LEICESTER CITY 1- SOUTHEND 0
City fans came to the match reasonably optimistic after improved performances since the Burnley horror show at The Walkers. O’Grady came in the side from the start with Hume on the bench. Tiatto was selected instead of Porter- a decision not universally acclaimed.
We kicked off 4 minutes late as the Southend players were late taking the field. If Daryll Hair had been the referee we would have been awarded the match and we could all have gone off to the pub! As it was, City started in a low tempo uninspired fashion against a well drilled Southend side.
Southend missed a sitter in the 27th minute after a Tiatto mistake and good play by Southend’s little winger who gave Johannson a difficult time all afternoon. O’ Grady had a half hit shot but generally our midfield again lack creativity and we continued to hit long balls down the line from the back, bypassing midfield. Fryatt and O’Grady had to resort to working for scraps of possession instead of receiving balls to feet.
Towards the end of the half City’s passing improved. During this period of pressure we won a corner. Tiatto whipped in a good dead ball and Kisnorbo stormed in late to send a good header high into the net. The corner proved to be Tiatto’s last (and only?) meaningful contribution to the game and he did not appear for the send half…..
Picture courtesy of Raymonds/lcfc.com
Kisnorbo celebrates netting his goal…..