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Ten man City Lose out to Lions

Leicester City 0:1 Millwall

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The game which should have brought a new start for City brought another home defeat with Millwall playing against ten man Leicester for 88 minutes after Morgan’s dismissal. A spirited performance counted for nothing when Dunne hit an 87th minute winner.

With the City squad refreshed from a trip to Portugal De Laet, James,  Knockaert and Schlupp all returned to the side.
Sadly we will never know how things would have played out, as City suffered the blow of having captain Wes Morgan dismissed in the second minute. Keogh was sent through on goal and Morgan made contact about 20 yards out, but referee Stuart Attwell’s red card looked very harsh.
Schmeichel then had to make saves from Lowry and Smith then again as the Lions had their tails up.
The home crowd, stung by this injustice, roared on their side and in the 11th minute Knockaert crossed for Wood, who headed across goal for Keane, but Lowry cleared off the line.
De Laet and Nugent then sent efforts narrowly wide as the ten men pressed forward, but the Lions carried a threat.  Schmeichel saved a Hulse shot (and Konchesky’s blushes)  when the defender lost possession on the edge of the area.
Hulse then had the ball in the net but was denied by a late linesman’s flag.

Neither side made a change at the break but Nigel Pearson didn’t wait long to replace Drinkwater with King.
The game reached stalemate for a while with Chaplow, Trotter,Dunne and Schlupp going into the ref’s notebook but little else of note.
City’s best chance to snatch the points came in the 76th minute when Wood got his head to a Knockaert free kick but Forde managed to touch it onto the left hand post.
Wood then made way for Kane.
After holding out for so long City’s resistance was finally broken  with three minutes left when Chaplow laid on a ball for Dunne to run onto and crash home from inside the area.
City never managed to threaten in the five minutes of time added on as the dreadful run of results continued.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky, Drinkwater (King 59), Morgan, Keane, James, Schlupp, Knockaert, Nugent, Wood (Kane 84). Unused Subs: Whitbread, Vardy, Dyer, Logan, Wellens.
Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Shittu, Trotter, Hulse (Marquis 72), Lowry, Keogh (Woolford 90), Jack Smith (Abdou 72), Adam Smith, Easter, Chaplow. Unused Subs: Taylor, N’Guessan, Malone, Saville.

Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warks). Attendance: 22,365.

 

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City’s poor run continues with defeat at Derby

Derby County 2:1 Leicester City

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Leicester’s play-off hopes took a further dent at Pride Park on Saturday evening, with a 2-1 defeat adding to a recent miserable run…

Nigel Pearson made one change for this local derby with Konchesky resuming his left back role, and Schlupp starting on the bench.

City enjoyed a good start to the game, as they always seem to,  St Ledger’s cross from the right set up King for a header that went narrowly over the bar.
However, it was Derby who took a 16th minute lead.  Ward’s free-kick into the area was met by Keogh who outjumped St Ledger to plant a header beyond Schmeichel’s reach.
City desperately searched for an equaliser but Konchesky had a shot blocked and Dyer fired over when well placed.
The Rams then had loud penalty appeals turned down when Wellens knocked Freeman over on the edge of the area.
A minute before the break the home side went further ahead, with more slack marking to blame.
Forsyth’s cross from the left found an unmarked Martin who had time and space to nod his header past an exposed Schmiechel.

Pearson brought Schlupp on for Wellens for the second half which brought an improved performance from City.
Eleven minutes into the half Marshall came on for Dyer on 56 minutes, and he soon forced Fielding into a smart save at his near post.
City’s best moment of the evening came in the 62 minute when Schlupp, teed up by Nugent,  fired a fine shot past Fielding to give some hope to the blue corner.
Nugent then wasted a good chance firing straight at Fielding, from a great position.
City’s last substitution saw Kane on for Wood.
Marshall then fired a free kick in his favourite range yards over the bar.
Despite six minutes of time added on City could not build up any significant pressure on the Rams defence, with them coping comfortably with the long balls raining in on them.

