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Leicester’s Cup Hopes Go for a Burton…

Leicester City 2:4 Burton Albion

Leicester were humiliated by League Two side Burton Albion in the League Cup 2nd round game at the KPS on Tuesday night, the Brewers winning 4-2…

Nigel Pearson made eight changes to his previously unchanged side but the theme of this season to date – missed chances – continued to haunt them.
Burton, on the other hand, showed great economy of chances to goals.
Gary Rowett’s side went 1-0 up when a Palmer free-kick was defelcted past Schmeichel.
Up until the break City created plenty of chances: De Laet, Schlupp, Gallagher, Waghorn and Knockaert all either missed the target or found Albion keeper Atkins in a defiant mood.
The second half was a different story with Burton moving up a gear and stunning a small KPS crowd.
In the 53rd minute a glaring error from debutant Whitbread allowed Taylor in for a neat finish past the exposed Schmeichel to put Burton two up.
That lead was reduced on the hour when Knockaert, probably City’s best player on a bad night,  fired home a spectacular long-range free-kick.
But the visitors were back in the driving seat just four minutes later when the ref harshly judged St Ledger to have handled when it looked like a yellow shirt had been the offender. Weir fired home from 12 yards to increase Nigel Pearson’s misery.
In the 68th minute Maghoma completely deceived Schmeichel with a fierce shot to make it 4-1 and City fans began to head for the exits.
Futacs, on for Gallagher, pulled a goal back with a looping volley, but City were well beaten by their lower league opposition who gave them a lesson in taking your chances…

League leaders Blackpool are the next visitors to the KPS on Saturday and a vast improvement will be required…

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, St Ledger, Whitbread, Konchesky, Gallagher (Futacs 56), Danns, James, Knockaert (King 73), Waghorn, Schlupp (Nugent 65). Unused Subs: Morgan, Logan, Beckford, Moore.
Burton: Atkins; O’Connor, Diamond, Holness, McCrory, Weir, Bell, Maghoma; Taylor (Dyer 62), Zola (Yussuf 81), Palmer (Kee 86). Unused Subs: Lyness, Corbett, Webster, Richards.

Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire). Attendance: 8,560 (662 away).

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Leicester v Burton – a fixture with some history…

Leicester City meet neighbours Burton Albion at the KPS in the League Cup tonight, a fixture which brings back some memories…

In 1985 City were drawn away at then non-league Burton Albion in the third round of the FA Cup.
It was soon decided that the Brewers’ Eton Park ground would not be able to cope with the fixture and it was moved to the Baseball Ground, Derby.


This proved to be a bad idea, with City’s 6-1 victory being played out against a backdrop of almost constant crowd violence. 1985 was the high water mark for football violence and large numbers of Derby and Leicester hooligans had turned out in a 22,000 crowd.
At one stage the Burton keeper Paul Evans was felled by a missile requiring lengthy treatment, and Burton boss Neil Warnock demanded that the game be replayed.

He got his wish, Gary Lineker’s hat-trick was wiped from the record books and the two sides met again behind closed doors at Coventry’s Highfield Road.
It was a closer encounter with Paul Ramsey scoring the only goal of the game to see City into the fourth round.

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Pointless at Ewood

Blackburn Rovers 2:1 Leicester City

For the second time in four days City found themselves wondering how they lost a game that they could have comfortably won. It was another match that they dominated for long spells and managed more shots than the home side but the outcome was the same – defeat.

Nigel Pearson made two changes to the side that started at Charlton and restored King and Nugent to the side in place of Matty James and Jermaine Beckford and it was Nugent that had the first opportunity to give City the lead on 12 minutes in a bright start when he met Marshall’s cross but his point-blank header was somehow saved by Paul Robinson when a goal looked certain. Nugent and Kinfg then combined to unlock Rovers’ defence and King stepped inside the defender only for his goal-bound side foot shot to be blocked by Scott Dann.

Almost inevitably it was Rovers that took the lead from a breakaway on 32 minutes as City were applying more pressure. Jason Lowe’s harmless-looking ball across the edge of the penalty area was met by Gomes who swung his right foot at the ball, first time, and the shot flew low in to Schmeichel’s net with the keeper clearly impeded by a Rovers’ forward in an offside position just a couple of yards in front of him. The flag stayed down and the goal stood. But City came straight back at Rovers and Vardy rolled the ball in to the path of David Nugent who stung Robinson’s hands with a thumping low drive from 18 yards.

