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Foxes Frustrated in M69 Derby

Leicester City 1:1 Coventry City

City and Coventry shared the points with a 1-1 draw at Filbert Way on Saturday, with Leicester unable to convert possession into goals…

Sven Goran Eriksson reshuffled the side that lost at Cardiff, with Vassell taking Dyer’s place, Abe returning to the midfield, and Burma taking Mee’s place in defence.
City were camped out in Coventry’s half for the opening spell of the game and Yakubu missed two chances to put City ahead during this one-sided start to the game. 
But it was the Sky Blues who hit City on the break to take a 14th minute lead. Jutkiewicz beat Van Aanholt down the right and his cut back found King, who fired the ball through Ricardo’s legs from 10 yards.
Yakubu was then denied by a last ditch Wood challenge as looked set to equalise, but King almost made it 2-0 moments later. A long ball undid the City defence far too easily and King did the hard part bringing the ball down and rounding Ricardo before blazing his shot wide.
Gallagher then sent a shot over on a day when City just couldn’t seem to hit the target, and there was another scare when former City winger Bell then delivered a cross and Keogh sent a looping header onto the crossbar over a pedestrian looking Ricardo.
Abe then went close after a storming run through the middle but sent his shot just wide of the right hand upright. 
City fans finally had something to cheer about as the first half entered time-added-on.
Naughton made steady progress down the right before arrowing a magnificent drive into the top left hand corner from just inside the area. 
City’s dominance continued in the second half and the yellow cards began to mount up for the visitors who were becoming stretched by Naughton’s pace.
City’s best chance of the second half came when Gallagher swung in a cross from the right, Yakubu’s header was parried away by Westwood, and Bamba hit the inside of the left hand post with the goal at his mercy.
Sven brough Dyer on for Gallagher and Waghorn on for Vassell, but still City couldn’t find a way through.
The best chance in the closing stages saw Waghorn teeing up Van Aanholt, but his hurried shot sailed over the bar and into the Family Stand.
Cranie’s dismissal for a second rash challenge came too late to make a difference and when Dyer skied a low Van Aanholt cross over from 6 yards it was clear that this wasn’t our day.
City had to be content with a point when things never quite clicked together.
No one does understated disappointment quite like Sven: “We are disappointed we don’t win games like this. It was a bit like last Tuesday, we played rather good football and created chances. But in these last two games we conceded goals a little too easily for my taste, unfortunately.”

Leicester: Ricardo, Bamba, Naughton, Van Aanholt, Bruma, King, Abe (Oakley 85), Wellens, Yakubu, Gallagher (Dyer 69), Vassell (Waghorn 75).  Subs Not Used: Vitor, Weale, Moreno, Mee.
Coventry: Westwood, Keogh, Cranie, Wood, O’Halloran  (Clingan 64), Cameron, Bell, Baker (Eastwood 71), Gunnarsson , King, Jutkiewicz. Subs Not Used: Hussey, McSheffrey, Ruffles, Ireland, O’Donovan.

Referee: G Scott (Oxfordshire). Attendance: 25,356.

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Images of Filbert Street

Many thanks to Simon Brynjolffssen who has sent us these photos of Filbert Street…

“I saw an old link on your blog asking for any pictures of Filbert Street. Attached are some shots I took in July 1988. I basically wandered into the ground as nobody was around except for the groundsman. Inside the old main stand I explored the gymnasium, some sort of board-room and the dressing rooms. Security wasn’t too tight in those days!”

 

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Bluebirds End City’s Unbeaten Run

Cardiff City 2:0 Leicester City

City’s eight match unbeaten run came to an end in Cardiff on Tuesday night, with the Bluebirds enjoying a comfortable 2-0 victory…

