City have reached the end of nine matches in a month with a record in all competitions of three wins, four draws and two defeats. How much more impressive that record might have been but for City’s inability to close out leads away from home…
The Foxes now have a week to prepare for the trip to Glanford Park and the top of the table clash against League One leaders Scunthorpe. That’s not a sentence many would have imagined writing at the start of the season.
Here are some numbers…
2 – Leicester have surrendered two goal advantages in three of their last four league games away from home. Lloyd Dyer’s last minute winner at Huddersfield saved the Foxes in October, but since then the Foxes have dropped seven vital points in their last three away fixtures.
11 – In Leicester’s first eight games of 2008/09 the defence was outstanding, conceding just three goals. In their last eight league fixtures, City have conceded 11 goals, netting only 13 themselves. In the first eight matches City kept five clean sheets, in their last eight they’ve kept the opposition at bay only twice. Leicester now share League One’s best defensive record with Stockport County.
25 – The number of players to feature for Leicester so far this season. This is a dramatic improvement on the 41 players who wore the jersey last year, the most of any Championship side in 2007/08 and only a few short of a full NFL squad. Martin Allen appears to be working his magic at Cheltenham already; the number of players used at Whaddon Road this season has already reached 36. For more on the importance of squad stability, see ‘Do Signings Equal Success?’
22 – After picking up his fifth booking of the season yesterday, Steve Howard will miss his first match of the 08/09 campaign at Scunthorpe. Whilst Fryatt, Dyer and King have all been ever-present in the league, Howard was the only remaining Leicester player to start each of City’s 22 matches so far this season.