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Upton No Good

West Ham United 3:2 Leicester City

Leicester City have no manager and no luck in East London as they suffer another defeat

City suffered their third defeat in four games at Upton Park and will genuinely feel that luck deserted them on this occasion as they finally showed some passion and urgency.

Mike Stowell and Jon Rudkin made only one change to the side that lost so badly at home to Millwall with Darius Vassell replacing Michael Johnson to make up a three-man attack. It was a cautious start by both sides and little happened until the home side opened the scoring in the 20th minute when John Carew reached the byline and floated a cross to the far post where Baldock nodded home. As if this wasn’t bad enough, Hammers had a two-goal lead within a minute of the restart when Joey O’Brien made the most of the space down City’s left flank and laid the ball back for Faubert who had far too much time as he drove a low, angled shot along the ground and in to the corner from the edge of the area. This double whammy didn’t really sting City in to life and instead they lacked urgency and looked lethargic and West Ham looked capable of increasing their lead before half time. City enjoyed a brief spell of pressure before half time with Bamba going close and Beckford drawing a superb point-blank save from Rob Green.

If City looked off the pace in the first half then they started the second half with renewed purpose and took the game to West Ham from the off. Suddenly there was running and desire about City that we haven’t seen for several games and this was helped when Beckford was substituted to a crescendo of boos from the three thousand or so City fans. It was soon after that Andy King hauled City back in to the game with a far post header from a Wellens cross after West Ham failed to clear their lines. This was the cue for a sustained spell of pressure from City who had West Ham on the back foot and defending desperately at times and when Reid sent King tumbling in the box it seems the only man who thought it wasn’t a penalty was Referee Linington.  Against the run of play, West Ham increased their lead when a long clearance from Green was nodded on by Piquionne for Baldock to hit the ball first time past Schmeichel in a superbly controlled finish. But heads didn’t drop and within four minutes a long kick by Schmeichel was nodded on by Steve Howard and Nugent  set up Andy King for a twenty yard strike in to the top corner. There were still fifteen minutes remaining and City threw everything at The Hammers and came close several times: Howard saw a deflected header come back off the bar, Nugent’s brilliant turn and shot missed by a coat of paint and Green dived superbly to keep out a Peltier header.

In the end City ran out of time and West Ham were mighty relieved to hear the final whistle and none more so than Rob Green who took it upon himself to run to the City faithful and make his feelings be known and nearly started a small riot in the process. He had been getting some stick throughout the second half from the large travelling contingent but nothing to justify his ill-advised gestures at the final whistle. Whilst City can take heart from a superb second half display there is a feeling that this was a missed opportunity against a West Ham side that worked hard but were nothing special.

West Ham: Green,  O’Brien, Faye (Tomkins 66), Reid, McCartney, Faubert, Noble, Nolan (c), Collison, Carew (Piquionne), Baldock (Sears 88).Unused subs: Boffin, Bouba-Diop.

City: Schmeichel, Peltier, St. Ledger, Bamba, Konchesky, Wellens (c), Abe, King, Vassell (Dyer 46 (Johnson 74)), Beckford (Howard 56), Nugent.Unused subs: Weale, Pantsil.

Attendance: 30,410 Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight)

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Ex-Players Back O’Neill for City Job

Some of the players who helped make Martin O’Neill’s time as manager of Leicester City so successful can see him returning to the club…

Celtic boss and former City midfielder Neil Lennon commented: “It would be great to see him back in the game. One of his old adages was that you never go back, but I think it is very, very tempting for him. There is a good foundation at Leicester and I think the Leicester fans would be more than thrilled to see him back because he had such success there in the late 90s and the early part of the century. He has been out of the game for a long time. It’s the game’s loss to have such a great character and manager out of the game and if he does get the job I will be thrilled for him.”
And Leeds manager and former City right-back Simon Grayson, after ruling himself out of the job said:“I’d be very surprised if Martin O’Neill doesn’t accept the job if he’s given it,” Grayson said: “I’d be very surprised if Martin O’Neill doesn’t accept the job if he’s offered it.”

Although any evidence or quotes are missing from any articles linking O’Neill with City the Irish Telegraph has claimed: “O’Neill has left the door ajar on a possible second stint at the club after emerging as the No 1 target to succeed Sven Goran Eriksson. But it is believed he wants cast-iron assurances from the club’s ambitious Thai owners before taking the job. O’Neill has expressed concerns after Eriksson’s sudden sacking and fears an underwhelming second spell could tarnish his excellent reputation at the club where he lifted two League Cups. However, the Leicester board are determined to persuade him and will promise substantial funds for the January transfer window in an attempt to swing the deal.”

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Martin O’Neill is Firm Favourite

Martin O’Neill, who managed City through their greatest period in modern times, is the fans and bookies favourite to replace Sven Goran Eriksson, who left Leicester City ‘by mutual consent’ on Monday evening…

O’Neill, who appears to be the overwhelming new manager of choice on various forums, is runaway favourite at the bookies with SkyBet offering 11/8.  
The man who guided Leicester to promotion; a regular top half Premier League place, three League Cup finals; and qualified for Europe twice between 1995 and 2000 has been out of the game since leaving Aston Villa on the eve of the 2010-11 season and has yet to make any comment on the situation.
Other names linked with the job include Mark Hughes, Billy Davies, Rafa Benitez and Carlo Ancelotti, with supporters assuming that the Thai owners will be out to land another ‘big name’…

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Sven Goran Eriksson Relieved of his Duties

The BBC has reported that Sven Goran Eriksson and Leicester City have parted company…

After a big spending spree in the summer Eriksson’s side had failed to make any impact in the Championship. Saturday’s abject performance at home to Millwall on Saturday was the Swede’s last in charge.
The Thai-based consortium that runs City want a place in the Premier League sooner rather than later and Sven’s time is up… 19 points from 13 games wasn’t evidence that we were heading there quickly enough.
Although it should be remembered that City were in the relegation zone when Sven arrived just over a year ago, he never managed to get us into the top six.

