Leeds 0 Leicester 2
By Andrew Collomosse
BEFORE the game Leeds boss Kevin Blackwell tipped both these sides to figures in the promotion shake-up at the end of the season.
But while Craig Levein's no-nonsense outfit showed why they looked set to climb the table after a disappointing start, it's hard to see Blackwell's men heading back towards the big time.
Beaten at Rotherham a week ago Leeds stumbled to their fourth home defeat of the season - and another hangover - courtesy of a 48th-minute strike by Lilian Nalis and a Gary Kelly own goal with 12 minutes left.
And while Leeds had their chances, they never looked anything like as resilient as a Leicester side which has conceded just 10 goals in 11 away games.
Yet it might have been a different story had Leeds hitman David Healy not fluffed a simple chance in the fifth minute.
The £500,000 striker looked odds on to notch his fourth goal in eight games since leaving Preston when he met a cross from John Oster.
But with only Stuart Taylor to beat he placed his header too near the keeper, who saved well.
Brian Deane had a shot well blocked by Jordan Stewart but, with Dion Dublin in commanding form at the back, Leeds found openings hard to create.
Leicester might easily have gone in front when a curling free-kick from Joey Gudjonsson was tipped over by Neil Sullivan.
From the corner David Connolly smacked in a 20-yarder but Sullivan saved well.
Then Nalis pounced to fire the Foxes in front. The Frenchman was in the right place at the right time to lash in an 18 yard shot after a game of pinball in the box following a Keith Gillespie corner.
Oster's fierce shot was well saved by Taylor. And as Leeds pressed, Deane headed wide from close range and saw another header tipped over by Taylor.
The big striker then fluffed a glorious chance, shooting over from point-blank range when a goal looked certain.
And Leeds paid a high price when Gillespie's right-wing cross was headed past his own keeper by the hapless Kelly.
LEEDS: Sullivan 6 - Kelly 5, Carlisle 6 (Joachim, 76mins), Butler 6, Kilgallon 6 (McMaster, 82mins) - *OSTER 7 (Richardson, 65mins, 6), Wright 5, Gregan 6, Walton 5 - Deane 6, Healy 6.
LEICESTER: Taylor 7 - Makin 6, *DUBLIN 8, Dabizas 7, Stewart 7 - Gillespie 7 (Blake, 83mins), Nalis 7, Gemmill 7 (Williams, 89mins), Gudjonsson 6 - Connolly 7 (Morris, 79mins), Scowcroft 7. Referee: U Rennie 6

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