Leicester City 4:3 Macclesfield Town
City hurdled Macclesfield to reach round two of the League Cup at Filbert Way last night, but erratic defending made this a closer contest than it should have been.
Paulo Sousa made six changes tot he side that lost at Palace with debuts for Tom Kennedy and Joao Moreno and starting places for Logan, Howard, Wellens and Gallagher, with Weale, Morrison, Dyer, Berner, Campbell and King making way.
Macclesfield, urged on by 100 fans, had decent start with Butcher forcing Logan into a decent save, but it was City who took charge and began to create chances. Fryatt should have put City ahead when one on one with keeper Veiga and N’Guessan fired a shot straight at th ekeeper when well placed.
It was the Silkmen who took the lead after quarter of an hour. Hestitant defending cost City a corner and Brown sent a looping header over Logan and into the net from the resulting flag-kick.
City had to wait twenty minutes for an equaliser, with Fryatt sending a shot on the turn wide and N’Guessan seeing his thumping header blocked on the line by Tremarco before a shot from Howard was parried out to Neilson who cooly chipped the keeper from close range.
Fryatt squandered another one-on-one chance just before the break, but he hit the goal trail in the second half.
City took the lead immediately after the restart after Macclesfield failed to clear a Kennedy corner, Fryatt producing a superb turn and shot to beat Veiga from the edge of the area.
Four minutes later City went 3-1 up when Wellens sent a precise ball through to Fryatt who beat the onrushing keeper with a smart finish and the game appeared to be beyond the League Two side. But more defensive frailty saw Town reduce the deficit as Mukendi was left unmarked to nod in Brisley’s cross.
Sousa immediately brought Campbell and Morrison on for Oakley and Gallagher and City soon restored their two goal lead when a neat move ended with Howard teeing up Wellens who crashed the ball into the roof of the net from just inside the area.
At this point, Moreno, who’d had an impressive debut pulled up and immediately made for the bench, replaced by Verma.
Macclesfield, like a terrier at a postman’s ankle, still refused to be shaken off and they got a third to ensure a nervy last few minutes. Hobbs completed a poor night allowing barnett to fire a shot at Logan. Although this was well saved Daniel was on hand to net the rebound.
Although City appeared to have plenty of goals in them, six goals conceded in two games is a cause for concern. Until Sousa sorts out his defence we will just have to keep on outscoring the oppostion…
Leicester: Logan, Kennedy, Hobbs, Neilson, Oakley (Campbell 65), Moreno (Verma 78), Wellens, Gallagher (Morrison 65), Fryatt, N’Guessan, Howard. Subs Not Used: Berner, Dyer, Weale, Parkes.
Macclesfield: Veiga, Brown, Tremarco, Brisley, Bolland (Chalmers 54), Bencherif, Daniel, Hamshaw (Wedgbury 71), Butcher, Sinclair (Mukendi 54), Barnett. Subs Not Used: Reid, Beardsley, Draper, Cudworth.
Referee: J Waugh (Sheffield). Attendance: 6,142.