I went to my first away game since the 2002-2003 season yesterday as I made my way down to Selhurst Park with my mate Marchy to see Leicester play Crystal Palace. It turned out to be a successful day as we managed to get our tickets (a whopping £30 each!) at the ground without any problem as we couldn’t get them online due to the postal service being unable to send them out in time. Lack of public transport on Boxing Day and better things to be doing meant I didn’t go the the home game against Ipswich and the New Years Eve game at home to Portsmouth was on Sky TV so I couldn’t collect the tickets at either of those games.
I stayed at Marchy’s house in London on New Years Day and we made our way to the ground in the morning as it was a 1pm kick off. City Manager Nigel Pearson named a couple of players in the wing back positions that I’d never even heard of! Our seats were of the very old-fashioned wooden variety and the sun was shining right into our eyes throughout the whole game which we stood up for for the entire 90 minutes. There was also a big pillar in our way and the beer was £3.80 a pop but its amazing how these things get forgotten about when you win which is exactly what we did!
Ex-Palace man Neil Danns capitalised on a goalkeeping error when Price’s quickly taken kick hit the back of his fellow Eagle and fell to Danns who curled a fine shot in on 18 minutes having cut in from the left. We doubled our lead after 37 minutes when cult-hero Bamba got on to a Danns free-kick at the far post. This lead didn’t last long as Palace scored a few minutes later and went in search of an equaliser but fortunately it never came and apart from a few shots going wide of the post I was confident we would hold on.
As I mentioned the sun was shining in the eyes of us 1,255 Leicester fans so when the play stopped I tended to give my arm a rest from blocking out the sun. For that reason I didn’t see our substitute Howard being sent off for shouting something at the linesman in the last 15 minutes. A good start to 2012 for us Foxes and if we continue to beat teams like Palace who are above us we may just make the end of season play-offs.