Brentford 1 – 1 Leicester
Leicester ended a five-game losing streak with a battling 1-1 draw at Brentford, with Harvey Barnes finishing a fine move for the equaliser.
The result did little for Leicester’s league position – they remain 16th, now a point above the drop zone – but under pressure boss Brendan Rodgers will have been encouraged by the way his side changed the momentum of the game after the break.
Brentford capitalised on some wasteful finishing from the visitors in the first half, with Mathias Jensen (32) firing home a deflected strike after a corner routine caused chaos in the Leicester box.
The Foxes had lost on all eight occasions they had trailed in the Premier League at half-time this season but needed just seven second-half minutes to get back level in west London, with Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall’s industry in midfield followed by a fine through ball from James Maddison and Barnes’ neat finish.
It would prove to be Leicester’s only shot on target of the match but, after a frustrating few weeks which has seen them lose four in a row in the Premier League and crash out of the FA Cup at home to Championship side Blackburn, this will feel like a positive step.
Brentford had sub Shandon Baptiste sent off in the final minutes after he picked up two quick yellow cards but the draw extends their unbeaten run at home to 10 Premier League games. They move level on points with seventh-placed Brighton in the race for a European qualifying spot, although the Seagulls have two games in hand.
More to follow…
After the international break, Brentford go to Brighton for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday April 1, while Leicester visit Crystal Palace at the same time.