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Leicester Stung by Hornets

Leicester City 1:2 Watford

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City now maintain only the slimmest hopes of a play-off place, losing 2-1 to Watford at the KPS on Friday night, two goals leading up to half-time doing the damage…

Nigel Pearson sent out the same side that drew 2-2 at Palace  and they were greeted onto the pitch by a post-run Birch speech and the racket of thousands of  clap banners which had been laggy-banded to each seat.
Although City had most of the possession Watford displayed flashes of their Premier League credentials. Anya’s cross found Hogg in a dangerous position, but Schmeichel denied him with a fine save.
City, playing  a more direct game, then had a chance of their own, but King sent a half volley  narrowly wide.
Knockaert then fired a shot over from distance as City pressed forward.
But, five minutes before the break, the visitor’s got the vital first goal.  A corner from the left made it through a crowded six yard box and was  nodded back for Deeney who netted from the edge of the six yard box.
Three minutes later Watford struck a killer second goal, the ball sitting up nicely for Chalobah to execute a perfect half-volley past Schmeichel.
In almost got even worse for City before the half time whistle when De Laet was well placed on the line to block a low shot from Hogg.

Pearson traded Nugent for Schlupp at the break and he went close after diverting a De Laet cross early on.
But City were struggling to make much impression on a well-drilled Watford side and a further change was made on the hour, with Kane on for Dyer.
This proved to be the key to unlock the yellow wall, with Kane’s well timed run seeing him head home a Konchesky free-kick after two minutes on the field. Every defender had his arm in the air for offside, but they were wrong.
With City desperately in search of an equaliser Kane tested Almunia with a fierce shot before Marshall replaced Knockaert.
Marshall went close with a shot during a passage of play that Wood going down heavily in the box,  but City’s appeals for a penalty were waved away.
Watford then shut up shop, broke up the game with substitutions, and killed the game expertly, with City unable to trouble them, even in five minutes time added on.

And so the season at the King Power has almost certainly ended in huge disappointment, having looked so promising up until late January.

A win at Forest is something City haven’t managed in the league since 1972, and even that might not be enough…

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky, Morgan, King, Dyer, Keane, James, Schlupp (Nugent 46), Knockaert (Marshall 64) Wood. Unused subs: Drinkwater, Whitbread, Logan, Moore.
Watford: Almunia, Hogg, Deeney, Doyley, Pudil, Vydra, Anya (Briggs 71), Abdi (Battocchio 83), Cassetti, Chalobah (Yeates 78), Ekstrand. Unused Subs: Murray, Bond, Geijo, Forestieri.

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire). Attendance: 25,091.

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FOX 185 – ON SALE TONIGHT

Issue No 185 of The FOX – The Leicester City Fanzine –will be on sale before tonight’s game against Watford…
It might be the last home game of the season… it might not.

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FOX 185  features: an interview we did in Dublin with Pat Byrne, recalling his time at City under Jock Wallace;  Something Old, Something New; Fully Programmed from 1968-69; Fox Diary – which starts badly and then gets worse; the latest from the Foxes Trust; Tales From the Riverbank; Rewind – an eventful night at the Victoria Ground; the Chris Lymn Column; John Hutchinson looks through the 1980s box in the Leicester City archives; Fox-Photos; Please – an extensive list of what is wrong with modern football; your letters and Bentley’s Roof; Parting Shots – our favourite photos from the last month; and FortySomething gets messed around by the ever-changing fixture list ….

all for £2…

Pat Byrne Interview Extract…

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He gave us a fascinating insight into his time at Filbert Street under Jock Wallace and had very fond memories of a win at Anfield:

“When we got to Liverpool Jock tried to take the pressure off us straight away and he said ‘We’re not supposed to win here today, you know that don’t you? We’ve just lost at Exeter and today is a match that we’re not supposed to win’ and that was how he prepared us and it worked! He had a strange way of doing things at times but this was his way of getting us in the mood by taking the pressure right off and telling us to go out and enjoy ourselves. He believed so much in his team and it was a team to him and not about individuals. If he even felt that there was even a sign of someone trying to be an individual then he would jump on it very quickly. Maybe he would have been happy to have not been hammered but we never felt that, we believed we could do it. I think we probably had a bit of luck that day and we even scored all of the goals! Youngy scored a beauty in his own net didn’t he? The goal I scored was one of those that you catch just right even though I was a way out but the ball came across and I hit it first time. If I hadn’t got it right it would have killed a few seagulls on its way out of the ground! But what a feeling to see the ball in the net at the Kop end; that’s why you play football for moments like that. Even now people still want to talk about it which I find incredible.”

