Monthly Archives: August 2010

Waghorn to Return to City

Transfer deadline day should bring some good news for Leicester City fans after a poor start to the season…

Today should finally see the departure of DJ Campbell to Blackpool, which will free up funds towards the £2m that Sunderland are asking for Martyn Waghorn. The Premier League side are, in turn, trying to raise money to offset the £8m needed to buy Asamoah Gyan from Rennes.
Waghorn was a huge hit with City fans last season, scoring 12 goals and showing a huge committment to the cause for a player who was here on loan from his home-town club.
It would also mean that Waghorn’s last kick of the ball for the club was not a missed penalty in a play-off semi shoot-out…

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A Right Royal Beating

Leicester City 1 : 2 Reading

Leicester crashed to their 3rd league defeat in 4 games at the hands of Reading and whilst City didn’t enjoy much luck, they were ultimately the architects of their own downfall.

Paolo Sousa made two changes from the side that won impressively in the Carling Cup on Tuesday with Oakley and Dyer returning to the starting line up with Moussa and Morrison being left out. City started the more purposeful of the two sides with Dyer going close early on after a good run and Wellens heading wide from a Dyer cross. But it was Reading who scored in the 23rd minute after Moreno failed to deal with a routine clearance , Jimmy Kebe – a problem throughout the match – picked up the loose ball and slipped a pass to Sigurdsson  who was unmarked just eight yards out and he lifted the ball over the advancing Logan and in to the net for a well-taken goal.

This goal didn’t provide the stimulus for a stirring response from City, instead heads went down and City struggled to keep the score at a single goal as Logan was called upon to deal with efforts from Long and McAnuff. In between these saves City had a good penalty shout when Dyer was shoved off the ball by Cummings when he was about to shoot. The second half saw a rejuvenated City emerge from the tunnel and it was no surprise when Lloyd Dyer equalised after a good spell of pressure in the 51st minute. He picked the ball up on the left and went on a mazy run across the area before unleashing an unstoppable left foot shot past Federici from 25 yards. This lifted City who looked the more likely winners as both sides chased a winning goal. Logan saved smartly from Kebe at his near post before Federici denied Dyer with a stunning, full-length save but it was Reading who broke the deadlock. In the 85th minute. A corner on the right was missed by Howard but Matt Mills was right behind him to head the ball past Logan to give Reading the lead and ask questions again of City’s defending.

In the remaining few minutes City made a hatful of chances but were unable to take any of them as Howard had a shot headed off the line by Mills, Federici saved in a goalmouth scramble from Wellens before King had a goal disallowed in injury time as the ref penalised Fryatt for a foul on Mills when it seemed as if they had both fallen to the ground after going for the ball. And so City slipped to another worrying defeat and find themselves just one place off the bottom of the table with a solitary point to their name. Whilst Sousa can claim that his side were unlucky there are clearly problems on the pitch that need to be fixed urgently; a defence that is unrecognisable from the watertight back line of last season, a midfield that concedes ground and possession too easily and a misfiring forward line that simply isn’t clinical enough.

This is City’s worst start to a season for 16 seasons and everyone is growing impatient for results to improve and City to climb the table and Paolo Sousa must be feeling the pressure even though it is only the end of August.

Teams:

City: Logan, Lamey, Berner, Hobbs, Moreno, N’Guessan, Oakley (c), Wellens, Dyer,  Gallagher, Howard
Subs: Ikeme, Kennedy, Neilson, Morrison, Moussa (N’Guessan, 82), King (for Oakley, 63), Fryatt (for Gallagher, 55)

Reading: Federici, Gunnarsson, Pearce, Mills (c), Cummings, Karacan, Howard, Kebe, Sigurdsson, McAnuff, Long
Subs: Hunt, Antonio (for Gunnarsson, 45), Church (for Church, 62), Robson-Kanu, Hamer, Taylor, Davies

Referee: C Webster Attendance: 19,611

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Pompey Twice in Four Days

Leicester City have been handed a 3rd round League Cup tie away to Porstmouth. Not only is it a tie that most City fans would rather avoid, it also means two trips to Fratton Park in the space of four days. The 3rd round ties will be played week commencing 20th September so it is likely that City will travel South to face Pompey in the cup-tie on Tuesday 21st September before returning on Friday 24th for the televised Championship fixture.

This will be a tricky tie for City on the pitch and more time off from work for the City faithful planning to make both matches.

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Shhh… Keep the Noise Down

Hot on the heels of the Alan Birchenall affair, those currently in charge of running of Leicester City Football Club have scored another astonishing own goal.,,

They are now attempting to smother the new Ultras Group ‘The Fosse Boys’ at birth, for the crime of trying to introduce some atmosphere to the deathly quiet Walkers Stadium.
A Fosse Boys representative posted this on the FoxesTalk messageboard yesterday…

“Just a quick update on what’s happening with the group at the moment.
Following on the from the Middlesbrough game LCFC apparently received 25 e-mails regarding the group, of which 3 were in support and 22 were apparently complaints about us being too noisy (remember, the “Kop” is meant to be our home end). As a result we have been issued with an ultimatum, to either move or face ejections/bans.
Obviously we don’t much like this bullying approach and as such we need a short time to resolve this issue. So we have decided that just for the Reading game on Saturday there will be no Fosse Boys section at the back of SK1.
This is obviously a setback to the group’s ambitions but we know if we don’t get our organisation right while the group is still in its infancy we’re doomed to fail, so hopefully people will understand why we’re doing this.
If anybody would like to contact the club in support of us, please e-mail fanzone@lcfc.co.uk, as they obviously value the electronic word far greater than the dozens and dozens of people in the ground who shook hands with us, complimented us on how good it was to have some vitality and passion at home games and generally wished us well last Saturday…”

We aren’t sure which is the more incredible – that 22 supposed football fans would complain about non-abusive singing at a football match, or that the club would take any notice of such a misguided point of view.
To have heard the 30-odd Fosse Boys you would have to have been in or near the Kop end, the end ‘designated’ for noisier fans in a desperate attempt to try and recreate the atmosphere of Filbert Street.
If you don’t like singing at the football then try the Family Stand, or better still the library or indoor bowls.

