Clarets’ late strike sees Leicester drop points

Leicester City 2:2 Burnley

Leicester City v Burnley, Barclays Premier, 4 October, 2014

Bottom-placed Burnley earned a point at the King Power Stadium on Saturday with Wallace’s free-kick levelling the game at 2-2 deep into injury time…

Nigel Pearson made two changes to the starting line-up that lost at Palace, with Mahrez and Schlupp in for Cambiasso and Nugent.
After Jutkiewicz missed the target with an early chance,  City had the lion’s share of possession against a Burnley side that looked low on confidence. A Drinkwater effort failed to test Heaton and a Vardy effort was blocked.
Mahrez was City’s best player in an often frustrating first half and one lovely run took him past two defenders but his shot lacked the power to beat Heaton.

A Mahrez corner was then deflected to Moore but his snapshot went narrowly wide.

Schmeichel then fielded a Barnes shot from range.
City then took a 33rd minute lead, Mahrez making it look easy on the right, feeding a ball into the centre for Schlupp to fire home.
However, this lead only lasted for 6 minutes as the City defence went AWOL. A ball into the six yard area was nodded down by Jutkiewicz and Kightly stabbed it past Schmeichel with very little blue-shirted resistance.
Perhaps a little heady at scoring their first goal in over ten hours Burnley then let City back in to regain the lead before halftime.
In the 41st minute a Vardy cross from the left was deflected up off the leg of a Clarets defender into the path of Mahrez who nodded home at the far post.
Leicester City v Burnley, Barclays Premier, 4 October, 2014
City struggled to impose themselves on the visitors in the second half, and Sean Dyche’s men created a couple of chances.
Jutkiewicz went close with a header, and then Schmeichel had to be very alert to charge out of his area and beat Sordell to a through ball.
Pearson shffled his pack, bringing Nugent, Knockaert and James on for Ulloa, Mahrez and Hammond, but still City were unable to take charge.
Vardy was denied a couple of times when he looked set to burst through the middle, and then Heaton produced a great save to deny Moore after he got a firm header to a Knockaert flag kick.
After lengthy treatment for Trippier who had to be stetchered off, the game entered a sixth minute of time-added on when a James foul earned Burnley a free-kick on the edge of the area.
Leicester City v Burnley, Barclays Premier, 4 October, 2014
Wallace appeared to be offered a good portion of the goal by Schmeichel’s position and he duly took it, sending his free-kick over the wall and into the net.
One last rally by City came to nought and they had to settle for a point when three had looked to be there for the taking.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Morgan, Hammond (James 78), Vardy, Schlupp, Moore, Ulloa (Nugent 63), Mahrez (Knockaert 72). Subs Not Used: Hamer, King, Wasilewski, Wood.
GOALS: Schlupp 33, Mahrez 41 
Burnley: Heaton, Trippier (Keane 86), Shackell, Duff, Mee, Kightly (Wallace 78), Arfield, Boyd (Sordell 67), Ward, Barnes, Jutkiewicz. Subs Not Used: Gilks, Lafferty, Long, Hewitt.
GOALS: Kightly 39, Wallace 90 
Referee: Philip Dowd. Attendance: 31,448.
All photos: Simon Kimber.

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Leicester Defeated by Soaring Eagles

Crystal Palace 2:0 Leicester City

Crystal Palace v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 27 Sept 2014,

After last week’s heroics, City never really turned up at Selhurst Park, beaten by two headers from set-pieces soon after the break…

Nigel Pearson stuck with the same side that humbled United, but they came up against a very well drilled Warnock defence that meant that chances were few and far between.

The first real chance of the game came in the 13th minute, when an Ulloa header set Vardy up. His first touch took the keeper out of the equation but three defenders raced to block the City striker’s shot. The rebound fell to Nugent but his attempted curler beat the far post.
In a very tight encounter both sides were reduced to long-range efforts Jedinak and, at the other end, Nugent both failing to trouble the keepers.
It was Palace who began to apply some pressure towards the break, the nearest they got to an opener was when Cambiasso had to block a Jedinak effort on the line.
Schmeichel then had his palms stung by a vicious Puncheon 30 yarder.
Cambiasso set Vardy up with a chance just before half-time, but he missed the target and 0-0 was a fair enough scoreline at the break.
Crystal Palace v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 27 Sept 2014,

Although City had the first chance in the second half,  Nugent having a shot blocked by Ward, the game soon swung dramatically in favour of the Eagles.

