Date:Friday October 30 2009
For Nigel Pearson, tonight sees his side up against the Championship's form team in Queens Park Rangers. But as with every match, he will maintain the faith in his trusted players that have propelled the team up to the dizzy heights of 5th so far this season.
Monday night's disappoiting display away at Reading has provided the basis for the idea that Leicester will travel to the capital tonight in search of a hard-earned draw. This of course is not helped by midfielder Richie Wellens' comments about setting the stall out for a point.
But will we really? The statistics show four draws in seven games away from home, which suggests this may be the case. Defensive-minded football against a QPR side blessed with such attacking prowess does not seem sensible. And why should we? We have the players to bring home three points, providing Fryatt and co capitalise on their key opportunities.
Queens Park Rangers have enjoyed an exciting season under the stewardship of Jim Magilton so far, playing the kind of football not witnessed at Loftus Road for some time. Fan expectations are publicly high, which provides Leicester with the perfect opportunity to bring them down to the earth with an almighty crash.
I have thought on many occassions this season that our defence, particularly the full-backs, may not be equipped to contain the nimble wingers the Championship has to offer. So far, they've proved me wrong on each occassion. So while I sit here writing this in fear of QPR's fearsome forward line, I hope our own side are doing completely the opposite.
But there are good reasons for my anxieties. Four of them in fact. They go by the names of Wayne Routledge, Akos Buzsaky, Adel Taarabt and Jay Simpson. But deep down there is, and should well be, a rousing confidence in our very own back four; this quad have conceded just 11 times all season long. We may be lacking pace significantly at the back, but there is more than enough elsewhere to make up for it.
But we should not be contemplating a draw or even defeat when there are three points up for grabs here. There is a game to be won, 90 minutes to be fought over and anything can happen. We may head into this game as underdogs, but QPR are no invisibles.
I leave you with the words of one QPR fan: 'I do not think there is a team in this division that can live with our current set up. You may be able to stop Routledge, Taarabt, Buzsaky and Simpson - but you`ll do very, very well to stop all four of them, all at the same time, for an entire match. Well here's my response: ever heard of Wayne Brown?
Date:Friday October 30 2009
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