Monthly Archives: November 2011

City Tower Over Blackpool

Leicester City 2:0 Blackpool

A decent performance against Blackpool at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night brought a 2-0 win and a place in the top six…

Pearson made one change to his side with Bamba returning for St Ledger, and after a minute’s applause in memory of Gary Speed, a tight first half commenced.
There were few chances in the opening half hour, until Schmeichel pulled off a superb close range save from a Taylor-Fletcher header.
At the other end Gilks bettered even that effort to deny Beckford’s first time shot from eight yards out.
It was City who broke the deadlock ten minutes before the break when Dyer threaded a perfect ball through to King who beat Gilks to put City ahead, later dedicating the goal to his late international boss Gary Speed.
City took that lead in at the break and looked the stronger side in the second half. Mills went close with a header and Gilks did well to block a Beckford well-struck shot on the turn from the edge of the area.
Howard and Danns came on for Beckford and Gallagher as Blackpool pushed forward in search of an equaliser. But the City defence stood firm and most of the chances came at the Kop end with Howard and Dyer going close and the energetic Nugent skimming both left and right hand uprights by a whisker.
City sealed the points in the 82nd minute when a defence splitting pass from Wellens sent Dyer through and he beat the advancing Gilks with a touch to Danns who lined up a 20 yarder that beat the backtracking defender.
Seven points from 9 and a place in the top six represented a fine start to Nigel Pearson’s second spell as City boss…

Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Mills, Bamba, Konchesky, Gallagher (Danns 67), King, Wellens, Dyer (Fernandes 88), Beckford (Howard 67), Nugent. Unused Subs: Weale, Abe.
Blackpool: Gilks, Eardley, Baptiste (Basham 34), Evatt, Crainey, Ferguson, Sylvestre (McManaman 57), Shelvey, M Phillips, LuaLua (K Phillips 65), Taylor-Fletcher. Unused Subs: Howard, Ince.

Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire). Attendance: 21,578.  

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Nugent Strike Earns a Point at Pompey

Portsmouth 1:1 Leicester City

David Nugent’s superb strike against his former club earned Nigel Pearson’s side a creditable point from the trip to the south coast on Saturday…

Nigel Pearson named an unchanged side, despite Sol Bamba being available after suspension, while new Pompey boss Michael Appleton started with new loan signing Joe Mattock, who was booed by the visiting fans through the first half.
This at least gave them something to do, because otherwise the first half was pretty dour. Early on Peltier cut in from the right and set himself up for a shot on goal but missed the target; Nugent sent an effort narrowly over; and a long range Gallagher free-kick flew just over, but that really was it.
Pompey stepped up a gear in the second half and should have gone ahead soon after the break, but Schmeichel produced perhapos his best save in a City shirt to date, blocking a Kitson header from just 5 yards out.
City also had their chances with Henderson saving well from Dyer and Mills going close.
But it was Pompey who took the lead soon after Pearson had reorganised, bringing Howard and Danns on for Gallagher and Beckford. In the 68th minute Norris picked up a half clearance on th eedge of the box and beat Schmeichel via a big deflection off Mills.
City were level 6 minutes later, however, following great work from Nugent. He dcleverly dummied King’s pass, to him which allowed Howard to send him through and with defenders closing in the former-Pompey man drilled a 22 yarder into the bottom left hand corner.
City survived a late scare when Norris swerved a fierce shot against the left hand upright, Schmeichel regaining his feet and throwing himself across goal to save Mullins’ follow up effort.

Although you might think City would be content with a point from such a tough fixture Nigel Pearson disagreed: “I know this is a difficult place to come but I think we need to have higher expectations of ourselves. The encouraging thing is that we finished the game well and the players showed a determination to get back into the game having gone a goal behind.”

Portsmouth: Henderson, Halford, Rocha, Pearce, Mattock, Ward, Thorne, Mullins, Huseklepp, Norris, Kitson. Unused Subs: Ashdown, Mokoena, Benjani, Ben Haim, Kanu.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Mills, St Ledger, Konchesky, Gallagher (Danns 65), King, Wellens, Dyer, Nugent, Beckford (Howard 65). Unused Subs: Weale, Bamba, Fernandes.

Referee: Phil Gibbs (West Midlands). Attendance: 14,391.

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Got, Not Got Authors Signing in Leicester Waterstones…

Derek Hammond and Gary Silke will be in the Highcross Branch of Waterstones on Saturday signing copies of their retro-football book GOT, NOT GOT…


Kicking off at 3pm, the same time as City at Portsmouth, we would love to see you if you are passing through what we still call the Shires.
We’ll have Stringer & Youngy on the radio and hoping we don’t get stuffed 6-1 like we did last season…

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Pearson’s Happy Homecoming

Leicester City 3:0 Crystal Palace

Nigel Pearson got his second spell as Leicester manager off to a flying start with a Paul Gallagher inspired 3-0 win against Crystal Palace at Filbert Way on Sunday…