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City get a point from Palace

Crystal Palace 2:2 Leicester City

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Leicester twice came from behind at Selhurst Park to draw 2-2, but a point was not enough to keep them in the play-off frame…

Nigel Pearson made no changes to the side that beat Bolton for this trip to South London.
City survived an early scare when James was saved the embarrassment of an own goal by a fine Schmeichel save.
But after a scrappy opening spell it was Palace who took a 27th minute lead when Gabbidon rose high to meet Dobbie’s free-kick, directing his header beyond Schmeichel’s reach from some distance.
Wood then struck a 25 yard free-kick that hit a defender but looped up over the bar.
City levelled matters in the 37th minute, when a slick move involving Konchesky, Knockaert and Dyer set up King for a side-step round Delaney and a cool finish past Speroni.
Another fine Schmeichel save then denied Murray to ensure parity at the break.

City had early chances in the second half with De Laet heading on-target from James’ free kick, and Konchesky delivering a decent cross which Knockaert, hit over from close in.
Another dangerous Dobbie free-kick saw Wilbraham head against the crossbar in the 58th  minute.
The hosts then regained the lead in the 67th when persistent work from Murray on the edge of the area opened the way for  Dobbie to curl a precise shot round Schmeichel.
Pearson then brought Nugent on for Schlupp and City were gifted a second equaliser.
In the 73rd minute a Delaney error saw Wood bearing down on goal, and he blasted a shot across Speroni to even the score before celebrating with the 2,400 City fans.
Both sides appeared to reluctantly settle for a point late on, with City dropping out of the play-off frame, leap-frogged by Bolton, who beat Middlesbrough.

Nigel Pearson admitted: “I think at any other time we’d be talking about this as a very good point, but we’ve got to win our last two games now.”

Palace: Speroni, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey, Zaha, Dikgacoi, Marrow (O’Keefe 78), Dobbie (Bolasie 76), Murray, Wilbraham. Unused Subs: Fitzsimons, Ramage, Moritz, Banton.
Leicester
: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Keane, Konchesky, King, Knockaert (Kane 90), Dyer (Gallagher 89), James, Wood, Schlupp (Nugent 73). Unused Subs: Drinkwater, Whitbread, Logan, Moore.

Referee: A. Madley (West Yorks). Attendance: 18,563.

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City regain Play-Off place with victory over Bolton

Leicester City 3:2 Bolton Wanderers

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 Leicester’s first win in ten attempts put them back in the play-off frame –  with Jeff Schlupp’s winner finally seeing Bolton off  at the KPS on Tuesday night….

With every game now a ‘must win’ Nigel Pearson made two changes to the side that drew against Birmingham, Knockaert and Dyer returning to the wings  in place of Nugent andDrinkwater, in a 442.
City got off to a shocking start however,  as Morgan tripped Lee in the area and Ngog netted with the spot-kick despite Schmeichel getting a touch.
Bolton had the lead and were happy to defend which meant chances were few for City. In the 18th minute De Laet set up Wood for an overhead kick, but it cleared Bogdan’s bar.
Bogdan then saved well from a Wood free-kick and there was litle of note to report on a becalmed first half, until five minutes before the break.
Dyer burst down the left and into the area, where Butterfield brought him down.  Wood made no mistake from 12 yards for his first goal in ten games.
Two minutes later the crowd were out of their seats again as the game turned completely around. Wood set up Dyer who produced a fine finish to beat Bogdan and put City ahead.
City had their tails up for the second half, but Bolton gradually worked their way back into the game. City got a warning shot across the bows in the 61st minute when Davies struck the a post from 25 yards.
With 20 minutes remaining there was a familiar sinking feeling as City had seemingly once gain failed to see out a game.
Alonso’s throw from the right was nodded on and fell nicely for an unmarked for Pratley to prod home from close in.
Nugent came on for Dyer and was soon involved in City’s winner.
In the 79th minute  De Laet’s throw-in, was flicked on by Wood towards Nugent, who hurried Knight into a poor clearance which sat up nicely for Schlupp on the edge of the area. His dipping volley found the net much to the joy of the young striker and some long suffering fans.

There was a still a long nail-chewing period to endure and Bolton threw everything forward, Knight being denied by a fantastic Schmeichel save.
City survived a late aerial onslaught from the visitors to put their play-off destiny back in their own hands, thanks to their own efforts and some great results coming in from elsewhere.

Nigel Pearson was pleased with his players: “We had to deal with going behind to a penalty after two minutes, but it was important that we got the three points. We showed a lot of courage and also we showed a lot of ability.”

Leicester:  Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky, Morgan, King, Dyer (Nugent 79), Keane, James, Schlupp, Knockaert (Drinkwater 82), Wood. Unused Subs: Whitbread, Vardy, Logan, Gallagher, Kane.
Bolton: Bogdan, Butterfield (Ricketts 59), Knight, Dawson, Alonso, Kamara, Vela (Davies 57), Pratley, Eagles, Lee, Ngog (Eaves 87). Unused Subs: Lonergan, Ream, Hall, Sordell. 

Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear). Attendance: 22,442.

