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
Vardy struck home from close range after good work from David
Nugent, but Keith Hill’s side deserved the plaudits after a
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
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
But eventually Hill’s men made their presence felt with a series
of zealous challenges intended to disrupt the rhythm of the
It worked, and Barnsley drew level after 27 minutes when Stephen
Dawson struck beyond Kasper Schmeichel to make it 1-1 from 12
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