Monthly Archives: January 2013

Below strength Leicester scrape into fifth round draw

Huddersfield Town 1:1 Leicester City

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Substitute Chris Wood’s late equaliser kept City in the FA Cup despite a below par performance against Huddersfield on Saturday…

City fans had high hopes of a win at the John Smith’s Stadium, with this season’s league game aggregate score being 8-1, and travelled in the usual big numbers for the FA Cup. But there is a disparity in City fans’ traditional love of the competition and where it currently stands as a priority for the club.  Nigel Pearson made five changes to his side with Wellens, King, Waghorn, Vardy and Dyer in for Knockaert, James, Drinkwater, Nugent and Wood and an unfamiliar line-up led to a disjointed first half performance.
Manager-less Huddersfield who parted company with Simon Grayson on Thursday, looked determined not to lose to City a third time and had the best of a terribly scrappy first half.
Clarke should have put the Terriers ahead but sent his header over the bar from a Norwood corner with the goal at his mercy; while City only had a single chance in the whole half when Waghorn turned his marker and fired an effort narrowly wide.
The second half brought a slight improvement, especially when Pearson introduced Nugent and Wood with half an hour remaining. Roared on by 4,000 visiting fans City had their best spell of the game and Wood forced the previously unemployed Smithies into a save.
But Town responded and after Novak had headed one effort at Schmeichel, they took a 74th minute lead. Hunt charged into the area and for the second game running we saw a typical forward’s challenge, Dyer being tempted into a challenge that sent Hunt sprawling. Novak calmly sent Schmeichel the wrong way from the spot and things were not looking good for City.
Vaughan saw his header cleared off the line by Drinkwater as City clung on by a thread, but a minute later they had earned a replay.
Marshall fed Da Laet out on the right and his low cross was left by Dyer, falling nicely for Wood to side-foot home from 12 yards.
City lived to fight another day, though another game on the fixture list won’t be particularly welcome to a club with an eye on the main prize.

 Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Clarke, Gerrard, Woods, Clayton, Norwood, Sinnott (Scannell 66), Arfield, Novak (Lee 81), Vaughan. Subs Not Used: Bennett, Wallace, Holmes, Dixon, Crooks.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Keane, Konchesky, Marshall, King, Wellens (Drinkwater 69), Dyer, Waghorn (Wood 60), Vardy (Nugent 60). Subs Not Used: Logan, Gallagher, Moore, Futacs.

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire). Attendance: 11,945. 

 

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How you can help The Fox – The Leicester City Fanzine…

As usual at this time of year The Fox finances are in a parlous state…

 Having followed the fortunes of Leicester City for 26 years we’d rather like to carry on, and here are a few ways you can help us do that.

fox cover1. Subscribe… press the big blue button on the right to pay online via Paypal:  You will receive all the issues that have come out to date this season: The Summer Special 2012; FOX 181 and FOX 182,  FOX 183 plus a set of 8 Leicester City postcards). This will be followed by the rest of the season’s issues when they are published in 2013…
If you don’t want to pay on-line you can send a cheque for £15 to: The FOX, PO Box No 2, Cosby, Leicester, LE9 1ZZ.

2. Post Sponsor… now that the price of a second class stamp has gone up to 50p our it costs us £275 to send out our subscriber issues.
We can send your A5 business flyer out to our 550 subscribers for £150 – which helps us meet these costs.

3. Associate Sponsor… you can get the name of your company on the front cover of every issue of The Fox by becoming an associate sponsor. This costs £950 per season. Previous associate sponsors have included ‘Netgear’.

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Fans lose out as Leicester beat Boro and the weather

Leicester City 1:0 Middlesbrough

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City’s insistence on playing this fixture despite the conditions, no doubt with Sky TV in their ear, meant that thousands of City fans missed out on seeing their club beat Middlesbrough 1-0 at the KPS on Friday night…

City had declared their intentions early on saying the game would definitely be going ahead despite a whole day’s snow being forecast, and duly arriving. Gridlock across the city in the afternoon and evening meant that many people didn’t get home in time to set off for the game and some 15,000 didn’t make it, despite the delayed kick-off time due to Middlesbrough taking two hours to make a short journey from their hotel.

City, unchanged from the win at Bristol City, had the first chance of the game when Marshall’s effort brought a comfortable save from Steele. Boro soon had a chance of their own but McDonald blasted over from close range.
Nugent then tested Steele with a near post shot after a run down the right; before Knockaert cleared the goal frame of snow managing to strike both crossbar and right hand post with a dipping shot.
McDonald forced Schmeichel ito a save with a well struck shot from distance and the Dane was in action again saving from Bikey’s close-range header.
City twice threatened to take the lead just before the break but Nugent’s shot was saved by Steele, and then Keane’s header from a precise Wood chip sent the crossbar rattling again.

