LATE STRIKES SNARE FOXES
By Nic Evans
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Paul Ince crashed in an 85th minute equaliser and Jonathan Greening found himself in acres of space to fire home his first goal for the club with three minutes to go as Boro bounced back from the dead to take all three points.
In a game that lacked much in the way of quality football it seemed apt that mistakes would lead to all three goals, as visiting keeper Mark Schwarzer failed to hold onto a long-range effort from Callum Davidson allowing Matthew Jones to stab home from close range, for his first senior goal.
However, The Foxes' defence, which had rarely been threatened in the entire game, contrived to gift two goals to the visitors.
It was the home side that dominated much of the early exchanges, although besides Jones's goal they showed little in the way of penetration, depending instead on the suicidal tendencies of the Boro defence that were content to try passes across their box, putting themselves at risk.
After Jones scored, the visiting defence looked extremely rattled, although Leicester failed to capitalise.
Indeed it was Steve McClaren's side that had the first effort on goal, after five minutes when Greening blasted over the bar from the edge of the area. However, Boro had to wait almost half an hour for their second chance, when Dean Windass latched onto Allan Johnston's header and fired just over.
An incredible first half for Jones saw him go close with a shot from the left and in injury time chest the ball down and smash an overhead volley just over the bar. This was the last action he would see as a high challenge by Ince opened a large cut on his head and Peter Taylor had to substitute him at half time.
Indeed Leicester will feel they should have put Boro well out of reach and not given them the chance to get back into the game, Ade Akinbiyi's clear run down the right, finished off with a disappointing shot into Schwarzer's midriff just before the break highlighting this.
McClaren brought on Carlos Marinelli for Windass at the beginning of the second period and the Argentinian certainly brought life and flair into the Boro attack. A needless free kick in the opening minute of the second half saw Marinelli fire in a free kick that Ian Walker did well to palm behind for a corner.
At the other end Akinbiyi turned Gareth Southgate and ran clean in on goal, only to fall over in the 54th minute, the powerfull striker was given a second chance but scuffed his shot into the ground.
A Robbie Savage effort was easily saved by Schwarzer whilst Stefan Oakes saw his risky header give Brian Deane a superb opportunity but he hit the post as the second half started in end-to-end fashion.
Leicester again dominated the second period and Trevor Benjamin provided the Boro defence with plenty of worrying moments, but could not apply the finishing touch.
Boro eventually punished their hosts as defending too deep, a cross aimed for Marinelli eluded three defenders and Ince gleefully struck home. Just two minutes later a long diagonal ball found Deane in space and his angled drive brushed the outside of the post.
Leicester did not take heed of this warning and another long range pass saw Davidson head the ball square under pressure from Deane and Greening finished superbly, giving Walker no chance and Boro an unlikely three points.
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