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The King Power Stadium (ATT 23,635) 8th February 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Leicester Leicester City vs Watford Watford

Leicester 2

M James (43)
D Drinkwater (90+4)

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Watford 2

F Forestieri (9)
S Murray (41)

Sky Bet Championship: Top-of-the-table Leicester rescue dramatic draw v Watford

Last Updated: 11/02/14 2:47pm

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Danny Drinkwater: Bagged a dramatic equaliser

Danny Drinkwater: Bagged a dramatic equaliser

Championship leaders Leicester rescued a 2-2 draw in the most dramatic of fashions against Watford at the King Power Stadium.

Fernando Forestieri and Sean Murray gave Watford a 2-0 lead before Matty James netted for the Foxes in the 43rd minute.

But it looked as though City were on their way to a first Championship defeat since December 7 until Danny Drinkwater struck in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

Leicester named the side that earned their ninth win in a row at Bournemouth while Watford made two changes from the team that beat Brighton. Murray and Marco Faraoni replaced Alex Merkel and Fitz Hall, who were relegated to the bench.

From the outset, it became clear the Hornets had set up to nullify Leicester's attacking threat, using three centre-backs and packing the midfield with five players.

The Foxes struggled to come to terms with the system and could have been a goal down in the fourth minute. Murray swung over a free-kick and Faraoni put a header wide at the far post.

But in the ninth minute Leicester were punished for allowing Watford far too much space. Troy Deeney was unmarked out on the left and allowed to collect a loose ball and blast a shot towards goal. It looked to be going wide until Forestieri dived forward to send a header into the net with City vainly appealing for offside.

Watford continued to look the better side in the tricky windy conditions and the Foxes were limited to very few chances. Jamie Vardy flicked a shot just wide from Drinkwater's low cross and then headed over from a Paul Konchesky centre.

Watford hit back with the dangerous Deeney pouncing on a Wes Morgan mistake only to blaze his shot high and wide. Then City almost equalised in the 33rd minute when a corner from James was blown towards the top corner of the net by the wind, but Manuel Almunia pulled off a great save to keep it out.

Kasper Schmeichel had to be just as acrobatic at the other end in the 37th minute to save a volley from Gabriele Angella, but four minutes later he was beaten for a second time as Murray found space 25 yards out and rifled a low shot into the bottom corner.

It was a real stunner for City but they showed their resilience to snatch a goal back in the 43rd minute. Ritchie De Laet broke free down the right and James met his low cross on the volley to score his first goal of the season.

The second half began at a fast and furious pace as the Foxes went flat out for an equaliser. But the massed ranks of Watford's defence held firm, clearing well when Lloyd Dyer's pace and accurate centre posed problems.

Dyer threatened again in the 71st minute with another fine cross but David Nugent headed wide when he should at least have hit the target.

In the 74th minute Leicester made their first substitution, sending on veteran Kevin Phillips in place of Vardy.

But as the game went into five minutes of stoppage time it looked all over for Leicester until Drinkwater scored a dramatic equaliser with a stunning 20-yard volley.

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1 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13