City 0 Shrewsbury 1
Report by Ian Bason
As expected, Nigel Pearson made 8 changes from the starting eleven against Chelsea, with only Moore, Mahrez and Konchesky (who was captain for the night) retained. I thought Allbrighton and Vardy may have seen some action tonight, but neither were included.
So a chance for those players currently warming the bench to stake a claim for a starting place, while first team competitive debuts were handed to James Pearson, Ryan Watson and Michael Cain, the latter of the trio has always impressed me in the U21 games I have seen, all had a chance to push for more first team squad involvement.
For Shrewsbury, the announcement of James Weslowski‘s name on the tannoy received a warm welcoming cheer from City fans, who was always liked him for his competitive challenges in midfield with his City career spoilt by two bad injuries, which happened at the wrong time as Nigel Pearson never saw the best of him, choosing to release him, but I’m glad he has made a decent football career. The Foxes Trust syndicate actually sponsored James in the 2005/6 season when he made his debut http://foxestrust.co.uk/player-sponsorship
City appeared to line up with Gary Taylor-Fletcher (GTF) playing behind Chris Wood in a 4-4-1-1 system, but as the half progressed GTF dropped deeper and deeper to help the debuting central pairing,and the gap between Wood and the rest of the side grew. With any longer balls snaffled up by the imposing Grandison who had the physical advantage over Wood.