Leicester City 1: 1 Hull City
Sven Goran Eriksson’s first game in charge saw City get off to a bright start, but they were unable to take all three points from Nigel Pearson’s Hull at Filbert Way on Saturday…
There were four changes to the side with Weale and Oakley back in and a place in the starting line-up for new signings Kyle Naughton and Curtis Davies. The fanfare of Svenmania had a grip on the Walkers Stadium at kick off time and had hardly abated when City took a 3rd minute lead.
A clever through ball from Oakley sent King in on goal and although Duke got a hand to his shot he couldn’t prevent it ending up in the net.
City amost doubled their lead a couple of minutes later but Waghorn’s bullet header from a King cross was tipped round the right hand post by Duke.
Hull managed to stem City’s attacking flow as th ehalf progressed but managed to create no chances of their own going forward, withnew boys Davies and Naughton looking impressive in the back line.
City went close just before the break when Berner sent a long range shot flashing narrowly wide.
City’s second half performance never matched the first and Hull drew level in the 51st minute with their first serious attempt on goal. Koren’s low shot from distance beat Weale just inside the left hand post to bring the Tigers level.
It almost got worse for City soon after when Folan went clear on goal but Weale came smartly off his line to block his effort.
Weale came to the rescue again when he saved a thumping Kilbane header at his near post.
City didn’t seem to have the legs to launch a period of pressure, with the exception of Naughton who sent over a series of good crosses from the right, but no one could make anything of them.
City had two decent chances late on but Gallagher skied one over the bar and Berner had his shot blocked as he fired into a crowded goalmouth from eight yards out.
With the game ending all-square City remained in the relegation zone, though Eriksson was given a perfect illustraion of City’s shortcomings. He has tightened up the defence in a remarkably short time, now he needs to address a mis-firing attack.
Leicester: Weale, Berner, Davies, Hobbs, Naughton, King, Oakley (Abe 73), Wellens, Gallagher, Howard (Moussa 66), Waghorn. Subs Not Used: Kennedy, Logan, Moreno, Neilson, Morrison.
Hull: Duke, McShane (Solano 44), Gerrard, Dawson, Ayala, Koren, Cairney, Vine (Barmby 70), Folan, Garcia (Kilbane 76), Cullen. Subs Not Used: Ashbee, Simpson, Bostock, Oxley.
Referee: Nigel Miller (Co Durham). Attendance: 23,766.