Steve Walsh Blog – 26th January 2013

Is this the best ever start to a New Year for Leicester City? I can’t remember a better one and we have steamed ahead into automatic places. I still can’t believe that Friday’s game wasn’t called off due to weather, right up until 7.45 I was hearing that the game would be cancelled!

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All credit must go to a very ambitious team of staff for all the hard work they put into getting the pitch and surrounding area immaculate. I did my bit of spreading salt outside the front of reception at around 12.30 as you can see in the photo. I also had a long interview with Gary Newbon for a probable TV programme that is being constructed and beamed back to Thailand. It brought back some very happy memories and I’m sure it’s going to be a huge success. With the weather as it was I decided to stay for the rest of the day at the club so that I could make sure I was there for the match. It’s a good job I did as Ali Mauchlen got caught out had to turn back and watch on sky as I covered his role in hospitality.

 

We have to feel sorry for the Leicester fans who didn’t make the game but three points softened the blow as Nigel Pearson’s men showed there superiority in a fantastic game against rivals Middlesbrough. This time it was David Nugent’s turn to hit the headlines in a MOM performance that brought him the winning goal. Yet overall everybody played there part as we stepped up the pace for automatic promotion. Middlesbrough certainly looked a capable outfit but were outfoxed as Leicester hit the woodwork three times had two offside goals disallowed, one of which was clearly onside! Yet we nearly threw away the win as Sub Vardy gave away a late penalty. Sir Kasper Schmeichal came to the rescue with what could prove to be one of the most crucial saves of the season.

Everything’s looking Rosy as we have the best goal difference in the league and we are hot on the tails of Cardiff who won again. If we can start to score a few more goals away from home then automatic promotion should be guaranteed, but let’s not get carried away at this moment still plenty of points to go. I believe that the top 6 teams at the moment will pull away from the rest and watch out for Watford they are creeping their way up the table. Well done Pearson, you can do it!

It’s another big week for me as K Kong Events moves into its new office and starts setting up for this weekend’s event. Our Cash fighter event, which I am really looking forward to! My Charity Golf day in May is already nearly sold-out, there’s only two tables left; anyone interested? Find out more at www.kkongevents.co.uk. Our Evening with Joe Calzaghe is fast approaching also, with tickets going on sale last week. This event is looking to sell out fast so make sure you take a look at the website if you want more details.

Steve Walsh Blog – 19th January 2013

Leicester City’s intentions for 2013 have been clearly spelt out for all with 3 out of 3 wins and a smashing 14 goals, just for good measure! This is a serious statement to every team in the league that respect is due. What I would like to look at is the fashion and style of this demolition. I haven’t seen football like this at the King Power Stadium, what the LCFC boys are showing us is something I have only seen at our beloved Filbert Street.

I shouldn’t get carried away as there is a long way to go but as an ex-pro I know only too well that from here on in games come thick and fast as the season disappears very quickly. Excuse me for getting to confident but I have a belief that we can win the league if we keep certain player fit. Two of them would have to be Wes Morgan and Chris Wood. What an impact Wood has made since his arrival, he has been a revelation and I can see him taking us back to Heaven. A target man with great movement and awareness around the goal makes him a threat to anyone.

Pearson has to take massive credit for his turnaround as he never wavered from his beliefs and has made so many people eat their words He never shows too much emotion but I can tell you he is unbelievably focused and so are all the players and everybody connected with the club. This winning mentality is getting infectious as we win the programme of the season of 2012/13 and I believe this set of players now have the taste of success.

The next three games as I have said before are huge. Middleboro, Cardiff and Wolves. I am hoping we can cause damage to these three teams and if we do I think we are looking at an automatic place to move up. We have to home advantage as I know that the voice of the fans can be a huge inspiration on the pitch and really lift the player’s spirits in the game. Good luck to Nigel Pearson and the lads again, we are all behind you! I think I can speak for all the fans when I say this.

On the 26th January, K Kong is hosting a Cashfighter event with Frank Bruno. There are a few tables left if anyone is interested. Also we have confirmed Alexander O’Neil for 31st May; tickets go on sale at £25. Please keep an eye on www.kkongevents.co.uk for more information about these events. We also have a charity golf day at Forest Hill Golf Club, which is a team event. For all information and booking please see our website.

