Highlights courtesy of FootyHl
Honours even between Stoke and Leicester this afternoon as Claude Puel’s perfect start to his stint as Leicester manager comes to an end. Twice the Foxes were in front and twice they were pegged back by a dogged performance by Mark Hughes’ men.
The point gives Stoke a little bit extra breathing room between themselves and the bottom three but also keep in mind that there will be a handful of teams below also playing in a few minutes time so whether that is a good point or now depends on the results of other.
The deadlock was broken when Vicente Iborra lashed home from a corner and the Spaniard could have had a first-half hat-trick but saw a close-range effort blocked and powered a header over the crossbar. Would he regret not taking those other two chances, perhaps especially as Stoke were level before the break.
Switzerland Xherdan Shaqiri’s had a hand in both goals, first his effort six minutes after Leicester’s opener curled past Kasper Schmeichel in the Leicestet net to restore parity and he would be on hand to set up Stoke’s second of the game when Peter Crouch once again chipped in with a vital goal for his club.
The last time he scored was in the win against Southampton and although it was not all three points today his goal and the subsequent point that came with it would have been very welcome. That however came after Riyad Mahrez put Leicester ahead on the hour.
He has perhaps been accused of only playing when he fancies it and trying to put himself in the shop window and if that is the case then he would have done his chances of a potential move away in the New Year no harm whatsoever. Although his strike would not be enough as Claude Puel has to make do with four points from his first six.