Glovers fail to make dominance pay as Leicester earn win at Huish Park
YEOVIL TOWN 1 LEICESTER CITY 2
at Huish Park
Yeovil Town once again paid a heavy price for failing to make the most of a dominant performance in the Championship, this time at home to Leicester City.
The Foxes weathered considerable pressure before hitting the Glovers with a brace of second-half sucker punches, eventually prevailing 2-1.
The Huish Park hosts pushed Leicester every step of the way but were once more found lacking in the final third and were punished accordingly.
Gary Johnson kept faith in the starting XI that drew 1-1 with Bolton Wanderers, Byron Webster and Kieffer Moore amongst the substitutes ahead of Sam Hoskins and Michael Ngoo.
The Glovers first threatened on seven minutes, Luke Ayling starting the move from the back and Andy Williams getting the better of Liam Moore only for Richie De Laet to put off Ed Upson when the midfielder looked to pull the trigger.
On 12 minutes the impressive Ayling showed tremendous awareness to head away Anthony Knockhaert's cross from under his own crossbar.
Ten minutes later Shane Duffy headed clear only for the ball to fall to Andy King. He took a touch, as Joel Grant was slow to react, rifling over.
Yeovil responded immediately with Joe Ralls bringing a sharp save from Kasper Schmeichel. Space then opened for Lloyd Dyer at the other end but he wastefully blazed wide.
On 24 minutes a Glover's sliding tackle inadvertently presented Knockhaert with a crossing chance, Jamie Vardy twisting and turning from his delivery and missing the target.
A superb move from the hosts after 28 minutes saw Grant feed Ralls and De Laet charge down the shot with the Foxes stretched.
David Nugent enjoyed two chances in quick succession soon after the half-hour mark, first heading Dyer's centre to Wayne Hennessey close to the byline before nodding over from a central position.
Five minutes before the break Joe Edwards' slip gave Knockhaert a sight of goal from the edge of the box but the midfielder drilled straight at Hennessey.
The Glovers started the second half positively but, in similar fashion to performances so far this season, soon found themselves on the back foot having failed to make the most of their dominance.
On 49 minutes Dyer broke down the left. His cross found Knockhaert cutting infield who swept wide with his weaker left foot.
Five minutes later the Foxes forged ahead.
Nugent, this time, broke on the wing and with the hosts appealing for offside Dyer squeezed a shot beyond Hennessey.
That lead was doubled on 62 minutes when the injured Dan Seaborne felled De Laet with a tired challenge in the box and Nugent rocketed the penalty straight down the middle.
The Glovers tried to hit back four minutes later with a 20-yard free-kick routine straight from the training ground but Paddy Madden was unable to get his effort on goal.
After 68 minutes Dyer should have added a third. Vardy caught out substitute Webster, laying the chance on a plate for his winger only to skew his attempted shot beyond the far post.
Having shown attacking endeavour without a threat in the final third, the Glovers were handed a lifeline on 84 minutes when replacement Hayter was scythed in the penalty area by Moore. The striker dusted himself down to send Schmeichel the wrong way from the spot.
However, it proved too little too late as Leicester dealt Yeovil another harsh lesson in the killer instinct required to succeed in the Championship.
Yeovil Town (4-4-2): Hennessey; Ayling (McAllister, 74), Duffy, Seaborne (Webster, 63), Davis; Edwards, Upson, Ralls, Grant; Madden, Williams (Hayter, 76). Substitutes (not used): Dawson, Foley, Moore, Dunn.
Goal: Hayter (pen) 84.
Leicester City (4-4-2): Schmeichel; De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky; Knockaert (James, 72), Drinkwater (Hammond, 90), King, Dyer; Nugent (Schlupp, 78), Vardy. Substitutes (not used): Hopper, Miquel, Wasilewski, Logan.
Goals: Dyer 54, Nugent (pen) 62.
Booking: De Laet.
Referee: B Malone (Wiltshire).