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Leicester City 2-2 West Bromwich Albion

Ben Foster saves from Wes Morgan
Leicester were twice denied by the woodwork as well as by saves from Ben Foster

Leicester missed the chance to go five points clear at the top of the Premier League as West Brom came from behind to claim a thrilling draw.

Salomon Rondon shrugged off Robert Huth to give West Brom the lead, but a Danny Drinkwater deflected shot levelled it.

Andy King finished a wonderful move to put Leicester ahead only for Craig Gardner to equalise with a free-kick.

Leicester twice hit the bar at a raucous King Power Stadium, but could not find a winner.

The draw leaves the Foxes three points ahead of Tottenham, who can go top with victory at West Ham on Wednesday, and six ahead of Arsenal, who face Swansea.

West Brom, who have now lost only two of their past 10 league games, stay 13th - 12 points clear of the relegation zone.

Relive Leicester's thrilling draw with West Brom

No more late drama

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No negatives despite a draw - Ranieri

Leicester were below their best on Saturday but still managed to beat Norwich thanks to a late winner - here they were much improved, but could not conjure similar drama despite laying siege to the West Brom goal.

West Brom may have planned to concede possession and defend deep, and they were duly bombarded by wave after wave of Leicester attacks, mainly down the flanks through the excellent pair of Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton.

On Saturday, the Foxes had 13 attempts on goal - here they had 22, with headers from Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki hitting the woodwork.

Ben Foster also saved well from Jeffrey Schlupp and Wes Morgan, while Leonardo Ulloa could not repeat his weekend heroics when the ball flashed across the face of goal in the very last minute.

Baggies forced out of their shell

Craig Gardner
Eight of West Brom's 11 attempts on goal came in the second half

West Brom could have been forgiven for thinking that allowing Leicester the lion's share of possession was a sound approach.

Against Norwich, Leicester had the majority of the ball for only the third time this season and struggled. Whether by design or necessity, the Baggies were happy to sit back in the first period, especially after Rondon got on the end of Darren Fletcher's through ball to put the visitors ahead.

However, even with nine red shirts behind the ball, Leicester still found a way to lead, meaning West Brom had to make more of the play in the second half. It worked to their advantage as, after Mahrez needlessly handballed, Gardner curled in a sublime free-kick.

Rondon could even have won it but somehow turned over from inside the six-yard box, and the Baggies ultimately needed some fortune to hang on at the end of a breathless night.

King of the King Power

Andy King goal
King (10) finished from Mahrez's wonderful back-heel following a cross-field ball from Albrighton

King was making only his seventh league start of the season, in the side for the injured N'Golo Kante.

The Welsh midfielder is the only member of the Foxes squad remaining from their time in the third tier seven years ago and has winners' medals from both League One and the Championship.

Here he looked to have taken a stride towards adding a Premier League medal when he met Mahrez's athletic back-heel to finish sharply past Foster.

But in the end the odds on King completing an unlikely hat-trick lengthened - and Leicester could be back to second in the table as early as Wednesday night.

Man of the match

Marc Albrighton
Marc Albrighton was a constant threat down the Leicester left before being substituted

What they said

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri: "I am very pleased with our performance. They played so well - there was no panic after the first goal. We played much better than against Norwich. I am satisfied with the performance. Just sometimes you can do everything but the ball doesn't want to go in.

"I want to create a lot of chances and sooner or later we score. Tonight wasn't the right moment but we are alive and we fight to the end. Everybody is ready to fight, to play well, to create chances. Only the victory was missing.

"We tried to do everything and well done to my players. We never never give up. We always try the best in every situation. Every team plays football and we have to find the solution and try to win. It is important not to lose the match too as they could have counter-attacked."

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Pulis happy with Baggies' form

West Brom manager Tony Pulis: "Leicester are a good side. They ask questions of you.

