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Sep 30, 2017 at 3pm UK at Dean Court
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Result: Leicester City escape with point from Bournemouth battering

Leicester City ride their luck to cling on to a 0-0 draw away at Bournemouth - a result which leaves both sides still stuck on one win for the season.

Bournemouth failed to make the most of their complete dominance of Leicester City as the visitors held on for a 0-0 draw at the Vitality Stadium this afternoon.

The Cherries bossed the match from start to finish, hitting the woodwork and having several penalty shouts turned away, but Leicester rode their luck to come away with a point.

Bournemouth striker Josh King in action during his side's Premier League clash with Leicester City at the Vitality Stadium on September 30, 2017© SilverHub

Eddie Howe's side came flying out of the blocks and could have been a couple of goals to the good inside the opening five minutes.

Joshua King was a handful for Leicester's defence all game and it was his cross which Jermain Defoe lifted onto the crossbar at the near post.

Defoe had another chance moments later when he raced onto a skilful through-pass from Lewis Cook, only for Wes Morgan to make a good recovery tackle. Marc Pugh still might have put Bournemouth ahead when he ran onto the loose ball and dragged wide from the edge of the box.

Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook in action during his side's Premier League clash with Leicester City at the Vitality Stadium on September 30, 2017© SilverHub

When another rebound fell to Pugh on 43 minutes, the winger, who has scored twice previously against the Foxes - in the Premier League and Championship, scuffed wide on his weaker left foot.

The best of Bournemouth's spot-kick appeals came when Harry Maguire clumsily tangled with King on the right edge of the box. Danny Simpson also survived a couple of instances of possible handball when referee Graham Scott erred on the side of caution on each occasion.

Bournemouth midfielder Marc Pugh appeals for a handball during his side's Premier League clash with Leicester City at the Vitality Stadium on September 30, 2017© SilverHub

Jamie Vardy started for Leicester despite being omitted from the England squad this week because of a hip injury, but he was starved of service on an afternoon when Craig Shakespeare dropped Riyad Mahrez for Bournemouth's summer transfer target Demarai Gray.

Gray was one of two Leicester players who came close to snatching them an undeserved win in the second half when he cut inside from the left and hit a sweet, dipping strike which Asmir Begovic had to tip over the crossbar.

Shinji Okazaki had earlier wasted Leicester's best chance when he rolled a shot wide from 10 yards, after a punt forward from Mark Albrighton had dropped at his feet.

Those were the only two moments that Leicester had while Bournemouth laid siege to their goal for the opening 70 minutes, before running out of steam.

They tested Kasper Schmeichel when Junior Stanislas shot low from Adam Smith's pass, and Andrew Surman may have had the Danish stopper beaten when he met King's layoff which dropped just over the crossbar.

It was only an end product that was missing from Bournemouth's performance, and a lack of goals will be a concern for Howe now that his side have found the net only four times in their opening seven league games.

The Cherries break for the international fixtures in the bottom three, with Leicester only spared the same situation by goal difference.

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