Thursday, 12 April 2012

Brief and Belated Conclusions from Portman Road

Ipswich Town 1-2Leicester City
(HT 1-1)
Scotland 43Marshall 45
Nugent 58

Portman Road, attendance: 18,282
BBC Match Report

Home Team: Lee-Barrett, Cresswell, Smith, Delaney, Carson (Emmanuel-Thomas 58), Leadbitter, Edwards, Bowyer, Stevenson (Martin 66), Scotland, Murphy (Chopra 73)

Away Team: Schmeichel, Peltier, Konchesky, Bamba, Morgan, Dyer (Gallagher 46), Drinkwater (King 46 ), Wellens, Beckford, Marshall (Howard 79), Nugent

  • Those playoffs just won't go away... Six points within three days is a seemingly unheard-of occurrence for the modern Leicester City FC, even rarer that the Foxes would get their second win having come from behind... away from home. Yes, a surprisingly pleasant weekend became an astonishing one and got better when other results were taken into account. City could be sixth by the end of play on Saturday.

David Nugent
In contrast to his strike partner, David Nugent's industry paid-off superbly. He was the architect of his match-winning goal as he kept moving following his parried shot finding its way wide to Lee Peltier. Nugent attacked the goal and responded fastest, getting high to put power onto his header that was, simply, unstoppable.

Paul Gallagher
Instantly effective once he came on for the rather ineffective Lloyd Dyer, Paul Gallagher proved against Ipswich that the Old Guard still have a role to play. Andy King's contribution was substantial, too, and with Martyn Waghorn and Darius Vassell returning from injury and in contention, competition in the Foxes' camp is good. It seems the only way is up.

Ben Marshall
Another game, another stunning goal from City's no.1 midfield talent.

Jermaine Beckford
Wasteful in front of goal, Jermaine Beckford failed to live up to the talent of fellow striker David Nugent. Yes, Beckford showed industry and effort as he spearheaded the Foxes' attack but, fundamentally, he is a striker and he must take chances when they are presented to him. He is City's second-top scorer this season but, on this showing, he still has a lot to prove. 

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