Saturday August 6, 2011 Day 1 Finished Ricoh Arena

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  1. Leicester start with win

    Leicester start with win

    Leicester City got their bid for promotion from the Championship off to winning start as they triumphed 1-0 over Coventry City. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Coventry City
    • Leicester City
    • 90+5 All a bit scrappy as the tackles fly in and the ref has had enough, Leicester hold on for the win. Rest of the Championship matches to follow...
    • 90+4 Wellens runs the ball into the corner and wins a throw. Well played, someone has a calm head at least.
    • 90+3 O'Donovan is booked for that late challenge on Schmeichel. Mills also booked for the reaction.
    • 90+2 Free-kick swung in towards Wood, Mills clears, now Hussey with the cross. Schmeichel claims it and O'Donovan takes him out! It all kicks off as Mills flies in on O'Donovan...
    • 90+1 A bit of nonsense as Gelson and O'Donovan clash... arms are raised. O'Donovan felt Gelson was time-wasting... Gelson is booked for hanging on to the ball to prevent the free-kick.
    • 90' Wellens is down for Leicester and Jutkiewicz for Coventry after that clash of heads. Four minutes added time but it will be more now...
    • 89' Coventry come again as Jutkiewicz gets hold of the ball. Konchesky clears upfield after dithering, and there's a collision...
    • 88' Clingan sends it in from wide but cleared by Gallagher.
    • 87' Mills with a foul...Cov send everyone forward....
    • 86' Hussey gets forward, goes around Abe but he slips now and Abe can bring it away.
    • 85' Konchesky almost plays Danns in but the ex Crystal Palace forward slips.
    • 84' Coventry have a free-kick in their own half, Murphy pumps it upfield.
    • 82' Murphy puts the free-kick long.
    • 81' Lucky boy - should have been booked for the handball and really lucky not to go.
    • 80' Gallagher controls with his right hand, lucky not to be booked, then he throws the ball away and is booked!
    • 79' COV SUB: McSheffrey seems to be coming off now... Not sure who for... O'Donovan.
    • 78' COVENTRY SUB: Wood on for Keogh.
    • 77' Almost a super goal from King, running riot at the Cov defence, but the finish is weak and Murphy claims.
    • 76' Keogh puts it out for a corner after King got in. Leicester happy to keep it upfield after a decent spell for Cov.
    • 75' McSheffrey gets forward but, from 25 yards, blasts is miles over.
    • 73' Jutkiewicz meets Cranie's ball with a header but easy for Schmeichel.
    • 71' Played to the edge of the box and Clingan shoots but Schmeichel bats it away and holds on to the loose ball.
    • 70' Coventry have a corner after a shot is deflected wide.
    • 69' Leicester are pretty dominant now, asking all the questions and wearing the hosts down.
    • 68' Gelson gets hold of it inside the box but hits it well wide.
    • 67' Confusion about that incident but Cov have the ball.
    • 66' Wellens puts in a low ball and King shoots, it appears to take a deflection for a corner but a goal kick is awarded.
    • 65' Hussey booked for a foul on Abe.
    • 63' Christie gets forward again, winning a corner. He looks a good good player, only 18.
    • 62' Danns puts the ball in but nothing comes from it.
    • 61' Abe does well to win a corner off Hussey.
    • 60' LEICESTER SUB: King on for Peltier, who didn't recover from that injury. Abe to play full back. Odd not to use St Ledger.
    • 58' Leicester are in control now, a goal up and with an equal number of players able to run the passing element of the game.
    • 56' Peltier is down hurt getting treatment from Leicester's physio.
    • 55' Cov counter and Jutkiewicz is all alone so he works some space and drills a left-footer in but Schmeichel gets down to save well.
    • 54' Peltier with a one-two with Gelson but Cranie clears.
    • 53' GOAL LEICESTER! Defender Peltier with a header into the bottom corner from an excellent Wellens dead ball.
    • 52' Nugent is beating the grass with his fist after that miss. It was a great move, started by him too.
    • 51' NUGENT WITH A BAD MISS! He puts it wide with his instep from eight yards after a brilliant ball from Konchesky across the face of goal!
    • 50' Wellens with a lovely ball floated in for Danns, who gets ahead of Christie, but he can't connect properly and wide!
    • 49' Murphy has to rush out to block Nugent's run, poor from Hussey to let that run through.
    • 48' Abe comes forward and he can release Nugent but gets the pass wrong.
    • 47' Coventry attack and McSheffrey's cross hits Konchesky, corner.
    • 46' The second half is underway.
    • - Cov have had two shots on target, three off; Leicester one fewer apiece. Possession about 55-45.
    • 45+3 Half time and it's goalless, both sides a man down.
    • 45+2 Corner to Leicester... Bamba up for it... Danns swings it in for Bamba, Keogh clears for a throw.
    • 45+1 Wellens just outside the box, now Abe, deflected shot wide for a corner.
    • 45+1 Fernandes plays Konchesky in and he drills over a low cross-shot that goes wide, hitting the corner flag and staying in.
    • 45' Three minutes stoppage time being played.
    • 44' Good effort from Jutkiewicz but just over the bar! End to end now.
