Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Conclusions from a Dire Game Against Burnley

Leicester City0-0Burnley
(HT 0-0)

King Power Stadium, attendance: 19,806
BBC Match Report

Home Team: Schmeichel, Peltier, Konchesky, Bamba, Morgan, Dyer (Gallagher 72), Drinkwater, Wellens, Marshall, Beckford (Schlupp 72), Nugent

Away Team: Grant, Tippier, Lafferty, Duff, Edgar, McCann (Ings 79), Wallace, Marney , Stanislas (McQuoid 67), Bartley, Austin

  • A nail in the coffin. Despite the dour nature of this dull-as-dishwater bore-draw, there is but one conclusion we can draw: the playoff dream is finally, mathematically over.

Danny Drinkwater
In a game where solidity counted, the most solid of City players was young Danny Drinkwater. The midfielder was reunited with Richie Wellens and their controlling play in front of the Foxes' back four made the home side difficult to break down. Granted, the visitors' attitude made it even harder for Leicester to attack Burnley's goal as they sat-back and defended to the hilt, but when they did so it was through the vision of Drinkwater's play.

Lee Peltier
Playing his best spells in a while, right-back Lee Peltier was effective on the wing, as an outlet in attack but also in a much more defensive role. He showed power and strength as well as a certain aerial dominance quite unlike the Peltier of late and his presence was all the better for it.

Sol Bamba
Despite offering just one of his roaming, freely-attacking forward dribbles against the Clarets, Sol Bamba proved more than worthy of inclusion for his solidity in defence. The Ivorian international saved the Foxes' bacon when he dived-in to block what was set to be a certain Burnley goal.

Lloyd Dyer
After a very bright start - Lloyd Dyer was involved in everything good about Leicester's play in the first ten minutes - the City winger faded. As the game wore on and his pace became lessened by fatigue, Dyer became more of a hindrance than a help and he was rightly substituted in the second half.

David Nugent and Jermaine Beckford
With neither front man on form, breaking-down a stubborn Burnley defence was never going to be easy. Both poor in the shot and without presence above the visitors' defence, neither man was really able to trouble Grant in the Clarets' goal.

No comments: