Maynard Leads The Bristol Stomp

Leicester come unstuck for the second home game in a row

Sven Goran Eriksson has plenty to think about following City’s second defeat at home in a week at the hands of an ordinary Bristol City side who were gifted three points.

There were 5 changes from Saturday’s starting line up with Sean St Ledger, Andy King, Paul Gallagher, Lloyd Dyer and Sean Peltier replacing Matt Mills, Yuki Abe, Jeff Schlupp, John Pantsil and Neil Danns. The opening moments of the match suggested that the changes had made little effect on the performance of the team as Bristol City went ahead inside 4 minutes. A Bristol City free kick on the edge of the area was dealt with poorly and anyone sitting in the Main Stand could see a huge gap in the Leicester defensive wall and sure enough that is exactly where  Nicky Maynard slammed the ball when it was rolled sideways to him and Schmeichel was helpless to prevent the shot going in off the post.

Bristol could have extended their lead when, soon after, Albert Adomah saw his shot deflected just wide and a calamity was avoided on the stroke of half time when, following a needless challenge on Campbell-Ryce, Bristol were awarded a penalty. Fortunately Nicky Maynard struck the kick against the bar and away to safety. Leicester, in reply, didn’t force a serious save out of Dean Gerken and the fans made their feelings known as the players went down the tunnel at half time.

The second half began with City playing some decent football at last and within a few minutes an Andy King header had brought out a stunning save from Gerken to preserve Bristol’s lead but it wasn’t long before Leicester fans were celebrating when, in the 56th minute, the outstanding David Nugent took a pass from Gallagher and struck a lovely shot in to the far corner although Gerken may feel he should have done better.

This lifted the home fans and the volume increased a few minutes later when Gallagher was put clean through on the angle but his shot was screwed wide when he should have hit the target. This period of pressure towards the Bristol goal was interrupted in the 66th minute by a calamitous piece of defending when Sean St Ledger dithered too long on the ball near the halfway line and he was dispossessed by Nicky Maynard who raced away and planted the ball past the helpless Schmeichel to give Bristol City the lead again. They could scarcely believe it and neither could the City players or fans and especially St Ledger who stood alone with his head in his hands and cut a very sorry figure indeed.

The remainder of the game was a frustrating affair with Bristol City throwing men behind the ball and defending their lead with only a few scares to speak of.

It was a poor show again from Leicester who are testing the patience of their fans who had such high expectations before the season began. It is hard to fathom; there is genuine quality in the Leicester squad but whatever Sven is trying simply isn’t working and there is little evidence of the attacking edge that overwhelmed some teams last season and, just as worrying, the side looks error prone and lacking confidence.

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Peltier, St. Ledger, Bamba, Konchesky; Fernandes (Danns 74), Wellens (c), King, Dyer (Waghorn 74), Nugent, Gallagher.

Subs not used: Mills, Weale, Abe.

Bristol City: Gerken, Spence, Wilson, Nyatanga, McAllister (Woolford 77), Adomah (Taylor 90), Skuse, Elliott, Kilkenny (Cisse 80), Campbell-Ryce, Maynard.

Subs not used: James, Pitman

Attendance: 20,794

Referee: Nigel Miller (Durham)

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