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Foxes didn't use possession well enough to get better of Baggies, admits Schmeichel

By Sean Taylor

Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel admitted a draw was a fair outcome as the Foxes failed to end their Premier League hoodoo against West Brom, drawing 1-1 at the King Power Stadium.

The West Midlands side are now unbeaten in eight visits to the venue, winning five, and it always looked like a record they would extend after Nacer Chadli gave them the lead with a superb 30-yard free-kick.

Riyad Mahrez equalised with 10 minutes remaining but Leicester were unable to go on and get that elusive victory, meaning the last time they won at home against the Baggies was January 1994 - Iwan Roberts scoring twice in a 3-2 success at Filbert Street.

The game also marked the return of Northern Ireland defender Gareth McAuley to Premier League action after injury, coming on as a substitute with six minutes left to play.

"I don't think we will get points for it being a classic," Schmeichel laughed. "It can't have been a great game to watch.

"We had a lot of the ball but didn't get to grips with having as much of the ball as we did. They came here, were taking their time and trying to take the tempo out of the game. On reflection we had chances to win but it was probably a fair result."

The Dane's goalkeeping was called into question when he took a step the wrong way from Chadli's excellent free-kick, leading Schmeichel to admit he was unsighted.

"I was struggling to see it from the start," he said. "I thought it would have to be a heck of a shot to get it over a big wall like that.

"It is frustrating, it was a good strike but as a keeper if you can't see the ball you struggle to make an impact."

The first half had few chances, little excitement and even less quality. The only effort of note in an attritional first half came after 36 minutes when visiting keeper Boaz Myhill denied Danny Simpson a rare goal.

Mahrez then missed a glorious opportunity to put Leicester ahead after the interval, lifting his effort over from 10 yards out following good work from Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton.

The Algerian's aberration proved costly as 10 minutes later Chadli curled in a lovely free-kick from 30 yards out, leaving Schmeichel stranded.

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare made a double substitution after 72 minutes, bringing on Ben Chilwell and Islam Slimani, with Simpson and Kelechi Iheanacho making way.

Six minutes later, the changes worked to perfection as Chilwell crossed for Slimani to head into the path of Mahrez, who atoned for his earlier miss with a tidy piece of chest control and finish.

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