Thursday, 7 March 2013

Leicester City 1 - 1 Leeds United

The win at the weekend painted a much more positive picture as we set off to Leicester on Tuesday evening, though we were all still quietly cautious about whether we could still make the Play Off's or not.

An unchanged side was named once again to face Leicester, who, before the game, sat in 5th position in the League Table.

In the opening stages of the game, we seemed to be on the back foot, Leicester looked the team most likley to score and were having the better chances.

On the 16th minute a mistake by Paul Green gave Chris Wood an opportunity to score, saved only by Paddy Kenny who reacted well.

Ex Leeds United keeper, Kasper Schmeichel, denied Sam Byram on the 22nd minute after a corner delivered by Ross McCormack.

Leicester responded a minute later, Harry Kane shot on target, Paddy Kenny was there again to make the save.

Paddy Kenny had already made some very good saves, but on the 35th minute Chris Wood struck a fierce shot that was dipping beneath Paddy Kenny’s crossbar before he managed to produce a wonderful stop to tip the ball over the bar.

In the last few seconds of the first half Knockaert took a free kick and it was Kenny to the rescue again as he pulled of another great save.

Paddy had very much kept us in the game thus far. Though Leicester did look the side most likely to score, when we broke down their midfield, we looked a threat and the game hadn't been without its chances for us.

Leicester had the opening chance of the second half when David Nugent's shot cleared the crossbar but it was the travelling fans who were celebrating on the 52nd minute after Sam Byram was in a great position to put away a delivery from a corner taken by Ross McCormack.

We switched it on and began to pressure Leicester, whose defence looked to be struggling. The goal was like a breath of fresh air and a newly confident Leeds United side looked hungry for a second goal, which almost came when Ross McCormack took a shot at goal on the 57th minute. The effort was saved though, by Schmeichel.

Leicester were by no means giving up though and were hitting us at any possible opportunity. Our defence was working hard to keep them out.

Agonisingly though, on the 93rd minute, after a flurry of chances and corners, Leicester City managed to equalise. A pretty much, free header from close range by Michael Keane saw the sides draw level.
Elation from the home fans and frustration from the travelling Leeds United faithful.

More three points lost than one point gained.

Though happy with our performance, I left the ground dejected somewhat, but I felt that goal was coming, there were just too many corners to defend!!

Though it might sound like it was all Leicester, I can assure you, this was the best I'd seen us play in quite some time. The only player I was disappointed with, was Morison.
Other than his goal the other week, I've not been impressed by the striker at all. He doesn't get up well enough for headers and hasn't impressed me in the area either.

Frustratingly what it all comes down to in the end, is, we have to start putting our chances away. We MUST go for that second goal. I can recall a moment in the match where instead of trying to cross the ball into the area, we chose to keep it in the corner, this is Okay on the 89th minute but this was no more than 70 minutes played. We can't do this, we have to go for that second goal. Defending a one goal lead is always risky no matter how good your defence is.

I gave my man of the match to Paddy Kenny. Though others deserved it just as much, he had a fantastic game and saved some absolute beauties. It was a shame we just couldn't keep a clean sheet.

Crystal Palace next up for The Whites, away at Selhurst Park & I won't be there!!!! First league match I've missed all season, absolutely gutted. Safe journey everyone, cheer on the boys for me!!

MOT xx <3 xx

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