Another defeat, Leicester’s fifth 2-1 reverse of the season. A statistic (like City’s inability to get results inside the M25) to be filed under curious rather than significant for now.
These numbers are more key;
2 – This is the second time Leicester have fallen to consecutive league defeats this season. Last time City bounced back after defeats at Charlton and Blackburn with a win over Blackpool. On Tuesday City face another challenging match at a revived Bolton side. There aren’t too many sides that have finished in the automatic promotion places having lost three in a row during the season. In the last five seasons only Reading (who had a four match losing streak last year) have managed it.
13 – This was the first time the Foxes have been outshot by their opponents this season. The Hornets produced 13 attempts to Leicester’s seven. On average Leicester have made 9.7 attempts on goal per game in the league this season, their opponents have been restricted to 6.7.
23 – Zac Whitbread’s red card was Leicester’s first since Neil Danns was dismissed during City’s 2-1 win over Hull last season, 23 games ago. His suspension means the Foxes continue to look threadbare at the back, though at long last Nigel Pearson appears to be working on a solution.