Nigeria international Kelechi Iheanacho was on target as Leicester City made it nine wins in 10 Championship games by beating Preston North End to return to the top of the Championship.
Pushed down to second by Ipswich’s victory over Hull on Tuesday, they overcame third-placed Preston’s resistance with Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall netting either side of Iheanacho’s side-footed effort from six yards.
Dewsbury-Hall slotted past Freddie Woodman with his left foot to break the deadlock after Ali McCann slid in to intercept a Wilfred Ndidi pass across the box but diverted it into his path. And Dewsbury-Hall sealed only the second home victory in the last 13 league meetings between the two sides by firing into the roof of the net after Woodman kept out Iheanacho’s initial effort.
Ndidi headed over the angle early in the second half before Dewsbury-Hall curled a 25-yarder just the wrong side of the post from Ricardo Pereira’s pass. Preston went close when Duane Holmes fired in a 25-yard shot that Mads Hermansen pushed past the post, but that was their only effort on target.
And after Dewsbury-Hall opened the scoring, he and Ndidi combined to give Iheanacho – sent on to replace Jamie Vardy – an easy finish from six yards. The Super Eagle has now scored in two consecutive matches for the Foxes having found the back of the net in the 4-1 thumping of Blackburn Rovers on Sunday.
It left Preston staring at a second successive defeat following Saturday’s 4-0 home loss to West Bromwich Albion and any hopes of a fightback were snuffed out when Dewsbury-Hall finished off another fine Leicester move in style. They are two points clear of Ipswich with another home game against Stoke City on Saturday.