Sheffield United 1:1 Leicester City
City’s solid start to the season continued with a 1-1 draw at Bramall Lane on Tuesday evening.
Nigel Pearson made one change to the side that drew at Ipswich with Nicky Adams in for Lloyd Dyer.
City, with an impressive following of over 2,000 fans, had an excellent first half, much of it stemming from the impressive Wellens.
Adams looked lively and determined to repay Pearson for giving him a starting place and almost carved himself a couple of early chances.
But in the 10th minute Pearson had to make a change when Howard limped off with a hamstring pull, replaced by Waghorn.
City continued to run the game, but they almost found themselves a goal down against the run of play when a Henderson effort was deflected onto the crossbar.
Seconds later Fryatt was denied in a one on one with a good stop by former-teammate Bunn.
City couldn’t find a way through and had to be content with 0-0 at half time, with the Blades booed off by the home fans.
United looked more up for it right from the restart and Weale pulled off a good save to deny Ward. But it was City who took a 51st minute lead.
Fryatt was fouled 35 yards out and Oakley’s well struck low shot was diverted past Bunn by Fryatt.
Sadly, City could only hold that lead for fifteen minutes. In the 66th minute Tracey rifled home a superb 30 yard effort out of the blue.
From then on it was United in the driving seat, but City defended well.
Quinn almost repeated Tracey’s goal on a couple of occasions but Weale tipped one away and the other missed the target.
Despite the further blow of Waghorn limping off with the same injury as Howard, City’s successful rearguard action saw them earn a creditable point from a fixture that usually yields nothing.
United: Bunn, Walker, Morgan, Kilgallon, Taylor, Treacy (Reid 73), Montgomery, Howard (Quinn 46), Ward (Cotterill 88), Henderson, Evans. Subs Not Used: Bennett, France, Bromby, Sharp.
Leicester: Weale, Neilson, Hobbs, Brown, Berner, N’Guessan, Wellens, Oakley, Adams (Dyer 79), Fryatt, Howard (Waghorn 11 (King 83).
Subs Not Used: Logan, Morrison, Tunchev, Dickov.
Referee: Nigel Miller (Co Durham). Attendance: 26,069.