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Leicester star apologises after play-off penalty miss

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Leicester City suffered play-off heartbreak once again after they were beaten by Watford 3-2 on aggregate over the two-legged semi-final.

The result was made worse by the fact that they had a 95th minute penalty saved by Manuel Almunia, which if scored, would have seen them get into the play-off final.

The Foxes took a goal-lead to Vicarage Road after they were victors on Thursday night thanks to a David Nugent header late-on at the King Power Stadium.

In a packed out stadium, Watford took the lead after a superb volley from star-man Matej Vydra, but it was soon cancelled out by yet another header from David Nugent.

Watford re-took the lead after Vydra slotted home his second after being played through by strike-partner Troy Deeney.

With the game coming to an end and extra-time looking likely, Leicester were rewarded a 95th minute penalty after Anthony Knockaert went down under a challenge from defender Marco Cassetti. 

What made it worse for Watford was that it was never a penalty after the replays showed the Leicester winger went down very easy after minimal contact from the Hornet centre-back.

Knockaert then picked himself up to take the penalty. If he scored, Leicester were a shoe-in to make it to the play-off final.

The French midfielder decided to drill the ball low and hard, but it was parried away by Almunia, who then saved the rebounded shot as well from Knockaert and Watford finally managed to scramble the ball away.

The home side then countered themselves and in the 96th minute, they broke the travelling fans hearts after Deeney smashed home the winner which caused a massive pitch-invasion as the Hornets celebrated getting to Wembley.

After the game, the player that missed the penalty, Knockaert, took to Twitter to apologise to the fans.

On the social networking site, he said: "I'm really sorry for the fans to Leicester , I'm very sad for everyone. Thank you very for you support all the season . I LOVE LEICESTER."

 

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