Leicester lack vitality on the south coast

AFC Bournemouth 0:0 Leicester City

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An early let-off, when Simpson handled inside the area, helped City scrape a point from a disappointing performance at Bournemouth on Saturday.

Craig Shakespeare made two changes to his side, with Fuchs reclaiming his place from Chilwell, and Mahrez dropped in favour of Gray.
But in a game that would determine who occupied the relegation zone for the international break, City were on the back foot from the very start.
Bournemouth swiftly got their passing game into gear and should have gone ahead in the 3rd minute. A low King cross from the right was met by Defoe at the near post, but his effort hit the bar from close in. The rebound fell for Pugh whose shot looked goalbound until Simpson stuck out a hand to divert it wide of the left hand post.  Fortunately for City neither referee nor linesman had a good view of it and Pugh’s protests were waved away.
Pugh soon had another chance but sent it well wide.
Stanislas then split City’s defence with ball forward to Defoe, but Morgan did well to keep pace with him and denied him a clear shot on goal.
With one way traffic towards Schmeichel’s goal Stanislas fired a shot off target before Daniels lobbed an effort straight at the City keeper.
On a rare foray forward City won a corner in the 22nd minute, but Bergovic got a firm punch to Albrighton’s flag kick.
As the Cherries pushed forward again, Pugh got in a good cross that was scuffed wide by King.
Pugh then wasted another chance, hitting his shot over the bar when well placed, before Ndidi blocked a Defoe shot.
Despite the total domination by the the home side, City survived up to the break.

Craig Shakespeare brought Iborra on for King for the second half, which gave City’s midfield a more solid look. Bournemouth still had a large share of the possession, but couldn’t make it count in front of goal.
King sent a weak effort straight at Schmeichel, and then the City keeper got down smartly to save a well-struck Stanislas effort.
City then had a glorious chance on the hour. A ball into Vardy deflected off Francis to Okazaki 12 yards out. He chose to place his shot, but sent it a yard wide of the right hand post.
This was City’s best spell of the game and Gray unleashed a wild effort that hit the stand roof.
Shakespeare made his second change in the 69th minute bringing on  Iheanacho for Okazaki, soon followed by another – Albrighton making way for Mahrez.
Stanislas tested Schmeichel with a fine shot, before Gray also unleashed a long range effort that curled towards Begovic, allowing him to tip it over the bar.
Although Mahrez gave City an added threat down the right, and Bournemouth attacked with increasing urgency, neither side could find the net and the ref blew the final whistle on a stalemate.
It had been a disappointing display from City, with the consolation of a late winner for West Ham keeping them above the dotted line during the international break.
For much of the game City did’t appear to have a plan beyond hoofing the ball forward to an isolated and not fully fit Vardy. At this level, that will get you nowhere.
“I suppose we have to be happy with a point,” said Craig Shakespeare. “We got a clean sheet, we’ve had a real tough start to the season but now we’ve got a chance to regroup.”

Bournemouth: Begovic, Smith, Francis, Aké, Daniels, Stanislas (Fraser 88) L Cook, Surman, Pugh (Ibe 69), King, Defoe (Afobe 82)
Substitutes: Boruc, S Cook, Gosling, Mousset.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Albrighton (Mahrez 75), King (Iborra 45), Ndidi, Gray, Okazaki, (Iheanacho 69), Vardy. Substitutes: ChilwellHamer, Amartey, Slimani.
Referee: G Scott. Attendance: 10,444.

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