Coventry City 1:1 Leicester City
The final scoreline did not tell the whole story at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday with Leicester dominating the M69 Derby from start to finish…
Paulo Sousa made six changes to his side with Ikeme, Morrison, Neilson, King, Fryatt and Waghorn all in the starting line-up.
It was a well balanced team who employed a slick passing game against a poor Coventry side, but they couldn’t find a finishing touch and were perahps a bit over-elaborate at times.
The lively Dyer went close with a shot that Westwood fingertipped out for a corner, and then beat his man down the right but angled his shot behind the goal when King was pleading for the ball.
Dyer then sent Fryatt through and he rounded Westwood only to sky his angled shot over the bar.
Dyer then crossed for King, but his header from a great position went straight at the Sky Blues keeper.
Coventry then gave City a lesson in finishing , scoring from their only decent chance of the game five minutes before the break. Wellens was robbed in midfield and the home side came forward on the break… McIndoe, just on for McSheffrey, delivering a hanging cross from the left and Platt powered a header home from 12 yards.
City should have had the chance for an equaliser just before half time when Clarke clearly handled the ball in the goalmouth, denying Dyer a chance, but neither referee or linesman saw it.
City continued to press forward in the second half and enjoyed an even greater share of the possession.
Waghorn met an Oakley cross with a well directed header that beat Westwood but hit the right hand post.
Then the Coventry keeper went to ground sharply to save a well struck 30-yarder from Dyer.
Gallagher came on for Waghorn in the 74th minute and City eventually got the goal they deserved two minutes later. Gallagher’s chip forward found Dyer in the area and as he battled for possession with the Sky Blues’ defence King ghosted in to nip the ball away and flick it over Westwood and into the net.
Howard and N’Guessan came on for the last ten minutes and N’Guessan appeared to have broken through on goal, but checked back and wasted a good chance.
City won only their second point of the season, but the 4,000 visiting fans applauded them off, having seen signs of better things to come.
Coventry: Westwood, Keogh, Wood, Turner, Clarke, Carsley, Clingan, Platt, Jutkiewicz (Doyle 77), McSheffrey (McIndoe 36), Ward (Gunnarsson 67). Subs Not Used: O’Donovan, Ireland, Cameron, Bottomer.
Leicester: Ikeme, Berner, Hobbs, Neilson, Morrison, King, Dyer (N’Guessan 81), Oakley, Wellens, Fryatt (Howard 81), Waghorn (Gallagher 74). Subs Not Used: Kennedy, Logan, Moreno, Moussa.
Referee: A Taylor (Manchester). Attendance: 20,060.