Brentford’s hopes of a maiden European season suffered a disappointing hit as Leicester City claimed a point at the Gtech Community Stadium. Nonetheless, the Bees’ impressive home record remains intact, having lost just one Premier League home game this season (W7, D6, L1).
Brendan Rodgers would have been reasonably content with his side’s start to the contest, successfully keeping Brentford at bay during the opening half-hour. However, an inventive set piece undid that good work when Mathias Jensen’s snapshot deflected past a helpless Daniel Iversen to put the Bees ahead.
The Foxes soon found themselves under relentless pressure as Brentford searched for a second, but found their footing late in the half, keeping hopes of a turnaround alive despite an underwhelming first-half attacking display.
It took less than 10 second-half minutes for the visitors to muster up a response, leveling the scores when James Maddison picked out Harvey Barnes, who kept his composure to poke past Raya.
The Foxes certainly had their tails up after the break and looked well-poised to end a run of five consecutive competitive defeats, pressing for a winner.
The contest remained in the balance as the clock ran down with either side looking capable of snatching a dramatic winner.
A captivating encounter remained engaging until the final whistle with a late red card for Shandon Baptiste only adding to the drama. Ultimately, Leicester claimed a valuable point in their pursuit of PL survival, keeping them one point above the drop zone.
Having taken the lead, a point for Brentford may sadly feel like two points dropped for the European-chasing Bees.
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