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  • 22 November 2014
  • The King Power Stadium (31,825)
  • Premier League
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Well. That wasn’t a very good advertisement for the Premier League, was it? Basically, this dour 0-0 draw can be best summed up as two sides who aren’t good enough to defend properly but also aren’t good enough to take advantage of poor defending.


We started off all over the shop, with Wes Brown doing his trademark giving the ball to the opposition just outside our own box. Fortunately, Jamie Vardy isn’t in the same league as Alexis Sanchez (he’s barely in the same league as Alexa Chung, to be fair) and messed it up. That said, we were very lucky that, for all his faults, Vardy is honest as he could easily have gone down under  Brown’s panicked challenge, and we’d have been stuck with 10 men.

After some initial wobbles, we carved a few decent chances; Fletcher (who was excellent all around today) was denied by Schmeichel when through on goal, Larsson had a shot blocked after good work from (again) Fletcher and Johnson hit a dipping shot from 30 yards which the keeper did very well to push away.

Despite this relative dominance, we still looked very suspect at the back, and Brown in particular was at sixes and sevens. Vergini struggled at times with Schlupp’s pace as well, highlighting just how much we need Billy Jones back so the White Nyron can slip back into centre-back, and The World’s Most Decrepit Centre-Half can go back to claiming his place on the bench. I like Wes Brown, and he was massive for us last season, but he doesn’t half look a bit finished now.

In the second half we started with a bit purpose, but again let Leicester in and there were a couple of good chances that fell to James but Pantimillon saved well in another solid performance from the big fella. Both sides toiled in the second half, looking to exploit the gaping holes in each other’s defences but without the quality to actually do anything about it.

All in all, both sides are very poor and both will struggle this season. Some positives for us are that, for all our defence has looked suspect in the last three matches (basically since we switched keepers) we’ve only conceded to a penalty and an own goal. How much of that is luck or skill remains to be seen. It was also another very good performance from Fletcher, who looks a lot sharper lately, and an away point is better than nothing.

However there are still some serious questions about us, in particular about Connor Wickham who continues to live on a good three-match spell last season whilst having no discernible impact on football matches. He may be built like a tank, but he’s got all the bite and strength of a Yankee Candle. Similarly, Jordi Gomez offers nothing. In open play he is anonymous, his corners are poor and he seems to be playing purely in the hope he might ping one in from distance (which effectively makes him a much prettier Craig Gardner). It’s almost like signing free transfers from Championship clubs will get you nowhere…

It’s also means that we’ve failed to score against all three promoted sides this season, which is quite frankly an appalling statistic. As said above, an away point is betting than nothing. It just feels like a wasted opportunity against a Leicester side who, quite simply, are very poor and were there for the taking.

Home
Kasper Schmeichel
Marcin Wasilewski
Wes Morgan
Ritchie De Laet
Card (85)
Paul Konchesky
Esteban Cambiasso
Matthew James
Riyad Mahrez
Jeffery Schlupp
Antony Knochaert (79)
Leonardo Ulloa
Chris Wood (88)
Jamie Vardy
Card (53)
David Nugent (72)

Substitutes
Ben Hamer
Andy King
Daniel Drinkwater
Ben Hamer
Antony Knochaert
Jeffery Schlupp (79)
Chris Wood
Leonardo Ulloa (88)
David Nugent
Jamie Vardy (72)
 
Away
Costel Pantilimon
John O'Shea
Wes Brown
Santiago Vergini
Anthony Réveillère
Lee Cattermole
Card (61)
Sebastian Larsson
Card (42)
Liam Bridcutt (75)
Jordi Gomez
Will Buckley (86)
Adam Johnson
Connor Wickham
Steven Fletcher
Card (68)

Substitutes
Vito Mannone
Sebastian Coates
Tom Robson
Liam Bridcutt
Sebastian Larsson (75)
Jack Rodwell
Will Buckley
Jordi Gomez (86)
Jozy Altidore
Goals
0
0
 
 
Shots (on target)
4
5
 
 
Shots (off target)
7
2
 
 
Possession
40
60
 
 
Fouls
18
12
 
 
Yellow Cards
2
3
 
 
Red Cards
0
0
 
 
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