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City and Forest in Game Almost Without Incident

Leicester City 0:0 Nottingham Forest

There was a poor turnout by both sets of fans this this local derby, which felt like just another midweek game down at the KPS, and it brought to mind Danny Baker’s quote about: “Two dogs fighting over a rubber bone.”

Nigel Pearson made one change to his side with Bamba in for the suspended Danns and Schmeichel wearing the captain’s armband.
Forest had the early chances with Blackstock sending an effort drifting wide  of the left hand post, and Schmeichel blocking Guedioura from point-blank range but that proved to be the extent of Forest’s ambition.
Steve Cotterill’s side had come to defend a point and they achieved that with a defensive set-up and that City just couldn’t find a way round.
Chances were few and far between. Bamba produced a good save from Camp with a low shot; and Marshall went close to an opener with a curving shot from 20 yards that Camp tipped away at full stretch. Dyer also went close, but that was it for the first half, and the second half was virtually incident-free.
In the 75th minute Blackstock headed an easy chance against the bar but even then the linesman’s flag was raised.
Howard and Schlupp were brought on, but made no impression on Forest’s stubborn defence as the game drifted to it’s goalless conclusion.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Morgan, St Ledger, Konchesky, Marshall, Bamba, Drinkwater, Dyer (Howard 78), Beckford, Nugent (Schlupp 64). Unused Subs: King, Kennedy, Moore.
Forest: Camp, Wootton, Chambers, Lynch, Cunningham, Majewski (Tudgay 68), Moussi, Guedioura, Gunter, Blackstock, Reid (Higginbotham 90). Unused Subs: Smith, McGugan, Miller.

Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire). Attendance: 23,412.

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Ten Man City See Off Tigers

Leicester City 2:1 Hull City

City recovered from a poor start and a sending off to claim all three points against Hull at the KPS on Saturday.

Nigel Pearson made one change to the line up that drew at Blackpool bringing Marshall in for the injured Wellens against the side he was in charge of when the season kicked off.
But City got off to a poor start and went a goal down in the 8th minute.
Danns lost the ball in the middle of the park and McKenna sent Fryatt through on goal, showing what seemed to be an improved turn of pace from his days in blue he outstripped St Ledger before slipping the ball deftly past the onrushing  Schemichel.
The large Hull following had ten minutes to celebrate before City equalised. Dyer latching on to a Marshall ball down the right and cutting inside Dawson before unleashing a fierce left-footer that Mannone could only help on its way into the net.
If this cheered up the home crowd then things got even better a minute later when Marshall strode through the middle and fired a 30 yarder past Mannone to give City the lead.
Marshall, who had scored a similar effort at Chelsea, was man of the moment, L1 inventing a new song for him as he fired another shot over the bar.
City went in at half time with the lead, with Hull rarely threatening after Fryatt’s opener.
City started the second half in the same fashion and persistent work from Dyer saw him firing into the side-netting from an acute angle.

But just seven minutes into the second half City were reduced to ten men when Danns was given a straight red for a lunging challenge on McKenna. Although the Hull man also flew into the tackle Danns appeared to be punished for emerging with the ball, and his cause was not helped by some Hull player’s reaction.
Brady hit the post soon after, but that was the nearest Hull got to an equaliser.
Bamba came on to strengthen the defence  and also struck the left hand post with a volley, while Drinkwater shot tamely at Mannone after doing well to set himself up with the opportunity.
City weren’t really stretched in the closing stages and Beckford and Dyer put in a big shift, hitting Hull on the break and denying them the chance to build a spell of pressure.
The final whistle heralded three points, though surely it is too late for City to snatch a play-off place?

Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Morgan, St Ledger, Konchesky, Danns, Drinkwater, Marshall (Kennedy 85), Dyer, Beckford, Nugent (Bamba 67). Unused Subs: Howard, Schlupp, Hopper.
Hull: Mannone, Rosenior,Chester,Hobbs, Dawson, McKenna, Evans (Mclean85), Cairney (Brady 58), King (Cullen 78), Fryatt, Stewart. Unused Subs: Dudgeon, Gulacsi.

Referee: N Miller (CountyDurham).  Attendance: 23,759.

 

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City’s Play-Off Hopes Beached

Blackpool 3:3 Leicester City

City’s outside hopes of a late run into the play-off positions were dealt a near terminal blow on Wednesday night with a late goal for Blackpool rounding off a 3-3 draw…