Ten minutes into the second half City struck the woodwork yet again, Konchesky’s cross headed against the foot of the left hand upright by Wood.
Nugent then found the net, turning De Laet’s cross beyond Steele, but the linesman’s flag signalled what must have been a very tight decision in Boro’s favour.
But City finally made the breakthrough with 20 minutes remaining. A fantastic lofted ball from Wood teed up Nugent for an even better finish past Steele to give City a precious lead.
Soon after a chance to clinch the points was lost when Nugent netted again only to be denied by the linesman’s flag for a second time. This time it looked like the correct decision.
Dyer, King and Vardy were all introduced into the action as City attempted to run the clock down without any drama, but that is exactly what happened as the game entered injury time.  Williams made the most of a clumsy Vardy challenge in the area and Roger East handed the visitors a life-line, pointing to the spot.
Fortunately for City, Schmeichel got down well to Emnes’ spot kick, to produce a fantastic save.
Three precious points, but a shame that some many City fans were denied the chance to experience it first hand.
Nigel Pearson commented on City’s lofty position: “It feels great to be second in the league. The players applied themselves well tonight. In the second half we pushed the full-backs forward more and took more chances going forward. I think we had the better chances and it was a good game.”
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Keane, Konchesky, Knockaert (Dyer 76), James, Drinkwater, Marshall (King 81), Nugent (Vardy 83), Wood. Unused Subs: Logan, Waghorn, Gallagher, Moore.
Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte (Thomson 21), Hines, Bikey, Friend, Williams, Leadbitter, Haroun, Ledesma, McEachran (Emnes 69), McDonald (Jutkiewicz 72). Unused Subs: Ripley, Reach, Bailey, Smallwood.
 
Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire). Attendance: 8,585
 

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Foxes Maul Robins with Wood Hat-trick

Bristol City 0:4 Leicester City

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Leicester announced their promotion credentials to the rest of the Championship with a resounding 4-0 win over Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Saturday; Goalscoring sensation Chris Wood notching a first half hat-trick…

City dominated the game against pretty poor opposition and were ahead by the 11th minute. Marshall sent Wood in down the left and he cut inside the defence before beating Gerken at his near post.
Gerken’s afternoon got worse seven minutes later when he fumbled a Marshall corner from the left. Fontaine diverted the ball goalwards into the path of Wood who had a simple task finding the net from close in.
Knockaert then had to limp out of the action, replaced by Dyer, after a heavy challenge from Kelly.
The Robins had their first sight of goal on 26 minutes when Davies’ corner from the right curled  goal-wards before Dyer cleared it off the line, but City sealed victory four minutes before the break when James set up Wood for a low shot from the edge of the area that completed his hat-trick and an incredible six goals in his first three appearances.
Derek McInnes’ side were booed off at the break, in contrast to the delighted ovation from 1,800 travelling fans.
Six minutes in the second half City went 4-0 up when Wood returned the compliment, setting up James who burst through the middle of the Robins defence before smashing a shot past Gerken.
With the game won City took their foot off the gas, Wood was replaced by Waghorn and Marshall by Gallagher.
Chances were rarer with the home side finally enjoying a spell of possession, Marshall and Dyer both missing the target.
The home side’s first proper effort on goal came from Anderson with 18 minutes left and then Skuse sent a shot straight at Schmeichel.

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This game was over long before the end however with City, boosted by Wood’s extraordinary goal tally, looking set to make a serious attempt on promotion.
Bristol City, however, are now looking nervously in the other direction, with Derek McInnes being sacked hours after the final whistle.

Bristol: Gerken, Wilson (Burns 46), McManus, Fontaine, Foster, Kelly (Reid 78), Skuse, Pearson, Cunningham, Stead (Anderson 46), Davies. Unused Subs: Heaton, Taylor, Elliott, Bryan.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Keane, Konchesky, Knockaert (Dyer 20), Drinkwater, James, Marshall (Gallagher 74), Nugent, Wood (Waghorn 63). Unused Subs: King, Logan, Moore, Futacs.
Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Attendance: 13,078 (1,786 away).

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Due to popular demand we are extending our Christmas subs offer into January – it includes:

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 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…

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Leicester Gain Revenge over Burton

Leicester City 2:0 Burton Albion

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City avoided any drama in their FA Cup 3rd round meeting with neighbours Burton Albion at the KPS on Saturday, a comfortable 2-0 win seeing them gain revenge for the League Cup exit earlier this season.From the third minute the result seemed in little doubt when new boy Wood notched his third goal in his second appearance.

A long ball forward from Konchesky was chested down by Wood and the big New Zealander got the better of two defenders and keeper Lyness to nudge the ball home with a perfect touch.
Weir sent a shot narrowly over the bar for the visitors before City all but sealed victory with a second goal in the 22nd minute.
Futacs made his way past three defenders before squaring to Dyer, who in turn teed up Da Laet for a finish from 15 yards.
Weir forced Schmeichel into a save with a full-blooded volley, while at the other end Futacs unluckily struck the woodwork from close in after getting on the end of a Marshall cross from the right.
Soon after the break the hard working Futacs fired a shot over from close-in after being set up by King.
Zola then pulled off an acrobatic over-head kick but it went straight at Schmeichel and the 1,400 travelling fans remained subdued.
City almost went three up when Keane saw his header cleared from under the bar by McGrath.
Knockaert, Nugent and Waghorn were introduced to the game, but it was already reduced to the tempo of a pre-season friendly and there were few chances. King’s delicately curled shot found the left hand post with Lyness beaten, but the promise of another goal-feast was long gone.

