RESULT: City 0 Leicester 0

City had their chances but in the end a point was a fair result against Nigel Pearson’s typically well-drilled Leicester City side at a sodden Circle.

Jay Simpson had a goalbound shot cleared off the line in the first half and aimed a free header straight at keeper Kaspar Schmeichel right at the end, while there were also good chances for the returning Sone Aluko.

Leicester created less but had long periods of possession, and the closest they came to scoring was when Abdoulaye Faye sliced a clearance right across his own goal and just, mercifully, wide of the post.

Though it ends City’s run of wins, it takes the unbeaten run to six and also represents the Tigers first clean sheet since the similarly intriguing stalemate against Crystal Palace a month ago. City stay second, and it’s Leeds next. Match report before the end of the evening.

RESULT: Derby 1 City 2

City have gone joint top of the Championship after inflicting only a second home defeat of the season on Derby County.

Robert Koren scored against the run of play in the first half but the home side equalised right on half time through Michael Jacobs’ shot from just outside the box.

Abdoulaye Faye, back in the team due to the suspension of Alex Bruce, scored his fourth of the season after 50 minutes and City hung on with some confidence. With other matches still to be played, the Tigers may not stay joint top over Christmas but to be there at the halfway point is a tremendous achievement by Steve Bruce and his team. Gonna be a cracking Christmas, this. Match report later.

RESULT: City 2 Huddersfield 0

An early goal from Robert Koren and a late one from David Meyler gave City three excellent points in a Yorkshire derby that turned ugly at the final whistle.

Koren stretched to poke home a Stephen Quinn cross after just eight minutes, then Meyler, shortly after hitting the crossbar, steered into an open goal in injury time from Jay Simpson’s ball as City sealed a hard-earned win.

Huddersfield had few chances, with an overhead kick from former City loanee Anthony Gerrard proving their best opportunity but Tom Cairney blocked the effort.

After the final whistle, Alex Bruce received a straight red card for thumping striker Alan Lee, though much was made of Lee’s culpability and play-acting afterwards, and he may receive retrospective punishment. Still, City were momentarily third after a handy win and approach the halfway point of the season in fine condition. Match report later.

 

RESULT: Watford 1 City 2

Irish loanees David Meyler and Robbie Brady got the goals as the Tigers ended Watford’s long unbeaten run to record a third straight win in the Championship.

Meyler headed in the rebound after Corry Evans’ shot hit the crossbar five minutes before the break, then Brady swerved in a marvellous free kick with 17 minutes to go to make it safe.

In the third of four added minutes, Troy Deeney poked the ball under David Stockdale but City held on for the remaining 60 seconds to go fourth in the table. A downside was the early loss of Paul McShane with a knock to the ankle, though he was at least replaced by club captain Jack Hobbs, who was in the squad for the first time in eight months after a knee injury. Match report later.

RESULT: Forest 1 City 2

Paul McShane capped an outstanding personal performance with the winning goal as City attained their regular annual win at Nottingham Forest.

The Irish defender bundled the ball in from very close range with 20 minutes left after a low Robert Koren corner went through the Forest rearguard on the near post. The home fans claimed handball, which admittedly did seem a possibility.

In what wasn’t a compelling game, City drew first blood courtesy of Robert Koren’s 34th minute penalty following a trip on David Meyler, but Forest equalised through a Billy Sharp spot kick just before the break after Robbie Brady fouled him.

Few chances were created by either team afterwards, but once McShane had scored it took a couple of good saves from David Stockdale late on to keep City ahead. That’s three wins at the City Ground in three straight years now, and the Tigers are up to fifth. Match report later.

RESULT: City 0 Crystal Palace 0

City failed to take advantage of a lorryload of chances as a disciplined Crystal Palace left the Circle with a share of the spoils.

Robert Koren missed a first half sitter and further chances went begging via Stephen Quinn, David Meyler and Sone Aluko in a Tigers team featuring four changes from the loss at Burnley.

Palace were only occasionally dangerous until the last 20 minutes when they upped the pace and Yannick Bolasie missed a glorious chance after a woeful back pass from Ahmed Elmohamady. City sub Aaron Mclean then produced a fine save from Palace keeper Julian Speroni.

With literally the last kick of the game, Wilfried Zaha should have won it for the visitors but David Stockdale’s block rescued a point for the Tigers. It was an interesting but ultimately frustrating match, and City go to Forest on Saturday with a decent display behind them but without a goal in two and a half games. Match report later.

RESULT: City 0 Burnley 1

A goal from ex-Tiger Dean Marney was enough for Burnley to beat City for the seventh straight occasion in a largely featureless match at the Circle.

Marney’s turn and finish on 40 minutes was smart enough, though his decision to celebrate provocatively in front of the East Stand was rather less sensible.

Burnley had earlier hit the bar from distance through Ross Wallace and always looked the more capable side as Steve Bruce’s men had something of an off day. Stephen Quinn and sub Nick Proschwitz both had good chances in the second half but were off target.

Tuesday’s visit of Crystal Palace, who also lost today, will allow Bruce a quick opportunity to refresh the team, which looked leggy and short of ideas. Match report still later.

RESULT: Birmingham 2 City 3

A three-goal blitz in the first half was enough to give the Tigers a tremendous win at St Andrews, their first there for 42 years.

Sone Aluko stroked home two clinical finishes in the opening 25 minutes, then took the corner that James Chester headed in on 33.

Birmingham fought back with a Ravel Morrison strike and an inevitable goal from Marlon King either side of the break but City held on to remain fourth in the table.

Home games against Burnley and leaders Crystal Palace next for the Tigers, who look in excellent shape for both games. Match report later.

RESULT: Cardiff 2 City 1

An early goal and a late one proved enough for Cardiff as they beat a lifeless City in the Welsh capital.

Heidar Helguson beat Ben Amos to a free kick after just two minutes and took a punch in the head for his trouble, then skipper Mark Hudson flung himself at a cross with eight minutes left to seal another home win for the Bluebirds.

Jay Simpson had a goal disallowed late in the first half due to a handball earlier in the move, and though Robert Koren thumped in a last-ditch goal to offer late hope, the Tigers deservedly lost.

It was a thoroughly unsatisfactory display from City and manager Steve Bruce will make changes prior to next week’s game at Birmingham, while also hoping for a clean bill of health from this week’s international games. Match report later.

RESULT: City 2 Wolves 1

Goals from Sone Aluko and Jay Simpson gave City a fifth win from six against a lacklustre Wolves side at the KC Stadium.

Aluko curled in a free kick in the first half, and then Simpson scored from a seemingly impossible angle five minutes after the break.

Wolves scored after a messy clearance by Ben Amos put the City defence under needless pressure, and a cross was diverted into his own net by James Chester. But the Tigers hung on in relative comfort and now travel to Cardiff on Saturday in a third versus fourth clash that could see City go top with a win. It’s all looking very good indeed. Match report later.