Vardy penalty shares spoils with Ter­ri­ers

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Hud­der­s­field Town Le­ices­ter

LCity 1 1 AURENT De­poitre scored on his full Premier League de­but as Hud­der­s­field and Le­ices­ter fought out a draw at the John Smith’s Sta­dium.

De­poitre (above), a £3.5 mil­lion (€4m) sum­mer sign­ing from Porto, broke the dead­lock 40 sec­onds into the sec­ond half be­fore Jamie Vardy fired the Foxes level four min­utes later from the penalty spot.

Hud­der­s­field will feel might­ily ag­grieved Elias Kachunga’s sec­ond-half header was ruled out for off­side, or else they might have bounced back from their first de­feat of the sea­son at West Ham last Monday with all three points.

But Le­ices­ter were not with­out chances them­selves. Vardy con­trived to let Riyad Mahrez’s sec­ond-half cross to the far post slide by him and both sides de­served their point, par­tic­u­larly af­ter it came alive in the sec­ond half.

De­poitre, handed his first league start in place of the in­jured Steve Mounie, headed Tom Ince’s cross straight at Le­ices­ter goal­keeper Kasper Sch­me­ichel as Hud­der­s­field started full of pur­pose.

Mid­fielder Danny Wil­liams curled a shot from the edge of the penalty area over the cross­bar soon af­ter and the home side con­tin­ued to make all the early run­ning.

Le­ices­ter striker Kelechi Iheana­cho was af­forded the vis­i­tors’ only chance in the open­ing half-hour, but his shot was blocked by Hud­der­s­field mid­fielder Ab­del­hamid Sabiri, mak­ing his first start for the club.

Iheana­cho, also mak­ing his full de­but for the Foxes af­ter his £25m (€28m) move from Manch­ester City in Au­gust, chose to switch the ball on to his right foot in­stead of shoot­ing first time and a gilt-edged chance was gone.

Vardy was given his first sight of goal just be­fore the break when hook­ing a Wes Mor­gan flick-on off tar­get as the first half ended goal­less.

The game sparked into life af­ter the restart. Kachunga picked out De­poitre in the 46th minute and the big Bel­gian shrugged off Harry Maguire to fire a low shot from the right edge of the area into the bot­tom cor­ner.

But Town’s lead was short-lived. Left­back Chris Lowe was ad­judged to have brought down Andy King and Vardy slammed his spot-kick straight down the mid­dle to make it 1-1 in the 50th minute.

Town fans thought their side had re­gained the lead in the 61st minute, but Kachunga was deemed off­side when he headed home Mathias Jor­gensen’s cross.

Tele­vi­sion re­plays con­firmed Kachunga was on­side, while Le­ices­ter went close to tak­ing the lead when Mahrez’s cross some­how evaded Vardy at the far post.

Ince curled a shot nar­rowly wide in the 77th minute af­ter be­ing teed up by Aaron Mooy, whose tire­less prompt­ings were once again at the heart of all Town’s pos­i­tive play.

Le­ices­ter felt they might have been awarded a penalty in the last minute when sub­sti­tute De­marai Gray went down in the area un­der Jor­gensen’s chal­lenge, but ref­eree Jon Moss was un­moved.

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