Bristol City 1-0 Leicester: 3 things we learned

With all of the build up across nearly three weeks without league football, we were hoping for a Leicester City that was up for nine cup finals. Alas, we've been here before just in a different guise. This was another defeat to add to the other four from the last six games. This continues a run of form that sees the club now desperately clinging on to an automatic spot they've been in for most of the season. So what did we learn?

Bristol City v Leicester City - Sky Bet Championship
Bristol City v Leicester City - Sky Bet Championship / Ryan Hiscott/GettyImages
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Bristol City v Leicester City - Sky Bet Championship
Bristol City v Leicester City - Sky Bet Championship / Ryan Hiscott/GettyImages

The approach is starting to look complacent and arrogant

The style that Enzo Maresca has adopted all season isn't likely to change due to the success that saw them rise to the top of the league, but someone might want to remind Maresca of Leicester's current form, and we're not just talking about the last six games which have Leicester as one of the five worst teams in the Championship. Over the last 12 games (more than a quarter of the season), Leicester City are sitting 11th in the form table and certainly not form that will see them making an instant return to the Premier League.

Of course, this is all to do with fine margins and if games against Leeds, Coventry or Ipswich had gone differently then maybe they'd be feeling more confident going into the final run of games. The reality is that the team has been struggling in games and particularly in the final stages for a long time. In the last eight league games they have only managed one goal after the 75-minute mark with chances and hope seeming to dry up.

As the game was drawing to a close at Bristol City, there was a casual "we'll be fine" demeanour to their approach, as if the sheer quality of the team would simply suck a goal into the back of the net with minimal effort or forward directed passes. We've moved beyond a "gerrit forward" mentality, but surely more direct balls to wide men wouldn't hurt, or first-time crosses into the box, or even a shift in set up to keep the opposition guessing. There is a strange mentality that seems to have reared its ugly head into this team, as they painfully look like they are going to snatch defeat from the jaws of success once again. It's getting very familiar and the fans are all too aware of the feeling.