When I booked my ticket to fly back to the UK this Christmas I have to say that I wasn’t planning to actually see Leicester City play due to other commitments. However, when my mate asked if I wanted to go I was quite surprised and jumped at the chance to see my first live City game in two years. So on Boxing Day Sam, Becky, James and myself joined nearly 32,000 others at the Walkers Stadium to see if our fine home form under Sven Goran Eriksson could be continued.
Leicester had the lions share of possession in the first 10-15 minutes but then Leeds took the lead and inevitably it was ex-Leicester boy Max Gradel who headed home as one of our defenders slipped. The first half was a fairly dull spectacle but the second one was a bit better even if it did take another Leeds goal to get us going.
Ex-England player Vassell seemed to get a lucky break and was sent clear one-on-one with Schmeichel pulling him down for a penalty. Incredibly the keeper only saw yellow and justice was done as Gallagher sent the penalty down the middle following a fairly novel technique whereby he stands with his back to the keeper until the whistle is blown so as not to be psyched out in any way.
That made it 2-1 and five minutes later Andy King hit a superb dipping shot from 25 yards for the equaliser. It really was a great goal and there were still a few more scrambles in the box and penalty appeals before the referee called it time and we could be on our way and get some feeling back in our feet which had frozen during the game.
Before the game I was hoping for a win even if Leeds are second in the table but after a poor 70 minute display I guess I was happy enough to leave with a point.