02.05.2015… Leicester (a)…

Leicester City 3 Newcastle United 0

King Power Stadium… Saturday May 2nd… 12.45pm

Attendance: 31,576

Ticket: £35 – Programme: £3

23 years to the day since ‘that game’ and along came the polar opposite. An absolutely terrible day all round, probably just about as bad as it gets…

It didn’t start well. As I always do, I went for a wander around outside the ground pre-match. Took some pictures, same as always, but had the feeling I was being watched. It turned out that I wasn’t being paranoid, I was soon stopped by two stewards asking me if I had a press pass (outside the ground?), some further waffle about amber security warnings and a request for identification followed. So, switched from phone to camera phone and went on my way, it all seemed a bit pointless to be honest…

The ground… A new one for me having not visited since the move from Filbert Street. Not impressed; a typical, functional, soulless bowl, with blue seats. Externally, the same on three sides, each of the stands draped with advertisements. The only stand that appeared to be any different in design was the main stand, which appears to double up as a car park

Welcome to Leicester…

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Before the Game: Outside the King Power

The match itself? I’m not going to waste too many words. A lot has been said in the aftermath, much of it I haven’t read, avoidance is my usual response to this sort of situation…

From a purely factual perspective it wasn’t too dissimilar to Derby County in 1992. The East Midlands setting, a loss by a 3 goal margin, multiple sendings off, relegation looming. The reality is that it was worlds apart. 23 years ago, the remaining eight players showed heart, spirit, character. My overriding memory of that day is the image of David Kelly and Gavin Peacock, physically exhausted, battling for the cause…

There was none of that today, how any of this shower had the nerve to come down and patronise the fans with limp applause following the final whistle was quite beyond me. We’ve had far less talented groups of players but this was the most spineless, heartless, gutless 90 minutes I’ve ever witnessed from a Newcastle United side…

A special mention must go to the idiots who came up with the Adam Johnson chant, some things you just don’t joke about. If that’s the level that you wish to sink to then don’t bother coming, it’s not ‘banter’, you’re an embarrassment and we don’t need you…

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After the Game: A Forlorn Hope…

Post-match it just became surreal. Carver, as usual, wasn’t prepared to take any of the blame, throwing accusations here there and everywhere instead. A ‘Fighter’ apparently? I saw absolutely no evidence of that yesterday, a clueless bully at best. Is it coincidence that he offered up the fans’ scapegoat as a sacrificial lamb…?

Reports of ‘disagreements’ on the team coach followed, twitter denials from Mike Williamson regarding John Carver’s ridiculous accusations were next. Finally, an open letter allegedly from Fabricio Coloccini (of course it was) to the fans urging us to get behind the team. Yeah, right…

The most annoying thing about the whole situation is that, try as I might not to care, I do, and far too much. I really don’t want another relegation, we won’t come back this time. Sadly, at this point, I really can’t see any other outcome…

Leicester City; Schmeichel, Wasilewski (de Laet 68), Huth, Morgan, Albrighton, James (YC), Cambiasso (Hammond 74), Schlupp, Mahrez, Vardy, Ulloa (Kramaric 78)

Not Used; Konchesky, Drinkwater, Schwarzer, Wood

Goals; Ulloa (1, 48 pen), Morgan 17

Newcastle United; Krul, Janmaat (RC), Williamson (RC), Coloccini, Dummett (YC), Colback, Taylor (de Jong 58), Gutiérrez (YC), Sissoko, Pérez (Armstrong 74), Riviere (Anita 64)

Not Used; Cabella, Ameobi, Abeid, Woodman

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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