Date:Thursday September 3 2009
OK, so it's the international weekend. Another dreary England match against a European nation who will most likely be disposed of with relative ease. You'd like to think so anyway.
More importantly, it signals a disruption to the Championship campaign, which subsequently means we all have to find something else to do with our Saturday afternoons. If the weather's fine we might mow our lawns, or find something else equally as uninspiring to do.
For Leicester City, it provides a timely period in which to re-group after Monday night's 1-0 defeat at Newcastle. After a neat run of four matches unbeaten in the Championship, Nigel Pearson's men have finally been brought back down to earth with a firm bump.
However, it's not all doom and gloom. On another evening Leicester could have been two or three goals to the good at half-time had it not been for the acrobatics of Steve Harper. Oh, that and the unforgivable greed of our top-goalscorer. Sorry Matty.
There were, unfortunately, many things that went wrong in the North-East on Monday evening. Predominantly it was the significant lack of Plan B after Danny Guthrie's unstoppable drive just after half-time, a shock City never quite got over after controlling much of the first period. Pearson's unwillingness to use his most potent weapon in Steve Howard proved to be fatal, as his chosen method of playing down the wings dramatically deteriorated.
Dany N'Guessan struggled for ninety minutes against Jose Enrique, finding no joy at all on the right hand side. It was a similar story on the left for Paul Gallagher, who simply could not get himself into the game until his inevitable substitution.
It could just be that this normally lamented international break will be a positive tool for Leicester so soon after their first defeat of the season. The extra week off certainly provides room for some of those who have fallen out of favour to worm their way back into Pearson's vision of thoughts. With the situation on the wings in particular still in the balance (as it has been ever since Pearson's arrival), we might just witness some of those forgotten men back in action.
As of this moment there is no great need for any drastic changes. One defeat in five Championship matches is nothing to worry about; after all, who wouldn't have taken our position at this stage at the beginning of it all? Any possible feelings of negativity should be quickly banished with the prospect of two extremely winnable home games on the horizon. After all, one of them is against Holloway's Blackpool. Revenge is a dish best served with three points.
Date:Thursday September 3 2009
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