Silence of the Rams III

Derby County 0:2 Leicester City


Sven Goran Eriksson’s side took another stride towards the play-offs on Saturday evening, with a comfortable 2-0 win over Derby at Pride Park…

There were two changes to the side for this televised local derby, with Ricardo making his debut in goal in place of Weale, and Oakley in for Abe in midfield.
Struggling Derby kept things very tight in the opening spell, allowing City possession but no real chances until Van Aarnholt’s cross was blocked by Addison, who collided with a post.
City’s dominance appeared to have borne fruit in the 22nd minute when Vassell found the top corner, but a linesman’s flag halted the celebrations.
However, six minutes later City took the lead their performance deserved thanks to a bit of magic from Yakubu.  The Rams failed to clear their lines properly and Gallagher teed up the Nigerian 12 yards out. Although Yakubu was well marked he juggled the ball twice before lashing a drive into the roof of the net for a spectacular opener. 
A minute later Gallagher went close with a long range effort after more good work from Van Aanholt down the left.
Seconds before half-time City doubled their lead with a sublime passing move that swept from one end to the other in seconds. Mee to Yakubu to Van Aanholt to Gallagher who fed King perfectly to slide the ball past the advancing Bywater and into the net.
The half time whistle signalled boos from a home crowd who had seen their team outplayed.
The Rams improved after the break, City had a bit of defending to do and Ricardo actuially touched the ball, punching clear. In the 66th minute Bamba and Mee clashed heads, requiring lengthy treatment, but happily both were able to stay on the field.
City were content to defend their two goal lead in a professional manner and Derby did not have the guile to get round them. There were few chances for the Rams, Byford heading over late on. 
The final whistle saw City fans celebrating a fine win over their neighbours, and six points from Derby this season.

A jubilant Sven commented: “I am happy for two reasons. In the first half we played good football, we moved the ball around nicely and scored two very nice goals. Second half they didn’t allow us to play, our full-backs couldn’t come out with the ball so it was more of a battle. They became much more direct and hit a lot of long balls and I think we stood up to that very well so I am very happy about that. The team is getting better and better, more and more confident. so I hope we can go on like this but you never know because every game is a battle.”

Derby: Bywater, Roberts, Addison (Ayala 87), Brayford, Barker, Savage, Davies, Green, Pringle (Bueno 81), Pearson (Cywka 46), Davies. Subs not used: D. Leacock, C. Porter, C. Doyle, S. DeeneyLeicester: Ricardo, Bamba (Bruma 84), Naughton, Mee, Van Aanholt, King, Oakley, Wellens, Yakubu (Dyer 76), Gallagher, Vassell (Waghorn  83). Subs Not Used: Berner, Moussa, Abe, Weale.

Referee: C Webster (Tyne & Wear). Attendance: 26,142.



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4 responses to “Silence of the Rams III

  1. Rob

    Bit of a rubbish write-up – it’s accurate, but very brief and might just as well have been stolen from the BBC website – you can do better than this!

  2. thefoxfanzine

    Apologies for the quality and lateness of this report, although it took 3 and a half hours to get even this up due to a crawling broadband connection.
    I will be working further on it today.
    Mind you Rob, it’s hard work doing these blogs:
    “Don’t expect me to write anything else on this blog for another year. Goodbye.”
    Does that sound familiar? ;o)

    • Keets

      Personally I don’t think you can get enough use out of the “Silence of the Rams” headline, it’s always nice to beat the sheep and seeing the headline made me smile even more.

      For the write up, I enjoyed reading it. Did it cover the first half dominance? I think it did, though it has to be difficult without resorting to too many superlatives or cliches.

      But what about that first half? Awesome. 🙂

  3. Graham

    For what it’s worth I don’t find it bad that it’s short and sweet. Sometimes match reports that resemble war and peace are off putting, and if they are, I tend to just scan them anyway. Besides which, nothing of any note happened in the second half for anyone to be concerned with. Leicester won this game without getting out of second gear, showed a massive gulf in quality between the two sides and showed city fans around the world they mean business and with 3 of the top 5 to play, and with most of them all still to play each other our destiny is in our own hands. Up the City!!

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