Before I get onto the football, can I just say thanks to the readers of my blog, old and new as I am told that the numbers are really on the increase over the last couple of months. I’m not sure why, but it is much appreciated that I am still having a voice in all things Leicester and City. Pukka!
Its been a tough week for the foxes, I watched the Blackburn game on Saturday in the Lost Bar on the Narborough Road. It was on TV in the bar and I was really glad I got to see the game. It was a game we should have had three points from as we were by far the better team and played better football. It was a shame to see the goal from Vardy disallowed. How the lino gave that I’m really not sure! It was a very poor decision. Nigel Pearson must be annoyed that he hadn’t got those three points because that would have been great for Leicester. Really felt sorry for the lads, they definitely deserved the three points. They played solid football and created a lot of chances, I really thought they were going to get the win! It really would have got the season going.
I know a lot of bookies had Steve Kean being the first Manager of the season to get the sack, but after seeing how Blackburn played on the day, I’m sticking with my prediction! I think that Blackburn will come top of league this season. Signing Jordan Rhodes from Huddersfield shows they still have cash around and the owners are definitely backing their man.
The cup game against Burton Albion was a great chance to turn things around, and personally I think Leicester should have stormed through the match, but obviously they didn’t! I know it’s an understatement to say that Nigel Pearson wasn’t happy about the score and the players were back in training the morning after the game. Looking at the squad, Leicester should have won easily and I’ve got to put the loss down to the attitude to the game from the players. Regular readers will remember I said last week that there are no easy games in football and they don’t need to be told that when they play teams like Burton Albion they are going to scrap for every ball and fight for the win as they don’t get the opportunity to play teams like Leicester very often. There seemed to be a lack of communication on the pitch within the Leicester squad and the will to win seemed missing and that’s why they came unstuck on the day. I can see Nigel Pearson’s frustration as he didn’t want to take Andy King, David Nugent and Jeff Schlupp off the bench, but he had to in the end to try and save the game. Unfortunately it was too late.
The draw for the next round would have taken us to Bradford and an opportunity to do well in a competition we have had such good memories is gone for another season so we move on to Blackpool on Saturday. The loss to Leicester financially is also a blow for the club as playing against bigger teams would have bought some money into the club. Obviously other teams have gone out the Cup, but it shouldn’t have happened to us. I was working with Matt Elliot this week and everyone has been saying “get your boots on!”
I wish the best of luck to the lads for the game against Blackpool. It won’t be an easy match as Blackpool are top of the league and have been on top form so far this season. Not really a game we want on the back end of being beaten by Burton Albion, but beating them will get the adrenalin going and a couple of wins this early in the season puts us back in contention where we want to be.
I will just finish with a quick message for the fans to keep getting behind the manager and the team. It is still very early in the season, and although I know that two managers at Coventry and Chesterfield have already got the sack after a slow start, both clubs are on the back of a relegation from last season and owners with a trigger finger don’t need much encouragement! Come on you Foxes!! Good job Mr Mandaric has gone to Hillsborough!
Now a few bits and pieces. Muzzy Izzet and I start our soccer academy now the kids are back at school so we’ve got a lot of coaching in and around Leicester with our academy.
There’s a lot going on at the moment for me at the minute and I am thinking about doing a follow up book to the one written in my testimonial year in 1997. It will cover the great seasons under Martin O’Neil and the less than good one’s for me leaving Leicester for Norwich and then facing football retirement. Could be a bit painful but a story is there to be told. Twitter users can let me know if they think it’s a good idea on my Twitter page.
On to good news, it’s been a busy week of preparation the Mike Tyson event, there has been loads to do in readiness for the big night. I know I say this every week, but there are really only a few tables left, so if you want more information go to www.kkongevents.co.uk.