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The King Power Stadium (ATT 19,920) 19th February 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: M Naylor

Leicester Leicester City vs Charlton Athletic Charlton

Leicester 1

C Wood (69)

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Charlton 2

Y Kermorgant (19)
D Haynes (78)

Championship: Charlton pick up all three points away from home at Leicester

Last Updated: 20/02/13 11:32am

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Yann Kermorgant: Celebrates after Leicester's first goal

Yann Kermorgant: Celebrates after Leicester's first goal

Yann Kermorgant returned to the King Power Stadium to haunt the home side as the Frenchman scored one and created another in Charlton's 2-1 Championship victory at Leicester on Tuesday night.

The 31-year-old, who also scored in the Addicks 2-1 victory in the reverse fixture back in August, was playing in Leicester for the first-time since his costly play-off semi-final penalty miss two years ago during an ill-fated spell with the Foxes.

Booed throughout, Kermorgant, almost inevitably, had the last laugh as Charlton performed a textbook smash-and-grab raid against a Leicester side who dominated from start to finish.

Leicester's first opening came in just the third minute as David Nugent advanced down the left wing and squared the ball for Anthony Knockaert, who rode a challenge on the edge of the area before delivering a fierce shot which Ben Hamer did well to parry behind.

The visitors went in front after 19 minutes when Pritchard got free down the left channel and pulled back for Kermorgant, who neatly converted from 12 yards to a chorus of boos from the fans of his former employers.

Marshall came close to restoring parity in the 37th minute when he collected a cross-field ball on halfway, surged forward and, as the Charlton defence parted, flashed a powerful drive which Hamer initially spilled before smothering.

Knockaert fluffed a golden opportunity to equalise six minutes before half-time. Richie DeLaet went on a marauding run down the right flank, beat two Athletic defenders and picked out the Frenchman, who ballooned his effort over the bar with only Hamer to beat.

Charlton showed little attacking intent throughout the evening, but they might have had a second four minutes after the interval when Kermorgant brilliantly put Pritchard clean through, only for the striker's audacious attempted lob over Kasper Schmeichel to sail harmlessly into the crowd.

The Danish keeper then spilt Johnnie Jackson's 57th-minute free-kick at the feet of Michael Morrison, only to recover superbly and tip the defender's shot away.

Wood's anger intensified seven minutes later when Leon Cort appeared to deflect his 20-yard shot behind with his arm, but it was a case of third time lucky just two minutes later.

DeLaet went on another foray into opposition territory and the Belgian's centre deflected kindly for the 21-year-old to fire home an eighth goal in seven matches since arriving from West Brom.

There appeared to be only one winner at that stage, but Charlton substitute Danny Haynes latched on to Kermorgant's flick and, with the Leicester defence standing off, unleashed a 20-yard left-foot effort which sailed into the top-left corner of Schmeichel's goal.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Leicester City 43 93
2 Burnley 43 86
3 Derby County 43 78
4 Queens Park Rangers 43 73
5 Wigan Athletic 42 70
6 Brighton and Hove Albion 43 65
7 Reading 43 64
8 Ipswich Town 43 64
9 Nottingham Forest 43 62
10 Bournemouth 43 62
11 Blackburn Rovers 43 61
12 Watford 42 60
13 Middlesbrough 43 58
14 Bolton Wanderers 43 55
15 Sheffield Wednesday 43 53
16 Leeds United 43 53
17 Huddersfield Town 43 47
18 Birmingham City 42 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 43 43
20 Millwall 43 43
21 Charlton Athletic 42 42
22 Blackpool 43 42
23 Barnsley 43 39
24 Yeovil Town 43 37