WARD-PROWSE ON TARGET IN BATTLING DRAW
England international James Ward-Prowse was on target for Southampton as they battled to a 1-1 draw with Champions League chasers Leicester City in their Premier League clash at the St. Mary's Stadium on Friday night.
Southampton played the majority of the game with ten men after defender JannikVestergaard was sent off after just ten minutes. The Danish international centre back was given his marching orders for his tackle on Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy. His loose touch in front of the Saints box gave retired England national team player Vardy the impetus to latch on to the ball before he was stopped in his tracks by Vestergaard while he was trying to atone for his mistake.
The pattern of the latest league game between the two clubsmirrored their immediate past encounter at the same match venue when Saints left-back Ryan Bertrand was sent off in the first half. The numerical disadvantaged affected Southampton badly as Ralph Hassenhuttl's team succumbed to a 9-0 defeat at home to the Foxes.
The Saints were down to ten men at home to the Foxes for the second straight season but they were determined to avoid the embarrassment of the last time especially after the same team had denied them a place in the FA Cup final. Nigerian player Kelechi Iheanacho scored the only goal of the game to give Leicester City a 1-0 win over Southampton in their FA Cup semi-final tie at the Wembley Stadium last month.
Southampton were resolute with ten men as Leicester City dominated possession. After a goalless first half, England international Ward-Prowse gave the hosts the lead with their numerical disadvantage just pass the 60 minute mark. Iheanacho was penalised for handball in the box and Ward-Prowse made no mistake from the resulting penalty. Iheanacho atoned for his error by providing the assist for the Leicester City equaliser seven minutes later.
Northern Ireland international Jonny Evans was the recipient of the Leicester City equaliser on 68 minutes. His goal ensured that the two teams settled for a score draw at the end of the game.
The battling draw took Southampton ten points clear of the relegation zone, while Champions League football chasers Leicester City move eight points clear of West Ham United in fifth place.