In the 51st minute. Dann rose above the City defence to nod on a corner, and summer-target Campbell touched it past Schmeichel from close in.
Three minutes later another ball was delivered from the left after Morgan fouled Bolasie. Jedinak met Puncheon’s free-kick, heading across Schmeichel and in at the far post.

For a City side that looked out of sorts, with passes going astray and a long ball tactic that was gobbled up by the giants in Palace’s defence, the game already looked out of their reach.

With half an hour remaining, Simpson replaced De Laet and Mahrez came on for Cambiasso, but still City struggled to make any impression on the red and blue wall. James also came on for Hammond but City were being kept easily at bay.
When Vardy didn’t get a penalty after being shoved in the back by Ward we knew that the game was up.
Simpson had a good effort blocked, but City were never able to create any real pressure late on and succumbed to their second defeat of the season.
Crystal Palace v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 27 Sept 2014,
Gary Lineker summed it up with his: “After the Lord Mayor’s Show” comment on Match of the Day.
We knew there would be days like these, and to suffer one and still be in the top half means that we aren’t doing too bad.
Palace: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Bolasie (Guedioura 90), Campbell (Chamakh 73), Jedinak, McArthur, Delaney, Ledley, Kelly, Puncheon. Subs Not Used: Mariappa, Doyle, Zaha, Hennessey, Gayle. 
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Simpson 64), Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Hammond (Jamies 71), Cambiasso (Mahrez 64), Drinkwater, Nugent, Vardy, Ulloa. Subs Not Used: Hamer, King, Wasilewski, Schlupp.
Referee: Keith Stroud. Attendance: 24,311.
All photos: Simon Kimber.

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Leicester storm to victory over Manchester United

Leicester City 5:3 Manchester United
Leicester City v Man Utd, Barclays Premier, 21 September, 2014

City became the first team in Premier League history to defeat Manchester United after trailing by two goals, at the KPS on Sunday. A rampant second half display blowing United away…

Nigel Pearson made four changes to the line-up that won at Stoke, with Schmeichel, Cambiasso, Drinkwater and Vardy replacing Hamer, Mahrez, King and Schlupp.
City had plenty of firepower with Ulloa, Vardy and Nugent in the side and clearly planned to go on the offensive but after a bright opening spell they suffered a setback in the 13th minute.
A slick United move had already seen Di Maria thread Van Persie through on goal, but Schmeichel saved the Dutchman’s effort; but he couldn’t deny him two minutes later. Falcao beat De Laet down the left and delivered a far post cross for Van Persie to nod home.

Leicester City v Man Utd, Barclays Premier, 21 September, 2014

Three minutes later it looked as though the afternoon might turn sour when United went further ahead. Di Maria exchanged passes with Rooney before producing a sublime chipped finish over Schmeichel and into the net.
But City weren’t cowed and struck back soon afterwards, the sheer persistence of Vardy seeing him cross from the goal-line on the right. Ulloa was waiting at the far post  to plant a header past De Gea to put his side back in the game.
Blind forced a save from Schmeichel and Di Maria screwed an effort wide when well-placed, but City made it to the half way point just a goal behind and with plenty of hope.

Leicester City v Man Utd, Barclays Premier, 21 September, 2014
However, it was all United after the break, Falcao rattling the crossbar after being set up by Rooney.
The visitors then restored their two-goal lead in the 57th minute when Herrera applied a deft touch to a Di Maria shot to leave Schmeichel stranded.
City now had a huge task ahead of them to get anything from the game, but they did that, and more.
The incredible fightback began in the 62nd minute…
Vardy raced down the left and put in a robust challenge on Rafael, robbing him of possession. Rafael then nudged him in the back in the area and referee Clattenburg pointed to the spot.
Nugent made no mistake from 12 yards for his first goal of the season.
Two minutes later the KPS was (literally, in parts) rocking as Cambiasso slotted in the equaliser after seizing on a loose ball from a blocked Hammond shot.
Leicester City v Man Utd, Barclays Premier, 21 September, 2014

It was all City now and De Laet set up King, on for Cambiasso, for a shot that flew narrowly wide.
In the 79th minute De Laet robbed Mata on the halfway line and played a perfect ball for Vardy, who raced in on goal before giving De Gea no chance with a smart finish for a goal that his incredible performance had deserved.
Vardy still wasn’t finished and beat Blackett down the right before a clumsy challenge in the area from the United defender earned him a red card. With Nugent off the field, Ulloa stepped up and did just as good a job from the spot to put the game beyond a bewildered looking United.

