Leicester City 1:2 Tottenham Hotspur
City’s win-less run extended to 13 games with a 2-1 defeat at home to Tottenham on Boxing Day…
Nigel Pearson made two changes to his side with Ulloa and Nugent replacing Cambiasso and Vardy.
But this new line-up found themselves a goal down with a minute on the clock. After a swift break down the left by Chadli he found Kane in the middle. The former-City striker easily eluded a flat-footed challenge from Morgan before beating Hamer from close in.
With City struggling to piece a decent move together Kane went close to doubling the lead for Spurs but sent his curling effort narrowly off target.
City’s first chance arrived in the 18th minute when good work from the lively Schlupp set Ulloa up. The Argentinian flicked the ball up before launching a fine half-volley that was just a little too close to Lloris, who tipped it over the bar.
It was a more even contest now and the action swung from end to end.
Hamer pulled off a good save from a well-struck Chadli shot, and then Morgan blocked an Eriksen effort; before Drinkwater robbed Stambouli of possession but delivered a wildly off-target shot when well placed.
Schlupp then burst through the Spurs defence again but his shot didn’t trouble Llori.
Roared on by another full-house, City cranked up the pressure towards the break. Drinkwater teed up Ulloa with a chance but Lloris forced him wide and he sliced his shot into the side-netting. Lloris then got down well to block a low shot from Mahrez.
City’s best chance of the half saw Mahrez crossing for Ulloa who sent a firm header crashing against the woodwork.
Kane then sent a header skimming the right hand post in the last action of the half.
Although City went down the tunnel trailing by a goal, they soon set that right in the second half.
Mahrez beat Bentaleb down the right and found Ulloa at the near post. The Argentinian stabbed the ball home before gleefully celebrating his seventh goal of the season.
City went close to taking the lead in the 52nd minute when Mahrez lifted a 20 yard free-kick over the wall, but struck the bar.
However, City were to shoot themselves in the foot once again in the 71st minute. Substitute James conceded a free-kick out on the left, bringing Kane down. The two-man wall turned its back on Eriksen’s shot which then beat Hamer at his near post.
Pearson brought Vardy on for Nugent and he soon forced a save from Lloris. His next effort landed on the roof of the net, and then he was brought down in the area by Vertonghen for what looked like a nailed on penalty, but the ref didn’t agree.
With time almost up City had a golden opportunity to equalise when a Mahrez cross found Morgan in space at the far post, but he lost all composure and ended up sitting on the ball.
Time ran out for City, who had played very well in spells, but had overall fallen short of Premier League standard, and been the architects of their own downfall.
The miserable run extended to thirteen games without a win… For how long will this be allowed to continue?
Leicester: Hamer, Konchesky (Knockaert 83), Wasilewski, Morgan, Simpson, Schlupp, King (James 46), Drinkwater, Mahrez, Ulloa, Nugent (Vardy 75). Subs Not Used: De Laet, Hammond, Cambiasso, Smith.
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Rose, Vertonghen, Lamela, Kane (Paulinho 84), Fazio, Chadli (Soldado 63), Eriksen, Stambouli (Mason 46), Bentaleb. Subs Not Used: Chiriches, Vorm, Townsend, Davies.
Referee: N Swarbrick. Attendance: 31,870.