Birmingham City are coming into this game looking to triumph over their East Midland’s rivals because last time these two sides met it ended up in defeat for the Blues at St. Andrews as Leicester won 3-2.
The game started off being very fasted paced with both teams quick out the blocks. Blues are put under a bit of early pressure conceding a corner in the 6th minute, but it comes to nothing Blues have an excellent chance to make it 1-0 narrowly missing the target. Birmingham are left open at the back as Jamie Vardy fires a strike at Ruddy but he makes the save with his feet denying him the chance to make it 1-0 to the foxes. Blues are now trying to turn the table and apply the pressure to the opposition with Sunjic playing the ball through to Anderson who dances round the box and gets brought down winning a freekick on the edge of the box, Myoshi stands over the ball, but he hits the wall. The determination is still there as JJ has a superb chance to give his boyhood club the advantage the opportunities still come pouring in for the Blues as Stansfield misses a golden chance in front of goal to add to his goal scoring form. Blues are given a freekick near the end of the first half hitting the post and sending the away end into disbelief that it isn’t 1-0 to the Blues.
Half Time: Leicester City 0-0 Birmingham City
The second half didn’t start the way the fans imagined with a cross being floated into the box where Jamie Vardy was in the right position to nod it home for the East Midlands club making it 1-0 to them at home. Blues have a chance to reply a few minutes later as Stansfield gives the ball to Anderson, but he skies the ball over the crossbar then Blues are in for another scare from Jamie Vardy as he takes the ball round Ruddy and calmly passes it into the next but he is Luckly caught offside and the assistants flag goes up so the fans can sigh in relief. Tony Mowbray makes some attacking changes to try and get his team back into the fixture with Hogan, Burke and Tyler Roberts coming on for Dembele, Myoshi and Anderson. Leicester are still on top of the second half constantly trying to find avenues to play through so they can double their lead. To the disgust of the Blues away support Yunus Aksum makes it 2-0 to his side as the King Power erupts. Romelle Donavan is substituted on for the captain Ivan Sunjic he tries to make an instant impact whipping a ball across the face of goal but is dealt with by Stolarczyk. Blues are running out of time to get something out of this game but despite the team putting up a good fight Leicester score for a third time through Dennis Praet booking themselves a place in the next round.
Leicester have been drawn against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium set to take place on the 28th of February 2024.
My Overall Thoughts:
We started the game off as the better team constantly creating chances and attacking Leicester registering 19 shots 14 coming in the first half with 6 on target. There were some standout players for
me in the first half such as Myoshi, Stansfield and Dembele because they all were constantly driving at the defence, playing between the lines and creating a vast number of chances but unfortunately, we weren’t clinical enough in the final third. I thought Jordan James played well in midfield pulling the strings and trying to control the play when we had possession. The second half we just couldn’t get into the game being second best to most of the balls and I just felt like we were constantly on the backfoot. We didn’t deserve to lose 3-0 I think it was a harsh scoreline we will bounce back there were a lot of positives to take and learn from we are going in the right direction with Mowbray we just need to give him time and see what happens in the summer.
Onto West Brom Saturday let’s hope we can pick up three points on the road.
KRO Blues Fans!