Monthly Archives: August 2011

Everton Accept City’s Beckford Bid

Everton have accepted a bid for striker Jermaine Beckford from Leicester City believed to be around £4M…

It remains to be seen whether the 27 year old, who moved to Goodison from Leeds last summer, will fancy a deadline day move to the King Power Stadium.
An earlier bid of £3M was rejected, but at appears that Everton are low on funds…


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Deadline Day Dawns…

Transfer deadline day is here and City’s attempts to recruit a goalscorer now have a hint of desperation about them…

Yesterday a £6.5M bid for Rangers’ Croation striker Nikica Jelavic was rejected by the Glasgow club, and earlier in the week a fourth improved offer for Bristol City’s Nicky Maynard also came to nought.
Liverpool’s 22 year old frontman David Ngog has also turned down a move to Leicester, and a bid for Fulham’s Andy Johnson has failed.
Speculation now claims that City’s attention has now turned to back to Everton’s Jermaine Beckford or a deal could be made to bring Yakubu back from Goodison Park.

If a move is not brokered by the end of today then City will be restricted to bringing in a loan player to solve a problem that has been increased with the injury to David Nugent and the possible departure of Martyn Waghorn.


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City Halt Saints March

Leicester City secured their first home win of the season with a stunning first half display

City posted their first home win of the season over table-topping Southampton with a display that suggests progress is being made and the new-look side is coming together.

Sven made ten changes from the side that won at Bury in midweek but kept the same side that drew at Forest just seven days previously. It was City who were out of the starting blocks quickest and they raced in to the lead after only four minutes when Vassell turned in Andy King’s left wing cross from close range. City’s joy was tempered somewhat within a couple of minutes and the sight of David Nugent in distress and unable to continue with what looked like a hamstring strain. Jeff Schlupp came on in his place and contributed to a marvellous attacking display for the remainder of the first half.

From one of many corners for City, Matt Mills sent in a thumping header that Davies did well to keep out but he was unable to prevent City doubling their lead on 22 minutes when Jeff Schlupp did superbly well to create some space for himself and roll the ball to Wellens and from 25 yards he curled a stunning shot in to Kelvin Davies’s top left hand corner; it was no more than City deserved. Within five minutes Saints were back in the game with a goal that was against the run of play but beautifully created. Adam Lallana was the creator as he completely outwitted John Pantsil (who had to pay to get back in) with some stunning ball control and whipped in a perfect cross on to the head of Dan Harding who made it 2-1.

City’s response was to continue knocking on the door at the other end and Davies had to be at his best again to keep out, first a Fernandes header and then a Konchescky free kick. City were also convinced they should have had a penalty when Schlupp had his legs taken from under him by Jose Fonte but the referee Scott Mathieson insisted that Fonte had played the ball and Saints escaped but not for long. It was City’s turn to enjoy some good fortune when they extended their lead on half time. A Danns corner was headed in to his own net by Paul Lambert who was under a lot of pressure from Sol Bamba but the referee waved away any protests and City went in at half time with a two goal advantage and deservedly so.

Predictably, Saints came out with renewed purpose in the second half and reduced the arrears in the 54th minute when a near post corner wasn’t cleared and Sol Bamba succeeded only in flicking the ball to the far post where a grateful David Connolly stooped, unmarked, to head Saints back in to the game. In reply City threatened occasionally and Andy King saw a long range shot clip the outside of the post. But the longer the second half went on the more Saints turned up the heat as City appeared to tire. Wellens and King were both replaced and, worryingly, they looked exhausted as they came off. It was left to City’s defence and in particular, Kasper Schmeichel, to hold out and preserve the points. Schmeichel made some stunning saves from Connolly and Lallana before he again left Lallana frustrated with a point blank save after a side foot from a low cross.

The final whistle brought huge relief for City who were just pleased to get a home win after two false starts but a sizeable Southampton contingent will feel that they should have taken something from the game. They played some lovely football at times and City’s defence had to be at its best to deal with the pace and skill of this impressive side. Kasper Schmeichel will certainly feel that he put in a good shift to keep City alive in the second half. But don’t underestimate City’s contribution to a wonderful game of football; in the first half they ran Saints ragged at times and only faded as the second half wore on and Saints turned up the heat. Southampton are certainly one of the better sides that City will play this season but, on yesterday’s display, City are one of the better sides that Southampton will play also.

City): Schmeichel, Pantsil, Mills (c), Bamba, Konchesky, Fernandes, Wellens, King, Danns, Nugent (Schlupp 7), Vassell. Subs not used: St. Ledger, Weale.

Southampton: Davis, Richardson (Schneiderlin 46), Fonte, Seaborne, Harding (Fox 79),  Do Prado (De Ridder 71), Hammond, Cork, Lallana, Connolly, Lambert. Subs not used: Bialkowski, Martin.

