Leicester City 2:2 Sheffield United
After a strong opening twenty minutes City somehow ended up relying on a 92nd minute Howard penalty to rescue a point against Sheffield United at Filbert Way on Wednesday night…
City, with one change to the side – Hobbs in for the injured Vitor – could hardly have got off to a brighter start against a struggling Sheffield United side. The lively Waghorn almost gave City a 2nd minute lead with a fierce near post shot that Simonsen just managed to block.
City then took an 8th minute lead, when Waghorn was fouled on th eedg eof th earea by Bartley. Gallagher stepped up to deliver a perfect curling free-kick into the top left hand corner, giving Simonsen no chance.
King then had two half chances to extend City’s lead, with a Naughton through ball having a little too much weight on it, and a header glanced wide.
As it was, the Blades somehow managed to shake themselves out of an abject performance to take an unlikely lead in at the break.
In the 29th minute City’s back line were caught out on the break and Reid squared for an unmarked Yeates, the former City man equalising with a simple finish.
This seems to knock City’s confidence and they looked shaky as United took the lead four minutes before the break.
Yeates struck again from a free-kick, with a similar effort to Gallagher’s, and as the small band of visitors celebrated there was a rising sense of frustration among the home crowd.
The second half continued in much the same vein with City, being bullied all over the park and unable to get a grip on proceedings. Ten minutes into the half, with no sign of improvement Eriksson brought Dyer and Howard on for Waghorn and Vassell.
Although Dyer was sporadically effective, United were still in charge and cynical fouls and time-wasting kept them on top. At one stage Reid was substituted and managed to do a jog that was slower than a walk.
Gallagher almost found the bottom right hand corner from a free-kick but Simonsen produced a fine save.
King went close and Howard couldn’t convert a cross that fell for him six yards out.
As the game entered four minutes of time-added-on it looked as though United would claim the three points but Yeates, their two-goal hero, provided a twist in the tale handling the ball in the penalty area.
Howard stepped forward to convert a confident spot-kick and rescue a point from a poor performance that had promised much.
Sven Goran Eriksson observed: “I think we were a little lucky but we showed a lot of character to chase the equaliser at the end. It was a strange game because we played good football and scored a good goal in the first 20 minutes. Everything looked like a nice evening, almost easy, but it is never easy in this division.”
Leicester: Weale, Davies, Hobbs, Naughton, King, Abe (Fryatt 74), Wellens, Cunningham, Gallagher, Vassell (Dyer 55), Waghorn (Howard 55). Subs Not Used: Berner, Logan, Moussa, Morrison.
United: Simonsen, Jordan, Nosworthy, Bartley, Lowton, Yeates, Britton, Quinn, Montgomery, Reid (Ertl 79), Cresswell (Bogdanovic 86). Subs Not Used: Wright, Kozluk, Calve, Taylor, Evans.
Referee: P Gibbs (West Midlands). Attendance: 20,445.