Wood, Dyer impress as Foxes hit five on the road

Chris Wood and Lloyd Dyer came up big in Leicester City’s 5-2 Capital One cup win against Carlisle United at Brunton Park last night.  The Foxes scored four goals in 14 second-half minutes to take control of the second-round tie, despite falling behind to an early David Amoo goal.  Some may have anticipated a weakened Leicester City team to go on and lose that game, but, for the third time in six games this season, they took control in the second-half and came out on top.

The result was convincing, but in the grand scheme of things not all that important.  It is unlikely that Leicester City will go on and win the Capital One cup.  What is important is the number of positives that Nigel Pearson and Craig Shakespeare can and will take away from last night’s performance.

Lloyd Dyer captained the side in the absence of both Wes Morgan and Kasper Schmeichel.  Despite featuring more and more as an impact substitution for the Foxes, he continues to be a fan favourite with his great attitude and blistering pace.  If anything, Dyer seems to be improving with age.  Perhaps knowing that his place in the team is not guaranteed provides him with the impetus to succeed when he does get the opportunity.

Chris Wood scored an impressive hat-trick, notching his first goals for the club since April.  The striker enjoyed a superb run of form at the beginning of 2013 after making his move to the King Power Stadium, scoring seven goals in five appearances for Leicester, including another away hat-trick against Bristol City during that time.  However, his form took a real dip towards the end of the season, tying in with Leicester’s end-of-season near-collapse which saw the Foxes scrape into the Championship play-offs on goal difference after flying high for the first-half of the season.  It was a much-needed big performance from the New Zealander, and with Jamie Vardy taking most of the headlines in recent weeks following a string of impressive performances, Wood will certainly hope to build on last night’s outing and give Nigel Pearson a selection headache.

It was also a great opportunity for Pearson to rest the legs of David Nugent and Wes Morgan among others, but also to give other players an opportunity to impress and potentially work their way into the team.  Neil Danns and Ignasi Miquel were able to get 90 minutes under their belt, while Zoumana Bakayogo featured deep into the second-half.  Squad depth is crucial in any league, and to know that other players can come in and perform when required is a big thing for any manager.

Escaping the Championship is the ultimate goal for Leicester City this season, although Nigel Pearson will have been pleased with how his players performed on return to his old club and will hope to keep to winning ways beyond the upcoming international break.