“Kieran Dewsbury-Hall scored twice as Leicester City overcame Preston North End to return to the top of the Championship with their ninth win in ten games.

With Dewsbury-Hall scoring either side of Kelechi Iheanacho’s six-yard side-footed shot, they overcame third-placed Preston’s resistance.

After Ali McCann dove in to stop a Wilfred Ndidi cross across the box but turned it into his path. The midfielder tapped past Freddie Woodman with his left foot to break the deadlock.

After Woodman saved Iheanacho’s opening shot. Dewsbury-Hall sealed only the second home victory in the last 13 league encounters between the two sides.

Foxes boss Enzo Maresca gave Conor Coady his league debut instead of the suspended Jannik Vestergaard. Still. The England defender had a comfortable introduction. As Preston was content to soak up pressure and try to hit the home side on the break.
Stephy Mavididi fed a superb ball through to Dewsbury-Hall in the box, but an excellent block from Liam Lindsay foiled him, and that was as close as Leicester came before the break despite enjoying 75% of the possession.

Ndidi headed over the angle early in the second half before Dewsbury-Hall curled a 25-yarder just the wrong side of the post from Ricardo Pereira’s pass.
Preston went close when Duane Holmes fired a 25-yard shot that Mads Hermansen pushed past the post, but that was their only effort on target.

And after Dewsbury-Hall opened the scoring, he and Ndidi combined to give Iheanacho – sent on to replace Jamie Vardy – an easy finish from six yards.
It left Preston staring at a second successive defeat following Saturday’s 4-0 home loss to West Bromwich Albion, and any hopes of a fightback were snuffed out when Dewsbury-Hall finished off another fine Leicester move in style.
They are two points clear of Ipswich with another home game against Stoke City on Saturday.

Goalscorer Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall told BBC Radio Leicester:

“We knew what sort of game it was going to be. They’re doing well in the league and have a style of play they’re pretty good at.

“In the first half, they frustrated us a bit; we didn’t get many chances with their two banks of four, but then at half-time, we changed formation.

“Once we got the first goal, it opened up more, and then we could show what we’re like.

“It was a gratifying win and a great game for us to get a bit of daylight between us and third [place]. There’s a certain way of playing against that sort of team. You have to be patient.”

Preston manager Ryan Lowe:

“It was harsh. We were fantastic for 50-odd minutes until they scored the first goal, which was disappointing on our behalf – we went to the ground when we could have intercepted it.

“We didn’t possess much, but I can’t fault the effort. We were out on our feet a bit late, which was expected.

“They have a Dewsbury-Hall player who shouldn’t be playing at this level. But we didn’t fear them. We respected them.

“They are normal human beings but have different qualities to most in the Championship.”

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