Steve Walsh Blog – 22nd September 2012

It was the City Bus Travel to Wolves on Sunday and it was gutting to see another loss for LCFC, but it was good entertainment for those who made it. On the way up to Wolves we had a breakfast stop at Burger King and the spirits were high, everyone seemed to remain positive, until half time!A lacklustre first half display with no help from the referee. There was some good goalkeeping from Carl Ikeme as he thwarted Leicester on several occasions. Lapses in concentration cost us the game. And, of all people to score it was Richard Stearman, just to rub salt in those wounds! Going into the second half two down left us a massive challenge, but the introduction of Anthony Knockaert nearly paid dividends as the game swung back into Leicester’s hands. An onslaught by LCFC created so many chances and yet we just could not find the net. Paul Konchesky brought the life back into the travelling fans when he put one in the net. Nigel Pearson must be disappointed that LCFC have had three away games and three away defeats, especially when the performances in the second half have deserved more. It was a quiet trip home on Walshys bus!

On Wednesday’s game against Burnley, I met Kasabian’s Tom Meighan before the match; it was great to see him. The first half of the match was definitely one to be forgotten, it was a must win match as the pressure was building on Nigel Pearson, but looked to be shaping up as another defeat as we were down 1-0 at half time. Whatever Nigel Pearson’s half time team talk was, it seemed to work wonders. The second half saw Burnley’s turn to sit back and invite pressure as LCFC finally got the breakthrough from David Nugent and then Jamie Vardy, this put the control of the game back into Leicester’s hands.

LCFC now sit only five points away from the top of the league and another home game on Sunday should keep us well involved, although improvements in display will be needed against in form Hull City. David Nugent got the MOM award for the game against Burnley, a big well done to him! He has also kindly donated a pair of signed boots for my Mike Tyson event which is now sold out. Cheers Nuge!

Now a trip down memory lane! It is 15 years since the two unforgettable games against Atletico Madrid. I did an interview yesterday re-living the away 2 -1 defeat (or should I say robbery!) and it was another game we would have won without a poor refereeing performance by a guy called Helge-Olsen from Norway. We had scored through Ian Marshall knocking in my header from a short corner and £51m of Spanish talent were looking decidedly second best, Juninho, Vieri and Kiko all kept under control. Then Juninho got a deflected equaliser and almost straight afterwards,  the ref gave a very dodgy penalty against Steve Guppy. There was hardly any contact on a guy called Delfi Geli, but down he went over Guppy’s outstretched leg in typical continental fashion. We all then a bit involved in a melee before the penalty could be taken – I had a “clash of heads” with Kiko and tempers got a bit frayed! Nevertheless Vieri scored the penalty and we had to settle for just the away goal as a reward for a fantastic performance. The home tie went 2 – 0 against us, so was a bit of an anti-climax, but the first leg was the highlight, as it was for 3000 supporters who went to watch from Leicester!

If you want to watch the highlights have a look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6_T1bSBDpc

In December I am hosting a Q+A evening The Birch and Frank Worthington, for more details about this event you can check out my new website www.kkongevents.com

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