They might have clung on in the end but Leicester recorded their fifth straight league win and with it a real sense that this might not be a false dawn.
In City’s nine year absence from the Premier League never has the case for promotion looked so convincing. This group of Foxes fans – the longest suffering generation since the 1920’s – are starting to feel the buzz.
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7 – Bakary Sako’s equaliser was just the seventh goal that Nigel Peason’s men have conceded in the second half this season. The next best record in the Championship belongs to Hull who’ve shipped more than twice as many (16). Next weekend’s opponents Peterborough United have conceded 35 after the break, more than any other side in the division.
12 – This was the twelfth league match of the season in which no Leicester player was cautioned by the referee. The turnaround in discipline shouldn’t surprise us, after all it’s exactly what we saw in Nigel Pearson’s first spell in charge. Of the seven players who picked up a club record 9 red cards last season only Kasper Schmeichel and Paul Konchesky remain at the club. Coincidence? No.
14 – David Nugent needs only six more goals to become the first Leicester striker to score 20 league goals in a season at this level since Gary Lineker. With 17 matches to play, and the former Portsmouth man forming a deadly partnership with Chris Wood, there seems to be no reason to believe Nugent won’t manage it.