Are Leicester City a team Championship clubs consider difficult beat, or difficult to beat by more than one goal? This was Leicester’s seventh loss of the season by a single goal. It was all the more frustrating thanks to results elsewhere. And what looked like a blip a few weeks ago is beginning to look a bit more ropey.
The key numbers;
2 – This was only the second time this season that the Foxes had lost the second half. The Foxes had come off worse after half time once previously following a disputed Nottingham Forest penalty in November. When Millwall took the lead with just 23 minutes remaining Leicester’s hopes looked slim. The hosts, like the Foxes, have only conceded one league goal in the final 20 minutes of play this season.
12 – The number of points Leicester have won from their last 10 league games. In the save time period 14 other sides have won more points than the Foxes, with Millwall, Hull and Crystal Palace all averaging more than two points a game. After their 1-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion Nigel Pearson’s men have won just three times, the same number as Sheffield Wednesday.
41 – The percentage of games Leicester have won with Andy King and Danny Drinkwater starting together. That’s seven wins, four draws and six defeats. The pair have started together in each of Leicester’s last 14 outings. There have been five games in which one or the other has been absent from the starting lineup. Those matches saw wins against Peterborough, Burnley, Hull and Middlesbrough but also defeat at Charlton. Of course – the answer to Leicester’s recent inconsistency is more complicated than the midfield pairing. No-one complained about the King and Drinkwater midfield partnership when City had taken 10 points from a possible 12 against Huddersfield, Bristol City, Birmingham and Brighton. Neither were they strong calls for change when the pair started as City completed 6-0, 2-0 and 4-1 wins against Ipswich, Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County respectively. But Nigel Pearson might consider an extra body in midfield in future – particularly on the road.