Nigel Pearson brought Peltier and Drinkwater into the starting line-up for a game that City really had to win, but the contest got off to a turgid start.
Very little happened until the half hour mark when Nugent was tripped in the penalty area by Eardley for what looked like a nailed on penalty. The spot kick wasn’t awarded by referee Michaeil Naylor, and to add insult to injury a bemused Nugent was shown a yellow card for diving.
Three minutes later Phillips put Blackpool ahead, nodding home an Ince corner at the far post.
City were stung by the injustice of this and summoned up an equaliser within five minutes, Drinkwater sending Beckford through for a cool finish past Gilks.
Blackpool seemed to emerge from the tunnel with the greater purpose and the formerly underemployed Schmiechel had to be sharp to deny efforts from Taylor-Fletcher and Crainey.
But it was City who took a 54th minute lead when a slackly marked Nugent rose to nod home a Drinkwater corner.
City pushed on, trying to seal the game but Danns fired over when well placed.
With 20 minutes remaining the lumbering figure of Bednar, on as sub, showed a goalscoring prowess he hadn’t managed at Leicester, levelling matters with a low shot past Schmeichel after outpacing City’s defence.
But City weren’t giving up and three minutes later Marshall, just on as sub, set Beckford up for his second of the game, a downward header past Gilks.
Sadly City’s defending let them down yet again in time added on.
Phillips grabbing his second from a ball squared to him by Ince.
It was a cruel late blow for City, but a team that concedes readily so readily cannot expect to compete in the play-offs.

Blackpool: Gilks, Eardley (Bednar 65 (LuaLua 75)), Baptiste, Evatt, Crainey, Southern (Sylvestre 65), Taylor-Fletcher,Ferguson, M Phillips, K Phillips, Ince. Unused Subs: Cathcart, Dicko.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Morgan, St Ledger, Konchesky, Danns, Drinkwater (Bamba 87), Wellens (Marshall 72), Dyer, Beckford, Nugent (Schlupp 88). Unused Subs: Howard, Kennedy.

Referee: Michael Naylor (South Yorkshire). Attendance: 12,485.
 

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City Stumble at Stamford Bridge

FA Cup 6th Round: Chelsea 5:2 Leicester City

City’s FA Cup run came to a halt at the quarter-final stage at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, as they were outclassed by a superior Chelsea side…
Nigel Pearson made one change to the side that beat Birmingham, with Konchesky regaining his place, but it was always a tall order for City against the Champions League quarter-finalists and it became even more daunting in the 12th minute.
City had enjoyed a good attacking start to the game, but fell behind when Mata delivered a corner from the right which saw Cahill outjump Bamba to nod home.
The tie was all but settled just six minutes lkater when Torres showed lightning pace on the break to square for Kalou to slot past Schmeichel.

Already it seemed to be a case of damage limitation, and at least this was achieved, as Sturridge and Torres missed good chances and and then Schmeichel produced a fine save to deny Torres again.
There were a couple of chances for City but Danns had his effort saved by Cech and Dyer failed to find the target.
Gallagher, ended a poor game limping out of the action just before the break, replaced by Peltier who took on a defensive midfield role.
City had a decent spell early in the second half but, almost inevitably, Torres then ended his long goal drought in the 67th minute after being fed a ball from Meireles to a great outpouring of emotion from 32,000 members of the 38,000 crowd.
The travelling City fans had something to cheer at last in the 77th minute when City Man of the Match Danns battled his way through and sent a shot against the right hand post where Beckford was well placed to tidy up.
His over-long celebrations suggested something of a ‘just pleased to have got a goal’ attitude rather than grabbing the ball and racing back to the centre-circle.
Eight minutes later Torres proved that lightning can strike twice drifting in at the near post without anyone picking him up at a corner, to notch Chelsea’s fourth.
With two minutes of normal time remaining substitute Marshall cut in from the left to fire home a fine 25 yarder, but still  Roberto Di Matteo’s side had the final word. Into time added on Torres returned a favour setting up Meireles for Chelsea’s fifth.
City were well beaten by a side that didn’t include Terry, Drogba or Lampard and, in truth, never had to move out of third gear.
For many City’s disappointing season ended here, though the more wildly optimistic may still hold out hope that we have a chance of reaching the play-offs.

Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic (Luiz 76), Cahill, Bertrand, Mikel, Meireles, Sturridge, Mata (Malouda 46), Kalou (Essien 63), Torres. Unused Subs: Hilario, Lampard, Drogba, Ferreira.
Leicester: Schmeichel, St Ledger (Schlupp 63), Morgan, Bamba, Konchesky, Gallagher (Peltier 43), Danns, Wellens (Marshall 83), Dyer, Beckford, Nugent. Unused Subs: Smith, Howard, Kennedy, Hopper.

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire). Attendance: 38,276.

