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City End Preston Jinx

Leicester City 1:0 Preston North End

Sven Goran Eriksson registered his first home win as City boss, with 1-0 victory over Preston North End at Filbert Way on Saturday…

Eriksson made seven changes to his defeated League Cup side, with King wearing the captain’s armband in Oakley’s absence, against a side who had won their last five games at the Walkers Stadium.
The visitors had a chance within a minute of the kick off but Treacy shot wide when he had time and space to do better.
But after that it was all City. Naughton and King supplied some fine crosses from the right, but no one could apply a finishing touch. Gallagher brought a fine save from Lonergan with a great effort, Wellens had a shot blocked and Waghorn and Fryatt both wasted chances when well placed. A series of well delivered corners from Waghorn troubled the keeper, but City just don’t appear to have anyone who can score from a flag kick.  
The breakthrough finally came in the 36th minute.  Abe, looking more like a World Cup player as he settles in, found Gallagher in space and he had time to drill a low shot into the bottom right hand corner.

The Birch presided over a half time trip down memory lane introducing a number of City legends from down the decades drawing warm applause from a crowd brought up on better times.
City, attacking the Family Stand end in the second half, could not add to the scoreline despite being in control of the game for the vast majority of the time. Cunningham, Naughton and Gallagher went close, but things weren’t really working up front and didn’t improve when Howard and N’Guessan came on for Fryatt and Waghorn.
Apart from one nervous moment in time added on Preston had hardly threatened on a ground that had produced plenty of points for them, and City deservedly took the three points. The defence had looked sound with Vitor having his best game in a City shirt to date.
Sven singled out two of his players for praise: “I had wondered for a long time when we would get a clean sheet and we had it today, I am very happy. Paul Gallagher is an important player and a good player for us. He scored with his left foot today. It was a good goal. He took it very well. Yuki Abe is getting better and better. Maybe outside right is not his best position, maybe he is better central, but he adapts and does what you ask him to do. I think he was brilliant today. He is a good footballer, no doubt about it. He has a lot of energy and he is very willing to learn and his English is getting better and better. I am very happy with him.”

Leicester: Weale, Hobbs, Vitor, Naughton, King, Abe, Wellens, Cunningham, Gallagher (Oakley 89), Fryatt (Howard 62), Waghorn (N’Guessan 70). Subs Not Used: Berner, Logan, Moussa, Morrison.
Preston: Lonergan, Brown, Jones, Davidson (Gray 82), St Ledger, Russell (Parry 70), Treacy, Coutts, Barton (Mayor 84), James, Hume. Subs Not Used: Morgan, Arestidou, McLaughlin, Proctor.

Referee: G Ward (Surrey).  Attendance: 21,212 .

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City Crash Out of League Cup

Leicester City 1:4 West Bromwich Albion

An unfamiliar City line-up lost to a second string West Brom side in a League Cup fourth round tie at Filbert Way on Tuesday night…

Sven Goran Eriksson made eight changes to the side that lost at Swansea though most of these were forced by injuries and players being cup-tied. West Brom, managed to field an entirely different side from their last Premier League game, giving their 4,000 fans a chance to see some squad players.
The stadium had an odd feel to it with the West Stand and Kop stands almost full, the East Stand closed and the visitors housed in the Family Stand. 
City had the best of the opening 20 minutes, with Gallagher shooting narrowly wide and the lively Dyer forcing Myhill into a save.
But a stroke of luck handed Albion a 21st minute lead. A Bednar shot was deflected to the feet of Cox, who lifted the ball neatly over the advancing Logan and into the net.
City had the most possession for the remainder of the half but rarely threatened the Baggies goal, whilst the visitors looked dangerous on the break with the impressive Barnes a constant threat.
Moussa went on a threatening run on the half hour but was brought down by Meite, who was yellow carded.
Albion ended the half the stronger with Logan stretching to tip a header from Bednar over the bar.  
City levelled the tie eight minutes into the second half, Moussa sending Gallagher in on the right for a cross which deflected off Shorey and deflected beyond the reach of Myhill.  
Sadly this was as good as it got for City on the night. Wellens replaced Dyer and Abe screwed a shot wide when well placed before Albion regained the lead in the 62nd minute. It was a disaster for Logan who looked set to field a fairly aimless Zuiverloon hoof at head hight but got it horribly wrong and dropped it, setting up a gift goal for Tchoyi, who received a similar present from Manchester United’s Edwin Van Der Sar recently.
Fryatt came on for King but City had the stuffing knocked out of them and rarely threatened again.
In the 79th minute an unmarked Reid nodded home from a corner to seal a place in the quarter finals and the Cox fired home a 25 yarder to make it 4-1 and send the large Baggies contingent home very happy.  
It wasn’t much of a spectacle for the decent number of City fans who turned out, or new owners Aiyawatt and Vichai Raksriaksorn, who came all the way from Thailand for the game.

