Related

Article

Late Drinkwater strike helps Leicester see off Walsall

30 July 2014 22:42

Leicester City's winning start to pre-season continued on Wednesday as they beat Walsall 3-2.

Nigel Pearson's newly promoted Premier League outfit won both of their friendlies prior to their trip to the Bescot Stadium, including a 1-0 victory over Everton in Bangkok on Sunday, but they needed a late Danny Drinkwater strike to continue that run.

Leicester appeared on course for a simple victory when goals from captain Wes Morgan and David Nugent put them 2-0 up before half-time.

However, a trialist pulled a goal back on the stroke of the interval for Walsall before Ashley Grimes equalised after 49 minutes with a smart finish at the near post.

The League One side battled hard and looked as though they would claim a creditable draw, but they could not hold out as Drinkwater produce a stunning long-range winner three minutes from time.

Morgan opened the scoring after seven minutes when he powered home a header following a corner from Marc Albrighton, with Walsall's first chance seeing Grimes almost make Ben Hamer pay for a poor clearance - but the striker was wayward.

Nugent then doubled the advantage four minutes short of the half-hour mark with an impressive strike from the corner of the box before two goals either side of the break saw Walsall draw level.

Pearson made a host of changes after the interval, including a second appearance for record signing Leonardo Ulloa.

However, it was substitute Drinkwater who took his chance to shine as the midfielder unleashed a rasping strike from distance to win it late on.

Sponsored links

Thursday 23 November

Wednesday 22 November

23:55
23:54
23:34
23:33
23:33
23:30
23:11
23:02
22:54
22:47
22:43
22:43
22:41
22:36
21:35
21:23
21:08
20:46
20:26
20:13
19:51
19:48
19:08
17:49
17:24
17:08
16:48
16:48
15:03
14:09
13:28
12:53
12:13
11:21
10:36
10:17
09:51
09:32
09:15
09:00
09:00
08:41
05:54
04:28
03:16
02:34
01:23
00:54
00:47
00:42
00:24
00:20
00:05
00:05

Tuesday 21 November

23:55
23:52
23:46
23:10
23:06
22:53
22:52
22:44
22:42
22:36
22:35
22:02
21:23
21:00
20:20
20:07
20:00
19:50
19:37
19:15
18:00
17:02
16:48
16:30
16:20
14:42
13:02
12:47
12:14
11:12
10:39
09:43
09:00
08:54
07:35
04:19
02:29

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 12 +33 34
2 12 +21 26
3 12 +13 25
4 12 +11 23
5 12 +7 22
6 12 +6 22
7 12 +3 22
8 12 -2 18
9 12 +0 16
10 12 -9 15
11 12 -3 14
12 12 -2 13
13 12 -3 13
14 12 -5 13
15 12 -9 13
16 12 -12 12
17 12 -9 10
18 12 -14 9
19 12 -8 8
20 12 -18 5

Facebook