Leicester City 1:1 Peterborough United
City and Peterborough both converted a penalty to produce a 1-1 draw at Filbert Way on Tuesday night…
Nigel Pearson made one change to Saturday’s side with Gallagher in for Dyer.
Darren Ferguson’s side – in Argentina strip – had the best of a lively start to the game, with a gameplan employed to counter City’s strengths.
Mackail-Smith forced a save from Weale, while efforts from Boyd and Frecklington went close.
Posh almost undid all their good work however when a moment of panic in defence saw keeper Lewis present Fryatt with the ball. Fryatt was not quick to accept the gift and when he eventually teed up N’Guessan for a shot it went wide of the target.
In the 31st minute a 50-50 tangle between Brown and Mclean ended with the ref pointing to the spot.
Boyd converted from 12 yards before joining some viciferous celebrations in the visitors corner.
City almost struck back instantly when Howard saw his header cleared off the line. Then Fryatt went clear of the visitor’s defence but wastefully placed his shot wide with only the keeper to beat.
Gallagher then saw a fine shot heading for the top right hand corner tipped away at full stretch by Lewis.
But despite their chances City went in a goal down at the break.
Nigel Pearson brought King on for N’Guessan and Tunchev on for Brown at the start of the second half and City soon struck an equaliser.
Two minutes after the restart Gallagher hit the bar and as Neilson tried to return the ball to the goalmouth it struck Williams on the hand and the ref evened things up pointing to the same penalty spot again.
Fryatt fired home his sixth goal of the season.
Both sides had chances to win the game – Mackail-Smith for Posh and Howard for City – but eventually proceedings slowed down and a draw looked likely long before the end.
Special mention should be made of Tunchev who looked fantastic in defence, and continued to get his head to everything after he had been cut and banadaged up. Hopefully he came through this game with no reaction to his knee and will be available from now on.
Nigel Pearson commented: “I can’t begrudge them something out of the game because I think they deserved it. Certainly at half-time we were more relieved to go in just 1-0 down because they played very well, caused us some problems and it was important we regrouped. We needed to change our shape and personnel just to give ourselves the opportunity to get back into the game.”
Leicester: Weale, Brown (King 46), Berner, Hobbs, Neilson, Oakley, Wellens, Gallagher, Fryatt (Waghorn 79), N’Guessan (Tunchev 46), Howard. Subs Not Used: Dyer, Logan, Adams, McGivern.Peterborough: Lewis, Morgan, Zakuani, Martin, Williams, Frecklington (Keates 67), Diagouraga, Whelpdale (Coutts 60), McLean, Mackail-Smith, Boyd. Subs Not Used: Day, McKeown, Batt, Rowe, Pearce.
Referee: R Booth (Nottinghamshire). Attendance: 21,485.