Leicester Can’t Shake off the Blues

Leicester City 2:2 Birmingham City

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Nigel Pearson made two changes to the starting XI that drew at Brighton with De Laet in for Moore and Wood replacing Marshall.
In front of a large crowd for a televised game City had the first attempt on goal in the 12th minute, when Nugent forced a save from Butland with a 25 yarder.
James delivered the resulting corner from the right and former-Fox Davies, trying to get ahead of Morgan, nodded past his own keeper to put City ahead. It was a stroke of luck for a City side who hadn’t had the breaks lately and Schlupp should have added to the score in the 20th minute
after a Blues defensive error but he was twice denied by Butland.
Soon after Keane got his head to another James corner, but sent it narrowly over the bar.
King then wasted a good chance firing an effort straight at Butland, while for the Blues’ (wearing highlighter pen pink)  the lively Redmond kept  Schmeichel on his toes with a couple of smartly struck efforts.
Nugent then screwed a chance wide, before Wood fired a free-kick into the wall.

More chances came City’s way early in the second half but Schlupp sent one shot wide and then was denied by a Davies block.
In an entertaining end to end game Elliott then send a shot narrowly wide of Schmeichel’s goal.
The feeling that City might regret all those missed opportunities came to fruition on the hour when a clever Caddis move unzipped City’s defence and left Zigic with an easy tap in from six yards.
More chances came and went, Schlupp hit the post  and was then sent through on goal by King, but Robinson denied him with a brilliant recovering tackle.
Dyer came on for Drinkwater in the 68th minute as City threw everything forward and they regained the lead with fifteen minutes remaining. Again it came from a James corner from the right and  Schlupp rose like a salmon to nod a header under the bar from close in.
Sadly this did not prove to be the winner.
In the last minute Nugent carved a path through his own defence before conceding possession to Thomas and then tripping him on the edge of the  area. Referee Mick Russell judged that it was inside the box and Burke slammed it home despite Schmeichel getting close.

Any lingering play-off hopes have now surely been dispersed…

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky, Drinkwater (Dyer 68), Morgan, King, Keane, James, Schlupp, Nugent, Wood (Kane 87). Unused Subs: Marshall, Vardy, Logan, Moore, Knockaert.
Birmingham: Butland, Davies, Morrison, Gomis, Elliott (Thomas 76), Zigic, Redmond, Hancox, Caddis, Robinson, Ferguson (Burke 82). Unused Subs: Caldwell, Mullins, Lovenkrands, Doyle, Reilly.
Referee: Mick Russell (Herts). Attendance: 25,554


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