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City Pay the Penalty at Leeds

Leeds United 1:0 Leicester City

City failed to match their recent standards for this trip to Elland Road, with Leeds early penalty clinching the points…

Leeds scored their winner with just three minutes on the clock, with a minute’s applause for Gary Speed still ringing in the ears.
Schlupp, who has done a good job standing in at left back, showed a bit of inexperience in the role mis-timing a challenge on  Byram.
Becchio beat Schmeichel from the spot and a team with one win in eight games now had their tails up.
In the 13th minute De Laet went on one of his trademark charges forward, drawing a save from Kenny.
At the other end Schmeichel saved from Green before Waghorn went very close with a volley from a Marshall cross, and Vardy was also off target, but it was Leeds’ half, with the home side chasing down hard and never allowing City to settle into their passing game.
The second half saw City looking more settled and Waghorn’s cross for Morgan forced Kenny into a save.
In the 57th minute Knockaert and Futacs came on for Marshall and Vardy.
Waghorn and Futacs both went close but chances were rare and City were unable to build any meaningful pressure on a home side desperate for victory.

Nigel Pearson admitted: “We didn’t perform particularly well tonight and when we don’t manage the ball effectively it changes the complexion of games. We underachieved tonight.”

Leeds: Kenny, Byram, Lees, Tate, Peltier, Green, Tonge, Norris, Thomas (Brown 61), Diouf, Becchio.
Unused Subs: Ashdown, Drury, White, Gray, Hall, McCormack.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Whitbread, Schlupp, Marshall (Knockaert 57), Drinkwater, King, Dyer, Vardy (Futacs 57), Waghorn (Lingard 77). Unused Subs: Logan, Konchesky, James, Moore.
 
Referee: Mick Russell (Hertfordshire). Attendance: 17,717.
 You can give The FOX as a Christmas present to the Leicester City fan in your life this year thanks to our new offer.All the issues that have come out to date this season: The Summer Special 2012; FOX 181 and FOX 182, will be posted along with the December issueFOX 183 just in time for Christmas and will be gift-wrapped (also included will be a set of 8 Leicester City postcards).
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Leicester’s Steel City Stroll

Sheffield Wednesday 0:2 Leicester City

Leicester strolled to a comfortable win over The Owls at Hillsborough without ever looking in danger of relinquishing the lead.

Nigel Pearson surprised the huge City travelling support before the game by leaving out Knockaert in favour of  Marshall who himself had a loan spell at Hillsborough last season before coming to Leicester. Other than that Vardy replaced the injured Nugent but the core of the side was unchanged from last week’s mauling of Ipswich.
It was a tense start to the game with neither side showing any signs of breaking through as the match was played out largely in midfield. City were enjoying the lion’s share of possession and were controlling the game but weren’t really hurting Wednesday.  Bothroyd saw a shot deflected wide for the hosts and Marshall drew a straightforward save from Kirkland before City unlocked the hosts’ defence on 40 minutes. Marshall and Drinkwater exchanged passes on the right side of the penalty area which released Drinkwater in to space and he lashed a low shot across Kirkland in to the corner and City had a lead that they just about deserved for their possession and control.
This knocked the stuffing out of the hosts and they failed to come back at City as the first half closed, the only scare was when Kasper Schmeichel’s ‘air punch’ allowed the ball to drop behind him towards an unguarded net but King was on hand to clear the danger.
The second half started with City in control and Wednesday showing all the signs of a team lacking in confidence. City created a series of chances with Marshall drawing a decent save, low down, from Kirkland and then the same player missed a free header from a corner when it looked easier to score. Moments later Waghorn saw his shot tipped over and it was only a matter of time before the lead was doubled. The second goal when it came on 76 minutes was a signature goal from Ben Marshall. He took a pass from  Waghorn on the right and cut inside before placing a superb shot past Kirkland high in to the net. His celebration was muted which itself drew applause from the home fans.
A third goal wouldn’t have flattered City and the industrious Waghorn almost obliged when he hit the bar after being teed up by De Laet. Nigel Pearson then replaced Marshall who received an incredible ovation from the Wednesday faithful (those that were still in the ground that is!) and  Knockaert had the final 10 minutes to treat us to a cameo of tricks and flicks as he tormented Wednesday’s weary defenders and delighted the travelling support which numbered close to 4,000.

This was a straightforward win for City against a poor Wednesday side but that shouldn’t detract from how well City kept the ball and controlled the game, particularly during the second half when Schmeichel was a spectator.

