Foxes fail to take chances as Carroll cracker starts City destruction.

Matt Oakley’s blockbuster volley from the edge of the area helped The Foxes to a 1-1 draw with relegation scrappers Crystal Palace, but Yakubu’s blaze over the bar from two yards could prove costly as the race for play-off places reaches white-hot levels.

After a 4-0 hammering of rivals Burnley at the weekend, including Kamara’s first goal for the club and a brace from Gallagher, Leicester City were in confident mood going in to the Palace game. But the dominance failed to pay dividends.

At the final whistle manager Sven-Goran Eriksson was frustrated and told “Yes, of course it was frustrating. I feel like I am saying the same things after every game, but whilst it is still possible, we will keep on fighting.”

Four points from six is a good return and with results going their way The Foxes are lying in ninth hoping to overturn a four point gap to make the top six. With their own jitters fading over the past few weeks Leicester’s rivals are now finding theirs.

The top six is closing up, and with four points separating second from fifth these nerves could throw the promotion chase open.

With a trip to Reading before a hectic Easter weekend with fixtures against Watford and Forest, The Foxes will dream of taking nine points off their promotion rivals. It will be a big ask, but now undefeated in three and scoring more frequently could Leicester be heading for the play-offs?

This week also saw 40years since Alan Birchenall first started his association with Leicester City Football Club. BBC Late Kick Off’s Natalie Jackson signed up for Birch’s Tours to get a behind the scenes look. Take a look at Foxes legend Alan Birchenall at

Andy Carroll’s first goals in a Liverpool shirt, with a Dirk Kuyt precision strike sandwiched between, saw the Reds thump Manchester City 3-0.

Liverpool started at a high tempo and continued their assault on Joe Hart’s goal for the whole game. The Citizens may have been thinking ahead to their FA Cup semi final against neighbours Manchester United but they still need to sew up their Champions League place.

Carlos Tevez limped off after quarter of an hour, and is doubtful for the semi-final, and was replaced by the ineffective Mario Balotelli, who suffered the indignity of being substituted late in the second half.

Despite their own injury worries Liverpool controlled the entire game, and should have scored more. Teenage Academy graduate, John Flanagan, made a solid start to his Liverpool career in a nerve-free debut. The choice of manager Kenny Dalglish to play the youngster pleased the Kop, who sang their approval and must be hoping for confirmation of Dalglish as permanent manager.

Carroll’s first goal for the Merseysiders came after thirteen minutes, a low considered, yet powerful left foot strike from 25 yards to Hart’s right. Predictably his teammates joy was matched by the Anfield faithful. His second was a deft header under a challenge from Aleksdander Kolarov.

The second half was even more unforgiving for City, only the fact there were no more goals stopped the scoreline revealing Liverpool’s true dominance. The Opta Stats for Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina show he was practically a spectator until palming away Yaya Toure’s drive on 82 minutes.

As Carroll closes in on full fitness and has goals under his belt the final six games of the season can be looked forward to with interest. This weekend’s trip to the Emirates for a showdown with title contenders Arsenal may stop Liverpool closing in on fifth place.

This may not concern too many Liverpool fans. They have seen their team turn in a dominant display against an expensively assembled side, a young debutant handle the pressure and their new striker get off the mark with a brace. Next season probably is what many of them have their eyes on but the next six games can give them something even more to cheer about heading into the summer break.


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