Butland blunder costs Stoke at Leicester

Butland blunder costs Stoke at Leicester

Shaqiri produced a sensational piece of magic to hand the Potters a 1-0 lead in the first half, as he drifted towards the Leicester box before unleashing a curling right-foot shot past an outstretched Kasper Schmeichel, and the diminutive Swiss global is the world class talent within Lambert's ranks that can pull them away from the drop zone.

In the second half, Stoke were looking comfortable until Jack Butland inadvertently palmed Marc Albrighton's cross into his own net.

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The game became a little scrappy as the first half wore on, as both teams struggled to keep the ball, and such an instance allowed Stoke to strike two minutes before half-time. Joe Allen gained possession on the left wing and supplied Shaqiri, who looked up and beat...

It was a blow for Leicester so close to the break but the hosts responded well at the beginning of the second half, putting Stoke under pressure once more.

Stoke have won just one Premier League match away from home this season, shipping a league-high 32 goals on their travels in the process.

Stoke looked comfortable and Shaqiri nearly embarrassed Schmeichel with a second goal just before the hour mark.

Leicester may have lost had Shaqiri's 40-yard effort following a mistake by Kasper Schmeichel gone in, rather than curl agonisingly wide of the post.

In the 70th minute Leicester somehow equalized thanks to a Jack Butland howler.

He also got a touch on to a fiercely-struck shot from Harry Maguire which hit a post and combined with Kurt Zouma late on to block another Mahrez effort. Mahrez's through ball sent Albrighton away down the right, the winger's powerful cross looked to be heading straight into Butland's arms at the near post but the keeper got it all wrong and instead the ball deflected off his gloves and into the goal.

"We're well in games and that's a big improvement, I've only been here a few weeks but the turnaround has been vast and we're playing well enough to win football matches".

Stoke came from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Leicester at the Bet365 in November.

'It's a good challenge until the end of the season to play and to try to have a good place, a good position in the table'.