Leicester: Logan, Berner, Neilson (Lamey 70), Vitor, Morrison, King (Fryatt 67), Dyer (Wellens 54), Moussa, Abe, Gallagher, Howard. Subs Not Used: Kennedy, Weale, Hobbs, Moreno.
Albion: Myhill, Ibanez, Cech (Shorey 46), Zuiverloon, Meite (Mantom 80), Dorrans, Barnes, Reid, Tchoyi, Bednar (Miller 85), Cox. Subs Not Used: Carson, Tamas, Jara, Mattock. 

Referee: A Taylor (Manchester). Attendance: 16,957.

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Swans on Song

Swansea City 2: 0 Leicester City

 
City suffered their first defeat since the departure of Paolo Sousa at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday and were outplayed all over the park by a decent Swansea side…
Sven, surprisingly, made three changes to the side that had played so well at Leeds just  four days earlier with Fryatt and Dyer returning for Waghorn and Gallagher and (on loan) Jack Cunningham making his debut in place of the unfortunate Berner.
Swansea started brightly and immediately had City on the back foot with a pressing game that they were never able to deal with. This meant that City never settled in to any sort of rhythm and continually gave the ball away as Swansea worked tirelessly to chase and close-down in a high tempo performance. Despite all of their possession the Swans didn’t fashion many chances and their best effort came as the result of a slip from the below-par Hobbs who lost possession. The ball was quickly fed out to Dyer whose perfect cross was lifted over the bar by Pratley under pressure from Wellens.
In reply City were restricted to long range efforts and one header from Davies that was tipped over by DeVries. 
If City fans thought that the second half would bring an improvement then they were sorely disappointed.
In the 49th minute, half time substitute Emnes (on loan from Middlesbrough) ran on to an excellent through ball from Pratley and slammed the ball past Weale who got a hand to the shot but couldn’t prevent the goal. It was no more than Swansea deserved and led to a period of sustained pressure where City were unable to get out of their own half at times as Swansea kept the ball.
Weale had to deal with efforts from Sinclair and Tate and at the other end De Vries looked bored and lonely as City struggled to cope with Swansea’s purple patch, which nearly resulted in a second goal when Sinclair rounded off another delightful move with a shot against the underside of the bar.
The addition of Waghorn, Morrison and Abe for King, Moussa and Davies gave City some fresh legs and as Swansea tired they were able to build a spell of pressure in the closing stages of the game. De Vries was well positioned to save Oakley’s free kick before Morrison had a gilt-edged chance to equalise. A corner was only half cleared and fell kindly to Morrison, unmarked just six yards out but he volleyed the ball wide of the far post for what would have been an unlikely equaliser.
Swansea wrapped the game up in the fourth minute of injury time when, once again, Hobbs was caught out and Emnes powered past him far too easily to set up Sinclair for a side-foot finish and a more realistic scoreline. 

It is hard to know why City were so ineffective today having been so good at Leeds in midweek. Swansea were everything that we weren’t: hard-working, kept the ball well, pressed and chased, passed the ball around superbly and broke quickly. Whilst it is easy to condemn an off-form Leicester side, credit should also be given to an impressive Swansea side who went third after this result and deservedly so on today’s showing.

Swansea: De Vries, Tate, Williams, Monk, Rangel, Pratley, Sinclair, Orlandi (Agustien 69), Dyer, Allen (Serran 89), Dobbie (Emnes 46). Subs Not Used: Makaba-Makalamby, Cotterill, Taylor, Nouble.
Leicester: Weale, Davies (Morrison 67), Hobbs, Naughton, King (Waghorn 70), Dyer, Oakley, Moussa (Abe 58), Wellens, Cunningham, Fryatt. Subs Not Used: Berner, Logan, Howard, Moreno.

 Referee: K Stroud (Hampshire). Attendance: 14,651.

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Football League Rubber Stamp City Takeover

The takeover of Leicester City, fronted by Aiyawatt and Vichai Raksriaksorn, has finally been approved by the Football League.

Leicester City became the first club to pass the new, more stingent test and a Football League statement read:
“We warmly welcome the new owners of Leicester City to The Football League. We also thank the new owners and club officials for their full cooperation during the review process that has now been completed.”

Milan Mandaric remains chairman for the time being.

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Darius Vassell Signs for City

Former England striker Darius Vassell has signed a deal that will see him at Leicester until the end of next season.

The 30 year old was a free agent after leaving Turkish side Ankaragucu at the end of last season and will be reunited with Sven-Goran Eriksson, who managed him for England and Manchester City.
Eriksson gave Vassell his first England cap in 2002 and the Sutton Coldfield born striker made 22 appearances for his country scoring 6 goals.
Vassell started his career with Aston Villa, the club he supported as a boy, and he scored 35 goals in 162 appearances for the Villains.

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Yorkshire Terriers

Leeds United 1 : 2 Leicester City

Leicester City posted their first away league win of the season at Elland Road and repeated the 2-1 scoreline from the Carling Cup tie in August with a hugely impressive display with everyone contributing.

Sven made just one change from the side that drew with Hull with Franck Moussa replacing Steve Howard.

