Leicester City 0:0 Hull City
Another miserable afternoon at the KPS saw City draw 0-0 with Hull in a game they simply had to win…
Nigel Pearson persisted with his five-man defence, but made two changes to the side that lost at Manchester City: Vardy and De Laet in for Simpson and Konchesky with Schlupp moving to wing-back.
If it was nominally a more attacking line-up with more mobile wing-backs, that didn’t translate into chances as City struggled to make any impression on a struggling Hull side.
After Kramarić sent a shot narrowly over the bar Hull should have gone ahead in the 15th minute.
Elmohamady teed up Jelavic for a golden chance which he somehow scuffed to let City off the hook.
Soon after that he had the ball in the net, but N’Doye had impeded Schwarzer during the build up.
Off target efforts from Mahrez and Kramarić and a Mahrez free-kick deflected wide were the only other noteworthy incidents in a half seriously lacking in Premier League quality.
The second half wasn’t a great improvement.
Pearson made his first change in the 61st minute bringing Ulloa on for Kramarić.
City greatest threat came from Vardy’s strong running down the left. He won a corner, but Huth couldn’t keep his header on target.
Hull were getting physical at this stage. Dawson was booked for a foul on Vardy and then Bruce also saw yellow for clattering Mahrez. Vardy then ran almost the length of the pitch before Huddlestone, already on a yellow, brought him down to earn a red card.
City couldn’t punish Hull with these free-kicks and when a defender was eventually sacrificed against the ten men, Lawrence on for De Laet, it seemed to make no difference.
In the closing stages of a game they could not afford to lose there was no urgency and no pressure on the Hull goal.
In fact Hull should have won the game when City’s defence were caught napping by a quickly-taken free-kick by N’Doye which sent Hernandez in on goal, only for Schwarzer to block well.
It was a woeful display from City who now need a miracle to prevent an instant return to the Championship.
Nigel Pearson’s comment that we need five wins, when we have only managed four all season, was almost as ridiculous as his descent into foul language and insults at the end of the press conference.
A shameful day all round… and no end to it in sight.
Leicester: Schwarzer, De Laet (Lawrence 76), Upson, Huth, Morgan (c) (Nugent 84), Schlupp, Vardy, Cambiasso, James, Mahrez, Kramarić (Ulloa 61). Subs Not Used: Schmeichel, Drinkwater, King, Wasilewski.
Hull City: McGregor, Bruce, Huddlestone, Livermore, McShane, Jelavic (Meyler 77), Dawson (c), Ramirez (Hernandez 84), Robertson (Quinn 77), Elmohamady, N’Doye. Subs Not Used: Figueroa, Davies, Harper, Aluko.
Referee: J Moss. Attendance: 31,556.
ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber