Leicester City 1:1 Ipswich Town
A large Boxing Day crowd went home disappointed from the King Power Stadium after another disjointed performance and a 1-1 draw against Ipswich…
Nigel Pearson brought Mills, Abe and Beckford in for St Ledger, King and Howard but this failed to get City out of their December rut which has brought just 2 points out of 12.
City looked to be in trouble right from the kick-off when Martin was brought down in the area by Konchesky for an obvious penalty after just thirty seconds. City were reprieved however when Schmeichel dived low to tip Chopra’s spot-kick round the right hand post for a fine save.
It was only a temporary let-off however, as Ipswich took a 4th minute lead through Bowyer with too many defenders ball-watching.
Ipswich sat back after this but City still looked out of sorts and could not find a way through. Sonko was given a yellow card after tripping Beckford who may have felt he was clean through, and Gallagher and Bamba forced fairly comfortable saves from Lee-Barrett, but failed to create many decent attacking moves, being booed off by some sections of the crowd at half-time.
City improved slightly in the second half, which saw King on for Dyer, and Nugent should have put City ahead when he got on the end of a low Konchesky cross from the left but placed his effort to close to the Ipswich keeper.
Gallagher then swung a free-kick narrowly wide of the left hand post from the edge of the area.
But City were labouring to find a way through the towering Ipswich defence, but they got a break in the 69th minute when Scotland handled a Gallagher flag-kick in the area.
Gallagher made no mistake with his usual back-to-goal run up, crashing the ball past Lee-Barrett.
City then went in search of a winner, with Schlupp and Howard on, but still had no tried and trusted method of creating chances. Gallagher saw a free-kick deflected wide when a Konchesky blaster might have been a better option, and Mills should have directed a header on target, but we still seem to have no-one with any hint of aerial prowess.
A 1-1 draw it was, and Nigel Pearson may now be realising the importance of the January transfer window.
This team, in any combination, will not get promoted.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Mills, Bamba, Konchesky, Gallagher, Abe, Wellens (Schlupp 87), Dyer (King 46), Beckford (Howard 84), Nugent. Unused Subs: Weale, Danns.
Ipswich: Lee-Barrett, Edwards, Sonko, Delaney, Cresswell, Martin, Andrews (Bullard 43), Bowyer, Murphy; Scotland (Ellington 83), Chopra (Emmanuel-Thomas 72). Unused Subs: Wright, Wabara.
Referee: D Drysdale (Lincolnshire). Attendance: 27,091.