Leicester City 1:3 Manchester City
Leicester bowed out of the League Cup at the quarter-final stage on Tuesday night at the KPS. Although they gained some credit from a 3-1 reverse against Manchester City the enormity of their task was perhaps summed up with twenty minutes to go when Silva was replaced… by Nasri.
Nigel Pearson made four changes with Wasilewski and Miquel in defence; King in midfield; and Taylor-Fletcher partnering Nugent up front. Manuel Pellegrini, after his first bit of silverware for Man City, elected to send out a strong side, and was rewarded with an early goal.
After a lively start, Man City were awarded a free-kick for a foul on Dzeko. Kolarov, seemingly effortlessly, swept it into the top left hand corner from 30 yards.
City were trying to press forward, when they were allowed a touch of the ball, but their best chance of a break was halted when Dyer was up-ended by Navas, who picked up a yellow card.
City’s free-kick only ended up with their Premier League opponents hitting them on the break, but Schmeichel denied Dzeko with a fine block. Schmeichel also had to be alert to parry a fierce Kolorov shot over, but sadly City could not make it to half-time only a goal down.
In the 41st minute Milner, sent in on the left, chipped a perfect ball onto the head of Dzeko, who couldn’t miss with his firm downward header from six yards.
James and Vardy replaced Taylor-Fletcher and Knockaert for the second half.
City created an early chance with a great move involving Vardy and Drinkwater, but King couldn’t produce a finish strong enough to trouble Hart. Three minutes later it was game over when Milner again teed up Dzeko, this time from the bye-line for a simple side-footed finish.
The large away following could now rest easy, if they hadn’t before.
Schlupp on for Nugent, was more than matched by Nasri on for Silva, but City gamely kept pressing forward. Morgan went close with a header before City finally found the net with thirteen minutes to go. Konchesky found Dyer in the box with a precise pass from the left, and the City winger lashed it past Hart at the near post. City couldn’t gain enough possession to worry the visitors any further but could take some comfort in having drawn the second half against a Champions League side.
Nigel Pearson observed: “It was tough for us at times tonight; we worked very very hard but we weren’t quite able to make things count when we had situations ourselves. It’s a learning experience for us; we felt we had to keep it tighter for longer, so to come in two goals adrift is going to make it difficult for us.”
With promotion City’s absolute priority, all thoughts had already turned to Saturday’s lunchtime fixture at QPR.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Wasilewski, Morgan, Miquel, Konchesky; Knockaert (Vardy 46), Drinkwater, King, Dyer, Taylor-Fletcher (James 46), Nugent (Schlupp 67). Subs Not Used: De Laet, Hammond, Moore, Logan.
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta (Boyata 13), Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Garcia, Rodwell, Silva (Nasri 70), Navas. Milner, Dzeko. Subs Not Used: Pantilimon, Demichelis, Fernandinho, Negredo.
Referee: R East. Attendance: 31,319.
All photos: Simon Kimber.
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