Delaney: We should have won

DAMIEN Delaney today lamented Leicester City's 'lucky' equaliser that denied the Blues moving up two places in the table.

Elvin King

DAMIEN Delaney today lamented Leicester City's 'lucky' equaliser that denied the Blues moving up two places in the table.

Town had to settle for a Championship point at the Walkers Stadium after they took a 20-second lead and generally had control of the game, missing a number of good chances.

Manager Roy Keane expressed his disappointment at a failure to score enough goals and said this is the over-riding reason they are 19th in the table.

But if the visitors had kept out Steve Howard's 38th minute leveller they would have picked up their second away league win and made it three wins on the bounce.

Central defender Delaney blamed himself in part for the goal as he failed to clear, but he added: “It was a lucky goal in many respects.

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“The ball came off my block and could have gone anywhere - to Arran (Lee-Barrett) or for a goal kick.

“But it fell just right for the forward. It was the fellow in front of me I was trying to miss with my clearance.

“I didn't see Howard coming in on the blind side. If I had known he was there I would have booted the ball into touch.

“He charged the ball down, but I know I should have done better.”

Delaney says that a second Town goal would have brought them full points.

“It's disappointing we did not take our chances as we needed a second goal.

“Some of the players I mark would have relished one or two of them, but some days they don't go in.

“Grant Leadbitter struck a great ball across goal and how that was not touched in I don't know, and Jon (Walters) had a couple of second half opportunities.

“When Leicester came to Portman Road in August they pressed and it was us that dug in.

“Yesterday was much different and it was certainly not a case of us holding on to a 1-1.

“It was us that put the pressure on in the last 20 minutes, which is a good sign.

“Leicester had a couple of chances and we can't deny that, and to get a draw at a top six side is good. But we felt we did enough to win.”

Delaney said that the pitch was wet but played well enough. He said: “It cut you went you went down and it seemed we were playing on razor blades and not grass.

“We woke up this morning not as down as last night, and we have made rapid strides in the last six weeks or so.

“Progress is being made.”

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