Wednesday: Kirkland, Buxton, Taylor, Gardner, Helan, Johnson, Semedo, McCabe (Lines 66), Antonio, Bothroyd (Madine 69), Sidibe (Rodri 75). Unused Subs: Bywater, Pecnik, Major, Jones.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Whitbread, Schlupp, Marshall (Knockaert 81), Drinkwater, King, Dyer, Vardy (Futacs 77), Waghorn (Lingard 86). Unused Subs: Logan, Konchesky, James, Moore, Lingard.
 
Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire). Attendance: 24,664 (3,803 away).

 

You can give The FOX as a Christmas present to the Leicester City fan in your life this year thanks to our new offer.All the issues that have come out to date this season: The Summer Special 2012; FOX 181 and FOX 182, will be posted along with the December issueFOX 183 just in time for Christmas and will be gift-wrapped (also included will be a set of 8 Leicester City postcards).
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Give The FOX as a Christmas Present this year…

You can give The FOX as a Christmas present to the Leicester City fan in your life this year thanks to our new offer. All the issues that have come out to date this season: The Summer Special 2012; FOX 181 and FOX 182, will be posted along with the December issue FOX 183 just in time for Christmas and will be gift-wrapped (also included will be a set of 8 Leicester City postcards).
The recipient will then receive the rest of the season’s issues when they are published in 2013…

All this Leicester City related fun and games for just £13…

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City Hit Ipswich for Six

Leicester City 6:0 Ipswich Town

A rampant City recorded their biggest winning margin since 1982 over a poor Ipswich side at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon…

City hit their stride straight away against Mick McCarthy’s fragile looking side and they were ahead by the 7th minute. Dyer’s sprint down the left ended with him being brought down by Town keeper Henderson and Nugent confidently planted the spot-kick home.
It was all City, and ten minutes later Nugent doubled the lead. Waghorn had cut in from the right and his curling left-footed effort was saved by Henderson but fell perfectly into Nugent’s path and he didn’t have to break stride to chest it into an empty net.
By the 27th minute it was already beginning to look like a damage limitation exercise for the visitors as Dyer hared down the left again, and outstripped the Ipswich defence before beating Henderson with a low shot.
At this point Nugent, still suffering the effects of a neck injury from last week, was replaced by Vardy.
This didn’t stop the flow of goals, however. Just before the break the Town defence again failed to cope with a Dyer run down the left and he squared for an unmarked Knockaert to sidefoot home from 12 yards.

The second half saw Waghorn, desperate for a goal, head a Dyer cross against the post, but he didn’t have long to wait.
In the 53rd minute a clever through ball from King teed up Waghorn for a curling effort beyond Henderson’s reach. Every outfield player joined Waghorn’s celebrations in the back of the net for a hugely deserved goal.
City enjoyed the lion’s share of possession for the rest of the game, and Vardy was denied by a good Henderson block.
But City broke the scoring record since the move from Filbert Street in the 82nd minute.
Dyer again was the creator, this time running through the middle before finding substitute Futacs who slotted home through a crowded area.
It was City’s highest winning margin since a 6-0 win over Carlisle in 1982, and put Nigel Pearson’s side firmly back on track after four games without a win…

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Whitbread, Schlupp, Knockaert (Marshall 64), King, Drinkwater, Dyer, Nugent (Vardy 30), Waghorn (Futacs 74). Unused Subs: Logan, James, Moore, Lingard.
Ipswich: Henderson, Orr, Chambers, Higginbotham, Cresswell, Edwards, N’Daw (Hyam 58), Reo-Coker, Martin, Campbell (Chopra 78), Murphy (Emmanuel-Thomas 58). Unused Subs: Lee-Barrett, Hewitt, Smith, Bilel.
 
Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire). Attendance: 20,779 (990 away)
 

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Leicester unveil new vice-Chairman – Liu Shillai

Liu Shillai, described on the official LCFC site as “A Chinese entrepreneur and influential, successful businessman…” will take up his new position on the City board of directors from December 1…

It appears that Mr Shillai has been given a brief to engage Leicester City with the vast Chinese market.
This move has been rubber stamped by the Football League and does not alter the ownership structure of the club.

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FOX 182 – in the shops now! Richard Smith Interview…

Issue No 182 of The FOX – is in all good newsagents now…

FOX 182, with Anthony Knockaert on the cover, features: an interview with Leicester born and bred Richard Smith; new feature Something Old, Something New; Fully Programmed from 1983-84 – the abandoned Southampton game; Fox Diary – the winningest set of match reports since 1993; the latest from the Foxes Trust; Tales From the Riverbank; Rewind – Tony James models the new Fox Leisure strip; the Chris Lymn Column; Twenty Years of the Leicester badge; John Hutchinson looks through the 1960s box in the Leicester City archives; Farewell to Sam Holmes; Fox-Photos; Chris Watson reports on the Washout in Warsaw; your letters and Bentley’s Roof; Parting Shots; and FortySomething meets his daughter’s new boyfriend… oh dear.

