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Match verdict: Charlton stunner rocks Leicester City's hopes


Leicester City suffered a huge blow to their hopes of promotion to the Premier League with a 2-1 defeat at home to Charlton last night.

Manager Nigel Pearson fielded a full-strength team after making several changes for the FA Cup defeat against Huddersfield last week.

Former City striker Yann Kermorgant came back to haunt his old club by putting Charlton on the way to victory, and Danny Haynes cancelled out Chris Wood's equaliser.

3 min: Anthony Knockaert does well to wriggle free on the edge of the box and test Ben Hamer with a left-footed strike which the Charlton keeper pushes around the post for a corner.

7 min: Bradley Pritchard picks up the ball from a long kick and fires wide from distance. Charlton are going very direct, with former City striker Yann Kermorgant the targetman, and have started quite well.

9 min: Good combination between Ben Marshall and Paul Konchesky, and Konchesky just fails to pick out a City player inside the area. The ball comes back into the area and Wes Morgan heads over.

19 min: GOAL 0-1 A terrible mistake by Danny Drinkwater gifts the ball to Pritchard inside the City box and he pulls the ball back for Kermorgant, who stuns his former side with a neat finish. It was a blind pass backwards from Drinkwater and City have been punished for a sloppy start.

30 min: Johnnie Jackson is booked for a rash challenge but there is no question that the visitors are winning the 50-50s, to the frustration of City fans.

35 min: City just cannot get their passing going and squander possession repeatedly. The front two of Chris Wood and David Nugent just cannot seem to get hold of the ball and provide City with a platform for their attacks. Credit to Charlton for their doggedness in defence.

37 min: City surge forward and Marshall's shot is spilled by Hamer, but the Addicks keeper gathers at the feet of Nugent.

39 min: A piece of City quality as Ritchie De Laet surges down the right and beats two defenders before teeing up Knockaert, but the Frenchman scoops his finish over the bar.

45+1 min: Marshall cuts inside off the left flank and shoots from 20 yards but it is way wide. That sums up the first half for City.

45+1 min: Jackson shoots from 20 yards out but it is wide of the target.

H-t: min: City 0 Charlton 1

49 min: Knockaert again gives away possession and Pritchard is almost sent clean through but takes his shot early with Konchesky closing in and fires wildly wide.

52 min: Schmeichel makes a hash of Jackson's high ball but redeems himself with a good save to deny another former City player, Michael Morrison, a second for the visitors.

58 min: Morgan's pass dissects the Charlton defence and wood finishes but he is flagged off-side.

64 min: Marshall's corner flashes across the Charlton box but Nugent and Morgan cannot get a vital touch to it.

64 min: CITY SUBSTITUTIONS Paul Gallagher for Marshall, Lloyd Dyer for Knockaert.

67 min: Wood shoots from outside the box and it appears to hit Leon Cort on the arm. Referee Michael Naylor gives a corner.

69 min: GOAL 1-1 De Laet makes another surging run into the box and the ball ricochets into the path of Wood who slots home.

75 min: Konchesky's deep cross is headed into the area by De Laet and the ball falls for Wood, but he hooks his half volley over the bar.

79 min: GOAL 1-2 Danny Haynes scores with a dipping half-volley on the turn just minutes after coming on. City had showed signs of taking control and that goal has come out of the blue.

79 min: CITY SUBSTITUTION Andy King for James.

88 min: Wood's deflected shot is inches wide with Hamer stranded. City are having no luck.

88 min: Hamer touches Drinkwater's strike from distance around the post at full stretch.

90+4 min: Wood has a great chance with a free-kick on the edge of the area but his strike beats the wall and flashes past the far post.

f-t: City 1 Charlton 2

Match verdict: Charlton stunner rocks Leicester City's hopes

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