Plymouth 1-0 Leicester City: 3 things we learned

We've been here before in the last few weeks and months. A below-average Championship team turning on an above-average performance and strolling to a comfortable win over a Leicester City side that is going through their annual late season capitulation. Fingers are being pointed everywhere as panic is setting in that the season is going to end in disaster.
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Enzo Maresca
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A manager failing to make changes in-game to win points

Enzo could make the argument that he has made changes in the last two games but not nearly enough and two 1-0 away defeats to poor Championship teams has proven his approach to be wrong. He refuses to put trust in players on the bench who know they will barely be used which surely affects their confidence, as the manager continues to pour blind faith into many of the players that are either lacking quality, confidence or fitness themselves and ultimately aren't producing results. To ask so many players to play three full games over seven days is negligent, especially when complaining about the lack of care for players health. He has completely contradicted himself and further cemented his hypocrisy by only using two of his available five substitutes as the Foxes struggled to create very little in the way of clear chances in the second half.

When interviewed by BBC Radio Leicester after this game, he gave the impression that he was happy with the amount of chances created. Leicester managed four shots on target the whole game with one of those an easy save for Plymouth's goalkeeper. This was not a barrage of chances created, Plymouth didn't have to work hard to stop Leicester, they were devoid of ideas and if the manager was happy with this level of attacking, he needs to prepare himself for another season of Championship football. There will be many that will bemoan the lack of a plan B, which is a simplified argument, but it does hold water. He believed he did make changes towards this end by adding a further player into the midfield attacking areas, but this lacked any evidence as the players aimlessly passed it around the area slowly before reaching wide areas and the attack fizzling out or producing another corner for the team to waste.

Nothing changed, this was the same end to the last three Championship away games which all ended in a 1-0 defeat. He isn't learning any lessons and this trait will likely rear its ugly head again in the last few games unless he takes some serious self-reflection and addresses the problems. With his final words he thanked the supporters for the long trip on a Friday night and asked for togetherness and reiterated (rather desperately) that it is still in Leicester's hands and that if they do everything they can then they will be promoted. But the reality is that it has been in his hands for months and its only at the very end that it is slipping away from him. We all know how this ends normally with this football club, we can only hope the story takes a final twist of positivity at a club that has had too many heartbreaking endings to cope with.