Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Conclusions from Ashton Gate

Bristol City3-2Leicester City
(HT 1-1)
Cisse 45
Pitman 54
Stead 79
Dyer 41
Danns  77

Ashton Gate, attendance: 12,033
BBC Match Report

Home Team: James, McAllister , Fontaine, Carey, McManus, Cisse, Foster, Bryan (Adomah 69), Pearson, Stead  (Wood 81), Pitman (Kilkenny 84) 

Away Team: Schmeichel, Peltier, Dyer, St Ledger, Wellens , Beckford (Schlupp 60), Marshall (Drinkwater 60), Danns (Gallagher 87), Morgan, Kennedy, Nugent

  • Wembley is a long way away. Leicester's undoing all season has been their defensive record and so it is almost apt that dreams of a play-off final at Wembley are virtually ended with a poor defensive performance against one of the worst attacking sides in the league. Bristol City had put three goals past just one other team all season until tonight and it was down to the Foxes' defensive woes that the Robins were allowed to. With Chelsea beating Birmingham in their FA Cup replay to become the Foxes' next opponents, it seems that Wembley Way will remain far out of reach for another season yet.

Neil Danns
This was another confident performance from the man on form. Neil Danns was once again impressive tonight and was once again rewarded by what should have been the goal to give Leicester a point. He was involved, too, in the creation of City's opener and on another away night would have been the architect of a fine victory.

Tom Kennedy
Tom Kennedy again looked sharp and ready to step-up into the first team. Tonight he was acting as stand-in for the suspended Paul Konchesky and did not disappoint. He was, admittedly, part of a bumbling defence that allowed Bristol City - scorers of just 0.8 goals per game this season - to put three past Kasper Schmeichel, but he cannot be held solely responsible. There is nothing to say that Konch's presence would have saved the Foxes and, bearing that in mind, young Kennedy should be applauded for his attacking will rather than criticised for his defensive inexperience.

Lloyd Dyer
Far from dazzling, but Lloyd Dyer grabbed a goal - again - and set the Foxes off to a good start at Ashton Gate. It's a pity, then, he was let down by some of his team mates.

Ben Marshall
As much as his potential suggests, Ben Marshall has disappointed since joining the club in January. He is yet to sparkle in royal blue and, with him being the sole hope for the future on the wing, that expectation will weight heavily on his mind. Marshall needs to put in a dazzling performance soon and prove he is capable of reaching that potential. He failed to show it at Stoke City - let's hope he can reverse that at Leicester.

Wes Morgan
As much as he has looked confident, assured and capable since signing in January - and he has looked like having all three in spades - this was a more edgy performance from Wes Morgan. He was at the heart of City's defence and as the most experienced defender on the pitch must shoulder some of the blame for allowing the Robins to score 20% of their goals this season against the Foxes.

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