Iain Hume

Hume's Brace Helps City To Blades Victory

As Leicester City's Premier League clash with Sheffield United on Thursday approaches, LCFC.com rolls back the years to the winter of 2005.
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In the present day, the Foxes hold a five-point lead over the Blades in the Premier League with three games of the 2019/20 campaign still to be played this summer.

However, in November 2005, Sheffield United were mounting a promotion bid, while Craig Levein's City were struggling to put together a run of form in the Championship...

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Ryan Smith
Ryan Smith

Youngster Ryan Smith celebrates his one and only goal for the Club on loan from Arsenal.

Leicester City 4 Sheffield United 2
Saturday 26 November, 2005
King Power Stadium

Without a win in four games, Leicester City entertained Neil Warnock's Sheffield United on Filbert Way in a pulsating second-tier encounter, ending in a valuable three points for the Foxes.

In the summer, Levein secured the services of players including Momo Sylla and Rab Douglas from Celtic, while Nils-Eric Johansson and Iain Hume joined from Blackburn Rovers and Tranmere Rovers respectively. 

However, the new-look Foxes squad had struggled to live up to the Scotsman's ambitions and were quickly becoming embroiled in a battle to avoid relegation from the Championship.

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Elvis Hammond
Elvis Hammond

Ghanian striker Elvis Hammond hits the Foxes' third goal of the game.

Despite facing a side challenging for promotion, City were in hot form on 26 November and raced into a two-goal early lead, with Iain Hume and then loan star Ryan Smith netting for the hosts.

Steven Kabba hit back for the Blades in the second period, but Leicester continued to attack and were 4-1 ahead by the 89th minute with Elvis Hammond scoring before Hume added his second late on.

There was still time for the visitors to hit back with a consolation goal through Danny Webber in added time, but the Foxes had done enough to secure a morale-boosting 4-2 triumph.

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Iain Hume
Iain Hume

A unique celebration from Iain Hume after scoring his second and Leicester's fourth goal of the night.

"Elvis Hammond really clicked with Iain Hume and that partnership really benefited the whole team," Levein said at full-time. "We have been playing like that in spells but without scoring goals.

"But the goals made all the difference. I don't think we have been 2-0 up in a game before but this one you could see how much confidence it gave us."

City: Douglas; Maybury, Gerrband, McCarthy, Kisnorbo, Johansson; Guðjónsson, Smith (Hamill 77'), Sylla; Hammond (de Vries 83'), Hume

Subs not used: Williams, Stearman, Tiatto

Goals: Hume 12', 90', Smith 15', Hammond 74'

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