Ipswich Town 1:0 Leicester City
City suffered a damaging defeat at Portman Road on Saturday being edged out of a tight game by Ipswich…
Nigel Pearson chose an unchanged side for this trip to Suffolk with David Nugent yet to recover from his neck injury.
There were very few chances in the first half, with Kane sending in a couple of narrowly off-target efforts for City while Chopra and Chambers both forced good saves from Schmeichel for Town. Kane bundled the ball into the net in first half injury time but was denied by the linesman’s flag for offside.
Early in the second half Knockaert was shown a yellow card for booting the ball away, City’s frustrating afternoon in great contrast to the 6-0 win over Ipswich earlier in the season.
Ipswich then went close to an opener when McGoldrick, in on the right, fired in a low shot that Schmeichel did well to keep out.
Just before the hour mark Chambers’s wayward back pass set Kane up with a gift-wrapped opportunity, but his shot brushed the outside of the left hand post with only Henderson to beat.
Nigel Pearson brought Dyer on for Knockaert and Gallagher for Marshall but still City couldn’t find a way through. Wood nodded over and Drinkwater sent a long range effort off-target, but it was the home side who finally made the breakthrough in the 85th minute.
Moments before the winner Murphy appeared to elbow Morgan in the face, but escaped a red card. Morgan, however was shown yellow for pointing this out to the ref for a little too long. It may have still been on his mind seconds later as he made a rare mistake in attempting to play the ball out of defence and Murphy sent McGoldrick in down the left to slot the winner under Schmeichel.
The nearest City got to an equaliser was a King shot blocked by Emmanuel-Thomas, but the final whistle heralded a defeat, raising further question marks over City’s consistency.
Nigel Pearson commented: “We didn’t deserve to lose. But credit to Ipswich they are working very, very hard and Mick McCarthy has them well organised. They are a lot more difficult to beat now than they were when he first arrived and credit to them for that, but I’m disappointed and the players are disappointed today.”
Ipswich: Henderson, Stearman, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell, Edwards, Hyam, N’Daw, Martin (Emmanuel-Thomas 80), Chopra (Murphy 80), McGoldrick (Drury 90).
Subs not used:Loach, Kisnorbo, Mclean, Nouble.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Keane, Konchesky, Marshall (Gallagher 69), Drinkwater, King, Knockaert (Dyer 65), Kane, Wood. Subs not used: Logan, Whitbread, Vardy, Waghorn, Wellens.
Referee: D Deadman. Attendance: 17,021.