Despite the late equaliser there’s no mistaking that this was a opportunity missed. Blackpool’s draw meant that City could have closed the gap on Crystal Palace. Instead Leicester find themselves needing to make up for two points dropped in unlikely places. It’s not beyond Nigel Pearson’s men, but wouldn’t it be lovely if the Foxes had made life easier for themselves.
The key numbers;
2 – This was just the second time that Barnsley had scored twice or more in a league game this season. A freak 5-0 win at Birmingham was the only other time the Tykes had breached their opponents defence more than once. Leicester are yet to win a league game this season having conceded twice.
25 – The Foxes made no fewer than 25 attempts on the Barnsley goal – 17 of them were on target. The Foxes have not done better in either respect this season, though of course they failed to be as clinical as they have been as home throughout most of the campaign.
90 – This was the first time that Leicester have won points in the final minute this season. Before this match the Foxes had won 10 points in the last minute of regulation (plus stoppage time) since returning to the Championship. Dany N’Guessan’s last header at Watford in 2009 claimed the first in a 3-3 draw. Later that season Andy King stabbed home to end a resilient Plymouth Argyle rearguard action at the Walkers Stadium. Then Lloyd Dyer equalised just after Bristol City had themselves taken the lead in stoppage time at Ashton Gate. Under Sven a late Steve Howard penalty salvaged a point at home to Sheffield United before Martyn Waghorn latched on to a deflection to smash home in a 2-1 win for the Foxes against Bristol City. And Harry Panayiotou’s winner on the last day of last season at Leeds United was Leicester’s last added time game changer before Vardy struck yesterday.