March 5, 2013
Keane rescues Foxes
Michael Keane headed a stoppage-time equaliser to snatch a 1-1 draw for Leicester and deal Leeds' npower Championship play-off hopes a blow.
Foxes defender Keane nodded in Martyn Waghorn's 93rd-minute corner at the far post when it seemed Leeds had clinched their third win in four matches.
Sam Byram's third goal of the season put Leeds on course for their first away win of the year in the league, but just as it appeared the visitors' play-off challenge had been given added momentum, Keane's last-gasp effort rescued Leicester a point.
Leeds, who had not won on their travels in the league since victory at Huddersfield on December 1, were grateful to goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, who saved brilliantly from Anthony Knockaert and Harry Kane in the first half.
But Neil Warnock's side carved out as many chances as Leicester, for whom Kasper Schmeichel was also in fine form against his former club and whose own promotion hopes had suffered a setback following Saturday's defeat at Ipswich.
The Foxes made just one change with striker David Nugent back following a neck injury, while Leeds boss Neil Warnock named the same starting line-up for the fourth successive match.
Leicester midfielder Knockaert fired the game's first chance over the crossbar from inside the penalty area after 37 seconds and home striker Chris Wood lifted his shot over from even closer nine minutes later.
Leeds responded and almost opened the scoring when they launched their first attack, left-back Stephen Warnock crossing for right-back Byram, whose goalbound header was parried by Leicester goalkeeper Schmeichel at full stretch.
Leeds midfielder David Norris and Wood traded long-range shots that were held by Schmeichel and visiting keeper Kenny respectively before Kane, on loan from Tottenham, forced the latter into a fine save with a raking 25-yard effort.
Teenager Kane, making his third appearance since arriving at the end of last month, was prominent for the home side.
He lashed another 25-yard shot wide and Kenny pulled off another smart save to turn away Wood's curling effort 10 minutes before the break.
Leeds had soaked up considerable pressure, but broke away to threaten Schmeichel's goal again when Byram's clever cutback in the area was drilled wide, before another superb Kenny save kept out Knockaert's free-kick after former foxes defender Lee Peltier had fouled Wood.
But it was Leeds who broke the deadlock seven minutes into the second half.
Ross McCormack swung over a corner from the left and when the ball broke loose six yards from goal, Byram tucked it home into the bottom corner.
Leicester were then dealt another blow when defender Paul Konchesky was forced off injured and replaced by Lloyd Dyer and Schmeichel was at his alert best soon after when saving McCormack's bullet from 25 yards with his feet.
Foxes boss Pearson sent on winger Ben Marshall for Knockaert on the hour-mark, but both sides found goalscoring chances hard to come by in the final quarter.
Wood's driven effort in the box rebounded back off team-mate Nugent in the 79th minute and Kane was off target from the edge of the area, but deep in time added on Keane rose at the far post to power home Waghorn's corner.
|Leicester City||Leeds United|
|1 Kasper Schmeichel||1 Patrick Kenny|
|15 Michael Keane||15 Stephen Warnock|
|3 Paul Konchesky||2 Lee Peltier|
|5 Wes Morgan||4 Tom Lees|
|2 Ritchie De Laet||18 Michael Tonge|
|10 Andy King||19 David Norris|
|4 Daniel Drinkwater||11 Luke Varney|
|24 Antony Knockaert||7 Paul Green|
|35 David Nugent||25 Samuel Bryam|
|39 Chris Wood||9 Steve Morison|
|37 Harry Kane||44 Ross McCormack|
|13 Conrad Logan||Jamie Ashdown 12|
|6 Zak Whitbread||Jason Pearce 5|
|19 Richard Wellens||Michael Brown 17|
|11 Lloyd Dyer||Ryan Hall 30|
|17 Paul Gallagher||Aidan White 14|
|7 Ben Marshall||El-Hadji Diouf 21|
|14 Martin Waghorn||Habib Habibou 22|
|Lloyd Dyer for Paul Konchesky (46)||Jason Pearce for Ross McCormack (90)|
|Ben Marshall for Antony Knockaert (60)|
|Martin Waghorn for David Nugent (81)|
|Ben Marshall (80)||Patrick Kenny (67)|
|· Squads: Leicester City | Leeds United|