It was a professional job by City, who now wait to see who their opposition in the fourth round will be. It is just a shame that the FA Cup has lost its shine, being treated as half a game by the club when a decent gate of 14,463 should have been given the run of the whole ground.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Keane, Konchesky, Marshall (Knockaert 62), King, James, Dyer, Futacs (Waghorn 75), Wood (Nugent 63). Subs not Used:Logan, Gallagher, Schlupp, Moore.
Burton: Lyness, Stanton, Holness, Webster, McCrory, Drury (Phillips 73), Weir, Bell, McGrath (Taylor 62), Maghoma, Zola (Kee 73). Subs not Used: Atkins, Palmer, Paterson, Dyer

Referee: Andy D’Urso (Billericay). Attendance: 14,463. 

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Due to popular demand we are extending our Christmas subs offer into January – it includes:

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 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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Terriers Thumped as City Hit Six

Leicester City 6 : 1 Huddersfield Town

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City begin 2013 with a stunning goal feast to overwhelm Huddersfield.

Nigel Pearson gave a debut to Chris Wood alongside David Nugent and called up Michael Keane to cover at centre half in the absence of Whitbread, Moore and St Ledger, alongside Wes Morgan. What then followed was a superb display of attacking football against a poor Huddersfield side that was on the back foot from the first minute. City raced out of the traps and in the first attack Knockaert beat Smithies in the visitors’ goal to a loose ball to force the ball over the line before Adam Clayton cleared but the referee’s assistant didn’t flag the goal and play continued much to the frustration of the players and Nigel Pearson. City didn’t have to wait long to get on the scoreboard though; in the 6th minute Knockaert found space on the right and crossed for Nugent whose powerful header was kept out by Smithies but Wood was on the spot to head home the rebound and open his account at his new club. Nugent nearly doubled the lead soon afterwards when he was put through by Wood only to be denied by Smithies who pulled off an acrobatic stop. He was helpless in the 25th minute however when Wood and Nugent combined to release Nugent down the right hand side; he got to the byline, looked up and picked out Wood with a perfect low cross and Wood fired in first time off the post.

City continued to pile the pressure on and the visitors could scarcely get out of their own half and so it was no surprise when City extended the lead in first-half injury time. Knockaert showed some delightful touches to create space again and release De Laet on the overlap and his surging run in to the box was topped off with a thumping drive from an acute angle that flew past Smithies in to the corner of the net. City left the pitch to a standing ovation and rightly so after a stunning 45 minutes of football. There was one change at half time as Smithies was replaced in the Huddersfield goal with a leg injury and not shell-shock as some were suggesting. His replacement, Bennett, was soon picking the ball out of the net when a fluent move down the left allowed Konchesky to cut the ball back for Knockaert who drove the ball first time from the edge of the area and in to the net. If Huddersfield weren’t sick of the sight of Knockaert before then they were two minutes later when the Frenchman picked the ball up on the right, ran at the retreating defenders in front of him and then skipped between them before curling a superb left-footed shot in to the far corner.

At this stage there were still forty minutes remaining and any number of goals seemed possible but it was the visitors who scored next on the hour when the generous City defence allowed Arfield a shot from twelve yards that was well saved by Schmeichel but the rebound fell kindly to Arfield again who made no mistake this time. The City defence actually looked a little unsteady for a few minutes as Huddersfield threw caution to the wind but Martyn Waghorn scored the final goal of the afternoon to snuff out any resistance. Another Konchesky cross was neatly nodded down by Wood for Waghorn to volley home first time. More goals could have followed but first Gallagher and then Dyer were unable to convert decent chances.

The match will be memorable for a superb team display and some excellent individual performances namely Chris Wood who looked as if he had played alongside Nugent all of his professional life such was their understanding. Wood looks to be a very good signing on this performance and it is easy to see why Millwall fans were upset at not landing the young Kiwi. Elsewhere young Michael Keane was mature and composed at the back alongside the faultless Morgan, Matty James continues to grab his chance and make the central midfield spot his own and Anthony Knockaert was sublime again and we just hope that his lap around the pitch, waving to all corners of the ground, wasn’t a ‘goodbye’ as rumours of Arsenal’s interest refuse to go away.

 

City: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Keane, Konchesky, Knockaert (Gallagher 74), Drinkwater, James, Marshall (Dyer 66), Nugent (Waghorn 57), Wood. Unused subs: King, Logan, Moore, Futacs.

Huddersfield: Smithies (Bennett 46), Hunt, Gerrard, Lynch (Dixon 55), Wallace, Arfield, Clayton (Norwood 81), Southern, Hammill, Novak, Vaughan.

Unused subs: Clarke, Robinson, Atkinson, Scannell.

Attendance: 25,913 Referee: Mark Haywood

 

 

 

 

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Due to popular demand we are extending our Christmas subs offer into the first week of January – it includes:

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 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…

Use the green button to pay online via Paypal…

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