Saturday, 22 March 2008

Game 531

Leicester City 0-2 Hull City
Football League Championship
Saturday 22nd March 2008
Walkers Stadium
My first visit to the Walkers Stadium for a few seasons was due to a promotional offer in the Leicester Mercury newspaper where they were offering tickets for £8 and a further £3 for a programme. I went along to the game with my wife, mother and her partner. The weather was like the rest of the country - cold, windy, sunshine and the occasional snow shower - it was warmer last month in February which is normally one of, if not the coldest month of the year. To save on the hassle of parking around the stadium we caught the bus (Arriva no. 302) which dropped us off right outside for £3 return and took about 10 - 15 minutes to get there.



This season has seen contrasting fortunes for the teams - Leicester struggling at the bottom end of the table, though boosted by an excellent 4-1 win at promotion chasing West Bromwich Albion last weekend, while Hull currently occupy one of the four play-off spots. Now to the game itself...

Very little was offered by Leicester during the whole ninety minutes and didn't record a shot on target during the whole game. Possession was probably an even split but the visitors had the better chances with home keeper Paul Henderson making two or three good saves and a goalline clearance keeping the Foxes on an even keel. Just as it looked as the first half would end goalless Hull took the lead on 45 minutes through Dean Marney. The second half saw a similar pattern to the first with both teams having their fair share of possession but Hull looking the most likely to increase their lead. Midway through the half Fraizer Campbell was brought down inside the penalty area by keeper Henderson, but the keeper made amends by saving Marney's spot kick. Hull did though add a second on 74 minutes when substitute Caleb Folan beat the offside trap and slotted the ball past Henderson.

To sum up...Let's not beat about the bush - Leicester were awful today and are in serious danger of relegation and if they play like this then they deserve to go down. Not something I want to see being Leicester born and bred but the table never lies. Hull meanwhile are looking good for a play-off place at least and if they continue with their form then automatic promotion is not out of the question in this ever-so tight division.

Club websites:

Leicester City - http://www.lcfc.co.uk/

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