Leicester City 0 Leeds United 0 – 11 August 2013

Leicester City played out an uneventful goalless draw at the King Power Stadium this afternoon against fellow promotion hopefuls Leeds United.

It was a match of very few clear-cut opportunities although the Foxes came close to breaking the deadlock in the second half when substitute Chris Wood struck the foot of the post with a powerful 20-yard strike.

Matt Smith worked former Leeds goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel with a near-post header in second-half stoppage time, but neither side did enough to claim all three points.

Nigel Pearson recalled Jamie Vardy into the starting XI after Leicester’s 2-1 mid-week league cup win at Wycombe, while Zak Whitbread replaced Sean St. Ledger – who scored the winner at Adams Park on Tuesday night.

The visitors started brightly and gave the Foxes an early scare when Jason Pearce’s header flew over the bar from close range.

Leicester, who were lined up in their newly-adopted 3-5-2 formation, struggled to create any goal-scoring opportunities before the break, although did look relatively comfortable on the ball in the opening 45 minutes, with Jamie Vardy looking lively in attack.

Nigel Pearson’s men did improve after the break and reverted into a 4-4-2 formation, with Lloyd Dyer and Anthony Knockaert replacing Ritchie De Laet and Matty James so as to offer more threat from wider positions.

Leicester began to attack with more prowess but when Danny Drinkwater’s curling effort failed to trouble Paddy Kenny in the Leeds goal, and with David Nugent’s angled strike flying well wide of the far post after a clever move by Anthony Knockaert, it seemed as though a stalemate would be inevitable.

Chris Wood replaced Jamie Vardy with fifteen minutes remaining and came closest to breaking the deadlock in the 82nd minute when he cut past Jason Pearce and fired a low shot on goal, but the ball struck the woodwork and Leeds were able to clear their lines.

Substitute Matt Smith gave home fans a scare when he latched on to Stephen Warnock’s cross to the back post, but the target man’s low header was dealt with by Kasper Schmeichel.

A point was a fair result, and Brian McDermott will have been the happier of the two managers having seen his side put in a solid defensive display on their travels.

Man of the Match – Rodolph Austin