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Megson 'Forwards below expectation'

Megson 'Forwards below expectation'

Leicester's latest home game at Stoke can be best analysed as a game of two halves.

It's an old football cliche, but the forward line that started the second half against Stoke looked and played completely differently to the one that Megson originally fielded.

Hume and Fryatt both came on at half-time against Stoke for the ineffective deVries and Campbell, and were immediately in the action with Fryatt salvaging a point for City after their poor 1st half display.

The obvious question to ask is, why didn't Hume and Fryatt, who did well in the cup game against Villa in midweek, start the game against Stoke?

The answer is perhaps surprising, they were tired said Megson.

'We saw the work rate that Iain Hume and Matty Fryatt put in on Wednesday night and they were both shattered. They came in afterwards with their socks down and they couldn't put one foot in front of the other. We thought that we have got other well-known, experienced players and we gave them an opportunity. What we wanted was the same work rate and the same level of commitment that we got from the lads up front against Villa, but for whatever reason it wasn't there.'

We are only at the start of a very long season the Championship and in Fryatt and Hume we have too very young and promising strikers.

So why are they tired? City have been involved in three consecutive midweek cup games if you include the called off match against Forest the first time round. And we are again in action against Wolves midweek.

Fryatt can possibly point to a lack of first team action as the reason for not being able to complete back to back games as he gets back his match fitness following Martin Allen's decision to freeze him out of the first team.

Ian Hume however, can possibly point to the opposite, having playing a crucial role in the opening set of matches in both attack and midfield.

After the poor performances of Cort, deVries and even £2M man DJ Campbell it will be interesting to see who Megson chooses to lead the line against Wolves.

Clearly Megson believed that in new signings Carl Cort and DJ Campbell he had a forward line that he could trust to give Hume and Fryatt a well deserved break.

'Playing three strikers in the first half just didn't work. You pick players and there is an expectation of what they will do. We didn't get what we expected.'

And the expectations of the Leicester fans were very audible at halftime when the side was booed from the pitch.

Clearly we cannot rely solely on just Hume and Fryatt throughout the season and the rest of the forwards will have to contribute as part of the squad in order for the team to suceed over the course of the season.

Megson commented that with so many games recently it is difficult to get to know the squad, I think the past two games have given him plenty to think about going into the Wolved game.



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