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Classic Encounter: Foxes Defeat Cherries En Route To Promotion

Leicester City’s fourth league match is a home encounter with AFC Bournemouth, who the Foxes recorded an important victory over during their journey towards a Premier League return in 2013.
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The Cherries visit King Power Stadium on Saturday following Leicester’s back-to-back top-flight away trips versus Chelsea and Sheffield United, during which they gathered four points.

City recorded their first ever Premier League triumph over Eddie Howe’s men last term thanks to strikes from Wes Morgan and Jamie Vardy, and the Foxes No.9 was also on the scoresheet during an important win in October 2013.

However, our latest featured classic encounter is a clash from 2013, when the Foxes were building up the momentum for a promotion challenge...

Leicester City 2 AFC Bournemouth 1
Saturday 26 October, 2013
King Power Stadium

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Wes Morgan
Wes Morgan

Skipper Wes Morgan faced the Cherries alongside Kasper Schmeichel, Jamie Vardy and Andy King. Matty James was an unused substitute in the victory.

Under Nigel Pearson, Leicester had lost just two games in 15 outings in all competitions heading into the encounter on Filbert Way, and had dropped only two points on home soil following a goalless draw with Leeds United back in August.

Striker David Nugent, who already had six Championship goals to his name in 2013/14, sent a fine curling effort into the far corner on 18 minutes to put his side ahead after some good work from Lloyd Dyer on the left wing.

A long-range drive from Mark Pugh levelled matters 20 minutes later, but another well-worked strike followed after the interval as Chris Wood lifted the ball into the path of Vardy, who rounded goalkeeper Ryan Allsop before rolling the ball into the net.

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Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy's neat finish secured all three points against the Cherries in October 2013.

Bournemouth then went down to 10 men shortly after as Elliott Ward picked up a second booking of the game, while Anthony Knockaert and Jeffrey Schlupp both went close to extending City’s advantage.

Later in the campaign, Kevin Phillips secured a 1-0 triumph over the Cherries at Vitality Stadium – a fifth-straight Championship win – on the path to a return to England’s top flight following a decade-long absence.

City: Schmeichel, Moore, Morgan (c), Wasilewski, Konchesky, Knockaert, Drinkwater, King (Hammond 87'), Dyer, Nugent (Wood 52'), Vardy (Schlupp 86')

Subs not used: Logan, Miquel, James, Taylor-Fletcher

Goals: Nugent 18', Vardy 64'

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