammals remain
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes

Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition

Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund

The Ox celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition
Billy Joe Saunders vs Chris Eubank Jnr: When two worlds collide

When two worlds collide

Traveller Billy Joe Saunders did not have a pampered public-school upbringing - unlike Saturday’s opponent Chris Eubank Jnr
Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?