THE Reds slipped to the bottom of the Championship on Saturday with their seventh defeat in nine games.

Leicester's ex-England international David Nugent scored twice to inflict a 2-1 defeat on the Reds.

After promising 'surgery' to his team following the 5-1 home loss to Watford, manager David Flitcroft dropped captain Stephen Dawson, scorer Jason Scotland, Kelvin Etuhu and Tom Kennedy, although the latter came back in after Peter Ramage was injured in the warm-up.

New loan signings Jack Butland and David Fox came into the team but Jacob Mellis was left out of the squad, as was Chris Dagnall, but Mellis moved onto the bench after Ramage was withdrawn.

Nugent netted five minutes into the second half with a cool finish and doubled the hosts' lead 12 minutes later after Jamie Vardy was tripped in the box by Butland, who was yellow carded.

Jason Scotland halved the Reds' deficit in the 73rd minute but Leicester held on for the three points.

Flitcroft said: "I'm not naive enough to think I'm not under pressure, but I'm up for the fight and so are this group of players. 

"We have come away with another defeat, which is disappointing, but there was a lot of encouragement from the performance. 

"We have had a tough week trying to freshen up the squad and I want to know this group of players are fighting for the football club and for me. I believe they are."

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