Danny Drinkwater scored a spectacular injury-time equaliser as Championship leaders Leicester battled back from 2-0 down to draw with Watford.

Fernando Forestieri's header and Sean Murray's low shot secured the visitors a two-goal lead with 41 minutes gone.

And, despite Matty James's volley two minutes before half-time, it looked as though City were on their way to a first league defeat since 7 December.

But Drinkwater struck a 20-yard volley in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

Lighting up the East Midlands

Leicester have scored 54 league goals so far this season, three behind leading scorers Derby

With Burnley moving into second place, Nigel Pearson's side are still 11 points clear at the top, despite their run of nine successive league wins ending.

The Hornets, who are 14th, set up to nullify Leicester's attacking threat, using three centre-backs and packing the midfield with five players.

And, with the Foxes struggling to come to terms with the system, the visitors could have gone in front in the fourth minute as Murray swung over a free-kick and Marco Faraoni headed wide at the far post.

Post-match: Leicester manager Pearson

But they took just five more minutes to break the deadlock as Forestieri dived forward to head home as striker Troy Deeney's shot looked to be heading wide.

Watford continued to look the better side in the tricky conditions and, although Manuel Almunia pulled off a great save to keep out James's wind-blown corner, the visitors went further ahead.

Kasper Schmeichel had saved a previous volley from Gabriele Angella, but he could do nothing about Murray's 25-yard strike.

Post-match: Watford coach Chamberlain

The hosts appeared stunned, but they showed their resilience to snatch a goal back as Ritchie De Laet broke down the right and James met his low cross on the volley for his first goal of the season.

Pearson's side went flat out for an equaliser in the second half, with David Nugent heading wide from Lloyd Dyer's cross.

But their efforts looked to be in vain as the game went into stoppage time, only for Drinkwater to net a dramatic late equaliser.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson:

"We certainly deserved to get something out of the game. It is always difficult when you go two goals down and we were disappointed in the manner in which we conceded them.

"But you have got to give Watford credit. I thought their game plan was thorough and they didn't allow us too much space behind their defenders.

"All in all, I don't think anyone could argue that we didn't deserve to get something out of the game because we dominated the vast majority of it."

Watford coach Giuseppe Sannino:

"I think it was a very, very good performance against a team who have been on such a great run with nine wins.

"We created a lot of problems for them but we did not change our tactics for this match. We always play this system.

"It was a fair result and I think Leicester deserve to be top of the table because of their consistency this season."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Leicester City

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 02 de Laet
  • 03 Konchesky Booked
  • 08 James
  • 27 Wasilewski (Wood - 84' )
  • 05 Morgan
  • 24 Knockaert
  • 04 Drinkwater
  • 35 Nugent
  • 09 Vardy (Phillips - 75' )
  • 11 Dyer (Mahrez - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Hammond
  • 10 King
  • 15 Schlupp
  • 25 Logan
  • 26 Mahrez
  • 28 Phillips
  • 39 Wood

Watford

  • 01 Almunia
  • 19 Faraoni (Pudil - 72' )
  • 21 Anya
  • 06 Ekstrand
  • 27 Cassetti Booked
  • 04 Angella
  • 16 Murray
  • 07 Battocchio (Merkel - 95' )
  • 11 Forestieri Booked (Hall - 85' )
  • 09 Deeney
  • 28 Tözsér Booked

Substitutes

  • 03 Bellerín
  • 08 Merkel
  • 12 Doyley
  • 13 Ranegie
  • 17 Hall
  • 18 Pudil
  • 30 Bond
Ref: Martin Atkinson
Att: 23,635

Match Stats

Shots

18 9

On target

3 3

Corners

10 6

Fouls

9 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Leicester City 2, Watford 2.

90:00 +6:10 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Leicester City 2, Watford 2.

90:00 +6:03

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Wood with a headed pass following a corner.

90:00 +5:42

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.

90:00 +4:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Alexander Merkel replaces Cristian Battocchio.

90:00 +3:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 2, Watford 2. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Matthew James with a headed pass.

90:00 +2:46

Attempt blocked. Matthew James (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +2:08

Attempt blocked. Kevin Phillips (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

88:33

Kevin Phillips (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

88:33

Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

86:43

Offside, Watford. Daniel Tözsér tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

85:54

Foul by Chris Wood (Leicester City).

