Friday, 31 January 2014

It's not just Nugent AFCB have to keep quiet

Leicester City are dropping in on Dean Court on Saturday and while you look at the stats and start to creek at the qualities of David Nugent and his impressive goal haul of 17, you might think that AFCB will be doing okay if they can stop him. Sadly though the job is bigger than that for our lads. Leicester City have the best attack in the Championship with Jamie Vardy and Lloyd Dyer also chipping in another 19 goals together, two in the last game against Birmingham. Only Derby have scored more goals than Leicester, but Derby have let in several more goals than Leicester who sit proudly at the top of the division.
Leicester players warm up at the King Power Stadium when the teams last met.
I have to admit that I was never that sure whether Nigel Pearson was a good manager or not. He has had his struggles in the Championship but he seems to be a good fit at Leicester and is pushing his players on to greater things than the play-offs last season. It has to be in part down to him that Leicester are riding so high.

The signing of Kevin Phillips also raised eyebrows with the striker now 40, but he has already shown great understanding with Nugent and if he can teach a few tricks to the Foxes strikers as well as filling in for the last 20 minutes of games he has to be an astute addition to the squad. You can't fault Phillips' desire of his bottle when he helped Palace to the Premiership. He just keeps on going.

It is Dyer that I was most impressed with when we played Leicester away. He has startling pace and gave Francis probably his hardest game of the season. They also have Knockaert on the right who is no slouch while Drinkwater strides around imperiously in the centre of the park for them. 

Yeah, they are a Premiership outfit in waiting more or less with Schmeichel in goal and Konchesky, de Laet and Moore all being highly praised for their performances at the back. Having won their last seven when this article was written you have to say that AFCB have their work cut out. But these kind of challenges are something that our players have to look forward to. Imagine what a win against such a side can do for morale and belief in the games to come. 

AFCB have held their own against many of the top sides away, but it would be great to see them score a few more goals at home. I am sure Eddie Howe will ask the team to defend well, but attacking Leicester is what AFCB will try to do. Perhaps an early goal for the Cherries can turn the pressure onto the Foxes so that we can see how they respond to that. But Leicester have won a record eight games on the bounce so this is a very tricky game and a draw would not be a bad result in my opinion.

Check out Hot Radio's chart with Eddie Howe pre-match on our side bar with Jordan Clark and enjoy the rest of transfer deadline day.

Leicester Away form:

AFCB Home form:


Yann signs

Finally, a few words from Eddie Howe on Yann Kermorgant from AFC Bournemouth's official site. Apparently he has just signed a 2.5 year deal - well done Eddie you finally got your man!

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