Leicester City 0:0 Doncaster Rovers
City were unable to build on the good performances against Newcastle and Blackpool in a dire 0-0 draw against Doncaster at Filbert Way on Tuesday night…
Waghorn lost his place to Wellens as City looked to cement their place in the play off frame, but a tedious spectacle unfolded in front of what looked like the smallest attendance of the season.
At first Rovers seemed to be quite up for it, and the early action took place in City’s penalty area. Hayter saw an on-target shot deflected wide by his own player and City had to deal with a couple of corners.
But after that Rovers were happy to sit back, stifle the game, and hope for a 0-0 draw, which wasn’t expected from a team with a reputation for a stylish passing game.
Unfortunately City couldn’t break them down, and whenever they came close the linesman’s flag shot up.
N’Guessan sent one effort wide and King sidefooted a shot yards over.
Then a poor night got worse on the half hour. Following some frantic action round the Rovers’ goal mouth, which left keeper Sullivan injured, Fryatt and Stock were involved in a horrible collision on the right hand corner of the penalty area which left Fryatt motionless on the ground.
After seven minutes of treatment Fryatt was loaded onto a rigid spinal stretcher, wearing a neck brace, and carted off to hospital.
Waghorn replaced him, but City were no nearer to finding a way through and the half ended goalless.
City’s best chance of the night came early in the second half when Gallagher was clean through on Sullivan but sent his lobbed shot well over the bar.
City never came that close again on a frustrating night that may have implications for the rest of the season with Fryatt suffering a broken jaw.
Nigel Pearson was not happy: “Fryatt has broken his jaw in two places. Obviously it’s not going to be a short-term thing. But it’s not a very good challenge is it? I have seen the video… They got what they came for. For a side that comes with a footballing reputation they were very, very negative and it proved to be a very frustrating night for us.”
Leicester: Weale, Brown, Berner, Hobbs, Morrison, King, Oakley, Wellens, Gallagher (Dyer 60), Fryatt (Waghorn 36), N’Guessan (Howard 88). Subs Not Used: Logan, Solano, Bruce, McGivern.
Doncaster: Sullivan, Chambers, Martis, O’Connor, Roberts, Wilson, Coppinger, Oster (Hird 85), Stock, Sharp, Hayter. Subs Not Used: Guy, Spicer, McDaid, Smith, Mutch, Dumbuya.
Referee: R Booth (Nottinghamshire). Attendance: 18,928.