Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Conclusions from John Smith's Stadium

Huddersfield Town0-2Leicester City
(HT 0-1)

Knockaert 30, 60

John Smith's Stadium, attendance: 13,821
BBC Match Report

Goalden: Anthony Knockaert (@stringersport)

  • Did one man win this game? It would be easy to put this win down purely to the skill and finesse of Anthony Knockaert (of which more later), but City's defence did their job tonight to help their side take a second successive away victory.
  • Four in a row. For the first time since Pearson's return, the Foxes have recorded four league wins in a row and two successive away victories. The winning feeling has returned to Leicester - and doesn't it feel good?
  • Leicester are in their highest league position since 30th October 2009, over 1,000 days ago. A remarkable turnaround is under way, with Nigel Pearson's conservative spending and tacit wheeler-dealing proving hugely more successful than Sven Goran Eriksson's spend-happy approach. The last time City occupied second place in the Championship overnight, Pearson's team had won two away matches back-to-back. This is history in the re-making.

Anthony Knockaert
Audacious! Obscene! Absurd! Knockaert's opening goal was stunning enough, a screamer from all of forty yards from goal (and possibly more) but his second really was something to savour. Diving forward, Knockaert flicked the ball onto the bar with his heels, like a scorpion. Audacious? Certainly. Obscene? Probably. Absurd? Absolutely. Not in at least a decade have loyal City fans seen such a skilful and enigmatic player in royal blue. Ladies and gentlemen, a new legend has been born. Yes, he still has a lot to learn about the English game and much to understand about the finer points of high level professional football, but tonight he has proven that, on his day, he is unstoppable.

Lloyd Dyer
The Brummie winger always seems to do well in the frozen north and on a rainy night in Kirklees there was no exception. Lloyd Dyer was a key contributor for the Foxes' successes against the Terriers' defence, his pace unlocking the Huddersfield defence and allowing Leicester's midfielders to press home the advantage. Tonight, Dyer was substituted not for a poor performance but because he was shattered: he put in a very solid shift.

Danny Drinkwater
Wanting the ball and commanding the midfield, Danny Drinkwater's performances are often undermined by the claim that he always loses the ball. The problem is, he sees so much of the ball as the heartbeat of this growing City team that he is bound to see more passes go awry than his team mates who perhaps see less than half his amount of possession.

David Nugent
No goal, but he once again ran his heart out for his team. He could have scored a late third for the Foxes, but tonight he was not to get his just reward.

Huddersfield Town
Hardly able to put up a fight, Huddersfield Town were utterly overwhelmed by the juggernaut that is the current Leicester City side and hardly troubled Kasper Schmeichel in the Foxes' goal. There were a few edge-of-the-seat moments, but 

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