Writer: Chris Baldwin
Date:Sunday September 30 2007
29th Sept 2007
Stoke's good run continued with a 1-1 draw at Leicester after a cracker from Ricardo Fuller but, yet again, but it will have seemed two points dropped for those Potters' fans who compare the teams' performance to a half empty pint rather than a half full one as the Potters conceded a second half goal.
It was all hands to the pump as Stoke's threadbare squad was further depleted with injuries to Carl Dickinson, Clint Hill and Mamady Sidibe ruling them out of the starting eleven. Captain, Dominic Matteo and Stephen Wright were deemed fit though, but it left vacancies on the bench for the first time for Ritchie de Laet and Demar Phillips.
Stoke started well with good chances for Ryan Shawcross and Richard Cresswell to open the scoring, but it did not take long for the Potters to get their noses in the lead. After 15 minutes, some clever foot-work from Ricardo Fuller on the edge of the penalty area allowed him some space to get a blazing shot on goal and with the aid of deflection went into the top left corner of the net.
Fuller created several other good chances in the first half, which saw Rory Delap having to substituted by John Eustace after he suffered a hamstring problem.
Leicester, who have yet to win in the League under new manager, Gary Megson and have had a poor start to the season generally, with only a 4-1 win at home to Watford to show for their efforts threw on Matt Fryatt at half time in a desperate attempt to rescue the match. Megson's gamble took just 60 seconds to pay off as Fryatt fired the Foxes back into the game with a shot that gave Steve Simonsen no chance of saving.
Whilst the Foxes were rejuvenated and had several chances to go ahead, Stoke still took the game to the home side. Fuller and Cresswell had chances to wrap up the game and a final minute penalty claim from the Potters after Cresswell appeared to be tripped was ignored by referee, Keith Hill.
Leicester City: Fulop, McAuley, N'Gotty, Kisnorbo, Chambers, Campbell (Fryatt 46), Clemence, Stearman, Mattock, Cort (Kishishev 72), De Vries (Hume 46)
Subs not used: Henderson, Newton
Booked: Chambers, McAuley
Stoke City: Simonsen, Wright, Zakuani, Shawcross, Wilkinson, Lawrence, Matteo, Delap (Eustace 32), Cresswell, Fuller, Parkin
Subs not used: Hoult, Sweeney, De Laet, Phillips
Booked: Cresswell, Fuller, Wilkinson
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Date:Sunday September 30 2007
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