Leicester and West Brom saw their respective winless streaks continue after a 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium on Monday.
- Foxes dominant in first half
- Mahrez misses gilt-edged chance
- Chadli free-kick breaks deadlock
- Mahrez hits back for hosts late on
Leicester 1 West Brom 1
Both teams came into the fixture having failed to win their last five outings, and things didn’t look too promising after a goalless first half.
But Nacer Chadli opened the scoring with a superb free-kick just after the hour mark, before Riyad Mahrez rescued a point for Craig Shakespeare’s side.
The hosts enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the first half, but struggled to find an end product.
Chances were at a premium before the break, with most of the action taking place in the middle third of the pitch.
A ninth-minute free-kick on the left from Mahrez flashed across the face of goal, while at the other end Chadli volleyed wide of the left post nine minutes later after being picked out on the edge of the box by Kieran Gibbs’ chipped pass.
Albion keeper Boaz Myhill was finally called into action 10 minutes before half-time as he parried a firm shot from Danny Simpson, and Vicente Iborra volleyed over on the rebound.
The Baggies put together a promising move on 40 minutes which resulted in a disappointing long-range strike from Grzegorz Krychowiak that flew way over the bar.
Jamie Vardy was presented with a half-chance two minutes later as he flicked a header over the bar at the back post after getting on the end of Iborra’s volley into the ground.
The second half was far more lively, due in part to Myhill’s hamstring injury early on following a collision with Vardy, which made it difficult for the keeper to kick the ball after he decided to stay on the pitch.
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Mahrez should have broken the deadlock six minutes after the restart when he was picked out in an unmarked position by Marc Albrighton, but the Algerian winger blazed over from eight yards out.
Chadli then lit up the contest with a free-kick that he curled over the wall and inside the right post from 25 yards out to give Tony Pulis’ men the lead somewhat against the run of play on 63 minutes.
The East Midlands outfit went in search of the equaliser and Wilfred Ndidi dragged a weak left-footed shot well wide of the right post from distance with 12 minutes remaining, but they hit back just two minutes later.
Ben Chilwell delivered a cross to the back post which was headed down by fellow substitute Islam Slimani into the path of Mahrez, who chested the ball before slotting home into the bottom-right corner of the net from 10 yards out.
Myhill had to be alert eight minutes from time as he parried away a well-hit shot from Harry Maguire outside the box to preserve a point for the visitors.