Leicester goal drought continues against Sunderland

Leicester City 0:0 Sunderland

Leicester City v Sunderland, Barclays Premier, 22 November, 2014

City got their first point in seven weeks from a 0-0 draw against Sunderland at the KPS on Saturday…Nigel Pearson made two changes to his starting line-up with Mahrez and Konchesky in for King and Drinkwater.This change-round seemed to give City fresh impetus and they pushed forward in the opening stages creating several chances.
Wasilewski headed wide from a James corner; Vardy was denied by Pantilimon; and then the Sunderland keeper got down to a low shot from Mahrez. The Algerian international then set Schlupp up for an angled drive which found the side-netting.
After all these early chances City nearly went behind in the 15th minute when Sunderland broke forward and Fletcher went clear on goal looking certain to score before Schmeichel pulled off a fine point-blank save.
Ulloa then saw his shot blocked after combining well with Cambiassom before Schmeichel tipped a low shot from Johnson round the post.
Morgan kept the scoreline at 0-0  with a great block on a fierce Larsson shot, and then the final chance of the half went begging as Ulloa nodded a James corner over from close in.

Leicester City v Sunderland, Barclays Premier, 22 November, 2014

City, unchanged for the second half, continued their quest for a precious goal. Pantilimon saved well from James; and Cambiasso set up Mahrez, who feinted past his marker down the right and bore down on goal before lashing his shot into the side-netting.
A magnificent 40 yard pass from Ulloa, was taken well by Mahrez who made his way into the area before going down after a nudge in the back from Reveillere. There were howls of protest from the home fans, but the ref was unmoved.
City’s best move of the game came when James and Ulloa carved a path through the visitor’s defence with a precise one-two but James’ shot under pressure didn’t have enough to beat Pantilimon.
Vardy managed just one of his trademark charges upfield but to no effect and he made way for Nugent soon after.

Leicester City v Sunderland, Barclays Premier, 22 November, 2014
He soon had a chance after a nod down from Ulloa, but snatched a shot across goal when he had the space to continue into the penalty area and pass.
Knockaert and Wood were also introduced into the action late on, but City couldn’t find a way through and had to be content with a point.

Looking at the forthcoming fixture list, this was a game that Pearson’s men had to win, although it did at least raise them out of the relegation zone for the time being.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky, Morgan, James, Vardy (Nugent 72), Schlupp (Knockaert 79), Cambiasso, Ulloa (Wood 88), Mahrez, Wasilewski. Subs not used: Drinkwater, King, Hamer, Moore.
Sunderland: Pantilimon, Brown, Cattermole, Larsson (Bridcutt 75), Fletcher, Wickham, Johnson, Gomez (Buckley 86), Reveillere, O’Shea, Vergini. Subs not used: Rodwell, Altidore, Coates, Mannone, Robson.

Referee: R Madley.  Attendance: 31,825.

 

All photos: SIMON KIMBER

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‘Got Not Got: The Lost World of Leicester City’ in HMV – Leicester now!

After a quick field trip up town we can declare HMV to be the best stockists of ‘Got Not Got: The Lost World of Leicester City’…

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Not only are they piled high, but they are also three quid off and selling for just £9.99.
They also have other Leicester City Pitch titles ‘On This Day’ and ‘Of Fossils & Foxes’ discounted.
Hurry now, before that pile goes down…

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‘Got Not Got: The Lost World of Leicester City’ in the shops now!

‘Got Not Got: The Lost World of Leicester City’ by Derek Hammond and Gary Silke is now available in the shops and online….

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Got, Not Got: The Lost World of Leicester City is an Aladdin’s cave of memories and memorabilia, guaranteed to whisk you back to Filbert Street’s fondly remembered ‘Golden Age’ of mud and magic – as well as a City-mad childhood of miniature tabletop games and imaginary, comic-fuelled worlds.
The book recalls a more innocent era of football, lingering longingly over relics from the good old days – Foxes stickers and petrol freebies, league ladders, big-match programmes and much more – revisiting lost football culture, treasures and pleasures that are 100 per cent Leicester City.
If you were a Junior Fox, one of the army of obsessive soccer kids at any time from Gordon Banks lifting the World Cup to the early days of the Premier League, then this is the book to recall the mavericks – Worthington, Weller and Walsh, Lineker, McAllister and Shilton – and the marvels of the Lost World of Football.

You can buy it online AMAZON  or SMITHS or at local branches of Waterstones and WH Smiths.

Or you can order direct from the publishers and get 30% off with this special limited time offer…

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We are also informed that two branches of Tesco are stocking ‘GNG:LCFC’.
We’re guessing Wigston and Narbough Road? Let us know if you see it.

