Ulloa on target as Leicester hold Gunners

Leicester City 1:1 Arsenal

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City earned their second point of the season when an Ulloa header quickly cancelled out Arsenal’s opener at the KPS on Sunday…

Nigel Pearson made no changes to the side that started at Chelsea last week, with new signing Cambiasso on the bench.
City enjoyed a decent start to the game with probing runs from Mahrez and De Laet, before a lengthy stoppage for treatment after Schlupp and Koscielny had a serious coming together of heads. Although the French Arsenal defender was patched up and brought back into the action he only lasted until the 26th minute.
Mahrez then raced forward again, exchanging passes with Nugent before sending a shot just wide of the post.
However, it was the visitors who took a 20th minute lead when Cazorla’s neat ball over City’s defence was squared by Sanogo for the well placed Sanchez to find the net.

As in the previous home game City did not allow their heads to go down and they were on level terms three minutes later.

A fantastic cross from Schlupp on the left fell perfectly for Ulloa to nod in at the far post and raise the KPS roof.
A couple of chances by Sanogo were blocked as Arsenal had a spell of pressure, but City also had their chances towards the break.
There were big shouts for a penalty when Moore went down under a challenge from Ramsey but the ref wasn’t interested;
and then a run and shot from Mahrez was saved by Szczesny.
Neither side made a change at the break, and Cazorla had the first chance but sent it wide.
Ulloa then carved out a fantastic opportunity for himself but hit the side netting with only Szczesny to beat from close in.
As the game opened up play flowed from one end to the other and Schmeichel made saves from Ramsey and Monreal; while Nugent was denied by a Debuchy challenge when well-placed for an attempt on goal.
Moore, then blocked a Cazorla effort with the deflected ball sailing harmlessly over the bar.
Vardy came on for Schlupp (who had a fantastic first half) and soon carved out a chance for himself with a determined run, playing a ball off Nugent before forcing a good save from Szczesny as the crowd roared him on.
City survived a bit of late Arsenal pressure before Drinkwater, on for Ulloa, sent a shot narrowly wide.

The final whistle heralded another point for City, who could be very satisfied with the way they have handled the first set of fixtures before the international break.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Mahrez (Albrighton 64), Hammond, King, Schlupp (Vardy 70), Nugent, Ulloa (Drinkwater 76). Subs: Hamer, Wasilewski, Cambiasso, Wood.
Arsenal: Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny (Chambers 26), Monreal, Őzil, Ramsey, Sanchez, Cazorla (Oxlade-Chamberlain 77), Flamini, Sanogo (Podolski 77). Subs: Martinez, Rosicky, Wilshere, Campbell.
Referee: Anthony Taylor. Attendance: 31,535 

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Leicester finally land Cambiasso

After a long-running saga, Argentinian midfielder Esteban Cambiasso is finally a Leicester City player…

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The midfielder, who has won a wheelbarrow full of trophies at Inter Milan over the last decade, has signed a one year deal bringing him to the King Power Stadium.
Although Cuchu – his once ironic nickname meaning ‘old man’ – is now 34, he should still be able to cope with Premier League football, as a tough defensive midfielder who weighs in with his share of goals. When he player under Jose Mourinho at the San Siro he was described as: “The heartbeat of the Inter side that have become the dominant force in Italian football.”

Welcome to Leicester Esteban. We are a little bit excited.

