Yet more frustration on the road for Leicester City. Worse, unlike at Blackburn, the goals City lost could not be put down to the quality of the opposition. Twice City defenders lost their men, twice they were punished. And again, City failed to convert pressure into goals. Paul Konchesky’s consolation was the only one of City’s 20 efforts on goal to hit the back of the net.
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3 – This was City’s third consecutive away defeat. In each one they’ve surrendered the initiative to the home side. In terms of individual errors it’s reminiscent of City’s last string of away defeats – four in a row under Sven in 2010/11. First at Bristol City Steve Howard missed a penalty before City went down 2-0. Then a howler from Chris Weale at Watford allowed the hosts to race into a 2-0 lead (City eventually lost 3-2). Another poor start at Ipswich followed, the Foxes finding themselves 3-0 down before half time at a wintry Portman Road. Finally a mix-up between Chris Kirkland and Michael Morrison allowed Jason Puncheon to double Millwall’s early advantage at The New Den – City never recovered from 2-0 down. Getting to the break with a clean sheet at the Riverside in two weeks time would be progress.
14 – The number of minutes Neil Danns has spent on the pitch in league matches this season. Pearson said Danns wasted his chance against Burton and it’s difficult to disagree. Paul Gallagher’s 56 minutes in that Carling Cup tie was his only action before heading to Sheffield United. With Ritchie Wellens on the mend one has to wonder how long Danns will be content with his lot at Leicester.
27 – Nigel Pearson’s defence of 2009/10 conceded just 27 on the road. At the current rate Leicester are on their way to conceding 46 this year. Clearly Pearson has the ability to get the side organised. He did it back then with a side far less technically gifted than this one. But perhaps a lack of competition for places in defence has resulted in a loss of focus. Whatever the reason, City can’t go on looking this wobbly at the back on the road.