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Leicester City


Trevor Benjamin
Benjamin opened the scoring.

Jeepers 'keepers

Preston goalkeeper Andy Lonergan scores a crazy equaliser as Leicester City are held to a 1-1 draw.

Coca-Cola Championship
Leicester City 1Preston North End 1
benjamin 4
: Lonergan 39
Teams:
Pressman, Makin, Dabizas, Heath, Wilcox, Scowcroft, Gudjonsson, Williams, Tiatto, Dublin, Benjamin
Teams:
Lonergan, Davis, Broomes, Mawene, Curtis, Alexander, O'Neil, Etuhu, Davidson, Ndumbu-Nsungu, Cresswell
Bookings:
Tiatto (Yellow card), Benjamin (Yellow card)
Bookings:
Davis, Davidson
Official(s): M Fletcher
Attendance: 21,249

A freakish equaliser from Preston goalkeeper Andy Lonergan earned the Lilywhites a share of the spoils against Leicester City at the Walkers Stadium.

Lonergan had proved powerless to prevent City's fourth-minute opener scored by Trevor Benjamin. But with seven minutes until the half-time interval, Lonergan leveled with a clearance kick out of his hands which eluded opposite number Kevin Pressman.

City had opened the scoring with just three-and-a-half minutes on the clock following referee Mick Fletcher's award of a left-wing free-kick when former Leicester player John Curtis had brought down Jason Wilcox.

Gareth Williams stepped up to float over an inswinging cross and it was Benjamin who rose highest to glance his headed effort past Lonergan and register his second goal of the season.

The Lilywhites' first attack - a patient move which traversed the width of the pitch - ended with Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu firing over before Benjamin was forced to limp out of the action in the 35th minute when he was replaced by David Connolly who was back from a one-game suspension.

Then, with the half-time whistle approaching, came Lonergan's bizarre leveller which involved the Deepdale shot stopper launching a goalkick upfield. Heath decided goalkeeper Kevin Pressman was best equipped to deal with the punt but as the keeper advanced, he appeared to be dazzled by the sun while simultaneously losing his footing which allowed the ball to bounce over the stricken keeper and into the net.

With the second half underway, Jamie Scowcroft found the junction of post and bar from 12 yards out before Ndumbu-Nsungu was replaced by Andy Smith who had recovered from the ankle injury which had kept him out of the 1-1 midweek draw with visiting Plymouth.

With the hour-mark passed, Smith looked to set free Richard Cresswell - another Foxes old boy - but his raking pass from the right wing was intelligently intercepted by Pressman on the edge of the penalty box.

Foxes defender Nikos Dabizas went close at the other end after a bobbling right-channel cross from Joey Gudjonsson had eluded the North End defence but the Greek international could only hook his effort into the stand.

Fearless blocks from Danny Tiatto denied Brian O'Neil and then Curtis before play swung once more to the Preston goalmouth where Connolly directed a falling volley over Lonergan's crossbar following Scowcroft's nod down.

A spell of extended Leicester pressure ended with Preston surging forward on the break only for Williams' timely intervention to frustrate Smith ahead of Leicester midfielder Lilian Nalis replacing Williams and Lilywhites defender Eddie Lewis replacing Davidson.

Wilcox chanced his arm with an effort hit from ambitious range and dragged wide from left to right as the encounter entered its final phase.

Tommy Wright, introduced for Connolly late in the game, went close to winning the game for Leicester only to see his close-range header rebound off the inside of the post.

Where does this result leave Micky Adams?

last updated: 02/10/04
Have Your Say

Darren
On the fence not knowing which side to sit on? The side of commitment for the club which is now on its third squad in the same amount of years or to walk away leaving the club perhaps going down yet another division. It was not long ago when Micky was touted for every vacant Premiership job but now the dressing room has unrest he is looking at writing his own P45.

jon tallis
PRESTON HAD ONE SHOT AND SCORED.IT SEEMS THAT NO MATTER HOW MANY CHANCES WE HAVE WE ARE UNABLE TO KILL TEAMS OFF.WHEN THE OPPONENTS SCORE WE RUN AROUND LIKE HEADLESS CHICKENS UNABLE TO SLOW THE GAME DOWN BY HOLDING THE BALL UP.NO MIDFIELD NO PASSION ONLY A FEW PLAYERS GIVING 100%,THE FANS DESERVE BETTER.SOON WE WILL BE UNABLE TO GET 20,000 FANS AT HOME.DUBLIN WAS RUBBISH,TOMMY WRIGHT SHOULD HAVE REPLACED HIM EARLIER.LEICESTER ARE NOT THINKING LONG TERM,TOO MANY OLD MEN SEEING OUT THEIR CONTRACTS,BRING THE YOUNGSTERS IN!!!!!

Dave Abraham
Leaves micky goin down the job centre on monday! Says hes done this n that for the club but that was all in the first season. Since then we've been relagated adn this was due to poor tactics and subs. He blames everyone part from him self. Good for martin keown for telling him the truth it was about time.

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