Steve Howard’s last gasp penalty, Leicester’s first in the league this season, gave the Foxes a share of the points against Sheffield United. It was the 30th draw in league meetings between the two sides and the first at the Walkers since 2002.
It was also the first time Leicester have avoided defeat after conceding more than once. In the seven previous matches where the Foxes goal had been breached twice or more, City had scored seven and conceded 22.
Steve Howard’s three league goals have now been worth a combined total of three points. If City had won tonight the gap between the Foxes and the playoffs would have been the same number. Instead City will welcome the Rams to the Walkers Stadium trailing their local rivals by nine points.
But momentum is still rolling. The Foxes still have a long way to go to match last season’s longest unbeaten run of eight games, and avoiding defeat tonight was vital for maintaining the side’s newfound impetus. Who knows how difficult it might have been to pick the players back up after what would have been a sucker punch of a defeat.
Thankfully we all get to keep the faith just that little bit longer.