This is getting silly now. Does anyone want to join Cardiff in the Premier League?
Leicester were the only side from 2nd to 8th to win last night. As a result their chances of making the top six have improved significantly.
Leicester could need to win their last three games, but only if Bolton or Nottingham Forest manage that too. Since Bolton have won three and lost three in their last six, and Nottingham Forest have failed to win any of their last five games, Leicester’s superior goal difference really could mean 70 points is enough.
Of course, Leicester’s first win in 10 does not immediately signal the start of another run. For most of the match Bolton were more inventive with the ball despite playing only four players in advanced positions. And Nigel Pearson’s deployment of a flat back five in stoppage time showed just how desperate City were to hang on in the end.
But there were signs of the link-up play and creative movement that Leicester fans saw earlier in the season too. And the emphatic finishes from Dyer and Schlupp will do much to restore confidence. Chris Wood, who comfortably converted his first-half penalty, was a different player afterwards.
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3 – Last night the Foxes conceded for the third time in the opening five minutes. Previously at Leeds it was Jeff Schlupp who conceded a third minute penalty. And Michael Keane’s own goal at Barnsley set the tone of that dreadful afternoon. On both occasions Leicester lost. Leicester’s win last night was their third of the season having conceded the opening goal.
5 – Leicester have scored more goals in their last two outings than they had in their previous eight. City’s defence will now look to pick up their game at a Crystal Palace side that has failed to score in 456 minutes of football.
7 – This was the seventh penalty that Leicester have conceded this season. Kasper Schmeichel has saved three of them and, just as he did on Friday, went the right way in trying to keep out David Ngog’s effort. At the other end Chris Wood converted Leicester’s fourth penalty of the season.