November 24, 2012
Marshall masterclass has Foxes purring
Ben Marshall scored one goal and set up another on his return to Hillsborough as promotion-hopefuls Leicester consigned struggling Sheffield Wednesday to a 2-0 defeat - their fourth consecutive npower Championship loss.
Marshall enjoyed a successful loan spell with the Owls last season as they secured promotion to the second tier, but the winger showed no room for sentiment as he set up Danny Drinkwater for the opening goal before doubling Leicester's lead himself after the interval.
The former Stoke man was then giving a standing ovation by both sets of supporters when he was substituted by Foxes boss Nigel Pearson, who is also held in high regard at Hillsborough after spending seven years with the Owls in his playing days.
It was all too easy for Leicester, who again outlined their promotion credentials after last week's thumping 6-0 win over Ipswich.
Wednesday, on the other hand, have won just two of their last 15 games and new loan signing Mamady Sidibe, who was making his first competitive appearance since August 2010 after enduring terrible injury problems, was ineffective on his debut after a move from Stoke on deadline day.
Wednesday gave the ball away far too easily in the first half and Marshall tried his luck from 20 yards but failed to test Chris Kirkland.
The home side looked short of confidence and it needed a desperate last-ditch tackle from Martin Taylor to prevent Martyn Waghorn from racing clear after a defensive mix-up.
An unmarked Andy King headed wide when Waghorn picked him out with a pin-point free-kick after 38 minutes, but two minutes later the Foxes were in front.
Wednesday felt they should have had a free-kick when Jay Bothroyd went down on the halfway line but referee Paul Tierney saw nothing amiss and Drinkwater played a neat one-two with Marshall before firing just inside the far post with a clinical finish.
Leicester carried on where they left off after break and Kirkland was called into action to palm Marshall's shot around the near post.
Foxes skipper Wes Morgan should have doubled his side's lead 12 minutes into the second half when he rose highest to meet Waghorn's inviting corner but the big centre-back headed over the crossbar.
It was all one-way traffic and Kirkland produced a fine save to tip the impressive Waghorn's venomous left-foot strike over the bar.
Bothroyd's disappointing loan spell continued as he was replaced by Gary Madine midway through the second half, much to the delight of the Wednesday faithful.
Leicester were toying with the Owls and it was only a matter of time before they added a second goal, which duly came 15 minutes from time when Marshall picked his spot with a measured left-foot finish from the right side of the penalty area, which found the far corner of the net.
Waghorn was unfortunate not to reward his fine performance with a goal when his left-foot shot struck the bar and the Owls faithful voiced their disapproval at the final whistle after another miserable afternoon.
|Sheffield Wednesday||Leicester City|
|1 Chris Kirkland||1 Kasper Schmeichel|
|5 Martin Taylor||5 Wes Morgan|
|4 Anthony Gardner||6 Zak Whitbread|
|2 Lewis Buxton||2 Ritchie De Laet|
|11 Jermaine Johnson||11 Lloyd Dyer|
|6 Jose Vitor Moreira Semedo||10 Andy King|
|7 Michail Antonio||4 Daniel Drinkwater|
|16 Rhys McCabe||7 Ben Marshall|
|24 Jeremy Helan||14 Martin Waghorn|
|23 Jay Bothroyd||18 Jeffrey Schlupp|
|22 Mamady Sidibe||9 Jamie Vardy|
|43 Stephen Bywater||Conrad Logan 13|
|26 Daniel Jones||Paul Konchesky 3|
|8 Chris Lines||Liam Moore 22|
|18 Danny Mayor||Matthew James 16|
|9 Gary Madine||Antony Knockaert 24|
|17 Nejc Pecnik||Jessie Lingard 23|
|15 Rodri||Marko Futacs 29|
|Chris Lines for Rhys McCabe (66)||Marko Futacs for Jamie Vardy (77)|
|Gary Madine for Jay Bothroyd (68)||Antony Knockaert for Ben Marshall (81)|
|Rodri for Mamady Sidibe (75)||Jessie Lingard for Martin Waghorn (85)|
|Mamady Sidibe (42)||Zak Whitbread (45)|
|Chris Lines (83)||Jeffrey Schlupp (45)|
|· Squads: Sheffield Wednesday | Leicester City|