City 0 -1 Manchester City
Match Report by Stuart Dawkins
And so this disappointing and frustrating season continues ...
I have seen quite a few bottom-of-the-table Leicester City teams in the past few decades, and this current team does not play like one. Week after week, the team keep their heads held high, they keep pushing forwards when they can and - with just a couple of exceptions - they have not been completely outclassed in any match.
A look at the league table would suggest a very poor team indeed, but Leicester are not that; so what is the problem? I admit, I am not entirely sure - other than the simple fact that they keep conceding more goals than their opponents.
Pearson rang the changes for this game. Hamer replacing the injured Schmeichel was forced, but electing to play a 4-1-4-1 formation, with Vardy the lone striker and both King and Drinkwater in central midfield was a radical change from recent games. It will be interesting to see whether it is intended as a permanent switch or simply as strategy to restrict the current league champions. Morgan returned from suspension for Moore and Simpson did well enough at Villa to retain the right-back slot.
Manchester City are physically large and very skilful; just the kind of team to turn over poor opposition, but that simply did not happen today in what proved to be a close match of few clear-cut chances.
Leicester were the brighter side for the first half-hour. Vardy's pace made the Manchester defence look slow. He easily out sprinted Kompany as early as the 2nd minute but could only put over a poor cross. In the 12th minute he was put clear again, with a Manchester defender just getting back in time to deflect the shot wide. Mahrez was the most eye-catching player on either side, showing skills and good footwork a number of times, although mostly too deep to be a threat to the Manchester defence.