Foxes fire four in final day flourish

Yakubu, Andy King, Yuki Abe and Diomansy Kamara gave Leicester City and their fans a final day victory as they secured 10th place in the Championship.

Two second half goals from a resurgent Ipswich gave the game an edge until Kamara’s finish eight minutes from time. With Leicester having only won twice in the last six, it shows why the promotion chase was unsuccessful.

According Eriksson, the game was illustrative of the clubs season, telling “We again played some good attacking football and I was pleased to see us score four goals. But again, it is frustrating that we allowed two goals to be scored against us, when we were in a very comfortable position.”

But as the players take time out to allow their bodies to recover from the 9 month season, Eriksson will be hard at work securing the signings he sees as vital for a successful promotion campaign next season. With six loan stars in the squad the Swede will want their futures sorted as soon as the premier league season finished next weekend. Yakubu, on loan from Everton, has already stated his desire to stay in the East Midlands.

Adding to the carnival atmosphere at the Walkers Stadium was the news that Alan Birchenall was awarded a lifetime contract as Club Ambassador by the owners, a decision praised by Eriksson. “He is so important to this club. The work that Birch does in the community is incredible and to see him run around the pitch like that was truly something. He is a real character and the owners have made a great decision to reward him like this.”

With legends like Birch so involved at Leicester it would be a joyous time for him if Eriksson can get The Foxes up and the next attempt. There are characters like him around the lower leagues but to have him acting up and carrying on while Leicester welcome Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool to the Walkers will be refreshing.

Having climbed up from the foot of the table in October to within points of a play off place shows the achievement of Eriksson, his players and the owners this season. With this momentum and seeds of success sown all involved in Leicester City will have confidence and high hopes for promotion in 2011/12.


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