Top Threes

With Leicester City sitting comfortably in the top three of the Championship with nearly half of the season complete, it seems fitting to to take a look at a few other top threes for the Foxes so far this season.

Top three home games

3.  Leicester City 4-1 Derby County

Although the scoreline may have flattered the Foxes against their East Midlands-rivals last month, this was a big test of character for Nigel Pearson’s side.  Fans may have feared the worst after Theo Robinson gave Derby a lifeline at 2-1, but a brace from substitute David Nugent gave Leicester a comfortable win in the end.

2.  Leicester City 3-1 Hull City

This one probably seems a long time ago now, but when Nigel Pearson’s former employers came to town back in September, they were fired up and looking for revenge.  Unfortunately for the travelling Tigers, a David Nugent hat-trick eased any worries of a first home defeat for the Foxes – a match where Hull City manager Steve Bruce was sent to the stands.

1.  Leicester City 6-0 Ipswich Town

The opposition on the day may not have tested Leicester as much as other Championship sides, but this was a special way for Leicester to end a run of four consecutive games without a win.  Goals from David Nugent, Lloyd Dyer, Anthony Knockaert, Martyn Waghorn and Marko Futacs on the day gave the Foxes their biggest win in 30 years.

Top three away games

3.  Birmingham City 1-1 Leicester City

Given that Leicester have won just three away games this season, it might seem strange to factor in a draw as one of their best away games so far.  That being said, it was an entertaining game of football, and certainly one of Leicester’s best away performances of the season despite the final result.  A late equaliser from Ben Marshall gave the Foxes the momentum to go seven games in the league without defeat.

2.  Huddersfield 0-2 Leicester City

Two absolute stunners from Anthony Knockaert gave Leicester a big win on a potentially tough midweek trip to the Galpharm Stadium against an in-form and newly-promoted Huddersfield Town, although Leicester really dominated the match and reminded Terriers manager Simon Grayson of the competitive nature of the Championship.  Fans will argue over which of Knockaert’s goals were better – the 35-yarder in the first-half, or the cheeky flick over the head on the hour-mark.  Either way, it was a big win for the Foxes which condemned Huddersfield to their first back-to-back home defeats at home since September 2008.

1.  Middlesbrough 1-2 Leicester City

To go a goal down away from home usually leaves visiting sides with a huge mountain to climb.  If you factor in Middlesbrough’s at-the-time 100 per cent home record, it makes Leicester’s win at the Riverside back in September a really special result which displayed true character.  A late winner from Lloyd Dyer in the 89th minute gave Leicester their first away victory of the season, a result which was part of a five-game win streak that saw the Foxes soar to the top of the Championship.

Top three players

3.  Lloyd Dyer

Ever since joining the Foxes back in 2008 from Milton Keynes Dons, Foxes fans have always known what Lloyd Dyer is capable of.  His blistering pace has given full-backs nightmares throughout the last few years, but Dyer has produced some of his best football as a Leicester player over the last couple of months.  While he has shown no signs of slowing down, his support play has been phenomenal – and his finishing has improved significantly,

2.  David Nugent

If you don’t score goals, you don’t win games.  Fortunately, this has not been the case for Leicester City and David Nugent this season, with the one-time England international having already netted eleven times for the Foxes.  He has the ability to propel the entire team into another gear.  If he stays healthy, Nugent could well be looking at a 20-25-goal season.

1.  Wes Morgan

Last month, Nigel Pearson labelled Wes Morgan as “as good a defender as there is at this level”.  Some may consider this to be an overstatement, but the fact is that Leicester currently boast the best defensive record in the Championship (eighteen goals conceded in 20 games), as well as having kept an impressive eight clean sheets.  His ability to lead from the back and play consistently well in a regularly-changing back-four is what makes him a fantastic player, and a great choice as captain.  Leicester have not conceded more than two goals in any game so far this season, and their defensive wherewithal has once again turned the King Power Stadium into a fortress.