City began the second half in a positive mood and Rovers were again on the back foot, relying on breakaways so it was no surprise when the equaliser came on 55 minutes from a delighted Jamie Vardy. A long through ball looked harmless enough until Scott Dann made a mess of helping the ball back to his keeper and the ball fell short, in to the path of Vardy who side footed past Robinson. At this point City had their tails up and looked the more likely winners and Konchesky came close to giving them the lead when, following a Marshall free kick in to the wall, he hit the rebound goalwards only for Danny Murphy to block the ball on the line.

If that was hard to take then a few minutes later City were fuming at the officials when a perfectly good goal from Vardy was ruled out. Substitute Anthony Knockaert crossed deep for Vardy to power a great header beyond Robinson but the flag went up for an offside against Nugent who was a mere spectator to Vardy’s excellent goal. The official’s error was compounded 4 minutes later when Rover’s stole a winner on 80 minutes. A long range shot from Rochina was deflected and looped up for Morten Gamst Pedersen on the left of the area. He brought it down superbly with his left foot to wrong foot De Laet completely and curled the ball round Morgan and beyond Schmeichel and in off the far post. It was a goal reminiscent of Dennis Bergkamp against City in the famous 3-3 draw but hardly deserved by Rovers who had been hanging on for a draw at that point.

There was no reply from City this time and they were left to reflect on a fruitless away trip which was down to Paul Robinson’s brilliance, poor finishing and bad luck.  There is clearly sympathy for Nigel Pearson’s side at the moment who are playing good football for no reward but sooner or later the results need to turn and good performances need to turn in to points. That will only happen when they are tighter at the back and sharper in front of goal.

Blackburn: Robinson, Ribero, Dann, Givet, Olsson, Lowe, Murphy (c), Etuhu, Pedersen, Gomes (Rochina 77), Edinho (Goodwillie 46).Unused subs: Kean, Nunes, Formica, Jorge, Hanley.

City: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan (c), Moore, Konchesky, Marshall (Beckford 90), King, Drinkwater (Danns 77), Dyer (Knockaert 69), Nugent, Vardy.Unused subs: Logan, Waghorn, James, Schlupp.

Referee: R Madley (West Yorkshire)

Attendance: 13,359

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Leicester City fans – It’s not too late….

… to get hold of The FOX Summer Special 2012, though we are halfway down the last box…

Packed with summer fun, this issue features: an interview with Football League chairman (and Leicester City fan) Greg Clarke; a review of last season; our thoughts on the new Puma kit; a look back at Ten years of Filbert Way; Your Guide to the Championship; Tales From the Riverbank;  an introduction to Fox Photos; Rewind – with Alan Young and Gary Lineker on holiday in Torremilinos in ’82; Wag Tales – From Our Man in Poland; the results of Player/Villain/Goal of the Season; The ever-insightful Chris Lymn Column; the City fan who applies for all vacant football manager’s jobs!;  Out of the Box – John Hutchinson’s tour round the City archives; your letters, e-mails and messages… and the latest adventures of FortySomething…

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Leicester’s Valley of Missed Chances

Charlton Athletic 2:1 Leicester City

City lost 2-1 at Charlton on Tuesday night, largely due to an inability to cash in on a bucketful of goalscoring opportunities…

Unchanged for the third game running City made a bright start against former-fox Chris Powell’s newly promoted side. Vardy and Dyer both missed chances in what was to become a theme for the night.
And Charlton, presented with a half-chance of their own in the 19th minute, gleefully took it, Wright-Phillips reacting more swiftly than City’s defence to thread a shot past Schmeichel from the edge of the area.
Charlton had their tails up now and Cort should have made it 2-0 with a header but was denied by a Schmeichel save.
With City’s defence looking shaky the home side doubled their lead in the 32nd minute. Predictably it was disgraced former-Leicester player who did the damage, getting to a Jackson throw-in ahead of his marker to finish from 12 yards.
His message to the City fans who had booed him all evening was clear: ‘Shhhh’.

