Sat 13th February 2021
Premier League: Matchday 26
Chelsea 3-2 Leicester City
Schmeichel, Chambers, Hefti, Benkovic, Chilwell, Mandragora, Choudhury, Man, Maddison, Albrighton, Aboubakar
Goalscorers: Man (45), Vardy (83)
Tue 16th February 2021
Emirates FA Cup: Fifth Round
Norwich City 1-2 Leicester City
Schmeichel, Chambers, Hefti, Benkovic, Chilwell, Mandragora, Choudhury, Man, Maddison, Trincão, Aboubakar
Goalscorers: Maddison (20), Man (86)
Fri 19th February 2021
Premier League: Matchday 27
Leicester City 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Schmeichel, Chambers, Hefti, Benkovic, Chilwell, Ndidi, Mandragora, Banega, Man, Trincão, Aboubakar
Goalscorers: Man (32)
Tue 23rd February 2021
Premier League: Matchday 28
Leeds United 0-2 Leicester City
Schmeichel, Chambers, Hefti, Benkovic, Chilwell, Ndidi, Silva, Man, Trincão, Vardy, Aboubakar
Goalscorers: Aboubakar (41), Gray (85)
Sun 28th February 2021
Premier League: Matchday 29
Leicester City 2-1 Burnley
Schmeichel, Chambers, Hefti, Benkovic, Chilwell, Ndidi, Silva, Mandragora, Man, Trincão, Aboubakar
Goalscorers: Silva (18, 52)
February began with a trip to Stamford Bridge, as my Leicester City side took on Chelsea. I was handed my first loss in-charge of the Foxes, as Luis Enrique's men proved to be too strong with Andreas Christensen, Eden Hazard and Willian all getting amongst the goals for the hosts. I drew positives from the result however, as we looked more efficient going forward - with Jamie Vardy netting after coming off the bench to add to Dennis Man's earlier strike.
Our attentions then turned to the Emirates FA Cup as we took on Norwich City. Managed by Mark Hughes, the Canaries were in the hunt for promotion to the Premier League after a five year spell away from the top-flight, currently sat in third. A stoppage-time consolation from Ezequiel Schelotto only drew some pride for Hughes' side, as James Maddison netted against his former club to aid our progression into the Quarter Finals. We later found out our opponents would be Manchester City, with the tie taking place next month.
Unfortunately, we were unable to transition our positive performance back into the Premier League as we were held to a 1-1 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Dennis Man initially gave us the lead, but João Moutinho equalised shortly before the break to draw the sides level. Neither side were able to find a winner, as Wolves lost ground on their bid to secure Europa League football at the end of the season.
In my seventh game in-charge in the Premier League, I finally recorded my first victory. A hard-fought 2-0 win at Elland Road to Lee Johnson's
Leeds United resulted in a much-needed three points, which propelled us up the table. Vincent Aboubakar found the net for the first time since his move from Porto, while Demarai Gray came off the bench to wrap up the points with a second.
The game could have easily been overshadowed by events off the pitch. A number of Leeds United's notorious "yoof" were seen trying to provoke Leicester City fans with unsavoury taunts. The leader of the group - later named as Jack Lister
- was seen goading visiting supporters and was led out of the ground by stewards, who initially struggled to lead the disgraced man away.
Many Leeds supporters protested the decision, despite the actions of Lister who has been given a stadium ban following the events.
Confidence was certainly taken from that result. It was our first win in the league since October in a victory against Burnley - who were our next opponents, coincidentally. In-front of the Sky cameras on Super Sunday, we recorded another victory over Sean Dyche's men with Adrien Silva's double cancelling out Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson's equaliser in the first-half. The result against Leeds boosted morale and previously, I think the equaliser would have taken the wind out of our sails, but no such thing occurred in a tremendous victory.
Arsenal continue to look strong at the top of the Premier League after a perfect set of results in February. They gained further ground over Manchester City, who fell to a defeat at the hands of city-rivals Manchester United. With a game still in-hand over Zidane's side, City find themselves seven points behind the Gunners going into March.
Liverpool continue their bid to secure a top-four finish, at least, with an almost perfect run of form. A 2-1 loss at the Emirates did little to harm their league position with Spurs seven points behind after failing to secure a win in either of their last two league fixtures under former boss, Jürgen Klopp
A 4-2 loss against his former side and a 3-3 draw against Chelsea enabled Liverpool to gain a significant advantage over Spurs. Manchester United - who won the EFL Cup after a 1-0 victory over Newcastle United at Wembley
- continue their bid to move above Spurs into fourth, despite a loss against Wolves at the start of February. Victories against Burnley and Manchester City mean they are just two points behind.
Chelsea are beginning to find their form under Luis Enrique after back-to-back victories against ourselves and Crystal Palace before their draw to Spurs. They sit three points ahead of West Ham in sixth with a game in-hand over the Hammers.
Towards the bottom, things continue to look incredibly bleak for Crystal Palace under Alan Pardew. The Eagles are yet to endure a "new manager bounce"
under their former gaffer. Losses to West Ham, Liverpool, Chelsea
and a draw to Wolves
see them seven points from safety. Although, they do have a game in-hand over the sides around them.
Fulham and Cardiff City are also in the relegation zone with Fulham losing all four of their games in February, whilst Daniel Stendel's men secured a 1-0 win over the Cottagers to leave them a point behind West Bromwich Albion. The Baggies managed to secure three successive victories against Southampton, Watford
to lift themselves out of the bottom three. Just four points separate eleventh from eighteenth.
In March, we are to face Manchester City twice. Initially in the Premier League to begin the month and then a week later in the FA Cup Quarter Finals. The clashes are to be separated with a home game to Southampton, however. A trip to Vicarage Road will conclude the month as we seek to strengthen our position in the table and further our advantage over the sides below us.
: Hopefully the future is bright!
: Laura is very important to Max and having her feeling better will certainly be a weight off his shoulders going forward. It's difficult to judge where she is completely, but it's clear to see she has certainly improved and having her family around her will go a long way into helping her recovery.
: News to me... Oh well, we won a couple this time!
: Certainly. Happiness is something that money cannot buy.
: I think it's a statement that may people need to consider in today's society. Appreciate things while you can.