Saturday, 12 March 2011

Conclusions from Glanford Park

Scunthorpe United0-3Leicester
(HT 0-1)

Vitor 31, 72
Naughton 76

Att: 6,528
BBC Match Report

  • It worked well. Oh ye of little faith, Sven Goran Eriksson's perseverance even in the quagmire of Glanford Park worked. That the Foxes set up in their usual formation and played passing, flowing football from the back that paid-off in a classy performance. The opener admittedly came from a set piece but overall this performance was assured and controlled under tricky circumstances.
  • Three vital points. Particularly on days where the likes of Burnley lose ground, it is vital that Leicester capitalise and grab points when they can: even more so that the Foxes take chances to optimise their currently appalling goal difference that stands at just one solitary goal.

Yuki Abe
A super performance from the Japanese international made simply stunning considering the circumstances of his homeland prior to the start of this game. Abe played having been assured of his family's safety following the catastrophic effects of yesterday's earthquake and he did everything but find the net as he guided the Foxes midfield like a true professional. This was commitment to the Leicester City cause from Abe and that should certainly be commended.

Miguel Vitor
Equally at home in either eighteen-yard box, Vitor found the net to put Leicester ahead after making a solid return to the back four in the opening stages and capitalised in the second half to grab a superb brace. His partnership with Sol Bamba looked assured and as a pair they seem to complement each other nicely. This was a good performance from the Benfica loanee, who is quietly showing his worth as a potential transfer target for a permanent move come the summer.

Paul Gallagher
Two delicious crosses, two easy goals. Three assists in total for the Scot: Gally did exactly what he needed to do this afternoon.

Richie Wellens, Kyle Naughton and Ben Mee
Solid performances from the club's Mr Dependables.

Yakubu and Darius Vassell
Too many touches on the ball, barely enough effort off it: Yakubu has disappointed many since his debut at Preston and the goals that followed have seemingly dried-up. Likewise, Darius Vassell has not found the net often enough for the Foxes, even though on balance his contributions away from goal are substantial. Maybe it's time for a change up top? This game more than any other this season shows how poor the front men have been in front of goal lately - all of today's goals came from defenders with the forwards barely having a sniff.
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