City started like an express train and could realistically have been three up after 15 minutes, King, Waghorn and Moussa all missing early chances before Berner hit a cracking shot against the underside of the bar to leave City’s travelling faithful wondering what they had to do to break the deadlock. City’s delightful football was undoing Leeds time and again and after another good move a Moussa shot was saved by Jason Brown leading to a crescendo of boos from the home fans.

Leeds eventually settled and managed a couple of harmless efforts themselves with Simon Grayson also stemming the tide by changing the formation of the home side and half time arrived with the scores level but City feeling that they should have been at least a couple of goals to the good.

The second half started with City still trying to take the game to Leeds with the more ‘up-tempo’ game that we had been told to expect and the midfield prepared to press Leeds inside their own half. But it was the home side that was improving and following Leeds’ first corner on the hour Becchio put a good header wide. This was followed by the first City substitution of the night when Abe replaced the ineffective Gallagher.

City finally took the lead in the 64th minute when Kyle Naughton scored only the second goal of his career. He made an excellent run down the right, beat the full back, cut inside and put the ball past Brown with a deflected shot. It was just reward for City’s display and it had been coming for some time. This was Grayson’s cue to throw on Gradel and Kilkenny in a bid to turn the game around with City dominant.

Leeds struggled to find a way through and City seemed content to soak up Leeds’ efforts and threaten on the break and with 14 minutes to go Sven replaced Moussa with Howard who immediately assumed the role of lone striker.

It was Howard who doubled City’s lead in the 82nd minute when Andy King did really well to set up the big striker for a lovely side-foot finish. The two goal advantage lasted only a minute however, when Gradel’s cross found Becchio who headed past Weale in to the bottom corner and gave the home side hope. It was Leeds’ first effort on target and the cue for late pressure but the only other late chance came the way of Martyn Waghorn who stung Brown’s fingers with a 25 yard effort.

It was a thoroughly deserved first away win for City and hopefully a result that offers a platform for the rest of the season as Sven begins to have an impact on this underachieving side. He will still be concerned by only a two goal return from a dominant display but it is clear that the pieces are beginning to fall in to place.

 

City: Weale, Naughton, Hobbs, Davies, Berner, Gallagher (Abe 60), King, Oakley (c), Wellens, Waghorn, Moussa (Howard 76).
Subs: Logan, Neilson, Morrison, Teixeira, Howard, Kennedy, Abe

Leeds: Brown, Connolly, Collins, Naylor (c), Becchio, Howson, Faye (Kilkenny 69), Watt (Johnson 30), Snodgrass (Gradel 69), Somma, McCartney
Subs: Bruce, Gradel, Kilkenny, Johnson, Hughes, Alnwick, Nunez

 

Referee: Dean Whitestone     Attendance: 22, 775

 

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The Sven Has Landed

Leicester City 1: 1 Hull City

Sven Goran Eriksson’s first game in charge saw City get off to a bright start, but they were unable to take all three points from Nigel Pearson’s Hull at Filbert Way on Saturday…  

There were four changes to the side with Weale and Oakley back in and a place in the starting line-up for new signings Kyle Naughton and Curtis Davies. The fanfare of Svenmania had a grip on the Walkers Stadium at kick off time and had hardly abated when City took a 3rd minute lead.
A clever through ball from Oakley sent King in on goal and although Duke got a hand to his shot he couldn’t prevent it ending up in the net.
City amost doubled their lead a couple of minutes later but Waghorn’s bullet header from a King cross was tipped round the right hand post by Duke.
Hull managed to stem City’s attacking flow as th ehalf progressed but managed to create no chances of their own going forward, withnew boys Davies and Naughton looking impressive in the back line.
City went close just before the break when Berner sent a long range shot flashing narrowly wide.
City’s second half performance never matched the first and Hull drew level in the 51st minute with their first serious attempt on goal. Koren’s low shot from distance beat Weale just inside the left hand post to bring the Tigers level.
It almost got worse for City soon after when Folan went clear on goal but Weale came smartly off his line to block his effort.
Weale came to the rescue again when he saved a thumping Kilbane header at his near post.
City didn’t seem to have the legs to launch a period of pressure, with the exception of Naughton who sent over a series of good crosses from the right, but no one could make anything of them.
City had two decent chances late on but Gallagher skied one over the bar and Berner had his shot blocked as he fired into a crowded goalmouth from eight yards out.
With the game ending all-square City remained in the relegation zone, though Eriksson was given a perfect illustraion of City’s shortcomings. He has tightened up the defence in a remarkably short time, now he needs to address a mis-firing attack.
 
Leicester: Weale, Berner, Davies, Hobbs, Naughton, King, Oakley (Abe 73), Wellens, Gallagher, Howard (Moussa 66), Waghorn. Subs Not Used: Kennedy, Logan, Moreno, Neilson, Morrison.
Hull: Duke, McShane (Solano 44), Gerrard, Dawson, Ayala, Koren, Cairney, Vine (Barmby 70), Folan, Garcia (Kilbane 76), Cullen. Subs Not Used: Ashbee, Simpson, Bostock, Oxley.

Referee: Nigel Miller (Co Durham). Attendance: 23,766.

 

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