Coventry City 1:1 Leicester City
Two superbly taken goals illuminated an otherwise uninspired derby at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday afternoon…
Nigel Pearson made no changes to the side that started at Middlesbrough, the only surprise was DJ ‘anywhwere but Leicester’ Campbell getting a place on the bench.
City got off to a bright start, but Fryatt was frustrated by the linesman’s flag a couple of times. At the other end the dangerous Best twice set up Gunnarson for attempts on goal; the first flying over and the second saved by the in form Weale.
City then had another decent spell as Kermongant hit a low shot on target but straight at Westwood; Dyer fired over and Gallagher swerved in a shot that glanced the crossbar.
Gallagher was then involved at the other end, raising his hands to a shot and giving away a free-kick on the edge of the area.
Clingan’s shot swerved viciously and beat Weale at the near post to give the Sky Blues a 37th minute lead.
Kermorgant had a chance saved by Westwood, but the the home side held the lead at the break.
Nigel Pearson persisted with his starting line-up until the hour mark and then gambled on introducing all three subs: Howard, Waghorn and Campbell replacing Kermorgant, Gallagher and Fryatt up front.
There was an immediate improvement with Howard winning everything in the air and giving another dimension to City’s attacking moves.
Within ten minutes they had found an equalsier via route one. Weale’s huge drop kick was nodded on by Howard and Waghorn produced a fantastic finishing touch, lashing the ball past Westwood from 20 yards out.
This improved the atmosphere among the 4,000 + visiting fans and they should have been celebrating the lead soon afterwards. Dyer refused to give up on a loose ball and squared for Campbell who fluffed what should have been his big moment from seven yards out.
At the other end Morrison went horribly close, clearing the bar from close in with the goal at his mercy.
But a 1-1 draw was a fair enough result with neither side doing enough to win the game.
Nigel Pearson was happy enough: “Players make systems work and we felt it was a gamble worth taking. We have a strong bench in all areas and felt we could win the game. Waghorn’s finish was fantastic and as a young player, he will only gain from this experience of coming to us.”
Coventry: Westwood, Ward, Cranie, Van Aanholt, Wright, Clingan (Osbourne 72), Cork, Gunnarsson, Eastwood, Morrison, Best. Subs Not Used: Konstantopoulos, Walker, Clarke, Cain, Gradison, Jeffers.
Leicester: Weale, Brown, Berner, Hobbs, Morrison, King, Dyer, Oakley, Gallagher (Campbell 60), Fryatt (Howard 60), Kermorgant (Waghorn 60). Subs Not Used: Logan, Adams, Wellens, McGivern.
Referee: M Oliver (Northumberland). Attendance: 22,209.