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    AFC Bournemouth 1-1 Leicester Match Report

    It was almost a fairytale Saturday for AFC Bournemouth, however a late Jamie Vardy penalty made sure Leicester continued their impressive start under Claudio Ranieri.

    The capped England striker confidently secured a point from the south-coast after winning the penalty following a clumsy foul from Steve Cook. It was Vardy’s endeavour that nearly snatched all three points after he had another clear penalty turned down after a foul in the box, minutes away from the final whistle.

    Leicester’s second half comeback demonstrated their side’s ability to not know when they have been beaten. Since their defeat to Tottenham in March, the Foxes continue to tally up points, which ensured their Premier League safety for this season.

    It was a nearly a different story though, if the home side added a threat to their dominance in the first half. Following an even first ten minutes, Charlie Daniels looked to add that threat as he proved a menace down the wing. The left-back’s cross-come-shot nearly caught Kasper Schmeichel off guard but the Dane keeper recovered well for the first attempt on goal.

    Bournemouth’s left flank proved effective in the breakthrough.  Slick interplay between Daniels and Lee Tomlin saw a deflected cross fall to Max Gradel. His header eventually fell to the in-form Wilson to fire an acrobatic overhead volley into the top corner.

    The Cherries grew in confidence from the goal and began dominating possession against the 4-5-1 formation. Three efforts from Gradel were well blocked by Schemeichel and the back four, leaving the home side going into the break with only a goal advantage.

    Leicester needed a change at half-time as they isolated Vardy, as the lone forward. The Tinkerman obliged as he brought on Shinji Okazaki for Riyad Mahrez, after the in-form winger was booked in the first half, and went two up top for the second half.

    Bournemouth weren’t allowed to change tactically as injuries were the main theme of the second half as the stoppages disjointed the players’ performance and aided the away team.

    An even second half was halted as the medics tendered to Tyrone Mings, who replaced Daniels at half time due to an injury. The former Ipswich defender looked to have suffered a serious knee injury after an innocent challenge from Danny Drinkwater.

    A further injury to Max Gradel put a dampened outlook on the game as they looked to secure their first home victory of the season. Eddie Howe spoke after the game about the effect it had on his players.

    “It was difficult for us with all of the injuries, especially in the second half,” The manager explained to the club’s website. “It restricted us tactically because we couldn’t make changes at the end of the game to try and get momentum back in our play. 

    Also, from the guy’s perspective, to see their team mates stretched off would have been difficult psychologically. They are so tight here.”

    Leicester took advantage with Vardy scoring the penalty, although Artur Boruc got a strong hand to the shot to the right. After their first half performance, Leicester will be pleased to go away with a point however it could have been more if the referee made a correct call on the second penalty.

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