Live Commentary: Leicester City 0-0 Leeds United - as it happened

Leicester's Jamie Vardy celebrates with team mates after scoring the winner against Middlesbrough on August 3, 2013
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Sports Mole brings you live text commentary of today's Championship clash between Leicester City and Leeds United at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester City welcomed Leeds United to the King Power Stadium for their first home match of the new Championship season this afternoon.

Both teams won on the opening weekend of the season - as well as advancing in the League Cup - but neither side threatened much in an even contest.

Whites boos Brian McDermott will no doubt be the happier of the two managers.

You can read how the match unfolded below.


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4pmGood afternoon! Welcome to Sports Mole for live text commentary of today's Championship clash between Leicester City and Leeds United.

4.01pmFirst of all, let's give you some team news from the King Power Stadium...

4.02pmLEICESTER: Schmeichel; Moore, Morgan, Whitbread; De Laet, Drinkwater, James, King, Konchesky; Vardy, Nugent

4.03pmLEEDS: Kenny; Peltier, Lees, Pearce, Warnock; Green, Austin, Murphy, McCormack; Hunt, Varney

4.04pmWe have a couple of centurions in our midst today. David Nugent and Ross McCormack will both be making their 100th appearances for their respective sides. Can either one cap that with a goal today?

4.05pmRudy Austin returns to the Leeds starting lineup and will wear the captain's armband. Wes Morgan does the honours for the hosts.

4.09pmLeicester have not won their opening two games of a season since the days of Micky Adams in 2002-2003 - they went on to win promotion to the Premier League that season, as well. The Foxes have lost just one of their last five opening fixtures at home, but have managed just one clean sheet in their last 12 league meetings with today's opponents.

4.10pmA late Michael Keane penalty rescued a point for the Foxes in this fixture last season.

4.12pmA 1-0 victory in November 2011 was the last time Leeds beat Leicester on their own patch. Their away form last season was pretty dire, to boot. The 2-1 victory over Watford on the final day is the only time they have claimed maximum points on the road in 2013.

4.15pmBoth teams not only won their opening league games of the season last weekend, but also won through to the second round of the League Cup in midweek. Leicester battled to a 2-1 victory at Wycombe Wanderers, while Leeds overcame a valiant Chesterfield outfit at Elland Road.

4.20pmNIGEL PEARSON: "It's a tough game for both sides today. We're looking forward to it. The players have worked hard to make a good start and we want to build on it."

4.21pmBRIAN MCDERMOTT: "It's never easy to pick teams, but it's part of the job and we're delighted to have Rudy back. Two teams have won games and we're looking forward to this one. It's always a great atmosphere."

4.22pm

4.26pmSo the players will be receiving some final instructions before kickoff. It promises to be an exciting encounter today, as these stats from WhoScored.com show:

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 8 of Leeds's last 10 games in Championship. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Leicester's last 8 games in Championship.

4.28pmThe teams have made their way onto the pitch. We're just moments from kickoff at the King Power Stadium.

0 minKICKOFF! Leicester get us underway...

1 minThe home side win the first corner of the match. Not a bad delivery but Leeds get it clear. Liam Moore hurls a long throw into the area but once again the visitors have enough bodies in the penalty area.

2 minLeeds eventually ease the pressure with a quick break and Noel Hunt wins a corner. Luke Murphy swings a dangerous ball into the box but Schmeichel parries clear. Fast start.

4 minNeat turn by Varney and he sets McCormack free down the right, but the Scot's return ball into the box is too high for the striker, who just slipped as the ball glided towards him.

4 minCHANCE! Leeds putting some good early pressure on Leicester. Noel Hunt stood a ball up for Jason Pearce, who was around six yards from goal but headed over the bar. Decent opportunity.

6 minThe away team have definitely settled better early on. Leicester are getting a bit of a chasing at the moment as Brian McDermott's men spread the ball about the field.

7 minNice move by Leicester! De Laet showed some nice footwork to play in Nugent down the right, but his ball into the near post was too close to Paddy Kenny, who gathered the ball into his arms.

10 minLeicester have managed to get a few men on the ball in the last couple of minutes and break Leeds' early dominance of possession. Still, it's the visitors who have had 64% of it.

12 minBOOKING! Jason Pearce is the first man to see yellow for a foul on Jamie Vardy.

