Schmeichel disappointed after Watford defeat

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has admitted to This Is Leicestershire that Friday’s 2-1 home defeat to Watford is a big blow to their dwindling promotion hopes.

The loss left City two points behind Nottingham Forest and sixth-place Bolton meaning that their play-off hopes now lie out of their own hands, even if they pick up a victory at Notts Forest on Saturday. And, with Bolton only picking up a point at Cardiff, Schmeichel knows it was an opportunity lost.

“This was a big opportunity missed,” admitted the son of Manchester United legend Peter.

“We have to hope and pray for a miracle. Even that might not be enough, which is a very depressing thought.”

Leicester were beaten by goals from Troy Deeney and then a wondrous strike from Nathaniel Chalobah, only pulling one goal back themselves late in the match. Of Chalobah’s unbeatable strike Schmeichel said: “It was a once-in-a-lifetime goal and it was worthy of winning any game. I didn’t even see it.”

The defeat means Leicester have won just two from their last 17 outings since the beginning of February in a run which has seen prospects of automatic promotion turn into clinging on to the heels of the play-off places.

Nigel Pearson’s men can only hope that, if they manage a win in Nottingham on Saturday afternoon, Bolton do not pick up the three points against Blackpool, which would see their play-off hopes dashed whatever happens at the City Ground.

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