Report: Foxes 1-2 Spurs
English Barclays Premiership
Mbulelo 'OJ' Mabizela's stunning entrance into the Premiership paved the way for the late, late show and another Fredi Kanoute strike at the Walkers Stadium.
The South African skipper took just four minutes to make his mark after coming off the bench with a thunderbolt from 30 yards to level the scores.
If that wasn't enough after what had been a disappointing game up to then, Kanoute pounced late to secure maximum points.
He finished off fine work from impressive substitute Stephane Dalmat, whose shot hit the post but was buried by his fellow Frenchman.
The only sad point was seeing Kanoute stretchered off in injury time after a tackle from Muzzy Izzet.
The first half was instantly forgettable and made worse by conceding a terrible goal seven minutes before the break.
Ferdinand rose high to flick on Walker's clearance to Dickov, who was half-a-yard offside when he received the ball. The striker controlled well but could only hit a tame shot from a tight angle - it somehow squeezed through Keller's hands and legs and home.
The half barely deserved a goal but you would have to concede if either team did, it was the home side.
They edged possession and forced the only notable save of the half from Keller, a sharp stop to his right from Izzet in the second minute. But the Foxes rarely broke down our defence and shots from distance either missed the target or were comfortably dealt with by Keller.
At the other end, Walker was a spectator and our only decent effort saw Keane's overhead kick sail over.
Stephane Dalmat's arrival in the second half provided some spark going forward, a couple of bursts led to decent crosses going into the box, but chances were still at a minimum.
Indeed, Walker's best save came from his own player when Gillespie volleyed home from all of 35 yards and the keeper had to backpeddle before tipping wide.
Keane's volley landed on the roof of the net but at the other end, Scowcroft's flick header from Izzet's free-kick had Keller scrambling.
It took until the 75th minute for the next action. Scimeca's curler forced a low save from Keller and Dickov might have done better after latching onto Scimeca's pass, opting to shoot rather than find Stewart in the clear.
Then it all changed. Mabizela, on four minutes earlier for Poyet, crashed Zamora's layback into the top corner from 30 yards.
He was then booked, City carved out two half-chances and then the grand finale.
It was all about Dalmat, who rode a tackle on half-way before taking a return pass off Taricco, turning inside Sinclair and side-footing onto the post. Thankfully the rebound fell to Kanoute, his first sight at goal all afternoon, and it was all over.
MINUTE BY MINUTE
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2mins: SAVE. Izzet shot from right side of area parried away by Keller and poked out of danger by Doherty.
11mins: Towering Ferdinand header from Izzet corner sailed over.
13mins: Ferdinand 25-yarder comfortably dealt with by Keller low to his right.
15mins: Gillespie shot from half-cleared corner straight at Keller.
17mins: Ferdinand bobbled 20-yard free-kick wide.
20mins: YELLOW. Anderton for foul on Rogers.
30mins: Ferdinand's volleyed cross inches over Dickov.
32mins: Keane overhead kick after poor headed clearance always going over.
34mins: Rogers 30-yarder flicked off Ricketts' studs and whistled a yard wide.
38mins: GOAL. Dickov, clearly offside, onto Ferdinand's flick, shot through Keller's legs from relatively tight angle. 0-1.
42mins: YELLOW. Gillespie for foul in Taricco.
Injury time: Ferdinand shot deflected but gathered safely by Keller.
Half-time: Leicester 1-0 Spurs
Half-time: SUB. Dalmat for Ricketts.
47mins: YELLOW. Doherty for foul on Rogers.
48mins: CLOSE. Scowcroft flick from Izzet free-kick just wide.
50mins: YELLOW. Sinclair for foul on Keane.
51mins: Keane 25-yard volley landed on roof of net.
54mins: Walker back-tracked to make fine save from volleyed back pass from Gillespie.
63mins: SUB. Bent for Ferdinand.
65mins: SUB. Zamora for Konchesky.
73mins: SUB. Mabizela for Poyet.
75mins: Scimeca curler saved by Keller.
75mins: SUB. Stewart for Gillespie.
76mins: Dickov onto Scimeca pass, held onto it when should have squared to free Stewart, shot rebounded to Stewart whose snapshop saved by Keller.
77mins: GOAL. Stunning 30-yarder from Mabizela flew into top corner. 1-1.
79mins: YELLOW. Mabizela for foul on Izzet.
79mins: Rogers attempted early free-kick saved by Keller.
82mins: Scowcroft volley miles over.
86mins: SUB. Hignett for Dickov.
89mins: GOAL. All about Dalmat. Did well to keep his feet under challenge on half way, got return pass from Taricco, cut inside Sinclair and curled onto post - Kanoute there to tuck away rebound. 2-1.
Injury time: YELLOW. Izzet for foul on Kanoute.
Line-ups: Leicester City: Walker, Curtis, Gillespie, Sinclair, Taggart, Izzet, Rogers, Scimeca, Ferdinand (Bent, 63), Dickov (Hignett, 86), Scowcroft. Subs: Coyne, Elliott.
Spurs: Keller, Carr, Taricco, Richards, Doherty, Anderton, Ricketts (Dalmat, 45), Konchesky (Zamora, 65), Poyet (Mabizela, 73), Keane, Kanoute. Subs: Burch, Bunjevcevic.
Referee: Andy D'Urso