A frustrating day at the office.
This was Leicester’s ninth defeat of the season. Of the five sides to win promotion in second place over the last five seasons City have already they’ve lost more games than West Brom (7) and Norwich (8), and as many as Birmingham and Stoke. Last year Southampton went up having suffered ten defeats.
With 16 games to go – and points being dropped all over the place – it already looks redundant to assess the points required for automatic promotion using previous seasons as a guide. 80 points could well be enough.
The key numbers;
– This was the first time Leicester have conceded in the final ten minutes this season. Incredibly, Peterborough United are also the first Championship side to score twice against Leicester in the second half.
4 – This was the fourth time in a row that David Nugent and Jamie Vardy have started together and Leicester have lost. Against Crystal Palace, at Millwall, at home to Cardiff and yesterday the partnership failed to yield a single point. Then again, Leicester won five in a row earlier in the season with the duo starting in the same side. It’s perhaps a little dangerous to draw strong opinions on this information alone.
6 – It’s been 20 years since Leicester won six in a row and this was the sixth time Leicester have failed at the final hurdle. In 2002/03 a five match winning run was brought to an end with a 1-1 draw at Rotherham. Simon Grayson’s Leeds snatched a 1-1 draw in the last minute to stop City winning six in a row in League One. Depending which defeat you count (the playoff loss to Cardiff or the 3-2 opening day defeat at Crystal Palace the following season) City could not improve on the five wins that ended the 2009/10 league campaign. A 2-0 loss at Cardiff did for Sven’s five match winning run in 2010/11 and a 1-1 draw at Birmingahm City earlier this season again kept a six match winning run out of reach as well.