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City battle for a point at Blackburn

Blackburn Rovers 1:1 Leicester City

Blackburn v Leicester, Sky Bet Championship, 22 March 2014,

City couldn’t keeping their winning run going at Blackburn on Saturday, but extended their unbeaten run to 17 games with a hard-fought 1-1 draw…

Nigel Pearson named an unchanged starting XI against a Blackburn side that gave City more problems than they’ve been used to in recent weeks.
But after an early spell of pressure for the home side it was the league leaders who took a 20th minute lead. A bit of Mahrez magic played De Laet in on the right and his low cross found Vardy who applied the finishing touch from close in.
Schmeichel then defended City’s lead with a good save from the in-form Rhodes.
A chance to go 2-0 was missed when Mahrez set up Vardy, but the City striker missed his chance to make it 7 goals in 6 games.
And two minutes before the break City were to rue that missed opportunity as Kilgallon got his head to a corner at the near post which beat keeper and defenders on the line.

Blackburn v Leicester, Sky Bet Championship, 22 March 2014,

This bouyed Rovers for the second half and they had a very good spell after the break, although City did breakaway for a golden chance, again missed by the usually lethal Vardy.  The City striker broke clear and rounded Robinson, but then fired his angled shot against the left hand upright.
As Rovers continued to press forward a slip up from De Laet allowed Conway in for an effort which Schmeichel did very well to block.
In an attempt to tighten things up Pearson brought Hammond and Moore on for came on for Knockaert and De Laet, but Kigallon then sent a header narrowly wide.

Blackburn v Leicester, Sky Bet Championship, 22 March 2014,

However it was City who finished the stronger as the game entered its closing stages. James and Drinkwater sent shots over the bar, while a goalmouth scramble then saw Vardy and Mahrez denied by Kilgallon and Spurr.
There was then a lengthy spell of treatment for Henley, who was then stretchered off, before a couple of late chances for substitute King came to nought for City.

Over 3,500 City fans had to be content with a point, and the extension of the unbeaten run to 17 games…

Nigel Pearson was checked over by medics at the end of the game after feeling ill, but he was given the all-clear to travel home on the team bus. The final word went to Rovers boss Gary Bowyer:  “Nigel Pearson has been there 2½ years. That shows what you can achieve with stability. People called for Nigel’s head at some points but the Leicester board deserve a lot of credit because they stuck with him. The result of that is they’re going to get promoted.”

Blackburn: Robinson, Spurr, Kilgallon, Rhodes, Keane, Williamson (King 90), Feeney (Taylor 76), Henley (Kane 86), Evans, Conway, Gestede. Subs Not Used: Eastwood, Dunn, Olsson, Varney.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Moore 63), Wasilewski, Morgan, Schlupp, Mahrez, James (King 76), Drinkwater, Knockaert (Hammond 60), Nugent, Vardy. Subs Not Used: Taylor-Fletcher, Logan, Phillips, Wood.

Referee: E Ilderton. Attendance: 16,528.

All Photos: Simon Kimber

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Leicester see off Rovers to go top

Leicester City 2:1 Blackburn Rovers

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City went top of the Championship with a 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers at the KPS on Tuesday night…

Nigel Pearson made no changes to the side that beat Wigan three days earlier.
The recently departed Marshall hit an early shot on target, easily fielded by Schmeichel, and then Knockaert cut in from the right testing Kean with a well struck shot before City took a 15th minute lead.
An inch-perfect ball slipped through the Rovers defence by King  set up Dyer who beat Kean from close range.
City went on to dominate the first half, although when they did add to their lead seconds before the break it was thanks to a soft penalty award from referee Simon Hooper and Spurr and De Laet tangled in the area.
Nugent netted from 12 yards, as he did on Saturday, to give City a comfortable lead.

The second half saw plenty of chances for City, attacking the Kop end, but they could’t find the net again. Kean denied Vardy in a one-on-one; and then made good saves from Knockaert and King.
Nugent then had a chance that was blocked by Dann, before a rare bit of play up the other end saw the second soft penalty of the night awarded.
Taylor went over after a Drinkwater challenge and the ref took the opportunity to even things out. Rhodes completed the job from 12 yards to set up a nervy last 20 minutes.
Pearson brought Hammond on for Dyer, and then Wood replaced Knockaert.
Dann’s header we well saved by Schmeichel and as City attacked on the counter Vardy was chopped down in the area for a much more clear cut penalty than the two that were actually given.
The tireless Vardy then struck the post in time added on, after which City managed to close out the game in a professional manner.

Three points took City to the apex of the Championship, just reward for their efforts in recent weeks…

Leicester: Schmeichel; De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky (Wood 79); Knockaert, Drinkwater, King, Dyer (Hammond 74); Nugent, Vardy. Subs Not Used: James, Schlupp, Hopper, Miquel, Logan.
Blackburn:Kean, Kane, Spurr, Hanley, Lowe, King, Rhodes, Marshall (Olsson 65), Dann, Evans (Taylor 65), Cairney. Subs Not Used: Kilgallon, Eastwood, Marrow, Morris, Judge. 

Referee: Simon Hooper. Attendance:19,135.

