MATCH REPORT: Ipswich Town 1 Leicester City 2
- Credit: Archant
Ipswich v Leicester: David Nugent once again proved to be Ipswich Town’s nemesis, scoring twice to secure Leicester City a 2-1 come-from-behind win at Portman Road.
The 28-year-old striker’s well-taken second-half brace took his goal tally against the Blues to 13 in 12 games.
Incredibly, the ex Preston and Portsmouth front man has now scored on all seven occasions he has played at Portman Road, his record on Suffolk soil now standing at nine in seven matches (including one goal for the England Under-21s).
It had all started so well for Mick McCarthy’s side, the home side taking the lead inside the opening two minutes via David McGoldrick’s strike.
High-flying Leicester hit back after the restart though, with Town’s hard-working but limited 4-4-2 system picked apart by the visitors’ greater creativity and pace.
The leveller arrived in the 51st minute, Lloyd Dyer’s direct run and pull-back from the left breaking nicely in the box for Nugent to rifle home expertly first time.
Dyer had been Town’s tormentor in the 6-0 defeat at The King Power Stadium last season and, once again, Ipswich couldn’t deal with his pace.
Dean Gerken was quick off his line to block at the feet of Jamie Vardy after another Dyer run and cross soon after the equaliser.
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There was little Ipswich could do to stop the free-flowing Foxes taking the lead in the 57th minute though. Danny Drinkwater’s through ball was perfectly weighted, Dyer’s speed enabled him to knock the ball around Gerken, his subsequent pull-back calmly finished by Nugent under pressure.
McCarthy responded by bringing on Paul Taylor and Frank Nouble, switching to the fluid 4-3-3 formation which had secured a dramatic come-from-behind win at Blackpool prior to the international break.
It was Taylor’s excellent dinked ball to the far post which almost drew an equaliser in the 72nd minute, Luke Chambers’ thumping header going just past the post.
Stephen Hunt then came on for Tyrone Mings, with the home debutant’s low cross just evading everyone in the box.
– Reaction to follow
IPSWICH TOWN (4-4-2): Gerken; Chambers (cpt), Berra, Smith, Mings (Hunt 77); Anderson (Taylor 63), Skuse, Tunnicliffe, Tabb (Nouble 63); Murphy, McGoldrick.
Subs: Loach, Edwards, Hyam, Wordsworth.
LEICESTER CITY (4-3-3): Schmeichel; Moore (Miquel 46), Wasilewski, Morgan (cpt), Konchesky; Hammond, King (James 46), Drinkwater; Vardy (Wood 75), Nugent, Dyer.
Subs: Logan, Schlupp, Bakayogo, Taylor-Fletcher.
Referee: Oliver Langford