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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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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