13 minMistake from Pearce nearly gifts Leicester a goal-scoring opportunity. He was waiting for Kenny to come out to gather a loose ball, but his keeper provided no assistance and Vardy picked his pocket. However, the striker's ball into the box was blocked for a corner.

15 minThe corner doesn't threaten and Leeds are able to break. Varney does brilliantly to set McCormack racing down the right once more, and now he wins a corner for the visitors. The ball is swung into the area once more but the referee blows for a foul on Schmeichel.

16 minIt's now Leicester who are controlling possession, but Leeds have already looked dangerous on the counter today.

19 minKonchesky whips a cross into the area and it results in a bit of head tennis, with Leeds eventually clearing their lines. Jamie Vardy is definitely Leicester's target man - they're angling balls into his head and chest at every opportunity.

20 minSo nearly a chance there for Leicester, as Nugent weaves his way into the area but loses control of the ball allowing Paul Green to hack clear.

23 minKonchesky prods a ball into Vardy with his back to goal, but the striker is unable to roll his marker and get a shot off.

25 minDrinkwater tries a shot from around 30 yards out but it is blocked for a corner. Leicester definitely on top at the moment.

26 minThe set piece comes to nothing but Leicester retain possession. De Laet and Drinkwater are looking good on the ball, but so far little has been created. Jason Pearce's chance remains the best of the match.

28 minOFFSIDE! Leicester nearly caught with a suckerpunch! McCormack delivered a good early cross from the right and Hunt, who had stole na march on his marker, got there before Schmeichel but couldn't hit the target. The linesman's flag spared the former Reading man's blushes, but everyone was expecting the net to ripple.

32 minMoore launches another long throw into the area and Kenny rather flaps at it, but still Leeds clear the danger. The referee blows up for a foul by Wes Morgan.

34 minThe game has slowed down since a bright start. The pressing isn't as fervent and the passing has become a bit sloppy. Neither team really retaining possession.

38 minEven Drinkwater, who was looking composed in the centre of the park, has played a few rash passes in the last couple of minutes. Leeds are being outnumbered in attack, while Leicester's passing lacks real penetration. We're in a bit of a lull.

40 minA moment of concern for Brian McDermott as Tom Lees is down and clutching his knee. His face paints a picture of agony, it's doubtful whether he'll continue. Replays show it was a block on David Nugent that did the damage.

41 minPlay resumed with Lees off the pitch but he look OK to continue. Good news for the visitors.

43 minLeicester fail to clear their lines and Varney wins a corner for Leeds. The ball is whipped into the near post but James is able to clear for another corner, which comes to nothing.

45 minThere's going to be two minutes of time added on at the end of the first half.

45+2 minBOOKING! Murphy burst through the Leicester midfield but is chopped down by Whitbread, and the American joins Pearce in the referee's notebook. A chance for Leeds in the dying embers of the first half.

45+2 minAustin slams the ball into the wall and McCormack skies the rebound.

5.19pmHALF TIME: Leicester City 0-0 Leeds United

5.20pmWell the referee brings an end to a half that started so brightly but ended quite poorly. A change of tact is needed from both teams, but more so Leicester with them being the home team. Brian McDermott will be the happier man at the break.

5.23pmThe only real chance of note came in the fourth minute of the game, with Jason Pearce rising high to meet Noel Hunt's cross only to head over the bar. A lack of creativity from both sides since then. Jamie Vardy and David Nugent have been starved of service in attack, while Leeds are constantly outnumbered when going forward.

5.24pmPossession has evened out since Leeds's early domination, with Leicester eventually finishing the first 45 with 53% of the ball.

5.26pmLEICESTER BENCH: Dyer, Waghorn, Schlupp, Danns, Knockaert, Logan, Wood


LEEDS BENCH: Ashdown, Brown, Drury, White, Tonge, Poleon, Smith

5.28pmI'm going to take you away from events at the King Power for just a moment to tell you about the other offerings we have on Sports Mole today...

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5.33pmAnd now we complete out return trip to the King Power. Read the story of the first half by clicking here.

45 minKICKOFF! Leeds get the second half underway. Neither manager has made a change at half time.

47 minNice interchange between Varney and McCormack down the right but the Scot's cross is a poor one that fails to clear the first man. SMH, as I believe the youngsters on Twitter are always saying.

