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Kasey McAteer’s goals were his first at senior level for the Foxes, having scored while on loan at AFC Wimbledon last seasonKasey McAteer curled home a superb late winner as Leicester City beat Rotherham United to continue their 100% start to the Championship season and move two points clear at the top of the table.The academy product put the Foxes ahead, heading in past keeper Viktor Johansson at the back post after a fine run turn and cross from Kelechi Iheanacho.A fired up Rotherham, who had an early Jordan Hugill header ruled out for a foul, swiftly drew level after the interval when Fred Onyedinma headed home.But McAteer showed exquisite touch and composure to cut inside and earn victory with six minutes remaining.The result was tough on the Millers, who had delivered a second-half performance full of desire and a consistent goal threat.But they could easily have been trailing by two or three after an impressive first 45 minutes from Enzo Maresca’s side, who have now won five from five in all competitions.Aside from McAteer’s opener, Rotherham defender Tyler Blackett did well to deny Stephy Mavididi, who also squandered a glorious opening just before the break, while Ricardo Pereira tested Johansson with a powerful strike from distanceThe home side’s dynamic start to the second half forced a series of corners and, after Andre Green headed just wide from Cafu’s set-piece, they made the pressure count with 53 minutes played when Green crossed for Onyedinma, whose flicked header went in at the far post.Both sides had opportunities in an increasingly open match before McAteer took the ball onto his left foot and curled a wonderful effort into the far corner.Rotherham almost snatched a point but substitute Tom Eaves could not head in Dexter Lembikisa’s cross.Rotherham manager Matt Taylor:”We’re in a little bit of pain right now. Bar the first 45 minutes at Stoke we have competed and showed signs of being a really good team, but not picked up the points we deserved.”We more than matched one of the best teams in the league. They just had a little bit more on the pitch and the bench. People spoke about what it was in terms of the levels of the opposition but it’s irrelevant – we have to be where we need to be and that is a front-foot team.”I spoke to the officials and it [Hugill’s header] was disallowed for two reasons. A foul on the goalkeeper and offside. Both were marginal. If that is a foul then a lot is going to get given from set-pieces. But what happened in that moment does not excuse the lack of concentration for their goal.”It was a well-worked goal from their point of view but poor from ourselves. The second goal was a mirror image. We just switched off. Little moments have let us down and gone against us.”Leicester City head coach Enzo Maresca:”I was very happy with Kasey, for the two goals but also the way he works off the ball. He helps a lot.”He is working the right way and he helps us out. I’m happy for him and the academy.”I really like him, not just because he scored. I like the way he works and he sacrifices. He helps a lot without the ball. He is an important player.”It was a very good performance. They score many goals from set-pieces, the delivery from Cafu is unbelievable. I think we were very good defensively. We fought in the right way.”Line-upsRotherhamFormation 4-3-31Johansson2Lembikisa24Humphreys6Blackett3Bramall18Rathbone27Tiéhi7Ribeiro Dias11Green10Hugill14Onyedinma1Johansson2Lembikisa24HumphreysBooked at 90mins6Blackett3Bramall18RathboneBooked at 87minsSubstituted forMcGuckinat 88’minutes27TiéhiSubstituted forKayodeat 81’minutes7Ribeiro Dias11GreenSubstituted forAppiahat 72’minutes10HugillSubstituted forEavesat 71’minutes14OnyedinmaSubstitutes5McCart9Eaves15Bola19Kayode23Morrison26Phillips30Appiah35McGuckin36DouglasLeicesterFormation 4-3-330Hermansen21Ricardo Pereira3Faes23Vestergaard5Doyle25Ndidi8Winks22Dewsbury-Hall35McAteer14Iheanacho10Mavididi30HermansenBooked at 90mins21Ricardo Pereira3Faes23Vestergaard5Doyle25NdidiSubstituted forCasadeiat 68’minutes8Winks22Dewsbury-HallSubstituted forChoudhuryat 88’minutes35McAteerSubstituted forJustinat 88’minutes14IheanachoSubstituted forVardyat 59’minutes10MavididiBooked at 89minsSubstitutes1Ward2Justin7Casadei9Vardy11Albrighton17Choudhury27Castagne33Thomas41StolarczykReferee:Simon HooperAttendance:11,418Live TextMatch ends, Rotherham United 1, Leicester City 2.Second Half ends, Rotherham United 1, Leicester City 2.Offside, Leicester City. Stephy Mavididi tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.Mads Hermansen (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card.Hamza Choudhury (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Foul by Tom Eaves (Rotherham United).Offside, Leicester City. Callum Doyle tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.Cameron Humphreys (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Foul by Cameron Humphreys (Rotherham United).Stephy Mavididi (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card.Hand ball by Cesare Casadei (Leicester City).Substitution, Leicester City. James Justin replaces Kasey McAteer.Substitution, Leicester City. Hamza Choudhury replaces Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.Substitution, Rotherham United. Ciaran McGuckin replaces Oliver Rathbone.Oliver Rathbone (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Foul by Oliver Rathbone (Rotherham United).Delay over. They are ready to continue.Delay in match because of an injury Wout Faes (Leicester City).

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