Norwich City's fine start turned sour as they surrendered a 1-0 lead to lose 3-1 to Leicester City.

The defeat means they stay on 64 points with their Championship play-off race rivals yet to play, and Coventry able to cut their top six cushion to a single point this afternoon.

Gabriel Sara opened the scoring for the visitors despite a passive start, flicking Marcelino Nunez' free-kick home in another well-rehearsed set-piece routine.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall's header levelled things before half-time after Stephy Mavididi headed Wilfred Ndidi's cross into his path, before Mavididi completed the turnaround 16 minutes after the restart.

Jamie Vardy rounded off the scoring with less than two minutes on the clock, sealing a fairly comfortable win for the home side.

His simple finish was bad news for automatic promotion rivals Ipswich Town, who make the short trip north on Saturday for a crucial East Anglian derby. 


Eastern Daily Press:


41. Stolarczyk (GK)

2. Justin (on for Fatawu, 89)

4. Coady

9. Vardy (on for Daka, 77)

14. Iheanacho

17. Choudhury (on for Pereira, 85

26. Praet (on for Ndidi, 85)

29. Akgun (on for Mavididi, 89)

40. Marcal

Manager:  Enzo Maresca

Bookings: Vestergaard (65)

Goals: Dewsbury-Hall (33), Mavididi (61)


Eastern Daily Press:


12. Long (GK)

8. Gibbs (on for Nunez, 66)

14. van Hooijdonk

16. Fassnacht (on for Barnes, 66)

21. Batth

24. Duffy (on for Sorensen, 10)

43. Welch

44. Aboh

49. Montoia

Head Coach: David Wagner

Bookings: Duffy (34)

Goals: Sara (20)


15 - Daka goes through one-on-one with Gunn, but the Norwich 'keeper does well to shepherd him away from goal.

20 - GOAL NORWICH (Sara): Nunez flashes a pinpoint corner to the near post and Sara pokes home.

28 - Dewsbury-Hall clips a cross towards Daka 12 yards out, but it's just too high and he can only head well over.

33 - GOAL LEICESTER (Dewsbury-Hall): Mavididi heads Ndidi's cross into the six-yard box for an unmarked Dewsbury-Hall to head beyond Gunn and Duffy on the line.

37 - Leicester work things well down the right and cut back for Winks on the edge of the box, but he rolls straight to Gunn.

45 - Sargent meets Sara's corner but heads over.

45+2 - McCallum heads straight to Fatawu, who works some room and fires over the bar.

Half time: Leicester City 1-1 Norwich City

48 - Fatawu finds Ndidi through at a tight angle, but Gunn and Gibson combine to deny him.

49 - Doyle heads the resulting corner into Gunn's arms.

53 - McCallum attempts to find Gunn with his header but only sets up Daka, who lets him off with a strange miss.

61 - GOAL LEICESTER (Mavididi): Dewsbury-Hall lays off to Mavididi, who skips past Stacey before sliding into the far corner.

69 - Dewsbury-Hall feeds Mavididi again, but this time he only finds the side netting.

71 - Stacey races forward and cuts in before shooting with his left foot, but he too drives into the side netting.

79 - Sainz's curler is headed for the far corner until Vestergaard heads it clear.

90+4 - GOAL LEICESTER (Vardy): Winks' shot deflects into Vardy's path, and he has a simple finish to seal the victory for Leicester.

Full time: Leicester City 3-1 Norwich City


Gunn 6, Stacey 5, Sorensen 5, Gibson 6, McCallum 3, Nunez 7, McLean 5, Sainz 6, Barnes 6, Sara 6, Sargent 4. Subs: Duffy 4, Gibbs 5, Fassnacht 5.


Possession: 61%-39%

Shots: 18-6

On target: 6-2

Corners: 9-2

Fouls: 13-8

Added time: 3 mins/5 mins

REFEREE: Darren Bond