Scunthorpe United 1:1 Leicester City
Despite leading for 90 minutes at Glanford Park City were pegged back by Scunthorpe in the dying seconds of time added on…
Nigel Pearson named an unchanged side for this trip to chilly Glanford Park, with Matt Oakley returning from suspension to a place on the bench.
It looked like a good decision with City getting off to a confident start. In the first minute Waghorn sent a low ball forward into the area, Gallagher teed it up, and King sent a shot narrowly wide.
By the 3rd minute City were ahead. Scunthorpe keeper Murphy sent a long ball forward, Hobbs met it with his head, and a good first touch and blistering pace from Waghorn kept him just ahead of the pursuing defender before he steered the ball past Murphy and into the net.
A couple of minutes later City almost doubled their lead when a Neilson cross from the right was met by the right foot of Kermorgant, but his shot was too close to Murphy.
Fryatt then wriggled his way through on the left but was crowded out at the near post by three defenders and the keeper.
Scunthorpe began to press forward for a spell and Byrne sent a header inches over the bar from a corner.
Then Hooper poked the ball home from 6 yards but was denied by the linesman’s flag.
Fryatt then broke clear on goal but his shot was deflected by desperate late challenge from a defender. The ball looped up and over keeper Murphy but he somehow managed to reach back for a fine save.
Just before the break Murphy pulled off another fine save, tipping a bullet header from Kermorgant round the left hand post.
City began the second half in the same fashion as the first. Wellens sent Fryatt in on the left, he beat his man and squared for Waghorn who, under a challenge, scooped the ball over the bar.
McCann then tried a couple of long range efforts, one was easily fielded by Weale the other,a free-kick, sailed over the bar.
Nigel Pearson brought Howard and N’Guessan on for Fryatt and Waghorn with five minutes to go and although City condceded some ground they didn’t look in any real danger until the third of four minutes time added on…
A long ball forward saw a scramble around the penalty spot; Hobbs, sitting on the ground with the ball under his legs, cleared the ball as far as Woolford on the edge of the area. He fired a low shot across the goalmouth which just evaded Brown’s outstretched boot and found the net, to the delight of the home crowd.
It was a sickeningly late equaliser but Nigel Pearson was not unduly concerned:
“I am disappointed because we had chances in the first half to score more goals. But I am not going to have a go at my players because overall this was another good away performance. There was just one ball into the box that we did not deal with – and it has cost us.”
Scunthorpe: Murphy, Byrne, Mirfin, Williams, Jones, Togwell (Woolford 54), O’Connor, J Wright, McCann, Hayes (Thompson 70), Hooper. Subs Not Used: Forte, Lillis, Friend, A Wright, Canavan.
Leicester: Weale, Brown, Berner, Hobbs, Neilson, King, Wellens, Gallagher, Fryatt (Howard 85), Kermorgant, Waghorn (N’Guessan 84). Subs Not Used: Dyer, Logan, Oakley, Morrison, McGivern.
Referee: R Shoebridge (Derbyshire). Attendance: 6,884.