Read a full match report on the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Leicester City at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday 4 March, 2015.
- Leicester City beaten 2-0 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
- David Silva opens the scoring in first half stoppage time before James Milner adds a second with two minutes left.
- Riyad Mahrez goes closest for the Foxes with a shot against the post in the second half.
- Nigel Pearson's side remain bottom and seven points adrift of 17th placed Aston Villa, but with a game in hand.
Leicester City slipped to a frustrating defeat at the hands of Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City in a close game at the Eithad Stadium on Wednesday evening.
It was a goal from Spain international David Silva in first half stoppage time that opened the scoring on the night, as he reacted quickest to a rebound after seeing his initial effort blocked by Wes Morgan.
The Foxes saw a number of penalty appeals waved away during the match, and went agonisingly close to equalising in the second half when Riyad Mahrez's half volley struck the upright.
However their hopes of rescuing a point evaporated with just two minutes remaining, when substitute James Milner arrived in the box to turn in a Jesus Navas cross and seal a victory for the title-chasing hosts.
It was an unchanged line-up to start the match for the Foxes as Nigel Pearson stuck by the side that drew 2-2 against Everton, while Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany was named among the home side’s substitutes.
In the Manchester City starting XI for the first time was January signing from Swansea City, Wilfried Bony, and he was very nearly on the score-sheet after just three minutes. The Ivory Coast international got a good connection on David Silva’s corner, but Esteban Cambiasso was well placed to clear off the line.
As expected, the home side dominated the early possession stakes, pinning the Foxes deep in the own half, but as 15 minutes passed, a long range drive from Yaya Toure that failed to trouble Mark Schwarzer was all they could add to Bony’s earlier effort.
Leicester needed to be disciplined as they sought to earn a result by disrupting the rhythm of a side that had put Newcastle United to the sword so impressively in the league not so long ago, and they were just that.
That defensive stability relied on the pace and skill of Andrej Kramarić, Jeff Schlupp and Mahrez to relieve the pressure at the other end. Kompany’s replacement Eliaquim Mangala in particular was troubled by Schlupp’s willingness to press the ball.
Shortly afterwards, Schlupp’s pace again caused problems and City may have thought they had good cause for a penalty. Bony came across as the winger entered the box following a corner from the right and appeared to nudge him off the ball, but referee Robert Madley didn’t agree.
The Foxes supporters were again vocal in their appeals for another penalty in the 25th minute. Mahrez released a perfectly-weighted pass for Kramarić, who went down under pressure from the advancing England goalkeeper Joe Hart, but again Mr Madley ignored the appeals.
The hosts responded with a cutting attack down the right courtesy of Navas, who put a dangerous ball across the six-yard box for Bony to attack, but as he turned it towards goal, Schwarzer’s reactions foiled him.
The experienced City stopper was again called into action to deny Toure, but when Bony collected a decent ball over the top, he was able to watch it fly harmlessly over his bar.
Kramarić then saw a deflected shot saved as the game looked to be heading into half-time all-square, but with seconds remaining until the whistle, Silva pounced to score from just a few yards out after his initial shot had rebounded off Wes Morgan back into his path.
After the break, it was again the combination of Navas and Bony that unlocked the Leicester back line, but the latter swept his effort wide.
Then, at the other end, Leicester had probably the biggest of their three penalty shouts as Kramarić, his feet planted just inside the box, was upended clumsily by the retreating Fernando. A foul, said Mr Madley, but awarded outside the area. Kramarić sought his own brand of justice, but his resulting free-kick deflected just wide of Hart's right-hand post.
Just before the hour mark, and after another excellent Schwarzer save, Pearson opted for a double change just as he did at Everton last time out. On came the pairing of David Nugent and Jamie Vardy to replace Koncheksy and Kramarić.
That move saw Schlupp switch to left back to combat the pace of Navas, and Vardy pressing at the top of the pitch with Nugent. But while there was urgency from Leicester, it opened them up to more attacks from the hosts – Sergio Aguero, Silva and Toure all seeing shots blocked in quick succession.
If City were to salvage anything from the match, they would have their goalkeeper to thank, as with 20 minutes remaining he was at full stretch to tip Toure's curling 18 yard effort around the post high to his left.
Aguero also went close as Bony made way for Milner, while Mahrez came within the width of a post of levelling - his half volley leaving Hart flat-footed as it hit the outside of the upright.
That was countered by another surge forward from Manuel Pellegrini's men. First Schwarzer was at his brilliant best to parry efforts from Aleksandar Kolarov and Silva, before Toure sent his shot well wide.
City top scorer Leo Ulloa was soon sent for form the bench at the expense of Mahrez, while Frank Lampard and Edin Dzeko entered the fray for Silva and Aguero on the Manchester side.
However Leicester's comeback hopes suffered a terminal blow with two minutes left on the clock, when Milner swept home a Navas cutback from six yards to seal a Manchester City victory and leave the Foxes looking to a home tie against Hull City on Saturday 14 March.
MANCHESTER CITY: Hart, Demichelis, Sagna, Kolarov, Mangala, Silva (Lampard 79), Fernando, Navas, Toure (c), Aguero (Dzeko 85), Bony (Milner 72)
SUBS NOT USED: Caballero, Kompany, Zabaleta, Clichy
GOALS: Silva 45, Milner 88
CITY: Schwarzer, Konchesky (Nugent 57), Morgan (c), Upson, James, Huth, Schlupp, Simpson, Cambiasso, Mahrez (Ulloa 76), Kramarić (Vardy 57)
SUBS NOT USED: Drinkwater, King, Hamer, Wasilewski