Monthly Archives: September 2012

Nugent Hat-trick Preserves City’s 100% Home Record

Leicester City 3:1 Hull City

City made it four wins from four at the KPS this season with a rain-soaked 3-1 victory against Hull City on Sunday Afternoon, David Nugent the star of the show with a hat-trick.

Nugent kicked off his scoring spree in the 7th minute when a Drinkwater shot landed at his feet and he coolly beat Amos in the Tigers’ goal with a left footed finish.
Vardy had a couple of chances to extend City’s lead but Amos denied him with a fantastic save and then Faye cleared another effort off the line.
Instead it was Hull who were next on the scoresheet in the 26th minute, breaking swiftly Aluko squared for  Simpson to sidefoot past Schmeichel.
But City restored their lead three minutes from the break when Knockeart, having a fantastic game, crossed for Nugent to head home.
Vardy had another chance to score early in the second half when a probing Knockeart ball found him in space, but again his effort was too close to Amos, who saved well.
There was a nervous moment up the other end as the alert Schmeichel tipped a well struck Aluko 20 yarder round his left hand post. Then Knockeart kept Amos on his toes with a long range effort.
Steve Bruce then went into a gibbering rage at the linesman over a throw-in decision, before being dismissed and embarking on an undignified tour of the West Stand.
When all that had settled down the fourth official held up 6 minutes on the board and Elmohamady saw Knockeart clear his goalbound effort off the line. But any tension was soon dispelled when Nugent put the game beyond the visitors by completing his hat-trick.
A three-man break saw Waghorn pass to Dyer who then sent Nugent through to complete a ‘perfect’ hat-trick with a right -footed finish.

Six points at home in five days saw City move up to 7th place, if the away form can improve then City must surely establish themselves in the play-off frame?

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, St Ledger, Konchesky, James (King 70), Drinkwater, Vardy (Waghorn 74), Knockaert, Marshall (Dyer 85), Nugent. Unused Subs: Whitbread, Logan, Schlupp, Futacs.
Hull: Amos, Chester, Faye (Proschwitz 78), Bruce, Elmohamady, Koren, Evans (Olofinjana 78), Quinn, Dudgeon (Rosenior 70), Aluko, Simpson. Unused Subs: Oxley, Dawson, McShane, Mclean.
 
Referee: E.Ilderton (Tyne & Wear). Attendance: 20,815. 

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City Overcome Non-Vintage Clarets…

Leicester City 2:1 Burnley City made hard work of beating an average-looking Burnley side, but got there in the end with a 2-1 win at the KPS on Wednesday night… Nigel Pearson made three changes to the side that lost at Wolves with St Ledger, Knockeart and James in for Moore, Dyer and King. Having made all the early running in front of a sparse crowd City fell behind to Burnley’s first attempt on goal in the 10th minute. Paterson’s cut back was fired home by Marney, who actually managed to break the goal-rigging, the restart being held up by a couple of minutes. City’s response didn’t overly trouble the visitors. Marshall and Knockeart forced Grant into regulations saves from distance, and Nugent got a little closer with his effort skimming the crossbar. Otherwise it was a poor half for City and they were resoundingly booed off at the half time whistle. Things improved in the second half with Knockeart given a roaming brief, and City quickly equalised. A throw from Marshall saw Vardy tee up Nugent  who found the net with an untidy finish. Having waited eleven games for his 100th career goal, he didn’t care. Ten minutes later City went ahead, although again it wasn’t the crispest connection.
Vardy ran onto a ball down the right from Knockeart and fired in a shot which took a deflection off Shackell that carried the ball over Grant and in at the far post.
City failed to find a third that would have made life more comfortable, with Marshall, and subs Waghorn and Dyer all wasting chances, and a late Burnley revival almost brought them a point. But Shackell hit the post and Schmeichel pulled off a fine save to deny Vokes.
The final whistle saw City’s 100% record at home still intact and a rise up the table to one point away from the play-off positions.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, St Ledger, Konchesky, Knockaert, Drinkwater, James, Marshall (Dyer 75), Nugent (Futacs 89), Vardy (Waghorn 75). Unused Subs: Whitbread, Danns, Logan, Beckford.
Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Edgar, Shackell, Mills (Wallace 75), Marney, Stock (Mee 61), McCann, Stanislas, Paterson (Vokes 61), Stewart. Unused Subs: Jensen, O’Neill, Bartley, Hewitt.
  
Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire). Attendance: 18,480.

