Leicester City 6 Ipswich Town 0
Alf and his entourage plucked up courage to make a day out of it in the city of Leicester. Walking through Nelson Mandela Park; strolling past Leicester Tigers rugby ground; the shock on the cards that awaited at the King Power Stadium was to put it mildly, not the one that Alf was anticipating!
Town were on the back foot from the kick off and the lack of communication and dithering that had within minutes led to a penalty and the first goal set the tone for Town’s abysmal performance.
David Nugent continued in his role as Town’s nemesis. He promptly smashed home the penalty and moments later gratefully chested in his second after being gifted the opportunity from the palm of West Ham’s loanee goalkeeper Stephen Henderson. At fault for both goals his day started badly and was going to get a good deal worse.
Alf was not impressed when he announced his arrival by stating that he was not a bench warmer and would soon be West Ham’s number one. Well if you talk the talk then you have to walk the walk and if Alf was manager that walk would have been off the end of a plank in the post match bollocking! His positioning has been poor, his kicking is weak and he is prone to schoolboy errors such as palming the ball out instead of pushing the ball away for a corner. It’s all basic stuff and it has left Alf speechless.
Bradley Orr must be a candidate for having made the worst debut in a Town shirt after being skinned alive by Lloyd Dyer at every opportunity. Bradley had clearly been thrown into the fox’s den without the benefit of a few days training. We all know that he is a good player and could be a great asset for struggling Town in the future, but on this performance he was way off the pace and not on first name terms with his team mates. He was not alone!
Ipswich were second to the ball and a yard off the pace in every department as Alf and the Town faithful were to endure more embarrassment in this away day shocker. What is worse is that Leicester fans were in agreement that their side had not really turned on one of their better displays. Every goal was the result of an Ipswich error and all credit to Leicester in that they took advantage of all the gifts they were presented with.
In the away stand a few tempers flared between fellow supporters but the majority of those who had made the journey from Suffolk were determined to enjoy their day at any cost by indulging in spells of gallows humour, Mexican waves and self deprecating chanting, much to the amusement of the home supporters. Some even called for a seventh in anticipation of another free away day!
All credit to those Town players who off their own bat acknowledged the applause from the away stand and especially to Luke Chambers who was man enough to take the long walk over to the loyal Town fans to acknowledge their support. Well done Luke we really appreciate that. Shame on those who had to be redirected over by Mick McCarthy. Alf noted that the only hand of consolation for Town’s keeper was from the fox mascot!