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Match verdict: Challenge now is for Leicester City to stay at top of the table

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Leicester City grabbed a late equaliser to extend their unbeaten run to six games and move to the top of the Championship.

But would it have been greedy for City fans to be lamenting two lost points? Because as it was, Nigel Pearson's men produced another impressive display and completely bossed the first half against the Blues.

With Anthony Knockaert again pulling the strings in a free role off the flank, it seemed as though the only danger to City was complacency. It was almost too easy at times.

An almost shocked hush descended on St Andrew's, even amongst the home supporters, when Peter Lovenkrands put the hosts in front completely against the run of play on the stroke of half-time.

The massively impressive City following, all 3,752 of them, would have been forgiven for thinking 'here we go again' as they recalled previous impressive, yet fruitless, away performances this season.

But this City side is growing in belief and while the second half became more attritional, as the tempo dropped, the visitors showed they have the grit and determination to complement their attacking flamboyance.

Ben Marshall went on to snatch a point with a trademark long-range effort, and he could have collected all three points with a superb free-kick which was spectacularly saved by England goalkeeping prodigy Jack Butland.

City boss Nigel Pearson was forced to sit and watch after undergoing knee surgery, but probably did not feel that compelled to race to the edge of the technical area to issue instructions as his side now look like they do not need continual coaxing.

The big question is now that City are on top of the table, albeit on goal difference, can they stay there?

Barely a quarter of the season has gone and there is such a long way to go it would be churlish for anyone around City to get carried away, but it also has to be said that they are starting to look like a side who can maintain a level performance that could see them remain in contention.

With two home games within a week coming up, City have a great opportunity to establish themselves at the summit of the division, and continue to build the self-belief that is ensuring that, even when things do not go their way, despite their best efforts, they keep going until the end, as they did at St Andrew's.

Match verdict: Challenge now is for Leicester City to stay at top of the table


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