Leicester Tamed By Shrews

Leicester City 0:1 Shrewsbury Town

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City exited the Capital One Cup in the second round on Tuesday night, beaten by League 2 Shrewsbury at the KPS…
Nigel Pearson made eight changes to the side that lost at Chelsea, with debuts handed to Hamer, Cain, Watson and Pearson, while Wasilewski, Taylor-Fletcher and Wood all started for the first time this season.
Things appeared to be going to script in the opening minute when Mahrez burst in on the right, but Shrews keeper Leutwiler blocked his low shot.
But the League 2 side then went on the attack: Hamer saving from a Collins header, and a cross/shot from Clark hitting the woodwork.
City were struggling to create anything, Wasilewski getting his head to a Mahrez cross, saved by Leutwiler, was a rare chance.
Then Knockaert’s free-kick was headed beyond the keeper’s grasp by Wood, but his effort hit the bar.
Eight minutes before the break Shrewsbury deservedly took the lead against their Premier League opponents.
After a foul on Woods 22 yards out, Mangan fired home the free-kick, beating Hamer low to his right. He appeared to injure himself in the  process of scoring and had to go off.
It really should have been 2-0 at the break as Demetriou side-footed wide when well-placed eight yards out.
City’s fairly abject performance didn’t improve after the break and on 57 minutes Pearson brought King and Nugent on for Watson and Cain.
But it was still the visitors who were creating the better chances. In the 75th minute Collins fired a shot against the right hand post and then Vernon, following up, hit the same post a second later.
At the other end a persistent run from Knockaert led to him setting up a chance for Nugent, but his shot hit the left hand post.
City’s final chance to force the game into extra-time came when Konchesky’s long crossfield ball found the head of Wood, but his effort went wide and City stumbled out of the competition at the first hurdle.
Obviously, the League Cup is not a priority for the club this season and Nigel Pearson didn’t want to risk his threadbare squad, but it was still an embarrassing exit to a spirited League 2 side.

Leicester: Hamer, Pearson, Wasilewski, Moore, Konchesky, Mahrez (Schlupp 69), Cain (King 57), Watson (Nugent 57), Knockaert, Taylor-Fletcher, Wood. Subs: Morgan, Hopper, Barmby, Smith.
Shrewsbury: Leutwiler, Goldson, Grandison, Knight-Percival, Gayle, Woods, Wesolowski, Demetriou, Collins (Robinson 85), Clark (Akpa Akpro 85), Mangan (Vernon 40). Subs: Wildig, Caton, Halstead, Smith.

Referee: Simon Hooper. Attendance: 8,017. 
PHOTO: Rob Coe.



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