Hull City 0:0 Leicester City
Leicester earned a deserved point at the KC Stadium with a tight and hard-working defensive performance in a match that neither side did enough to merit all 3 points…
Nigel Pearson made his intentions clear before kick-off when he recalled James in place of the injured Vardy and left his other striking options on the bench. This left David Nugent as the solitary striker ably supported from midfield by King, Marshall and Knockaert who got forward whenever possible.
City, as in previous matches recently, began brightly and for 20 minutes they played with confidence and control. Knockaert saw several long range efforts drift just wide before Drinkwater’s goal-bound strike was blocked by the outstretched hand of Jakupovic in the Hull goal.
When the Swiss keeper repeated his heroics a few minutes later, just keeping out another swerving Knockaert shot, it looked as if it wasn’t going to be City’s day.
Hull finally got in to the game in the period leading up to half time and created pressure and chances; Faye planted a free header wide from a corner, Simpson was put through by Koren and rounded Schmeichel only for De Laet to arrive from nowhere to clear the ball off of the line and then Aluko brought a superb, low save out of Schmeichel with a well-struck shot.
The second half was less compelling as a midfield slog developed in the pouring rain. As the game settled in to a stalemate it City almost broke the deadlock when Faye sliced Moore’s cross wide of his own post much to the relief of the, now subdued, home support. City also came close when Waghorn and Knockaert combined beautifully in a rare moment of class, to set up Marshall for a fierce shot that was saved low down by Jakupovic.
The Hull ‘keeper had to be at his best again when he somehow kept out Gallagher’s dipping free-kick; it was Gallagher’s first touch having just come on. In between these efforts Simpson brought another fine save from Schmeichel.
The final whistle brought an unsatisfactory conclusion to the match with both sets of fans and managers declaring their contentment with a point but both knowing that a bit more ambition could have yielded all three. The bare statistics show that City have now taken just 3 points from a possible 12 and have failed to score since the 2-2 draw with Barnsley on Dec 8th.
Despite this dip in form City are still fifth but fans, management and players alike all know that there has to be an improvement in results soon if we are to be regarded as serious promotion contenders.
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