Match Report by Scott Davies
Bury v City, Capitol One Cup Rd 2
City travelled to Bury in the second round of the League Cup, a competition that many City fans have fond memories of and something that Ranieri clearly did his home work on for his pre match press conference quoting some impressive knowledge!
Another excellent turn out from the Blue Army who certainly know how to travel. Around 1400 fans on a Tuesday night in Bury is fantastic. Team news brought a few surprises with all 11 players being replaced from that which started vs Spurs. Most notably the inclusion of Joe Dodoo playing on the right wing, a name not known to many unless you follow the U21’s closely. A look at the bench and Ranieri certainly wants to bring the youth into the fold with Maddison, Chilwell, Olukhani and Panayiotou occupying places in the dugout.
Following an impeccably observed minutes silence for the air crash victims of Shoreham, City coasted the first half, rarely breaking into a sweat. The impressive Kante pulling the strings in the middle with the added class of some delightful cross field passes from Inler. The pitch was somewhat unforgiving with heavy rain throughout, but that didn’t stop the quality of some of the balls played.
Joe Dodoo took centre stage on 25 as he collected the ball at the edge of the box, chipped it over the defender before unleashing an unstable shot which cannoned in off the cross bar leaving the England U21 Goalkeeper, Walton stranded.
The Shakers looked a decent unit, however they rarely threatened in the first half. Schwarzer was called into action once with a long range shot on 30, which he collected easily.
City doubled their lead in the 40th minute with Ulloa winning the ball and assisting Kramaric who took his goal well with a tidy turn and shot past the diving Walton.
After the break, City seemed relaxed with their 2-0 lead, perhaps a little too relaxed as 5 minutes after the break, Bury pressed and their man of the match, Danny Mayor finished well bringing the score to 2-1. Danny Rose soon went close to making it 2-2 10 minutes later, but dragged his shot wide of the post leaving Schwarzer scrambling. They did have the ball in the net again, however it was chalked off for offside.
As Bury continued to push bodies forward, this left gaps in their formation and their fitness levels started to wain.
Kante continued to impress causing problems all over the pitch, as did Dodoo and the introduction of Schlupp.
On 86, Dodoo collected the ball beating the offside trap from an Ulloa pass, he ran at the defence, slotting a lovely shot across the keeper into the bottom corner, making it 3-1 to City and 2 on his debut!
Game over, but not for Dodoo who had unfinished business. Schlupp charged down a clearance from the keeper then laid the ball off unselfishly for Dodoo to finish cooly for his hat trick, just as Schlupp did 4 years ago in the same competition.
Some unsavoury scenes from the Bury fans still didn’t spoil the occasion for Dodoo, who collected the match ball on his first appearance for the Foxes.
Man of the Match – Joe Dodoo
FAN CAM VIDEO
WATCH THE FINAL GOAL by DODOO here, sent in by Joe Storer