Saturday, 2 January 2016

Boruc saves penalty and Cherries win valuable point against Foxes

Match Description

Leicester City 0 v 0 AFCB
2 January 2016
Attendance: 32,006

AFC Bournemouth put up a rearguard performance as soon as they went down to 10-men when Simon Francis was adjudged to have fouled Jamie Vardy in the box, who was closing in on goal. Artur Buroc was a hero though in saving Mahrez' spot kick and the Cherries held out for more than half an hour to get a great point against the Foxes who will see this as two points dropped.

This was a real cat and mouse match with AFCB having most of the possession in first 45 minutes (59 per cent), but Leicester always looking dangerous on the break. There were good early chances for King and later on Gosling, while in between those chances Jamie Vardy struck the post with a hard hit shot and Boruc well beaten. If there had been some more accurate shooting it could have been about 3-3 by half time, but this game needed an in-form striker. AFCB fans hoped it would be Murray who came on for King after half time, but Franics brought down Jamie Vardy and Leicester had a penalty. Francis certainly got a touch on the ball, so was perhaps a bit unlucky to be sent off. The game changed in an instant and AFCB just had to hold on for the rest of the match, helped by Sylvain Distin reinforcing the defence.

Eddie Howe made just the one change to the starting 11 with Junior Stanislas replacing Marc Pugh, but on the bench Shaun MacDonald also came in for Eunan O'Kane. The team lines up in a formation that was 4-1-2-3 with Stanislas and Ritchie getting up to support Kingn and Surman lying deep in midfield. Leicester City just made one change with Inler being dropped for Ulloa as Leicester lined up 4-4-2.

Jason Tindall gives the AFCB team news.

Match Description listening to BBC Radio Solent
AFCB are playing it along the back line., but they lose it on half way. Arter is still playing it around and comes forward and Stanislas' shot is blocked. Shouts for a handball by Morgan are turned down.

King on the left win a throw. AFCB are coming forward and have possession. Vardy is chasing the ball as AFCB have it at the back. Stanislas loses the ball. It's on the right side now with Smith Surman finds King and Simpson clears before Gosling can get there. Gosling crosses and it's cleared.

Ulloa chased down Francis but AFCB regain possession. With five minutes gone its AFCB in control. Daniels and Cook are keeping possession but Arter loses the ball and Leicester come forward. Kante on the left. Albrighton crosses and Mahrez goes for a spectacular overhead kick but it's well over.

Daniels and Kante robs Stanislas running back. Drinkwater breaks but Ulloa has a poor touch and the ball runs through to Boruc. Ritchie plays it back to Cook and Daniels gets a cross in that Morgan puts out for a throw after 12 minutes. Leicester are playing very deep.

Smith and Surman to Francis long ball to Stanislas who clips the ball back and King misses a header from six yards out - wide! A great chance that for AFCB.

Mahrez now loses the ball. Smith loses the ball. Fuchs and Arter makes the tackle. Some 15 minutes have gone. A long throw from Fuchs and Francis and Arter clear. Surman with another clearance.King loses the ball to Morgan.

Mahrez looks for Vardy but it's too strong and a goal kick. Stanislas in space but Daniels loses the ball. Mahrez to Kante and the cross is cleared by Steve Cook's header for a throw. That was dangerous on 19 minutes.

Ulloa wins a free kick on half way. All Leicester can do is go back to the keeper. Arter locks for options. Daniels find Arter who runs into trouble. Ritchie gets a cross in but Schmeichel catches it.

Vardy brings in Kante. Smith gets an interception. Francis stops another Leicester attack. Arter is dispossessed.  Ulloa and Vardy is through and he hits the post! "The miss of the season," says Williams. Ulloa had a shot that fell kindly to Vardy but he smashed it against the upright on 26 minutes.

Kante plays it out wide but AFCB players swarm around the ball.  Leicester are playing further up now but their passing escapes them in the last third. Arter is getting a quiet word from the ref. Leicester have a throw on the left.  Fuchs to Vardy and Mahrez. Albrighton is headed away by Cook and Arter volleys the ball up field.

AFCB have a throw on 32 minutes. The game is much more even now. Ritchie puts in Stanislas who breaks on the left but the shot is well wide and over the bar. Arter fouls Kante and gets a yellow card. Two feet to bring Kante down. Ulloa wins the header but it's wide.

King works hard to win the ball. Arter plays the ball in but Ritchie is just beaten by Huth. King now spins away from Fuchs and gets a free kick on the right as Kante runs into him. Francis questions why no yellow card? Ritchie to take.

It's headed away. King puts it back in the box but again it's cleared. King makes a good break and pulls the ball back for Gosling and it's a poor shot over the bar.

Leicester with a chance at the other end on the right but its pulled across the goal by Vardy with two defenders on the line as Boruc ran out. Still goalless. Gosling is fouled by Drinkwater but again no yellow card. Stanislas pumps it in and it bounces just over the bar!

Five minutes to half time.  Simpson goes back to the keeper. Stanislas is on the ball. Daniels. Arter loses out. Mahrez and Simpson jeep possession. On the left now with Albrighton and AFCB win a free kick. Francis comes forward. Arter and Smith, Arter back to Boruc. The pass is over hit by Cook.

Gosling battles for the ball. King misunderstands and does not make a run. Leicester are pressing now but Ulloa loses the ball. Arter wins the ball and Smith wins a free kick. Ritchie sprays it over to Daniels on the left. Stanislas comes back in field to Francis and Smith leaves it for Ritchie. Smith gets the cross in but it's over King's head. Half time 0-0.

