Money talks in football, and Leicester have a considerable amount of cash at their disposal meaning their Summer spending list is something to boast about. The addition of Kasper Schmeichel, Matt Mills and Neill Danns amongst others means Leicester are one of the favourites for promotion this season. Compare the East Midlands outfit to ‘Bosman Blues,’ only spending money on two players in the transfer window, we’re talking Manchester City versus Wigan, but in smaller, different terms, of course. But you gather the jist of the comparison: financially, very far apart. In terms of the team sheet, Leicester’s squad has a list of recognisable names and talent. But money cannot always buy you success.
Yesterday, other than witnessing a very uneventful first half, I saw a team with masses of talent and potential produce, well, not much at all. I was impressed with Blues’ second half performance, but moreover I was disappointed with the Leicester display. They created little and when presented with chances they seemed not to know how to finish them. With players like Mills, the captain, losing his cool so easily, and their lack of invention, you can see why they aren’t leading the chase for promotion just yet.
But that’s not a complaint from me. It allowed Blues to flourish, and as such, win somewhat comfortably. The penalty, albeit a soft decision on reflection, was the starting point and the catalyst for Leicester’s downfall: they lost their heads, and didn’t pull themselves together afterwards. Marlon King duly slotted away the resulting penalty how, I believe, penalties should always be taken. No nonsense.
Kicking on from there we had a number of brilliant chances to kill the game off (although Matt Mills’ sending off pretty much confirmed that anyway) with the most prominent being Chris Wood’s one on one which he agonizingly shot straight at Schmeichel in the Leicester net. However minutes from the end of the game he made up for the miss in a really enjoyable move. The move began with Keith Fahey, who had an encouraging game alongside Morgaro Gomis, and he picked out King who and played a brilliant ball into the path of Wood, making up for his earlier miss by taking it round to keeper to secure victory and to keep his goal scoring tally way ahead of that of his team mates.
On reflection that win was important. Firstly we maintained our home form which, in any league, is paramount especially when [promotion is the primary focus of the season. But it also must have installed confidence into the side, especially ahead of our Europa League tie later this week. To beat a Leicester side with such a wealth of talent and an ex-England manager at the helm is something to be proud of. It was a brilliant day at the office for Blues, with some great individual performances and contributions to boot. It's refreshing to have another game where we can take so positives out of the performance; not to mention the Barcelona-esque passing in the final few minutes. Ole!
As a footnote I'd also like to say how moving the tribute to Harry Moseley was. It really brought a tear to the eye; he was a very imspirational and brave boy who will be missed by so many people. Please add to the 500 million plus he made whilst he was with us and keep his memory alive by purchasing a Help Harry Help Others bracelet or donate by clicking HERE. Thank you.
Full Time: BLUES 2-0 Leicester City
Goal Scorers: King (50), Wood (84)
Star Man: Jean Beausejour. The catalyst of many Blues attacks, but like Chris Hughton said during the week, there is more to come from him. I want to see that too because he's one of our best players as it is. Chris Burke, Pablo Ibanez and Marlon King also put in impressive, tireless performances.
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