Leicester City 2:2 Watford
City’s winning run came to an end at a wind-battered KPS on Saturday afternoon, but there was still an air of triumph due to Drinkwater’s injury time equaliser after Watford had led 2-0…
An unchanged City side attacked from the start, as usual, but in difficult conditions the league leaders found themselves a goal down by the 9th minute.
It was a strange goal to concede with Deeney launching a ball forward and Forestieri timing his run perfectly to nip behind the City defence to divert the ball past Schmeichel with a diving header, while every blue shirt looked towards the linesman in vain.
City continued to press forward. Wasilewski went close; as did Vardy with a back-heel and James with a corner that was caught in the swirling wind.
But despite City’s dominance the Hornet’s stung again four minutes before the break when a low long-range shot from Murray sneaked in at Schmeichel’s right hand post.
City reduced the size of their task two minutes later when a slick move saw De Laet square a ball to James who finished well past Almunuia.
A frustrating second half followed as City struggled to create much on a pitch swirling with crisp packets and carrier bags, faced with the yellow wall doggedly defending their lead.
Watford were also dangerous on the break and Forestieri could have sealed matters with a shot before deciding on a pass to Deeney which went astray.
A good run and cross from the left from Dyer teed up Nugent close in, but he skewed his effort wide of the post.
Soon after this Pearson reshuffled his pack with Phillips and Mahrez replacing Vardy and Dyer.
Phillips almost got on to the score sheet, lurking at the far post as he had at Bournemouth, but Almunia managed to parry his shot over.
Wood replaced Wasilewski as City desperately threw everything forward, but 90 minutes came and went without them finding the net.
The five minutes of time added on were almost up when the ball sat up nicely on the edge of the area for Drinkwater to fire the perfect half volley beyond the reach of Almunia and into the net.
There was a huge roar around the KPS to greet this late, late equaliser.
Although City’s winning run had come to an end, this battling side had scraped a point, and proved that they never give up.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Wasilewski (Wood 84), Konchesky, Dyer (Mahrez 77), Drinkwater, James, Knockaert, Vardy (Phillips 74), Nugent. Subs Not Used: Hammond, King, Schlupp, Logan.
Watford: Almunia, Angella, Ekstrand, Battocchio (Merkel 90), Deeney, Forestieri (Hall 84), Murray, Faraoni (Pudil 71), Anya, Cassetti, Tozser. Subs Not Used: Bellerin, Doyley, Ranegie, Bond.
Referee: Martin Atkinson. Attendance: 23,635.
All photos: Simon Kimber
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