Monday, 19 December 2011

Belated Conclusions from the Keepmoat Stadium

Doncaster Rovers2-1Leicester City
(HT 0-1)
Sharp 63, 65Nugent 38

Keepmoat Stadium, attendance: 9,461
BBC Match Report

Home Team: Woods, O'Connor, Hird, Ilunga, Beye, Stock, Barnes, Gillett, Coppinger, Sharp, Fortune (Hayter 82)

Away Team: Schmeichel, Peltier, Konchesky, Bamba, St Ledger, King, Dyer (Beckford 77), Wellens, Gallagher, Howard , Nugent

  • The top two is beyond reach. In the tight and complex league that is the Championship, it is the odd points that count. Stealing an away win at the likes of Doncaster and winning three points at home to minnows like Peterborough are the bread and butter of promotion-winning sides and it is those types of games in which Leicester have failed to perform since the very start of the season. Without a vast turnaround in the Foxes' fortunes - and indeed those of the teams above them - there is no hope of Premier League football returning to the East Midlands any time soon.
  • January will be interesting. Changes are needed in the playing staff and that does not just start with the badly needed widening of the midfield. Until that point manager Nigel Pearson would be wise to return to Sven Goran Eriksson's heavily relied-upon diamond four to add strength in the centre and allow the full-backs, both talented attacking players, more room on the wings. When January comes it will be most interesting to note who leaves - as well as who arrives - at the King Power Stadium.

David Nugent
Bright, sharp and on the score sheet again, David Nugent is proving the shining star in another faltering season for the Foxes.

Jermaine Beckford
Steve Howard's poor first half performance - save the flick-on that gave Nugent the opportunity to score - only showed what Jermaine Beckford brings to his team. Beckford's pace and skill caused problems for Rovers after his late appearance from the bench to replace the veteran. That was to no avail, however, as he had too little time to change the game in Leicester's favour.

Richie Wellens
This week's revelations of Richie Wellens' supposed big-headed unwillingness to train will not shock those who have seen the ex-Doncaster midfielder's recent performances. The formerly dependable Wellens is a shadow of the player he was during his spell at the Keepmoat Stadium and nothing like the titan he became at Leicester during Pearson's first spell in charge. Whilst his performance against Doncaster was not his worst this season, it is symptomatic of the negative and frustrating game he has now become known for playing. If Wellens' flair and ability to find that killer pass are gone, his disruptive influence is no longer required at Leicester City.

Lloyd Dyer
For all his pace and talent, Lloyd Dyer lacks the one thing needed to mark him out as a truly good player: a right foot. His reliance on a single foot saw his game suffer as much against Doncaster as it has against any other opposition he has faced in royal blue.

Andy King
The Welshman will fail to win-back fans with his recent run of performances lacking in dynamism and flair.
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