Lastly, the Steve Walsh and Muzzy Izzet Soccer Academy has its 2013 diary ready with Holiday Camps and Development centres. Professional coaching session plans are in place based on FA guidelines. Quality passing and movement drills are key initiatives this year as we look for some more youngsters to join the LCFC ranks. We are looking to recruit more players for Goals on Monday evening and Lutterworth on Wednesdays. Anybody interested please contact us on: T. 01162029663 or E. [email protected]

Steve Walsh Blog – 12th January 2013

Saturday saw LCFC get a safe passage through to the Fourth Round FA Cup draw, as Burton Albion had no answers to an on form, resurgent Leicester City side that didn’t even need to get out of second gear! We also a bit of revenge for the Capital One Cup exit earlier in the season. Nugent and Knockaert rested on the bench shows that squad strength, and a next round tie against Huddesfield will not cause us any major fear after the result last week! It was great to see Kevin Poole before the game, I’ve got a lot of respect for him, a great professional and he has only just hung up his boots.

Nigel Pearson once again got his tactics spot on, and Wood certainly got some more target practice. He forced his way through defenders and the keeper to calmly steer the ball into the net only minutes into the game, and the goal came just at the perfect time to give the team great confidence and they commanded the game from then on. Solid performances were given by Morgan, Keane and De Laet, with De Laet once again taking man of the match. I don’t think Burton raised a single shot on target, so LCFC’s defence did their job well.

Steve Walsh, our player recruitment guy is certainly pulling some strings with Man Utd. Keane’s loan deal has been extended until the end of January. He is certainly a player we want to be keeping for the foreseeable future!

Nigel Pearson must be happy with the latest few results, and the current strength of his team. As we go into four difficult games in January that will be a big test, although they have come at a great time for LCFC’s confidence! I’m expecting a point’s rush in February/March.

It was great to meet up with Brian Little in the Lineker Suite with his family and he’s agreed to do a Q&A on 23rd May should be really interesting so make sure you get your seats reserved by emailing [email protected]., venue TBC – price approx £25. Remember it was him who helped make me famous (well a bit, anyway!) by putting me upfront and apparently he was so glad David Speedie was suspended for that play-off final! As was I!

Well done Nigel & The boys keep up the good work.

Our Cashfighter night on the 26th of January is coming up quick and we only have a few tables remaining! We also have a very exciting event coming up which I will have details of in next weeks blog! Get on to http://www.kkongevents.co.uk to keep up to date with our future events!

Steve Walsh Blog – 5th January 2013

What a fantastic way to start 2013 by LCFC! 6 goals at home and 2 by a player signed only that morning. What a result! Simon Grayson must have wondered what had hit him as Leicester City sent a clear message to everyone that they are a force to be reckoned with. I saw Simon Grayson on New Year’s Eve at the Marriot Hotel (where most teams spend the night before they play City), and I did warn him about what Leicester were capable of. And they did us all proud and absolutely destroyed Huddersfield. It was annihilation from start to finish!

The new signing, Chris Wood, gave the team a new sense of balance. His performance was excellent! I still think that there could have been 10 goals as Wood had 2 great chances as soon as the whistle blew, but a scrambled goal line clearance saved Huddersfield in the second minute. For me, the ball definitely crossed the line (so much for goal line technology)! The football was sublime with wave after wave of attacks cutting through Huddersfield’s shaky defence. How fitting it was to see Wood notch his first goal with a cool finish from a brilliant move by Nugent. What impressed me the most about Wood was his movement and willingness to get in the box, and it certainly paid off!

There was a rock solid defensive performance by LCFC on the day as well, with our new boy Michael Keane looking very composed. The new players have given Nigel Pearson so many different team options, and all strong ones! Mr Reliable, Konchesky and De Laet showed us that they are class acts on the pitch. The second half belonged to Knockaert, he got us two great goals and proved his worth.

Pearson is getting it right and I have got a feeling that this is going to be a big second half to our season. Every player played his part, Matty James too having a great game. It was good to see Gallagher get a run out and he showed signs of his old self as him and Dyer came on to further enhance our strength in depth.

I shouldn’t get too carried away I know, but you can’t take anything away from the performance on New Year’s Day! One of the best matches I’ve seen all season, with a strong message to our opposition, BEWARE! Looking ahead after Bristol City, we have three massive games, Cardiff, Middlesbrough and Wolves. Once they are out of the way I think we have a great opportunity as the games get less difficult (on paper at least!).

Good work Nigel Pearson and his staff! Happy New Year!

 

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Me and Anthony Knockaert after his man of match award!

 

Our Cashfighter night on the 26th of January is coming up quick and we only have a few tables remaining! Get on to http://www.kkongevents.co.uk and avoid disappointment!