Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Leicester City joined Blackpool at the top of the Npower Championship on the opening weekend after a 52nd minute header from Lee Peltier secured them a 1-0 away win.
The win came despite the visitors having had Darius Vassell sent off early in the match for a tackle on Coventry’s Richard Keogh.
The sending off signaled a spell of pressure from the hosts, during which Kasper Schmeichel had to be smart to tip over a shot from David Bell midway through a first half which Coventry looked to have edged, but which was 0-0 when the sides were evened out by the 39th minute sending off of Carl Baker for a bad tackle on Richie Wellens.
The first half ended at 0-0, but the visitors, rejuvenated by the change to 10 v 10, were soon in control during the second phase.
Leicester could have taken the lead through Nugent, twice, as the player hit a post and narrowly missed after good work from new left-back Paul Konchesky, however, visiting fans did not have to wait long for their men to take the lead as another new signing, Lee Peltier, rose to head home a Richie Wellens cross from the right wing in the 52nd minute.
Leicester, despite having seven new signings in the starting line-up, then produced a measured display to hold onto the lead away from home and take three points that place them equal first at the top of the Npower Championship with Blackpool, who beat Hull City by the same 1-0 scoreline last night, if only for two of three hours, on this opening weekend.
Leicester City fans will be hoping that this win is the first of many: they will be particularly pleased with how well their new signings appeared to gel after a challenging opening few minutes, and even more pleased with a clean sheet against a decent Coventry outfit. On today’s evidence, both of these teams will be top half, come the season’s end.