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Ben Marshall departs for Ewood Park

Leicester’s forgotten man Ben Marshall has moved to Blackburn Rovers in a £750,000 deal.

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The 21-year-old, who joined City from Stoke in January 2012, has signed a four-year contract with Blackburn Rovers after City agreed an undisclosed fee for his sale, believed to be around £750,000, possibly rising to £1 million.

Although Marshall made a big impact with a series of spectacular goals, quickly earning him his own song among City fans, his form faded towards the end of 2012-13 and he has not featured in the first team this season.

He leaves City with stats of 9 goals in 61 games – better than most who have passed through in recent years…

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Leicester Head Back up the Table

Leicester City 3:0 Blackburn Rovers

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Three headed goals and a wonder save from Kasper Schmeichel restored City to winning ways at the KPS on Tuesday night…

Nigel Pearson made one change from the Blackpool game with Nugent’s neck injury ruling him out in favour of Knockaert; while the home crowd got a first look at Kane.
City got off to their usual decent start, with Kane’s low shot being tipped round the right hand post by Kean, Then King went very close with a header, before Knockaert had a fierce shot saved by Kean and Drinkwater fired a long-ranger inches over.
For all City’s dominance they were lucky not to go behind in the 25th minute when a Pedersen shot was deflected only for Schmeichel to produce a world class save to deny Rovers.
Soon after this a Marshall corner was nodded on by Keane to Wood. His athletic effort was blocked to Keane who missed the target.
However, any thoughts that it might be ‘one of those nights’ were dismissed on the half hour when Wood headed home from a Marshall cross for his ninth City goal, preserving his goal a game ratio.
Three minutes before the break City doubled their lead when Kane battled his way through the defence to get a close range header to a Marshall corner, and it already felt like the game was won with  DJ Campbell & Co getting no change from Wes Morgan and his defence.

The second half turned into something of a procession. Appleton shuffled his pack to little effect bringing on three subs, and City were restricted to fewer chances, Marshall and Kane sending in off target efforts.
The 75th minute introduction of Dyer for Knockaert pepped things up a bit but when his speed took him clear of the defence he fired his shot straight at the advancing Kean.
City finally added to their goals tally in injury time when a Waghorn corner from the right was nodded home by King to wrap up a decent display and very welcome three points.

Nigel Pearson was happy: “We defended well as a team, moved the ball really well, scored three headed goals and did our goal difference the world of good.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Keane, Morgan, Konchesky, Marshall, Drinkwater, King, Knockaert (Dyer 75), Kane (Vardy 83), Wood (Waghorn 87). Subs Not Used: Logan, Whitbread, Gallagher, Wellens.  
Blackburn: Kean, Orr, Dann, Rekik (Henley 46), Hanley, Lowe, Pedersen (Olsson 46), Murphy, Bentley, Campbell, Rhodes (Nuno Gomes 72). Subs Not Used: Sandomierski, Givet, Morris, Goodwillie

Referee: Geoff Eltringham. Attendance: 19,561. 

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What you are saying about: GOT, NOT GOT…

What people are saying about ‘GOT, NOT GOT – The A to Z of Lost Football Culture, Treasures & Pleasures…

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Wembley Heartbreak for City… 19 Years Ago Today

May 25th 1992 Leicester City v Blackburn Rovers @ Wembley Stadium – Second Division Play Off Final…

 Although the 1992 Play Off Final was many City fans first trip to Wembley to see their side, and holds plenty of good memories, it ended with a 1-0 defeat for Brian Little’s side.
David Speedie duped referee George Courtney into giving a penalty against Steve Walsh, former Fox Mike Newell converted the spot kick and a season’s worth of effort from Tommy Wright, Ian Ormondroud, Kevin Russell, Simon Grayson et al went up in smoke.

I can’t quite believe that it was nineteen years ago…


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Leicester City Photocall – 1993-94

Brian Little’s Leicester City squad assemble on the Filbert Street turf in August 1993 for the traditional pre-season photo call.
The previous two seasons have seen them beaten at Wembley in the Play Off Final by Blackburn Rovers and Swindon Town.
Will it be third time lucky for Brian’s men?

Colin Gibson and Gary Mills, the sort of good solid pros on which City’s promotion bid will be launched.

Steve Walsh, Richard Smith, Phil Gee, Tony James and Gavin Ward check out the latest polaroids of Ormondroyd’s Nose.

New boy David Speedie… has a big job ahead of him in winning over the Leicester fans after his dive for a penalty in the 1992 Play Off Final… he ended the season with a dozen goals but suspension robbed him of another appearance at Wembley.

The new Carling Stand is taking shape on the west side of the ground, but it won’t see it’s 10th birthday.

New signing Gavin Ward is brought in by Brian Little who is worried about Kevin Poole’s lack of ‘presence’.
Ward’s superb performance in the first leg of the Play Off semi-final at Tranmere sees City through to Wembley.

Last minute hair adjustments for the team photo…

Simon Grayson will end his season leading City out at Wembley; providing the cross which leads to Steve Walsh’s winner against Derby; and becoming the first City captain to lift some silverware at Wembley.

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