Monday, 26 March 2012

Conclusions from Hull City

Leicester City2-1Hull City
(HT 2-1)
Dyer 18
Marshall 19
Fryatt 8

King Power Stadium, attendance: 23,759
BBC Match Report

Home Team: Schmeichel, Peltier, Morgan, St Ledger, Konchesky, Dyer, Drinkwater, Marshall (Kennedy 85) Danns , Beckford, Nugent (Bamba 67)

Away Team: Mannone, Rosenior, Dawson, Chester, Hobbs, McKenna, Stewart, Evans (McLean 85), Cairney (Brady 58), Fryatt, King (Cullen 78)

  • The on/off play off race continues. A win, a loss, a draw - it seems every result yields a change in the Foxes' fortunes as far as the play off race is concerned. Tonight, City fans are looking forward to the Forest game with a view to a potential play off place should their club grab string wins together. Meanwhile, last week, they were in the doldrums. So long as no other team makes a push for promotion a la Blackpool or Reading, the fact remains that it could be City that do so. To become a reality, however, that must happen sooner rather than later.

David Marshall
The former Stoke City wide man has finally arrived, his long-range strike against Chelsea now being joined by an equally stunning goal to give City all three points against the Tigers. That goal at Stamford Bridge has given David Marshall a well-earned lift and his confidence abounded against Hull. He is beginning to show, at last, the promise heaped upon him.

Danny Drinkwater
Like Marshall, Danny Drinkwater has initially failed to impress in City blue. But his performance against Hull was a huge turnaround, his Tom Cleverley-esque committed play enabling a strong midfield to prove both industrious and effective - even after Neil Dann's second half red card - against a waning Tigers' defence.

David Nugent and Jermaine Beckford
Off the score sheet but still bang on form. Jermaine Beckford, in particular, is slowly turning the doubters in his favour with determination and wanting for the ball up front.

Sol Bamba
His cameo in midfield was a wondrous thing long overdue as far as Foxes' fans are concerned. More of the same against Forest, please.

Neil Danns
City's best player of recent weeks has done the worst and got himself suspended for four games. It seemed unlikely that a fit-again Andy King would return to immediate first team action with Neil Danns on such good form, but with King apparently fit to at least make a substitute appearance against Forest tomorrow night Danns has played himself into a corner. Should King dazzle on his return, Danns will find himself warming the bench and back to where he was between joining Leicester in the summer and Christmas.

Kasper Schmeichel
The City keeper could perhaps have done more to stop a very typical Matty Fryatt goal and otherwise his distribution left much to be desired.

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