Sven Goran Eriksson made two changes to his side for this long midweek trip to the Welsh capital with Chelsea loanee Jeffrey Bruma making his debut and Dyer getting  a starting place, Oakley and Vassell making way.
After a cagey opening spell City had the first chance with Gallagher forcing a save from Heaton with a low shot across goal in the 18th minute.
Dyer then sent Van Aanholt in on the left but his shot went straight at Heaton.
But Cardiff took a 21st minute lead through a simple move when Olofinjana squared for Chopra to net from 10 yards out.
City were on top for the rest of the half but were unable to conjure up an equaliser. Bamba headed wide from a Mee cross; Burma strode through the middle before firing a shot narrowly over;King clipped a ball from Wellens just wide; and  Yakubu’s 25 yarder following a McNaughton error was off target.
The second half started in much the same vein when Wellens forced a save from Heaton after shooting from the edge of the area; and Gallagher sent a long range free-kick inches over the bar.
Then, in the 52nd minute, Cardiff gave City another lesson in economy of finishing.
Mcnaughton squared a ball to Ramsey, on loan from Arsenal as he comes back from a leg break, who side-footed past Ricardo to put the game beyond City’s reach.
Sven responded with a double substitution – Abe and Waghorn coming on for Gallagher and Wellens – but Cardiff were on top now and Ricardo brought off a fine save to deny Emmanuel-Thomas.
What few chances there were in the clsoing stages fell to the home side with substitute Parkin forcing Ricardo into a save and Burke going close.
It was a disappointing end to a great run for City, and an unrewarding trip for those City fans who had travelled and faced four sepearate motorway closures on the long trek home.
Sven was already looking ahead: “We will bounce back, I am sure of that. We will be disappointed all the way back home but, when we get back into training on Thursday, we will pull ourselves together and go on fighting. It is important that we bounce back against Coventry on Saturday and then QPR away.”
Happily results elsewhere went in City’s favour so not too much damage was done.

Cardiff: Heaton, Quinn, Keinan, McNaughton, Hudson, Whittingham, Olofinjana (Parkin 77), Ramsey, Emmanuel-Thomas, Chopra (McPhail 53), Bothroyd (Burke 71). Subs Not Used: Naylor, Gyepes, Marshall, Blake.  
Leicester Ricardo, Bamba, Naughton, Mee, Van Aanholt, Bruma, King, Dyer (Vassell 67), Wellens (Abe 55), Yakubu, Gallagher (Waghorn 55). Subs Not Used: Weale, Berner, Oakley, Vitor.

Referee: D McDermid (Hampshire). Attendance: 22,410.

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FOX 174 with Sven Interview – in the Shops Now…

FOX 174 – the February/March issue – is now in the shops…

This issue features: An exclusive interview with Sven Goran Eriksson; Panini 84 stickers; your essential small ads; Odd One Out; Fully Programmed promotion push; an eventful Fox Diary – ; the latest from the Foxes Trust; Tales From the Riverbank; Rewind to Days of Speedie, sometimes you have to embrace the devil; the Chris Lymn Column; The Alan Birchenall Scrapbook; Micky Rebuilds Filbo, Our Man in a Van; Loyalty; your letters and Bentley’s Roof; and Frank goes to Man Citeh…

Extract from the Sven Goran Eriksson interview…

FOX: Which performances this season have pleased you the most?
SGE: Barnsley away and Leeds away we played very well. I was perhaps most pleased last Tuesday. It was an awful football game. Just fighting, fighting. But we did it and we took three points. I’m sure a couple of months ago we would have lost that game. But now we can do it. There is no doubt we can play football, but on a night like that when the pitch made it impossible to do that we still stood up and won. That makes our belief even bigger. We tried to pass the ball and it was bumping all over the place.
FOX: Is that why you asked for the pitch at the Walkers to be relaid?
SGE: Absolutely. After the Manchester City game the pitch was very bad. And the groundsman said to me: “Sven, it’s going to be like that until May.”
So I went to the owners and said ‘We need to be able to play football, can we get a new pitch?’
‘If you think so then do it they said.’ Thankyou. And the day after they started on it.
It shows what the owners are here for.
FOX: Which games have disappointed you the most?
SGE: We played four away games… Bristol City, Watford, Millwall… and err Ipswich. How can we forget Ipswich? Those three games I was happy enough because we played decent football, but we made huge mistakes so we didn’t even get a draw. You are angry, disappointed, frustrated and worried. It is very easy that you can, as a team, lose confidence. It can go like that [clicks fingers]. Building confidence and a good atmosphere takes time, to lose it can take a second. 
FOX: How do you deal with that the next time you are training?
SGE: Well it depends. Talking to everyone first of all. But then into the Media Room with, say, the back line. We’ll look at the game. See your positions here, while the ball is here? Are you happy with that? No? Sometimes one or two players in, sometimes the whole team. It depends on the situation because you have to criticise players sometimes but you have to be careful not to kill them, because you need them.
If you are too pessimistic they can get too low and they won’t be better next time.

