LEICESTER CITY 5 QPR 1
Report by Paul Weston
An expectant crowd gathered at the King Power for what had turned out to be a stress-free match after the resilient draw against Sunderland had brought The Great Escape to a fantastic conclusion. The Birch commendably had hobbled his way yet again around the pitch for his 35th charity run to warm applause from the crowd.
Pearson selected the same side as at Sunderland and the team came out to a roar from the crowd who had been well lubricated by the free beer donated by the owner. It was a sea of blue with noisy clackers and flags provided for everyone. Each team member was greeted with acclaim especially for Jamie Vardy- England’s Number 1- who would have thought it a few months ago?
Although QPR had plenty of possession throughout the match City always carried the greater attacking threat with the wingbacks Schlupp and Albrighton bombing down the flanks and tackling back with great energy. Ulloa just missed with a curler.
However, it did not take long for Mahrez to meander through the QPR defence and send in a shot which the goalie obligingly fumbled for Vardy to slot home. 1-0 and the crowd was rocking. Then, from another Schlupp raid down the wing and cross, Albrighton thumped in a shot which arrowed into the net leaving McCarthy with no chance. 2-0 at half time and City was well in control.