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Stoke City scrambled out a 1-1 draw against Leicester City to salvage a crucial point at the King Power. The home side dominated for large periods in the first half and got Mahrez and Albrighton on to the ball more often than not. They just lacked the urgency and were too neutralised in the way they went about their attacking business.
That seemed to be enough as Xherdan Shaqiri scored his third goal in as many gameweeks to grant the Potters a stirring lead. The second half turned out to be more eventful, especially late on. 27 minutes into it, Jack Butland spilt a pacy Albrighton cross into his own net and then made two wonder stops to deny Mahrez and Maguire in the box.
Paul Lambert’s side got further forward and made it a feistier battle of strength. Also to mention, they were saved by the post, twice.
Honestly, one cannot know where to place his performance. One one side, he denied Mahrez twice, once through a flying, quick save and next, in a one vs one situation. But if his own goal is considered, it will surely go down as one of the worst.
Outdone by Albrighton’s smart footwork on a couple of occasions but spent most of his time in the box, clearing the ball and fighting in the air.
Combined well with Zouma and was a solid, unbreakable figure at the back, especially while guarding against crosses and corners.
Excellent in the air and in one on one situations. He stood strong in goal and kept out any danger. He blocked any through ball that was played down Vardy’s path. A robust display.
Denied a handful of crosses, kept out the shots and defended decently. Most importantly, didn’t let Mahrez turn him easily.
Did a fantastic job to keep Gray out of the equation by marking the explosive winger throughout. He occupied the midfield well and invigorated the back line.
Fantastic and fabulous, Joe Allen was all around the park and owing to his work rate, he shut out many Leicester attacks. His challenges were gutsy, quick and sharp. The Welshman’s decision making was on point. He closed down on players well, created a lot going forward and made the odd run forward. Even for the goal, he made a clean, physical tackle off the strong Ndidi and had the awareness to feed it to the Shaq attack.
A satisfactory staging. He blocked a couple of shots and added some firepower up front.
An average performance by him. He used his strength well, released passes early and dribbled well. The quality, somewhere down the line, was lacking.
Started off slowly by not providing the right work rate, but was a constant counter-attacking threat. He cut inside well, had his task cut out with respect to the quick switch of play and his finish was a stunning one, as usual.
Barely disturbed the opponent defenders or the goalkeeper. Never looked like he was going to find the momentum.
Horrendous! When Choupo-Moting used all the strength in the world to keep hold of the ball, surge forward and beat players, this youngster wasn’t ready to run forward at all. His first touch was awful too. A poor debut for the 18-year-old.
Some fine defensive work and one poor free-kick. This was all he performed on the pitch in this outing.
Didn’t play enough to be given a score.