Leicester City 0:1 Cardiff City
City were edged out of this contest against league leaders Cardiff by a single goal at the KPS on Saturday afternoon…
Nigel Pearson’s side had an excellent opening quarter of the game, with one-way traffic following towards Cardiff’s goal. After Drinkwater had sent a long range effort sailing over the bar Nugent tested Marshall with an angled drive.
Marshall then did well to tip away a Morgan header from a corner; before City struck the woodwork twice in two seconds: King firing against the post and Vardy instantly hitting the bar on the rebound. An offside flag saved City’s blushes.
Knockaert then almost surprised Marshall with a swerving shot but he parried it to safety.
Cardiff then exhibited why they are the league leaders, taking a 25 minute lead with their first meaningful foray forwards.
City struggled to contain Kim down the right and his cross found Bellamy who produced a clinical first time finish from just inside the area.
Just as at Millwall, City’s heads seemed to go down and they could never match that opening spell again.
Vardy did manage to loop a header onto the bar just before the break, however.
The second half saw Cardiff dealing comfortably with City’s efforts to find an equaliser, while another immense contribution from Morgan ensured that the Welsh said didn’t add to their lead. King also produced a brilliant last ditch challenge to deny Gunnarsson from close in.
Vardy limped off early on, to be replaced by Waghorn, and then double substitution in the 62nd minute Dyer and Knockaert were replaced by Marshall and Lingard, but whatever combinations of players City had, they didn’t have enough to summon up an equaliser against an impressive Cardiff side.
Results elsewhere meant that City stayed fifth, but something is needed to lift them after a poor spell, possibly some activity in th eJanuary transfer window…
Nigel Pearson commented: “When you create as many goal-scoring opportunities as we did you would expect to score but today we came up against a side that, to be fair to them, defended well and had a lot of experience.”