14 April ~ Going in to the Easter programme it seemed that Leicester would need to win their six remaining games to make the Championship play-offs. Such a winning streak seemed unlikely. We have only managed it once in over 130 years, have failed to win more than two consecutive league games all season and were still in stuttering form. Four days later and the picture has shifted radically. The potential banana skin fixture at home to Doncaster was easily negotiated and we came from behind to win at Portman Road on Easter Monday with a gritty display.
So we face the trip to Millwall today just three points shy of sixth place with four games to go. Making the play-offs is now a much more viable proposition. Millwall's hard-fought win at Portsmouth virtually guarantees their safety, leaving us as the team with most at stake, but also makes this a difficult match to predict. Will Millwall switch off now that the hard work is done, or will they be more relaxed and expressive in front of their own crowd? Will Leicester’s notorious inconsistency return and cost them dear, or will they finally show the grit to see the job through?
It was Millwall’s win at our place earlier in the season that finally did for Sven-Göran Eriksson but that game does not offer clues as to the likely outcome today. At least we can avoid the curse of the ex-player as the perpetually underachieving Dany N’Guessan has evidently exhausted the patience of the Millwall management and been shipped off on loan to continue his wanderings at Charlton.
Leicester have been able to welcome back long-term injury victims Andy King, Paul Gallagher and Jeff Schlup in recent weeks, with an outside chance Martin Waghorn may also be back in the picture. Given the increase in attacking options and the fact that time is running out we need to try to take the game to Millwall and look for another win, while remaining solid at the back, remembering that we need to avoid a defeat.
If all else fails we can always give the ball to Ben Marshall 20 yards out, but the law of averages says there will come a game when that does not work. A 1-1 draw may not be the greatest result we could wish for but I suspect it may be the best we can get. We may have to settle for that. Simon Betts