Comebacks prove Leicester City would be worthy champions

Leicester City

The Foxes gained a crucial point against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday to strengthen their promotion push

It is often said that champions will pick up points even when they are playing badly, and when it comes down to the end of the season those points can make a huge difference.

The last minute equalisers, the clearance off the line, the lucky penalty decision, factors that can all seem to go your way and then you know it's your year.

In Leicester City's last two games they have scored late equalisers to salvage a point when it looked as if they would be heading for defeat. Both games ended in 2-2 draws. On the 8th February The Foxes found themselves 2-0 down at home to Watford. Matty James brought them within one goal, and then just when it looked as if Leicester would lose just their sixth game of the season Danny Drinkwater scored a great goal from 20 yards in the 94th minute to send the fans and the players into raptures.

A huge point, which kept stretched their unbeaten run in the league to 11 games. Goals in the last minute like that can often send the fans home feeling as if they have won the game. Late equalisers produce such a momentous feeling which can give a side a huge boost. It's not the same when the equaliser is scored say in the 60th minute and the game finishes all square. The euphoric feeling at the end of the game gives fans confidence that they can carry on their run, and can have a magical season.

It clearly gave Leicester belief that they could salvage points in similar situations again. On Wednesday they did just that. Despite taking the lead against fellow promotion contenders Nottingham Forest, in the final ten minutes they found themselves 2-1 down with 10 men on the field after Paul Konchesky had been sent off. Forest had their own unbeaten run to protect (14 games) and it was a nervy affair with defensive errors leading to goals.

Leicester won a penalty in the 82nd minute after Jamie Paterson bundled over Danny Drinkwater and up stepped the ever reliable Kevin Phillips. But not this time as his penalty was saved by Karl Darlow. Matty James quickly turned the ball back into the box though and Riyad Mahrez was there to score his first goal for the club - and what an important one it could be.

Leicester City have been hugely impressive this season, and Nigel Pearson has kept the faith in his team with minimal changes being made to the side from game to game. They are now eight points clear a the top and ten points ahead of 3rd place. Although they have gained just two points from their last two games, they were massive points and it will galvanise the side further. I don't see them being stopped and fully expect Premier League football to return to Leicester for the first time since 2004.

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