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City Mauled by Lions

Leicester City 0:3 Millwall

City suffered a shocking 3-0 defeat at the hands of Millwall at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon…

Many City fans had been expecting to see the home win that would propel Sven Goran Eriksson’s City in to the play-off frame for the first time, but they were well beaten by a Millwall side with a previously poor away record.
City, unchanged from the win against Watford, made all the early running but couldn’t find a way through the Lions’ defence.
St Ledger had a header cleared off the line and Abe sent a shot inches wide, but the game soon settled into a dull stalemate with little incident.
It was broken in the 36th minute, when Bamba was harshly judged to have tripped Howard in the box. Although Schmeichel got a hand to Henderson’s spot kick he could only divert the ball into the roof of the net. 
Wellens had a shot blocked and Koncheskey knocked Ward off his feet with a fierce shot as City pursued an equaliser, but things got worse for the home side in time added on when Simpson looped a cross over the City defence and Henderson met it at the far post for his second goal of the game.
Sven tried to shake things up for the second half, with Abe and Beckford making way for Vassell and Dyer.
City tried to build up some attacking momentum, but their best effort came in the 54th minute when Johnson pulled a ball back for Peltier, but his effort struck the bar from close range.
It was all over in the 68th minute when Henderson completed his hat-trick, rising uncontested to meet a Trotter corner with his head.
The home crowd were stunned, while Millwall’s small band of followers celebrated a great win.
Sven was not his usual ice-cool self after the game:  “I am angry, frustrated and very disappointed. We never looked like scoring today. Our first-half performance was not good enough. We looked like a team who were very tired, flat and with no ideas. We got better in the second half, but we could never get a cross right or get into the box or pass right. Perhaps we were tired. We have had three games in seven days which doesn’t leave us much time to recover. I hope it was tiredness because if it wasn’t I will be very worried.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, St Ledger, Bamba, Konchesky, Johnson (Fernandes 74), Abe (Dyer 46), Wellens, King, Nugent, Beckford (Vassell 46). Unused Subs: Pantsil, Weale.
Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Robinson, Ward, Smith, Abdou, Feeney (Henry 75), Trotter, Howard, Henderson, Simpson (N’Guessan 78). Unused Subs: Mildenhall, Mkandawire, Agyemang.
Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear). Attendance: 21,991.

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City Ease to Victory over Hornets

Leicester City 2:0 Watford

City enjoyed a comfortable win against Watford, showing some economy of effort to gain a 2-0 win over the Hornets in front of a sparse crowd…

Sven made four changes to the side that lost at Birmingham with Danns, Fernandes, Vassell and the suspended Mills replaced by Wellens, Johnson, St ledger and Beckford, who teamed up with Nugent for the first time.
And City enjoyed a bright start with Watford having a couple of shaky moments at the back and Beckford having a goal ruled out when Bamba failed to keep the ball in play before crossing.
It wasn’t long before City had the ball in the net again when a Konchesky ball found Nugent, who showed a great touch and cool composure to beat the Watford defence and slot the ball past Loach.
A mix up in the City defence allowed Garner in for a rare Watford chance but Schmeichel dived bravely at his feet, picking up a knock to the face in the process. 
But City doubled their lead soon after, when Abe crossed for Beckford to rise and nod home his first goal in a City shirt.
With Watford having little to offer the game looked to be over and City didn’t expend too much energy in the second half, conceding ground and possession, but no goals.
Only with ten minutes remaining was Schmeichel truly tested when he produced a fantastic reaction save to tip away an effort from Hogg.
The newly resident Peregrine Falcon, who had predicted both City goals by making a deposit on the Koppites below, disappeared from view after the break, so we were unlikely to find the net anyway.
This wasn’t a hugely entertaining evening for those who had braved the chill, but it was a professional job, with as clean sheet and a goal each for our new strike partnership.
A win against Millwall could see City into the play-off frame for the first time under Sven…

City: Schmeichel; Peltier, St. Ledger, Bamba, Konchesky, Johnson; Abe (Fernandes 66), Wellens; King, Nugent (Dyer 88), Beckford (Vassell 75). Unused Subs: Pantsil, Weale.
Watford: Loach, Doyley, Mariappa, Mirfin,Dickinson, Deeney, Eustace, Hogg, Kightly (Buaben 20), Iwelumo (Yeates 82), Garner (Sordell 83). Unused Subs: Gilmartin, Bennett.

Referee: Chris Sarginson (Staffs). Attendance: 20,304.

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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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* If there’s anyone in your life who attended football when it was still good (60s- 80s) buy them this book and they’ll love you forever.

* I don’t even follow football anymore but I love this book. It’s packed with memories of the game when it was a simpler more enjoyable (to me anyway) sport.

* Superb stuff. Anyone who grew up in the seventies with even a passing interest in football, let alone City, will love this book.

* I utterly and completely love it… so much stuff in there that I’d pretty much forgotten about, but which is a joy to rediscover.

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