We sent Leicester City fan Scott Davies to the King Power to witness history in the making… Here is his Match reports… From the Fans View !
Manchester United visited the King Power with last years 5-3 result still very fresh in the memory. It was unlikely to be a similar game, but there were other stakes on offer with Vardy having the chance to beat Ruud Van Nistlerooys record against the very team the United legend completed the feat with.
The atmosphere was once again electric and as much stick as United fans get for being more into prawn sandwiches than singing, they were by far the loudest fans to visit the KP this season and were on fine form which added to the occasion.
Both teams started well, but City seemed to have the edge. Everyone was waiting for that one moment though and it came on 24 minutes. Schmeichel gathered a corner and looked for a quick throw finding Fuchs who for some reason found himself on the right wing. He charged up field and delivered a sublime weighted pass in to Vardy who strode into the box and drilled the ball past De Gea. It’s a good job the roof was bolted on as I don’t think I’ve heard a roar like it at the King Power since it was built. The crowd were buzzing, as was Vardy who completed a fairytale story from Non League player to Premier League record breaker. Real Roy of the Rovers stuff.
City were now dominant and played some superb football. Mahrez was unlucky not to make it 2-0 on 31 as De Gea blocked his shot after some neat work to create the chance.
It was almost the perfect half. A minute into added time, Drinkwater gave away a corner, which was delivered by Blind into the 6 yard box. Schmeichel this time decided not to come for the ball and Shweinsteiger lost his marker for a free header and an easy equaliser. Nevertheless, it was still an impressive first half from City.
The second half came and City seemed happy to let United have the ball. The Red Devils dominated the second half and City looked to counter them. Drinkwater had a quieter game than usual, but he and Carrick are similar players and tended to cancel each other out. Kante battled well and pestered the central players. Mahrez showed glimpses of brilliance, but it just wasn’t coming off for him.
United went close on 49 but Schmeichel saved well before Rooney missed the follow up, however he was caught offside so it wouldn’t have counted.
Okazaki made way for Ulloa who perhaps should have put City in front on 66 when Mahrez did superbly to weave his way into the box only for Ulloa to fire straight at De Geas legs.
Schlupp came in for Albrighton, but he was very poor. He seemed to lack the desire to attack United and rarely pushed forward. De Laet completed the substitutions for City coming on for the impressive Danny Simposn at right back.
Although United dominated the second half, City kept their discipline and shape and took a share of the spoils, however it really felt like a disappointment that we didn’t take all 3 points. This is an indication of how far we have come, as 2 years ago we were happy when Schmeichel/Wood goal earned a last gasp point v Yeovil!
Man of the Match – Jamie Vardy