Second Half
Leicester made a sub with Dyer replacing Ulloa who had not been having his best game. Cook and Francis at the back. Smith loses the ball and Leicester have it but Gosling wins it back. Morgan now and Kante. Ritchie and Francis clears a bit short to Vardy but Francis makes a diving header clearance.

Lee Tomlin is warming up and Glenn Murray. Murray is getting ready to come on. Cook to Arter. and Francis and Ritchie. Smith and Huth. Gosling fights back against Albrighton. Murray is ready to come on. Ritchie and Smith comes forward, Huth has it. Up to Vardy who shoots to the left side of Boruc but the keeper pushes it out for a corner on 51 minutes.

Murray comes on for King and Morgan misses a great chance from the corner and side foots it over from three yards! Still 0-0. Surman is blocked. Marhrez and Arter wins the ball and Vardy fouls Ritchie on AFCB's box.

Kante and Simpson. Drinkwater to Dyer. Simpson and Drinkwater makes a cross and Cook and Ritchie clear. Morgan now and Mahrez. Francis clears. Gosling gets the ball back. AFCB have lost their way a bit with 54 minutes gone.

Surman and Arter. Stanislas loses the ball. Cook plays it up for Murray. Gosling and Smith. Francis over to Stanislas Huth clears. Mahrez on the left and Francis clears. Fuchs' cross is caught by Boruc. Ricthie and Arter. Vardy breaks and Francis brings him down. It's a penalty and Francis is sent off! 58 minutes gone. Mahrez to take the penalty.

It looked a harsh decision. Boruc saves it to his left. Great save! AFCB now have to play out 31 minutes with 10 men. Arter is subbed and Sylvain Distin comes on. It was a nice height for Boruc but a good save.

Drinkwater long to Kante and Vardy's chip is caught by Boruc. Vardy pushes past Smith and Boruc has to clear for a corner with his feet. Boruc catches the ball. Mahrez and Albrighton Gosling is clipped and Albrighton is in the book.

Stanislas on the left wins a throw. Surman and Smith his shot is blocked by Morgan and Stanislas is deflected for a corner. Ritchie to take. Drinkwater clears and Smith hits a shot from 30 yards that is blocked. Kante and Mahrez. Kante to Albrighton who crosses and Distin heads away for a corner to Leicester.

Okazaki comes on for Albrighton. Murray clears over the bar. Surman heads the next corner out and Kante shoots well over.  There is a head injury to an AFCB player but Leicester keep playing. It's Stanislas. He is holding his shoulder having been dumped to the ground  by Drinkwater.

Kante on the left. Smith makes a clearance.  Fuchs wipes the ball. It's flicked on by Huth but Boruc is there. Daniels is on a run and hits a shot on the volley but it's wide, 70 minutes gone. Simpson makes a run but Boruc gets there first.

Leicester are keeping possession. Drinkwater and Dyer. Kante to Fuchs. Goal kick for the Cherries. 
Leicester make a sub and de laet comes on for Simpson on 74 minutes. Okazaki receives a ball from Vardy challenging Cook, but shoots wide.

Morgan go long to Kante and win a throw. Drinkwater and Mahrez, de Laet puts in a low cross but Gosling does enough to put Leicester strikers off. and it runs out for a goal kick. Boruc is taking his time.

AFCb have all 10 men back. The chip in from Leicester is out on the full. Vardy sends in Kante but he slips over. Gosling has a shot blocked. Vardy makes the break and Daniels clears for a corner. The corner comes in and hits the side netting.

Just eight minutes to go. Murray is offside. Mahrez is into the box and Boruc makes the save past the post. Vardy's header just drops wide of the right hand post from the corner. Eddie Howe is still barking out instructions.

Kante to Drinkwater and de laet who crosses but Kante can't get a shot in. Another shot from Kante hits Murray and Drinkwater shoots wide from 20 yards. Only four minutes to hold out plus added time. Smith gets a big tackle in on Dyer. Daniels puts in a big clearance to half way.

Distin clears it ahead of Vardy. Leicester are trying everything. Mahrez' shot deflects for a corner. Kante from the corner tries to bend one but well wide. AFCB have a throw.

Four minutes of extra time. Drinkwater and Kante. Schmeichel comes out. Kante on the left Vardy dives in the box with Gosling. No penalty! He runs in front of Gosling and looks for the penalty - goal kick.

Two minutes of extra time have gone. Ritchie hits it high and out of play. Schmeichel pumps it long. Fuchs and Drinkwater. Cook clears. Stanislas and Huth comes away with the ball.

Murray is taking a breather and the ref helps him up. Fuchs cross and Boruc collects it. Leicester come again. It's all over 0-0.

A brave point won by the Cherries. While it would have been helpful to keep 11-men on the pitch it was the first time this season that the Cherries have been reduced to 10 players in a game. It should give the team great confidence to have held out and kept a clean sheet against the joint leaders before the start of play.

Leicester City
Schmeichel, Simpson (de Laet 74), Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Drinkwater, Kanté, Albrighton (Okazaki 65), Ulloa (Dyer 45), Vardy

Foxe's Subs
Schwarzer, de Laet, Wasilewski, Dyer, Inler, King, Okazaki

Boruc, Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels, Surman, Ritchie, Gosling, Arter (Distin 60), Stanislas, King (Murray 51)

Cherries; Subs
Federici, Distin, MacDonald, Pugh,  Tomlin, Rantie, Murray

AFCB Ratings

Boruc 10, Smith 7, Francis 7, Cook 7, Daniels 7, Surman 8, Ritchie 6, Gosling 8, Arter 7,
Stanislas 6, King 6

Ref watch: Andre Marriner 4/10 he always gives a penalty against AFCB but perhaps we can thank him for not giving two.

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