Leicester earn a point at Reading

Reading 1:1 Leicester City Reading v Leicester City, Sky Bet Championship, 14 April 2014, City had to settle for a point at the Madejski Stadium on Monday night with a fine goal from Danny Drinkwater cancelling out Pearce’s early opener… Nigel Pearson made five changes to his side with Vardy returning from injury along with De Laet, Schlupp, Dyer and Hammond. The home side had the best of the opening spell with Pogrebnyak having an effort blocked by Wasilewski and Gunter firing over his hurried follow-up. City did have the ball in the net after ten minutes, when Schlupp’s low cross from the left when turned in by Vardy, but his position inside the six yard box was slightly offside. Instead it was Reading who took the lead soon afterwards when Pearce headed an Obita free-kick beyond Schmeichel’s reach and into the bottom right hand corner. It was almost 2-0 just before the half hour when Schmeichel and Wasilewski both threw themselves at a McAnuff shot from close in and managed to block. Reading v Leicester City, Sky Bet Championship, 14 April 2014, Two minutes later City struck back with a bolt out of the blue.  Drinkwater received a ball from Hammond and flipped it up before half volleying a cracking drive from 30 yards that left McCarthy motionless in the Royals’ goal. City then came agonisingly close to going in at half time with the lead, but Morgan couldn’t direct his free header from a Mahrez corner downwards and it sailed over the bar. Reading v Leicester City, Sky Bet Championship, 14 April 2014, Early in the second half Nugent sent a shot narrowly over the bar; while at the other end Pogrebnyak sent his header against the post. McCarthy then denied Drinkwater from close range as City started to take a hold of the game. Morgan then put another header over and a period of sustained pressure from a series of corners failed to produce a second goal. With Wood on for Vardy and Taylor-Fletcher replacing Nugent City continued to press forward. Then substitute Leigertwood picked up his second yellow in a short appearance for a foul on Mahrez, and from then Reading were content to defend their point. Drinkwater sent another low shot narrowly wide in time added on, but City had to settle for being a point closer to the title. Reading: McCarthy, Gunter, Bridge, Pearce, Morrison, Hector, Williams (Leigertwood 61), Obita (Robson-Kanu 74), McCleary (Drenthe 84), McAnuff, Pogrebnyak. Subs Not Used: Federici, Kelly, Gorkss, Le Fondre. Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Drinkwater, Morgan, Hammond (King 72), Vardy (Wood 65), Dyer, Schlupp, Mahrez, Wasilewski, Nugent (Taylor Fletcher 80). Subs Not Used: Konchesky, Moore, Knockaert, Logan. Referee: S Hooper. Attendance: 20,072.

All photos: Simon Kimber

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Seagulls pop Leicester’s party balloon

Leicester City 1:4 Brighton & Hove Albion

Leicester v Brighton, Sky Bet Championship, 8 April 2014,

A near full-house at the KPS were denied a promotion party as Brighton stunned City ending a 21 game unbeaten run with a 4-1 defeat…

Nigel Pearson made four changes to his side with Phillips, Moore, Konchesky and King in the starting line-up, but City didn’t look right from the kick-off.
Brighton applied the early pressure and were worthy of their 17th minute lead. Slack defensive work allowed Ward the time and space to nod in the opener from close range.
Things got worse 7 minutes later when Ward crossed for Lingard to head past Schmeichel and silence the large crowd, who were already contemplating a rare defeat.
Ulloa then went close for the visitors and Lualua forced Schmeichel into a good save, before City rallied a little before the break.
But Drinkwater had a shot blocked and King headed over leaving City trailing by two goals as they went into the tunnel.

Leicester v Brighton, Sky Bet Championship, 8 April 2014,

The second half saw Wood and Dyer on for Phillips and Knockaert and Wood almost pulled a goal back when latched on to a Moore throw from the right, but sent his shot against the post.
Brighton were still looking dangerous though, and Wasilewski cleared a Stephens shot off the line.
City were still struggling to get any fluency in their game and any chances they did create were wasted. King sent a free-kick too close to Kuszczak, and Drinkwater sent the sort of chance he usually gobbles up, sailing into the Kop.
It was Brighton who got the all important third goal, and the game was up.
Ulloa, sent through by Stephens, beat the onrushing Schmeichel to the ball, which ended up nestling in the back of City’s net.

