A 0-0 draw on the South Coast between the Cherries and the Foxes will I’m sure be leaving Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe bewildered how his side didn’t pick up three points which would have seen them jump their counterparts in the table. Yet, the opposing boss, Craig Shakespeare, stated he was pleased with the hard-earned point but will inevitably be agitated with his side sitting 17th in the table with only 5 points from a possible 21.
The hosts got off to a flier and England striker Jermain Defoe pounded his effort off the crossbar inside three minutes. Marc Pugh then played Leicester at their own game and fired wide from a swift Bournemouth counter attack before Kasper Schmeichel stopped Josh King with a good save with his legs.
Leicester though stood strong and withheld consecutive Bournemouth pressure while slowly maintaining a grip of the game. Yet, not for the first time this season, Shakespeare’s men struggled in front of goal and only managed one shot on target in the 90 minutes.
Vardy and Albrighton looked to be Leicester’s best chance of grabbing a goal at the Vitality but the Englishmen’s endeavour did not pay off, arguably Vardy, who didn’t train until Thursday, was held back by his hip injury, which has seen him left out of the upcoming Internationals.
After the pause, Schmeichel was again on hand to stop an Adam Smith effort and then the Dane once again put an end to a Bournemouth attack as he pushed away a deadly cross from King. Iborra impressed for City and looked sturdy in the middle of the park when he came on at half-time. Shakespeare also looked towards the services of Iheanacho and Mahrez to turn the game on its head, but both struggled to get anything going.
Leicester’s best effort came on the hour mark as the inform Okazaki found himself with the ball only six yards out but failed to hit the target. The Japanese International will undoubtedly by frustrated he didn’t find the back of the net after his recent run of form and he should have put the foxes in front, in what would have been a real smash and grab win for City.
The game finished scoreless as neither side could break the deadlock but Leicester undeniably were lucky to come away with a point and will be under the cosh in their next Premier League game, where a win is of paramount importance to Leicester’s Premier League Campaign.
Leicester however did show great resilience to stop Bournemouth from earning 3 points and next up for them is a Monday night football under the lights at the King Power against Tony Pulis’ West Brom side who sit in 10th with 9 points from a possible 21.
Bournemouth will be disheartened with today’s result but it’s important that after the International break they group back together and put in a hard graft. Next up for the Cherries is a Tottenham side who are on an immense run of form and have a striker who just can’t stop hitting the net. Eddie Howes men will do well to pick up any form of result, but the positive for them is Spurs questionable form at Wembley, yet a difficult fixture nonetheless.
MOTM – Kasper Schmeichel – The Dane was once again Leicester’s main man and continues to impress. A key man to Leicester’s Premier League campaign and a real leader for the side.
Written by Eamon Kitching.