Saturday, 22 January 2011

Conclusions from Millwall

(HT 3-1)
Dyer 8
Yakubu 22
Bamba 35
Bamba 74

  • Henry 9
    Smith (pen) 69

BBC Match Report

The beautiful game: Dyer slots home the opener

  • Now we can't stop scoring! Too many times this season, I have written of our inability to take chances causing games to be thrown away easily. Against Manchester City, whose Premier League strikes continually punished our Championship-class defence, this was again apparent. In the Championship, however, the likes of Yakubu are starting to make their mark. The Nigerian's efforts - together with the heroics of Sol Bamba, have apparently transformed our fortunes as we continue our unbeaten start to 2011 in the league.
  • Sixth place might not be a dream after all... Consider the last year. In January 2010 it looked like Leicester City would be knocking on the door for a play off place by the end of the season. That we succeeded in that aim was magical for all of 200-odd minutes before a certain Frenchman bought an end to it all and with it, the stewardship of Nigel Pearson. But we were proud after one season back in the Championship. Six months on we were with just one league win and our bright young prospect of a manager was being shown the door as we languished at the bottom of the table. Tonight, Sven Goran Eriksson has led us to tenth place. Yes, others have games in hand and yes, we have hit a purple patch. But we're there, and we could be knocking on the door for a play off place... 

Bamba: Scored a brace for the Foxes
Sol Bamba
The Ivorian can do no wrong. A constant threat at set pieces - exactly what the Foxes have been lacking up to now - and a calm, forceful presence at the back. Bamba, for a quarter of a million from Hibernian, was an absolute steal.

You're not doing wrong when you start two games and score in each of them. As a striker, that is exactly what you want to do at whatever level you play in. Some saw the Yak's loan move to the Walkers Stadium as a risk despite his obvious credentials, hopefully they are now eating some pie of the humble variety - he's already a success.

Feed the Yak: Yakubu fires home Leicester's second

Kyle Naughton
Another consistent performer, the sooner a fee is agreed with Tottenham Hotspur for him to become a full-time Fox, the better.

Richie Wellens
Consistently performing at the highest level as the engine room of the Leicester City team. His good form is our good form.

Lloyd Dyer
You criticise a man for failing to score and he pops up with two in two games. There's my humble pie, right there.

Ben Mee
The Manchester City loanee was responsible for Millwall's two penalties - however harsly-ajudged by referee Eddie Ilderton. The second Lions' spot-kick was despatched neatly by Jack Smith and Mee will perhaps reflect on his Walkers Stadium d├ębut as a match best forgotten.

Bruno Berner
Berner's footballing brain and his professionalism go without question; he is a player of the highest quality in every aspect. What he needs to build on, however, is his ability to deal with pace. Too often the Swiss is beaten for pace on his left-hand side and today it showed as he was not his usual calm self. An off day for a man who has just signed a new deal.
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