CITY 0 LEICESTER 3
FA Barclaycard Premiership
9th November 2003
scorers Stewart(12), Dickov(pen 53), Bent(58)
City Ellegaard, Dunne, Distin, Sun, Tarnat, Barton, Sibierski, McManaman, Berkovic, Anelka, Wanchope – subs Sommeil(unused), Fowler(60), Bosvelt(60), Weaver(unused), Macken(unused)
Leicester Walker, Impey, Howey, Scimeca, Thatcher, Scowcroft, Izzet, McKinlay, Stewart, Dickov, Bent – subs Hignett(85), Ferdinand(78), Elliott(unused), Gillespie(unused), Coyne(unused)
|…The players didn’t need reminding that they could be going into another international break sitting in 4th place in the Premiership that night.
No wonder some of our fans were heading for the exits long before the end.
I felt sorry for young goalkeeper Kevin Ellegaard, who made his first team debut… only to have to pick the ball out of his own net three times. You couldn’t blame him for any of them.
The ‘killer’ goal was the second one, Leicester got themselves a penalty and, in the circumstances, Sylvain Distin was a bit fortunate not to get a red card.
It can’t have come as a surprise to any City supporter or player that Paul Dickov was involved in the penalty incident and also converted it.
Everybody knows Dickov as an absolute pest as far as defenders are concerned… he was always a handful when he was with City and he certainly hasn’t changed his style following his move to Leicester. He will scrap all day for his team.
Whether it should have been a penalty is debateable but as soon as Sylvain reacted, he was in trouble and I have seen players sent off for less.
Leicester got their third goal with about 20 minutes left and I would have been happy to hear the final whistle right there and then because the game was all over for City
ADAPTED FROM GARY OWEN’S COLUMN IN THE CITY PROGRAMME 30TH NOVEMBER 2003