Leicester City’s 2-0 home victory yesterday afternoon over Wigan Athletic was a perfect return to Championship football following the Autumn international break. Having had two weeks to dwell on their first league defeat of the season at the hands of Charlton Athletic, Nigel Pearson’s men returned to winning ways with goals from Liam Moore and David Nugent, while the defence kept their third clean sheet in six games.
More importantly, Leicester were facing their first newly-relegated team in Wigan Athletic, who many have tipped as instant promotion contenders for 2013/14. The Foxes passed this test with flying colours, and have another chance on Tuesday against Blackburn Rovers to keep pace with East Midlands-rivals Nottingham Forest, who are also enjoying a good start to the season, as well as high-flyers Blackpool and QPR. Essentially, this victory ticked a lot of boxes, and gave the rest of the Championship a reminder that Leicester City will be a threat this year.
Huge credit should be given to Liam Moore, who is becoming an important part of this Leicester defence. Playing alongside Wes Morgan at the back will be a real education for the 20-year-old, although his first senior goal yesterday against Wigan epitomised his own individual performances so far this season. Like Andy King, Moore has come through the Leicester youth team to earn a starting spot for the club that he supports, and the youngster has benefited from a couple of loan spells at Bradford City and Brentford to gain experience. Foxes fans will hope to see him prosper this season.
The arrival of Dean Hammond before the end of the summer transfer window was the main action at the King Stadium towards the end of August, while Martyn Waghorn recently agreed a three-month loan deal with Millwall (and scored on debut yesterday in the Lions’ 5-1 home-loss to Derby County). With four games in the next twelve days, Hammond could well be in line for more game time, and will hope to be in contention for a starting place in midfield. The 30-year-old spent the majority of 2012/13 on loan at Brighton and made 37 appearances for the Seagulls, so there will be no questioning his stamina and endurance towards the business end of the season where the Foxes tailed off last year.