Leicester - An own goal from Stoke City captain Jack Butland
cost his side the chance to move out of the Premier League relegation zone on
Saturday in a 1-1 draw at Leicester.
Despite being largely outplayed before the break, Stoke took
the lead thanks to a curling long-range effort from Xherdan Shaqiri just before
The visitors were then looking comfortable until England
international goalkeeper Butland fumbled Marc Albrighton's cross into his own
net 20 minutes from time.
Butland did at least make amends with a stunning save from
Riyad Mahrez and Harry Maguire and Matty James also hit the post as Stoke held
on for a point.
Paul Lambert's men remain 19th, but move to within a point
Leicester edge above Burnley into seventh on goal
difference, but will be disappointed not to have won for the first time in four
league games after laying siege to the Stoke goal in the final stages.
Despite their dominance of possession, two tame efforts from
Mahrez that trickled wide were the best the hosts could offer before half-time.
And they were caught by a sucker punch on 43 minutes when
Shaqiri strode onto Joe Allen's pass before bending the ball past Kasper
Schmeichel on his weaker right foot from 25 yards.
Leicester were given a lifeline when the normally reliable Butland
was distracted by Jamie Vardy's near post run as he tried to grasp Albrighton's
However, he quickly made amends with a stunning one-handed
stop to prevent Mahrez scoring his first goal since ending his self-imposed
exile at Leicester after the Foxes rejected a bid from Manchester City for the
Algerian last month.
Butland also got a hand to Maguire's follow-up to turn his
international team-mate's powerful drive onto the post.
Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma then produced a desperate
last-ditch tackle to deny Mahrez once more and James headed off the post with
Butland beaten from the resulting corner as Leicester were denied.