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Hunter hit the woodwork with Fleetwood's final chance of the game

By BBC Sport

League One Fleetwood held Leicester City to a goalless draw at Highbury in the FA Cup third round to earn a replay at the King Power Stadium.

Ex-Fleetwood striker Jamie Vardy was left out of the Leicester squad by manager Claude Puel having failed to recover fully from a groin injury.

The Premier League side did not manage a shot on target in his absence and withstood huge pressure from the hosts.

Ashley Hunter was denied a late winner when his deflected shot hit the post.

Fleetwood have never progressed beyond the third round of the competition.

No fairytale return for Vardy

When the two clubs met in this season's EFL Trophy, with Fleetwood beating Leicester's under-23 side 3-0, the game was watched by just 517 fans.

Saturday's FA Cup tie at Highbury drew a packed crowd of 5,001 - but having been billed as the 'Vardy derby', the 30-year-old England striker ended up watching from the stands - and the game suffered as a consequence.

Vardy scored 34 goals in the 2011-12 season as Fleetwood won the Conference title, but Foxes manager Claude Puel chose "not to risk" him in a seemingly routine third-round tie against lower-league opposition.

Puel made eight changes to the team who beat Huddersfield 3-0 on New Year's Day, but his side lacked pace and quality against a well-drilled home side.

Islam Slimani was given the nod at centre-forward with summer signing Kelechi Iheanacho, who has scored just three goals in 11 appearances since joining from Manchester City, left on the bench.

And Algeria international Slimani had just 24 touches on a frustrating afternoon before being replaced by Iheanacho.

Puel had been warned - Leicester were knocked out by League One opposition last season, losing 1-0 away to Millwall in the fifth round.

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