In defence St Ledger stepped up to replace the suspended Bamba, while Pearson employed ‘his’ midfield of Dyer, King, Wellens and Gallagher in a standard 442. 
There was immediate eveidence of City attempting to get the ball forward more swiftly and early chances fell to Nugent and Gallagher, without reward.  Nugent’s header from a Peltier cross and Gallacher ‘sighter’ both being comfortably fielded by Speroni.
Otherwise it was a frustrating half with Beckford’s first touch seeming to have deserted him and Palace gaining confidence as City ran out of ideas.
The half fizzled out into a goalless stalemate.
Ten minutes into the second half City got the goal they desperately needed, following a good flowing move.
A Good run from Konchesky set up Wellens who teed up Beckford for a cool finish past Speroni from inside the area. A big roar of relief greeted this goal, and it’s importance for both team and player, but Beckford then wasted an easier chance two minutes later. 
City then sat back a bit and were living dangerously for a while…
Dikgacoi wasted a good chance from close in and then Martin headed straight at Schmeichel with the whole goal at his mercy.
However, this was soon forgotten when the crowd witnessed two pieces of Gallagher magic.
In the 70th minute Gallagher received a pass from Wellens and curled a superb shot into the top right hand corner from 25 yards.
Three minutes later Gallagher outdid that effort, latching on to a loose ball 30 yards out he arrowed a fantastic shot into the top left hand corner to raise the roof and seal the points.

With the game won Pearson gave Howard, Abe and Schlupp a run out, before pronouncing: “The key to our success today was that we imposed ourselves on Crystal Palace. The important thing is that the players enjoyed themselves. It is not a criticism of what has gone before but my job is to ensure the players play with a freedom to enjoy themselves.”

Hopefully Pearson will soon manage something that Sven couldn’t – a place in the top six.

City: Schmeichel, Peltier (Abe 76), Mills, St Ledger, Konchesky, Gallagher, Wellens, King, Dyer, Beckford (Schlupp 74), Nugent (Howard 75). Unused Subs: Weale, Danns.
Palace: Speroni; Clyne, McCarthy, Gardner, Moxey, Zaha, Wright, Jedinak, Parr (Martin 61), Dikgacoi (Scannell 61), Murray. Unused Subs: Price, Ambrose, Easter.

Referee: M Brown (East Yorkshire). Attendance: 22,449.

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Subscribe to The Fox fanzine for the 2011-12 season and you will recieve The FOX Summer Special 2011, a free set of four Leicester City postcards, issue 176 with the Andy Lochhead interview and issue 177 with the Andy King interview by return of post.…

Either pay via paypal using the blue button on the right, or send a cheque for £14.50 to:
The FOX, PO Box No 2, Cosby, Leicester, LE9 1zz.

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FOX 177 – on sale this afternoon…

FOX 177 – the Leicester City fanzine will be on sale at this afternoon’s game against Crystal Palace…

This issue features: An exclusive interview with Andy King; What Was the Year? Quiz; Odd One Out; Fully Programmed; Fox Diary; the latest from the Foxes Trust; Tales From the Riverbank; Rewind – Sven and Nige’s lukewarm handshake; the Chris Lymn Column; an extract from our new book ‘GOT, NOT GOT’; John Hutchinson’s From the Archives; your letters and Bentley’s Roof; the latest adventures of Fanatical Frank; and Parting Shots…

It’s the most fun you can have for two quid.

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Subscribe to The Fox fanzine for the 2011-12 season and you will recieve The FOX Summer Special 2011, a free set of four Leicester City postcards, issue 176 with the Andy Lochhead interview and issue 177 with the Andy King interview by return of post.…

Either pay via paypal using the blue button on the right, or send a cheque for £14.50 to:
The FOX, PO Box No 2, Cosby, Leicester, LE9 1zz.

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Nigel Pearson Returns to Leicester City

Nigel Pearson was appointed manager of Leicester for a second time, the long-anticipated deal finally being ironed out this evening…

The 48 year old has signed a contract until the end of the 2013-14 season and will bring his assistants Craig Shakespeare and Steve Walsh back from Hull with him.
In his previous spell as City boss during the Milan Mandaric regime the former Middlesbrough player led the club to a very welcome instant return from League One as Champions and then achieved a Championship play-off at the first attempt.
After his Humberside sojourn Pearson now has the chance to pick up where he left off before his relationship with Mandaric deteriorated until he had little choice but to leave.

He will take training for the first time tomorrow morning in preparation for Sunday’s game against Crystal Palace.

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Subscribe to The Fox fanzine for the 2011-12 season and you will recieve The FOX Summer Special 2011 a free set of four Leicester City postcards, issue 176 with the Andy Lochhead interview and issue 177 with an Andy King interview and the reaction to Pearson’s return by the end of this week.…

Either pay via paypal using the blue button on the right, or send a cheque for £14.50 to:
The FOX, PO Box No 2, Cosby, Leicester, LE9 1zz.

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Pearson Move Delayed

Nigel Pearson’s move from Hull to Leicester has been delayed while the two clubs hammer out a compensation deal.

Hull’s owners, knowing that Leicester’s owners have plenty to spare, are holding out for more than the £400,000 on offer as a pay off for the Humberside club losing their manager as well as his backroom staff comprising of Craig Shakespeare and Steve Walsh.
The deal has obviously gone too far down the road to be reversered but should make for an interesting game of poker over the next day or so. 

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Subscribe to The Fox fanzine for the 2011-12 season and you will recieve The FOX Summer Special 2011 a free set of four Leicester City postcards, and issue 176 with the Andy Lochhead interview by return of post.…

Either pay via paypal using the blue button on the right, or send a cheque for £14.50 to:
The FOX, PO Box No 2, Cosby, Leicester, LE9 1zz.

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