Bruce woe as Tigers tamed by Foxes

Published: Sunday 28th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Leicester clung on by their fingertips to a first victory in 14 Barclays Premier League matches at Hull, easing some of the pressure on manager Nigel Pearson and ensuring the Tigers remain mired in the relegation battle.

Both sides finished with 10 men after late red cards for Paul Konchesky and Stephen Quinn, but it was the 32nd minute strike by Riyad Mahrez that settled matters in the visitors’ favour.

The Foxes were at times passengers in a low-quality contest but given their current plight this 1-0 win will taste every bit as good as their previous success – a headline-grabbing 5-3 over Manchester United in September.

Hull boss Steve Bruce had claimed the match was as big as last season’s FA Cup final for his club, given the opportunity it offered to lift them nine points above their rock-bottom visitors, but the result was just as crushing as the one suffered against Arsenal at Wembley.

The Tigers were far from fluent but will be bemused at their inability to find the net, hitting the post twice, seeing two strong penalty appeals for handball turned down and failing to take a series of presentable chances.

Their Boxing Day win at Sunderland now seems much more distant than 48 hours ago, as they contemplate a home record that now reads one win in nine this term.

Leicester took the lead with their first serious attempt. D avid Nugent drove forward but when the ball broke to Mahrez there was still plenty to do. The Algerian quickly sized up his position, cut inside to fashion an angle and whipped a low shot through the box and inside Allan McGregor’s far post.

Both sides lost men in the frantic closing moments, Konchesky for a second yellow and Quinn for a deliberate handball to deny Nugent.

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Published: Sunday 28th December 2014 by The News Editor

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