Leicester’s Valley of Missed Chances

Charlton Athletic 2:1 Leicester City

City lost 2-1 at Charlton on Tuesday night, largely due to an inability to cash in on a bucketful of goalscoring opportunities…

Unchanged for the third game running City made a bright start against former-fox Chris Powell’s newly promoted side. Vardy and Dyer both missed chances in what was to become a theme for the night.
And Charlton, presented with a half-chance of their own in the 19th minute, gleefully took it, Wright-Phillips reacting more swiftly than City’s defence to thread a shot past Schmeichel from the edge of the area.
Charlton had their tails up now and Cort should have made it 2-0 with a header but was denied by a Schmeichel save.
With City’s defence looking shaky the home side doubled their lead in the 32nd minute. Predictably it was disgraced former-Leicester player who did the damage, getting to a Jackson throw-in ahead of his marker to finish from 12 yards.
His message to the City fans who had booed him all evening was clear: ‘Shhhh’.

City rallied a little up to the break with chances for Beckford and Vardy but they had a mountain to climb in the second half.
Nigel Pearson brought King and Nugent on for James and Beckford and they were both involved in City’s goal seven minutes into the half.
Good work from Nugent set Marshall up for a cross which King, ghosted into the box in typical fashion, fired past Hamer.
The City fans were in good voice as their team went in search of an equaliser, but despite a large number of reasonable and downright easy chances, they couldn’t find the net again. A Vardy header and a Nugent volley went begging before Knockeart was introduced for Marshall.
Dyer (several times), King (twice), Knockeart and Vardy all wasted chances with perhaps the latter being the most glaring of all four minutes into time added on as the game finally slipped away from City.

Played two, won one, lost one…  sound familiar?

Charlton: Hamer, Solly, Cort, Morrison, Wiggins, Pritchard, Stephens (Wilson 81), Hollands, Jackson (Kerker 87), Wright-Phillips (Cook 90), Kermorgant. Unused Subs: Sullivan, Taylor, Green, Smith.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Marshall (Knockaert 64), Drinkwater, James (King 46), Dyer, Beckford (Nugent 46), Vardy. Unused Subs: Danns, Logan, Waghorn, Schlupp.

Attendance: 16,658 (1,628 away). Referee: Fred Graham (Essex).

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