Jack Butland Error Rescues Point for Leicester City

Jack Butland Error Rescues Point for Leicester City

Cheryl Sanders
February 25, 2018

The Japan global is the only injury concern for Leicester and Puel believes that the increased competition for starting places within his squad will help them.

Stoke City and Leicester City played out a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

Xherdan Shaqiri's 44th-minute opener for the visitors, a fine long-range strike after an enterprising run, lit up an otherwise drab first half, and the visitors retained their lead until 20 minutes from time when Butland fumbled Marc Albrighton's cross into his own net. Stoke, on the other hand, looked most likely to score from a set piece with the Foxes defense looking a little shaky.

Stoke began the match in 19th place and two points from safety, but were the more impressive team in the opening period on a sunny but chilly afternoon in the Midlands. This week they will be at home and be playing a side that they expect to beat.

But, just like at the start of the match, the visitors dealt with the danger.

A mistake from Wilfred Ndidi in the middle of the pitch resulted in the ball finding its way to Shaqiri, who advanced towards goal before curling a 25-yard shot into the net via the inside of Kasper Schmeichel's left-hand post. Stoke, who will be without the injured Peter Crouch, are second from bottom and have not won away for four months.

Paul Lambert felt that his side were in control of proceedings and took the opportunity to introduce teenage forward Tyrese Campbell for his debut, but the final quarter of the game belonged to their hosts.

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland is looking to force his way into Gareth Southgate's starting XI at this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation, but the Potters stopper's chances took a huge hit in today's match, as he made a glaring error to gift Leicester an equaliser at the King Power Stadium.

And the Foxes looked bereft of ideas against a resolute Stoke outfit until an Albrighton's cross from the right proved too hot for Butland to handle, and he turned the ball into his goal.

Leicester soon set about trying to find a victor, but Butland redeemed himself with a stunning one-handed save to deny Mahrez from distance, before Harry Maguire clattered the post with a close-range effort moments later. When play developed from the rebound, Harry Maguire struck a post with a fierce shot.

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