Posh’s 16 match unbeaten run came crashing to an end as Leicester marched on to their fifth successive victory. It’s the first time Leicester have achieved such a feat since April 2003 when Preston, Burnley, Coventry, Grimsby and Nottingham Forrest all fell in succession. The Foxes’ four point cushion will guarantee that Leicester are top on Boxing Day. Since League One took on its new name two of the four occupants of top spot on Boxing Day have gone on to win the title, three have been promoted automatically.
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23,390 – Leicester’s largest crowd of the season was comfortably the biggest in League One yesterday, but it was also greater than nine attendances in the Championship. The Foxes’ home support was larger than the crowds Blackburn (23,004) and Bolton (19,884) could muster too. Impressive stuff, though undoubtedly helped by a sizable Posh following.
12 – Steve Howard had gone a dozen games without a goal before his last minute strike from outside the box. Since his opener at Oldham, Howard has been playing second fiddle to the Fryarstarter, though his contribution is not going unnoticed. If anyone deserved to be on the score sheet, it was Howard.
2 – Craig Morgan’s blunder was the second own goal to benefit the Foxes in 2008. In a interesting quirk, before yesterday the last three own goals scored for Leicester had settled the game. Darren Purse (Cardiff), Neil Austin (Barnsley) and John McGreal (Burnley) had all been unwitting match winners in 1-0 defeats for their respective clubs. At least Craig Morgan can rest knowing things probably wouldn’t have turned out much differently without his sixth minute intervention.