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Leicester City 1-1 Stoke City

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Leicester City 1-1 Stoke City: Jack Butland 'best in Britain' - Paul Lambert

Stoke manager Paul Lambert described Jack Butland as the "best goalkeeper in Britain" despite the error that cost the struggling Potters victory at Leicester.

The visitors had led through Xherdan Shaqiri's first-half strike and looked comfortable in containing their hosts - up until the 70th minute when England international Butland experienced a moment to forget.

Marc Albrighton surged down the right and fired in a low cross intended for Jamie Vardy at the near post. However, the ball flew past the Foxes striker, and his marker Moritz Bauer, and bounced off the chest of Butland into the net.

"He will make mistakes and sometimes these things make you strong," said Lambert. "I have no fear about Butland because he is a top goalkeeper."

The 24-year-old made two brilliant saves as he went some way to atoning for his mistake. The first was an exquisite one-handed stop from Riyad Mahrez, and that was followed by a superb fingertip effort to push Harry Maguire's shot onto the post.

However, Butland would have had no chance of keeping out Matty James' stoppage-time header, which fortunately for his side came back off a post.

The point for the Potters leaves them in the bottom three with the rest of their relegation rivals yet to play. The Foxes move one place above Burnley into seventh.

Butland's nightmare moment

Stoke keeper Jack Butland scores an own goal at Leicester
Jack Butland watches as his error leads to Leicester's second-half equaliser

Stoke boss Lambert will have to hope his number one can put his Leicester nightmare behind him as the Potters prepare for what is expected to be a tense run-in.

Butland, with two clean sheets during the Scot's tenure so far, had barely got his gloves dirty before his mistake - but then came the most memorable moment of the match which the keeper must want to blank out of his mind.

The bright sunshine might have hindered the keeper's vision, but it looked as though Butland simply failed to read the delivery from Albrighton.

It is tight down at the bottom and had Shaqiri's brilliant shot from the edge of the area after Joe Allen had retrieved the ball on the left been the only goal, then Stoke would have moved out of the relegation zone - at least temporarily.

However, Butland's error meant Lambert's side have only a point from the game - and it is fellow strugglers Southampton next for them.

Shaqiri's strike wakes up Foxes

Xherdan Shaqiri (right)
Xherdan Shaqiri (right) scored his seventh goal of the season in the first half

Claude Puel's Leicester find themselves in the mid-table comfort zone, which goes some way to explaining why they only have two wins from the past 11 and their lack of intensity in the first half.

The Foxes controlled the possession in opening period but never placed Butland under much pressure. What they needed was a jolt and that was provided by Shaqiri's strike.

After the break, it was a different side that took to the pitch and one that perhaps should have claimed all three points.

The equaliser was fortuitous, but what followed were two great efforts from Mahrez and Maguire, and then James' header in the closing seconds.

They have 36 points, with two more wins expected to guarantee safety.

Leicester's first-half touchmap
The goalmouth on the right shows that Stoke's defence kept Leicester at arm's length in the first half

Man of the match - Marc Albrighton (Leicester City)

Marc Albrighton
There were not too many candidates, but the industrious Marc Albrighton gets the nod - his second-half delivery changed the outcome for the Foxes

'We lacked a clinical edge' - reaction

Leicester manager Claude Puel: "Not enough to win today. We could have, but we could also have lost - so perhaps a draw is fair. Their goalkeeper made some good saves, but we also conceded chances.

"I thought we started well, with intensity, but it became too slow to find space. It was better second half, but without a clinical edge or a little luck to find a winning goal."

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Leicester City 1-1 Stoke City: Foxes lacked tempo - Claude Puel

Allen comes up with the goods again - the stats

  • Stoke have won just one of their past nine top-flight games (four defeats), scoring just six goals in that period.
  • Since the start of last season, the Potters have scored seven own goals in the Premier League, more than any other side.
  • Shaqiri has scored in three consecutive games in Europe's big five leagues (England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain) for the first time.
  • Nine of Shaqiri's 14 Premier League goals have come from outside the box (64%).
  • Allen has provided five Premier League assists this season (26 apps), as many as in his previous six seasons combined in the competition (163 apps).
  • Tyrese Campbell made his Premier League debut 4326 days after his father Kevin Campbell last made an appearance in the division (April 2006 v Newcastle).

What's next?

Stoke are at Southampton in another potentially crucial league fixture at 15:00 GMT on Saturday, 3 March. Leicester host Bournemouth at the same time.

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 2SimpsonSubstituted forIheanachoat 62'minutes
  • 5Morgan
  • 15Maguire
  • 3Chilwell
  • 25Ndidi
  • 22James
  • 26Mahrez
  • 7GraySubstituted forDiabatéat 61'minutes
  • 11AlbrightonBooked at 18mins
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 8Iheanacho
  • 14Adrien Silva
  • 16Dragovic
  • 17Jakupovic
  • 21Iborra
  • 28Fuchs
  • 33Diabaté

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 2Bauer
  • 6Zouma
  • 15Martins IndiSubstituted forAdamat 74'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 21Stafylidis
  • 20Cameron
  • 22Shaqiri
  • 4AllenBooked at 9mins
  • 27B Ndiaye
  • 10Choupo-MotingSubstituted forJohnsonat 84'minutes
  • 18DioufBooked at 23minsSubstituted forCampbellat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Pieters
  • 8Johnson
  • 11Rodríguez Ruiz
  • 16Adam
  • 32Sobhi
  • 33Grant
  • 40Campbell
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
31,769

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home19
Away6
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home13
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Leicester City 1, Stoke City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leicester City 1, Stoke City 1.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

Matty James (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Badou Ndiaye (Stoke City).

Attempt missed. Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Maguire.

Attempt saved. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Chilwell.

Attempt saved. Matty James (Leicester City) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Matty James (Leicester City) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Jack Butland.

Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City).

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Marc Albrighton.

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Badou Ndiaye (Stoke City).

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Glen Johnson replaces Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

Fousseni Diabaté (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joe Allen (Stoke City).

Booking

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Charlie Adam (Stoke City).

Foul by Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City).

Konstantinos Stafylidis (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Geoff Cameron.

Attempt blocked. Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

Attempt saved. Harry Maguire (Leicester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right following a corner.

Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Moritz Bauer.

Wes Morgan (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Charlie Adam (Stoke City).

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Charlie Adam replaces Bruno Martins Indi.

Goal!

Own Goal by Jack Butland, Stoke City. Leicester City 1, Stoke City 1.

Wes Morgan (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Konstantinos Stafylidis (Stoke City).

goal

As It Stood

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2Liverpool28169365323357
3Man Utd27175551193256
4Chelsea27165649232653
5Tottenham27157552242852
6Arsenal27136851361545
7Burnley2891092225-337
8Leicester2899104041-136
9Everton2897123247-1534
10Watford2896133847-933
11Bournemouth2888123343-1032
12Brighton28710112637-1131
13West Ham2879123550-1530
14Huddersfield2886142548-2330
15Newcastle2878132738-1129
16Southampton28512112941-1227
17Crystal Palace2769122542-1727
18Swansea2876152141-2027
19Stoke2868142854-2626
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