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City Give Birmingham the Blues

Leicester City 3:1 Birmingham City

A gradually improving performance from City brought a 3-1 victory over Birmingham at the KPS on Tuesday night…

Lee Peltier’s absence caused a defensive reshuffle and Matt Mills was back in the squad after a recent fall out.
The game got off to a lively start with Danns sending a couple of speculative efforts narrowly high and wide, but Birmingham drew first blood after 20 minutes. Referee Martin Russell obviously believed that a giant like Zigic would have to be pushed to fall over, which was harsh on Kennedy who had put in a decent challenge. Elliott sent Schmeichel the wrong way with his spot-kick to put Blues ahead.
It almost got worse for City on the half hour when Zigic sent a firm header against the underside of the bar during a frantic moment which also saw St Ledger clearing off the line.
Having survived this City then equalised four minutes later. Kennedy’s cross from the left was hit against the post by Nugent but Beckford was in the right place to net the loose ball from two inches out.
Nugent went close with another shot, but the sides went in level at the break.
City took control in the second half with the visitors restricted to break-away moves.
Gallagher wasted a free-kick before bowing out of the action, replaced by Marshall on the hour., but it was the substituion of Schlupp for Nugent that really turned the game.
After Schmeichel was forced into a rare save to deny a well struck Burke effort, it was all City.
Wellens fired in a fierce shot which Myhill could only parry but  Beckford’s over elaborate overhead kick failed to find the mark when he had more time.
Having struggled with a passing game due to Birmingham’s tight marking they began to play a ball over the defence to utilise the pace of Beckford and Schlupp, exposing the visitors back line.
Myhill then denied Dyer with a fine save but City were rampant now and a ball over the defence from Kennedy sent Schlupp racing through to slot the ball past Myhill and give City the lead.
In the fifth minute of time added on Marshall sent Beckford in for a similar goal to underline City’s second half superiority, and leave us wondering why this side wasn’t higher up the table.
Cardiff’s 3-0 defeat at home to Hull left City six points shy of a play-off place…

Leicester: Schmeichel, St Ledger, Morgan, Bamba, Kennedy, Gallagher (Marshall 61), Danns, Wellens, Dyer, Beckford, Nugent (Schlupp 70). Unused Subs: Mills, Howard, Drinkwater.
Birmingham: Myhill, Spector (Pablo 10), Davies, Caldwell, Ramage (Huseklepp 81), Burke, Fahey, N’Daw, Townsend, Elliott, Zigic (King 65). Unused Subs: Doyle, Gomis.

Referee: Mick Russell (Hertfordshire). Attendance:21,092.

 

 

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Odd One Out

Guess which is the Odd One Out here…

and here…

If you managed to get them without peeking at the answers at the bottom then you should probably be buying The FOX fanzine.
The 25th Anniversary issue will be on sale at the game tonight, priced just £2, from these two points..

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A Right Royal Thumping…

Reading 3:1 Leicester City


It was déjà vu for City at the Mad Stad as they ran headlong in to a Reading side that comfortably notched up their eighth successive win in a manner identical to twelve months previously, the last time City played at Reading.

Nigel Pearson made just one change from the side that lost so disappointingly at Bristol City with Drinkwater replacing Marshall but they were soon on the back foot as the Royals laid siege to City’s goal. In one frantic spell Schmeichel dived low to keep out Hunt’s shot and then Morgan and St Ledger both headed off the line in the space of a few seconds as City somehow survived.
It wasn’t long before the home side had the advantage when McAnuff laid the ball in to the path of the onrushing Leigertwood who drove the ball handsomely past Schmeichel and in to the top corner from twenty yards.
City had little to offer in response and were unable to keep the ball as Reading owned the midfield and continued to play most of their football in City’s half. Half time arrived to City’s relief and gave them a chance to regroup but, surprisingly, Nigel Pearson chose to replace Beckford with Howard and Kennedy with Bamba, with St Ledger moving to left back.
The visitors began the second half with more purpose and were able to put some pressure on the Royals’ defence but despite this pressure there was little in the way of a serious threat to Federici’s goal.
Nugent worked hard and created a couple of shots that both went wide and the end product was lacking. Despite City’s possession and pressure it was Reading who continued to look the more dangerous side with real pace on the break that eventually brought reward in the 75th  minute when Hunt’s cross was met by Roberts from six yards and he side-footed home to give Reading some breathing space.
This was the cue for the home fans to sing “Where the f**k is Matty Mills?” and this was followed up soon after with “You could have had him for a tenner”.
In the final minute Reading added a third and once again Hunt was the provider from the right wing as his cross was headed home at the far post by Church.
There was just time for Danns to add a consolation as City fans headed for the exits and he had time to control a loose ball before he drove low in to the corner from ten yards.

So Reading continue their march up the league and City fans are left to contemplate a second defeat on the road in the space of five days and an infuriating inconsistency. City were second best all over the park today against a side that was confident and has now beaten City five times in a row. Reading aren’t blessed with a highly talented side but what they have is pace and a phenomenal work ethic which City couldn’t handle.
It serves as a reminder (as if it were needed) that Nigel Pearson’s side still has a long way to go.

Reading: Federici, Cummings, Pearce, Gorkss, Harte, McAnuff, Karacan, Leigertwood, Robson-Kanu, Hunt, Roberts (Church 84). Unused Subs: Tabb, Le Fondre, Andersen, Cywka.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Morgan, St Ledger, Kennedy (Bamba 46), Drinkwater (Gallagher 74), Danns, Wellens, Dyer, Beckford (Howard 46), Nugent. Unused Subs: Marshall, Schlupp.

Referee: B Madley (West Yorkshire). Attendance: 21,858.

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