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Stoke relinquish two-goal Leicester lead

Stoke City
2 - 2
Leicester City

Britannia Stadium

19th September 2015

Attendance: 27,642

Referee:

Stoke relinquished a two goal lead against high-flying Leicester to stretch their unwanted streak of games without a win to six.

The Potters were two goals to the good halfway through the first half as returning pair Bojan Krkic and Jonathan Walters both beat Kasper Schmeichel. Leicester managed to peg back the deficit just after half time with a penalty from Riyad Mahrez and then Jamie Vardy scored to mean the points were shared.

The Potters made four changes from the defeat at the Emirates Stadium last weekend as Marc Wilson, Glen Johnson, Bojan Krikic and Jonathan Walters came in for Marc Muniesa, Phil Bardsley, Joselu and Mame Briam Diouf.

Unbeaten Leicester made one change as Marc Alrbirghton made way for N`Golo Kante.

Claudio Ranieri`s men started the brightest as the ever impressive Jeff Schlupp raced down the left and cut the ball back for top goal scorer Riyad Mahrez but the Algerian shot was tame and easily saved by Jack Butland.

The Potters, who have only picked up two points before to the game at the Britannia Stadium were eager to get their first victory on the board, eased their way into the game and started to counter attack the Foxes offence.

Stoke took the lead after some superb play from Marco Arnautovic on the Stoke City left as he first rolled former Stoke full back Richie de Laet with a superb turn and then surged down the wing, before taking it pass the recovering de Laet once again and playing a mesmerising reverse path into Bojan, who knocked in around the keeper and into the back of the net.

It was Bojan`s first start in the league this season, and his Premier League goal since scoring against Leicester at the King Power Stadium in January.

A goal settling the Britannia Stadium crowd and lifted the confidence on the pitch as well as it wasn`t long until the Potters were two up as captain Wes Morgan failed to deal with a bouncing ball as he horrendously under hit his back pass to his keeper Schmeichel. Jonathan Walters capitalised on the mistake and calmly slotted the ball home.

It was Walters first goal since handing in a transfer request at the Britannia Stadium, where a chant of 'Sign him up` echoed around due to Walters contract expiring in the summer.

With that goal the Republic-of-Ireland international increased his lead in terms of being the Potters all-time leading Premier League goal scoring (35), moving two ahead of Peter Crouch (33).

Ranieri had to try and rally his troops and made a change at half time as Gokan Inler made way for Marc Albrighton.

Leicester almost instantly got themselves back into the game after half-time when Marco Arnautovic gave away a soft penalty after some lazy defending by the winger, who got himself all tied up in knots and brought down Danny Drinkwater.

Mahrez stepped up and fired the ball past Butland as he took the England international goalkeeper the wrong way.

Leicester were once again playing with high energy and confidence like they have done the rest of the season, and pushed for an equaliser.

Jamie Vardy twice came close but could only slice over a volley and fire straight at Jack Butland, but the England forward wouldn`t miss at the third time of asking as he latched onto a long ball and muscled through the Potters defence before rolling the ball past Jack Butland with aplomb.

It was the second week in a row that the Foxes had come from two goals behind having done so the week before against Aston Villa, where they in fact came back to win 3-2.

Fortunately for the Potters, they couldn`t repeat the feat this week but nearly did so when Vardy fired just wide in the final minute of the game.


Writer:Lloyd Reddin
Date:Sunday September 20 2015
Time: 5:17PM

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