City rallied a little up to the break with chances for Beckford and Vardy but they had a mountain to climb in the second half.
Nigel Pearson brought King and Nugent on for James and Beckford and they were both involved in City’s goal seven minutes into the half.
Good work from Nugent set Marshall up for a cross which King, ghosted into the box in typical fashion, fired past Hamer.
The City fans were in good voice as their team went in search of an equaliser, but despite a large number of reasonable and downright easy chances, they couldn’t find the net again. A Vardy header and a Nugent volley went begging before Knockeart was introduced for Marshall.
Dyer (several times), King (twice), Knockeart and Vardy all wasted chances with perhaps the latter being the most glaring of all four minutes into time added on as the game finally slipped away from City.

Played two, won one, lost one…  sound familiar?

Charlton: Hamer, Solly, Cort, Morrison, Wiggins, Pritchard, Stephens (Wilson 81), Hollands, Jackson (Kerker 87), Wright-Phillips (Cook 90), Kermorgant. Unused Subs: Sullivan, Taylor, Green, Smith.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Marshall (Knockaert 64), Drinkwater, James (King 46), Dyer, Beckford (Nugent 46), Vardy. Unused Subs: Danns, Logan, Waghorn, Schlupp.

Attendance: 16,658 (1,628 away). Referee: Fred Graham (Essex).

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Leicester Face Kermorgant in the Valley

Leicester travel to Charlton tonight for their first away game of the season, and former City-favourite Chris Powell’s side should have a certain Yann Kermorgant up front… 

Yann was the man who elected to chip his penalty in the Play-Off semi-final shoot-out at Cardiff, and it didn’t go terribly well. He never made another appearance for City but has carved out a decent career at the Valley.

Nigel Pearson is understandably trying to play down the Yann Factor in tonight’s game:
“Both he  and Bradley Wright-Phillips, who I have also worked with, had a pretty successful partnership last season. We have to be aware of their strengths but, in terms of what has happened before, people will revisit that evening, but I am focused on this game and not sub-plots.
It is important that myself, the staff and the players are focused on the game and nothing else.”

Kermorgant is 2/1 to score in the 90 minutes on Skybet…

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Leicester See Off Posh in Season Opener

Leicester City 2:0 Peterborough United

Nigel Pearson’s side eventually managed a comfortable 2-0 win over Peterborough at the KPS on Saturday, after a frustrating first half…

A new look City, with De Laet, James and Vardy making their league debuts, suffered a frustrating first half with Peterborough keeping possession well but entertaining few thoughts of going forward.
Up until the 37th minute City had only a wayward Dyer shot and an off-target Da Laet header to their name, but then debutant keeper Olejnik got down smartly to save from his own defender Zakuani after he had intercepted a Vardy cross.
Up to the break Beckford headed a Marshall cross wide and another Dyer effort threatened the corner flag more than the goal.
Peterborough’s best chance came a couple of minutes into the second half when Schmeichel stung his hands blocking a fierce Taylor drive.
But it was City who took a 51st minute lead when captain Morgan battled his way through the defence to head a Marshall corner in off the underside of the bar.
The game opened up and Vardy went close to opening his City account a couple of times, but had to be content with an assist as City extended their lead in the 75th minute. He beat Brisley down the left setting up King (on for James) for a sweet strike from the edge of the area.
That was game over with Schmeichel dealing with a couple of late Posh efforts,  and substitute Knockeart putting in an entertaining performance that veered between the sublime and the ridiculous.

It was a pleasing start to the season, described by Nigel Pearson as: “All in all it’s a good afternoon’s work.”

Leicester: Schmeichel; De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Marshall, James (King 56), Drinkwater, Dyer (Knockaert 66), Beckford (Nugent 74), Vardy. Unused Subs: Danns, Logan, Waghorn, Schlupp.
Peterborough: Olejnik, Alcock (Little 80), Brisley, Zakuani, Ntlhe, Frecklington (McCann 76), Newell (Sinclair 66), Boyd, Bostwick, Taylor, Tomlin. Unused Subs: Swanson, Day, Knight-Percival, Clarke-Harris.
 
Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)
 
Attendance: 23,863

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