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Saturday 13 September 2014 | Britannia Stadium | Referee: Michael Oliver | Attendance 27,500

Stoke
Stoke
0 - 1
Leicester
  • Leonardo Ulloa (64)
Leicester

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Leonardo Ulloa scored his third goal in four games as Leicester City beat Stoke City 1-0 for a first win of their Barclays Premier League return.

A club-record signing from Brighton & Hove Albion, Ulloa has adapted well to life in England's top flight and was on hand to pocket three points for Nigel Pearson's side.

Peter Crouch spurned an 18th-minute chance and rarely allowed the Leicester defence a moment's peace.

Pearson's decision to send on former Argentina midfielder Esteban Cambiasso at half-time proved inspired as the debutant almost immediately settled his new team-mates into the contest.

Ulloa's goal was their reward as Stoke, a fortnight on from their stunning triumph over champions Manchester City, found themselves on the wrong end of a 1-0 defeat.

The only change to Stoke's victorious XI from the Etihad Stadium saw match-winner Mame Biram Diouf dropped to the bench to accommodate Bojan Krkic in attack.

Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross found himself sporting a bandaged head following a nasty early collision with Jeffrey Schlupp but the sight of his team-mates enjoying the better of the first half went some way towards easing his pain.

An injury sustained by Kasper Schmeichel on international duty with Denmark in midweek meant a Barclays Premier League debut for Ben Hamer, and the goalkeeper twice flapped nervously under pressure from Crouch.

Either side of those chances the former Liverpool striker headed off target when Leicester allowed him a free run at Victor Moses' 18th-minute corner.

Crouch was rarely out of the action and, after a 29th-minute booking for a late lunge on David Nugent, he swivelled to volley over from the edge of the area and sent a rasping drive narrowly wide across Hamer.

The Foxes' lacklustre showing prompted a double switch from Pearson, as Cambiasso replaced Andy King and Riyad Mahrez made way for Danny Drinkwater.

The changes lent the visitors renewed impetus but the first chances of the half fell to Moses and Krkic, who hooked over at close quarters and fired into Hamer's chest.

Nevertheless it was Leicester who broke the deadlock in the 64th minute with a wonderfully worked goal on the counter-attack.

Ulloa, who calmly worked play left earlier in the move, continued his run to apply a back-post finish to Paul Konchesky's low cross.

The impressive Liam Moore made a challenge to deny Jonathan Walters after Crouch brought down a raking ball forward, but, as Stoke mounted a final assault, Shawcross was forced into a similarly last-ditch tackle to thwart Drinkwater.

Leicester only appeared to be truly hanging on when Hamer made point-blank saves from Diouf and Moses in the final minute of normal time.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes: "We can't have any complaints about their game plan because we did the same at Manchester City a couple of weeks ago.

"You have to give the opposition credit, they defended manfully.

"We had good chances and on another day we would have taken the game away from them quite comfortably."

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson: "To do well in any division you have to score goals and for Leonardo Ulloa to get three already is great for him.

"His all-round game gives us a focal point in terms of having different options. He is very popular among the players and he has settled in very well.

"The players are enjoying the Premier League so far. But you only truly enjoy it if you are playing well and getting good results."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Asmir Begovic 4.0 6.6
3. Erik Pieters 5.0 5.0
17. Ryan Shawcross 4.0 6.82
12. Marc Wilson 4.0 4.86
2. Phil Bardsley 4.0 4.71
6. Glenn Whelan 4.0 5.65
19. Jonathan Walters 4.0 6.06
13. Victor Moses 4.0 7.18
27. Bojan 5.0 5.32
15. Steven N'Zonzi 4.0 5.45
25. Peter Crouch 4.0 6.91
Substitutes All Fans BFR
29. Thomas Sørensen - 3.6
16. Charlie Adam - 5.54
24. Oussama Assaidi - 2.3
18. Mame Biram Diouf - 6.8
5. Marc Muniesa - 4.67
10. Marko Arnautovic - 4.75
4. Robert Huth - 4.5
Line-up All Fans BFR
12. Ben Hamer 8.0 5.25
5. Wes Morgan 8.5 5.86
2. Ritchie de Laet 8.5 5.54
3. Paul Konchesky 8.0 5.43
18. Liam Moore 8.5 5.49
15. Jeffrey Schlupp 6.0 5.43
10. Andy King 5.5 5.64
26. Riyad Mahrez 5.5 5.45
7. Dean Hammond 7.5 5.61
35. David Nugent 7.5 6.36
23. Leonardo Ulloa 9.0 7.28
Substitutes All Fans BFR
9. Jamie Vardy 9.0 7.67
27. Marcin Wasilewski - 4.9
24. Anthony Knockaert - 5.2
39. Chris Wood 10.0 5.94
19. Esteban Cambiasso 10.0 6.76
4. Daniel Drinkwater 10.0 5.97
31. Adam Smith - -

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