Mediawatch - 19 March


Our daily look at the papers includes plenty of praise for Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

The Guardian's match report leads on Schmeichel's heroics, which saw him deny Andy Carroll twice in the closing stages. It reads: ‘After a frenzied late assault from West Ham, Leicester passed this test. That they did so owed much to Schmeichel’s latest heroics. The Dane was engaged in a personal duel with Andy Carroll by the end and it was difficult to know which of his two saves from the West Ham forward was better.’

The manager couldn't believe his team hadn't managed to secure a third goal to make it 3-3 either, telling the Daily Star: “Last 20 minutes the ball just didn't want to go in.

"You can call it poor finishing but we have to give huge credit to Kasper Schmeichel, especially for the save to the last chance from Andy Carroll.

"What gives us hope is our performance in the second half. We were good with and without the ball. All we need to add is goals."

However, Slav conceded it wasn't just down to that - and that his team could not afford the lax start they made. On Sky Sports, he explained: "We are very disappointed, we fought back and we can talk about a lot of positives, especially from the second half.

"We conceded really sloppy goals from our part and when we came back, to concede another from a set-piece, it is very hard psychologically to come back into the game.”

There was also a blow for Michail Antonio, as he picked up a hamstring injury which looks set to rule him out of England's games against Germany and Lithuania, according to the Daily Mail.