October - Shaky performances
Of course the previous months have been absolutely fantastic, and so far life as Leicester manager is proving to be really enjoyable, despite the blow we took to our title chances this last it really is the best job I could ever have hoped for. Anyway, back to the month of October.
This month, SHOULD on paper be one of the easiest months of the season with lower league teams Yeovil, Doncaster, Huddersfield and Bournemouth, but how wrong were we? It was completely different to the last, the importance of these matches was great and I think we got a little complacent. A bit of pressure piled upon that as well I believe. We started with Yeovil who pulled off a huge shock. They took the lead in the 61st minute and then were given a penalty ten minutes before time. Converting the penalty, we had a steap hill to climb and almost reached the top with a late headed goal from Liam Moore. But it was not to be and I and the rest of the squad were brought back down to earth, thankfully... in some ways.
Doncaster was another toughie, We scored in the 9th minute through Wood who struck a high 20 yard shot far from the keepers reach to make it 1-0, but conceded only seven minutes on. It wasn't long before we took the lead again with our left back Capuano scoring the goal, but late on, Doncaster leveled the score to take home a point.
We were lucky in this next game, but thankfully we got the three points which is all that matters. Kevin Philips gave us the lead 20 minutes in and we were in the lead until the 76th minute, when James Vaughan pulled it level. But from out of the blue our new right back Manuel Ruz volleyed one home from outside the box on the follow up from a corner. He sent us home with the three points, which eased the pressure considering they were last place.
Lastly this month came a challenge in the form of Bournemouth. Bournemouth were the ones to break the deadlock, a Marc Pugh cross met the head of Lewis Grabban to put them in front but it took just two minutes for us to level it through Kevin Philips. The 40 year old got us a point, as well my appreciation. Even at 40 he is scoring for fun, and I am so lucky to work with him.
So, a poor month. But we sit in a play off spot, and that is fine. That is our aim. A top 2 finish would be amazing, but we must be realistic. next month we will give it our all and come back stronger as a group, learning from these past games. Watford, Nottingham Forest, Ipswich and Millwall all face up to us next month, and we will be ready!
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