Steve Walsh Blog – 6th October 2012

Next stop Middlesbrough away, could we crack the away day blues? Yes, and in style! A well-deserved win and another three points put Nigel Pearson’s men right up amongst the top teams in the league. Boro’s unbeaten home record was smashed and LCFC dominated. We had possession, shots on target and crosses into the box. We showed a display of football to warn off the opposition and show that we can’t be taken for granted anymore. Performances from Ben Marshall, Danny Drinkwater, Lloyd Dyer stood out to me and it was great to see Liam Moore called back into action. The partnership between Sean St Ledger and Wes Morgan looked strong on the field.

As Jermaine Beckford leaves for Huddersfield, Vardy is looking more and more promising as a player. His willingness to chase every ball and put himself about is causing plenty of headaches for our opposition’s defences, and to think he’s still learning his trade. I’m looking for Nugent and Vardy to put at least 40 balls in the net between them this season if they can bond together and link more. I’m really excited to see what these two can do; it could potentially be the best pairing up front that LCFC have had since Emile Heskey and Stan Collymore, or maybe Emile Heskey and Tony Cottee, although they still have a lot to do and only time will tell.

I’m pleased for Nigel Pearson as I have always said he works very hard on the training ground and deserves all the credit for this turnaround. And, I know he won’t like me saying that as we are only a few games into the season and he knows as well as I do what one week in football can do to you, but we do have to give him credit. I think he has been underestimated and I’m sure the rumours about the owners meeting with Harry Redknapp aren’t true as the owners have backed Pearson all the way.

We need to take this season one game at a time, and so far it looks like that is just the game plan of Nigel Pearson. Another back to back win on Tuesday against Huddersfield has put us in a fantastic position in the league. The football played by LCFC has produced well deserved wins, we have outplayed and outfought our opposition. Anthony Knockaert was once again looking good, bringing a positive mood to the pitch; he must have been buzzing after his goals!

All round we’ve had a great few weeks, the squad are fit and we have the potential to be top of league very soon. This could be our season!

To wrap up this week, I would like to send my condolences to the family of Kan Barana. Kan was a good family friend and he sadly passed away last week after fighting an illness.

Just a note we will be announcing the winner of our latest competition on Monday 8th October!

 

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