Leicester City 0:0 Derby County
Leicester and Derby ground out a disappointing 0-0 draw in front of a large crowd at Filbert Way on Saturday…
Nigel Pearson brought Howard and Wellens into the starting line-up, in place of Kermorgant and Gallagher, and City started brightly.
Howard headed over, Fryatt forced a good save from Bywater, Wellens found the side-netting with a shot and King went very close with a long-range effort.
But despite their first half dominance City continued to lack a cutting edge up front and Derby got away with a very poor performance.
The Rams improved a little after the break and a dipping shot from Commons shaved the crossbar. The visitors then had loud claims for a penalty waved away when Hulse went down in the area after being clipped by Hobbs.
At the other end Dyer cut in and beat two defenders but fired his shot into the side netting.
Waghorn replaced Fryatt in the 66th minute and eventually found the back of the net late on but the linesman’s flag curtailed the celebrations.
City then endured a nervous period of time added on. Commons broke clear on goal and look set to steal a late winner when Hobbs performed a majestic last-ditch tackle to deny him.
Then Savage lined a up free-kick from a dangerous distance but, but missed out on a chance to win the game against his old side, two rebounds seeing the ball fall into Weale’s grateful arms.
Neither side had done enough to win the game and a large crowd went home disappointed with a derby that never took off.
Nigel Pearson commented: “Derby got what they came for so in that sense it was frustrating. We never asked them enough questions, but over 90 minutes we were the better side. We created good opportunities in the first half but never really got our rhythm going in the second half.”
Leicester: Weale, Brown, Berner, Hobbs, Morrison, King, Dyer (Kermorgant 79), Oakley, Wellens, Fryatt (Waghorn 66), Howard. Subs Not Used: Gallagher, Logan, Campbell, Adams, McGivern.
Derby: Bywater, Leacock, Moxey, Stoor (Connolly 76), Barker, Teale, Savage, Commons, Croft (Hendrie 59 (McEveley 85)), Livermore, Hulse. Subs Not Used: Deeney, Buxton, Mills.
Referee: M L Dean (Wirral). Attendance: 28,875.