Friday, 18 February 2011

Conclusions from Bristol City

Leicester2-1Bristol City
(HT 1-0)
Yakubu 21
Waghorn 90+2
Elliott 57

  • Friday night football might just work. A novelty tonight it may have been, but for a crowd of 28,768 spectators to attend a Friday evening fixture against a middling side with no real history against the club is quite phenomenal. It certainly would not be an embarrassing attendance for a Saturday afternoon. Clearly the £20 ticket/pie/pint combination has worked to get bums on seats, but if that proves effective then it should absolutely be continued. Top may just have pulled a beautiful experiment to get the Walkers Stadium full that has worked.
  • Seasons change on moments like these. Gradel's free-kick against the MK Dons. Claridge's shin under the twin towers. Perhaps Waghorn's strike in injury time on a chilly February Friday night at the Walkers Stadium will go down equally, as it was a brilliant moment that shows us what football is all about.

Waghorn: Battles with Liam Fontaine
Martyn Waghorn
They said he'd lost his passion. That his touch was gone. That he was off to our rivals. That he was a £3 million gamble that didn't pay-off. But Martyn Waghorn scored an injury time winner of utter magnificence to give the home side a vital three points. Waggy is a super sub. Waggy is a game changer. Waggy is a Fox.

Richie Wellens
Yet again Wellens shone as the beating heart of the Leicester City midfield, digging-in and grinding hard where needed but able to cut-open the Robins with ease at times. His was the right change to make as Bristol fought-back in the second half, but certainly in the first half he had another cracking game.

Ben Mee
Another decent performance from the Manchester City loanee, in front of England U-21 boss Stuart Pearce too. He rescued flappable goalkeeper Ricardo on a number of occasions, too, saving Leicester's blushes in the process.

Some appalling goalkeeping was demonstrated this evening and Ricardo was nearly so guilty of a cataclysmic error with twenty minutes to go. It was to Bristol's credit that they used the Portuguese keeper's fumbling nature to their advantage, for this was embarrassing (and possibly one of the worst performances by any player to wear the shirt). It is hard to see him keeping the jersey ahead of number one Chris Weale against Cardiff on Tuesday night.
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