Sunday, 19 February 2012

Conclusions from a busy week whilst I was away

Norwich City1-2Leicester City
(HT 1-1)
Hoolahan 23St Ledger 5
Nugent 71

Carrow Road, attendance: 26,658
BBC Match Report

Watford3-2Leicester City
(HT 2-2)
Mariappa 5
Murray 33
Forsyth 80
Nugent 11, 18

Vicarage Road, attendance: 11,800
BBC Match Report

Leicester City2-1Cardiff City
(HT 1-0)
Gallagher 41 (pen), 71Whittingham 77 (pen)

King Power Stadium, attendance: 21,375
BBC Match Report

  • The Foxes go marching on. The victory against Norwich City was an emphatic one. They may not be the biggest or the best, but the Canaries are a Premier League outfit knocked-out of the world's most famous competition by an average second tier side. The Foxes are in the hat for the quarter finals of the FA Cup for the first time in seven years: just the tonic for a season that has failed to exceed expectations thus far.
  • Scoring is no longer a problem. Six goals in three games scored by three different players sounds like good goalscoring form. Paul Gallagher did the job with a brace against Cardiff City and his baton was handed on to Nugent whose brace at Vicarage Road was not enough to defeat a Watford side with much going for them in the second half. Meanwhile, Sean St Ledger chipped-in to give the Foxes an edge at Carrow Road with FA Cup finalist Nugent the man to grab a brilliant winner - arguably his best goal for Leicester - against Norwich.
  • Defending remains a problem. For the solid six goals scored in three games ratio there is a more worrying counter-side. Leicester City conceded four in those same three games. That meant that the victories over the Bluebirds and Canaries were both edgy affairs and defensive frailties were at fault as Watford netted three times to take the three points. Nigel Pearson rightly shook-up the defence against Norwich and the introduction of Wes Morgan to the starting eleven would have paid dividends had the officials given his cheeky back heel as a goal. It was wrongly disallowed as having not crossed the line, yet another example of poor officiating damaging City's season.
Full Conclusions, including Winners and Losers, will return after Leicester City's away fixture to Derby County on Thursday.

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