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Leicester Tamed By Shrews

Leicester City 0:1 Shrewsbury Town

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City exited the Capital One Cup in the second round on Tuesday night, beaten by League 2 Shrewsbury at the KPS…
Nigel Pearson made eight changes to the side that lost at Chelsea, with debuts handed to Hamer, Cain, Watson and Pearson, while Wasilewski, Taylor-Fletcher and Wood all started for the first time this season.
Things appeared to be going to script in the opening minute when Mahrez burst in on the right, but Shrews keeper Leutwiler blocked his low shot.
But the League 2 side then went on the attack: Hamer saving from a Collins header, and a cross/shot from Clark hitting the woodwork.
City were struggling to create anything, Wasilewski getting his head to a Mahrez cross, saved by Leutwiler, was a rare chance.
Then Knockaert’s free-kick was headed beyond the keeper’s grasp by Wood, but his effort hit the bar.
Eight minutes before the break Shrewsbury deservedly took the lead against their Premier League opponents.
After a foul on Woods 22 yards out, Mangan fired home the free-kick, beating Hamer low to his right. He appeared to injure himself in the  process of scoring and had to go off.
It really should have been 2-0 at the break as Demetriou side-footed wide when well-placed eight yards out.
City’s fairly abject performance didn’t improve after the break and on 57 minutes Pearson brought King and Nugent on for Watson and Cain.
But it was still the visitors who were creating the better chances. In the 75th minute Collins fired a shot against the right hand post and then Vernon, following up, hit the same post a second later.
At the other end a persistent run from Knockaert led to him setting up a chance for Nugent, but his shot hit the left hand post.
City’s final chance to force the game into extra-time came when Konchesky’s long crossfield ball found the head of Wood, but his effort went wide and City stumbled out of the competition at the first hurdle.
Obviously, the League Cup is not a priority for the club this season and Nigel Pearson didn’t want to risk his threadbare squad, but it was still an embarrassing exit to a spirited League 2 side.

Leicester: Hamer, Pearson, Wasilewski, Moore, Konchesky, Mahrez (Schlupp 69), Cain (King 57), Watson (Nugent 57), Knockaert, Taylor-Fletcher, Wood. Subs: Morgan, Hopper, Barmby, Smith.
Shrewsbury: Leutwiler, Goldson, Grandison, Knight-Percival, Gayle, Woods, Wesolowski, Demetriou, Collins (Robinson 85), Clark (Akpa Akpro 85), Mangan (Vernon 40). Subs: Wildig, Caton, Halstead, Smith.


Referee: Simon Hooper. Attendance: 8,017. 
PHOTO: Rob Coe.

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Chelsea overcome brave Leicester resistance

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City were a match for one of Europe’s best sides for just over an hour at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, before goals from Costa and Hazard sealed a 2-0 win for Chelsea…

Nigel Pearson brought Hammond in for Drinkwater and Schlupp for Knockaert and, although this line-up could be described an understrength, City looked undaunted by this visit to the title favourites.
The early chances went to the home side, Oscar had a shot blocked by Morgan, and then Cahill had two efforts blocked by red shirts that were giving their hosts very little breathing space.
Schurrle then headed a Hazard cross over, before City broke upfield.

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Mahrez saw a fierce shot beaten away by Courtois and then Schlupp had an effort deflected wide.
At the other end Costa had a curling shot blocked by Morgan, and City could be well pleased with their efforts as the half-time whistle heralded a goalless half.

Mourinho had apparently given his side something of a ‘pep-talk’ at the break and they appeared to have moved up a gear.
Oscar fired against the post, and then Ivanovic was denied by a superb Schmeichel save as City were stretched for the first time.
But they should have taken the lead five minutes later when a speedy breakaway set up Nugent in a one-on-one with keeper Courtois, but the Belgian keeper managed to block with his legs.
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Schurrle then went close with a curler, before Schmeichel denied Ivanovic again this time tipping away a long-range shot.
City were still looking dangerous on the break but Courtois again saved from Nugent after last year’s leading scorer had been set up by Mahrez.
As play swung from one end of the field to the other Fabregas then forced another save from Schmeichel who tipped his attempted chip over the bar.
However, Chelsea began to turn the screw further and City’s resistance was broken in the 62nd minute.
In a busy penalty area Costa guided home from close range after Ivanovic’s low cross made it across the goalmouth.
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City stuck to their task, and Pearson brought on Albrigthton and Taylor-Fletcher for Mahrez and Hammond, but Chelsea went further ahead in the 77th minute. Fabregas sending Hazard through for a run and shot beyond Schmeichel’s reach.

Schmeichel then made another fine save from Willian to keep the scoreline at respectable levels.

It was a predictable enough defeat against Chelsea’s Megastars, but City fans could take great pride in their side’s performance, which boded very well for the rest of the season.
Nigel Pearson told Sky Sports: “We are aware of the fact that when chances have come our way, it’s not quite happened for us. But the encouraging thing is that we are being creative. I think today we have put them under quite a bit of pressure and even when they started to take a bit of control in the second half, we still had our moments. There are positives to take from today, certainly.”


Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Fabregas, Schurrle (Ramires 64), Oscar (Willian 70), Hazard, Costa (Drogba 79). Subs: Cech, Zouma, Luis, Mikel.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Mahrez (Albrighton 68), Hammond (Taylor-Fletcher 72), King, Schlupp, Nugent, Ulloa (Wood 84) Subs: Hamer, Hopper, Knockaert, Wasilewski.
Referee: Lee Mason. ATTENDANCE: 41,604.
All photos: Simon Kimber.

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Leicester can’t agree a price for Fanni

L’Equipe is reporting that representatives of Marseille defender Rod Fanni have been unable to agree personal terms with Leicester City.

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The 32 year old French international’s wage demands did not fit in with City’s wage structure and the deal now appears to be dead.
A shame for people who like a good innuendo in their headlines,  but there you go.

One signing that has been completed is that of Jamie Vardy who has signed a new four-year deal with the club.

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Leicester make a Premier League point

Leicester City 2:2 Everton

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City fought their way to a point in their long-awaited first game game back in the Premier League, twice coming from behind to earn a 2-2 draw with Everton at the KPS…
James joined Vardy, Albrighton and Upton on the injury list with City starting with a side the same as last season’s but for debutant Ulloa.

In a cagey opening spell to the game City looked a little nervous and gave possession away too easily. On one occasion this led to Baines delivering a pinpoint crossfield ball to the lively McGeady on the right, but Konchesky blocked his attempt on goal.
However, City looked determined to press forward and Morgan placed a shot narrowly wide when presented with a decent opportunity in the 17th minute. Soon after that Ulloa almost robbed Howard of the ball on the edge of the area but couldn’t quite get it under control.

Instead it was the visitors who took a 20th minute lead. Schmeichel managed to block Distin’s shot, but couldn’t stop McGeady finding the top right hand corner with a superbly accurate effort that eluded several blue shirts guarding the goal.
But the Premier League new boys didn’t let their heads drop and, roared on by a sell-out crowd, they were on level terms within two minutes.
From a King corner an attempted clearance struck Ulloa, and the Argentinian reacted swiftly to prod the ball home for a debut goal.
Knockaert then went close with a 35 yarder, but Everton then gradually took control of the game for the rest of the half.
Things worsened for City when Drinkwater limped out of the action five minute before the break, replaced by Hammond.
City needed to get to half-time without conceding to regroup, but that didn’t happen as Naismith, set up by Pienaar, topped a clever run with a fine finish, in off the crossbar, a minute before the break.
Although the atmosphere felt a bit flat among supporters at half-time, the players rallied themselves and produced a second half to be proud of.
In the 54th minute Mahrez produced a great cross but Ulloa directed his header well wide.
Schlupp then replaced Knockaert and should have equalised with his first touch, when strong running saw him bearing down on goal with only Howard to beat, but he blazed his effort well over the bar.
Mahrez went close with a free-kick after being fouled on the edge of the area by McCarthy.
Wood then replaced Ulloa with 12 minutes to go and won a few headers in areas where Everton had dominated.
It looked as though City were running out of time with four minutes left on the clock, but then Wood seized on a loose ball after Jagielka had blocked a King effort, and he beat Howard with a precise first time shot to raise the KPS roof.
There were hearts in mouths in time-added-on when Lukaku sent a header over, but it was a rare chance for the £28M pound man who had spent the afternoon in Morgan’s pocket.
It was a hugely important point for City, who had proved that they could live at this level, even without the James/Drinkwater midfield engine room.
Nigel Pearson commented: “We looked pretty dangerous in all honesty in the second half. We will need to improve in certain areas but the biggest message from today is that the players have learned that even during a game when you get setbacks with injury we are capable of adapting and getting something out of a game against an exceptionally good side.”
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Mahrez, Drinkwater (Hammond 39), King, Knockaert (Schlupp 64), Ulloa (Wood 78), Nugent. Subs: Hamer, Hopper, Taylor-Fletcher, Wasilewski.
Everton: Howard, Stones, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, McGeady (Coleman 84), Barry, McCarthy, Pienaar (Mirallas 81), Naismith, Lukaku. Subs: Robles, Besic, Atsu, Osman, Alzaraz.

Ref: Mike Jones. Attendance: 31,603.

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