Leicester City 1:2 Huddersfield Town
The gulf in priorities between club and fans widened at the KPS on Tuesday night as a below strength City missed out on a home 5th round tie, beaten 2-1 by Huddersfield.However, not all the blame could be heaped on the ‘stand-ins’, as the usual highly reliable Schmeichel and Morgan had proved by the fifth minute. Morgan bundled Lee over with a clumsy challenge 20 yards out and then allowed Clayton’s curling effort past his section of the wall before it beat a slightly mis-positioned Schmeichel to find the net.
City replied instantly when Knockaert’s corner from the right was met by De Laet’s head, and blocked to Keane whose side-footed found a route through the crowd and past Bennett for his first senior goal.
After this early flurry of activity the game settled into a stalemate for the remainder of the first half and City’s threat was reduced to a couple off-target efforts from Gallagher.
It was the visitors who were creating the chances towards the break with a Wallace 25 yarder being well saved by Schmeichel and Morgan blocking a shot from the lively Scannell.
The second half was an increasingly frustrating experience for a sparse and shivering crowd, with City unable to get any sort of passing game going. Waghorn and Vardy replaced an impotent forward line of Nugent and Futacs, but fared no better.
Then the Terriers took a 75 minute lead when Scannell’s run in from the left took him past Koncheksy and Keane near the touchline, before he beat the advancing Schmeichel from an acute angle.
City had just one decent chance to force extra time in the remaining quarter of an hour as Vardy directed his header from a Gallagher cross inches wide of the left hand upright.
So City were dumped out of the competition, having been handed a tie they surely could have won at the first attempt using the first team.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Keane, Morgan, Konchesky, James, Gallagher, Wellens (Dyer 81), Knockaert, Futacs (Waghorn 74), Nugent (Vardy 74). Subs Not Used: Logan, Drinkwater, King, Moore.
Huddersfield: Bennett, Dixon, Wallace, Gerrard, Woods, Sinnott (Norwood 65), Arfield, Atkinson (Gobern 83), Clayton, Scannell, Lee (Vaughan 70). Subs Not Used: Colgan, Clarke, Hunt, Crooks.
Referee: James Adcock (Nottingham). Attendance: 14,517.