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Leicester Can’t Shake off the Blues

Leicester City 2:2 Birmingham City

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Nigel Pearson made two changes to the starting XI that drew at Brighton with De Laet in for Moore and Wood replacing Marshall.
In front of a large crowd for a televised game City had the first attempt on goal in the 12th minute, when Nugent forced a save from Butland with a 25 yarder.
James delivered the resulting corner from the right and former-Fox Davies, trying to get ahead of Morgan, nodded past his own keeper to put City ahead. It was a stroke of luck for a City side who hadn’t had the breaks lately and Schlupp should have added to the score in the 20th minute
after a Blues defensive error but he was twice denied by Butland.
Soon after Keane got his head to another James corner, but sent it narrowly over the bar.
King then wasted a good chance firing an effort straight at Butland, while for the Blues’ (wearing highlighter pen pink)  the lively Redmond kept  Schmeichel on his toes with a couple of smartly struck efforts.
Nugent then screwed a chance wide, before Wood fired a free-kick into the wall.

More chances came City’s way early in the second half but Schlupp sent one shot wide and then was denied by a Davies block.
In an entertaining end to end game Elliott then send a shot narrowly wide of Schmeichel’s goal.
The feeling that City might regret all those missed opportunities came to fruition on the hour when a clever Caddis move unzipped City’s defence and left Zigic with an easy tap in from six yards.
More chances came and went, Schlupp hit the post  and was then sent through on goal by King, but Robinson denied him with a brilliant recovering tackle.
Dyer came on for Drinkwater in the 68th minute as City threw everything forward and they regained the lead with fifteen minutes remaining. Again it came from a James corner from the right and  Schlupp rose like a salmon to nod a header under the bar from close in.
Sadly this did not prove to be the winner.
In the last minute Nugent carved a path through his own defence before conceding possession to Thomas and then tripping him on the edge of the  area. Referee Mick Russell judged that it was inside the box and Burke slammed it home despite Schmeichel getting close.

Any lingering play-off hopes have now surely been dispersed…

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky, Drinkwater (Dyer 68), Morgan, King, Keane, James, Schlupp, Nugent, Wood (Kane 87). Unused Subs: Marshall, Vardy, Logan, Moore, Knockaert.
Birmingham: Butland, Davies, Morrison, Gomis, Elliott (Thomas 76), Zigic, Redmond, Hancox, Caddis, Robinson, Ferguson (Burke 82). Unused Subs: Caldwell, Mullins, Lovenkrands, Doyle, Reilly.
Referee: Mick Russell (Herts). Attendance: 25,554

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The FOX – the Leicester City Fanzine – new email address

With the Sky email transfer over to Yahoo turning into a train crash we have now had to set up a new email address for The FOX…

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Please use this to contact us for the foreseeable future. Thanks.

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City Fall at the Last Fence Again

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Nigel Pearson made five changes for this trip to the south coast with Morgan, Moore, Marshall, Drinkwater and Schlupp returning to the starting XI.
Gus Poyet had to bring on an 11th minute subs  when Lua Lua came on for Buckley.
City looked much improved from the Barnsley outing and had the best of the first half.
King sent one effort across goal narrowly wide; while Nugent’s low drove was saved by Kuszczak. with a low effort from 20 yards as City were able Brighton’s best first half moment came after 30 minutes when Calderon’s header was blocked by the flicked up heel of Drinkwater on the line before Bridcutt fired the follow up well over.
City then went close up the other end, Schlupp squaring for King whose side-footer from inside the area smacked against the bar.
Schlupp then had a one-on-one with Kuszczak but he shot straight at the keeper.

City kept up their improved form in the second half: Konchesky’s cross from the  left,  eventually finding Moore at the far post but he put a difficult chance over. King then attempted a curling effort Kuszczak parried away.
De Laet then replaced Marshall on the right wing.
In the 70th minute Lua Lua’s pace took him round Moore but Ulloa mishit his shot inches wide.
Two minutes later City finally broke the deadlock. Moore’s throw from the right, was flicked on by De Laet and James reacted swiftly to gather the ball and despatch it past Kuszczak from close in.
Kane and Wood were immediately introduced for Nugent and Schlupp as City attempted to see out the closing stages and defend their vital lead.
Unfortunately this resistance only lasted until the 87th minute when Lua Lua cut in from the left and launched an effort from the edge of the area that beat Schmeichel for pace.
The game that City had to win ended in a 1-1 draw, which saw City remain outside the play-off frame, and was a huge disappointment for the 2,000 travelling fans.

Brighton: Kuszczak, Calderon, Greer, Upson, Bridge, Bridcutt, Lopez (Vicente 54), Hammond, Buckley (Lua Lua 11), Ulloa, Orlandi (Barker 78). Unused Subs: Ankergren, El-Abd, Painter, Crofts.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Moore, Morgan, Keane, Konchesky, King, James, Drinkwater, Marshall (De Laet 60), Nugent (Kane 72), Schlupp (Wood 72). Unused Subs: Dyer, Logan, Wellens, Knockaert.

Referee: Jonathan Moss (West Yorks). Attendance: 28,493.

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