Leicester v Brighton, Sky Bet Championship, 8 April 2014,

And when Ulloa made it 4-0 with ten minutes to go there was an exodus towards the exits.
Those that remained did manage to lift the atmosphere a bit and were eventually rewarded with a goal from substitute Taylor-Fletcher after a good run and cross from Dyer.
In a season of many highs it was a hugely disappointing night, but one that the players must swiftly shrug off as they pursue the title.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Moore, Wasilewski, Morgan, Konchesky, Mahrez (Taylor-Fletcher 74), King, Drinkwater, Knockaert (Dyer 46), Nugent, Phillips (Wood 46). Subs Not Used: Hammond, James, Miquel, Logan.
Brighton: Kuszczak, Greer, Andrews, Stephens, Calderon, Ward, Ulloa, Upson, LuaLua (Lopez 88), March (Forster-Caskey 82), Lingard (Mackail-Smith 87). Subs Not Used: Dunk, Chicksen, Ankergren, Forster-Caskey, Ince.

Referee: C Pawson. Attendance: 29,722.

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FOX 189 – Leicester City fanzine in the shops and on sale tonight

FOX 189 – the April edition of the Leicester City fanzine is in the shops and will be on sale at City’s promotion-celebrating game against Brighton tonight…

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FOX 189 features: an interview with Mike Whitlow looking back on his time in at City under Brian Little, Mark McGhee and Martin O’Neill;  Something Old, Something New; Fully Programmed from 2003-03; Fox Diary – no defeats to report; Mark Mellor reports on the City fans’ trip to Anderlecht; the latest from the Foxes Trust; Tales From the Riverbank; Rewind features Micky Adams – the last man to lead City in the Premier League; Foxed in the Head in on the buses; the Chris Lymn Column; John Hutchinson looks at Jock Wallace’s departure in The Managers; your letters, Facebook and Bentley’s Roof; Parting Shots – our favourite photos from the last month; and FortySomething is waiting for the maths….

all for £2…

Mike Whitlow Interview Extract…

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FOX: Do you remember much about the Blackburn Play-Off Final?

MW: Yes, Steve bloody Walsh gave a penalty away and David Speedie dived and they scored. I’ll remember that for the rest of my life!

Kenny Dalglish was a legend and he did a good job with that team.
With all those Play-Off Finals and the League Cup there is always one vivid little bit that you will remember out of the whole day.

The Swindon game was the moment they got that penalty and I hammer Pooley for this because he still says he never touched him. I tell him, “You nearly knocked his ruddy head off, like Carl Froch!” “I never touched him!”

There was also the Claridge Shin against Crystal Palace. He still swears it didn’t go in off his shin.

And Paul Williams missing that header on the line in the Derby game. Out of all that game you remember one little bit.

FOX: Did you know you were the only player who appeared in all City’s play-off semis and finals, twelve games in all?

MW: No? That’s good. Simon Grayson must have been close too then.

FOX: After the final whistle against Swindon when you had done so well to come back from 3-0 down and then still lost the camera picked you out and you looked fairly traumatised…

MW: I was absolutely gutted, because we were dead and buried at one point. Let’s be fair, Glen Hoddle was incredible in the first half. He was pinging it everywhere, 40 yards, on a sixpence. The deservedly ripped us to shreds, if we are truthful.
But we came out for the second half with the attitude of ‘Yes, COME ON!’

We came right back in it, and then Steve Thompson got the equaliser. Then the big ball comes in over the top and they get a penalty. If someone had whacked it in the top corner then you’d have to say fair play. But to go down to another penalty like that was gutting. There wasn’t much between the teams that day, but another opportunity to get into the Premiership was missed. They grabbed it and we didn’t.

That’s why I am absolutely made up for Nigel Pearson at the moment, because he was getting some stick last year and he didn’t deserve it.  He’s a bloody nice bloke, he was at Sheffield Wednesday that week we went up there for that trial. He’s an honest, hard working bloke. Give him the pat on the back he deserves, because what he has done this year has been fantastic.

