A new season of match reports from Trust members kicks off with one of our new signings to the match reporting team, Colin Hall. We will also be featuring reports from both games in Scotland later this week.
City 3 Notts County 0
Martin Allen must have been satisfied with his home managerial debut for Leicester City this afternoon.
Although the 3-0 scoreline over visitors Notts County was perhaps to be expected, the number of strong individual performances was especially heartening.
For the first time in a long while, the Foxes faithful saw a team in blue that appeared inspired rather than intimidated by their surroundings.
New signing Stephen Clemence set the tone with a fierce ball-winning challenge in the opening seconds, and followed this up later with his first goal for the club. We have lacked a midfield general since the departure of Muzzy Izzet some three years ago. Clemence shows every sign of fulfilling this role.
In defence, Bruno N’Gotty gave a very assured performance, while in attack Iain Hume was a constant threat and could have had more than one first-half goal to show for his efforts.
Among the second-half substitutions, James Wesolowski and Joe Mattock were particularly impressive, while Matty Fryatt displayed the goal touch that was often absent last season when heading home Shaun Newton’s cross to make the game safe. And the enthusiasm shown by young strikers Eric Odhiambo and Ricky Sappleton suggests that competition for striking places will be extremely fierce..