Steve Walsh Blog – 7th September 2013

Don’t you just hate waking up on a Saturday morning with no game to look forward to! All the jobs in the house need doing today, but somehow you just can’t get round to them and the excuses wear a bit thin without the usual “got a game to go to”.

It’s all made a bit worse after watching England last night. I know, I know, there’s no such thing as an easy game in this day and age, but that didn’t stop Ukraine scoring nine but on the bright side, the points dropped by Montenegro in Poland put us back on top of the World Cup qualification league so it’s still in our own hands. It could get even better in midweek with another good result, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that no Man Utd forward being available will not be too hard to bear!

Just to get back to last Saturday, just how many defeats in a row is that we have suffered against Charlton now? Before the game I was thinking about a cautious approach and that became clear after a disappointing defeat. Once again Kermogant came back to haunt us. I remember saying that we would go to London and sort him out but he has become a thorn in our side. I am bound to say that he would never have scored against me in my day, I’d have been in his ear telling him that all through the game! Still, it’s very early in the season and unfortunately we can’t win every game and now the concentration moves on to responding against Wigan next weekend.  I remember when Martin O’Neil was in charge and we would suffer a bad defeat, we would rally around and fight to get winning mentality back. Bouncebackability – just ask Helen Chamberlain!

With the international break it gives the team chance to prepare for two big games with Wigan and Blackburn. Neither will be easy but it gives us chance to show what we are made of and that we are capable for challenging this year. With Matty James suspended it gives Liam Hammond a golden opportunity to step right in and stamp his authority on our midfield. I’ve hear that he’s a tough player that plays a very physical game which is something I feel we currently lack so I’m looking forward to seeing him in action.

QPR are looking my favourites for automatic promotion at the moment they continue to grind 1-0 wins and will only get better as they settle back into the division. Good to see Forest slip up against my old team Wigan, I have fantastic memories from my time there and have to thank them for giving me my first professional career debut but come a week on Saturday I will only be rooting for one team and that’s Leicester City.

Come on Foxes!

One final reminder on the football front is a charity game organised for the 6th October at the King Power stadium, kick off 3pm. It’s all in aid of LCFC Foxes Foundation and Alex’s Wish which is the charity selected by Robbie Savage who will be getting his boots on – as will yours truly. There will be plenty of famous names playing, so put the date in your diary and get down and support us.

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