Town was a ghost town as we stumbled in around midday. Nee public transport probably a factor and also a fixture against a ‘top’ side and the fact that the last time United played well was the last decade….

A sold out (ahem) crowd assembled and early news that the visitors would be without Vardy (always does well against us) due to the birth of his child was a bit of welcome news, even if his replacement would absolutely start ahead of any of the lads who resemble strikers for us. As would an unknown Spaniard for the opposition by the name of Ayoze Perez (where’d they get him from?)

For United Muto was a shock inclusion, not deemed good enough for substitute appearances even when Bruce just hoys everyone on in the hope one of them will score. Still, playing two strikers has been a mad gamble that has seen us lose three in four, so going back to two wide lads and allowing Hayden and Shelvey to hopefully get a bit more control of the midfield.

Leicester dominated the game and although Dubravka made one or two smart saves, we didn’t look like conceding due mostly to the diligence of Javier Manquillo. Joelinton inexplicably bungled a one on one chance which could have shifted the narrative of this game, but he missed because he isn’t very good.

Ten minutes of madness followed when Florian Lejuene twice incredibly passed the ball to an opponent. Pathetic from the Frenchmen who has looked out of sorts since coming back from a second catastrophic injury in the space of a year. I’m sure the manager would claim the injury situation is the only reason he’s been playing but the issues are more than that.

We play most games outnumbered in midfield and concede possession completely. Individual errors aren’t good enough at the level but really, we’ve been due something like this happening for a while. We’ve been getting away with it and we’ve decided to even things out by gifting our opponents 5 goals in 3 games. All the best to the rest of the league and that, have all the goals and points.

Incredibly after gifting the opposition the points, worse was to follow before half time with both full backs going off injured and then Jonjo Shelvey picking up an injury. No Andy Caroll heroics from the bench today.

Even more incredibly after half time Fabian Schar did a hamstring and despite madly trying to get back on and soldier on, went off to leave us with ten men for the last 40 minutes of the game. Jesus. Fucking. Christ.

Undoubtedly bad luck but how many muscle injuries have we had this season to last season? Can Jonjo Shelvey, with a history of groin injuries play three times in 10 days? With Lejeune back from so little football in the last two years was it not worth going 4 at the back? Easy for me to say in hindsight, but I’m not paid millions to make sure we don’t end up with 10 men after 50 minutes.

The rest of the half was a training session for our opponents. Only a brilliant double save from Dubravka lifted the crowd who didn’t depart en masse but drifted in ones and two as the half went on. The manager will prob alt point you the lads not throwing in the towel like we did with 10 at their place. A third was added from distance from shithouse Choudhury who incredibly wasn’t sent off earlier this year for maiming Matt Ritchie.

A grim today at the end of a grim decade following nufc. I’ve no idea who’ll be available at Rochdale but you get the suspicion that the league and surviving relegation will be the only focus, and to be fair we look like the worst team in the league right now.

Alex Hurst