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  • November 22, 2014
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • King Power Stadium, Leicester, Leicestershire
  • Referee: R. Madley
  • • Attendance: 31825
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Leicester City 0-0 Sunderland: Host's goal drought continues

The away side provided plenty of attack, but was unable to find a way through as the home side got a point, but extended its goal drought.

Leicester City's goal drought in the Premier League stretched to five matches as it was held to a 0-0 draw by Sunderland on Saturday.

Both teams showed plenty of endeavor at the King Power Stadium, but a lack of composure in the final third meant neither could break the deadlock.

A point does see Leicester move out of the relegation zone and ends a run of four straight league defeats, but it remains without a goal since a 2-2 draw against Burnley on Oct. 4.

Sunderland arguably created the better openings in the first half, with Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel showing his worth with two fine saves to deny efforts from Steven Fletcher and Adam Johnson.

The second half proved a more lively affair, and Leicester's Matty James should perhaps have done better when one-on-one with Costel Pantilimon, while Fletcher was once again denied by Schmeichel.

Riyad Mahrez was the focal point in the hosts' lively start and he orchestrated the first meaningful opening in the 13th minute with an intricate through ball that picked out Jeffrey Schlupp, whose shot from a tight angle hit the side netting.

Schmeichel was called into action just before the half-hour mark when he got down well to keep out Johnson's low and dipping strike from 30 yards that would have found the bottom corner but for the shot-stopper's intervention.

The away side's pressure continued after the break and Fletcher could have scored when he fired over the crossbar from just inside the area from Sebastian Larsson's clever low corner in the 48th minute.

The pace intensified as both teams looked for a winner and James should have done more to test Pantilimon when he was sent through on goal after a neat one-two with Leonardo Ulloa.

Gus Poyet's men also had chances, Schmeichel once again foiled Fletcher with a save at his near post after the striker broke down the left in the 70th minute.

David Nugent and Cambiasso were guilty of getting in each other's way in a promising position for Leicester late on, but there was no way through.

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