FOXES FRESH

FIRED UP LE­ICES­TER CAN MAKE AMENDS

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

FEW teams have suf­fered play-off heart­break of the mag­ni­tude that Le­ices­ter did last sea­son.

To be so close to Wem­b­ley and to have it snatched from their grasp was some­thing they would have mulled over all sum­mer, but credit to man­ager Nigel Pear­son it ap­pears they have used it to fuel an­other bid for pro­mo­tion rather than won­der about how things could and prob­a­bly should have turned out.

Derby have es­tab­lished them­selves as the midtable bench­mark in the Cham­pi­onship, not that they would want to.

If you fin­ish above them you’ve had a good year, if you fin­ish be­low you’re in trou­ble.

For Le­ices­ter to show their strength at Pride Park sug­gests they will again be bat­tling at the right end of the ta­ble and with the ex­pe­ri­ence of last term to power them on few would bet against Pear­son’s men be­ing able to go one or two bet­ter.

HANDY: Jamie Vardy, right, cel­e­brates with team mates af­ter Derby’s Lee Grant scored an own goal

DERBY CO

FOR­MA­TION: 4-4-2

LEE GRANT Un­for­tu­nate to be cred­ited with the own goal

KIERON FREE­MAN

6

7 Bombed for­ward at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to help his side in at­tack

RICHARD KEOGH

7 Made a timely block to deny Vardy and keep his side in the match

JAKE BUX­TON

7 Hardly missed a header and kept Wood quiet all game

CRAIG FORSYTH

6 Solid and depend­able as he kept tabs with Vardy

WILL HUGHES

5 Starred for Eng­land Un­der 21s in mid­week but un­usu­ally quiet for his club

CRAIG BRYSON

5 Didn’t do enough to cre­ate chances for his strik­ers

PAUL COUTTS

6 Couldn’t find the fi­nal ball to match his in­dus­tri­ous play

JEFF HEN­DRICK

7 Never gave up try­ing but will have more pro­duc­tive days in a Rams shirt

CHRIS MARTIN

5 Had the best of the chances for the Rams but couldn’t put them away

JOHNNY RUS­SELL

7 Chased down plenty of lost causes and con­tin­ues to im­press

SUB­STI­TUTES WARD 7; FOR COUTTS (71) SAM­MON 5; FOR RUS­SELL (79) NOT USED: LEGZDINS, SMITH, JACOBS, EUS­TACE, DAVIES

LE­ICES­TER CITY

FOR­MA­TION: 4-3-3

KASPER SCH­ME­ICHEL The busier of the keep­ers af­ter the break and hardly put a foot wrong

RITCHIE DE LAET

7

7 Re­verted to full-back af­ter play­ing at wing­back but kept up his at­tack­ing in­stincts

WES MOR­GAN

8 Mar­shalled the de­fence well and man-marked Martin

LIAM MOORE

9 A man moun­tain at the back and put his body on the line to keep Derby out

JEFF SCHLUPP

7 Played a part in the goal and didn’t let his side down

MATTY JAMES Al­ways a dan­ger as his set pieces cause prob­lems in the Derby box

ANDY KING

7

6 Didn’t have the chance to show the qual­ity he pos­sesses

DANNY DRINKWA­TER

8 Ran the mid­field for the Foxes and was strong in de­fence

JAMIE VARDY

7 Cheeky back-heel led to Le­ices­ter’s open­ing goal

DAVID NU­GENT

6 Looked frus­trated as the ser­vice he re­quires never ma­te­ri­alised in the sec­ond-half

CHRIS WOOD

5 Looked off the pace and of­ten left iso­lated in at­tack

SUB­STI­TUTES KNOCK­AERT 6; FOR WOOD (71) DYER 6; FOR JAMES (71) WAGHORN 6; FOR VARDY (80) NOT USED: WHIT­BREAD, DANNS, BAKAYOKO, LO­GAN

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