If you are one of the many Leicester City fans in Sweden you can buy it online via Bokus.com HERE

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Leicester’s woes continue as Saint march on

Southampton 2:0 Leicester City
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Two second half goals from Shane Long were enough to see off City at the St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday…
Nigel Pearson made two changes to his side for this trip to a rain-swept south coast, with  Schlupp and Ulloa in for Konchesky and Nugent.
In-form Southampton applied some early pressure but the City defence managed to keep them at bay with the final ball being cut out or misdirected several times.
Clyne forced Schmeichel into a save from a long-range effort, and Morgan blocked a Pelle effort.
City looked set up to defend a pointand chances were rare though Morgan went close after connecting with a James corner but couldn’t direct his header downwards.
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City stood strong through an intense period of corners towards the break, but their only stat going forward was a booking for  Schneiderlin after he brought Vardy down.
Defensively City could be satisfied with the goalless scoreline at half-time.
City continued to soak up the pressue in the second half and though Wanyama  found the net in the 51st minute  the linesman flag brought a swift end to the celebrations.
Alderweireld then became the second Saints player to pick up a yellow card for stopping Vardy in his tracks, a tactic designed to snuff out City’s only real threat.
Cambiasso sent the free kick straight into the wall, as if to underline this.
Moore came on for De Laet  and as the clock ticked 0n Southampton began to get frustrated, restricted to long range efforts.

However, Ronald Koeman then made a game-changing substitution bringing on Long for Mane.

With a quarter of an hour remaining Long latched on to a ball from Pelle and slotted home a fine finish beyond Schmeichel’s reach.
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Five minutes later Long doubled Southampton’s lead after chasing down a long ball from Wanyama and it was game over.
As at Swansea City then wasted a great chance to score when substitute Wood outfoguth Fonte to earn himself a shot on goal but lobbed it wide.
After a promising start to the season City are now in free-fall, having earned one point out of the last 18.Something has to change.

Southampton: Forster, Clyne, Fonte, Alderwiereld, Bertrand, Wanyama, Schneiderlin (Reed 90), S. Davis (Cork 40), Tadic, Mane (Long 68), Pelle. Subs Not Used: K. Davis, Yoshida, Gardos, Mayuka.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Moore 54), Wasilewski, Morgan, Schlupp, Cambiasso, James, Drinkwater, King (Powell 76), Vardy, Ulloa (Wood 71). Subs Not Used: Konchesky, Mahrez, Smith, Nugent.

Referee: M. Oliver. Attendance: 31,297.
All photos: Simon Kimber

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The FOX will be following the fortunes of Leicester City in 2014-15, as we have since the 1986-87 season, so if you want each copy posted to your door then take out a subscription now.
You will have the option to buy our Champions cigarette card set (which will be posted out with the Summer Special NOW) at a greatly reduced price of £3.50.

To subscribe either print out the subs form at the bottom and post it to us, or click on the ‘with or without cards’ options below to pay online via Paypal.

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Leicester goal drought continues as Albion claim the points

Leicester City 0:1 West Bromwich Albion

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The Remembrance Fixture turned out to be one to forget as City lost 1-0 to West Brom at the KPS on Saturday…
The helicopter ball drop and minute’s silence for the fallen proved to be the best part of the afternoon as City lost their unbeaten home record in the Premier League.
Nigel Pearson made four changes  with Wasilewski, Cambiasso, King and James in for Moore, Hammond, Mahrez and Ulloa.
City had an early chance for a morale-boosting goal in the 3rd minute but King’s header from a James corner was directed tamely at Foster.
Schmeichel was then forced into action twice as swift breaks set up Berahino and Sessegnon for shots on target.
Morgan then sent a header over the bar from close in when he met another James flag-kick.
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Gardner got a header from a corner on target but Cambiasso  was well placed to clear off the line.
The last chance of a scrappy half went to the visitors – Berahino teeing up  Brunt, who fired narrowly over the bar.

Although City came out for the second half looking more lively, they fell behind to a bizarre own goal after just two minutes. People were still taking their seats when Morgan’s diving header to cut out a Berahino cross struck Cambiasso and found the net.
City desperately sought an equaliser, but found dogged Albion resistance.

King headed a James free-kick over the bar; and then Konchesky sent Vardy through, but his low shot was placed too near to Foster.
Nugent then sent a low cross flashing across the goalmouth but there was no blue shirt to meet it.
Ulloa replaced Nugent and set up King with another header but this one was directed straight at Foster when it should have brought an equaliser.
Foster then comfortably fielded a header from Ulloa, whose introduction had livened things up considerably.
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The introduction of Wood and Powell for Vardy and Drinkwater failed to make much impression and City were left to contemplate a run of five games that have produced a single point.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky, Drinkwater (Powell 81), Morgan, James, Vardy (Wood 81), King, Cambiasso, Wasilewski, Nugent (Ulloa 68). Subs Not Used: Smith, Moore, Hammond, Mahrez.
Albion: Foster, Wisdom, Dawson (Gamboa 90), Lescott, Pocognoli, Brunt, Gardner, Dorrans, Morrison, Sessegnon (Yacob 81), Berahino (Anichebe 88). Subs Not Used: Myhill, McAuley, Mulumbu, Samaras.

Referee: S Attwell Attendance: 31,819.

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The FOX will be following the fortunes of Leicester City in 2014-15, as we have since the 1986-87 season, so if you want each copy posted to your door then take out a subscription now.
You will have the option to buy our Champions cigarette card set (which will be posted out with the Summer Special NOW) at a greatly reduced price of £3.50.

