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Football | English Championship

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Nugent fires Leicester into second place



Leicester boosted their bid for promotion to the Premier League after David Nugent's goal clinched a 2-1 win over Wolves on Thursday that lifted the Foxes into second place in the Championship.

Nigel Pearson's side are three points clear of third placed Hull and seven behind leaders Cardiff in the race for automatic promotion to the top flight.

Leicester took the lead through a first-half strike from Anthony Knockaert before Wolves levelled after the break thanks to Bakary Sako.

Former England striker Nugent sealed the points for Leicester to leave Wolves languishing just five points above the relegation zone in 19th place.

Wolves almost went ahead against the run of play in the 15th minute, when Kasper Schmeichel punched the ball into the path of Sako, whose pass was just out of the reach of Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

Leicester took the lead when Knockaert dribbled the ball into the Wolves area unchallenged and drove his shot past goalkeeper Carl Ikeme in the 24th minute.

Wolves made the best possible start to the second half, with Sako firing a spectacular equaliser from the edge of the penalty area in the 51st minute.

However, Nugent produced a superb solo goal from the edge of the Wolves area to put Leicester back in control in the 73rd minute.

Dean Saunders' team had several chances to snatch a point in the closing stages but their luck was out as Ebanks-Blake struck the foot of a post with their best opportunity.

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