The poor run continues, and now it looks as though City’s place in the play-off frame may be under threat.

Nigel Pearson commented: “Not good enough. It was an awful game and we showed a lack of quality which is a bit difficult to watch again. They were poor goals to concede and we’ve got to rectify this very, very quickly because we’re putting what has been for long periods a very good season at risk by under performing. I’m going to have to have a good long look at how we shape up for the next game because I’m not happy about how we went about today.”

Derby: Fielding, Freeman (Gjokaj 82), Keogh, Buxton, Forsyth, Coutts, Hendrick, Bryson, Ward (Davies 62), Sammon, Martin. Unused Subs: Legzdins, Doyle, Bennett, Jacobs, Hoganson, Davies.
Leicester: Schmeichel, St Ledger, Morgan, Keane, Konchesky, Wellens (Schlupp 45), Drinkwater, King, Nugent, Wood (Kane 69), Dyer (Marshall 56). Unused Subs: Whitbread, Vardy, Logan, Waghorn.

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire). Attendance: 23,122.

 

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Leicester suffer late blow at Cardiff

Cardiff City 1:1 Leicester City

An equaliser deep into time added on denied City victory from an improved performance at The Cardifff City Stadium on Tuesday night…

Nigel Pearson made three changes from the  Sheffield Wednesday defeat with St Ledger, Wellens and Dyer making the starting line-up, replacing  the injured De Laet, with Kane and Marshall demoted to the bench.
After a cagey start City had the first decent chance when Wood forced a save from Marshall, but Connolly reacted quickly to block Dyer’s follow up effort.
At the other end Schmeichel saved well from a Ben Nugent header, before St. Ledger went into the book for a foul on Conway.
The game got a little tasty towards the break with more yellow cards than goal-scoring opportunities. Noone putting in a poor challenge on St Ledger that might have earned a red.
Dyer produced a good run and cross from the left but Taylor managed to intercept a ball heading for Nugent and the half ended goalless.
Malky Mackay made two changes for the second half with the dangerous Bellamy on for Noone, and McNaughton replacing injured captain Hudson.
But City had the first chance – Drinkwater sending Dyer in on the left, but his cross was diverted narrowly off-target by Nugent.
Soon after Marshall did well to keep the ball out in a goalmouth scramble that saw Wood and King trying to poach an opener.
City should have capped a bright spell with a goal  in the 62nd minute when Nugent sent Wood through with just the keeper to beat but his shot deflected off Marshall to roll agonisingly wide.
City then adopted a very attack-minded formation when Kane came on for Wellens and their adventurous policy paid off in the 72nd minute.
Shortly after planting a header against the post,  Keane popped up in the area again. He met St Ledger’s cross from the right with a firm header past Marshall to the delight of the travelling supporters. At last, a centre-half who can regularly find the net with his head.
Although Bellamy was a thorn in the side down the left City managed to protect their lead fairly comfortably, until the third minute of time added on, that is.
Taylor was given too much room to deliver a cross from the left and substitute Gestede glanced a well-directed header beyond Schmeichel’s reach.
It was a heart-breaker for City who had put in a major shift that had deserved all three points.

Cardiff: Marshall, Taylor, Hudson (McNaughton 46), Whittingham, Conway, Connolly (Gestede 70), Smith, Noone (Bellamy 46), Gunnarsson, Campbell, Nugent. Unused Subs: Lewis, Cowie, Kim, Mason.
Leicester: Schmeichel, St Ledger, Morgan, Keane, Schlupp, Wellens (Kane 63), Drinkwater, King, Nugent (Vardy 81), Wood (Waghorn 89), Dyer. Unused Subs: Whitbread, Marshall, Logan, Knockaert.

Referee: N Miller. Attendance: 23,231. 