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Leicester see off Owls’ stiff resistance

Leicester City 2:1 Sheffield Wednesday

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City came within touching distance of promotion, beating a spirited Sheffield Wednesday side 2-1 at the KPS on Friday night…

Nigel Pearson made five changes to the side that drew at Wigan with Wasilewski,  Schlupp, James, Drinkwater and Mahrez all back in the side.
And City got off to a great start, going ahead in the 10th minute.
Wood sent Mahrez in down the right, and he cut in left before curling a precise shot beyond the reach of Kirkland.
Despite City being in charge of the first half, and changes for Knockaert, Nugent and Wasilewski coming and going, the Owls hit back with a 37th minute equaliser.
Antonio cut in from the left before firing in a hard and low shot which Schmeichel got a hand to but couldn’t keep out.
Palmer then took a yellow for the team crashing into Mahrez on the halfway line when a beautiful touch looked to have sent him clear.

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City kept pushing forward after the break, and their efforts were rewarded on the hour. Mahrez was brought down 20 yards out and Knockaert delivered a perfect free-kick into the top left hand corner to restore the lead.
Nugent then went close with a fierce drive, but City couldn’t add to the scoreline and had to be wary of the occasional threat from Wednesday.
During the six minutes of time added on there was a frantic scramble in City’s goalmouth which saw efforts from Lee, Best and Antonio blocked by Schmeichel, Wasilewski and Morgan all within three seconds.
But City survived that to take the points, in their 21st consecutive unbeaten game.
Depending on Saturday’s results they might already have done enough to be promoted to the Premier League…

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Drinkwater, Morgan, James, Schlupp, Knockaert (Dyer 90), Mahrez (Hammond 79), Wasilewski, Nugent, Wood (Taylor-Fletcher 59). Subs Not Used: King, Moore, Logan, Phillips.  
Wednesday: Kirkland, Buxton, Antonio, Onyewu (Llera 46), Maguire, Mattock, Lee, Palmer, Lavery (Nuhiu 72), Loovens (Coke 57), Best. Subs Not Used: Johnson, Helan, Martinez, Afobe.

Referee: G Scott. Attendance: 26,103.

All photos: Simon Kimber

 

You can catch up on this promotion season and receive a set of 12 Leicester City postcards and 5 full colour 8″ x 10″ prints….

You will receive all the issues that have come out so far this season: The Summer Special 2013; FOX 186, FOX 187, FOX 188 and FOX 189…

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Also included will be a set of 12 Leicester City postcards and 5 full colour 8″ x 10″ prints).

The recipient will then receive the promotion special issue coming out at the end of the season…

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All this Leicester City related fun and games for just £14…

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Back in the Premier League – AT LAST!

And with six games left to play. 
What a fantastic effort from our owners, manager, coaches and players this season… 

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And the fans were brilliant as usual.
Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea… here we come.

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Late leveller saves Leicester’s unbeaten run at Wigan

Wigan Athletic 2:2 Leicester City

Wigan Athletic v Leicester Cityl, Sky Bet Championship, 01 April 2014,

City’s third trip to Lancashire in ten days saw them scrape a 2-2 draw against an impressive Wigan side on Tuesday night….

In contrast to recent weeks Nigel Pearson made six changes to his side with Moore, Konchesky, Hammond, King, Dyer and Wood all coming in to the starting line-up.
Early chances for City saw Moore denied by Powell from close in after a Knockaert free-kick and Al Habsi saving well from a Nugent effort.
At the other end a dangerous ball from Crainey was blazed over by Gomez.
It was a lively, end-to-end encounter, and  Schmeichel tipped a Maynard header over, before Powell sent a header against the post.
Schmeichel then saved well from Collinson, before Wigan took a 37th minute lead. A well delivered Gomez free-kick was met by the head of Ramis, to cap a good spell for the home side.
However, City were level within four minutes.  Nugent set up King for a perfectly judged curling shot which gave Al Habsi no chance, going in off the post.
All square at the break.

