Millwall is still an intimidating place to visit. The police take no chances and fans were forced to wait nearly an hour after the final whistle before being allowed to head to the train station. As the game wore on and it become clear that the Lions would not pose much of a threat the travelling support broke into a chorus of “You’re not scaring anyone”. They were right. In this division Leicester now no longer have anyone left to fear.
The Week That Was
It was surprising just how similar the match at the New Den was to game at the Walkers Stadium. Two scrappy matches were settled with around 20 minutes on the clock by rare pieces of quality finishing. Few chances for either side in the remainder of the match made for a stale spectacle, but at least this time the result was much more pleasing.
Steve Howard now has 13 goals for the season, 11 short of his career best 24 goals for Luton in 2001/02 and six fewer than the 19 he managed for Derby in 2006/07. His strike partner Matty Fryatt has four goals in his last 12 games.
The Week Ahead
Leicester host Colchester United on Saturday, a side who haven’t really settled at their new stadium but have found travelling around League One much more pleasurable. Colchester have eight wins on the road and just five defeats. They are one of only three sides in the division with more wins away than at home, the others being Leyton Orient and Yeovil Town.
In another obstinate gesture to statistical convention the U’s are far stronger in the first half than the second. In League One this season there have been 544 goals scored in the first half and 691 following the change of ends. Paul Lambert’s side have managed to invert this to such an extent that if matches finished at half time Colchester would be sitting pretty in the play-offs. The U’s have scored 27 first half goals and 24 in the second period. Compare that with Leicester who have struck 29 times in the first 45 minutes and 41 times after the break and you’ll see the scale of Colchester’s problems this season. The U’s go to bits after half time.
For Leicester, the important thing at the moment appears to be keeping a clean sheet. In the last eight matches Leicester have only won when they shut out the opposition. Four score draws in that period have I’m sure made anyone with City’s number on the pools very happy indeed.
On This Day
Marcus Bent’s late header on this day in 2004 cancelled out Wayne Rooney’s opener for Everton as City’s battle against the drop looked like being a successful one. The result left the Foxes three points clear of the relegation zone. But the day was a sombre one after it was announced that a 40-year-old fan on his way to the match had died after being struck by flying debris from a building close to the Walkers Stadium.