The cheers at the final whistle were as much in relief as celebration, but this was an important win for the Foxes who will now have the opportunity to gain ground on Hull this Sunday. A successful experiment with 4-2-3-1 in the second half bodes well for the future. That said, if City offer a performance akin to the first half they will probably have to reverse more than a one goal deficit.
The key numbers;
0 – Leicester still haven’t scored a first half goal in the Championship this season. In fact, six of their eight goals in the league have come within the opening 15 minutes of the second half. Leicester have the worst first half record of any Championship side having gone in behind four times in six games. But they have the best second half record in the division, winning the second half five times and conceding just once. Perhaps Nigel Pearson could bring forward his half-time team talk.
10 – David Nugent had gone 10 appearances without a goal for the Foxes. 731 had passed between his winner at Ipswich in April and last night’s equaliser. Like many others in the first half his movement was poor but the switch in formation (and of course, the goal) seemed to reinvigorate the 27 year-old. A first goal at home for Jamie Vardy was a welcome boost for the former Fleetwood man’s confidence too.
14 – Jermaine Beckford has now played a grand total of 14 minutes in Leicester’s last five games. A penny for his thoughts after Nigel Pearson decided to make no changes at half time yesterday…