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Match Report: Sheffield Wednesday 1 - 1 Leicester City

Back to reality, and by “reality,” I mean Wednesday deserved the the very least.

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Leicester City were forced to settle for a deserved 1-1 draw with bottom-of-the-table Sheffield Wednesday Wednesday evening at Hillsborough. Abdul Fatawu gave Leicester the lead against the run of play in the first half and it looked as though his goal would be enough. The Owls equalised deep into injury time to earn a result that in no way flattered them.

I’m not sure that the statistics will show it, but Jannik Vestergaard put in a shift tonight. The back line looked shakier than they have all year, and it was only his massive presence that kept Leicester from getting overrun in the first half. He’s my man of the match with Fatawu staring over his shoulder.

That’s about it for the top performances. While I have no doubt that the players were giving their all, it had the feel of a very casual approach to the match. That’s the best-case take. The bigger concern is that other clubs have figured out what the Foxes are doing and know how to counter it.

Let’s be brutally honest here: We’ve been good enough to win a lot of games but I’m not convinced we’ve really seen a dominant performance of the sort you associate with champions. We certainly haven’t seen it recently. That’s a concern for another day, but I suspect I’m not the only one worrying about this.

Don’t sugarcoat it for us. Tell us how you really feel.

The draw leaves City on 43 points from 18 matches. We’re still top of the table, 1 point ahead of Ipswich Town and 8 points up on third-placed Leeds. On Saturday morning, we travel to The Hawthorns to face resurgent West Bromwich Albion. The next weekend, we host Plymouth Argyle at the King Power.


Leicester City: Mads Hermansen, Ricardo Pereira, Conor Coady, Jannik Vestergaard, Wout Faes, Yunus Akgun, Harry Winks, Cesare Casadei, Abdul Fatawu, Stephy Mavididi, Jamie Vardy (C)

Sheffield Wednesday: Cameron Dawson, Di’Shon Bernard, Bambo Diaby, Akin Famewo, Dominic Iorfa, Barry Bannan, Will Vaulks, George Byers, Bailey-Tye Cadamarteri, Marvin Johnson, Callum Paterson

Key Moments and Notes

1’- Close! Wednesday should have taken the load on just 30 seconds. Ricardo is robbed just outside his area and the Owls are in. Bannon has only Hermansen to beat, but he puts it wide when he should have scored.

4’- Close! Faes plays a glorious ball over the top for Yunus. The Turkey man heads it down but it just runs to the keeper before he can tap it into the net.

5’- Close! It’s going to be one of those days. Hermansen tries to play a ball into midfield and gets it all wrong. He finds a Wednesday player who finds Paterson in space and the keeper nowhere to be found. Vestergaard does well to block the shot, but it was a poor effort.

18’- Iorfa’s a lucky lad. Mavididi pushes the ball into space and the fullback, knowing how this footrace will end, wipes the winger out. It’s the second time he’s done it, and it’s the second time he’s avoided a caution. Most referees would have the hosts down to 10 men.

22’- GOAL! Mavididi beats Iorfa and stands up an inviting cross at the far post. Casadei leaps but can’t quite make contact, but his run draws the entire back line. The ball falls untouched to Fatawu, who has plenty of time to take a touch and smash it low just inside the post.

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He seems to enjoy scoring. Good to know.
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26’- Close! Wednesday win a corner pass it centrally right outside the area. Byers does well to stay onside and collect the flick. He fires it across the face of the goal, but Paterson can’t quite get a toe to it to level the match.

34’- Vestergaard’s loose touch allows Cademarteri to nip in and win the ball. The Dane takes a yellow to break up the counter. Paterson gets on the end of the ensuing free kick, but the referee spotted Iorfa wrestling Faes to the ground as the kick was taken.

38’- The #8s aren’t having any impact at all right now. Neither Yunus nor Casadei are seeing much of the ball at all as everything’s going through the wingers.

42’- The Foxes are working on their possession stats now, knocking it around in the centre of the park without much attacking intent. City have had 73% of the possession, but Wednesday have had more chances and deserve to be at least level.

HALF TIME: Sheffield Wednesday 0 - 1 Leicester City

45’- No changes at the..wait, no. James Justin comes on for ersatz left back Faes. Sorry. Force of habit there.

52’- Neither side are forcing the issue, so it’s pretty dull stuff right now. Wednesday are sitting back and waiting for the Foxes to make a mistake and City are obliging.

61’- Neither manager seems thrilled with the run of play. Wednesday make a couple of changes as Maresca makes three. Yunus, Ceseare, and Fatawu are withdrawn in favour of Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Wilfred Ndidi, and Kasey McAteer. The commentators are saying that former Fox Lee Peltier is on for the hosts, but it’s Liam Palmer. Peltier plays for Rotherham.

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He is still playing, which warms my cold heart just a little.
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67’- The ball falls to Ndidi in space and he doesn’t need a second invitation. He makes great contact but, may have noticed I didn’t put “Close!” on this one.

77’- Close! Vardy’s had a couple of chances to run onto through balls but the pace just isn’t there anymore. He makes up for it by nipping the ball off the toes of a Wednesday defender and pulling it back for McAteer. His contact is poor and the ball dribbles wide of the post when it should have rippled the back of the net.

85’- After a very long comfortable spell for the Foxes, Wednesday are throwing everything at them. Hermansen’s been alert to the danger, but the danger is real.

90+3’- GOAL! the hosts hoof the ball to the edge of the box. Paterson rises highest and nods it into the box. No one picks up Jeff Hendrick’s run as he latches on to the flick and pokes it past Hermansen.

90+6’- Close! KDH wins a free kick right on the edge of the box and takes it himself. He finds Vestergaard, who gets a free run and makes it great contact, but Dawson’s reactions are up to the task and he somehow keeps it out.

Love this dude. Can’t wait to see him at the next level.