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Championship

Powell pleased with Leicester scalp

22 August 2012

Charlton manager Chris Powell put one over on his 'mentor' as npower Championship new boys Charlton beat promotion favourites Leicester 2-1.

Powell was given his first coaching role by Nigel Pearson with the Foxes before he took over at The Valley 18 months ago. And goals from Bradley Wright-Phillips and Yann Kermorgant secured Charlton's first win of the season against his old club and the man who has been the biggest influence on his fledgling managerial career.

"It wasn't me versus Nigel, it was Charlton versus Leicester," said Powell. "I take satisfaction from winning the game. It was a terrific game, end to end, we were clinical in the first half and they were in the ascendancy in the second. They put us on the back foot and could have snatched a draw but we threw our bodies in the way."

Wright-Phillips hit 22 goals to fire Charlton to the League One title last season and he took 18 minutes to get off the mark this term with a low drive from the edge of the box.

And Kermorgant doubled the lead 14 minutes later to silence the jeers from the away end. Leicester fans still have nightmares about the last time they saw the Frenchman with the ball at his feet 12 yards out - his 'dinked' spot-kick went horribly wrong as they lost the 2010 play-off semi-final on penalties to Cardiff.

But Kermorgant made no mistake this time when the ball fell to him in front of goal following Danny Hollands' corner, confidently lashing it home before raising a finger to his lips in celebration.

"I'm pleased for Bradley and with Yann, the story was written I suppose," added Powell. "We shouldn't dwell on the past but there was a sub-plot in the game and the Leicester fans made their thoughts known, but he got through it."

Foxes boss Pearson made a double substitution at the interval, sending on David Nugent and Andy King, and the move paid off eight minutes into the second half. Nugent was the provider and King, who climbed off the bench to score in Leicester's opening-day win over Peterborough, repeated the trick with a neat finish inside the area.

But try as they might Leicester could not draw level with Addicks keeper Ben Hamer saving well from Lloyd Dyer, twice, Anthony Knockaert and a stoppage-time header from Jamie Vardy to secure the points.

"We created chances throughout but couldn't take them," admitted Pearson. "It was a bit of a reality check at half-time and I was happy with response in the second half. Even though we conceded two we had enough opportunities to get something out of it, so we have missed a trick. There will be days when we create less chances and win."


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