Sunday, 29 April 2012

Leeds 1 Leicester 2

It was the final game of the season for Neil Warnock and his men, and the boss recalled Paul Connolly back to his starting line-up from with Michael Brown returning from suspension.The Leicester team included two former United men in their ranks, Jermaine Beckford and Kasper Schmeichel, and the latter made two good blocks inside the opening five minutes to deny Robert Snodgrass and Luciano Becchio.The visitors also had a couple of attempts off target during the opening 20 minutes or so and the match had a real end of sense of feel about it.United were the better of the two sides and when Snodgrass and Alex Bruce linked up well down the right Adam Clayton had a shot blocked.When Beckford won a free-kick on the edge of the box, Andy Lonergan beat away the strike, but the visitors got themselves in front when Martin Waghorn was able to capitalise on some sloppy defending to race clear on goal before tucking the ball beneath Lonergan.
The United keeper also had a save to make early in the second half when Waghorn was presented with another decent chance in front of goal.Schmeichel had to react quickly at the other end, following a neat passage of play, as United looked to get back in the game.As the game headed towards the closing stages, Leicester had a couple more half chances, but failed to seriously trouble Lonergan, and like the season, the game looked set to fizzle out.Mikael Forssell did test Schmeichel when he turned and shot, and Leicester responded with a strike over the top.But Danny Webber did bag an equaliser 10 minutes from time when Snodgrass played a low ball in and he converted from close range.There was still time for one final twist, though, and in stoppage time, Leicester sub Harry Panayiotou settled matters, despite appeals for offside.

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