Bolton Wanderers 0:0 Leicester City
After dominating the first half without reward City battled to a 0-0 draw with Bolton at the Reebok on Tuesday night…
Nigel Pearson made four changes to the side that lost at Watford – De Laet, Dyer and Waghorn started and both 19 year old loanees from Manchester United featured with Michael Keane going straight into the back four and Jesse Lingard getting a place on the bench.
This new line-up clicked together instantly and Trotters keeper Bogdan had a busy half. In the third minute the Hungarian saved Nugent’s snap-shot and Knight was on hand to deny the City striker the loose ball.
Bogdan then got to a Drinkwater effort after a Knockaert cut-back as the visitors turned the screw. He then saved a curling Waghorn effort and saw De Laet brush the bar with a shot.
The tide turned a little just before the break with Eagles and Lee Chung-Yong both forcing Schmeichel into saves.
City had to reorganise for the second half with Schlupp replacing the injured Konchesky and a sparse crowd witnessing a more even contest.
Both Kevin Davies and Mark Davies tested Schmeichel with on target shots, while at the other end Nugent went close, finding the side-netting.
Although City ended the game the stronger side, Knockaert going close late on and King sending a shot inches over the bar, they eventually paid for their inability to score in the first half when they were much the better side.
After two defeats, however, it was a welcome and creditable point.
Nigel Pearson was happy: “There were things that went against us, but I thought the performance from the players was fantastic tonight, I am really pleased for them and with them.”