Before this game I wrote these sides were likely to play an expansive game. That was before I saw the pitch.
Craig Shakespeare called the surface a disgrace, Nigel Pearson didn’t disagree. Here’s what the Football League regulations have to say on the subject;
“Each Club shall take all reasonable steps to maintain its pitch in good order.”
The rules go on to state
“The Executive may require a Club to take such steps as the Executive shall specify if not satisfied that an adequate standard of pitch is being maintained, including but not limited to the Executive commissioning an independent report on the state of the pitch by a Club, the cost of such independent report to be borne by the Club concerned.”
Blackpool have six home fixture remaining. Relegation threatened Bristol City and Peterborough United (the next visitors) may well have something to say about the sand to grass ratio at Bloomfield Road.
The key numbers;
0 – This was Leicester’s third goalless draw of the season, all of them away from home. Whilst Leicester haven’t gone a league campaign without a goalless draw since 99/00, three in a season is far from the borefest that must have been the 1921/22 campaign in which City fans endured nine of them.
1 – Chris Wood’s penalty miss was Leicester first since Joe Murphy saved Neil Danns’ spot kick in Leicester’s 2-0 win over Coventry last March. As far as I can tell, Wood is the first Leicester player to miss the target from the spot since Ian Hume sent one wide against Sheffield Wednesday in Leicester’s final home game of 2007/08. Others to have been denied in league games since then have included Matty Fryatt against Oldham (08/09), Steve Howard against Swansea (09/10) and Bristol City (10/11).
3 – Much has been made of the gap between Leicester and the top two widening over the last few weeks. Equally worrying is the shrinking of Leicester’s safety net between themselves and 7th. When Leicester beat Wolves at the end of January the gap was 11 points, today it’s three.