Steve Walsh Blog – 2nd March 2013

Its been a very mixed week for me on football and personal fronts. It started poorly last Saturday when we could only manage a draw at Blackpool. It was an opportunity to get some well needed points and make up ground in the league, but it wasn’t to be and we settled for a draw.

Blackpool was where I signed my first non-contract as a 15 year old when 1966 world cup winner Alan Ball was in charge. Being in Blackpool bought back loads of memories for me and I couldn’t help but remember a cracking goal I scored as a 12 year old at Bloomfield Road. Happy days!

The game reminded me how well we must have progressed this season. Blackpool are a top side and I really did think we were going to return from Bloomfield Road with all three points. Chris Wood’s missed penalty proved to be a costly mistake but I think our new signing, Harry Kane, will give us a boost in the goal department. Harry is a player who is very well thought about in the game and several teams would have killed for his signature! We did have a pretty decent start at Blackpool as Pearson went with a 4:3:3 attacking line-up. We had dominance, we were aggressive and we attacked but it just wasn’t enough. We do have to thank Schmeichel for some important saves! A good run of results is now what we need and I still believe that we are more than capable. We just need to get those results so we can stop looking over our shoulders at all those teams fighting and scrambling to get into the play-off positions.

Despite all this I still enjoyed my trip up north at the weekend. It was great to go and see my family and I owe a big thank you to City as they provided two directors’ box tickets for me and my dad. He loved it, and wore his suit with the LCFC tie I gave him after winning the Coca-Cola Cup. We also got to meet Jimmy Armfield and had the opportunity to speak to one of the all time greats about players of his day like Tom Finney and Stanley Matthews.

Tuesdays match saw us get back in the mix, and in style! It was a statement to all the doubters as Blackburn Rovers got brushed aside in a very convincing fashion. Leicester totally dominated the game from start to finish.

For me, it was one of the best first half performances of the season as City showed a hunger to make amends for the last few games. There were flashes of brilliance from Marshall, Wood and Kane and we saw a world class save from Schmeichel. Blackburn’s only effort for a goal was denied, a save that Gordon Banks would have been proud of! After that, it was always going to be Leicester’s night and they deserved it! We saw a superb cross from Marshall and a header from Wood, the King Power stadium then came to life. From then on, we hit cruise control and it was just a matter of time before we scored again just before half-time. We got ourselves three much needed points and a great confidence boost!

Last Friday, I visited Loros on the Groby Road in Leicester to see Dave Hurst, a big Leicester City fan who was very ill. I went in to try and cheer him up a bit but I heard some terrible news after the match on Tuesday that he only had a few hours left to live. Situation’s like that really put life into perspective! All my thoughts are with his family and friends, and I hope that we can dedicate Leicester’s win on Tuesday to him!

Loros is a fantasic  local charity who do an amazing job in the hospice movement locally and they really deserve to get masses of help and support from the community. The people working there are simply wonderful and make all the difference for the one’s who need their help and every one of them deserves a medal for what they do. Just a quick tour of their website should prompt everyone to think if they can help in any way – http://www.loros.com/

Back to the football and what a week we have coming up. We should get a result at Ipswich away and then it is quickly followed by the visits of Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday to our newly purchased home at the King Power Stadium – can’t wait!!

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