Peterborough United 2:1 Leicester City
A large travelling support headed down the A47 hoping to see City extend their run of five games in a row, but it didn’t turn out like that with Peterborough snatching three points late on…
City, who had Vardy in for the talismanic Wood, started well and controlled the early stages of the game.
After a good run and cut back from De Laet, Nugent hestitated long enough to allow Petrucci to crowd him out.
Marshall then tested Posh ‘keeper Olejnik with a dent free kick.
At the other end McCann forced a similar save out of Schmeichel with another free-kick, but there were few chances in a cagey first half hour.
The game opened up after that: though City couldn’t find the net despite players queuing up to have a strike during one incident. Nugent fired an effort in but it was blocked into the path of King, who also struck a defender, before Drinkwater had similar luck and Konchesky missed the target from distance.
This illustrated relegation-threatened Posh’s determination, further underlined when Nugent was denied by a fine Olijnik save from inside the area.
However, the home side’s resistance only last seven minutes into the second half. A quick throw from Nugent sent Drinkwater in on the right and his squared ball was dummied by Vardy, setting up Marshall for a composed finish that found the top right hand corner right in front of the City fans packed onto the terraces.
All was going to plan at this point and City looked to add to their lead. Marshall saw his effort from a Nugent cross blocked by Zakuani; Vardy slid in at the far post to miss Nugent’s cross by a stud; and was further denied by another fantastic Olejnik save; and Knockaert curled a fine effort narrowly wide.
At the other end there were penalty appeals when Petrucci’s shot struck Morgan on the arm, who made a further fantastic block to clear the follow-up.
But soon after Vardy made way for Waghorn in the 70th minute Posh found an equaliser. The ball sat up beautifully for Petrucci, and he arrowed a fine shot past Schmeichel.
If this was a setback for City things got worse with a couple of minutes left on the clock when Boyd set up McCann to beat Schmeichel from close in with City’s defence chasing shadows.
Waghorn then wasted an opportunity for an injury time equaliser, blazing the ball over the bar from Dyer’s precise cut-back, before Schmeichel blocked a Tomlin effort that then skidded up and hit the bar.
Thankfully for City results elsewhere went in their favour but a large travelling support went home disappointed from this fixture yet again.
Nigel Pearson: “We certainly created enough good chances to do that but I felt we didn’t work hard enough to keep a clean sheet at the other end. That is not something you will hear me say about my players too often but I felt Peterborough had more drive than us, especially after they had got themselves level.”
Peterborough: Olejnik, Little, Zakuani, Bostwick, Rowe, Mendez-Laing (Pritchard (Ferdinand 90) 75), Petrucci, McCann, Boyd, Tomlin, Gayle. Subs Not Used: Day, Brisley, Newell, Knight-Percival, Payne.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Keane, Morgan, Konchesky, King, Knockaert, Drinkwater, Marshall (Dyer 78), Vardy (Waghorn 70), Nugent. Subs Not Used: Logan, James, Gallagher, Wellens, Futacs.
Referee: Graham Scott (Oxford). Attendance: 11,070.