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Sunday, 28 August 2011
Match Report: Leicester City 3 Southampton 2
Rickie Lambert's controversial own goal proved decisive as Leicester claimed three much-needed points in a 3-2 win against Southampton.The Foxes were promotion favourites at the start of the season after making several acquisitions but it was Southampton who led the pack going into the game having won their first four matches. That made for an entertaining afternoon at the King Power Stadium, with the hosts finding themselves 2-0 up in the early stages through goals from Darius Vassell and Richie Wellens.Andy King was the orchestrator for the first, capitalising on being afforded too much space to send in a delicious centre, which Vassell nudged past Kelvin Davis and into the net.Jeffery Schlupp, looking a constant threat after replacing the injured David Nugent, held the ball up brilliantly before teeing up Wellens, who struck a gorgeous curler off the inside of the post from 25 yards for the second.Dan Harding pulled a goal back for Saints, nodding in Adam Lallana's cross, before the defining moment came just before the break when Lambert headed past his own goalkeeper. The goal was given, much to the visitors' dismay, despite Sol Bamba appearing to push the Saints striker.David Connolly then pulled another goal back for Nigel Adkins' men after the break - another header - but it proved in vain as Leicester claimed the points.