Leicester City 4 (1) v Watford 1 (0)
The sun shines, more than 100 minutes of football, five goals, eleven bookings, two minor on-pitch melees and a dodgy penalty in injury time; all in all a bumper return for the 21,000 who used their Bank Holiday Saturday to watch Leicester beat Watford 4-1.
The second home game of the season saw a few more home debuts: Furlop in goal and Clarke at left back started, Kaebi came on as a sub in the second half. The player-huddle with which City preceded the kick-off to the Blackpool game was not repeated, and Watford – playing in all red – kicked off, with City old-boy Jordan Stewart on their left.
City began with a kind of 4 – 3 – 1 – 2 formation. The backs: N’Gotty on the right, Clarke on the left, McAuley and Kisnorbo in the centre. The midfield: Hume on the right but tucked behind the forwards, Wesolowski and Clemence in the centre and Sheehan on the left. Campbell and De Vries were up front.
Furlop’s first action was uninspiring – flapping at a cross from the right wing after 30 seconds. Indeed the first 14 minutes featured Watford getting far more crosses in from the right than was comfortable for City fans, with Clarke and Sheehan not forming a working partnership very quickly. Shittu headed wide from close, and Watford looked more comfortable than City, but without creating clear chances.
Then, after 14 minutes, the ball fell to Hume, 23 yards out in the “inside right” position, he hit a rising right-foot shot which gave Poom no chance at the far post. 1-0 to City, and one of the cleanest strikes we’ll see this season. The goal was greeted by a new “goal tune” on the tannoys: the sing-along bit from “Chelsea Dagger” by the Fratellis – a good, upbeat choice….