Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Conclusions from Crystal Palace

Leicester1-1Crystal Palace
(HT 0-1)
Oakley 58Scannell 31
Zaha off 90+5

Att: 22,303
BBC Match Report



  • Irony reigns. Initial thoughts would be that this is the season over for Leicester City. Well done lads, but this season is over, try again next year. That irony is that the Foxes are closer now than they were at the start of this game and, despite my pessimism after the win over Burnley, I'm more optimistic now than I was after that 4-0 thrashing. Who knows what the next turn will be in this fascinating season?
  • The battle between heart and head goes on. The heart has for so long been saying that four, five - even six - points is nothing, two wins to the heady heights of the play-offs. But the head... Ahh, the head is a different matter. The head thinks about points and goal difference and the teams yet to play, those that will pose a challenge. This season's intrigue will grow yet.
  • At least we're not Sheffield United. The Blades lie on the brink of League One. The sickening feeling of that experience, shared by Leicester City fans just three years ago, is one that no Fox wishes to repeat and it is a sad day to see a great club like this fall into obscurity in such embarrassing fashion.



Winners
Matt Oakley
A decent performance in midfield capped by his first goal in a year. A lively game from the veteran midfielder in which he showed his class at this level in distributing the ball well and moving the game forward effectively. His contribution to the score sheet was vital, if in vain.



Losers
Steve Howard
The big man failed to have the impact he should have done, his aerial presence barely highlighted as the Foxes played forward long in an attempt to grab that elusive winner.

Diomansy Kamara
That sensational start to his Leicester City career faltered tonight as Kamara failed to shine, whether that be through a lack of service or his own poor performance.

Yakubu
Another off game for the Yak who lacked urgency and bite up front, failing to score again after that hat-trick of just two games ago promised so much was to come from the Nigerian.
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