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Match Report: Stoke 0 Leicester City 1

Read a full match report on the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Leicester City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday 13 September.

- City record first win of the season and move into top half of the table.
- Leonardo Ulloa scores his third goal in four league matches.
- Esteban Cambiasso and Ben Hamer make their league debuts for Leicester.
- Hamer denies Mame Biram Diouf twice in the dying stages to seal the points for the Foxes.

Leicester City registered their first victory of the Barclays Premier League season with a determined performance at the Britannia Stadium against Stoke City on Saturday.

A second half strike from Leonardo Ulloa sealed the three points for City as the Argentine forward turned in Paul Konchesky’s low cross on 65 minutes.

Nigel Pearson made one change to the team that claimed a point in the 1-1 draw against Arsenal last time out as Ben Hamer made his Premier League debut, replacing Kasper Schmeichel, who picked up a minor knee injury while away on international duty with Denmark.

Stoke were the first to threaten through Steven Nzonzi – the Frenchman breaking from the halfway line, skipping past the City midfield, before striking wide with 10 minutes on the clock.

And the Potters threatened again eight minutes later – Peter Crouch heading just wide in the six yard box from a Victor Moses corner.

Increased pressure from the home side mustered another chance as former Ipswich forward Jonathan Walters nodded past Konchesky, only for him to scuff his strike from 12 yards – Hamer collecting comfortably on 22 minutes.

It was a good spell for Stoke, with Glenn Whelan next striking at the City goal minutes later – the Republic of Ireland international pulling his shot well wide of the target.

The first Foxes effort came on 27 minutes as Andy King, who emerged victorious in a 2-1 win for Wales on Tuesday, hit a low drive narrowly wide of Asmir Begovic’s upright from 25 yards.

Crouch again came close to breaking the deadlock on the half hour mark with an impressive volley from the edge of the area but couldn’t hit the target after meeting Whelan’s cross.

Pearson’s back four continued to absorb Stoke’s pressure, with Whelan next striking from range and Ryan Shawcross then heading towards goal to no avail.

Crouch - a handful all game - then fired just inches wide of Hamer’s right-hand post six minutes before the break.

N’Zonzi went close in first half injury time but Hamer tipped – neither side able to net in the opening 45 minutes.

Danny Drinkwater and Esteban Cambiasso replaced Riyad Mahrez and King at the break, handing the former Inter Milan midfielder his City debut.

Moses spurned the first opportunity of the second half on 47 minutes, turning Bojan Krkic’s low cross high over Hamer’s bar.

Bojan burst down the right wing on the hour mark but a superb block from skipper Wes Morgan denied the former Barcelona man a clean strike at goal.

But Pearson’s men opened the scoring on 65 minutes as Ulloa tapped in a Konchesky cross from close range – his third league goal in four appearances for City.

Mark Hughes’ side piled on the pressure and a block from former Potter Ritchie De Laet maintained the lead for the Foxes, turning N’Zonzi’s shot wide five minutes later.

City came agonisingly close to a second in the 75th minute, a stunning combination of play between Jeffrey Schlupp, Cambiasso and Drinkwater created a chance for the former Manchester United man, but Drinkwater couldn’t get his shot away.

Dean Hammond then followed up with an effort from long range – the shot beating Begovic but not the post.

And the former Southampton midfielder had another opportunity in front of City’s travelling fans but flicked Cambiasso’s free kick just wide with his head.

Crouch could have netted an equaliser with six minutes remaining but the former Liverpool frontman headed well over from Whelan’s ball in.

A swift break from Liam Moore, who rounded four players before switching the ball to the right wing, saw Ulloa slip in De Laet deep in the Stoke box – the Belgian firing over from close range.

Hamer then made two superb last-gasp saves to keep the City lead intact, denying Mame Biram Diouf twice to ensure all three points returned home with his side.

The result, which sent almost 3,000 Leicester City fans home happy, was the Club's first in England’s top flight since March 2004.

And Ulloa’s winner means that the Foxes jump up to the top half of the Premier League for the first time before the visit of Manchester United to King Power Stadium next weekend.

STOKE: Begovic, Bardsley, Pieters (Muniesa 84), Shawcross, Wilson, Whelan, N’Zonzi, Moses, Bojan (Diouf 74), Walters (Assaidi 82), Crouch

SUBS NOT USED: Sorensen, Huth, Arnautovic, Adam

CITY: Hamer, De Laet, Morgan (c), Moore, Konchesky, Mahrez (Drinkwater 46), Hammond, King (Cambiasso 46), Schlupp (Vardy 76), Ulloa, Nugent

SUBS NOT USED: Smith, Wasilewski, Knockaert, Wood

GOAL: Ulloa 65

ATTENDANCE: 27,500 (2,881 away)

REFEREE: Michael Oliver

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