Norwich 1-2 Leicester: Sunday Mirror match report
Published 17:11 18/02/12 By Steve Stammers
David Nugent’s colourful career reached another milestone at Carrow Road when he put Leicester into the FA Cup quarter-finals.
The striker is with his sixth club and on the way he has scored for England and won an FA Cup winners medal.
But his strike against Premier League Norwich will be among his most significant achievements as the Championship outfit reached the sixth round.
The omens for Norwich were there as early as the second minute.
Steve Morison, who had a lacklustre afternoon, set the standard when he blazed wide from an opening carved by Norwich captain Wes Hoolahan.
Leicester took advantage of the reprieve and within five minutes they were ahead. Ben Marshall was to prove a threat all afternoon with his delivery from corners and Sean St Ledger neatly diverted his first of the game past keeper Jed Steer.
Inside 10 minutes, Norwich appeared to have turned the game in their favour. In the 22nd minute, Kasper Schmeichel was adjudged to have bundled over Elliott Bennett. Schmeichel was non-plussed but referee Mike Dean was insistent. Hoolahan’s first effort was superbly saved by Schmeichel but the rebound fell to Hoolahan who made no mistake with the goalkeeper stranded.
Leicester thought the ball had crossed the line and that they had retaken the lead 10 minutes later when Elliott Ward blocked Wes Morgan’s effort on the line.
“These things will happen until we bring in technology,” said Leicester manager Nigel Pearson.
“As for David Nugent, his contribution is terrific. Even when he is not scoring his work-rate is excellent. Now I hope we can show some consistency in the league.”
Leicester refused to feel sorry for themselves. With the energetic Neil Danns running selflessly in midfield, they always looked the more lively and imaginative. The reward came 20 minutes from time.
The Leicester defence had held firm from any worthwhile Norwich attacks and Nugent struck with devastating effect.
A hopeful long ball forward was won by Jermaine Beckford and possession fell to Nugent.
There was still a lot for the striker to do but a back-pedalling and off-guard Norwich defence helped.
A token effort from Leon Barnett failed to stop Nugent’s progress and he accelerated into the box to drive under Steer.
“I am disappointed to be out of the FA Cup. I picked a team to win the tie,” said Norwich manager Paul Lambert.
“We tried everything to get through but it wasn’t to be. I never look at any game being easy.”