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Late Waghorn Strike Downs Robins

Leicester City 2:1 Bristol City

A late, late goal by substitute Martyn Waghorn earned City all 3 points from their Friday night home game against Bristol City…

Sven Goran Eriksson stuck with the same starting XI that won at Derby and for a while it looked like business as usual with a large crowd (the result of some clever marketing) enjoying a bright start from City.
Yakubu missed out on an early opener when he connected with a Naughton cross, but was off target.
James then made two fine saves from Gallagher and Bamba, but then slipped up to give City a 21st minute lead. Although the England keeper should have cut out a low Bamba cross from the right, he merely deflected the ball into the path of Yakubu who instantly found the net.
James made amends later in the half, denying King in a one-on-one, not something that many keepers have managed this season.
And Bristol refused to lie down, piecing together several good attacking moves and testing Mee and Bamba at the back. Woolford should have helped put the Robins level, but Bamba was on hand to block his cut back to an unmarked Keogh, as ever.
The visitors continued to press after the break and levelled in the 57th minute when Elliott nodded home a McAllister corner.
Far from being content with a point Bristol continued to press and Adomah forced Ricardo to parry away his fierce shot. The Portugese keeper than had a wobble, dropping the ball int he danger area, but it was scrambled clear.
City wasted a great chance to go ahead on the break when a square ball from Vassell found Oakley and Dyer both unmarked, but Oakley’s first touch allowed James to come out and smother the danger.
At the other end a deflected shot from Woolford left Ricardo stranded, but the ball fell the right side of the post as far as City were concerned.
With five minutes remaining Sven brought Waghorn on for Vassell…
City had lost their shape, too many passes were going astray and, for the first time in weeks, they were employing the long ball forward, which wasn’t making a dent on Bristol’s big back-line. Then came a slice of fortune that seems to favour a club that is on a roll.
An attempted clearance hit Oakley on the back of the head and the rebound fell nicely for Waghorn who lashed the ball past James from an acute angle for a delightful late winner.
City had not played particularly well, and had still won the game, a sign that everything is going for us as we close in on those promotion places.
Sven said of his matchwinner: “He was knocking on my door twice or three times a week during the transfer window, but I think he is happy to stay here now. He works very hard in training and lately he has doing a great job when he comes on. He is physically strong and a hard worker, and his finish was extremely good and very important for us.”

Leicester: Ricardo, Bamba, Naughton, Mee, Van Aanholt, King, Oakley, Wellens (Abe 78), Yakubu, Gallagher (Dyer 64), Vassell (Waghorn 84). Subs Not Used:  Weale, Bruma, Berner, Vitor.
Bristol City: James, Fontaine, McAllister (Nyatanga 64), Carey, Caulker, Elliott, Cisse, Woolford, Adomah, Clarkson (Campbell-Ryce 76), Keogh (Maynard 59). Subs Not Used: Stewart, Gerken, Johnson, Pitman.

Referee: R. Booth (Notts). Attendance: 28,768.

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Silence of the Rams III

Derby County 0:2 Leicester City

 

Sven Goran Eriksson’s side took another stride towards the play-offs on Saturday evening, with a comfortable 2-0 win over Derby at Pride Park…

There were two changes to the side for this televised local derby, with Ricardo making his debut in goal in place of Weale, and Oakley in for Abe in midfield.
Struggling Derby kept things very tight in the opening spell, allowing City possession but no real chances until Van Aarnholt’s cross was blocked by Addison, who collided with a post.
City’s dominance appeared to have borne fruit in the 22nd minute when Vassell found the top corner, but a linesman’s flag halted the celebrations.
However, six minutes later City took the lead their performance deserved thanks to a bit of magic from Yakubu.  The Rams failed to clear their lines properly and Gallagher teed up the Nigerian 12 yards out. Although Yakubu was well marked he juggled the ball twice before lashing a drive into the roof of the net for a spectacular opener. 
A minute later Gallagher went close with a long range effort after more good work from Van Aanholt down the left.
Seconds before half-time City doubled their lead with a sublime passing move that swept from one end to the other in seconds. Mee to Yakubu to Van Aanholt to Gallagher who fed King perfectly to slide the ball past the advancing Bywater and into the net.
The half time whistle signalled boos from a home crowd who had seen their team outplayed.
The Rams improved after the break, City had a bit of defending to do and Ricardo actuially touched the ball, punching clear. In the 66th minute Bamba and Mee clashed heads, requiring lengthy treatment, but happily both were able to stay on the field.
City were content to defend their two goal lead in a professional manner and Derby did not have the guile to get round them. There were few chances for the Rams, Byford heading over late on. 
The final whistle saw City fans celebrating a fine win over their neighbours, and six points from Derby this season.

