A goal from Frank Lampard saved a lacklustre Manchester City side in their 1-0 victory over Leicester City.
The home side caused City some problems early on with Jamie Vardy causing problems with his pace and Esteban Cambiasso coming very close with his free-kick, Yaya Toure produced a great save from Hamer before Lampard gave them the lead. The second half was one of few opportunities with sub Leonardo Ulloa and Toure going close but City managed to hold out.
City had an early chance with Samir Nasri’s free kick been met by the returning Vincent Kompany at the far post but nobody could meet the header, Vardy caused the champions problems in the early stages of the tie outpacing Bacary Sagna but Fernando tracked back well to clear up in the box.
City were reduced to half chances with Toure’s attempt being blocked from a clever free kick routine, Cambiasso came closest in the 22nd minute when his great free-kick had Joe Hart scrambling across his line but it just wide of the post.
Ben Hamer pulled off a great save just after the half hour mark to keep the scores level, David Silva pulled it back brilliantly for Yaya Toure whose close-range effort was brilliantly pushed out by the stand-in goalkeeper.
Six minutes from the break City took a somewhat undeserved lead, Nasri did well to slither his way to the by-line before he pulled it back through the legs of Wes Morgan to Lampard who did well to adjust his body to slot it home for his 175th Premier League goal which put him level with Thierry Henry.
The second period was one of very few chances, Nasri played in Silva but his effort deflected harmlessly wide, there was big calls for a penalty for Mangala’s questionable challenge in the area but the appeals were waved away.
There were big concerns for City fans when Kompany who had just returned from injury went down with what looked like a hamstring injury, substitute Ulloa had some good opportunities late on turning well in the area with his deflected effort causing concern for Hart.
Toure showed great strength and trickery to power through numerous opponents but the poor angle resulted in a wayward shot, the Ivorian then showed great vision to pick out the run of Nasri but his shot was straight into the arms of Hamer.
Leicester continued to push for the equaliser right into extra time with the final opportunity falling to Ulloa, Morgan flicked down to the striker but he hit his effort well over the bar.
Leicester City played valiantly against the champions but their lack of goals and their recent form is an ever growing concern for Leicester fans. Manchester City were far from their best this afternoon but did enough to get the three points, they keep the pressure on their closest rivals Chelsea but the injury to Kompany and the absence of Sergio Aguero will be a major blow.
Written by @Danialkennedy95