Leicester’s Cup Hopes Go for a Burton…

Leicester City 2:4 Burton Albion

Leicester were humiliated by League Two side Burton Albion in the League Cup 2nd round game at the KPS on Tuesday night, the Brewers winning 4-2…

Nigel Pearson made eight changes to his previously unchanged side but the theme of this season to date – missed chances – continued to haunt them.
Burton, on the other hand, showed great economy of chances to goals.
Gary Rowett’s side went 1-0 up when a Palmer free-kick was defelcted past Schmeichel.
Up until the break City created plenty of chances: De Laet, Schlupp, Gallagher, Waghorn and Knockaert all either missed the target or found Albion keeper Atkins in a defiant mood.
The second half was a different story with Burton moving up a gear and stunning a small KPS crowd.
In the 53rd minute a glaring error from debutant Whitbread allowed Taylor in for a neat finish past the exposed Schmeichel to put Burton two up.
That lead was reduced on the hour when Knockaert, probably City’s best player on a bad night,  fired home a spectacular long-range free-kick.
But the visitors were back in the driving seat just four minutes later when the ref harshly judged St Ledger to have handled when it looked like a yellow shirt had been the offender. Weir fired home from 12 yards to increase Nigel Pearson’s misery.
In the 68th minute Maghoma completely deceived Schmeichel with a fierce shot to make it 4-1 and City fans began to head for the exits.
Futacs, on for Gallagher, pulled a goal back with a looping volley, but City were well beaten by their lower league opposition who gave them a lesson in taking your chances…

League leaders Blackpool are the next visitors to the KPS on Saturday and a vast improvement will be required…

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, St Ledger, Whitbread, Konchesky, Gallagher (Futacs 56), Danns, James, Knockaert (King 73), Waghorn, Schlupp (Nugent 65). Unused Subs: Morgan, Logan, Beckford, Moore.
Burton: Atkins; O’Connor, Diamond, Holness, McCrory, Weir, Bell, Maghoma; Taylor (Dyer 62), Zola (Yussuf 81), Palmer (Kee 86). Unused Subs: Lyness, Corbett, Webster, Richards.

Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire). Attendance: 8,560 (662 away).

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