English Premiership

Leicester rescue unbeaten record

2015-09-19 18:32
Jamie Vardy scores the winner for Leicester City (Getty Images)

Stoke-on-Trent - Leicester extended their unbeaten Premier League start to six matches as another thrilling fightback rescued a 2-2 draw against Stoke on Saturday.

Claudio Ranieri's side are sitting pretty in second place after a surprisingly strong opening to the campaign continued at the Britannia Stadium.

The hosts had been firmly in control, taking the lead in the 13th minute when the fit-again Bojan Krkic - making his first league start in eight months - slotted home, before Jonathan Walters pounced on a Wes Morgan error to make it 2-0 seven minutes later.

But Leicester, who came back from two goals down to beat Aston Villa last week, reduced the deficit in the 51st minute through Riyad Mahrez's penalty and Jamie Vardy then notched the equaliser in the 69th minute.

The Foxes went into this game with Ranieri having promised to buy them pizza if they kept the first clean sheet of their impressive campaign.

They showed little appetite for that in a poor first-half performance before once again producing a comeback to salvage something from the game - just as they have done in their last three league fixtures.

Stoke, meanwhile, must reflect on a missed opportunity as they remain winless and in the relegation zone.

They had settled into the game quickly and went 1-0 up when Marko Arnautovic deftly turned away from Ritchie De Laet on the left flank, cut inside and delivered a wonderful through ball for Bojan.

The Spaniard stroked home his first goal of the season gleefully, his celebration showing his relief at being back on the scoresheet after the nightmare he has endured since sustaining a serious knee injury in January.

Soon after, Stoke had another goal. Ex-Potters man Robert Huth allowed Jack Butland's long kick upfield to bounce past him and Morgan then made a complete hash of an attempt to play the ball back to his goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Walters, who had dashed past Huth, seized on the loose ball and side-footed in.

Things became less comfortable for Stoke shortly after the restart as Arnautovic bundled over Danny Drinkwater and Mahrez fired in the resulting penalty, his fifth goal of the season.

Vardy then drew things level with his fourth goal of the season, holding off Erik Pieters and scuffing a shot beyond Butland.

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