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Leicester Lapses Hand Wolves Three Points

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2:1 Leicester City

City have now gone three away games without a point after two defensive lapses led to Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Molineux…

City, with De Laet in for St Ledger, enjoyed a decent start to the game with their passing game beginning to take shape.
But they found themsleves a goal down in the 13th minute when Konchesky failed to pick up Ebanks-Blake at a Sako free-kick and he had a simple nod past Schmeichel to put the home side ahead.
Six minutes later Schmeichel  did brilliantly well to tip away a  Doyle curler at full stretch after Moore had lost possession. But it was only a temporary repreive with  the resulting Sako corner finding Stearman completely unmarked eight yards out. The former City man fired home via a Schmeichel touch and the crossbar to leave Nigel Pearson despairing on the touchline.
City kept plugging away, although they lost King on the half hour, and the pink-booted Marshall forced a fine save from Ikeme; while Nugent fired a decent chance over the bar.
Nigel Pearson brought Knockeart on for Dyer for the second half as City pressed forward trying to salvage something from the wreckage.
Ikeme was fortunate to block with his feet after Vardy got his head to a Marshall cross.
City finally made a breakthrough with 20 minutes remaining – Drinkwater sending a crossfield pass to Konchesky, who took a touch before rocketing home a sensational 35 yarder.
Inspired by Knockeart, City chased an equaliser, but Nugent headed agonisingly wide and substitute Waghorn fired against the post when through on the keeper.
Another decent performance had proved pointless because of those two defensive lapses.
With his two predecessors being axed in October, Wednesday night’s game against Burnley will be a huge one for Nigel Pearson…

Wolves: Ikeme, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Peszko (Boukari 74), Henry, Doumbia (Edwards 66), Sako, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake (Sigurdarson 76). Unused Subs: Davis, De Fries, Foley, Margreitter.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Marshall, King (James 31), Drinkwater, Dyer (Knockaert 46), Nugent, Vardy (Waghorn 72). Unused Subs: St Ledger, Logan, Beckford, Futacs.

Referee: Stuart Atwell (Warwickshire). Attendance: 20,030.

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Leicester City – a Decade in the Walkers – KPS…

The Busy Fan’s Guide to Ten Eventful Years… for those of us who have trouble distinguishing one season from another in the last decade…

2002-03  An Atletico Bilbao friendly opens new stadium after proposed new name Bowl rejected by fans. New (old) club name Fosse also binned. Promoted back to Premier with Micky Adams second behind Portsmouth. Dickov and Deane share 30 goals. Muzzy Izzet plays for Turkey in World Cup finals. The club goes into administration in October.

2003-04  A disastrous Premier League season sees early relegation with three home wins and 33 points. Players tangle with prostitutes in La Manga to delight of national press and dismay of club and fans. A mentally drained Adams resigns in October, replaced by Craig Levein. Theo Zagorakis lifts Euro Cup for Greece. Best ever home league attendance of 32,148 for Newcastle visit.

2004-05  Celtic are pre-season guests. New FA ‘points deduction’ rule introduced for administration. Secret talks with Tigers on ground share. Finish 15th with 6,500 average disappearing off gate. David Connolly is top scorer with 13 goals.

2005-06  Poor start sees Craig Levein sacked by January. After weeks of searching, assistant manager Rob Kelly sees out season to finish 16th. Hume top scores with 9 and attendances slump to under 22,000 in a pretty forgettable twelve months.

2006-07  Financial stagnation sees the club sold to Milan Mandaric. Rob Kelly gives way to Nigel Worthington who does enough to preserve second tier status. It’s not enough for Mandaric who appoints Martin Allen to general puzzlement. Iain Hume top scores with 13+1.

2007-08  Despite a good win over the league leaders, Watford, Allen is sacked after a handful of games with Mandaric saying ‘it wasn’t working out’. Gary Megson comes, looks round briefly and goes, making way for Ian Holloway. Loanee Clive Clarke recovers from a dressing room heart attack. Holloway, having arrived in November, cannot arrest slide to avoid relegation to third tier for first time, sacked in May. Replaced by Nigel Pearson as club reaches lowest ebb ever. Topps Tiles replace Alliance and Leicester as shirt sponsors.

2008-09  Pearson escapes the third tier with some panache as League One Championship is won. Club achieves longest unbeaten league run, 23 games from November to March. Fryatt (who wins Best Player in Division award) and Howard share forty seven goals. Lowest Walker’s average league attendance of 20,253 includes stadium’s lowest league gate of 16,378 for Stockport visit.