Attendance: 23,808

Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire)

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City Shaken But Not Stirred

Bury 2:4 Leicester City

City’s passage into the third round of the League Cup didn’t always run smooth, but in the end they had enough to beat a spirited Bury side 4-2 at Gigg Lane on Tuesday night…

In contrast to last week when skipper Matt Mills was dropped, this time round he was the only player to keep his place with Sven Goran Eriksson making ten changes to the side that drew at Forest.
Just as in the last round at Rotherham the home side enjoyed a good early spell, but it was City who took a 20th minute lead when Schlupp netted his fourth goal in this comptition. Turning his marker the youngster showed some composure to delay his shot for a second as a couple of defenders charged back, before beating Belford from just inside the area.
City missed several opportunities to go further ahead, with Moussa, Abe and Schlupp all guilty and then the home side levelled the scoreline five minutes before the break, Jones pouncing on a loose ball to beat Weale from the edge of the area.

Things got worse for City eight minutes into the second half when Bury took the lead. Lowe curling a free-kick over the wall and into the top right hand corner to loud acclaim from the home fans. 
This, along with the introduction of King, stung City into action and Abe went close with one effort before Gallagher drilled a low free-kick home for a 70th minute equaliser.

Seven minutes later City regained the lead with a bit of magic from Dyer who cut inside from the right and clipped a superb curler beyond Belford’s reach.
City extended their lead futher in the 3rd minute of time added on when substitute Danns was sent through by Fernandes to beat Belford with a cool finish.
City hadn’t always looked convincing against League One opposition, but in the end they made it with a bit to spare rewarding their following of over 1,000 fans.

Bury: Belford, Picken (McCarthy 86), Sodje, Skarz, Sweeney, Worrall, Mozika, Jones, John-Lewis, Lowe, Oyenuga. Subs Not Used: Cregg, Branagan, Haworth, Rothwell, Harrop.  
Leicester: Weale, Mills, St Ledger, Ball, Peltier, Dyer, Oakley, Moussa (King 63), Abe, Schlupp (Danns 84), Gallagher (Fernandes 89). Subs Not Used: Paintsil, Konchesky, Wellens, Smith.
Referee: A Haines (Tyne & Wear). Attendance: 3,779.


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City Fail to Cut Down New Forest

The long wait goes on for City who still haven’t won a league game at the City Ground since 1972

City fans leaving the match at full time today will scarcely believe that they only took one point from a game that they dominated for long spells as Forest grabbed an equaliser at the death.

Sven recalled Matt Mills, Neil Danns, John Pantsil and Darius Vassell for Sean St Ledger, Lloyd Dyer, Paul Gallagher and Lee Peltier and immediately City settled in to a confident start and knocked the ball around neatly with a new-look midfield formation as they probed the Forest defence and made all of the early running. Lee Camp in the Forest goal had to react sharply when Nugent powered in a header from Danns’ corner and just two minutes later it was City who took a deserved lead when Fernandes robbed Luke Chambers and raced clear to  set up David Nugent with a simple side foot finish. The four thousand or so City fans went mental and doubly so just three minutes later in the 21st minute when Danns raced down the left, played a one-two with Nugent and saw his shot blocked on the line by Chambers but Fernandes reacted quickly and prodded in the rebound.

This was no more than City deserved and they continued to dominate play until half time and Forest’s only response was a woeful headed miss by Matt Derbyshire from a few yards out when he really should have done better from Gunter’s left wing cross.

Half time arrived with Forest fans booing their team off and City fans scarcely able to believe what they were seeing in complete contrast to the two performances in the previous seven days at home. The second half began with City still looking comfortable and seemingly happy to sit back and control the game but still able to threaten the Forest goal. Forest’s first attempt on target came in the 70th minute when Schmeichel beat away a fierce volley from Findley and then reacted well to keep out an angled effort from Findley again a few minutes later. Despite the improvement in Forest and an increased tempo to the game it was a calamitous few minutes that set them up for the big comeback. With just thirteen minutes left on the clock a low cross caused problems in the City area and the ball ran on to the hand of the grounded Matt Mills. It could scarcely be called deliberate handball but the ref pointed to the spot nevertheless and Schmeichel was booked for delaying the kick when he strolled out of his goal to examine the ball on the spot. McGugan duly planted the spot kick in to the bottom left hand corner of the net and as the Forest players converged on the ball Schmeichel grabbed it and launched it towards the halfway line. Referee Jon Moss decided that this was worthy of a second booking and Schmeichel was dismissed. This sending off would have been understandable if Schmeichel had booted the ball in to the stand but he actually threw it back to the place where it was needed to restart the game. It looked a daft thing to do but it didn’t actually waste any time.

Once things had calmed down then Chris Weale was between the sticks and a deep sense of foreboding hung over the away end as Forest summoned some self-belief and increased the pressure on a stretched City defence. The inevitable equaliser arrived in the third minute of stoppage time when Cohen floated a high ball in to the far post from the left wing and Weale failed to collect the cross and the ball went over his head to a grateful Boateng who prodded the ball home.

