Drinks on Danny as Foxes bite

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ian Baker To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

THE one ob­vi­ous change in Le­ices­ter this term as op­posed to last is their re­silience – and that was il­lus­trated in em­phatic style as they fought back to keep their 11-game un­beaten run in­tact.

Fer­nando Forestieri and Sean Mur­ray ap­peared to be earn­ing Wat­ford a rare vic­tory.

But Matty James pulled one back two min­utes be­fore the break and then Danny Drinkwa­ter net­ted a last-minute screamer to send the Foxes 11 points clear at the top of the Cham­pi­onship.

No wonder Foxes boss Nigel Pear­son was so happy at the man­ner of only this fourth draw of the cam­paign, de­spite the dis­jointed na­ture of an en­counter played in the most dif­fi­cult, blus­tery con­di­tions.

“We de­served to get some­thing out of the game,” he said. “It’s al­ways dif­fi­cult when you go two goals down and we are dis­ap­pointed with the man­ner we con­ceded.

“I’m not sure any­one can ar­gue we did not de­serve to get any­thing out of the game. Matty’s goal changed the at­mos­phere at half-time. We put them un­der im­mense pres­sure in the sec­ond half.

“All in all it was a good re­sult to keep an un­beaten run go­ing.

“Nine wins on the spin is a great achieve­ment. Danny’s scored some good goals this year, he’s never been pro­lific. His ap­proach to games this year has been much more pos­i­tive. But nearly ev­ery out­field player has now scored. We need to try and get through the sea­son and get enough good re­sults.”

Wat­ford had hit Le­ices­ter with the open­ing goal with just nine min­utes on the clock as Troy Deeney’s shot was de­flected in by Forestieri.

In re­sponse Jamie Vardy twice went close to lev­el­ling but over­all had a frus­trat­ing af­ter­noon. De­spite see­ing lit­tle of the ball Wat­ford had fur­ther chances with Marco Faraoni miss­ing a great chance from two yards out af­ter Deeney had flicked on Daniel Tozser’s corner.

Kasper Sch­me­ichel then had to be at his best to keep out an ac­ro­batic effort from Gabriele An­gella from an­other ex­cel­lent set piece from Tozser.

But it was 2-0 Wat­ford on 41 min­utes as Mur­ray buried well from out­side the area from Ikechi Anya’s pass.

But Le­ices­ter are made of sterner stuff these days and were back in the game two min­utes later as James buried from eight yards from Ritchie De Laet’s cross.

They found it tough to get a goal though and it was not un­til Drinkwa­ter sud­denly let fly deep into stop­page time from 25 yards they could cel­e­brate.

Things could have got even bet­ter for Le­ices­ter had Dave Nu­gent not fired wide on the turn with the last touch of the game.

“It was a very good per­for­mance,” said Wat­ford boss Beppe San­nino. “Their team are on a good run. Le­ices­ter de­serve to lead the ta­ble but you have to give credit to my lads be­cause we cre­ated a lot of prob­lems.

“We al­ways play like we did, I joined a club that were play­ing un­der Gian­franco Zola with the same tac­tics and to play against such a team with quick play­ers it was im­por­tant to stop them get­ting play­ers in be­hind.

“Sec­ond half it was dif­fer­ent. We know Le­ices­ter have good char­ac­ter­is­tics and qual­ity. We ex­pected them to come back.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

HIT­MAN: Forestieri cel­e­brates

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