2009-10  Promotion impetus continues for best finish in years as fifth place wins play off place but painful experience of failure in play off semis after penalty shoot out in Cardiff. Here surely is the man to get the club going again but Mandaric again screws up by forcing close season departure of disillusioned Pearson. Matty Fryatt again top scorer with 11+2 goals but Martin Waghorn hits twelve in league.

2010-11  Mandaric, despite (because of?) seeking a new buyer for club, recruits (another) puzzling choice, Paulo Sousa, who is club‘s first non British manager. But only one win in first nine condemns season to catch up struggle. As team hit the bottom of the table Sousa is sacked as new owners, a Thai consortium, have seen enough of Mandaric’s last appointment. They demonstrate their ambition by appointing club’s biggest ever name, Sven Goran Eriksson in October to general approval. Having missed the transfer season he brings in several eye catching loan signings. After a steady rise up the table, a late slump ends promotion challenge. Welcome new investment in training facilities and pitch. Shirts rebranded KingPower

2011-12  Thais enable Sven to spend big to assemble a likely looking squad but expectations dwindle as inconsistent results fail to impress. Dismayed owners shock all by dismissing Sven in October. Nigel Pearson is coaxed back from Hull as ‘man who can get us promoted‘. Again the poor start to season proves impossible to overcome and Pearson vows to rebuild squad with different ethos. King Power rename stadium. Pre season guests Real Madrid draw record crowd for Filbert Way of 32,188.

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Leicester City fans – Something for nothing!

We are giving away our existing stock of FOX 180 – the last fanzine of last season…

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Leicester City’s Odd One Out…

Which is the Odd One Out here? 
As featured in The FOX 180…

And no peeking at the answer until you’ve had a good guess.

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Reshuffled Leicester beat League Leaders Blackpool

Leicester City 1:0 Blackpool

City went into the international break with a much-needed win after defeating league-leaders Blackpool at the KPS on Saturday evening.

Nigel Pearson had an early problem to deal with against an Ian Holloway side with maximum points from their opening three games.  De Laet injured himself in the pre-match warm-up, which saw St Ledger promoted from the bench and Waghorn dragged away from his pre-match meal.

City dominated the game for much of the first half.
Vardy broke through early on but placed his shot too close to keeper Gilks, and then Gilks had to be alert to keep out a low shot from Marshall.
Dyer also flashed a shot over the bar when well placed.
Gilks then tipped a Marshall free-kick round his left hand upright at full stretch.
Late in the half Blackpool managed to get their passing game together and created a few chances. Taylor-Fletcher sent a long-ranger narrowly over the bar; Ince scuffed a weak effort when well placed; and then Ferguson sent a thumping volley against the right hand post.

But City regained their ascendancy in the second half. They built up a head of steam and a series of penalty claims led to increasing pressure on referee Michael Jones from a raucous crowd.
Vardy appeared to have been shoved over in the box but Jones waved play on. Then Dyer had his legs hooked from underneath him when about to shoot for a much stronger claim. King had the ball in the net, but Nugent was judged offside. So when Vardy ran across Gomes and got his foot trodden on in the 54th minute the roars for a penalty seemingly could not be ignored.
Although Gilks guessed right Marshall’s spot-kick was firmly struck home to give City the lead.
City had some defending to do after that. Schmeichel saved from Phillips and Ince had a chance before Nigel Pearson re-shuffled a pack short on defenders.
St Ledger was replaced by striker Schlupp who went to left-back, Konchesky moved to centre-half and Moore to right-back.
Although there appeared to be confusion in the City ranks for a while they managed to settle, and Dyer should have doubled the lead when his point blank shot on goal hit Baptiste.

Blackpool had an attacking spell late on but City’s makeshift defence, marshalled by an immense performance from Morgan, held out fairly comfortably for a vital win.

Nigel Pearson was happy: “I think the tempo of our game was very good, we dominated possession and we didn’t allow them to settle. Blackpool are a good footballing side and if you give them too much time on the ball they can hurt you, so the tempo was always going to be important. In general we were very positive in how we dealt with a side that have started the season very well.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, St Ledger (Schlupp 63), Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Marshall (Knockaert 68), King, Drinkwater, Dyer (Beckford 77), Nugent, Vardy. Unused Subs: Logan, Waghorn, James, Futacs.
Blackpool: Gilks, Eardley, Baptiste, Cathcart, Crainey, Osbourne, Ferguson (K Phillips 71), Gomes (M Phillips 57), Ince, Dicko (Delfouneso 66), Taylor-Fletcher. Unused Subs: Halstead, Harris, Angel, Sylvestre.
 
Referee; Michael Jones (Cheshire). Attendance: 18,655 (558 away).
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