Steve Walsh Blog – 28th September 2013

This last week has well and truly kept me on my toes! There’s been two LCFC games, I’ve attended a Tiger’s match and been doing all the final preparations for the grand opening of The Dragons Den Chinese that I’ll be hosting in Countesthorpe.

LCFC had Blackpool away last Saturday that in the end I didn’t manage to go to. I’m glad that we did manage to squeeze a point out the game, but overall it was a fairly disappointing result. I think Schmeichel had a tough game and his rush of blood gave away the penalty that Blackpool didn’t really deserve. It’s a shame that we couldn’t get the full three points as Blackpool now sit just one behind us in the league.

Although I couldn’t make it to the LCFC game on Saturday, I was invited to go and watch the Tigers game in hospitality. I was invited to the match to sit in the Legends Suite with Brian Cleaver (AVP). It was a great afternoon and had the chance to meet a few of the players after the match, and Peter Wheeler, the Leicester Tigers Chief Executive. A big thank you to Brian Cleaver!

LCFC’s Cup match against Derby County on Tuesday saw us with a great result. It was good to see all the new players get a good run out on the pitch, I think Nigel Pearson used the non-league game to its full advantage by experimenting with new talents and formations. I was starting to get concerned as to whether LCFC could pull it off in the 1st half as they seemed to be struggling to keep the ball up front, but a few changes at half time proved just how strong a few of our first team players are. The addition of Dyer, Knockaert and Nugent turned the match around and gave us a great result. Knockaert scored an absolutely cracking goal, and for me, he looked stronger on the pitch than I have ever seen him. Matty James also looks to be shaping up as a great player for the future.

We’ve been really lucky in the next round of the Cup as we have drawn Fulham at home. As soon as I heard the draw, memories of my equalizer against them in the semi-final came flooding back! It should be a great game and I have no doubt that with enough determination from the players we can move on to the next round.

This weekend, LCFC face Barnsley. It’s going to be a dangerous game as both us and Barnsley are desperate for a win. LCFC have got to keep on their guard as Barnsley are definitely not to be taken for granted. They’ve taken an absolute hammering recently and although LCFC should breeze through and get the three points, it’s easy to let your guard slip against the supposed lesser teams!

Tomorrow night is the grand opening of the Dragons Den Chinese in Countersthorpe. It’s a restaurant that I am hosting and I’m really excited about it. It’s a restaurant, takeaway and delivery service that runs in the same building as the Bulls Head pub. If you’re around on Sunday night, the opening is shaping up to being a great evening. I’ve got loads of the ex-Leicester lads coming down and you if fancy sampling the new Walshy special, ‘King Power Chicken and Spicy Sauce’ then you’re all welcome!

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