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Al Habsi was the busier keeper as the second half began, intercepting a dangerous Nugent cross and saving a Konchesky special.
Pearson then brought Mahrez and Taylor-Fletcher on for Knockaert and Nugent, but City fell behind again just two minutes after the change.
Gomez was the provider again, this time from a corner, which Kiernan met at the near post with his head.
With the FA Cup holders looking strong, despite six changes of their own, McClean almost made it 3-1, but Moore cleared his shot off the line.
Phillips replaced Wood with 20 minutes remaining and soon had a shot blocked on the line, but time looked to be running out on City’s unbeaten run with three minutes to go.
But then Mahrez delivered a free-kick from the right , and Hammond nipped in to nod the ball past Al Habsi for his first City goal.

It was a decent reward for the 2,500 travelling fans, extended the unbeaten run to 20 games, and left City six points away from guaranteed promotion.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Crainey, Gomez (McEachran 79), McArthur, Boyce, Powell (Fortune 66), Ramis, Perch, Maynard (McClean 56), Kiernan, Collison. Subs Not Used: Carson, Maloney, McManaman, Barnett.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Knockaert (Mahrez 60), Hammond, King, Dyer, Nugent (Taylor-Fletcher 60), Wood (Phillips 73). Subs Not Used: Drinkwater, Schlupp, Miquel, Logan. 

Referee: J Moss. Attendance: 15,025.

All photos: Simon Kimber.

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Leicester looking like Champions at Burnley

Burnley 0:2 Leicester City

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City moved a big stride closer to promotion on at Turf Moor on Saturday, with a convincing 2-0 over second placed Burnley.

An unchanged City side enjoyed a bright start to the game, and injury-hit Burnley suffered a set-back as early as the 8th minute when Vokes had to limp out of the action.
Schmeichel then had to be alert to come out and meet Stanislas after he was sent in on goal.
Drinkwater then saw a well-struck volley blocked by Shackell.
Vardy then broke dangerously but eventually the attentions of three defenders and a perhaps a tug on the sleeve denied him the opener.
In the 34th minute Vardy then had to go off with an injury, but his replacement Wood was son setting up Nugent for the opener.
Nugent strode forward before cutting in and delivering a perfect swerving shot beyond the reach of Heaton and into the bottom left hand corner.
It was a vital goal in a tight encounter and City went in with the lead at half-time after Kightly put one over the bar for the Clarets.

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Knockaert, set up by Mahrez, sent a 25 yarder against bar, while Schmeichel did well to block an Arfield effort at the other end.
City were looking very good at this stage, with Wood, Knockaert and Schlupp all going close, before Taylor-Fletcher replaced Nugent up front.
Although Burnley desperately tried to press forward and preserve their unbeaten home record it was City who got the vital second goal with 12 minutes to go.  Wood latched on to a hopeful punt forward from Knockaert and outmuscled Duff before sending a delightful half-volley soaring over Heaton and into the net in front of over 3,000 travelling fans.
The party started, and everything about this City side says, not just promotion, but Champions.

Burnley: Heaton, Baird, Shackell, Duff, Mee, Stanislas (Wallace 62), Arfield, Jones, Kightly (Treacy 79), Barnes, Vokes (Edgar 8). Subs Not Used: Cisak, Long, Treacy, Lafferty, Stock.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Wasilewski, Schlupp, Knockaert, James, Drinkwater, Mahrez (Hammond 87), Nugent (Taylor-Fletcher 72), Vardy (Wood 34). Subs Not Used: King, Dyer, Moore, Logan.

Referee: Chris Foy. Attendance: 16,794.

You can still subscribe to The FOX for this season

You will receive all the issues that have come out so far this season: The Summer Special 2013; FOX 186, FOX 187 and FOX 188…

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Also included will be a set of 12 Leicester City postcards and 5 full colour 8″ x 10″ prints).

The recipient will then receive the rest of the season’s issues as they are published in 2014…

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All this Leicester City related fun and games for just £14…

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or send a cheque for £14 to:

The FOX, PO Box No 2, Cosby, Leicester, LE9 1ZZ

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