Match Report 2000-01 - Leicester (a)
Leicester City 1 Newcastle United 1
Date: Saturday 11th November 2000 3pm.
Venue: Filbert Street.
Conditions: Bit damp, but the rain stopped just before kickoff.
Crowd: 21,406. Not a sell-out - in the home sections that is.
Referee: Rob Styles. Moderately average, with a disturbing ability not to notice fouls committed by blonde haired players.
LCFC (normal home):
Flowers, Rowett, Davidson, Sinclair, Elliott, Taggart, Lennon, Savage,
Izzet, Akinbiyi, Benjamin (Gunnlaugsson 56 mins).
(normal home): Given, Griffin, Goma, Hughes, Domi, Acuna, Dyer, Lee (Cordone
68 mins), Speed, Shearer, Bassedas
Half time: Leicester 0 Newcastle 0
63 mins. Quite
simply a perfect free-kick from Gunnlaugsson who had only been on the
pitch for a few minutes. Shay got close but it was right in the top
corner. Bassedas had given the freekick away when fouling Savage, but
subsequently claimed that no contact with the player had been made. As
usual, the TV cameras declined to show the incident.
Full time: Leicester 1 Newcastle 1
2000/2001 on our first Manager of the season,
still in League Cup,
An improvement in our defensive capabilities,
temperament, and as a consequence, league position over the 12 months.
Discounting the 8 goal hammering of Sheffield Wednesday in 1999, number of
goals scored still remains almost constant - one consistent area of
concern, with only Bradford, Coventry and Leicester having scored fewer
Bobby, still appearing to be slightly miffed about the England job said:
"He's been given the job, it was a chance I probably would have welcomed but that's gone now."
About Kieron Dyer:
"He was very lively today in what was a strange position for him. He is quick on the ground and can skin people. You saw that today.
''I thought we would lose 1-0 again to be honest I didn't think Leicester would have the ingenuity to open us up, although to be fair their midfielders worked their socks off."
Peter Taylor, with a voice very much like England predecessor Glen Hoddle, also talked about Dyer:
''I didn't learn anything new about Kieron. He is a tremendous player, he can run at you and pass it.''
About his much maligned front two, Ade Akinbiyi and Trevor Benjamin:
''I have seen enough signs that they could make a decent partnership, Ade's touch is getting better and I thought Trevor did well on his home debut. They are both learning about the Premiership.''
About Gunnlaugsson's goal:
''It was a brilliant goal and he is a real talent. He gives you something different.''
About his own fans and the barracking they gave the team at the recent Worthington Cup humiliation by Crystal Palace:
"They've a right to criticise but a lot of their comments made our situation worse."
My initial reaction after this match was to be
distinctly underwhelmed to be taking home just a point. However, on later
reflection this attitude overlooks the contribution and effort made by a
number of Newcastle players.
Had the wayward Marcelino popped his head round the door en route to his Lilleshall examination, he would have seen a perfect example of someone gaining in confidence having accepted the chance given to him to stake a claim on a first team shirt and putting the effort in to justify the large fee paid for him over a year ago. Robson seems to have done the trick twice now, with Goma and Pistone, but failed with big Dunc and seems to be admitting defeat on Marcelino. Still an admirable return though, given what he faced when he walked into St.James' last year.
Goma simply looks like a different player now he's
getting a run in the team and seems to have put his injury problems firmly
behind him. Of course, this being Newcastle that isn't quite true, as a
late tussle in this match saw him leave the field acknowledging the cheers
of the away fans but also limping with a calf problem. The law of sod