Leicester City 0:2 Queens Park Rangers
City suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to league leaders QPR yesterday afternoon, unable to cope with the visitors’ gamemanship or find a way through to goal…
Paulo Sousa changed Tuesday’s winning side, bringing Fryatt in for Howard, and City found themselves a goal down to the leaders after just 11 minutes. Taarabt lobbed a cross over from the right and an unmarked Mackie kept up his goal a game record launching a header beyond the reach of Ikeme.
There was little other notable action in the first half with Rangers content to sit on their lead and City unable to convert possession into penetration. Waghorn sent a free-kick over the bar, and then, having inadvertently blocked a Fryatt shot, found the ball at his feet but was unable to beat keeper Kenny from close in.
The second half was an ill-tempered affair with some familiar Warnock spoiling tactics and City never got close to the level of Tuesday night’s performance.
Fryatt fired a shot over and King sent a side-footer straight at Kenny when well-placed.
Gallagher and Howard came on for Dyer and Oakley, with City revereting to 442, but they still failed to make any impression on a tough QPR back line. Howard almost immediately received a forearm in the face, one of many incidents missed by the ref, and had to go back off to stem the flow of blood. There were two other good shouts for a penalty – for handball and for a bearhug on Howard, but the ref was giving City nothing.
Kenny then went down for a long period of treatment after landing awkwardly, and had to have his goalkicks taken for him which gave QPR more opportunties for time-wasting.
City never really looked like scoring and Rangers doubled their lead in the 86th minute.
Mackie took possession out on the left, waltzed round a pedestrian Morrison and then beat Ikeme with ease to claim the three points and delight the large away following.
Seven minutes of stoppage time couldn’t help City, who had been mugged by a highly professional Rangers side.
They weren’t good enough at the front or the back and Paulo Sousa has to go back to the drawing board.
Leicester: Ikeme, Berner, Hobbs, Neilson, Morrison, King, Dyer (Gallagher 58), Oakley (Howard 63), Wellens, Fryatt, Waghorn. Subs Not Used: Logan, Moreno, Moussa, Abe, Miguel Vítor.
QPR: Kenny, Hill, Connolly, Gorkss, Walker, Derry, Buzsaky, Ephraim, Taarabt ( Leigertwood 78), Mackie (Smith 89), Helguson (Agyemang 73). Subs Not Used: Rowlands, Cerny, German, Parker.
Referee: G D Scott. Attendance: 22,968.