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Leicester’s malaise continues with home defeat to Owls

Leicester City 0:1 Sheffield Wednesday

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City lost 1-0 at home to Sheffield Wednesday at the KPS on Saturday, Connor Wickham netting the only goal of the game…

Nigel Pearson made two changes with Marshall starting ahead of Knockaert and Schlupp recalled from a spell at Manchester United to fill in for the hamstrung Konchesky at left-back.
Nugent had the first decent chance of the game but his shot was tipped over by Kirkland.  Then Keane got onto the end of a Marshall cross but was narrowly off-target.
Wednesday, roared on by a large and lively crowd who had exhchanged smoke bombs with L1,then had a chance – Lita shold have done better with a header from an Antonio cross.
De Laet then carved out two opportunities for himself down the right, but was denied by Kirkland on both occasions and the sides went in goal-less at the break.
The second half saw Marshall beating his marker and crossing from the right, but Kane planted his header a few agonising inches over the bar.
Soon after Antonio was sent through one-on-one against Schmeichel but the Dane was equal to the challenge.
On the hour Pearson brought Knockaert on for Kane  and a lively spell ensued Marshall firing over the bar while at full stretch. But too often Knockaert ran himself up a cul-de-sac as the frustration grew.
With 20 minutes left, Wednesday delighted their following by taking the lead.
A Buxton cross was flicked on by Antonio at the near post for Wickham to knock it home at the far post.  It was a disaster fro City and they didn’t recover from it.
Marshall was replaced by Gallagher but still City couldn’t get going.
A King header hit the post but City never really applied a great deal of pressure on th eOwls defence despite sending Morgan, and then Schmeicel forward.
To make matters worse De Laet was stretchered off down the tunnel late on, surrounded by medics.

Wednesday held on to their precious points and City fans are left wondering what on Earth has happened to our season?

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (St Ledger 86), Schlupp, Drinkwater, Morgan, King, Keane, Marshall (Gallagher 74), Nugent, Kane (Knockaert 61), Wood. Unused Subs: Whitbread, Vardy, Logan, Waghorn, Wellens.
Wednesday: Kirkland, Buxton, Helan, Gardner, Llera, Pugh, Lita (Semedo 79), Antonio, Johnson (Wickham 59), Prutton, Lee. Unused Subs: Bywater, Taylor, McCabe, Johnson, Madine.

Referee: Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire). Attendance: 24,883.

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Late Keane Goal Rescues a Point Against Leeds

Leicester City 1:1 Leeds United

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City rescued a point from a poor performance against Leeds at the KPS on Tuesday night when Michael Keane nodded home an equaliser deep into time added on.

Nigel Pearson made one change to his side with Nugent returning in place of Marshall giving City’s line-up an attacking look.
It was a tight first half that eventually turned into a stalemate with few chances at either end.
City’s best chance came when Kenny failed to hold a 25 yarder from Kane, but the ball just eluded the onrushing Nugent.
Kenny then made amends tipping Wood’s shot over and then clawing away a curling Knockaert effort that was heading for the top right hand corner.
The second half saw an enforced change with Dyer replacing Konchesky at left back, and a disjointed and frustrating performance from City.
Leeds went ahead in the 52nd minute when McCormack’s corner from the left fell nicely for Byram at the far post.
And the visitors almost doubled their lead soon after when Lees headed a corner narrowly over; and McCormack forced a flying save from Schmeichel with a well-struck 25 yarder.
Marshall then came on for Knockaert as City attempted to fight their way back.
But nothing was going right for them, passes were going astray and then Wood watched his on-target shot deflected wide by a grounded Nugent, which just about summed up the frustration.
City managed to build up a spell of pressure in the four minutes of time added on, with Schmeichel coming up for the corners and throwing himself around the Leeds penalty area like a man possessed, he set up King for an overhead kick saved by Kenny.
Kane then went down in th ebox but loud penalty claims were ignored, before King had a header saved.
With the atmosphere turning manic Waghorn’s corner from the right was met by Keane at the far post for a late, late equaliser.

A late goal couldn’t mask another poor performance and Nigel Pearson was involved in a brief altercation with a couple of supporters as the teams made their way off the field. His post-match comments revealed that he might be feeling the pressure of City’s haul of 5 points from the last 18, suggesting that if some fans didn’t like it, they shouldn’t come..

