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Here's how we rated the players from the Boxing Day encounter at the King Power Stadium

<strong>Alex McCarthy – 7</strong>

Made some very good saves when he was called into action, most notably denying Danny Drinkwater in the first half. Definitely couldn’t have done much about the penalty, it was taken very well.

<strong>Chris Gunter – 7</strong>

Looked to be the most solid of the back four this afternoon, defended well but also got into some decent positions going forward. He single-handedly denied a goal scoring opportunity for Leicester late on in the second half with persistent defending and staying close to his man in the penalty box, which was impressive to watch.

<strong>Alex Pearce – 6</strong>

Another distinctly average display from Pearce. Looked solid in the air though, and was unlucky to have a decent chance headed off the line in the second half.

<strong>Kaspars Gorkss – 6</strong>

Also another average display from the centre back, although sometimes looked a bit slow when Leicester attacked. However, I am still enjoying seeing Gorkss back in the side and playing alongside Pearce, I still believe it could be a great defensive partnership.

<strong>Shaun Cummings – 6</strong>

Overall had a decent game at the back, and like Gunter managed to get forward at times and used his pace effectively. I feel he was slightly unlucky for conceding the penalty, but he made up for that mistake with the rest of his performance.

<strong>Nick Blackman – 5</strong>

Considering he was only chosen to start at the last minute, Blackman can’t be slated too much as he did an okay job. However, I feel that he didn’t get as involved in the game as he or we would have liked. Hopefully our winger crisis will be resolved soon.

<strong>Danny Guthrie – 6</strong>

Managed to take a lot of stick from the Leicester fans in regards to his questionable haircut, with his ‘do being referred to as a ‘squirrel on his head’ (I wonder if they would have thought of that reference had it not been for squirrelgate at QPR last weekend). That aside, he had a reasonably quiet game for him, although he still delivered some of his trademark passes and effective corner balls.

<strong>Danny Williams – 5</strong>

It just wasn’t Williams’ day today. I just don’t remember him being on the pitch! I’m still looking forward to the day when himself and Drenthe are both on the top of their game; I reckon that’ll be something special.

<strong>Royston Drenthe – 7</strong>

Looked very lively for the majority of his time on the pitch, and Leicester struggled to deal with the threat he posed. His free kicks were also very effective, with Gorkss narrowly missing out on a header from one.

<strong>Jobi McAnuff – 6</strong>

Definitely Mr Reliable today, and stepped into the squad effortlessly even though it was unlikely he would have started if injuries and illnesses hadn’t been picked up by those who regularly fill those positions. I always enjoy seeing the Club Captain back on the pitch, and I thought he did quite well in this game.

<strong>Pavel Pogrebnyak – 7</strong>

Even though Pog struggled to have as much influence on the game as he has had in more recent games, he showed us some of the things we have come to know and love about him. He got into decent positions, not just up front but in other situations also, and still looked completely dedicated to the cause.

<strong>Billy Sharp – 6

Adam Le Fondre – 5</strong>