Leicester City 1 Yeovil Town 1 – 25 March 2014

Leicester City scored a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser against Yeovil Town to maintain their eighteen-game unbeaten league run.

The visitors took a surprise first-half lead when Joe Ralls fired past Kasper Schmeichel from 25 yards following a quick free-kick.

But Leicester piled on the pressure towards the end of the second-half, and just when it seemed that the Foxes would be condemned to their first league defeat since November, Kasper Schmeichel rose highest to head a Danny Drinkwater cross, which hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced down over the line.

Chris Wood followed up to bundle the ball into the back of the net and the goal was then given by the officials, but replays later suggested that Schmeichel’s header had indeed crossed the goal line.

It was certainly a point gained for Leicester, who were far from their best against a struggling yet determined Yeovil side, and Nigel Pearson will know his players will need to put in an improved display against Burnley on Saturday in a first-versus-second clash – especially as Sean Dyche’s side were able to close the gap on Leicester to just three points following their 2-0 win at home to Doncaster this evening.

Pearson, who spent two nights in hospital over the weekend after falling ill during Leicester’s trip to Ewood Park last weekend, named an unchanged starting eleven, although Lloyd Dyer was named among the replacements.

It might have been a different game altogether when Jamie Vardy sprung the offside trap after just three minutes, but his tame effort was easily saved by Yeovil goalkeeper Marek Stech.

Riyad Mahrez then tested Stech from 20 yards, but his shot lacked power and failed to threaten the visitors.

Leicester did not look like the same side who had led the Championship since late-December 2013, and, other than a couple of efforts from Danny Drinkwater and Marcin Wasilewski, never really looked like scoring in the first-half.

In a surprise turn, it was Yeovil who did take the lead after 22 minutes when Joe Ralls curled a fine strike past Kasper Schmeichel into the bottom corner following a quick free-kick by the Glovers.

It was a nice finish from Ralls, but one which came from a cheap free-kick conceded by Danny Drinkwater just moments earlier.

Leicester looked to respond and came close when Wes Morgan rose highest for an Anthony Knockaert corner-kick, but the captain’s header bounced down and over the crossbar from close range.

Riyad Mahrez then fired over the bar from eight yards after some good build-up play by the Foxes, before Jamie Vardy appeared to be taken out by a Yeovil defender off the ball, and while Leicester fans appealed for a penalty, referee Andy Madley was unmoved and a Yeovil goal-kick was given.

At the other end, the impressive Ishmael Miller fired just wide from 18 yards after outmuscling Wes Morgan, who struggled to contain the former West Bromwich Albion striker for the majority of the game.

Danny Drinkwater and Jamie Vardy had efforts on goal as the first-half came to a close, but could do nothing to threaten Yeovil’s slender lead.

After the break, Kasper Schmeichel had to be alert to save an Ishmael Miller strike from inside the penalty area, before Miller fired just inches wide after 55 minutes as Yeovil’s game plan continued to work to great effect.

Jeffrey Schlupp dragged a shot wide from a tight angle just after the hour-mark, and Wes Morgan missed the target with a header, as Leicester’s unbeaten run appeared to be in jeopardy.

With just ten minutes remaining, Matty James had a 30-yard effort parried away, before a loose ball fell to substitute Kevin Phillips in the penalty area, and when his powerless shot rolled harmlessly towards Marek Stech, it seemed that Leicester were destined to suffer their first league defeat in over four months.

But in second-half stoppage time, Kasper Schmeichel, who had made his way into the Yeovil penalty area, rose above the Glovers’ defence to power a header off the underside of the crossbar.

The ball appeared to cross the line, and, although the goal was not initially given, Chris Wood was on hand to bundle the ball into the back of the net for a Leicester equaliser.

It was a vital goal for the Foxes, and arguably one of the most memorable in recent history for Leicester City – and while Wood was initially credited with the goal, it was later confirmed that Schmeichel’s header had bounced over the goal-line.

With little time remaining, Leicester pushed forward in search of a winner, but Andy Madley blew his whistle to confirm that the points would be shared after a frenetic end to the match.

Man of the Match – Ishmael Miller