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Richard Smith Interview Extract…

FOX: Brian Little came in at the start of the 1991-92 season and he went on to give you an established place in the side. Did you get the feeling that he believed in you and was going to give you a chance?
RS: I think the way Brian set up his team suited me personally as a player. He liked his centre-halves and think we sometimes had about five on the pitch by the end of certain games. I was more to the right side and it suited how I was playing at the time. He also liked my long throw-ins. I think it’s fair to say that we were quite direct at that time. We had a bit of flair, with people like Steve Thompson, Steve Agnew but generally we were quite direct.
Apart from my style of play being right for him he liked the fact that I was Leicester born and bred as well. He said to me a few times that he liked the fact I was a Leicester lad and I had a good rapport with people around the club.
If he brought new players in and they were maybe lagging around in training he knew that I wouldn’t accept it and would get them fired up a bit in training.
That is MY club and you will do your best. Walshy was the same having been here for such a long time. We kind of used that as a weapon to say , you’ve not come to this club for a bit of a breather.
I used to train like I played, which a lot of them didn’t like. I would go in for tackles that I probably shouldn’t have in training.
FOX: Brian wanted everyone to live in Leicester as well..
RS: That’s right, he wanted as little travelling as possible and also for them to feel closer to the club.
He made a lot of changes, and just about all of them for the better I think.
FOX: Which senior pros looked after you when you were coming through the ranks?
RS: I remember Russell Osman being at the club and I used to watch him training because he was a centre-half. He used to go out with no socks on, just his boots, with these massive calves all oiled up and he’d be strolling about. He was a good footballer, quite a cultured player. I had a few conversations with him and he was always prepared to spend some time talking to you after training. That stood out for me because he was a bit of a star and he wasn’t at Leicester for long but he was always willing to help out the youngsters.

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Penalty Leaves Pearson Fuming as City are held by Forest

Leicester City 2:2 Nottingham Forest

City, with Whitbread in for Keane and Schlupp taking on Konchesky’s left back role, started this East Midlands derby brightly and were ahead by the 6th minute. Dyer motored down the left and fired a shot across goal, which was diverted past Camp by Ward when it looked to be heading wide.
Morgan almost double the lead when he was inches short of getting a touch to Waghorn’s free-kick floated over the Forest defence.
However, City looked a bit slack at the back for a period and were eventually carved up by a Forest passing move that ended with Guedioura’s equaliser flying past Schmeichel.
City regained the lead ten minutes later when an ingenious lob from Knockaert fell for Nugent who produced a sublime touch to lift the ball over Camp.
The second half presented City with several chances to wrap the game up, but none of them were taken. Waghorn, with time and space should not have given Collins a chance to clear off the line; and then his header was saved by Camp at full stretch. Dyer’s firm drive then forced Camp into a another fine save.
Lingard came on for the injured Nugent, for a promising debut, but fortune favoured Forest in the 67th minute.


Whitbread got into a tangle with Sharp on the edge of the area but clearly played the ball away from danger. The referee pointed to the spot for the softest of penalties which Cox converted past Schmeichel amid much City protest.
Having been gifted a point Forest were not going to let go of it and City, with Nugent off and Waghorn still struggling to find his form, did not have enough firepower to trouble them. Knockaert’s depature for Marshall also removed City’s ability to produce something special.
Waghorn got a free header to a Marshall corner, but it was well wide and City had to be content with a point.

Not surprisingly Nigel Pearson was not happy with referee Anthony Taylor.
“You can tell I’m not happy about it and I’ve seen on the TV again and basically it’s a good challenge. He gets the ball, the referee is in a good position, full-stop.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Whitbread, Schlupp, Knockaert (Marshall 77), King, Drinkwater, Dyer, Nugent (Lingard 59), Waghorn. Unused Subs: Danns, Logan, James, Moore, Futacs.

Forest: Camp, Moloney, Ward, Collins, Halford, Cohen, Guedioura (Jenas 53), Gillett (Blackstock 87), Reid (Lansbury 79), Cox, Sharp. Unused Subs:  Darlow, McGugan, Coppinger, Tudgay.
 
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire). Attendance: 24,793.
 

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