A jubilant Sven commented: “I am happy for two reasons. In the first half we played good football, we moved the ball around nicely and scored two very nice goals. Second half they didn’t allow us to play, our full-backs couldn’t come out with the ball so it was more of a battle. They became much more direct and hit a lot of long balls and I think we stood up to that very well so I am very happy about that. The team is getting better and better, more and more confident. so I hope we can go on like this but you never know because every game is a battle.”

Derby: Bywater, Roberts, Addison (Ayala 87), Brayford, Barker, Savage, Davies, Green, Pringle (Bueno 81), Pearson (Cywka 46), Davies. Subs not used: D. Leacock, C. Porter, C. Doyle, S. DeeneyLeicester: Ricardo, Bamba (Bruma 84), Naughton, Mee, Van Aanholt, King, Oakley, Wellens, Yakubu (Dyer 76), Gallagher, Vassell (Waghorn  83). Subs Not Used: Berner, Moussa, Abe, Weale.

Referee: C Webster (Tyne & Wear). Attendance: 26,142.

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Happy Birthday for Sven…

Leicester City 4:1 Barnsley

Sven Goran Eriksson celebrated his 63rd birthday at the Walkers with a blinding performance from his City side, a 4-1 win over Barnsley being notable for the quantity and quality of the goals…

Sven made one change to the side that won at Barnsley with Gallagher taking Dyer’s place.
The windy conditions made for a scrappy start, though City threatened on several occasions. Gallagher sent a free-kick over the bar; Yakubu almost broke through on his own before being halted by a Shackell challenge; and King sent a header wide.
City then took a 15th minute lead when Gallagher was allowed too much room to tee up a shot from 25 yards, it flew past Steele into the top left hand corner.
The lead was nearly extended soon afterwards when Steele saved a fierce Wellens effort and then Van Aarnholt sent a free-kick crashing against the crossbar.
Although Barnsley had a good spell for a while City made it 2-0 as half time approached.
Set up by a Vassell backheel King beat one defender and then shot against the legs of another. The ball came back to him and his exquisite 9 iron chip left Steele a bystander as it sailed over the Tykes’ keeper and into the net.
But Barnsley were not in the mood to roll over and die, and had the ball in Weale’s net almost instantly, though their celebrations were halted by a linesman’s flag.
Soon after that scare, some great work by Chelsea-loanee Mellis on the edge of his area saw him side-step the City defence before curling a shot beyond Weale’s reach.
Incredibly Barnsley almost equalised just before the break when Nouble broke clear and rounded Weale, but saw his low shot blocked by Naughton who made up the ground with his pace.
Half time entertainment in the form of the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders kept the crowd, somewhat on the sparse side, happy. Well done Birch.
The second half saw City regain control of the game. Steele did well to save a Gallagher effort but City would not be denied for long. The visitors were caught on the break and King charged forward fifty yards before planting a perfect finish low to Steele’s left.
City were looking comfortable now and Sven brought Dyer and Oakley on for Vassell and Abe. Steele had to produce a series of spectacular saves to keep out long range efforts from Gallagher and Wellens; while at the other end Weale had to be off his line sharply to deny Mellis.
Steele continued to keep City at bay, pulling off a great save from Oakley, but he was eventually beaten by a piece of magic in the 89th minute.  
Naughton, out on the right, latched onto a half clearance and fired a 30 yard rocket into the top left hand corner to seal a fine victory.
The birthday boy was content: “We didn’t play our best football in the first half but in the second half we got better and the four goals means I am very happy. All the goals were beautiful and the last one by Kyle Naughton, he has a good shot, but that was incredible.”
While the Barnsley boss Mark Robins dubbed City: “…the best side in the division”. 
As City relentlessly close in on the play-off places, it is beginning to look as though he is right… 

Leicester: Weale, Bamba (Hobbs 82), Naughton, Mee, Van Aanholt, King , Abe (Dyer 62), Wellens, Yakubu, Gallagher, Vassell (Oakley 62).  Subs Not Used: Berner, Waghorn, Howard, Ricardo.  
Barnsley: Steele, Shackell, Hassell, Hill, Trippier, Doyle, Mellis  (Noble-Lazarus 83), Arismendi  (Colace  66), Haynes, Nouble, O’Connor (Butterfield 74). Subs Not Used: Gray, Lovre, O’Brien, Preece.
Referee:K Hill (Herts). Attendance: 22,667.

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