There are some games that don’t deserve to remain goalless – this wasn’t one of them. In a first half devoid of skill the best first touch came not from the players but a ball boy. The applause and ironic chants of “Sign him up!” summed up one of the worst 45 minutes of football at the Walkers Stadium. Things improved somewhat in the second half, though not enough that the prospect of doing it all again on Tuesday week is a mouth-watering proposition.
Here are some numbers…
13 – The Foxes have not lost at home since Millwall turned over Nigel Pearson’s side in September. Not even the Manager of the Month curse could shake this rather impressive record of 13 home league and cup matches without defeat for City.
12 – Max Gradel hadn’t started a game for Leicester since the home win over Bristol Rovers a dozen games ago. After a lightning start to the season Gradel has clearly fallen out of favour with Nigel Pearson, and despite forcing a late save from Speroni he still appeared out of sorts. Despite his limited starting opportunities (11 starts, 7 substitute appearances) Gradel still has the second most assists at the club this season. The Ivorian winger has five so this term, Steve Howard has six.
8.00 – According the BBC’s Player Rater Steve Howard was yesterday’s Man of the Match. That said the former Derby man did miss the best chance of the match. In the Midseason Fact Check I noted Matty Fryatt needs fives chances for every goal he scores. Howard’s strike rate in League One is 6.78%, or roughly one goal for every 15 attempts.
Program Note: If you’d like to hear me discussing the match with Rob Henton on Foxpodder you can do so here.