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Leicester City 0-0 Sunderland

By Steve CanavanBBC Sport
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
  • 14Gomez Garcia-PencheSubstituted 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leicester City 0, Sunderland 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leicester City 0, Sunderland 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by David Nugent (Leicester City).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Chris Wood (Leicester City).

  7. Post update

    Hand ball by Connor Wickham (Sunderland).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Wes Brown (Sunderland).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Chris Wood replaces Leonardo Ulloa.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. William Buckley replaces Jordi Gómez.

  17. Booking

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City).

  20. Post update

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