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Leicester City: At least keeper Kasper can hold head high, says Barnsley boss

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Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is destined for the Premier League, believes Barnsley manager David Flitcroft.

The Dane was one of very few shining lights for City in their 2-0 defeat at Oakwell on Monday – and without him between sticks they could well have lost by more.

He was on hand to deny the Barnsley strikers on numerous occasions, including saving Jason Scotland's penalty at the start of the second half.

This was the third time Schmeichel has saved from the spot this season after his heroics against Middlesbrough and Brighton.

These have come from a total of seven spot-kicks faced – five in the Championship, one in the FA Cup and one in the Capital One Cup.

Flitcroft said he wasn't disappointed with Scotland's miss because of the quality of the man he was up against.

"Any other keeper then, yes, I would probably have been disappointed," he said. "But not against Kasper because he is an incredible keeper.

"He will play in the Premier League. He is an outstanding goalkeeper and he is at the top of his game.

"Sometimes when you are stood in front of him he can be quite dominating because of who he is.

"He is getting the respect he deserves now and is arguably the best keeper in the league so sometimes when you see that, mentally, it can have an effect."

Schmeichel played in the English top flight eight times during his time at Manchester City, where he joined as a trainee.

Since then he has played most of his football in lower divisions at Darlington, Bury, Falkirk, Cardiff, Coventry, Notts County and Leeds before his move to the King Power Stadium in 2011.

In the absence of the suspended Wes Morgan, Schmeichel wore the captain's armband for Monday's game. He is now the only City player to have played every minute of every league and cup game this season.

City manager Nigel Pearson also praised his goalkeeper's performance.

"Kasper is always very committed," said Pearson. "At 2-0, to save a penalty which really would have put the game miles out of reach, it gave us the type of nudge that we needed.

Jacob Blyth scored two goals as Leicester City under-21s beat Derby County 3-0 at Belvoir Drive.

Michael Cain opened the scoring in the 57th minute before Blyth got on the end of a Martyn Waghorn free-kick to make it 2-0.

Blyth put the game to bed in the 90th minute.

Leicester City: At least keeper Kasper can hold head high, says Barnsley boss


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