49 minLeeds find a bit of space in midfield and Varney is set free down the left, but Leicester have enough men back in defence. Leeds get the corner, but the referee blows for a foul as it's swung into the area. Tom Lees penalised for climbing.

52 minMoore launches another long throw into the area and Leicester win a corner from it. Drinkwater whips the ball into a dangerous area and Andy King approaches but is beaten to it by Rudy Austin.

55 minLloyd Dyer is stripped and being given some instructions on the touchline. Leicester need a fresh approach.

56 minLEICESTER SUBSTITUTION: Lloyd Dyer comes on to replace Ritchie de Laet.

58 minToday's attendance at the King Power Stadium is 22,275, with 2,851 fans making the trip from Yorkshire... and I'm sure other places, too.

60 minLeicester are the team on top in this second half, but for all their possession they are still yet to create a meaningful chance on goal.

61 minLEICESTER SUBSTITUTION: Anthony Knockaert comes on to replace Matt James.

61 minCan the Frenchman give the Foxes's attack a different complexion?

63 minNugent and Vardy are still having to feed off scraps as the majority of the match is being played in midfield.

65 minLEEDS SUBSTITUTION: Dom Poleon, who scored the winner in midweek against Chesterfield, comes on for Noel Hunt.

67 minSHOT! Drinkwater finds a yard of space on the edge of the Leeds box, shimmies clear of Lees and tries to bend one beyond Kenny and into the far corner... but it's too high. He's been Leicester's best player so far.

68 minRudy Austin has been a big presence in midfield for the visitors.

71 minSHOT! Knockaert pokes the ball into Nugent, who is free inside the area, but he doesn't look up before shooting and spoons his effort wide. He was trying something similar to Drinkwater. Half chance there for the home side.

73 minSHOT! The changes have freshened Leicester up. A change in formation and they are getting a lot more space now. Knockaert once again finds Vardy, but the striker tries a shot from distance that Kenny deals with.

74 minCHANCE! Nugent flicks a long goal kick into Vardy's path but the striker can't keep his effort down as he is rushed by Kenny. Brave goalkeeping.

74 minLEICESTER SUBSTITUTION: That's Vardy's last contribution of a frustrating afternoon for him. He's been replaced by Chris Wood. That's Nigel Pearson's final change.

76 minThe game has livened up in the last 10 minutes. If there's going to be a winner it'll be by the one goal.

77 minLEEDS UNITED: Luke Varney makes way for Matt Smith... and Leeds have a corner.

77 minThe ball is fired low towards Pearce but he makes a mess of his shot and the Leicester defence clears.

78 minOFFSIDE! Great work by Poleon down the left, as he cuts inside and stabs a ball to the back post for Smith. The former Oldham man heads back across goal for Green, who gets underneath the ball and heads over. Just wasn't quite tall enough. The flag went up, so it wouldn't have counted anyhow.

80 minKnockaert heads the ball down into a dangerous area of the box but there's no blue shirt to take advantage.

81 minOFF THE POST! Chris Wood is allowed to drift inside, unchallenged, from the right and unleash a left-footed shot, which beats Kenny but cannons off the post and away to safety!

82 min

84 minIf there's one side looking for the win it's Leicester. Leeds are looking for the counter but have been frustrated in their efforts so far this afternoon.

86 minSHOT! Leicester exerting plenty of late pressure but still no way through. Knockaert has a dip from distance but it's wide of the mark.

89 minLEEDS SUBSTITUTION: Michael Tonge comes on to replace Paul Green.

90 minThere's going to be four minutes of injury time at the end of the second half.

90+2 minPaddy Kenny tips Matt Smith's header around the post for a corner. The ball finds it's way to Luke Murphy outside the box, but his cross-shot evades everyone. Difficult to see what he was actually trying with that one.

90+3 minMAN OF THE MATCH! Rudolph Austin. He'd be my choice, too. Put in a shift for his team today.

6.23pmFULL TIME: Leicester City 0-0 Leeds United

6.24pmFair result, neither team did enough to win. Leicester had some late pressure but failed to create anything substantial.

6.26pmThanks for joining us for today's game. Do come again next time. Until then, it's goodbye from SM...

Leicester's David Nugent celebrates a goal against Wycombe on August 6, 2013
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