The club can now be assured that they have received many more than 22 e-mails in support of a young group of fans who are doing their best in the face of hostility from the club they love, and even sought out a deserted part of the stadium so as not to impose on others. 
Once they have gauged the depth of feeling aroused by yesterday’s stupidity perhaps they could issue an apology to the fans and the person responsible should realise they are so out of touch with the game (and the feelings of their ‘customers’) that they should seek an alternative career.

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DJ Campbell Heading for Blackpool

Dudley Junior Campbell will become a Blackpool player by tomorrow according to Sky Sports News.

After an incredibly long running saga a fee has finally been agreed for the reluctant City-striker who will begin his third spell at Bloomfield Road, this time in the Premier League.
The undisclosed fee is thought to be in the region of £1.2m, and will finally bring to an end to an unhappy chapter for player and club.

Coming through the in door is Wolves’ keeper Carl Ikeme who has signed a month long loan deal as cover while Chris Weale receovers from th eshoulder injury he suffered at Turf Moor.
Ikeme was the QPR keeper who gifted Martyn Waghorn a goal at Filbert Way last season with a duff clearance, though we are sure this was a one-off.

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King Turns the Tide at Elland Road

Leeds United 1:2 Leicester City

It was a game of two halves at Elland Road on Tuesday night as City fought back from a goal deficit to hurdle Leeds and make it into the League Cup 3rd round draw…

Paulo Sousa made five changes to the side that lost at Burnley on Saturday, bringing in Logan, Lamey, Moussa, Morrison and Gallagher, while former-fox Max Gradel made the Leeds starting line-up.
Gradel proved to be a thorn in the side, delivering a good cross for Becchio in the first chance of the game.
Another recent City-player Alex Bruce then nodded wide from a Kilkenny corner when he should have put Leeds ahead. The home fans didn’t have long ot wait howver. After 32 minutes a determined looking Gradel delivered a fine cross and Somma, unhindered by markers, glanced his header home.
Johnson then went close to extending the lead, but Logan saved. Just before the break City could have snatched an equaliser with a rare chance but Howard headed wide from an excellent Berner cross.

Paulo Sousa shuffled his pack for the second half, bringing King on for Moreno and reverting to a 442 – and it worked. King repaid his manager as soon as the action resumed. Gradel went on a dangerous run into the penalty area, but his shot was blocked by Logan. The rebound fell to Becchio but his shot was cleared off the line by King.
Inspired by the young Welsh international City gradually fought their way back into the game and levelled in the 66th minute. King and Moussa combined well to set up Wellens who beat Higgs from the edge of the area.
The Leeds keeper then did well to deny Howard who almost converted a low Gallagher cross from close in.
Hobbs and Somma both wasted late chances and it looked as though the game was drifting towards extra time when City enjoyed a slice of luck. Collins needlessly handled what was at best a hopeful ball forward, Howard stepped up to the ochie and sent Higgs the wrong way and City into the third round.

It was a great result for a spirited City side and for manager Paulo Sousa who was already experiencing a little pressure…  “We started off very well in the first half with a lot of personality but a small mistake led to the goal and after that we became a little bit disturbed. We were in trouble until the end of the half but we made changes, both tactically and mentally, at half-time and we were able to win the game. This is something we have deserved since the start of the season.”
Leeds: Higgs, Connolly, Collins, Bruce, Bessone, Kilkenny, Johnson, Howson (Hughes 72), Gradel, Becchio (Watt 72), Somma. Subs Not Used: Naylor, Schmeichel, White, Bromby, Grella.
Leicester: Logan, Berner, Hobbs, Lamey (Neilson 89), Morrison, Moreno (King 46), Moussa (Kennedy 68), Wellens, Gallagher, N’Guessan, Howard. Subs Not Used: Oakley, Crncic, Parkes, Ambrusics.

Referee: E Ilderton (Tyne & Wear). Attendance: 16,509.

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City Takeover – More Questions Than Answers

The Guardian’s David Conn has this morning highlighted the fact that we are still very light on details regarding the recent takeover of Leicester City.

Conn even offers the theory, echoing local rumours, that the deal has not even gone through yet and is still at the due diligence stage.
Milan Mandaric has spoken in extremely vague terms about the takeover, which apparently sees ownership of the club pass from him to the Asia Football Consortium, and now it appears that the club do not yet have Football League approval for the move.
There were also contradictory messages coming from the Leicester press conference and the one held in Bangkok announcing the Raksriaksorn’s takeover.

Curiouser and curiouser….. you can read David Conn’s article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/david-conn-inside-sport-blog/2010/aug/25/leicester-takeover-football-league-transparency

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