Walkers Boredom Strikes Again

City 1 Luton 1

City fans sat through another uncomfortable afternoon’s football at the Walkers Stadium on Saturday as the Foxes battled for a point with Luton. 

Following some mild optimism before the game as a result of fresh faces coming in, the crowd saw both Mark Yeates and Geoff Horsfield make their City debuts. The optimism didn’t last long. In a scrappy, dour, dull game neither side did enough to deserve the win although both had chances to steal the points before the end.  

Milan Mandaric was in the directors’ box to watch hopefully his last game before the boardroom situation is resolved. The enforced sale of Gareth Williams being the only way of enabling Rob Kelly to bring in three loan signings before the transfer window closed is testament to the club’s current precarious financial position. 

City began the better of the two sides after an early scare and Iain Hume had a chance to put them ahead after 6 minutes having controlled the recalled Johansson’s through ball. His shot was saved by Beresford but new boy Yeates was in the right place at the right time to score with his first touch for the club. 

Sadly the winger had little further chance to make any impression aside from a few neat touches in midfield. 

Luton’s plans were upset early on by the replacement of Lewis Emanuel with Dean Morgan after 9 minutes due to injury. Overall City had the better of the opening 20 minutes after being buoyed by their early goal….

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Leicestershire MP’s back a review of standing

Leicestershire MP’s back a review of standing at football grounds 

Did you know that Mike Hancock (Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South) put forward the following Early Day Motion (EDM) to the House of Parliament: 

STANDING AREAS AT FOOTBALL GROUNDS 15.11.2006

That this House urges the Government to re-examine the case for introducing small, limited sections of safe standing areas at football grounds; further urges the Government to recognise that there is widespread support for such areas, and that improvements in stadium design and technology mean that with rigorous safety specifications standing areas could be safely re-introduced; and calls on the Minister concerned to convene a meeting of representatives of the police, supporters, Premier League clubs and the Football Licensing Authority to find a way forward. 

The following MP’s had signed the motion before I lobbied our Leicestershire MP’s: 

Mr S Dorrell Conservative (Charnwood) Sir P Soulsby Labour (Leicester South) 

As a direct result of lobbying the following three more Leicestershire MP’s have now signed:

Mr D Taylor Labour (North West Leicestershire)

Mr David Tredinnick Conservative (Bosworth)

Mr Keith Vaz Labour (Leicester East) 

I have also established that the following MP’s are precluded from signing due to their position in the house:….

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Performance Spoilt by Ref

Colchester – 1  Leicester – 1 

The writer of this report apologises for the lack of detail and perspective.  It’s hard to take notes hemmed in on a good old fashioned Steve Claridge “corrugated bus stop” terrace leaning on a crush barrier shoulder to shoulder with fellow singing foxes fans and without a clock for reference!  We knew it was safe to park here as Colchester is statistically the safest place to leave the car! 

  •   A grey day, Colchester on 10 home game winning streak.
  •  City play Gareth McAuley at right back to help counter a big Colchester side – he contributes well through the match.
  •  This was the first ever match between the two teams at Layer Road 

 The bare facts:

  •  City scored after 20 minutes when Hume, played in down the inside right channel by a much more confident looking Fryatt, beat the advancing goalkeeper for his ninth of the season
  • Colchester equalize immediately after half time from a well taken penalty by their top scorer Iwellumo.  It looked a typical Championship challenge from a pitch length away and, at the time it came, just what City did not want as they tried to regain the momentum that had seen them clearly the better side in the first half
  • In bookings 4 – 3 to City (Tiatto, Hughes, McCarthy, Fryatt), but this was not a dirty game and a fussy referee left the pitch with both sets of fans telling him he “didn’t know what he was doing”!
  •  Disallowed goals: 2 – 1 to City including a Fryatt drive from a Maybury’s cross shot that would have been spectacular and, at the time, was no more than the visitors deserved…

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Performance A Wash Out

Southampton 2 v City 0 – 30/12/06

After a pleasant trek to the south coast in glorious sunshine, within minutes of parking, the heavens opened and a deluge of rain hit us. There was a pitch inspection arranged for 3.30 and Saints staff made huge efforts with rollers, forks etc to have the pitch playable. 

What followed could not in any terms be called a game! Leicester were so poor it was difficult to believe that this was the same side that had collected 10 points out of the last 12. Virtually every player had difficulty controlling a ball and getting it down. With a heavy pitch one would have thought that controlling a ball would be easier, in fact Southampton had no difficulty in that respect, they were also able to pass to a team mate, whereas City often gave the ball away. 

The game started at 3.45 and it soon became clear the Saints had come to terms with the conditions, the Foxes hadn’t. The City defence came under constant pressure, with Williams winning tackles and clearing his lines. With Tiatto and Hughes also helping out a beleaguered defence, the ball was constantly hoofed up field. Unfortunately neither Hume nor Hammond were able to control the ball so it was coming straight back into the City half.  

After 10 minutes Johansson slid in to intercept a ball meant for Ostlund on the Saints right. Nissa missed the ball by a whisker and carried on sliding away from the action whilst a delighted Ostlund advanced 10 yards, looked up and crossed an inch perfect ball to the head of an unmarked Pele who nodded past Henderson to put the Saints one up…..

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