Sheffield United 1-1 Leicester
18/08/09 - 7.45 p.m.
Keith Treacy's stunning equaliser mid-way through the second half gave Sheffield United a deserved point at Bramall Lane yesterday evening.
Treacey's 66th minute strike cancelled out Matty Fryatt's opener soon after half-time, forcing the game into the draw it probably deserved to be.
Leicester manager Nigel Pearson handed winger Nicky Adams a start in place of Lloyd Dyer on the left-hand side, in the only change from Saturday's draw at Portman Road.
It was visitors Leicester who began the game in the brighter fashion, crafting moves that wouldn't look out of place in a top side. The impressive duo of Matt Oakley and Richie Wellens were pulling the strings in midfield, whilst centre back pairing Jack Hobbs and Wayne Brown were keeping the Blades front two quiet.
Half-chances were being created early on, but it was a case of the same old story for Leicester, as a distinct lack of cutting edge was significantly lacking.
And it got no better for Leicester when striker Steve Howard pulled up after just 11 minutes with a hamstring injury, on-loan Sunderland forward Martyn Waghorn his replacement.
The youngster looked lively as City remained in the driving seat, with Fryatt coming close soon after the change.
However, it was the Blades who came closest to breaking the deadlock when Darius Henderson's deflected effort bounced off of the crossbar, much to the relief of helpless goalkeeper Chris Weale.
Despite the setback the Foxes continued to press on the Sheffield goal, but no breakthrough could be made as the two sides went in level at the break.
Sheffield United came out of the blocks quickest in the second half as both Hobbs and Weale had to be at their best to deny the Blades front-line.
However, in the 50th minute, City finally got their overdue reward. Matt Oakley's driven free-kick was diverted into the net by Matty Fryatt, the striker's first league goal of the campaign.
Soon after the goal there was no let-up from Nigel Pearson's side as they pushed for a second goal to ease the game beyond doubt. Oakley came close with a long range drive held by Bunn, before Fryatt skied over the bar after good work from substitute Waghorn.
It soon became apparent that the Blades were not letting the match peter out into a whimpering defeat however, and the home side hit back fourteen minutes later. Former-Blackburn Rovers midfielder Keith Treacy cut inside from the left before unleashing a stunning drive into the far corner, a shot with which any goalkeeper would be left helpless.
Momentum was well and truly with United now, who looked increasingly likely to overturn their one goal deficit and forge an unlikely victory. Right back Kyle Walker burst into life, as his speedy runs down the wing were causing all sorts of problems for Foxes left back Bruno Berner.
It looked as though the Blades may have taken the lead through Jamie Ward, but the midfielder's tremendous volley flashed over the bar, much to the relief of the travelling Blue Army.
Thankfully Leicester managed to fight off the Blades' final half-hour onslaught to rightfully stake their claim of a point from the game. It was no more than they deserved following an impressively dominating first half which finally reaped its rewards early in the second.
However, the match was not over without a final moment of disappointment for City, as Waghorn limped off with a few minutes of the match remaining.
Leicester: Weale; Neilson, Hobbs, Brown, Berner, N'Guessan, Oakley, Wellens, Adams, Fryatt, Howard. Subs: Logan, Morrison, Tunchev, A King (83 for Waghorn), Dyer (78 for Adams), Waghorn (11 for Howard), Dickov.
Sheffield United: Bunn; Montgomery, Morgan, Kilgannon, Henderson, Evans, Taylor, Ward, Howard, Treacy, Walker. Subs: France, Reid (73 for Treacy), Cotterill (87 for Ward), Bennett, Bromby, Sharp, Quinn (46 for Howard).
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