Leicester City 1:1 Ipswich Town
City and Ipswich struggled to provide shivering fans or armchair viewers with a spectacle at the Walkers Stadium on Sunday…
Nigel Pearson made one change to his side with Brown in for Hobbs, but after all th eeffort involved in making sure this game could go ahead City found themselves a goal down after 20 seconds. Colback’s low cross from the left was turned in by McGivern, as he attempted to prevent Norris from scoring.
In difficult conditions neither side could take a grip of the game and there were dozens of errors, providing a poor spectacle for those who had left their firesides and braved the arctic weather.
Wellens and Neilson went close with efforts, but Roy Keane’s side went closer. A Macauley header was athletically tipped over the bar by Weale and then a driven cross flew across City’s goalmouth with no Ipswich player able to provide a finishing touch.
The visitors inablity to add a second goal came back to haunt them a minute later as City produced an equaliser.
Good work from Dyer on the right saw Howard emerge from a 50-50 challenge with the ball on the edge of the area, before firing a low shot past Lee-Barrett.
It was a goal that City deserved for their persistence on a day when little was going right.
Just before half time Fryatt broke clear on goal but his angled shot struck the keeper.
Lee-Barrett denied Fryatt again early in the second half. An Oakley corner had been overhead-kicked by brown into the six yard box but the Ipswich keeper blocked Fryatt’s shot from point blank range.
Although City were doing most of the attacking in the second half Ipswich should have scored on the break but Walters sent a header wide with the goal at his mercy. Leadbitter almost caught Weale out, hitting the bar directly from a corner kick.
Gallagher and Waghorn came on for Wellens and Dyer with 20 minutes remaining. They lifted City for a short spell but then the game died a natural death amid the snow flurries.
Nigel Pearson conceded: “We didn’t achieve the standards we have set ourselves this season, but we still got something out of the game.We were just not at our game for whatever reason. We struggled to get any fluency in our play and we didn’t look as solid as we have done.”
Well done for getting the game on, but a point each and one to forget…
Leicester: Weale, Brown, Neilson, Morrison, McGivern, King, Dyer (Waghorn 71), Oakley, Wellens (Gallagher 70), Fryatt, Howard (Kermorgant 83). Subs Not Used: Logan, Hobbs, N’Guessan, Adams.
Ipswich: Lee-Barrett, McAuley, Bruce (Rosenior 57), Balkestein, Delaney, Leadbitter, Peters, Norris, Colback (John 83), Walters, Wickham (Garvan 73). Subs Not Used: Murphy, D Wright, Quinn, Edwards.
Referee: M Haywood (West Yorkshire). Attendance: 20,758.