After more manic celebrations many City fans were taking photos of the big screens, unable to believe the 5-3 scoreline.
Leicester City v Man Utd, Barclays Premier, 21 September, 2014
This was the fifth game of City’s ‘tough start’. They have 8 points and lie 7th in the Premier League…

Nigel Pearson commented on one of City’s greatest ever performances:

“For us to win away at Stoke and then follow it up by beating one of the major forces in British football is very satisfying. When you add into that coming from 3-1 behind, it is testament not just to our quality, but also the spirit and self-belief.” 

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Hammond, Cambiasso (King 71), Vardy (Schlupp 85), Nugent (James 75), Ulloa. Subs Not Used: Hamer, Mahrez, Wasilewski, Wood.
Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Rojo, Blackett, Evans (Smalling 30), Blind, Herrera, Di Maria (Mata 76), Van Persie, Rooney, Falcao (Januzaj 71). Subs Not Used: Lindegaard, Shaw, Valencia, Fletcher.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg. Attendance: 31,784.

All photos: Simon Kimber.

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Leicester Rule at the Britannia

Stoke City 0:1 Leicester City
Stoke City v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 13 Sept 2014,
City’s first win of the season arrived on Saturday thanks to a second half Ulloa goal at the Britannia Stadium against Stoke…Nigel Pearson made one change to the side that drew with Arsenal, and that was enforced, with Schmiechel picking up a knee injury while playing for Denmark, Ben Hamer made his League debut.

Stoke had the better of the opening spell and Nzonzi made impressive progress down the middle before sending his shot wide.
In the 17th minute Crouch should have done better with a glancing header from a Moses corner that missed the target from 10 yards.
Walters was next to threaten for the Potters, but didn’t connect with his shot allowing Hamer a comfortable save.

Stoke City v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 13 Sept 2014,

In a rare chance for City King sent a long-range effort narrowly wide, but Stoke were soon threatening again and Crouch sent an acrobatic volley just over the right hand angle.
Further chances for Shawcross and N’Zonzi were thwarted and City were probably more relieved to hear the half time whistle than their hosts.

Nigel Pearson had a reshuffle at the break and Drinkwater and Cambiasso emerged from the tunnel for the second half, replacing Mahrez and King.
Although Moses wasted a good early chance for Stoke, blazing over when well-placed, it was a much improved Leicester performance, with Cambiasso the  architect of some great moves.

Stoke City v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 13 Sept 2014,
And it was the visitors who delighted their followers with a 65th minute opener.
Ulloa retained the ball in a crowded situation and fed it to Konchesky down the left, his low cross reached Ulloa at the far post, and he somehow reached back to the ball a yard behind him and clipped it into the net.
City had 25 minutes to hold on to a precious lead, and that is what they did.
Stoke City v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 13 Sept 2014,
De Laet blocked a N’Zonzi’s shot, before Hammond almost made it 2-0 with a low 20 yarder that went two inches wide of the left hand upright.
Hammond then couldn’t quite direct his header from a beautifully delivered Cambiasso free-kick.
A great run from Moore, ended with Ulloa sending De Laet in on goal but he couldn’t keep his shot down.
As Stoke grew more desperate the pressure ramped up and Hamer  twice preserved City’s lead – parrying a fierce Diouf shot and then blocking a point blank effort from the same player during a late scramble.
City were not to be denied their first Premier League win since May 2004 however, and this well-fought victory saw them reach the top half of the table.
Stoke City v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 13 Sept 2014,
Stoke: Begovic, Bardsley, Pieters (Muniesa 84), Shawcross, Wilson, Whelan, N’Zonzi, Moses, Bojan (Diouf 74), Walters (Assaidi 82), Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Huth, Arnautovic, Adam.
Leicester: Hamer, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Mahrez (Drinkwater 46), Hammond, King (Cambiasso 46), Schlupp (Vardy 76), Ulloa, Nugent. Subs: Smith, Wasilewski, Knockaert, Wood.Referee: Michael Oliver. Attendance: 27,500.

All photos: Simon Kimber.

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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. 
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