It was a harsh end to the game for City who had looked dominant and comfortable for most of the match and played some delightful football against a Forest side that looked ragged and lacking in confidence. It is easy to point the finger at the referee who made some poor decisions but City also contributed to their own downfall at the back and find themselves with only one win from the opening four league games. Today’s game provided some glimpses of improved form and some hope that maybe Sven is working out his best side and his best formation at last.

Nottm Forest: Camp, Moloney (Majewski 67), Morgan, Chambers (c), Gunter, Cohen, Greening, Boateng, McGugan, Derbyshire (Miller 46), McGoldrick (Findley 46). 

Subs not used: Smith, Lynch.

City:  Schmeichel,  Pantsil, Mills (c), Bamba, Konchesky, Fernandes, Wellens, King (Abe 84), Danns (Weale 81), Nugent (Gallagher 64), Vassell.

Subs not used: St. Ledger, Schlupp.

Attendance: 24,426

Referee: Jon Moss (West Yorkshire)


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Maynard Leads The Bristol Stomp

Leicester come unstuck for the second home game in a row

Sven Goran Eriksson has plenty to think about following City’s second defeat at home in a week at the hands of an ordinary Bristol City side who were gifted three points.

There were 5 changes from Saturday’s starting line up with Sean St Ledger, Andy King, Paul Gallagher, Lloyd Dyer and Sean Peltier replacing Matt Mills, Yuki Abe, Jeff Schlupp, John Pantsil and Neil Danns. The opening moments of the match suggested that the changes had made little effect on the performance of the team as Bristol City went ahead inside 4 minutes. A Bristol City free kick on the edge of the area was dealt with poorly and anyone sitting in the Main Stand could see a huge gap in the Leicester defensive wall and sure enough that is exactly where  Nicky Maynard slammed the ball when it was rolled sideways to him and Schmeichel was helpless to prevent the shot going in off the post.

Bristol could have extended their lead when, soon after, Albert Adomah saw his shot deflected just wide and a calamity was avoided on the stroke of half time when, following a needless challenge on Campbell-Ryce, Bristol were awarded a penalty. Fortunately Nicky Maynard struck the kick against the bar and away to safety. Leicester, in reply, didn’t force a serious save out of Dean Gerken and the fans made their feelings known as the players went down the tunnel at half time.

The second half began with City playing some decent football at last and within a few minutes an Andy King header had brought out a stunning save from Gerken to preserve Bristol’s lead but it wasn’t long before Leicester fans were celebrating when, in the 56th minute, the outstanding David Nugent took a pass from Gallagher and struck a lovely shot in to the far corner although Gerken may feel he should have done better.

This lifted the home fans and the volume increased a few minutes later when Gallagher was put clean through on the angle but his shot was screwed wide when he should have hit the target. This period of pressure towards the Bristol goal was interrupted in the 66th minute by a calamitous piece of defending when Sean St Ledger dithered too long on the ball near the halfway line and he was dispossessed by Nicky Maynard who raced away and planted the ball past the helpless Schmeichel to give Bristol City the lead again. They could scarcely believe it and neither could the City players or fans and especially St Ledger who stood alone with his head in his hands and cut a very sorry figure indeed.

The remainder of the game was a frustrating affair with Bristol City throwing men behind the ball and defending their lead with only a few scares to speak of.

It was a poor show again from Leicester who are testing the patience of their fans who had such high expectations before the season began. It is hard to fathom; there is genuine quality in the Leicester squad but whatever Sven is trying simply isn’t working and there is little evidence of the attacking edge that overwhelmed some teams last season and, just as worrying, the side looks error prone and lacking confidence.

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Peltier, St. Ledger, Bamba, Konchesky; Fernandes (Danns 74), Wellens (c), King, Dyer (Waghorn 74), Nugent, Gallagher.

Subs not used: Mills, Weale, Abe.

Bristol City: Gerken, Spence, Wilson, Nyatanga, McAllister (Woolford 77), Adomah (Taylor 90), Skuse, Elliott, Kilkenny (Cisse 80), Campbell-Ryce, Maynard.

Subs not used: James, Pitman

Attendance: 20,794

Referee: Nigel Miller (Durham)

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City Bid for Everton Striker rejected

Everton have turned down a bid from Leicester City for Jermaine Beckford.

City put in a bid of £2.5M for the 27 year old Beckford, who signed for the Toffees from Leeds on a free transfer last summer, but it has been rejected by the Goodison Park club.

City have struggled to bring in a goalscorer and only this week Reading’s Shane Long and Spurs’ Robbie Keane have both opted to move elsewhere.

It remains to be seen whether City will raise their bid, though Everton are currently short of fire-power themselves.


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