We may not have got the result we hoped for but last week was a great game against Arsenal. I think it was definitely a terrific spectacle for the fans: lots of goals and pace and, in honesty, it could have been a very different result as we had a penalty appeal turned down which could have led to a 2-0 lead.
But every team gets beaten; in fact, every team in the Premier League already had been before we were, so it’s nothing to be disheartened by. I think it’s an opportunity to learn some lessons and I think Ranieri will be looking at his options in defence.
Against the Gunners we took some sucker punches and we were too open to the counter-attack. We are conceding every game and I wouldn’t be surprised if Ranieri tried playing the three centre-halves again soon to tighten things up.
What has allowed us to get so many great results is that we have passion, energy and are playing some great football. Every game is end to end with lots of pace. We’ve got three of the quickest players in the league and the top two goalscorers in Vardy (6) and Mahrez (5) and there is definitely no reason why we can’t use this as an opportunity to build another winning streak. Vardy has again been announced as one of the England squad for next week’s Euro 2016 qualifiers and, with the form he’s showing for LCFC, he can’t fail to be in Roy Hodgson’s thoughts. Great for Vardy, an absolute dream come true, and also for LCFC as it provides the opportunity to bring even more international experience into the team.
This weekend we face another club that I’ve fond memories of, having ended my career with a stint at Norwich City. They are a great family club and have been performing well this season so it won’t be easy.
We can definitely win this one and we need a quick decisive response to last week’s loss but they are a dangerous team to play (even if the Canaries sound more tame than most!). I can’t foresee an abundance of goals like last week unless, of course, we play the same game plan again. I think we will refocus and it’ll be a much closer game and much tighter defence on our part.
I’m looking forward to this one and to a return to Carrow Road for the fans. The atmosphere will be great, both teams have a lot of ardent followers, and we’re all in it for them. We’ve dropped a little in the table as a result of other results together with the loss against Arsenal but one good week could see us back up there. Let’s make it this week.