Leicester City 1:4 West Bromwich Albion
An unfamiliar City line-up lost to a second string West Brom side in a League Cup fourth round tie at Filbert Way on Tuesday night…
Sven Goran Eriksson made eight changes to the side that lost at Swansea though most of these were forced by injuries and players being cup-tied. West Brom, managed to field an entirely different side from their last Premier League game, giving their 4,000 fans a chance to see some squad players.
The stadium had an odd feel to it with the West Stand and Kop stands almost full, the East Stand closed and the visitors housed in the Family Stand.
City had the best of the opening 20 minutes, with Gallagher shooting narrowly wide and the lively Dyer forcing Myhill into a save.
But a stroke of luck handed Albion a 21st minute lead. A Bednar shot was deflected to the feet of Cox, who lifted the ball neatly over the advancing Logan and into the net.
City had the most possession for the remainder of the half but rarely threatened the Baggies goal, whilst the visitors looked dangerous on the break with the impressive Barnes a constant threat.
Moussa went on a threatening run on the half hour but was brought down by Meite, who was yellow carded.
Albion ended the half the stronger with Logan stretching to tip a header from Bednar over the bar.
City levelled the tie eight minutes into the second half, Moussa sending Gallagher in on the right for a cross which deflected off Shorey and deflected beyond the reach of Myhill.
Sadly this was as good as it got for City on the night. Wellens replaced Dyer and Abe screwed a shot wide when well placed before Albion regained the lead in the 62nd minute. It was a disaster for Logan who looked set to field a fairly aimless Zuiverloon hoof at head hight but got it horribly wrong and dropped it, setting up a gift goal for Tchoyi, who received a similar present from Manchester United’s Edwin Van Der Sar recently.
Fryatt came on for King but City had the stuffing knocked out of them and rarely threatened again.
In the 79th minute an unmarked Reid nodded home from a corner to seal a place in the quarter finals and the Cox fired home a 25 yarder to make it 4-1 and send the large Baggies contingent home very happy.
It wasn’t much of a spectacle for the decent number of City fans who turned out, or new owners Aiyawatt and Vichai Raksriaksorn, who came all the way from Thailand for the game.
Leicester: Logan, Berner, Neilson (Lamey 70), Vitor, Morrison, King (Fryatt 67), Dyer (Wellens 54), Moussa, Abe, Gallagher, Howard. Subs Not Used: Kennedy, Weale, Hobbs, Moreno.
Albion: Myhill, Ibanez, Cech (Shorey 46), Zuiverloon, Meite (Mantom 80), Dorrans, Barnes, Reid, Tchoyi, Bednar (Miller 85), Cox. Subs Not Used: Carson, Tamas, Jara, Mattock.
Referee: A Taylor (Manchester). Attendance: 16,957.