"It's another point on the way for us. It's important for us to get to 40 points and we are happy with the way things are going. We need the hunger and desire to get to 40 points. We should have kept the ball better tonight. I'm really pleased with the players though.

"I'd love to see Leicester win the title."

The stats

  • Leicester are the first Premier League team this season to score 50+ goals in the competition.
  • Two of Leicester's three top-flight goals from outside the area this season have been scored by Danny Drinkwater.
  • Leicester's record as the only Premier League side not to concede at home in 2016 ended.
  • Riyad Mahrez has had a part in a league-high 25 Premier League goals this season (14 goals, 11 assists).
  • Salomon Rondon has scored in three of his past five Premier League games, having failed to score in his previous nine in the competition.
  • Andy King is the fourth Welshman to score on St David's Day in Premier League history (also Pembridge, Saunders and Collison).
  • Craig Gardner has had a role in three of the Baggies' last five Premier League goals (scored two, assisted one).
  • Gardner has also scored in back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since last April (also v Palace and Leicester).

What's next?

Leicester travel to Watford on Saturday, while West Brom welcome Manchester United on Sunday.

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 17Simpson
  • 5Morgan
  • 6Huth
  • 28FuchsSubstituted forGrayat 79'minutes
  • 26Mahrez
  • 10King
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 11AlbrightonSubstituted forSchluppat 63'minutes
  • 20OkazakiSubstituted forUlloaat 63'minutes
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 13Amartey
  • 15Schlupp
  • 22Gray
  • 23Ulloa
  • 27Wasilewski
  • 32Schwarzer
  • 33Inler

West Brom

  • 1Foster
  • 25Dawson
  • 23McAuley
  • 3Olsson
  • 4ChesterBooked at 88mins
  • 29SessegnonBooked at 32minsSubstituted forSandroat 90+3'minutes
  • 24Fletcher
  • 5Yacob
  • 8GardnerSubstituted forMcCleanat 83'minutes
  • 33RondónSubstituted forAnichebeat 90+2'minutes
  • 18Berahino

Substitutes

  • 10Anichebe
  • 13Myhill
  • 14McClean
  • 16Gamboa
  • 17Lambert
  • 20Pritchard
  • 30Sandro
Referee:
Mark Clattenburg
Attendance:
32,018

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home22
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Leicester City 2, West Bromwich Albion 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leicester City 2, West Bromwich Albion 2.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Sandro replaces Stéphane Sessegnon.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Victor Anichebe replaces Salomón Rondón.

Attempt missed. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Jamie Vardy with a cross following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Demarai Gray.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion).

Booking

Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion).

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt saved. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Gareth McAuley.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. James McClean replaces Craig Gardner.

Foul by Demarai Gray (Leicester City).

James Chester (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion).

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Darren Fletcher tries a through ball, but Salomón Rondón is caught offside.

Hand ball by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

Attempt blocked. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Demarai Gray replaces Christian Fuchs.

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Gareth McAuley.

Attempt missed. Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Stéphane Sessegnon.

Attempt missed. Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Darren Fletcher from a direct free kick.

Foul by Danny Simpson (Leicester City).

Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Robert Huth (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Fuchs with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Ben Foster.

Attempt saved. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater with a headed pass.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Jonas Olsson.

Attempt missed. Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Craig Dawson following a corner.

Attempt missed. Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gareth McAuley following a corner.

Attempt saved. Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top right corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester28169351312057
2Tottenham27159349212854
3Arsenal27156643261751
4Man City26145748282047
5Man Utd27128736261044
6West Ham271110641311043
7Southampton28117103528740
8Chelsea2810994238439
9Stoke27116102933-439
10Everton27911749361338
11Liverpool2610883836238
12Watford27107102928137
13West Brom2899102936-736
14Crystal Palace2896133137-633
15Bournemouth2888123244-1232
16Swansea2769122536-1127
17Sunderland2866163453-1924
18Norwich2866163153-2224
19Newcastle2666142749-2224
20Aston Villa2837182251-2916
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