An unseasonably warm Saturday ended with an ill wind blowing into Leicester from the south. The comments made by Plymouth Argyle chairman Paul Stapleton concerning former manager Ian Holloway's acrimonious departure for Leicester last November had turned this game from a run-of-the-mill Championship encounter into a grudge match. Plymouth lost five players in the January transfer window and Stapleton's statement last week laid the blame for their departure firmly at the feet of Holloway.
Paul Sturrock, Holloway's successor, defended his chairman's statement. "I think the chairman's comments were very Plymouth orientated," he said following his side's first victory since Boxing Day.
"He wanted his fan base to appreciate the reasons why some of our players moved on. In the end it was blown out of context by Sky for the reason that they had a game on TV at 5.20 on a Saturday between Leicester and Plymouth Argyle."
Holloway saw it differently and is considering taking legal action against his former employer. "After the next game I shall be having a meeting with my lawyers," he said. "We'll be dissecting what he said and we'll be dealing with it."
Holloway also warned that the situation had gone beyond a simple apology. "I think the damage is done. My lawyers have an awful lot to look at because he said a lot, and we shall be looking forward to putting a letter to him together."
On the pitch, it was a signing of Holloway's, Hungarian international Peter Halmosi, who secured the points for the visitors with a low left-footed shot which gave Plymouth a deserved first-half lead, and keeps them very much in touch with the play-off positions.
Goal: Halmosi (34) 0-1.
Leicester City (4-4-2): Alnwick; Chambers, McAuley, Kisnorbo, Clapham (Fryatt, 89); Hume, Oakley, Clemence, Bori (Campbell, h-t); Hayles (Laczko, 65), Howard. Substitutes not used: N'Gotty, Kishishev.
Plymouth Argyle (4-4-2): McCormick; Connolly, Timar, Doumbé, Sawyer; Halmosi (Hodges, 80), Abdou, Nalis, Paterson; MacLean (Fallon, 85), Easter. Substitutes not used: Wotton, Mackie, Jutkiewicz.
Referee: I Williamson (Berkshire).
Booked: Leicester Howard, Hume, Laczko; Plymouth Connolly.
Man of the match: Timar.
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