Woeful Leicester outclassed by Barnsley

Barnsley 2:0 Leicester City

1213 barnsley away

2,000 City fans headed North in the hope that they would witness the end of this current terrible, but they were treated to an abject performance which saw their side very much second best to a relegation-threatened Barnsley.

Nigel Pearson made three changes to the starting XI that lost to Millwall, with Whitbread, King and Dyer in and Schmeichel named captain.

It was another disastrous start for City with Keane slicing a Wiseman cross into his own net after four minutes.
Any confidence they may have had drained from them, and Barnsley had the ball in the net again three minutes later but Scotland’s effort was ruled offside.
Fortunately for City Schmeichel was on form and made fine saves from Hassell and Scotland.
Dawson then went clear of City’s defence and one-on-one with Schmeichel, but his chip missed the target.
Moore then replaced De Laet at right back,  just after the half hour mark.
Still Barnsley couldn’t add to the scoreline Mellis’s  full-blooded volley going inches wide.
But the Tykes got the second goal that their dominance deserved five minutes before the break.
Former Fox O’Grady exchnaged passes with Scotland before advancing on Schmeichel’s goal for a neat finish.
The City side were booed off by their travelling fans at the break

Four minutes into the second half it became clear that things hadn’t improved when Konchesky’s clumsy challenge on Perkins saw th ehome side awarded an obvious penalty. However, Schmeichel managed to save Scotland’s spot-kick with his feet to give the City fans something to cheer.
The City keeper was soon busy again, producing a double save double save from Scotland and Etuhu as the ball pinged round his goalmouth.
Marshall came on for Knockaert in the 55th minute but his only noteworthy moment came with an angry exchange with a group of City fans.
Schmeichel then saved from Dawson, before City managed an attempt on goal chance of their own, Cranie clearing a Wood header off the line.
He was soon replaced by replaced by Schlupp on the hour and the sub managed to find the net but was flagged offside.
Steele then made a good save to deny Nugent and Schlupp had an effort blocked on the line, but it was too little too late.

The final whistle drew an angry reaction from those City fans still in the ground, and rumours abound that Nigel Pearson may have taken charge of his last Leicester game. The current run has seen City in freefall and only a win at Brighton next week will keep hopes of a play-off place going.

Barnsley: Steele, Kennedy, Wiseman, O’Grady, Etuhu, Perkins, Dawson, Scotland, Mellis, Cranie, Hassell. Unused Subs: Alnwick, Harewood, Dagnall, Cywka, O’Brien, Rose.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Moore 32), Keane, Whitbread, Konchesky, Knockaert (Marshall 55), James, King, Dyer, Wood (Schlupp 59), Nugent. Unused Subs: Vardy, Logan, Wellens, Kane.

Referee: Andy D’Urso (Essex). Attendance: 10,425.

 

 

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