Sunday, 1 April 2012

Conclusions from London Road

Peterborough United1-0Leicester City
(HT 0-0)
Taylor 60

London Road, attendance: 10,714
BBC Match Report

Home Team: Jones, Little, Brisley, Alcock , McCann, Rowe, Frecklington, Tomlin, Boyd (Kearns 86), Barnett (Sinclair 29), Taylor

Away Team: Schmeichel , Peltier, Konchesky, St Ledger (Wellens 64), Morgan, Bamba, Dyer (Schlupp 69), Drinkwater, Marshall, Beckford, Nugent 

  • The dream is finally over. Even the most optimistic of Leicester fans cannot surely now have promotion as a real aim for their club? City must now make-up seven points to reach sixth place and this result, whilst a crucial win for Peterborough, is the exact opposite of what was needed from the Foxes. A win could have kept hope in place, a draw a vague aspiration... but a loss? There's nothing left to play for.
  • Inconsistency is the story of the season. As that awkward word rears once again its ugly head, questions must now be asked of what can be done to avoid it next season. Even a dispiriting last-ditch survival is surely better than the mediocrity of the 2011/12 Leicester City season. With the Foxes having gathered just eight points from the last six matches - including dismal defeats to Reading and now Peterborough - the issue of inconsistency must be understood and the summer used to rectify it. Not doing either will cost Nigel Pearson his job. 

Sol Bamba
Another reassuring performance from Sol Bamba as he made inroads into the Foxes' midfield. Bamba has become a fixture at the King Power Stadium and his resurgence in recent games in the centre of the park has earned him a new respect amongst some fans who had doubted his defensive ability. Bamba moved to the back for against the Posh to enable the return of Richie Wellens and whilst not as dazzling as his midfield display, he proved once more that he earns his Ivorian caps for a very good reason.

Ben Marshall
This was yet another solid performance from a very exciting prospect. Ben Marshall has astonished with his finishing and nearly delighted again, but his thirty-yard free-kick could only dip enough to clip the crossbar in the opening stages. His menacing crosses once again caused problems but, on this occasion, they came to nought.

Kasper Schmeichel
With little to do other than watch Paul Taylor's thundering strike whistle past him and into his net, Kasper Schmeichel did everything asked of him and proved it when he stopped a penalty awarded to Peterborough after he fouled Tommy Rowe within the eighteen-yard box. Schmeichel's third consecutive penalty save is earning him plaudits, and rightly so.

Lee Peltier
It looked so good for Lee Peltier following his summer arrival from Huddersfield Town, but the young full-back has so far had a dismal 2012 and it looks like his time at the King Power Stadium could yet be fleeting. More or less a permanent fixture at right back, Peltier started the campaign as a shining star but has faded significantly since Christmas, becoming more of a defensive frailty than an attacking threat.

David Nugent
Suffering from the 4-3-3 system that sees him out wide, his threat nullified on the wing, David Nugent is a Loser not for his endeavours or enthusiasm (he has both in abundance) but for his misuse as a winger. As a partner to Jermaine Beckford both are dangerous, but with only one up front the whole of the Foxes' attack is neutered.

Sean St Ledger
Paid not for his finishing but for his defending, Sean St Ledger should nonetheless have bagged a crucial goal.

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