Saturday, 9 April 2011

Conclusions from Burnley

(HT 1-0)
Kamara 23
Gallagher 52 (pen), 71
Van Aanholt 81

Att: 24,039
BBC Match Report

  • Well, that won't do the goal difference any harm. A home victory by four clear goals and with a clean sheet thrown-in will be great for Leicester's figures - currently one of the worst goal differences in the top half of the Championship - which could be crucial as the play-off race becomes ever tighter.
  • It was great to see us thrash someone. It finished as four, but Gallagher has two attempts to grab his hat-trick, Wellens hit the bar... and they were just the memorable efforts. Whilst our undeniably solid defending today helped do the job, it was the positive attacking play even at 4-0 that won this fixture against a poor Burnley side. And what a turnaround from the 3-0 drubbing at Turf Moor back in September.
  • If this were a rating of squads, rather than a choice of the best and worst performers, nobody would score less than seven. This was not a group of individuals standing-out particularly, but a team performance that saw every member of the squad pulling their weight. This was Leicester City's best performance of the season.

Diomansy Kamara
Netted his first goal to give the Foxes a half time lead in his home d├ębut. Today he developed his partnership with Yakubu up front, something formidable that could end up giving Leicester an edge over their play-off rivals as we approach the end of the season.

Paul Gallagher
Two chances, two goals. A standard high quality penalty and a great shot that beat Brian Jensen easily even from thirty yards in a peerless performance. Gallagher is fast becoming the Foxes' most important player.

Patrick van Aanholt
Proved his quality as an advancing full-back when he scored a scorcher to open his senior league account, but matched that with a great defensive performance that helped Leicester secure a crucial clean sheet.

Ben Mee
Alan Young's man of the match, Mee was another defender who covered his line well today, despite playing at right-back as opposed to his more usual centre-half.

Chris Weale
A solid performance from the fans' favourite goalkeeper, leading his back four as well as a good performance between the sticks.

The Play-off Push
I fear this resurgence has come too late. Leeds United remain in sixth place in the play-off places on 64 points, five clear of Leicester who have jumped up to ninth. Even with this peerless victory today, the play-off places could this season now be beyond the Foxes' grasp.

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