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Match Report: Leicester City 2-2 Middlesbrough

Friday 3rd February 2012
A late strike from Jermaine Beckford rescued a point for big spenders Leicester at the King Power stadium.

Boro right-back Tony McMahon went from hero to villain in a matter of seven second half minutes as he put the visitors ahead with a superb free-kick, then gifted the hosts a point when a loose back pass meant for keeper Jason Steele was pounced upon by Beckford.

The home side named an unchanged side as Beckford recovered from a tight hamstring in time for the game. The Teessiders were forced in to one change through injury with Jason Steele replacing Danny Coyne in goal.

The game started brightly and it was Boro that came close first when Barry Robson's strike went just wide of Kasper Schmeichel's post after five minutes.

Two minutes later Leicester took the lead. After a quick throw from the right the ball was played in to the box and David Nugent headed in at the back post.

The visitors were nearly level in the 14th minute, but Schmeichel was relieved to see Matt Mills' sliced clearance go narrowly wide.

Marvin Emnes then came close moments later, but his half-volley from the edge of the box was pushed away by the Leicester keeper.

Boro were level however in the 16th minute when a McMahon corner was flicked on at the front post and Scott McDonald finished from a yard out.

Tony McMahon went from hero to villain at the King Power stadium

Late on in the first half Boro academy graduate Steele produced a great stop as he somehow got his finger tips to Beckford's fine effort to ensure the scores were level at the break.

Former Leeds and Everton striker Beckford came close again on the hour mark when he went on a mazy run in to the box; however Steele was there again to thwart the in-form striker by smothering the ball at his feet.

Both managers made a double substitution moments later in the search for a winner. The hosts handed home debuts to Danny Drinkwater and Nathan Delfouneso in place of Gallagher and Dyer, while Tony Mowbray brought Kevin Thomson and Malaury Martin in to the fray, with Emnes and Robson departing.

It was still Beckford that looked most likely to find a winner and he almost finished in style. The ball was flicked on goal scorer Nugent and Backford hit a rasping half-volley which rattled off the crossbar.

Tony McMahon must have thought he had scored the winner in the 79th minute when he bent a superb free kick over the wall and past the scrambling Schmeichel.

Beckford however had other ideas and his persistence paid off in the 86th minute. McMahon's sloppy back pass lacked the pace to reach steel and Beckford nipped in and finished well to ensure the home side got a share of the spoils.

The draw see's Boro go up to fifth place, while Leicester are up to 13th.
Matthew Nixon

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