I feel like I’m repeating myself but it was another good display last weekend and another three points in the bag from West Brom. Again, the whole team and the spirit they bring onto the field is admirable. Danny Drinkwater is performing particularly well in midfield; Kasper Schmeichel is putting in some solid performances between the sticks and, of course, who can ignore the double-act up front of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez who are putting some great play together and getting us the results.
You have to wonder how long we can continue to concede goals and still come back to gather points but with the current scoring rate – we’ve only been outscored by Manchester City on goals-for this season – Vardy is definitely the man of the moment. He’s still on track to become a record Premier League scorer; needing just two more goals in the next two fixtures to join Ruud van Nistelrooy who found the net in 10 consecutive games for Manchester United back in 2003. I really hope he does it and, to be fair, it is achievable with the next two games against Watford and Newcastle. It’s a great feeling to put the ball in the back of the net: I remember when I got pushed up front after receiving a couple of red cards when we were in the Championship (1993), scoring 9 goals in 9 games and getting 16 goals that season. It’s such a buzz and I can see why Vardy’s always smiling!
What is great to watch every weekend is not just the wins but the team’s performances; they really look like they are enjoying the games, they’re focussed and there’s none of the fatigue that you see in some teams by this point in the season. When you’re a player you go on ‘runs’ where you’re unstoppable like this but it’s important to realise that it will come to an end sometime and when a hiccup occurs, as with Arsenal, it’s about how you respond.
This season has been a real pleasure to see and great for the owners, fans and the city itself; it’s just what we needed and just reward for the investment of time and money everyone has contributed.
It’s no longer a case of staying up for Leicester (though Ranieri quite rightly is still looking for that 40 point target first and foremost) and I think we’ve got a great opportunity from our current position to keep pushing and aim high and, who knows, we could yet be visiting Europe next year.
We’ve got an exciting, but challenging, run up to Christmas when we welcome both Manchester clubs and Chelsea to the King Power and travel to both Liverpool and Everton. Yes, these are the ‘big boys’, but I think we could pull out some surprises and I don’t think any of them can take a win for granted.
This weekend we face Watford who have been having a good debut season back in the top flight so we cannot take it for granted that we will get another three points on the table. But we will be the favourites going into the weekend and at home I think the support we have might give the Hornets a bit of a shock; it’s definitely a difficult crowd to come up against as a visitor but a great one for us!
Last, but certainly not least, I wanted to say a special thank you to an avid Walshy supporter (obviously a man of taste), Jack Patrick; who, last Sunday at just 20 years old sadly passed away. My thoughts are with Shaun (Jack’s Dad) and his family for their tragic loss and as a mark of respect we’ll be recognising Jack’s passion for the game with a round of applause at the 20th minute of the Watford game. I have no doubt that all the fans will get behind this and we can show Jack and his family the support he showed the Foxes and keep his memory alive. May he Rest in Peace.
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