Pearson made 3 changes to the side that lost 1-0 to Millwall, dropping Drinkwater and Schlupp along with the suspwnded Wes Morgan missing his first game since February 2012.

City: Schmeichel, De Laet, Keane, Whitbread, Konchesky, Knockaert, King, James, Dyer, Wood, Nugent

Subs: Logan, Moore, Kane, Schlupp, Marshall, Wellens, Vardy

Barnsley: Steele, Hassell, Crainie, Wiseman, Kennedy, Dawson, Perkins, Mellis, Scotland, Etuhu, O’Grady

Subs: Alnwick, Foster, O’Brien, Cwyka, Dagnall, Harewood, Rose

Leicester got off to another poor start away at Oakwell and within 5 minutes were again chasing the game, instead of finding themselves a man down, this time they were a goal down in the opening stages. A ball across the back line evaded Zak Whitbread and was turned into his own net by Michael Keane in an attempt to stop the ball reaching the oncoming attacker.

GOAL: Michael Keane OG ’4 BFC 1 LCFC 0

City went from bad to worse in South Yorkshire and were forced into an early substitution after Ritchie De Laet picked up a knock and Liam Moore replaced him.

Barnsley kept knocking on Schmeichel’s door and Chris O’Grady had an early first half effort chalked out for offside but that didn’t deter the former foxes acadamy player from terrorising the City line.

Stephen Dawson could have doubled the tykes lead after half an hour when he latched onto a through ball and lobbed the ball over Kasper Schmeichel only to watch the ball bobble past the post.

Chris O’Grady’s efforts finally paid off 5 minutes before half time when he was on hand to turn in another deep ball into the box and hand the home side a thoroughly deserved two nil half time lead.

GOAL: Chris O’Grady ’42 BFC 2 LCFC 0

HALF TIME: BFC 2 LCFC 0

As the second half started, Barnsley had more chances to extend there lead, firstly after being awarded a penalty for a pointless challenge from Paul Konchesky rewarded Jason Scotland with the chance to add a third.

Stand in captain for Leicester, Kasper Schmeichel made a great diving save to deny Scotland and keep Leicester’s outside hopes of getting something out of the game. Those hopes looked dashed when 5 minutes later Barnsley had the ball in the net again but were again denied by the offside flag.

It had taken 60 minutes and all three substitutions but after Ben Marshall and Jeff Schlupp entered the field City finally looked like they might get a goal.

Schlupp twice went close after flick-on’s from Nugent but he couldn’t find the back of Steele’s net. Steele himself will have been relieved to have kept a clean sheet after two goalkeeping mistakes nearly gifted City with a goal. Firstly under a challenge from Schlupp Steele couldn’t control the ball and ended up on the floor but Schlupp found himself with his back to goal and with no one to pass to.
The second came from Marshall’s long ball forward to Schlupp which was mis-judged by Steele and he almost put the ball into his own net.

Schlupp did eventually put the ball in the net after David Nugent squared it to him from a corner but the Ghanain finished from an offside position meaning Leicester went another game without a goal.

FULL TIME: BFC 2 LCFC 0

 

Rport by Daniel Smith @Danjs09