Monday, 5 November 2012

Conclusions from Vicarage Road

Watford2-1Leicester City
(HT 1-0)
Abdi 14
Forestieri 68
Nugent 71

Vicarage Road, attendance: 12,954
BBC Match Report

  • City are thin at the back. With Zak Whitbread sent off - and suspended for the difficult Tuesday evening trip to Bolton - and Sean St Ledger still weeks from recovery, Leicester City are lacking in cover in defence. That Liam Moore can step into the fold is unquestionable given his electric start to the season (despite a naive performance this weekend), but it will be troubling for Nigel Pearson that his defence are so frail, particularly away from home. Two defeats on the bounce is one thing, but a third could spell catastrophe for the Foxes' automatic promotion hopes.
  • Leicester are failing to hit the heights at the top of the league. The Foxes' second loss in succession is symptomatic of a team lacking confidence and form, a fact echoed by the manager in his interview post-match. Pearson is rightly concerned about the "too many players who are not quite hitting the very high standards of performance that they have hit so far this season" - the last time he mentioned that, City were humbled by Burton Albion.

David Nugent
Always apparently happy to chase a lost cause, City's stand-out performer was David Nugent whose boundless enthusiasm in chasing the Hornets' defence eventually won him a deserved consolatory goal. Nugent has deservedly been the Foxes' lead striker this season and, with a consistent partner, would surely be scoring more than the handful of goals he has netted to date.

Martyn Waghorn
A potential partner to Nugent is Martyn Waghorn; after a hit-and-miss start against Birmingham things have settled down for the perennial Grannies' favourite. Waghorn made a decent fist of his appearance against the Hornets, buzzing around the home defence to provide a much-needed outlet for an ambling Leicester City midfield.

Matty James
The best of a woeful midfield bunch.

Danny Drinkwater
Like Ben Marshall, Danny Drinkwater has hit a poor run of form. Through fatigue, lack of competition or some other extraneous factor, the holding midfielder who had been City's star performer has fallen from grace and was but a bit-part player at Vicarage Road.

Liam Moore
Like a boy against men, Moore was overwhelmed by Watford and failed to impress as he has done earlier in the season. As a youngster he is sure to recover - and this off day is more than likely as much due to those around him as to his frailties.