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City faithful dare to dream


City fans are basking in the afterglow of the club's thrilling 3-2 victory over Nottingham Forest on Saturday – and looking forward to the next hurdle.

The exhilaration – and disbelief – at the unlikely last-gasp surge into the play-offs is turning to quiet determination ahead of the challenge of Watford in the semi-final first leg on Thursday.

Mark Collins, 53, of Narborough Road South, was among the thousands of fans who queued for hours outside the King Power Stadium for semi-final tickets yesterday, while the club's ticket line and website crashed due to the demand.

"The atmosphere on Saturday was electric," he said.

"When we lost our last home game to Watford, I thought that was it – it's such a remarkable turnaround in fortune, it doesn't seem real.

"It was one of the greatest City games I've seen."

Joe Brennan, 14, from Glenfield, said: "I listened to the match on the radio and I think I'm still in shock.

"When Knockaert scored in the 91st minute to make it 3-2, I was so happy, I couldn't believe it – I still can't believe it.

"Who would have thought a few days ago that we'd be in the play-offs?

"The momentum is with us now. I'm pretty excited by our chances. I think we'll beat Watford and face Brighton at Wembley."

Season ticket-holder Barry Sharp, 78, from Scraptoft, is looking forward to another Wembley final for City.

"I've been coming down here to follow City since 1947," he said.

"I got here as soon as I could to make sure I got a ticket for me and my grandson George. I've been waiting for over two hours but didn't want to miss out.

"I'm optimistic about our chances. To get to Wembley again would be fantastic. What have we got to lose?"

Dan Archer, 29, from Eyres Monsell, Leicester, said: "We waited two-and-a-half hours for our tickets.

"But who cares? We're in the play-offs.

"The players have been playing with fear for the past three months but we're the team everyone fears now.

"The tables have turned. I think the players will express themselves and do us proud. I really think we can do it."

"I'm quietly confident," said Jackie Taylor, 49, from Loughborough. "Just two wins and we're at Wembley. It's all there for the taking."

Having won only four games out of their previous 19 going into the Forest game, the omens were not looking good for City.

They also needed a hefty slice of fortune with Blackpool holding Bolton – who were in the sixth place play-off slot at start of play – to a draw.

But none of that mattered to fans returning from Nottingham by coach on Saturday afternoon.

Gareth Lupson, 33, who lives in the city centre, said: "The sound from both sets of fans was deafening.

"It's the best game I've been to. For the players to hold their nerve when they absolutely had to is a great credit to them."

Lee Jobber, 33, of Braunstone, Leicester, said: "I'm flabbergasted!

"It's never easy being a City fan is it? They put you through the mill.

"It was crazy. What will be will be but we're in with a great shout now."

Reena Dave, 28, from Oadby, said: "We've seen a miracle.

"I'm absolutely drained of emotion but we've got one foot in the Premier League."

City faithful dare to dream

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