Leicester City 1:2 Watford
City now maintain only the slimmest hopes of a play-off place, losing 2-1 to Watford at the KPS on Friday night, two goals leading up to half-time doing the damage…
Nigel Pearson sent out the same side that drew 2-2 at Palace and they were greeted onto the pitch by a post-run Birch speech and the racket of thousands of clap banners which had been laggy-banded to each seat.
Although City had most of the possession Watford displayed flashes of their Premier League credentials. Anya’s cross found Hogg in a dangerous position, but Schmeichel denied him with a fine save.
City, playing a more direct game, then had a chance of their own, but King sent a half volley narrowly wide.
Knockaert then fired a shot over from distance as City pressed forward.
But, five minutes before the break, the visitor’s got the vital first goal. A corner from the left made it through a crowded six yard box and was nodded back for Deeney who netted from the edge of the six yard box.
Three minutes later Watford struck a killer second goal, the ball sitting up nicely for Chalobah to execute a perfect half-volley past Schmeichel.
In almost got even worse for City before the half time whistle when De Laet was well placed on the line to block a low shot from Hogg.
Pearson traded Nugent for Schlupp at the break and he went close after diverting a De Laet cross early on.
But City were struggling to make much impression on a well-drilled Watford side and a further change was made on the hour, with Kane on for Dyer.
This proved to be the key to unlock the yellow wall, with Kane’s well timed run seeing him head home a Konchesky free-kick after two minutes on the field. Every defender had his arm in the air for offside, but they were wrong.
With City desperately in search of an equaliser Kane tested Almunia with a fierce shot before Marshall replaced Knockaert.
Marshall went close with a shot during a passage of play that Wood going down heavily in the box, but City’s appeals for a penalty were waved away.
Watford then shut up shop, broke up the game with substitutions, and killed the game expertly, with City unable to trouble them, even in five minutes time added on.
And so the season at the King Power has almost certainly ended in huge disappointment, having looked so promising up until late January.
A win at Forest is something City haven’t managed in the league since 1972, and even that might not be enough…
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky, Morgan, King, Dyer, Keane, James, Schlupp (Nugent 46), Knockaert (Marshall 64) Wood. Unused subs: Drinkwater, Whitbread, Logan, Moore.
Watford: Almunia, Hogg, Deeney, Doyley, Pudil, Vydra, Anya (Briggs 71), Abdi (Battocchio 83), Cassetti, Chalobah (Yeates 78), Ekstrand. Unused Subs: Murray, Bond, Geijo, Forestieri.
Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire). Attendance: 25,091.
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