85:54

Joel Ekstrand (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:56

Offside, Leicester City. David Nugent tries a through ball, but Kevin Phillips is caught offside.

84:54

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross following a set piece situation.

84:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Fitz Hall replaces Fernando Forestieri.

83:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Chris Wood replaces Marcin Wasilewski.

83:30 Booking

Booking Fernando Forestieri (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

83:09

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

83:09

Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Watford).

82:11

Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:11

Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

81:27

Attempt missed. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

78:40

Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:40

Foul by Sean Murray (Watford).

76:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Riyad Mahrez replaces Lloyd Dyer.

75:58

Offside, Leicester City. Paul Konchesky tries a through ball, but David Nugent is caught offside.

74:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Kevin Phillips replaces Jamie Vardy.

73:43 Booking

Booking Marco Cassetti (Watford) is shown the yellow card.

73:28

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

73:28

Foul by Marco Cassetti (Watford).

73:01

Attempt saved. David Nugent (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer with a cross.

72:03

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Gabriele Angella.

71:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Daniel Pudil replaces Marco Davide Faraoni.

70:25

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Leicester City) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer with a cross.

69:23

Attempt blocked. Matthew James (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.

64:28

Foul by David Nugent (Leicester City).

64:28

Manuel Almunia (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:52

Offside, Watford. Daniel Tözsér tries a through ball, but Fernando Forestieri is caught offside.

59:18

Attempt missed. Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater.

58:04

Offside, Watford. Marco Davide Faraoni tries a through ball, but Fernando Forestieri is caught offside.

57:23

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

57:23

Ikechi Anya (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:24

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Konchesky with a cross.

53:36

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

52:52

Delay in match Manuel Almunia (Watford) because of an injury.

49:58

Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:58

Foul by Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford).

47:17

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Matthew James.

46:16

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Ikechi Anya.

45:51

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Joel Ekstrand.

45:00

Second Half begins Leicester City 1, Watford 2.

45:00 +2:30 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Leicester City 1, Watford 2.

45:00 +1:38

Foul by Matthew James (Leicester City).

45:00 +1:38

Daniel Tözsér (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:40

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +0:40

Foul by Marco Cassetti (Watford).

45:00

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

45:00

Sean Murray (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:16

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

43:16

Daniel Tözsér (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 1, Watford 2. Matthew James (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ritchie de Laet with a cross.

41:21

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

41:21

Ikechi Anya (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:03 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 0, Watford 2. Sean Murray (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ikechi Anya.

39:10

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Marco Cassetti.

37:32

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:32

Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Watford).

36:38

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

36:35

Attempt saved. Gabriele Angella (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

35:59

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Ritchie de Laet.

33:44

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer with a cross.

33:10

Attempt blocked. Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

32:43

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Sean Murray.

32:18

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Marco Davide Faraoni.

30:41

Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Fernando Forestieri.

28:36

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Paul Konchesky.

25:58

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

25:12

Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:12

Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Watford).

25:04

Attempt missed. Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Troy Deeney following a corner.

25:02

Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Tözsér with a cross following a corner.

24:27

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Ritchie de Laet.

23:53 Booking

Booking Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

23:38

Foul by Paul Konchesky (Leicester City).

23:38

Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:54

Attempt missed. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross following a corner.

21:30

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Ikechi Anya.

21:14 Booking

Booking Daniel Tözsér (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

21:08

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

21:08

Foul by Daniel Tözsér (Watford).

20:25

Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Konchesky with a cross.

18:52

Offside, Watford. Daniel Tözsér tries a through ball, but Ikechi Anya is caught offside.

17:33

Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater with a cross.

15:15

Offside, Leicester City. Lloyd Dyer tries a through ball, but David Nugent is caught offside.

14:38

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Marco Cassetti.

12:32

Attempt missed. Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matthew James with a cross following a corner.

12:05

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Gabriele Angella.

8:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 0, Watford 1. Fernando Forestieri (Watford) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Troy Deeney.

8:37

Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Fernando Forestieri with a headed pass.

3:33

Attempt missed. Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Tözsér following a set piece situation.

2:54

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

2:54

Fernando Forestieri (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:24

Attempt blocked. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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