Foxes late show holds Tykes

A last-minute goal from Jamie Vardy gave Leicester a share of

the spoils in a 2-2 draw against Barnsley, but the promotion

hopefuls will consider it two points dropped against the struggling

Tykes.

Vardy struck home from close range after good work from David

Nugent, but Keith Hill’s side deserved the plaudits after a

battling show.

Barnsley could have been one down within two minutes of the

start. John Stones impeded Lloyd Dyer and from the resultant

free-kick, Tykes keeper Luke Steele tipped Waghorn’s shot around a

post.

A goal looked inevitable even at this early stage and it duly

arrived after nine minutes when Anthony Knockaert drilled home left

footed from 12 yards to give the overworked Steele no chance with

his fifth goal of the season.

It had been an early procession towards the Tykes’ goal and the

Yorkshiremen were finding it hard to gain any sort of foothold in

the match as Nigel Pearson’s promotion hopefuls ran them

ragged.

But eventually Hill’s men made their presence felt with a series

of zealous challenges intended to disrupt the rhythm of the

impressive hosts.

It worked, and Barnsley drew level after 27 minutes when Stephen

Dawson struck beyond Kasper Schmeichel to make it 1-1 from 12

yards.

The goal gave the visitors the lift they needed but it also

stung the Foxes into renewed action, Dyer trying his luck from

inside the box and seeing his effort clear the crossbar.

But if Leicester had been rattled by the equaliser, they were

left distraught after conceding a second after 39 minutes.

This time it was Reuben Noble-Lazarus who finished off a move

involving Jim O’Brien with a stylish overhead kick from close range

to put his side 2-1 ahead.

Another Waghorn effort from distance was well held by Steele but

at the other end Akos Buzsaky shot wide when well placed to add to

the Tykes’ tally just a minute from the break.

Leicester knew they had to up the tempo after the break and

Knockaert went close, first with his right boot and then with his

head after 58 minutes, his 12-yard effort just clearing the

crossbar as the Foxes forced the pace.

Waghorn then made way for Vardy, who turned into Leicester’s

saviour.