Leicester City 2 Reading 1

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Last updated : 24 August 2002

Leicester boss Micky Adams hailed his team after they overcame a crippling injury list and off field distractions that threaten the club's future to beat a lively Reading side a record a third win in four starts.

Without the creative work force of Muzzy Izzet and Nicky Summerbee, City were forced to compete with no less than six injured players.

But despite all that The Foxes found themselvse racing into a two-goal lead within just four minutes of the start.

There were just two minutes gone when a long free-kick by Ian Walker was flicked on by Paul Dickov for Brian Deane to finish with a right-foot shot across the Reading keeper.

And on four minutes Leicester were awarded a penalty when John Mackie was ruled to have held back Dickov.

The Scottish striker brushed himself down to roll the penalty into the right-hand corner with the keeper diving the other way.

But Reading kept their heads and cut the deficit after 22 minutes when Andrew Impey tripped Nicky Forster inside the box for Jamie Cureton to score emphatically with the penalty.

Up until the interval it was an even contest, but after the re-start hard working Reading stamped their authority on midfield and an equaliser looked increasing likely.

But Alan Pardew's side lacked a cutting edge and jittery held on for a win they just about deserved.

Adams said after: "My players deserve ever credit for that result. The injury list is unbelievable. Six of those who started were carrying injuries and should not have played.

"Then there was the Football League Disciplinary Commission on Friday which our captain had to attend so I lost him for a vital day's training.

"That was a joke, it was just impossible to prEpare properly for the game. Don't these people realise there is more to life than Dennis Wise?"

Pardew was scathing about his sides performance and said: "We knew we had to be sharp for the start and then we gave away two sloppy goals early on.

"I'm not bothered if we played well for the rest of the game, we've now lost three out of the four and that is not good enough for me or the chairman."

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