Iheanacho delighted to save Leicester embarrassment in cup draw with Aston Villa

Danny Drinkwater playing for Burnley

Drinkwater made just two appearances during his loan spell at Burnley earlier this season

Kelechi Iheanacho's late goal spared Leicester City's blushes and secured a 1-1 draw at home to Aston Villa in the EFL Cup semifinal first leg, leaving the tie in the balance.

"As much as it's not a bad result, I feel like a few of us are disappointed in there".

Dean Smith certainly believes Villa remain alive in this tie, speaking afterwards of how his players can "take a lot of confidence and belief" from their display against a side that, it should be remembered, beat them 4-1 a month ago.

Villa, playing without a recognised striker, defended in numbers to frustrate the Foxes.

Iheanacho also added that the Foxes will now focus on their upcoming Premier League clash with Southampton on Saturday, and will work towards their second leg encounter with Villa when the time comes.

The Nigeria global came off the bench and played a significant role as the Foxes held Villa to a 1-1 draw in their first leg League Cup semi-final clash at King Power Stadium.

So then, just who exactly will face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final this year?

Villa keeper Oerjan Nyland claims a cross under pressure from Leicester's Jonny Evans and Çağlar Söyüncü.

While he may not have ended the match with a goal or assist, there is no doubt Maddison was the biggest threat for Leicester.

Villa will stump up £110,000 per week in wages to land Drinkwater on loan, as the Blues play on Villa's desperation to bolster their midfield.

"I'm certainly content with a draw, just not the performance. Ezri Konsa has got brain-dazzled".

Rodgers added: "Let's not be anxious too much about the past".

Choudhury, a specialist holding midfielder, entered as a halftime substitute and produced the sharp tackle that led to Iheanacho's goal and changed the course of the two-legged matchup.

Villa are five-time winners of the League Cup, their most recent triumph coming in 1996.

Leicester struggled to regroup and Villa nearly doubled their lead three minutes before the break.

The second leg of City-United is on January 29, and the final will be staged at Wembley Stadium on March 1.

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