    • 43' Danns with a super cross AND NUGENT FLIES IN WITH THE HEADER BUT OFF THE POST! Loose ball lands in arms of Murphy!
    • 42' Wellens with a nice ball in but beyond Danns and Peltier picks up the loose ball. Leicester keeping it alive...
    • 41' Wellens is fine now and rides a tackle by Clingan. Throw Leicester.
    • 39' Baker claims Wellens was making the most of it but he caught him late, high, hard, defo red. Medics on... Will just be a bruise, Wellens will play on until at least half time.
    • 38' Baker is off! Ten a side! Carl Baker late on Wellens, no need for it as he wasn't going anywhere. His feet were off the ground and a straight red.
    • 37' Leicester with a free-kick that Murphy claims, releasing it quickly to send McSheffrey away but Schmeichel gets on to it.
    • 36' Good save Schmeichel! Long-range effort from Bell that swerved late and the Dane tips it over.
    • 35' Misunderstanding in Cov's defence as Bell makes a mess of the clearance but it rebounds into Murphy's arms.
    • 33' The impressive Christie bounds down the right again and his cross is met by McSheffrey but well off target.
    • 30' Clingan puts a high one in for Jutkiewicz but beyond him and out for a goal kick.
    • 29' FACT: Vassell's last red card came 10 years ago for Villa against... Leicester. Thanks OptaJoe.
    • 28' Bit of chat here as Bamba fouls Jutkiewicz... Bamba is angry as he feels it was a fair challenge. No cards.
    • 27' Clingan squares it for Bell and the chance is on but he dithers and Abe is able to clear.
    • 26' More good play from Cov as Clingan tries a through ball but Schmeichel claims.
    • 24' Good move from Cov but McSheffrey is offside.
    • 23' Gelson plays one in for Danns but just beyond him. After an initial rally from Cov Leicester are growing accustomed to being a man down and playing reasonably well.
    • 22' Probably the best chance so far - Danns was just onside, think Nugent was shooting anyway.
    • 21' Nugent does really well to turn and drill in a low ball AND DANNS ATTACKS but just beyond him and wide!
    • 20' Short corner, Baker fizzes it in and Jutkiewicz attacks but just over his head!
    • 19' Christie again on the right back to Clingan, Bigirimana on it, now Hussey but Peltier tackles. Corner. Cov hemming Leicester in now.
    • 18' Cov are doing the right thing, holding on to the ball and wearing Leicester down. Free-kick but Abe clears for a throw.
    • 17' Christie on the run, the teenager moves in from the right but Konchesky bundles in to challenge.
    • 16' Peltier on the left again, inside but fouled by Bell.
    • 14' Jutkiewicz with a great run into the box but his shot is well wide. He thinks it was deflected but the linesman does not agree.
    • 13' Decent spell for Cov now, a man up, but for the possession they cannot break Leicester down.
    • 12' Nugent has moved back inside in a midfield position for now. Coventry sense an opportunity.
    • 11' Well then. They were bossing this match and were expected to win but an idiotic challenge from a man who should know better leaves them down to 10 men. Keogh with some on-pitch treatment and he's okay.
    • 10' Vassell high and late on Keogh and it's red! Oh dear, he is sent straight off, no hesitation from the ref and the former England forward walks!
    • 9' Wellens on halfway, Danns on it with a nice cross in for Nugent but it hangs into the arms of Murphy.
    • 7' Still with Leicester as former England pair Konchesky and Vassell exchange passes.
    • 5' The Foxes bossing possession, Cov struggling to get on the ball. Gelson on it again, forward to Wellens, Peltier wide right, good play this but Vassell can't work the shot and cleared.
    • 4' Sven really turned it around for Leicester last season, who were in a right state when he took over but were comfortable in mid table and not far off the play-offs by the end. With all the additions - 10 in total - they are a cut above everyone else in this division, apart from the Hammers.
    • 3' Leicester starting well, as you'd expect given their personnel. The sight of Gelson stroking the ball around in the Championship is a strange one. They should walk this division, along with West Ham.
    • 2' Peltier with an early touch, another Leicester debutant, bringing the ball away.
    • 1' The first half is underway.
    • 12:25 Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire)
    • 12:25 TEAMS - Coventry: Murphy, Christie, Keogh, Cranie, Hussey, Baker, Clingan, Bell, Bigirimana, McSheffrey, Jutkiewicz; Subs: Dunn, McPake, O'Donovan, Wood, Thomas /// Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Mills, Bamba, Konchesky, Vassell, Wellens, Abe, Danns, Fernandes, Nugent; Subs: Weale, Gallagher, King, Dyer, St, Ledger
    • 12:20 Six debutants for Leicester, who have spent big on the likes of Kasper Schmeichel, Gelson Fernandes, Matt Mills, Paul Konchesky, Dave Nugent and - on the bench - Sean St Ledger. Cov, meanwhile, have Joe Murphy as they main new signing in goal after the departure of Keiron Westwood.
    • 12:15 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of today's Championship programme, the first day of the season and this the second match as promotion favourites Leicester visit local(ish) rivals Coventry.
  • Summary

