KING: FOXES CAN MATCH ANY TEAM
Midfielder relishing challenge of Leeds
ANDY King claims there will be no hangover from last season’s playoff dismay for Leicester – and he vowed to put down an early marker against promotion challengers Leeds today.
The Foxes’ promotion hopes were downed in dramatic fashion when Troy Deeney’s injury time strike, seconds after Anthony Knockaert’s missed penalty, gave Watford a 3-2 semi-final aggregate win.
This season they got underway with a 2-1 victory away at Middlesbrough on the opening day, and followed that up in midweek by disposing of League Two Wycombe 2-1 in the League Cup.
Their first match at the King Power Stadium sees Brian McDermott’s Leeds pitch up with a point to prove having laboured their way to a 13th-place finish last year.
But midfielder King, who was linked with a move to close rivals Nottingham Forest in the summer, insists past failures will be forgotten in both camps.
“In football you have to put disappointment behind you, especially in this league when there are games every Saturday and Tuesday,” he said.
“We’ve had the whole summer to try and get over that. Now the games are coming again, we’ve just got to concentrate on those and make sure it doesn’t happen this season.
“Games against Leeds are always tough. We know what they’re all about and I’m sure they’ll have done their homework on us and the new system (5-3-2) if we decide to play that way again, so it’ll be a good game and one we’re looking forward to, especially playing in our first home game of the season.
“Brian McDermott got promoted with Reading and the way they played is similar: in your face, 4-42 and pressure at the front, so I’m sure Leeds will be trying to adopt the same sort of system and it’s one we’ll have to be ready for.
“I think it’s one of those seasons where there seems to be about 12 teams thinking that they maybe should be in the top two or the top six, but McDermott is an experienced manager and I’m sure he’ll be able to handle that.”
Leicester boss Nigel Pearson has a fully fit squad to choose from with defender Zak Whitbread recovering from a head injury suffered against Middles- brough and midfielder Ben Marshall back in contention after an illness.
The two sides played out a 1-1 draw the last time they met in the league at the King Power Stadium and, while much has changed over the summer, King is relishing the challenge of playing his part in the Foxes engine room.
“I thought the second half against Middlesbrough was a really positive performance,” he added.
“I thought we played really well in the second half, but the first half was poor.
“If we can play well in the first half on Sunday then I’m sure the 90 minutes will be good and we’ll be a match for any team in the league.
“You just play it as it comes. We’re all experienced players and we’ve played a lot of games – you just have to read the situation as it arises and go from there.”
CUP CHEER: David Nugent celebrates after scoring from the spot against Wycombe with Andy King, right