Early season setbacks are nothing new to Foxes fans. Those with good memories will remember the early 1-0 reverse at Tranmere in 1993/94, the 3-2 home defeat to Stoke in 1995/96 and the 6-1 thumping at Ipswich in 2002/03.
Nevertheless, this was a poor performance and City will need to bounce back quickly. Leicester cannot afford to be bullied out of too many games at home this season.
Here are some numbers…
9 – The average number of defeats teams since 2004/05 have suffered in League One whilst clinching an automatic promotion spot. Luton Town had the lowest number of defeats in this period (6) whilst in the same season Hull City lost on 12 occasions but managed to finish 2nd. Last season both Swansea and Nottingham Forest lost 8 times.
4 – The number of City’s opening fixtures against top-half opposition. Leicester have taken 7 points from these games. One of the reasons City fans should not be too concerned by the table at this stage is the way opening fixtures can lead to false positions in the table. Walsall in 7th place, for instance, have only played one team in the top half so far. Hereford fans should really worry, their side lies 23rd and has yet to play any side in the top half.
6 – The number of red cards drawn from the top pockets of League One referees this weekend. Millwall have been reduced to 10 men on two occasions this season, have received 23 yellow cards and committed 111 fouls. They are by far the most ill disciplined team in League One. In contrast Leicester have committed 52 fouls, the 3rd fewest in the division.
Note: Due to the inept people at BT Broadband, Foxblogger will be without an Internet connection until Monday 22nd September. Normal service will resume after this date, but for those looking for a quick stat on the Leyton Orient game, the match pitches League One’s meanest defence (2 conceded) against the division’s most feeble attack (4 goals, failed to score in 4 games). City won’t have a better opportunity to bounce straight back from last weekend’s disappointment.