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Leicester City 3 v 2 Sheffield Utd

Leicester City 3 v 2 Sheffield Utd

Relieved manager Micky Adams could afford to joke: "The win was never in doubt was it?

"A lot of people will look at the last 10 minutes of the game and focus on that but that would be unfair.

"For the 80 minutes prior to that I thought we put in an excellent performance.

"So overall it was a good performance from us and we got that first home win of the season which comes as a big relief."

Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock has condemned his players for committing "football suicide" at the Walkers Stadium where Leicester City ran out 3-2 winners.

Defensive errors had given the Foxes a three-goal start but the Blades mounted a thrilling fightback late in the game, only to come up short at the final whistle.

And Warnock said: "We committed football suicide, we gave away three goals thanks to schoolboy defending.

"You go anywhere in this league and leak goals like that then you have no right to come away with anything.

"But then we showed our character to come back from that and in the end we were disappointed not to have got something out of the game.

"But their first goal came from a long punt down the park, the second from a free header and the third from an absolute comedy piece of defending where we invited Leicester to come and stick the ball in our net."

Jamie Scowcroft had given the hosts an early first-half lead thanks to a route one goal netted in the eighth minute following goalkeeper Kevin Pressman's long-range punt upfield, which was flicked on by target man Dion Dublin.

Scowcroft, came from deep along the inside right channel, then picked up the loose ball and left Blades keeper Paddy Kenny with no chance.

Foxes captain Nikos Dabizas was responsible for the Midlanders' second of the evening, and his first goal for the Foxes, after he met Jordan Stewart's 28th minute right-wing corner with a powerful header which initially found only the crossbar.

But a fortuitous ricochet from the woodwork rebounded off the Greek defender and - according to referee's assistant Wayne McIntosh - over the line.

Then, with the second half just seven minutes old, it was Jason Wilcox, also scoring his inaugural goal in City colours, pounced on a penalty box error from Phil Jagielka to slot past the helpless Kenny.

But the visitors fought back and with little more than 15 minutes remaining, Chris Morgan met Leigh Bromby's long throw from the right with a glancing header which wrong-footed the Leicester rearguard and squeezed home at the far post.

And with six minutes of regulation time remaining, substitute Jonathan Forte, on as a half-time replacement for left-back Alan Wright, pulled back another for the visitors.

Leicester went on to endure a torrid final phase of the game but held on to claim their first home victory of the Championship season and a second successive win on the back of Saturday's 2-0 triumph at Millmoor.



232 Appearances in England (175 for Newcastle United, 18 for Leicester in the Premier League and 39 for Leicester in the Championship). Total League-Cup-Europe appearances 550. National Team appearances 70. Goals total 40.