Next Saturday brings an afternoon game at last,  and it needs to see a return to winning ways.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Keane, Morgan, Konchesky (Dyer 46), Drinkwater, King, Knockaert (Marshall 60), Nugent (Waghorn 81), Kane, Wood. Subs Not Used: Logan, Whitbread, Gallagher, Wellens. 
Leeds: Kenny, Byram, Peltier, Lees, Warnock, Green, Tonge, Norris, Varney, Morison, McCormack (Pearce 90). Subs Not Used: Ashdown, White, Brown, Diouf, Habibou, Hall

Referee: Paul Tierney. Attendance: 22,660. 

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City Take a Step Backwards

Ipswich Town 1:0 Leicester City

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City suffered a damaging defeat at Portman Road on Saturday being edged out of a tight game by Ipswich…

Nigel Pearson chose an unchanged side for this trip to Suffolk with David Nugent yet to recover from his neck injury.

There were very few chances in the first half, with Kane sending in a couple of narrowly off-target efforts for City while Chopra and Chambers both forced good saves from Schmeichel for Town. Kane bundled the ball into the net in first half injury time but was denied by the linesman’s flag for offside.

Early in the second half Knockaert was shown a yellow card for booting the ball away, City’s frustrating afternoon in great contrast to the 6-0 win over Ipswich earlier in the season.
Ipswich then went close to an opener when McGoldrick, in on the right, fired in a low shot that Schmeichel did well to keep out.
Just before the hour mark Chambers’s wayward back pass set Kane up with a gift-wrapped opportunity, but his shot brushed the outside of the left hand post with only Henderson to beat.
Nigel Pearson brought Dyer on for Knockaert and Gallagher for Marshall but still City couldn’t find a way through. Wood nodded over and Drinkwater sent a long range effort off-target, but it was the home side who finally made the breakthrough in the 85th minute.
Moments before the winner Murphy appeared to elbow Morgan in the face, but escaped a red card. Morgan, however was shown yellow for pointing this out to the ref for a little too long. It may have still been on his mind seconds later as he made a rare mistake in attempting to play the ball out of defence and  Murphy sent McGoldrick in down the left to slot the winner under Schmeichel.
The nearest City got to an equaliser was a King shot blocked by Emmanuel-Thomas, but the final whistle heralded a defeat, raising further question marks over City’s consistency.

Nigel Pearson commented: “We didn’t deserve to lose. But credit to Ipswich they are working very, very hard and Mick McCarthy has them well organised. They are a lot more difficult to beat now than they were when he first arrived and credit to them for that, but I’m disappointed and the players are disappointed today.”

Ipswich: Henderson, Stearman, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell, Edwards, Hyam, N’Daw, Martin (Emmanuel-Thomas 80), Chopra (Murphy 80), McGoldrick (Drury 90).
Subs not used:Loach, Kisnorbo, Mclean, Nouble.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Keane, Konchesky, Marshall (Gallagher 69), Drinkwater, King, Knockaert (Dyer 65), Kane, Wood. Subs not used: Logan, Whitbread, Vardy, Waghorn, Wellens.

Referee: D Deadman. Attendance: 17,021. 

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Leicester’s Owners Purchase the King Power Stadium

This morning has brought the momentous news that Leicester City’s owners have struck a deal to buy the King Power Stadium through their company K Power Holdings Co Ltd…

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According to the Leicester Mercury previous owners Teachers Insurance, an American pension fund manager that will be a name familiar from the dark days of administration ten years ago, received £17 million in the deal.

Vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (formerly Raksriaksorn) explained: “It has always been part of our long-term vision to put the stadium back where it belongs, into the hands of the football club. While there are no immediate plans to alter the structure or design of the stadium site, the increased flexibility through direct ownership ensures that the football club can freely adjust to the changing needs of its supporter-base for the future.”

This is great news for Leicester City, who have had this drain on the finances holding them back for over a decade, and also underlines the Srivaddhanaprabha’s commitment to the club.

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