Cardiff City 1:1 Leicester City
An equaliser deep into time added on denied City victory from an improved performance at The Cardifff City Stadium on Tuesday night…
Nigel Pearson made three changes from the Sheffield Wednesday defeat with St Ledger, Wellens and Dyer making the starting line-up, replacing the injured De Laet, with Kane and Marshall demoted to the bench.
After a cagey start City had the first decent chance when Wood forced a save from Marshall, but Connolly reacted quickly to block Dyer’s follow up effort.
At the other end Schmeichel saved well from a Ben Nugent header, before St. Ledger went into the book for a foul on Conway.
The game got a little tasty towards the break with more yellow cards than goal-scoring opportunities. Noone putting in a poor challenge on St Ledger that might have earned a red.
Dyer produced a good run and cross from the left but Taylor managed to intercept a ball heading for Nugent and the half ended goalless.
Malky Mackay made two changes for the second half with the dangerous Bellamy on for Noone, and McNaughton replacing injured captain Hudson.
But City had the first chance – Drinkwater sending Dyer in on the left, but his cross was diverted narrowly off-target by Nugent.
Soon after Marshall did well to keep the ball out in a goalmouth scramble that saw Wood and King trying to poach an opener.
City should have capped a bright spell with a goal in the 62nd minute when Nugent sent Wood through with just the keeper to beat but his shot deflected off Marshall to roll agonisingly wide.
City then adopted a very attack-minded formation when Kane came on for Wellens and their adventurous policy paid off in the 72nd minute.
Shortly after planting a header against the post, Keane popped up in the area again. He met St Ledger’s cross from the right with a firm header past Marshall to the delight of the travelling supporters. At last, a centre-half who can regularly find the net with his head.
Although Bellamy was a thorn in the side down the left City managed to protect their lead fairly comfortably, until the third minute of time added on, that is.
Taylor was given too much room to deliver a cross from the left and substitute Gestede glanced a well-directed header beyond Schmeichel’s reach.
It was a heart-breaker for City who had put in a major shift that had deserved all three points.
Cardiff: Marshall, Taylor, Hudson (McNaughton 46), Whittingham, Conway, Connolly (Gestede 70), Smith, Noone (Bellamy 46), Gunnarsson, Campbell, Nugent. Unused Subs: Lewis, Cowie, Kim, Mason.
Leicester: Schmeichel, St Ledger, Morgan, Keane, Schlupp, Wellens (Kane 63), Drinkwater, King, Nugent (Vardy 81), Wood (Waghorn 89), Dyer. Unused Subs: Whitbread, Marshall, Logan, Knockaert.
Referee: N Miller. Attendance: 23,231.