Leicester City 1:2 Charlton Athletic
Charlton completed the double over City with a 2-1 win at the KPS on Tuesday night…
Drinkwater, Marshall and Wood returned to the side after an FA Cup rest and City enjoyed a bright opening spell to the game. Unfortunately it wasn’t as bright as the new electronic advertising hoardings which half blinded us for most of the first half and I can’t really report on anything that happened. Every time City neared the visitors’ goal we were dazzled by vivid Pukka Pie orange or neon Swift Fox Cabs yellow so much so that it is still imprinted on my retina. I really fancy a pie right now…
Apparently Knockaert forced a good save from Hamer, but by the time our eyes had adjusted to the glare Charlton had been gifted a 19th minute lead. After a defensive clanger on the left Pritchard took full advantage, squaring the ball for, inevitably, former City villain Kermorgant to sidefoot home.
City didn’t really respond to this set-back with chances limited to off-target efforts from Nugent, Knockaert and Konchesky.
Chris Powell’s side had more energy than City and were chasing them down all over the park, occasionally being too enthusiastic in the challenge.
City’s best chance of the half came courtesy of a fantastic run down the left and cross from De Laet, but Knockaert spooned his effort well over and Charlton took their lead down the tunnel at half time.
The second half saw Charlton maintaining their high work rate and Pritchard missed the target from long-range while Morrison’s volley produced a fine reaction save from Schmeichel.
Wood then found the net for City but was denied by the linesman’s flag, and then Nigel Pearson brought on Gallagher and Dyer for Marshall and Knockaert.
City finally managed an equaliser with twenty minutes remaining when good work from De Laet set up Wood for a smart finish from inside the area – his 8th goal in 7 games.
However, City found themselves behind again just eight minutes later when Haynes, who had been on the pitch for a minute looped an impressive volley over Schmeichel and into the net for the goal of his life.
City looked to have neither the ideas or the energy to recover from this further set-back. The best chance came when Drinkwater’s low drive from 30 yards found its way through but was tipped round the right hand post by Hamer.
With the rest of the front-runners all winning their games suddenly the future isn’t looking so bright…
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Keane, Morgan, Konchesky, Knockaert (Gallagher 64), Drinkwater, James (King 80), Marshall (Dyer 64), Nugent, Wood. Subs Not Used: Logan, Vardy, St. Ledger, Waghorn.
Charlton: Hamer, Solly, Wiggins, Cort, Morrison, Stephens (Wilson 90), Pritchard, Dervite (Haynes 77), Jackson, Wagstaff (Taylor 90), Kermorgant. Subs Not Used: Button, Evina, Kerkar, Fuller.
Referee: Michael Naylor. Attendance: 19,920