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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Rare Boxing Day Win

Hull 1 City 2 – Boxing Day 2006

What a refreshing change!  When I was asked by The Observer the other week for my view of the Barnsley game, I said that City appeared to have no passion or urgency about them, and this has been true for so many games.  

However, the game against Hull was probably the best one I’ve seen this season.  They started as if they really wanted to win and only some stout defending by Hull stopped them scoring on several occasions.   

In the first five minutes Hammond was hacked down and the defender wasn’t even booked, although he was sent off in the second half.  Even when Hull scored against the run of play, on the stroke of half-time, I didn’t think – as I have done so often this season – that that was the end of the story.  I expected them to turn it around, at least to get a point, and they did not disappoint.  I can’t remember the last time I was so enthusiastic about a City side. 

Stephen Hughes was a vast improvement on Low (although how could he be anything else?!) and Williams is improving with every game.  Porter was his usual busy self and even Hammond – whom I often accuse of being lazy and not appearing to be involved in the game at all – was a constant threat….

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Cadamarteri Maintains Squad Numbers

With the departure of Andy Welsh back to Sunderland ending his loan spell a couple of days early, the wages saved were quickly re-invested in giving Danny Cadamarteri a contract until the end of the season. 

Rob Kelly commented on LCFC World that Danny had displayed a hunger for success which earned him his contract following a 2 week trial. It will be interesting to see if Rob plans to use him as a striker or utilise his pace on the wing. 

Cadamarteri is best known for his 6 years at Everton where he broke into the first team and made 50 starts and a further 60 substitute appearances, claiming 15 goals. 

Still only 27 he has subsequently played for Bradford, Leeds, Sheffield United and finally returning to Bradford for a second spell. He also played a few games on loan at Fulham. His full career details follow….

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Academy Products Delivering the Goods !

Wolves 1 City 2 

The trip from Leicester was easy.  £10.80 return by train with a 15 minute walk to the ground downhill: friendly reception at Molyneux to visitors.  Leicester have a good track record against Wolves in recent years and this proved to be the case again. 

Henderson had replaced Logan in goal, Logan having suffered a torrid time against Sheffield Wednesday when clearly unprepared for shots outside the Penalty Area.  Henderson had performed well earlier in the season, but although not sorely tested, sometimes looked a little hesitant on this occasion – short of match practice perhaps. 

The rest of the team was as expected with Gareth Williams playing at number 8 and Josh Low on the bench – thank heavens. 

The Wolves match programme contained a very good analysis of the visiting team and their manager.  Why doesn’t the Foxes programme contain this sort of analysis of visitors to the Walkers Stadium? 

This famous ground echoing to the names of Stan Cullis and Billy Wright heralded a return to form for Leicester.  The atmosphere felt right for Leicester.  Both Robert Kelly and Mike Stowell were at home. 

Mike was prominent on the touch line – too much so, but this pairing with Robert Kelly is by no means ineffective.  Robert Kelly is a mild-mannered sort but you do not have to be loud and assertive to be a good manager and there are grounds for thinking that Robert Kelly is a shrewd, quiet, restrained operator with a non-existent budget: a man who knows his own limitations and that of others – he deserves our support.  Stowell is also loyal – bear in mind his many years of devoted service to Wolves in goal: he merits support as well.  It would be interesting to see his written assessment of our three goalkeepers….

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Louis Dodds – How Did He Do On Loan?

That is the question we asked Northwich Victoria Supporters Trust, Maggie Nixon gathered the views of several fans and filed this report exclusively for the Foxes Trust. 

"Louis Dodds has done well and has been a good loan signing. 

His debut wasn't easy, with a mid-week match away to Exeter, where he was substituted after 63mins. The feedback was optimistic, he'd had a quiet start but could run faster than most and it looked like a promising loan signing. 

Louis' first home match against Rushden & Diamonds was excellent, he worked hard and demonstrated that he has a good awareness of the game. Two incidents stand out.  

Firstly, he found space at the far post from a set piece, putting him in a perfect position to collect a poorly cleared ball and deliver it back into the box, where our tall central defender buried it in the back of the net.  

The second has to be the best of his three Vics goals. A precise curling shot instinctively delivered into the top corner of the net from 25 yards out – stunning……

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