    • 90+2 Free-kick swung in towards Wood, Mills clears, now Hussey with the cross. Schmeichel claims it and O'Donovan takes him out! It all kicks off as Mills flies in on O'Donovan...
    • 71' Played to the edge of the box and Clingan shoots but Schmeichel bats it away and holds on to the loose ball.
    • 55' Cov counter and Jutkiewicz is all alone so he works some space and drills a left-footer in but Schmeichel gets down to save well.
    • 53' GOAL LEICESTER! Defender Peltier with a header into the bottom corner from an excellent Wellens dead ball.
    • 51' NUGENT WITH A BAD MISS! He puts it wide with his instep from eight yards after a brilliant ball from Konchesky across the face of goal!
    • 50' Wellens with a lovely ball floated in for Danns, who gets ahead of Christie, but he can't connect properly and wide!
    • 44' Good effort from Jutkiewicz but just over the bar! End to end now.
    • 43' Danns with a super cross AND NUGENT FLIES IN WITH THE HEADER BUT OFF THE POST! Loose ball lands in arms of Murphy!
    • 38' Baker is off! Ten a side! Carl Baker late on Wellens, no need for it as he wasn't going anywhere. His feet were off the ground and a straight red.
    • 36' Good save Schmeichel! Long-range effort from Bell that swerved late and the Dane tips it over.
    • 21' Nugent does really well to turn and drill in a low ball AND DANNS ATTACKS but just beyond him and wide!
    • 10' Vassell high and late on Keogh and it's red! Oh dear, he is sent straight off, no hesitation from the ref and the former England forward walks!
    • 12:25 TEAMS - Coventry: Murphy, Christie, Keogh, Cranie, Hussey, Baker, Clingan, Bell, Bigirimana, McSheffrey, Jutkiewicz; Subs: Dunn, McPake, O'Donovan, Wood, Thomas /// Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Mills, Bamba, Konchesky, Vassell, Wellens, Abe, Danns, Fernandes, Nugent; Subs: Weale, Gallagher, King, Dyer, St, Ledger
    • 12:15 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of today's Championship programme, the first day of the season and this the second match as promotion favourites Leicester visit local(ish) rivals Coventry.

Team Line-up & Ratings

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      5 -
      Defenders
      Substitution Out78′ 5.8 -
      5.8 -
      5 -
      Yellow Card 5.8 -
      Midfielders
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      5 -
      Red Card 3.4 -
      5.3 -
      Strikers
      Substitution Out79′ 4.8 -
      6.4 -
      Subs
      Substitution In79′ Yellow Card 4 -
      Substitution In78′ 5.5 -
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      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
      Goal Substitution Out60′ 6.7 -
      Yellow Card 5.6 -
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      Midfielders
      Yellow Card 6.2 -
      6.8 -
      Yellow Card 5.7 -
      7 -
      Strikers
      Red Card 2.6 -
      Substitution Out78′ 5.7 -
      Subs
      Substitution In78′ Yellow Card 7.5 -
      Substitution In60′ 6.7 -

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