Thursday, 22 November 2012

Conclusions from the Tractor Boys

Leicester City6-0Ipswich Town
(HT 4-0)
Nugent pen 8, 18
Dyer 27
Knockaert 44
Waghorn 53
Futacs 82

King Power Stadium, attendance: 20,779
BBC Match Report

  • The biggest win for thirty years. This, one could say, is the Foxes greatest win in that same period as City have rarely looked as comfortable in victory as they did against Ipswich. However a great victory must surely come against an opposition willing and able to put up a fight and Ipswich were hardly worthy opponents in this encounter. Nigel Pearson will see this result as his hard work vindicated; Mick McCarthy has much work to do.
  • City took every chance and more. Somehow, this fixture's vital statistics feature an interesting anomaly. Leicester's six goals were created from just five shots on target; it seems penalties count for nowt. What is clear, however, is that the Foxes created few true chances but took each and every one. Equally damning is that the visitors had but one shot which yielded nothing. In attack and in defence, City did a professional job and deserved their epic win.

Lloyd Dyer
One can hardly fault Lloyd Dyer's energy and stamina, nor his pace and determination. Two things have always hampered the flying winger's game though - his crossing and his finishing. The Lloyd Dyer of now is a refreshed version with a new-found flair to his game. Twice, Dyer devastated the Ipswich defence firstly to draw the error to win a penalty and then to score City's emphatic third goal. This was not the Foxes' greatest win, but it was Lloyd Dyer's greatest performance in royal blue.

Zak Whitbread
Criticised for his fitness, embarrassed by Birmingham's pace and simply humbled by Burton Albion, Zak Whitbread came into real good form against the Tractor Boys. He handled their burly forwards to deny them a chance proper on goal, winning balls in the air and helping his team deliver the result.

David Nugent
On another day, the withdrawal of star striker David Nugent after just half an hour would be cause for concern. But, three goals to the good and with Nuge having bagged a brace it seemed foolish to risk his fitness - he was a doubt before the game with a stiff neck - for the sake of a hat-trick. He caused the Ipswich defence a succession of problems during his cameo and fully deserved to score his tidy goal having successfully despatched the penalty.

Jeff Schlupp
A natural at left-back.

Martyn Waghorn
All set to kick-on with a well-earned goal under his belt.

Marko Futacs
Any more of that and he will be clamoring for a starting berth.

Jamie Vardy
Having lost his place through injury, Jamie Vardy may now have lost his place to an in-form Martyn Waghorn. His busy performance did him and City no harm but with Waggy chasing down the second striker's slot having claimed his first goal in ages and with a string of solid performances under his belt, something has got to give. Three into two don't go and it could be the former Fleetwood man who misses-out.

Ben Marshall
There is something amiss with the likable Ben Marshall, whose form has dipped as dramatically as Lloyd Dyer's has risen. Now no longer a fixed first-team choice, Marshall needs a break but it unlikely to find it with substitute performances that yield so little. To impress, Marshall has to be a game changer.

Kasper Schmeichel
At risk of pneumonia, so little did he have to do.

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