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The King Power Stadium (ATT 8,585) 18th January 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: R East

Leicester Leicester City vs Middlesbrough M'boro

Leicester 1

D Nugent (70)

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M'boro 0

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Championship: David Nugent's first-time strike sends Leicester second with 1-0 win

Last Updated: 18/01/13 10:46pm

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David Nugent: Celebrates his fine winning goal

David Nugent: Celebrates his fine winning goal

David Nugent's excellent first-time strike sent Leicester second in the Championship after a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough at The King Power Stadium.

Kasper Schmeichel was another hero for Leicester on the night. Leading through Nugent's 70th-minute strike, Foxes substitute Jamie Vardy untidily brought Boro captain Rhys Williams down in the area, but Schmeichel plunged to his left to superbly thwart Marvin Emnes.

The adverse weather conditions delayed Middlesbrough's arrival and the kick-off by 15 minutes, but Tony Mowbray's men begin brightly, with top scorer McDonald firing a snap-shot over in the seventh minute after George Friend's cross was partially cleared by City centre-back Michael Keane.

Chris Wood, looking to build on six goals in three Leicester appearances and a hat-trick last time out, collected a slack pass from Emmanuel Ledesma and tested Jason Steele in the Boro goal following Nugent's return pass.

Steele was a spectator in the 28th minute when Anthony Knockaert collected Wood's lay-off from Paul Konchesky's raking pass on the left hand side of the penalty area and unleashed a venomous left-footed shot which struck the underside of the crossbar, bounced down onto the far post and out to safety.

In the 37th minute McDonald was allowed room to drive goalward from 25 yards. Schmeichel pushed behind and thwarted Andre Bikey's header from the resulting corner.

Leicester ended the half the stronger, with Nugent twice drawing sharp stops from Steele and Keane rattling the bar when Wood stood up a chip into the six yard box.

They should have paid for their profligacy eight minutes into the second period as Ledesma's dinked finish dropped wide after a cute, flicked pass from Middlesbrough's Chelsea loanee Josh McEachran sent him clear.

The hosts responded by striking the woodwork for a third time, Wood planting a powerful header against the upright from Konchesky's centre.

Nugent did manage to beat Steele and his goalposts in the 63rd minute but was adjudged to be marginally offside when he stroked home Ritchie De Laet's pass.

There was no debate when the once-capped England striker clinically swept a half-volley into far corner after Wood dinked the ball into his path.

Substitutes Lloyd Dyer and Vardy might have added a degree of comfort to Leicester's evening, before the latter was left to thank Schmeichel for sparing his blushes.

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1 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13