Match verdict: Leicester City leave us with plenty to admire
David Nugent's hat-trick saw off Hull at the King Power Stadium yesterday as Leicester City made it two victories in five days.
But the striker's treble was only one of many things to admire in City's 3-1 win against a Hull side who have made an impressive start to the Championship season.
Hull manager Steve Bruce said after the game that it was a "bad day at the office" for his side, but it was more a case of Leicester making it so for them.
City were solid at the back, worked like Trojans in midfield while their movement going forward caused headache after headache for the visitors, and they could easily have had more than Nugent's three goals.
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At the heart of a glut of Leicester's good work was Frenchman Anthony Knockaert, who barely wasted a ball and proved a constant thorn in the Hull side as he pressed forward from the middle of the park.
It was Nugent, though, who set the ball rolling with an unerring left-foot finish into the far corner after just seven minutes, building on his midweek strike against Burnley.
From that point, Knockaert began to exert his influence on proceedings and a delightful through-ball almost played in Jamie Vardy for a second just a couple of minutes later, but goalkeeper Ben Amos produced a fine save to thwart the striker.
City appeared to have taken a firm grip on the game but they were stunned on 25 minutes when Jay Simpson scored a simple equaliser at the far post after Sone Aluko drilled a low ball across the face of goal in what was Hull's first real threat on goal.
For a brief spell, City were on the back foot but they worked their way back into pole position and Nugent's close-range header gave them the half-time advantage – Knockaert supplying the cross from the right.
City rarely looked like relinquishing the lead through the course of the second half, although Kasper Schmeichel was forced to make one excellent save when he dived to his left to turn away a stinging low drive from Aluko.
By that time, Knockaert had already taken up where he had left off, playing in Vardy, who was denied from close range again in his personal duel with Amos.
Knockaert also danced his way down the left before sending over a tempting cross which saw Wes Morgan's header just clear the bar.
All that said, City still only just had their noses in front as the fourth official held up the board showing six minutes of added time – producing nervous gasps around the ground.
The jitters, though, were not allowed to set in as City broke at pace, Lloyd Dyer playing in Nugent to complete the perfect hat-trick – and a good day for everyone in blue – with a cool right-foot finish.