Saturday, 6 November 2010

Conclusions from Oakwell

(HT 0-1)

Vitor 18
King 86

  • Sven is breathing new life into Leicester City - and he has options. Sven Goran-Eriksson now has nearly a fully fit squad to choose from and after five games he is beginning to find which players he likes and who he thinks fits into his system. He also seems happy with Andy King as skipper as he handed the Welshman the armband for a second successive game. He in turn rewarded his manager by capping off a fine move from Cunningham and Gallagher with his eleventh goal of the season. The Foxes look good now. We're no longer a struggling bottom-three side. The future's bright. The future's Swedish.
  • That was one of the oddest first halves of any match this season. Admittedly there was no Nani-esque goal blunder by the officials, but Robins' tactics and Leicester's utter dominance was at once bizarre and a joy to see.
  • Darius Vassell may be a great signing. Sven might just have pulled a metaphorical rabbit out of a hat with the signing of the ex-England forward. The pace and effort that saw him called up by Eriksson in 2002 is still there and could in future prove deadly with him and Waghorn up front. He certainly played a pacey game today and was able to beat his man on a number of occasions. After a bit of polish on his passing and work on his fitness, and he could become a great Leicester City player.

Leicester City Football Club / Leicester City fans
The noise made by Foxes fans at Oakwell as the game reached its climax was incredible. The support for each and every player, for the manager and for his team was brilliant to hear and the team certainly deserved it after a captivating performance that hit all the right notes. Two goals from an attacking display, a clean sheet, attacking play and what seems like a sense of security and consistency at the Walkers Stadium. This is where it changes.

Yuki Abe
The Japanese midfielder has had a week in the limelight - he's forged a new England-Japan partnership with De Montfort University, for crying out loud! - and after a good performance against Preston North End there is a new optimism about his future at the club. Today he put in a man of the match performance and one could argue that he has now cemented his place in the team.

Miguel Vitor
The big defender was rewarded for two good performances with another start and this time he repaid the faith Sven Goran-Eriksson has shown in the Portuguese with a goal. Vitor is getting better by the game, proving solid in defence as much as he is able to use his strength going forward.

Andy King
Two out of two for King as skipper and this time he scored the goal to make the three points certain. The lad is just getting better and better as each week passes and with Wellens is part of a central midfield partnership to rival any in this division.

Mark Robins and Barnsley
A bizarre decision to take-off both out-and-out strikers after half an hour lead his own fans to turn on him. Robins has done a good job with Barnsley and as a young manager it is quite right he tries-out different tactics - but when you're losing, taking off your strikers is just not common sense. If he hadn't have taken off his strikers and the second half had gone as in the end it did, the result could well have been different.
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