'Lucky Leicester' Burst Boro's Bubble
JUST a quick one: I'm off out for a swifty at the Swatters Carr, the Northern League Boro's old changies when they played at the Linthorpe Road ground. Yes, I'm "doing a Strachan" and resorting to drink to deal with the pressure of watching Boro squander a lead.
But first a quicky sketchy impression of Boro's predictable capitulation to a bogey side. Boro 100% at home, Leicester pointless away... nailed on 'typical Boro' I suppose.
"Lucky" Leicester got a break today. First there was, both managers agreed, a question-mark over the first goal with what was said quite assertively by Boro's dug-out and players to be an obvious offside. Personally I thought Nugent's shot deflected off Bikey on the way through to Vardy so played him on.
And, both bosses agreed, there was another questionmark over the harsh free-kick that lead to serial sucker punch merchant Lloyd Dyer breaking free to screw a mega-spawny deflection off Friend. So yes, they were "lucky" in that sense.
But, that said, Boro were the architects of their own downfall because they never got the killer second goal to seal the game. Lukas Jutkiwicz stabbing against the bar from six feet out was the moment the game slipped away. Yes, Nicky Bailey's laser guided rocket shot was a sizzler but it was only Boro's second effort on target and for all the blunt probing and huff and puff throughout the game, a side with a very narrow and pedestrian midfield and only one up front never looked like being able to carve out chances convincingly.
Leicester weren't fantastic but kept on plugging away and when Boro did that routine slo-mo retreat to their own 18 yard line again to invite pressure, a very dangerous game as we have found out to our cost on many occasions.
On balance, Leicester had the better of the chances throughout the game - and more of them - and but for Jason Steele's Gordon Bankseque scooped save from a downward header (and a few other blocks) it could easily have been a far more emphatic defeat. And then 'luck' would have nothing to do with it.
Still, early days. Won four, lost four. This is a crazy and inconsistent league of erratic results and fine margins. Early days. Anyway.... beer calls. More later.