Ipswich Town 0:0 Leicester City
A hot, sunny Portman Road witnessed two sides struggle to create much in this ‘typical’ Championship match but by five o’clock it was the visitors who felt they should have had all three points.
City started where they left off at Macclesfield and totally dictated the pace of the game with plenty of possession and some neat passing that opened up the home side repeatedly. Sadly, today, City’s finishing was wayward and Wayne Brown was the first culprit with a bullet header from a Dyer cross that should have hit the target. Soon after Howard scooped the ball over from close in when he should have scored. In reply, Ipswich were living off scraps at the other end. As half time approached and City continued to play like the home side, Neilsen (on his debut) thumped a good shot just over.
It was too much to hope that Ipswich would be as poor in the second forty five minutes and so it proved although the improvement was only marginal. City continued to make the better chances and Fryatt squeezed a shot in, on the turn, to force a save from Wright and the same striker was then guilty of the worst miss of the match as he snatched at a loose ball from six yards out and scuffed the ball wide.
Soon after Nigel Pearson began changing things around and during the final half hour, Fryatt, Dyer and N’Guessian all made way for Waghorn, King and Adams. But the longer the game wore on the more likely a 0-0 draw looked to be the outcome and so it was proven.
Most City fans would have taken a point before kick off but will look back and think that we should have had three against an Ipswich side with much work still needed to meet the rising expectations of the local supporters. City themselves continue to look confident, well organised and solid. The only concern is a slightly blunt attack and when we have the possession that we enjoyed at Portman Road, we need to be able to hurt teams.
Ipswich: R Wright, D Wright, McAuley, Balkestein, Delaney, Trotter, Healy (Priskin 46), Peters, Walters, Stead (Wickham 46), Martin (Garvan 64). Subs Not Used: Supple, Bruce, Smith, Colback.
Leicester: Weale, Neilson, Brown, Hobbs, Berner, Oakley, Wellens, Dyer (Adams 76), N’Guessan (King 64), Howard, Fryatt (Waghorn 63). Subs Not Used: Logan, Morrison, Tunchev, Dickov.
Referee: P Crossley (Kent). Attendance: 22,454