It’s difficult not to feel sorry for Nigel Pearson and indeed any other face from the club put in front of the media this week. Pearson and co have no choice but to build up playoff dreams until the numbers categorically rule it out. But talk of six wins in a row when Leicester have just one pair of consecutive wins to their name this season borders on the comical.
Entertaining this posibility for a moment, such a run of victories would count as City’s best run of league wins since 1993. The club record is seven, matched that year by Brian Little’s men on their way to a playoff final defeat at the hands of Swindon Town.
Back to the present, and the reality of Leicester’s situation is far more grim. £50m of investment from AFI may end up producing not only a side that has failed to reach the playoffs, but also one that has won fewer points than it managed the season before. To avoid that particular scenario, the Foxes require 11 points from the final 18 available.
Rovers should have some hope of picking up points despite winning just one of their last 15 league games. When it comes to dispatching the sides in the Championship’s lower reaches, Leicester have made hard work of it. Of the sides currently in the bottom eight Leicester have hosted seven and beaten only Coventry.
Doncaster may have scored fewer goals than every Championship side bar Bristol City, and conceded more than everyone except Ipswich. They may have been in the relegation zone since October. They may have been thumped 5-1 on their last visit. They may have won only once in their 14 league trips to Leicester. They may be the side with the worst form, the worst goal difference and the only Championship side yet to string together back to back wins. But if this season has taught Leicester fans anything, it is to be humble, to know that no match is won before a ball is kicked and that every point won is a point hard earned.
Unfortunatley for Nigel Pearson, humility is not something we have come to expect from the Leicester City boardroom and there might be more reasons to feel sorry for him if the Foxes fail to earn a win here.