Leicester 1-1 Peterborough
15/09/09 - 7.45 p.m.
Two penalties proved decisive as Leicester and Peterborough took home a share of the spoils at the Walkers Stadium last night. George Boyd's 32nd minute penalty had put the visitors ahead mid-way through the first-half, but Matty Fryatt's leveller from the spot sustained City's impressive home record.
Manager Nigel Pearson made one change from the victory over Blackpool at the weekend, brining in Paul Gallagher for Lloyd Dyer on the left hand side of midfield.
Unfortunately for me personally I found myself working throughout the first half, but I am told that it was far from pretty. Fan reports were livid after the match, after a lengthy period of domination early on from the visitors.
Craig Mackail-Smith, George Boyd and Lee Frecklington all found themselves with chances on goal, but fortunately for Leicester a combination of Chris Weale and wayward finishing kept the score-line level.
There were some half-chances for City through Fryatt and N'Guessan, but neither could convert. Peterborough's domination soon proved fruitful when they took the lead in the 31st minute.
Wayne Brown was adjudged to have foolishly brought down Aaron McLean inside the penalty area, with the referee making no hesistation in pointing to the spot. Boyd stepped up to expertly dispatch the ball into the bottom corner for his fourth of the season.
The goal appeared to spark Leicester into life, and they should have been at least level inside the next two minutes. First Steve Howard had a header cleared off of the line, before Fryatt missed a golden opportunity. Fans were left wondering quite how the striker missed, when it would have been easier to score.
Joe Lewis was on hand to first deny Gallagher and then Robbie Neilson to keep Posh ahead at the break, and force manager Nigel Pearson into action.
The action came in the form of a double substitution, with Aleksander Tunchev and Andy King replacing Wayne Brown and Dany N'Guessan respectively. The return of Tunchev after a lengthy period of injury was greeted with rapturous applause by the home crowd, following a superb debut season in League One.
The substituion and subsequent formation change looked to be paying dividends in the 47th minute when Leicester were awarded a penalty. Paul Gallagher's turn and shot bounced back off the crossbar to Robbie Neilson, whose cross back was handled by a Peterborough defender. Fryatt made no mistake of grabbing the equaliser from the spot for his sixth of the season.
However, the away side hit back immediately with Gabriel Zakuani, the defender heading wide from George Boyd's corner. Andy King's criminal giveaway almost resulted in Craig Mackail-Smith restoring Posh's advantage, but his shot from range was smashed wide.
Leicester were finding themselves no space as a result of the half-time changes, and play soon became affected. The fans became increasingly frustrated as simple passes were going astray at regular intervals.
It was a second half of poor quality from both sides, as neither tested the opposition goalkeeeper to any great extent. Chances were few and far between as the game petered out into an inevitable draw, with both sides sharing the spoils on the night.
The draw sees Leicester drop down one place to 7th, with Peterborough in 21st, their worst start to a season in over 10 years. The Foxes travel to Vicarage Road on Saturday where they face Watford.
Leicester: Weale; Neilson, Hobbs, Brown, Berner, N'Guessan, Oakley, Wellens, Gallagher, Fryatt. Howard. Subs: McGivern, Tunchev (46 for Brown), A King (46 for N'Guessan), Dyer, Logan, Adams, Waghorn.
Peterborough: Lewis; Martin, Williams, Morgan, Zakuani, Whelpdale, Frecklington, Diagouraga, Boyd, Mclean, Mackail-Smith. Subs: Day, McKeown, Coutts, Keates, Rowe, Pearce, Batt.