Let’s begin with a montage.
Coventry City (0:1) Leicester City: Heskey
Leicester City (4:2) Watford: Heskey 2, Carlos, Recoba
West Ham United (1:0) Leicester City
Leicester City (3:2) Watford: Recoba 2, Nesta
Liverpool (2:4) Leicester City: Riise missed penalty, Recoba 3, Heskey
One slip up brought us into March, a sullen loss at Upton Park thanks to a bad mistake at a corner to allow John Hartson in. Our approach has evolved somewhat since the start of the season. We’ve blended a 5-3-2, 3-5-2, 3-4-3 and 2-3-5 systems all under the veil of one system. At this point, the business end of the season, the part where everyone told us that we’d fall back to 7th or 8th – where we belong, we were made stronger. Our ‘score more goals than you approach’ netted us 13 goals in 5 games. Alvaro Recoba has been revolutionary as always. Don’t tell anybody but he’s my vote for player of the season.
Leicester City (0:1) Southampton
And now for something completely different entirely. This was a carbon copy of the game at Upton Park but with 20,000 crammed into Filbert Street, Southampton performed the magic trick under our very eyes. Marian Pahars snatched a fourth minute winner and sat back. This suited us perfectly. Our evolved 2-3-5 system didn’t need to rely on Alessandro Nesta’s pace, it just needed the pick of a lock. We searched for 86 minutes and couldn’t find it, despite three pieces of the woodwork we took with us into the next game.
Leicester City (3:1) Everton
The quarter final of the FA Cup made all that more important by the elimination of Manchester United at Pride Park on Saturday lunchtime. This left us as the highest ranked team in the cup with West Ham also booking their semi-final places and Southampton or Tottenham to do so in concurrence with our match at Filbert. From the first ten minutes I knew I didn’t want any part of this game. I wanted a tetchy one-goal win but inside 20 minutes we were back to playing basketball with the Toffees, leading 2-1. Thankfully, our midfield kicked in as Everton forced us further back. Turned out it was their downfall. The second half speaks for itself, I believe.
League Table: (after 27)
Manchester United 66
Leicester City 55
West Ham United 44