The end of season play-offs have a reputation for providing some of the most exciting drama in the football season and this year was no exception. Sadly, for us Leicester fans we came out on the wrong side of such thrilling drama as did our rivals Nottingham F****t the night before but obviously I don’t care about them!
No-one really gave Leicester any hope at Cardiff having lost the 1st leg at home by a goal to nil and when we went a goal down on Wednesday night it looked like it was curtains as they had dominated the opening period of play.
However, football has a habit of throwing up surprises and this game was no exception as we grabbed an equaliser within minutes and then incredibly levelled the aggregate score. I got up at 3.45am to see the game on a streaming site but was having computer problems as the first half progressed yet despite this I somehow managed to catch all three goals amid the images freezing and then speeding up in almost comical Benny Hill style! Throughout all this the commentary continued but at half time I reset the computer and just as I got the game up and running again we went 3-1 up. I didn’t see (but did hear) the Cardiff penalty which tied the aggregate scores or very little else of that half either.
Thankfully I managed to pick up perfect coverage of the fairly dull extra time (heightened by listening to the BBC man doing what was highlight, if not just goal, commentary which meant he didn’t speak that often or sound too excited until the climax of the contest) and maybe I am to blame for our loss.
To my absolute disgust the computer froze just as the penalties got underway so I missed the first five successful kicks. Cardiff levelled with their third kick and who knows what Kermorgant was thinking when he chose such a critical moment to try a little dink which was inevitably saved. The next Cardfiff player showed us how it should be done and then Waghorn had his penalty saved and that brought the curtain down on our season in dramatic fashion.
A heartbreaking end to a fantastic season where we probably punched above our weight in our first season back in the Championship on the back of winning League One 12 months ago. I was gutted but so proud of the team and very glad that I made the effort to catch the game at such an ungodly hour.