99 NOT OUT FOR NIGEL’S FOXES

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By John McDougall To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

LE­ICES­TER boss Nigel Pear­son felt the win over Hud­der­s­field at the John Smith’s Sta­dium was yet more ev­i­dence of his squad’s strength in depth as they move closer to a century of points.

For­mer Ter­rier Gary Tay­lorFletcher’s first half opener was dou­bled by Wes Mor­gan’s fin­ish to send the cham­pi­ons to a club record 99 points.

But Foxes boss Pear­son in­sists the points tally has been sec­ondary to win­ning the Cham­pi­onship which he be­lieves is one of the world’s most dif­fi­cult leagues.

“What re­ally pleased me is we were able to make changes but we still played ex­cep­tion­ally well,” he said

“I’m just de­lighted that we’ve il­lus­trated we’ve got a very strong squad.

“The play­ers have got to en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing cham­pi­ons early but the only way you en­joy it is to play well and win so hope­fully we can do well again next week and maybe hit the 100, 102 mark.

“What we’ve got now has taken us a while to build this squad as it is but we’ve been very care­ful to try and re­cruit people who fit the bill in terms of the tech­ni­cal side but their char­ac­ter is pos­i­tive as well.

“The most im­por­tant thing is we wanted to win the league and we’ve done that so it gives us an op­por­tu­nity to have a fo­cus on some­thing else.”

The Foxes could have taken a 17th minute lead through Chris Wood had his header from Matty James’ free-kick been on tar­get.

Af­ter a lull in the game, James sprung into life by col­lect­ing a poor Ter­ri­ers clear­ance and un­leash­ing a 24th minute piledriver which struck the un­der­side of the cross­bar with Alex Smithies beaten and­bounced away.

The trav­el­ling Foxes fans went into party mode when Tay­lorFletcher scored a sublime 31st minute opener with a driv­ing fin­ish past Smithies af­ter re­ceiv­ing Lloyd Dyer’s in­tel­li­gent pass.

Hud­der­s­field nearly lev­elled four min­utes later when Sean Scan­nell’s low left-wing cross was missed by inches by a slid­ing Adam Ham­mill in the six-yard box.

Scan­nell cre­ated Hud­der­s­field’s best chance on 42 min­utes by driv­ing past Paul Konch­esky to the by-line and cut­ting back for an un­marked Ham­mill whose ef­fort was cleared off the line by Liam Moore.

Af­ter the break, Dyer came close to adding a sec­ond for the Foxes af­ter re­ceiv­ing Tay­lorFletcher’s chipped pass and fir­ing a 53rd minute ef­fort at Smithies who par­ried away from close-range.

Duane Holmes breathed a sigh of re­lief on 56 min­utes when his pass back was in­ter­cepted by Dyer in a crowded penalty area but the Le­ices­ter man fired straight at Smithies.

The pres­sure paid off for the Foxes when they dou­bled their ad­van­tage through skip­per Mor­gan who fin­ished from closerange af­ter meet­ing James’ 75th minute free-kick.

Hud­der­s­field boss Mark Robins – whose side lie 17th – con­grat­u­lated Le­ices­ter but chal­lenged the Ter­ri­ers to im­prove next sea­son.

“They looked like a Pre­mier­ship out­fit and they’ve done un­be­liev­ably well and you’ve got to con­grat­u­late Nigel and his staff for pulling that off as they have been by far and away the best side in the di­vi­sion,” he said.

“I thought we were al­right boxto-box. In the fi­nal third we didn’t do enough.

“I think the dis­ap­point­ment comes from ten or 15 games ago, we were closer to the play-offs than we were to the rel­e­ga­tion zone but we’ve ran out of steam.

“The remit this year was try­ing to em­bed a style of play but to do it while bring­ing the young­sters through.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

CHAM­PI­ONS: Wes Mor­gan, sec­ond left, scores Le­ices­ter’s sec­ond goal

OPENER: Gary Tay­lor-Fletcher and Chris Wood cel­e­brate

STAR MAN SEAN SCANN

ELL Hudde

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