Bristol City 0 Leicester City 2: 'Hollywood' Holloway makes successful start
Monday 26 November 2007
Iain Hume knew his professional life was never going to be the same again when his new manager jumped on to the desk in their first team meeting on Friday and started shadow-boxing. Welcome to the crazy world of Ian Holloway.
Leicester's latest zany incumbent on chairman Milan Mandaric's chopping block should have been called Hollywood because he put on a typical one-man show in his home city where he used to support, play for and manage those Rovers rivals down the street.
The former Plymouth leader entered the Ashton Gate stage bowing to the Bristol City fans booing him; had a mock fight with the home mascot, screamed at every tackle and pass, and left the field with a sparkling victory that put the smile back on the face of Mandaric, who declared "this is the start of a new era". But where have we heard that before?
Holloway, Mandaric's fifth manager in seven months, had become the first to win his first game in charge of the Foxes since David Halliday in 1955 and Hume, Leicester's Canadian international, was not surprised.
He said: "We had only trained with him once but the things he said had everyone on the edge of their seats. He jumped up on the desk and was showing us some boxing moves with his fists to illustrate that when one player goes forward the other has to cover him.
" He's not loud – he's just amusing, but he gets his point across and everyone listens because he's not ramming it down your throat.
"He wanted us to go into the game with no fear – just go out and play football and do things our own way and that was one of our best performances of the season. We had so much energy today it was unbelievable. We rattled them from the first minute and we could have scored more."
The defender Richard Stearman fired home the Foxes' first goal at the second attempt from Alan Sheehan's 23rd-minute free-kick and Matt Fryatt wrapped up a convincing victory by scoring off a post 12 minutes from the end before being sent off by the referee, Jonathan Moss, for an alleged elbow offence against the home defender Liam Fontaine.
Holloway has appealed against the decision and will hope the red card will be rescinded today to allow Fryatt to face Cardiff tonight, although he has lost Collins John with a hamstring injury. "We've just had two weeks off and we've got another game in 48 hours – it's madness," he said.
Goals: Stearman (23) 0-1; Fryatt (78) 0-2.
Bristol City (4-4-2): Basso; Skuse (Sproule, 51 ), Carey, McCombe, Fontaine; Wilson (Noble, 76), Johnson, Elliott, McIndoe; Byfield, Trundle (Showunmi, 63). Substitutes not used: Vasko, Weale (gk).
Leicester City (4-4-2): Fulop; Stearman, McAuley, Kisnorbo, Mattock; Hume (N'Gotty, 82), Weslokski, Clemence, Sheehan; Fryatt, John (Keaton, 34). Substitutes not used: Hayes, Henderson (gk), King.
Referee: J Moss (Yorkshire).
Booked: Bristol City Wilson, Trundle, Noble. Leicester City: McAuley.
Sent off: Leicester City Fryatt (90).
Man of the match: Stearman.
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