The mood coming out of that game couldn’t have more different to the Manchester United win. In fact that already feels so long ago. Since the Burnley draw the Foxes have been on a two game losing streak and there was a real sense that this was the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways and move back up the table. It wasn’t going to be an easy match for us with West Brom doing better than expected and Saido Berahino in great form. Nonetheless it felt like a must win game so it couldn’t have been more disappointing when the final whistle was blown.
Wasilewski replaced Moore at the back, and Nigel Pearson opted for a narrow 4-4-2 with four central midfielders in the middle, a formation untested and unexpected. Matty James, Andy King and Esteban Cambiasso came in for Hammond, Mahrez and Ulloa, with Vardy and Nugent the two strikers. It was a surprising team selection when I first saw it as a real strength last season was our great wideplay from the wingers, so to play narrowly and crowd the middle immediately felt an odd decision. Equally, to play Nugent again instead of our top scorer Ulloa seemed strange and I’d have liked to have seen De Laet dropped in favour of Danny Simpson who is yet to make his home debut.