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Matty Revs’ Posh Day Out

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In a flagrant disregard for copyright laws, this latest blog entry is going to be nothing more than my latest Peterborough Evening Telegraph exclusive. And yes, that includes any photos taken by Bob Davis’ boy.

Sadly for fans of immigrants living in sheds, it is actually my debut in the paper’s sport section. Inevitably, it focused around Leicester Casuals coming to town.


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CURRENT FORM

Since moving to Peterborough six months ago I have enjoyed a refreshingly critical reaction to people hearing I am a Leicester City fan.

Usually the response is apathetic. We are that kind of a middle of the road team that is patronisingly called a “nice family club” when we’re wheeled out for our customary 2-0 FA Cup Third Round defeat to Blackburn Rovers.

However, in Peterborough there is a special disdain for The Foxes.

The LCFC flask I bring down to Powerleagues on a Tuesday night has been greeted with a number of cynical jabs and my retro 1980s Leicester scarf has garnered many a dirty look while I saunter through Cathedral Square.

I hate to tell Posh fans this but the hatred is one sided. We were actually pulling for you to keep up with us last year – anything to keep Leeds United in League One!

On paper this was a great chance for an away scalp. Leicester are overachieving fantastically in our return to the Championship and heading for a top six finish, while Posh finally sealed their increasingly inevitable relegation last weekend at Barnsley.

That said, I had little confidence we would get anything from the game. “New manager syndrome” for Gary Johnson’s first game combined with the bizarre phenomenon of already relegated teams gaining title-winning form gave me a sense of caution during the office banter before the match.

PRE MATCH

Being one of our closest away games it wasn’t hard to get a bunch of mates together to join me in the away end.

12 of us got tickets and we started the day by piling into Charters’ heaving beer garden, which seemed to be populated by half of Leicester.

After a couple of pints we headed for the ground. Despite some over-zealous stewarding that made Jack Bauer’s interrogation techniques look timid, we made our way to the terrace.

The terrace was a major pull in getting people to come along. Compared to the soulless Walkers Stadium (aka identikit Championship ground #23), it was great to be able to stand for a whole fame in a proper football stadium.

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HALF TIME

As we seem to always do against Posh, Leicester didn’t get started for the first half an hour.

However, the fans’ growing resentment subsided when big Stevie Howard rolled back the years by beating Ryan Bennett and coasting a low shot in off Joe Lewis’ far post.

The match really didn’t look like a professional football game – it was the most ugly performance of the season – and I don’t just say that because it was the first time I’ve seen Jay Spearing in the flesh – truly a face that only a mother could love.

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FULL TIME

Despite Posh rallying to get an equaliser, Leicester’s resolve was too strong. Two minutes after getting level some appalling defending gave Andy King the chance to bundle in the winning goal.

I won’t get too bogged down in Posh’s post-match post-mortum – I’ll leave that in Swanny’s capable hands.

All I’ll say is that the team Gary Johnson will mould over the summer would thrash the sorry outfit he put out on Saturday.

As for Leicester, we did what we have done for the last two years. We rolled our sleeves up and ground out a victory. A lot of teams must play Leicester and think “how did we lose that?”

We have got a hard spine to the team (Wayne Brown, Richie Wellens and Steve Howard through the middle) that make few mistakes. Drop in a few flair players (Paul Gallagher and Andy King) that can always pop up with a goal and we have a formula for gritty victories.

This wasn’t a memorable game but it was a thoroughly rewarding one for the Leicester faithful.

With play off rivals Blackpool, Swansea and Doncaster all losing, this ugly win firmly entrenches us in the top six and cautiously dreaming of the Premiership.

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4. OUR FANS: 8, THEIR FANS: 5

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And to prove I’m not delusional here’s the article as it was published: notice how the editor got a swipe at Leicester as the headline!

CURRENT FORM

Since moving to Peterborough six months ago I have enjoyed a refreshingly critical reaction to people hearing I am a Leicester City fan.Usually the response is apathetic. We are that kind of a middle of the road team that is patronisingly called a “nice family club” when we’re wheeled out for our customary 2-0 FA Cup Third Round defeat to Blackburn Rovers.

However, in Peterborough there is a special disdain for The Foxes.

The LCFC flask I bring down to Powerleagues on a Tuesday night has been greeted with a number of cynical jabs and my retro 1980s Leicester scarf has garnered many a dirty look while I saunter through Cathedral Square.

I hate to tell Posh fans this but the hatred is one sided. We were actually pulling for you to keep up with us last year – anything to keep Leeds United in League One!

On paper this was a great chance for an away scalp. Leicester are overachieving fantastically in our return to the Championship and heading for a top six finish, while Posh finally sealed their increasingly inevitable relegation last weekend at Barnsley.

That said, I had little confidence we would get anything from the game. “New manager syndrome” for Gary Johnson’s first game combined with the bizarre phenomenon of already relegated teams gaining title-winning form gave me a sense of caution during the office banter before the match.

PRE MATCH

Being one of our closest away games it wasn’t hard to get a bunch of mates together to join me in the away end.

12 of us got tickets and we started the day by piling into Charters’ heaving beer garden, which seemed to be populated by half of Leicester.

After a couple of pints we headed for the ground. Despite some over-zealous stewarding that made Jack Bauer’s interrogation techniques look timid, we made our way to the terrace.

The terrace was a major pull in getting people to come along. Compared to the soulless Walkers Stadium (aka identikit Championship ground #23), it was great to be able to stand for a whole fame in a proper football stadium.

HALF TIME

As we seem to always do against Posh, Leicester didn’t get started for the first half an hour.

However, the fans’ growing resentment subsided when big Stevie Howard rolled back the years by beating Ryan Bennett and coasting a low shot in off Joe Lewis’ far post.

The match really didn’t look like a professional football game – it was the most ugly performance of the season – and I don’t just say that because it was the first time I’ve seen Jay Spearing in the flesh – truly a face that only a mother could love.

FULL TIME

Despite Posh rallying to get an equaliser, Leicester’s resolve was too strong. Two minutes after getting level some appalling defending gave Andy King the chance to bundle in the winning goal.

I won’t get too bogged down in Posh’s post-match post-mortum – I’ll leave that in Swanny’s capable hands.

All I’ll say is that the team Gary Johnson will mould over the summer would thrash the sorry outfit he put out on Saturday.

As for Leicester, we did what we have done for the last two years. We rolled our sleeves up and ground out a victory. A lot of teams must play Leicester and think “how did we lose that?”

We have got a hard spine to the team (Wayne Brown, Richie Wellens and Steve Howard through the middle) that make few mistakes. Drop in a few flair players (Paul Gallagher and Andy King) that can always pop up with a goal and we have a formula for gritty victories.

This wasn’t a memorable game but it was a thoroughly rewarding one for the Leicester faithful.

With play off rivals Blackpool, Swansea and Doncaster all losing, this ugly win firmly entrenches us in the top six and cautiously dreaming of the Premiership.

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4. OUR FANS: 8, THEIR FANS: 5

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