Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall Clinches 2-1 Victory for Leicester City Over Coventry With Late Goals
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall seized the opportunity to equalise at the 77th-minute mark, subsequently scoring the winning goal ten minutes later.
In a thrilling match, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, the midfielder for Leicester City, hammered home two goals in the final minutes, setting off their comeback in the Championship league with a win over the unfortunate Coventry City.
Last season’s Championship playoff runners-up appeared to be on track for a deserving three points following Kyle McFadzean’s 47th-minute goal from a close-range corner.
However, Dewsbury-Hall managed to bring things to a stalemate at the 77th-minute mark before new signing Stephy Mavididi assisted him in securing the win in the 87th minute. This gave the new Foxes’ manager, Enzo Maresca, a victorious start to his career with the club.
The Championship’s action on Sunday unfolded as follows:
Both teams chose to debut four of their new signings.
Leicester’s goalkeeper Mads Hermansen, midfielder Harry Winks, and striker Stephy Mavididi all made their debut performances, alongside on-loan defender Callum Doyle from Manchester City. He faced the same club where he served last season.
In addition, young forward Kasey McAteer made his first league start for Leicester. Jannik Vestergaard, the Danish defender who had recovered from injury, also marked his first league appearance since February 2022.
For Coventry, goalkeeper Ben Wilson was fit after recovering from a back injury incurred in the pre-season. He was supported by three new defenders, namely Jay Dasilva, Bobby Thomas, and Joel Latibeaudiere. Up front, Ellis Simms was at the helm, with Gus Hamer also in the squad amidst significant summer transfer rumours.
Coventry dominated from the start, with Kasey Palmer’s chip narrowly missing and another shot getting deflected wide. A series of blocked shots from Simms and McFadzean concluded a goalmouth skirmish from a Hamer corner just before half-time.
Following the interval, Coventry pressed on, and McFadzean managed to score from a Hamer left-wing corner. Despite promising attempts from Matty Godden, Coventry could not further capitalise. Hamer’s pre-season injury then resulted in his exit due to a calf issue, and Leicester seized the chance to equalise through a powerful header from Dewsbury-Hall.
In a dramatic turn of events, Coventry substitute Haji Wright missed an opportunity to put Coventry ahead once more, with a powerful shot deflected onto the bar by Hermansen. Just minutes later, Dewsbury-Hall scored the winning goal with a superb curling shot from 15 yards out.
Leicester now face two away matches – an EFL Cup derby at Burton Albion on Tuesday night, followed by a trip to Huddersfield next Saturday. Coventry will face Wimbledon in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night, then they will host Middlesbrough, the team they beat in the previous season’s Championship play-off semi-finals, at the CBS Arena.
Leicester City’s boss Enzo Maresca shared his sentiments with BBC Radio Leicester:
“The team showed immense character in coming back from a goal down. The three-point victory feels incredible. The game was not easy, especially considering we were up against a team that was on the brink of promotion just a couple of months ago. I reminded my players that they have the talent to score more goals and provide more assists. For attacking midfielders like Kiernan, Dennis and Wilfred Ndidi, it’s crucial to get in the box. That’s exactly why Kiernan scored today – he was in the right place.”
Coventry City’s boss Mark Robins told BBC CWR:
“We showed promising signs that we can be a formidable team this season. However, we were up against a team with Premier League quality, and they proved it when it mattered most. We had good opportunities to score but failed to convert them. If we had taken just one more chance, we could have won the match.”
Home Team: Leicester
Away Team: Coventry
Possession: Home 65%, Away 35%
Shots: Home 20, Away 20
Shots on Target: Home 7, Away 6
Corners: Home 6, Away 8
Fouls: Home 11, Away 13
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Leicester City vs Coventry City
Who scored the winning goal in the Leicester City vs Coventry City match?
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall scored the winning goal for Leicester City.
When did Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall score the winning goal for Leicester City?
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall scored the winning goal in the 87th minute.
Who was the new manager for Leicester City and how was his first match?
Enzo Maresca is the new manager for Leicester City. His first match ended in a 2-1 victory over Coventry City.
Who scored the first goal of the match for Coventry City?
The first goal for Coventry City was scored by Kyle McFadzean in the 47th minute.
Who assisted Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall for the winning goal?
The winning goal by Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall was assisted by new signing Stephy Mavididi.
Which teams will Leicester City and Coventry City face next?
Leicester City will face Burton Albion in the EFL Cup and Huddersfield in their next Championship game. Coventry City will play Wimbledon in the EFL Cup, followed by a game against Middlesbrough in the Championship.