Rule Britannia!

Last weekend, what a game! It was truly astonishing. I’ve been involved in some comebacks over the years, but this was amazing. Never do I think I’ve ever seen us make a comeback quite so spectacular but, as the commentators said, the Leicester team have a spirit this season of “never say die” and they certainly lived up to that last Sunday.

I think many spectators felt the dread of our first loss this season as we were 2-0 down in the second-half, but I did think if we just got one goal we could potentially pull it back. Little did we expect the outstanding last 15-20 minutes we witnessed!

In the first-half I didn’t feel we pressed Villa enough and we just couldn’t close them down but the second-half was a different story and Villa barely managed to make it over the halfway line. I thought the turnaround was inspired by some brave substitutions by Ranieri, bringing Inler off and bringing on Kante and Dyer, and what a difference they made.

I felt we had a solid back four, although we played a little deep at times, and Wes Morgan had a good game for our defence. Throughout the game there were some questionable decisions including booking Albrighton when he’d blatantly been fouled 3 times earlier and nothing was given for any of them. There were definitely a few penalty decisions that we might have benefited from but, in the end, we didn’t need them.

And what a debut from Nathan Dyer; he was sharp and fresh and his goal was a brave one. A lot of players would have backed out of that and I admit I thought he’d suffered a serious injury immediately afterwards but he shook it off and enjoyed the fans exultation. Good on him!

Talking of the fans, it was an electric atmosphere, and the noise from the Leicester supporters after that third goal must have hit a new decibel rating. It just goes to show, our die-hard fans are what make every match so much fun to be part of and the immense pride they have when we score really spurs the squad on, so they deserve huge congratulations for the success the club is experiencing at the moment as well.

I think we’re confident, fast and playing well as a team and we could potentially upset a few of the bigger clubs coming up.

We’ll be confident going to Stoke this weekend. We lost to them in our most recent meeting in January but the last time we visited the Britannia Stadium we recorded a 1-0 win. It’s another of those tricky stadiums and we could be in for a bit of a battle. I don’t think we can go there thinking it will be an easy game. Stoke’s performances this season may not yet be on a par with the Foxes, but they’ve got some good players and they’ll be definitely looking for a win at home.

As for us, I think Ranieri can’t fail to look at last week’s second-half performance when he’s picking the squad for this weekend and, providing there are no injuries, I wouldn’t be surprised if the starting eleven was very close to that which finally worked it’s magic on Villa but we’ll have to wait and see.

I saw an interesting piece in the Leicester Mercury this week which showed that Foxes’ players have registered four of the top five speeds recorded during the Premier League so far with Vardy logging a speed of 35.44km/h, Schlupp 35.26km/h and Albrighton 35.00km/h. So I think Stoke will have to catch us first before they start looking at scoring!

As for myself and Muzzy, we’re back at the academy with the new term underway. We’ve now got approximately 70 students (60 BTEC years 1 & 2 and 10 apprentices) in brand new classrooms down in Whetstone so it’s all systems go.

For those of you who don’t know, we teamed up with PTC Education last year to create the Advanced Football Academy (AFDA) which offers a unique program for 16-18 year olds to work toward a BTEC level 3 in Sports Studies, whilst giving Muzzy and I the chance to pass on some of our training and hopefully, we’ll be writing about our alumni playing for LCFC in the coming years!

If you’ve just left school, or have children who have, and want a career in sports, then it’s not yet too late to join this year’s intake, although it will close in a few weeks. So, if you’re looking to ‘kick’ start your sporting career, have a look or get in touch. Our website is www.afdaleicester.co.uk or email [email protected] and help us find some future Premier League stars.

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