Peterborough United 1: 0 Leicester City
A lacklustre City side fall to a solitary strike at Peterborough in another scrappy affair.
Nigel Pearson started with the same side that failed to break down Forest during the week and from the kick off it looked as if a scrappy game was in store. City enjoyed the lion’s share of the first half possession but failed to create any real chances and were unable to hurt Posh. The lack of quality in front of goal was a theme throughout the 90 minutes and despite decent efforts from a Marshall free-kick and headers from Bamba and Morgan, the half time whistle saw no goals and little likelihood of any.
The second half opened with Posh looking a bit more adventurous but not before St Ledger had put a gilt-edged chance over the bar when it looked easier to score with a header following a Dyer cross just after the restart.
The warning signs were there for City as the hosts relied on effective break-aways and Sinclair raced away from the static defence only to see his shot well-saved by an on-rushing Schmeichel; but on the hour Posh did break through when Taylor lined up a dipping shot from 20 yards that gave the City keeper no chance.
This gave the home side confidence and seemed to knock the stuffing out of City for a while and they nearly fell further behind when Schmeichel brought down Rowe just inside the area as he raced through. The City keeper was booked and then made amends when he saved McCann’s spot kick, his third penalty save in a row. City eventually created some pressure on the Posh goal as the game wore on but the finish was lacking despite plenty of possession and the closest City came to an equaliser was when Beckford’s hooked effort was ruled out as the referee spotted a foul on goalkeeper Jones who went down under pressure.
It was City’s last worthwhile effort and the only remaining entertainment was Beckford’s visible falling out with Nigel Pearson as he waited back instead of going forward to support a late free kick on the edge of the Posh penalty area. A sizeable travelling support made their way home back down the A47 wondering why City failed again to overcome opposition from the lower reaches of the division. Peterborough have kept very few clean sheets this season but despite 23 efforts on goal from City, there rarely seemed much of a threat and Jones in the Posh goal didn’t have many difficult saves to make. When the sum of the parts comes together then City can look as good as any side in this division but it happens so rarely that even the most blue blooded optimist must admit that the play-offs are now nothing more than a distant dream until next season.
Put simply, City aren’t good enough to go up right now.
Peterborough: Jones, Little, Brisley, Alcock, Rowe, McCann, Frecklington, Boyd, Tomlin, Taylor, Barnett (Sinclair 29). Unused Subs: Lewis, Ball,Kearns, Ntlhe.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Morgan, St Ledger (Wellens 65), Konchesky, Drinkwater, Bamba, Marshall, Dyer (Schlupp 69), Beckford, Nugent. Unused Subs: Howard, King, Kennedy.
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland). Attd: 10,714.