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Leicester City 0-0 Sunderland

Leicester v Sunderland, Matty James and Connor Wickham
This was the first goalless draw between the sides since October 2000
  • Leicester without a win since September
  • Foxes' James twice denied by Pantilimon
  • Black Cats' Cattermole booked on return from ban
  • Sunderland have five points from past nine available

Leicester failed to score for a fifth game in succession as they battled out a goalless draw with Sunderland.

In a match which both sides were desperate not to lose, the Foxes had the best of the chances with Jeffrey Schlupp and Matty James going close.

Steven Fletcher missed Sunderland's best opportunity when he was denied from close range by Kasper Schmeichel.

While the Black Cats are unbeaten in three, Leicester have taken just two points from the past 21 on offer.

The Foxes began life back in the Premier League in impressive fashion and went seventh in the table when they beat Manchester United 5-3 in September.

But they have failed to win any of their past seven games, and manager Nigel Pearson admitted before kick-off he is "concerned" about his side's form.

Costel Pantilimon
Costel Pantilimon has yet to be on the losing side for Sunderland in the league since replacing Vito Mannone in goal

In contrast, Sunderland have collected five points from their past three games to move three points clear of the relegation zone.

Gus Poyet's players certainly performed better against the Foxes than they did the last time they returned after an international break, when they were trounced 8-0 at Southampton.

They did start a little nervously as the home side, with Schlupp and Riyad Mahrez adding pace on the flanks, looked vibrant and determined to break a scoring duck that stretches back to October 4.

Pearson's men did not look like a team that had lost their previous four matches as Marcin Wasilewski headed wide and Jamie Vardy pounced on a slip by Wes Brown only to be denied by Costel Pantilimon.

After Schlupp's powerful shot hit the side rather than the back of the net, the visitors settled and created a fine chance when Adam Johnson's pass put Fletcher through.

But the striker, who had recovered from the ankle injury which kept him out of Scotland's friendly with England, failed to add to his four goals for the season as Schmeichel made a good save.

Leicester would have gone above Sunderland on goal difference with a win, and they gave it all they had in a second half in which they looked the likelier scorers.

But Pantilimon twice made excellent stops to deny James as Leicester went a fifth match without scoring, their worst run in the top flight since January 1981.

Sunderland skipper Lee Cattermole, returning after serving a suspension for collecting five bookings, received a sixth yellow card for a lunge on Esteban Cambiasso.

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson: "I thought we played pretty well under the circumstances - after a difficult run of results - and created some good chances. You could argue we did enough to win the game.

"Before today we had only kept one clean sheet, so there always positives from getting a point."

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet on Lee Cattermole's yellow card: "Ten years ago his tackle would have been highlighted as one of the best in England. We are going soft. These people that never play football and don't have a clue are trying to make it a non-contact sport. It was a proper English tackle."

Jamie Vardy and Wes Brown, Leicester v Sunderland
Jamie Vardy's only league goal of the season came in the 5-3 home win over Manchester United
Lee Cattermole, Leicester v Sunderland
Lee Cattermole returned after missing Sunderland's 1-1 draw with Everton last time out through suspension
Leonardo Ulloa, Leicester City
Leicester frontman Leonardo Ulloa scored five goals in his first five Premier League games
Leicester v Sundeland
Sunderland won 2-0 when the teams last met in Leicester, in the Championship on New Year's Day in 2007

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 2de LaetBooked at 85mins
  • 27Wasilewski
  • 5Morgan
  • 3Konchesky
  • 26Mahrez
  • 19Cambiasso
  • 8James
  • 15SchluppSubstituted forKnockaertat 79'minutes
  • 23UlloaSubstituted forWoodat 88'minutes
  • 9VardyBooked at 53minsSubstituted forNugentat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Drinkwater
  • 10King
  • 12Hamer
  • 18Moore
  • 24Knockaert
  • 35Nugent
  • 39Wood

Sunderland

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 27Vergini
  • 16O'Shea
  • 5Brown
  • 15Réveillere
  • 7LarssonBooked at 42minsSubstituted forBridcuttat 75'minutes
  • 6CattermoleBooked at 61mins
  • 14Jordi GómezSubstituted forBuckleyat 86'minutes
  • 11Johnson
  • 9FletcherBooked at 68mins
  • 10Wickham

Substitutes

  • 4Bridcutt
  • 8Rodwell
  • 17Altidore
  • 22Coates
  • 25Mannone
  • 30Buckley
  • 34Robson
Referee:
Robert Madley
Attendance:
31,825

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away9
Fouls
Home18
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Leicester City 0, Sunderland 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leicester City 0, Sunderland 0.

Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Nugent (Leicester City).

Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Wood (Leicester City).

Hand ball by Connor Wickham (Sunderland).

Connor Wickham (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City).

Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

Foul by Wes Brown (Sunderland).

David Nugent (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Chris Wood replaces Leonardo Ulloa.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. William Buckley replaces Jordi Gómez.

Booking

Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Connor Wickham (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City).

Offside, Sunderland. Adam Johnson tries a through ball, but Santiago Vergini is caught offside.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Paul Konchesky.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Anthony Knockaert replaces Jeffrey Schlupp.

Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matthew James with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Anthony Réveillere.

Foul by Connor Wickham (Sunderland).

Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City).

Connor Wickham (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City).

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Liam Bridcutt replaces Sebastian Larsson.

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew James.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. David Nugent replaces Jamie Vardy.

Offside, Sunderland. Lee Cattermole tries a through ball, but Connor Wickham is caught offside.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Ritchie de Laet.

Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Esteban Cambiasso (Leicester City).

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

Attempt saved. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Johnson.

goal

As It Stood

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2Southampton118122351825
3Man City1273224131124
4Man Utd125431915419
5Newcastle125431415-119
6West Ham125342016418
7Swansea125341613318
8Arsenal124532015517
9Everton124532219317
10Stoke124351315-215
11Liverpool114251415-114
12Tottenham114251416-214
13West Brom123451317-413
14Sunderland122731219-713
15Hull112541315-211
16Aston Villa11326516-1111
17Leicester122461118-710
18Burnley12246820-1210
19Crystal Palace112361420-69
20QPR122281123-128
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