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Nugent opened the scoring for Leicester. (©GettyImages)
Nugent opened the scoring for Leicester. (©GettyImages).

Sean St Ledger’s injury-time winner sent Leicester City into the second round of the Capital One Cup and knocked Wycombe Wanderers out at the first stage on Tuesday night.

David Nugent gave the Foxes the lead from the penalty spot after Andy King was fouled by Wycombe captain Stuart Lewis in the box. Jo Kuffour levelled moments later however, with a stunning finish from the edge of the box.

But, as extra-time beckoned, St Ledger scored the winner after Wanderers goalkeeper Matt Ingram parried Ritchie De Laet’s initial shot.

It was only the second time the Foxes and the Chairboys had played each other and Leicester will be pleased to put their previous encounter behind them.

It was the quarter-final of the FA Cup in 2001, and Premier League Leicester hosted Second Division Wycombe expecting an easy route to the semi-final.

Paul McCarthy gave the Chairboys the lead in the second-half before Muzzy Izzet equalised for Leicester.

The unforgettable moment came in injury-time when Roy Essandoh scored to send Wycombe into the semi-final of the FA Cup via a famous upset.

The striker joined the Chairboys two weeks before the game via an appeal for a new striker on Ceefax, and will always be remembered in Buckinghamshire for his heroics on that March day.

The irony of St Ledger’s last gasp winner will give Foxes fans closure for that embarrassing day twelve years ago, as the Foxes and the Chairboys both look for promotion in the coming season. 

"It was a cruel blow but I feel like a winner tonight,” Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth mused after the defeat.

“The way we performed, approached the game and stood up to a Premiership-contending team was outstanding.”

 

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