To subscribe either print out the subs form at the bottom and post it to us, or click on the ‘with or without cards’ options below to pay online via Paypal.

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FOX 191 – The Leicester City fanzine – in the shops NOW!

FOX 191 – the Oct/Nov edition of the Leicester City fanzine is now in the shops…

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FOX 191 features: an interview with Maxine Kerr, daughter of City chairman Terry Shipman;  Something Old, Something New; Fully Programmed from 1994-95 – our first stab at the Premier League; Fox Diary – winning the title and beating Man United, not sure we’ve ever had a better one; the latest from the Foxes Trust; our new column on what is going on in Twitter-land; Rewind features Jimmy Willis as City get their first ever win in the Premier League; Foxed in the Head – more on the buses and forgotten players; the Chris Lymn Column; John Hutchinson applies his magnifying glass to another slice of the club’s history; your letters and Bentley’s Roof; Parting Shots; and FortySomething is dealing with an elderly (Derby-supporting) relative….

all for £2…

Maxine Kerr Interview Extract…

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FOX: With a grandfather and father so embedded in the club, you couldn’t really avoid it. How old were you when you first became aware of what it was your father did?

MK: I was seven when I went down to my first game, I’m 57 now.
Mum was going out and said to Dad, “You’ll have to take Max down to the game, I’ve got no one else to look after her.”
So Dad took me to the game, I think this was a couple of years before he became a director, with Geoff Baxter, a lifelong fiend of his. I can’t remember what game it was but I do recall that he picked me up from Brownies so I was sat there between them in my uniform while they talked over my head. I didn’t say a word.
Afterwards he said to me: “Max, I bet you absolutely hated that didn’t you?”
I said: “Dad…. I absolutely LOVED it!”
He said: “Really?!”
I was hooked. He took me down to lots of games after that and when he joined the board I went to away games too. We went everywhere.

FOX: With your grandfather Len and your Dad on the board did you ever want a place on there yourself?

MK: I would loved to have. It sort of cropped up as a possibility for a bit but then we went PLC and everything changed. That scuppered it really. I think my Dad would have liked me to do it. My sister Bev loved City but her husband played rugby so she was more into Tigers.
I did a bit of scouting once! I was going out with the club secretary Eddie Plumley’s son Gary. He then moved to Newport County so I used to go over there quite a lot to watch him. They had a fantastic young player who was so good that I tried to get someone at Leicester to go and watch him. I think they told me they already had tabs on him, anyway it was John Aldridge, so we missed out there.

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You will have the option to buy our Champions cigarette card set (which will be posted out with the Summer Special NOW) at a greatly reduced price of £3.50.

To subscribe either print out the subs form at the bottom and post it to us, or click on the ‘with or without cards’ options below to pay online via Paypal.

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Leicester’s poor run continues at Swansea

Swansea City 2:0 Leicester City

City’s recent poor run extended to 1 point out of 12 as two goals from Bony gave Swansea a comfortable victory at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday evening…
Nigel Pearson made four changes to his side with Vardy, Nugent, Mahrez and Hammond in for James, Cambiasso, Albrighton and Schlupp.
Swansea made all the early running against a disjointed looking City side, though their first real chance chance from a miscued ball out from Schmeichel. The City keeper gifted the ball to Sigurdsson, but Morgan managed to nip in with a precise ball-winning challenge as the Icelander lined up his shot.
The Swans’ dominance finally bore fruit in the 35th minute when superb passing move led to Sigurdsson setting up Bony for a precise finish past Schmeichel.
With City producing very little going forward it was difficult to see how they could haul themselves back into the game, though they went close soon after the break. A long throw from Moore out on the right bounced right into the six yard area, and Shelvey got a touch before it looped over Fabianski and on to the crossbar.
Mahrez then sent a shot well over before Drinkwater forced a good save from Fabianski, as City enjoyed their best spell of the game.
But any hopes of a comeback were extinguished in the 57th minute when Bony grabbed a second after being teed up by Montero, as City’s marking broke down.
Shelvey then struck the crossbar with a fierce 30 yarder, before Mahrez sent a low effort inches wide of the post.
 The 67th minute saw a triple-substitution for the visitors with King, James and Cambiasso on for Vardy, Hammond and Drinkwater.
But they rarely troubled the Swans.
One chance late on saw Fabianski save from King, but then Cambiasso could only find the woodwork from inches out and the keeper scooped the ball to safety.
It was another poor outing for City, who now face a November schedule against lower placed sides that must yield at least 6 points if they aren’t to find themselves in trouble.
Swansea: Fabianski, Taylor, Ki, Williams, Shelvey, Bony (Gomis 82), Routledge (Dyer 82), Montero, Rangel, Sigurdsson (Carroll 57), Fernandez. Subs Not Used: Tremmel, Emnes, Bartley, Shepherd.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky, Drinkwater (Cambiasso 67), Morgan, Hammond (King 67), Vardy (James 67), Moore, Ulloa, Mahrez, Nugent. Subs Not Used: Schlupp, Wasilewski, Smith, Wood.
Referee: M Jones. Attendance: 20,259.

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