HALF-TIME: Leicester City 1, Bristol City 0
Given that the Foxes had won their last four games and were in a position to take over top-spot in the Championship, albeit for a couple of hours, City were rated rank outsiders at the King Power Stadium.
Yet the visitors, adopting a 4-3-3 system for the first time this season, showed no signs of suffering from an inferiority complex, taking the game to the hosts from the outset.
Starting on the left side of a three-pronged attack, Albert Adomah showed Liam Moore a clean pair of heels in the opening moments, and sent over a telling cross for Sam Baldock, whose stooping header was gathered by Kaspar Schmeichel.
Leicester boss Nigel Pearson has fashioned a more enterprising team this season and the Foxes were quick to demonstrate their attacking intentions.
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Jamie Vardy seized upon Lewin Nyatanga's slip to test Tom Heaton with an angled shot and City's keeper was again called into action to divert Lloyd Dyer's rising drive behind at the expense of a corner.
Full of Gallic flair and invention, France junior international Anthony Knockaert tricked Stephen Pearson into indiscretion on the edge of how own penalty area as the Foxes probed for an opening. Taking responsibility for the free kick himself, the quick-footed winger forced Heaton to make another sharp save, this time down at his near post.
City appeared to be reasonably comfortable in their revised shape and presented a threat on the counter-attack, Adomah skipping clear of the covering defence and letting fly with a long-range effort that flew just wide.
But Leicester were building a head of steam and David Nugent was narrowly off-target with a header from Knockaert's chipped centre.
When opportunity next came knocking for the former England striker, he made no mistake, taking Vardy's measured through ball in his stride, easily shrugging off Liam Fontaine's weak challenge and sliding the ball beneath the exposed Heaton from 15 yards out.
Now that they were in front, the Foxes were content to put men behind the ball and bide their time, inviting City to press men into attack in search of an equaliser.
Certainly, the home side looked to be comfortable and they twice threatened to increase their lead, Knockaert and Nugent trying their luck with long-range drives that failed to seriously inconvenience Heaton.