Macclesfield Town 0:2 Leicester City
The buzzword around the Moss Rose ground last night was ‘professional’ as in the job that City had done on their League Two opponents.
Nigel Pearson picked a side very close to his first XI and it paid off with a commanding performance from the Men in Black (with a turquoise sash).
City created and missed a series of chances in the first half without finding a way through… Adams 18 yard free-kick was heading for the top right hand corner before Brain clawed it away. Then an Okley shot from similar distance struck the foot of the left hand post and bounced into the arms of the keeper.
Wellens then played a smart one-two with Oakley in the area but sent his shot inches wide of the left hand upright. Fryatt was next to have a crack at the Silkmen’s goal but his angled drive was cleared off the line by Tremarco, so despite the one-way traffic the sides went in goalless at the break.
The breakthrough eventually came in the 58th minute when a long throw from Oakley was nodded on by Howard and a scramble developed in the goalmouth. N’Guessan then scored his second goal in two games with a back heel from four yards.
City had their one scare of the night when a shot from Reid deflected off Hobbs and looped onto the bar with Weale stranded; but they were soon 2-0 up and into the next round.
City hit Town on the break and Fryatt beat his marker for pace before firing a fierce shot into the roof of the net.
Waghorn, on as sub, then missed out on a chance to keep up with N’Guessan in the goal a game stakes lobbing the ball wide of an unoccupied goal late on.
It was a good performance from City, but they will face a sterner test against Preston in the next round.
Macclesfield: Brain, Brisley, Bencherif, Morgan, Tremarco, Draper, Bolland (Bell 64), Rooney (Tipton 64), Kirk (Reid 46), Wright, Daniel. Subs Not Used: Veiga, Wilson, Lowe, Flynn.
Leicester: Weale, O’Neill, Morrison, Hobbs, Powell, Adams, Oakley, Wellens, N’Guessan(Gradel 64), Howard, Fryatt (Waghorn 74). Subs Not Used: Logan, Brown, Dyer, Ajdarevic, Dickov.
Referee: A R Hall (West Mids). Attendance: 2,197.