West Bromwich Albion checked Leicester City’s Barclays Premier League title bid as Craig Gardner’s superb second-half free-kick earned a 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium.
In all they had 22 attempts on goal but only two found their mark – Danny Drinkwater’s deflected shot, to cancel out Salomon Rondon’s opening goal for the visitors, and Andy King’s fine effort at the end of the first-half.
He said: “Leicester City are in some ways an old-fashioned team, the way they play. I am happy – not that we didn’t get the three points, but our performance was fantastic”. “We created a lot of chances and were a little unlucky”. Only the victory was missing.
“We don’t think about it, we are thinking about what we are doing well and badly. I love this – we never, never give up”. They must grow up with the pressure, that is good, but for us it’s not important to win the title.
Interim coach Hiddink told Sky: Â“We didnt want to go into the battle but they forced us.
Spurs will go top on goal difference if they beat West Ham on Wednesday, but Ranieri remained optimistic.
According to a leading bookmaker, Leicester and Spurs are joint favourites to win the league following third-placed Arsenal’s 3-2 defeat at Manchester United on Sunday.
Just two points separate Leicester from Tottenham with Arsenal falling to five points behind. We need to focus again.
“I am very pleased with our performance”, said the Italian, as quoted by BBC Sport.
“It’s the same, I don’t see the title”.
“If you remember the last season, and the end of the last season, our objective was clear – to reduce the gap on the team that was on top. We emphasized that and the players responded”. We lost a match in the last second against Arsenal, and today we won in the last minute. “Why not? Be positive”.
Baggies manager Tony Pulis reiterated his belief that a title win or Leicester would be the best thing to happen in the top flight ever.
The point moves West Brom up to 13th with 36 points – 12 clear of the drop zone – but the Welshman is keen not to rest on his laurels. Saido Berahino, Rondon, Gardner and Fletcher will be the key men on Tuesday night offensively but the back four will have to be on their toes as they look to stop the Vardy/ Mahrez combo that has devestated so many team in the league this season.