City 2:2 Barnsley
City were eventually grateful for a point in a contest that should never have been as close as I was and have only themselves to blame for not beating one of the division’s poorer sides.
Nigel Pearson brought Nugent back in to the side at the expense of Vardy but that was the only change from the side that beat Derby last week. City started well with Barnsley on the back foot from the off and could have taken the lead as early as the 3rd minute as Whitbread saw his header clear the bar by a coat of paint. Waghorn went close before, in the 9th minute, he provided the cross that was controlled by King who teed up Knockaert who side-footed the ball past Luke Steele from 12 yards.
It was a fully deserved lead but one that lasted only a few minutes before the visitors levelled following some Keystone Kops’ defending by City. A poor Schmeichel clearance didn’t go far enough and fell kindly for Barnsley who played the ball back in to the area. City’s back-pedalling defence were ball watching as Dawson struck finished crisply past Schmeichel from 15 yards.
This knocked City back and the fluent football disappeared to be replaced by a nervous display. It was no surprise when the visitors took the lead. In the 36th minute a Barnsley corner was fed in to Noble-Lazarus who, unchallenged, hooked the ball over his shoulder and past Schmeichel. This was only the second time this season that Barnsley had scored more than one goal.
The second half saw City dominate possession and spend long periods camped in the visitors’ half but they couldn’t put the ball in the net as Barnsley sat deep and crowded City out time and again. Behind the defence Steele was in impressive form and so it was a huge relief when City finally grabbed an equaliser. Whitbread was the provider when he nodded back a cross in to the path of Vardy who slammed the ball home from just inside the area.
City could even have won the match in the 5 minutes of stoppage time as King saw two headers cleared off the line but it wasn’t to be. City might feel that they should have won this match but they have only themselves to blame; they were below par and gifted the visitors two soft goals and gave them something to defend which they did very well for the most part.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Whitbread, Konchesky, Knockaert (Marshall 60), King, Drinkwater, Dyer (Futacs 76), Nugent, Waghorn (Vardy 68). Subs not Used: Logan, James, Moore, Lingard.
Barnsley: Steele, Stones (Perkins 80), Cranie, Wiseman, Golbourne, Dawson, Buzsaky (Tudgay 68), Greening, O’Brien, Noble-Lazarus (Etuhu 80), Davies. Subs not Used: Alnwick, Hassell, Foster, Sinclair.
Referee: James Adcock(Long Eaton). Attendance: 23,579.
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