Foxes’ narrowly beaten in FA Cup replay

By Dan Ableson

Read a full match report of Leicester City’s Emirates FA Cup Third Round replay with Tottenham Hotspur at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday 20 January, 2016.

  • Leicester City failed to progress to the next round of the Emirates FA Cup after they were narrowly beaten by Tottenham Hotspur at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday evening
  • Goals from Son Heung-Min and Nacer Chadli either side of half-time were enough to seal the victory for the visitors
  • Youngsters Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray both played 90 minutes in their home debuts for the club
  • Foxes’ defender Richie De Laet was replaced by Danny Simpson after injuring himself in the warm up

Read a full match report of Leicester City’s Emirates FA Cup Third Round replay with Tottenham Hotspur at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday 20 January, 2016.

Leicester City narrowly missed out on progressing to the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup after going down 2-0 to Tottenham Hotspur at the King Power Stadium.

The Foxes made eight changes from the side that drew with Aston Villa at the weekend and failed to recover from conceding two goals either side of half-time by Son Heung-Min and Nacer Chadli.

Youngsters Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray both impressed after notching up 90 minutes in their home debuts for the club.

The result ended a spell of three games in ten days between the two sides with City getting the better of last meeting winning 1-0 thanks to a late Robert Huth header.

In a half that provided little efforts on goal the first chance went to Swiss international Gokhan Inler whose free kick failed to beat Spurs keeper Michel Vorm after defender Chilwell was brought down outside the penalty  box.

Demarai Gray showed little nerves after making his home debut for the Foxes providing plenty of energy in both defence and attack and it was he who conjured the next opening with a fearsome effort that went just wide of goal.

But it was the visitors who scored first when a superb strike from Son in the 39th minute proved to be too powerful for keeper Kasper Schmeichel as it sailed past him at his near post.

City’s inexperienced left flank which received praise from manager Claudio Ranieri in the first tie between these two sides once again impressed giving the fans plenty to look forward to in the future.

In scenes similar to the first leg Ranieri brought on inform striker Shinji Okazaki at the interval in order to bring the sides level.

But it was Spurs who extended their lead in the 66nd minute when Son’s through ball found the unmarked Chadli who placed the ball under the on rushing Schmeichel to leave the home side a mountain to climb.

England’s youth international Gray continued to be a thorn in the opposition side forcing Vorm into a fine save with a curling effort inside the area. As was substitute Marc Albrighton whose low cross narrowly evaded Leo Ulloa after making a charging run into the area.

Albrighton nearly opened the scoring once again for the home side with a low drive in the 89th minute but it was denied by the Dutch keeper who performed well to keep a clean sheet.

And when Ulloa’s injury time header was parried away on the line it was clear that the Foxes’ were going to fall to only their second home defeat in all competitions this season.

Leicester will now be looking to get back to winning ways this weekend when Stoke City arrive at the King Power Stadium for a mouth watering clash in the Barclays Premier League.

CITY:  Schmeichel (c), Simpson(Albrighton 63), Wasilewski, Benalouane, Chilwell, Dyer(Vardy 73), King, Inler, Drinkwater(Okazaki 45mins), Gray, Ulloa

SUBS NOT USED: Morgan, Kante, Mahrez, Schwarzer

SPURS: Vorm, Walker, Dier, Wimmer, Davies, Bentaleb, Carroll, Lamela(Kane 59), Eriksen, Chadli(Onomah73), Son(Alli 82)

GOALS: Son (39) Chadli (66)

SUBS NOT USED: LLoris, Vertonghen, Trippier, Winks

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Attendance – 30,006

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