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Ben Marshall departs for Ewood Park

Leicester’s forgotten man Ben Marshall has moved to Blackburn Rovers in a £750,000 deal.

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The 21-year-old, who joined City from Stoke in January 2012, has signed a four-year contract with Blackburn Rovers after City agreed an undisclosed fee for his sale, believed to be around £750,000, possibly rising to £1 million.

Although Marshall made a big impact with a series of spectacular goals, quickly earning him his own song among City fans, his form faded towards the end of 2012-13 and he has not featured in the first team this season.

He leaves City with stats of 9 goals in 61 games – better than most who have passed through in recent years…

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Fox Fanzine Subscriptions – 2013-14 Reminders

We have quite a few Fox subscribers who have not yet renewed for the 2013-14 season… 

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With increased postage costs it will cost a fortune to send out that many reminders – so hopefully we can jog a few people’s memories via this message.

If you haven’t received the Summer Special in the post by now then it means you haven’t renewed…

You can either send a cheque for £16.00 to:

The FOX, PO Box No 2, Cosby, Leicester, LE9 1ZZ..

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Leicester ease past Carlisle with five goal display

Carlisle United 2:5 Leicester City

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An unfamiliar Leicester line-up eventually overcame Carlisle’s resistance, thanks to a hat-trick from Chris Wood, to see them into the League Cup third round…

Nigel Pearson made six changes to the side that beat Birmingham for this long midweek trip with Logan replacing Schmeichel in goal, debuts for Miquel and Bakayogo, the captain’s armband going to Dyer, a start for Knockaert and the return of Danns.

But it was the home side who started strongly. Potts sent a long range effort narrowly over before the Cumbrians took a 15 minute lead.
After Danns lost possession in midfield, Berrett set up Amoo for a fine finish past Logan.
City gradually exerted a greater influence on proceedings and equalised in the 38th minute.  Drinkwater sent Wood in down the right, and he turned Thirlwell before firing past keeper Gillespie.
Just before the break Wood should have put City ahead but blazed a great chance over so it was all square at half time.

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That didn’t last long, however, with Dyer outpacing the Carlisle defence to put City ahead just two minutes into the second half.
Four minutes later another burst of Dyer acceleration set Knockaert up to make it 3-1.
City were enjoying themselves now and extended the lead further on the hour. When Vardy was brought down in the area by Potts, Wood stepped up to convert the spot kick and make it 4-1.
Four minutes later, Waghorn, on for Vardy, set up Wood for his hat-trick goal which he gleefully fired across Gillespie.
Berrett got a late consolation for Carlisle  cutting in from the left  and curling a fine shot beyond Logan, but it was a fine win for City and a just reward for the fans who travelled so far on a Tuesday night.

Carlisle: Gillespie, Butterfield Livesey, Thirlwell, Black, Amoo (Symington 74), Berrett, Potts, Noble (Guy 56), Robson, Miller (Beck 80). Unused Subs: Gillies, Edwards, Todd, Fleming.
Leicester: Logan, Moore, Whitbread, Miquel, Bakayogo (Schlupp 84), Knockaert, Drinkwater, Danns, Dyer, Vardy (Waghorn 62), Wood (Hopper 66). Unused Subs: De Laet, King, Gallagher, Smith.

Referee: Graham Salisbury. Attendance: 3,308.

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Summerspecial… doon’t fergit yer Summerspecial!!

Subscribe to The FOX – the Leicester City fanzine – for the 2013-14 season and you will receive The FOX Summer Special 2013 and a set of four free postcards by return of post… 
Packed with (middle to late)  summer fun, this issue features: an interview with Roger Davies who recalls his not very successful stay at Leicester; a review of last season even though they didn’t bring a DVD out; our thoughts on the new Puma range including our kit; Your Guide to the long and winding road of the Championship; Tales From the Riverbank;  Fox Photos; Rewind – kids in the team group; Our thoughts on the great SkyJacking of 2012-13; the results of Player/Villain/Goal of the Season; The ever-insightful Chris Lymn Column; how Youn9y’s book came about;  new column Foxed in the Head; new John Hutchinson series The Managers; your letters, e-mails and messages… and Fanatical Frank’s trip to Vicarage Road… ss2013 ad Honestly, it’s a right bargain… To get hold of your copy, a free set of postcards, and the rest of the issues as they are published this season,  then subscribe to The FOX for the 2013-14 season via Paypal by pressing this blue button…  subscribe button

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Late Show Dispels the Blues…

Leicester City 3:2 Birmingham City

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City left it late against Birmingham at the KPS on Saturday afternoon, but eventually battled their way to a 3-2 win…

Schmeichel was named skipper in the absence of the injured Morgan who was replaced by Whitbread. City retained the 4-3-3 line-up that earned a victory at Derby last week.
The first chance fell to City early on when Vardy raced clear of the Blues’ defence only to be bravely blocked by goalkeeper Randolph who then received a lengthy spell of treatment.
But despite a bright start from City it was the visitors who took a 12th minute lead with their first meaningful attacking move. The back-line looked to be missing Morgan a little as Ferguson squared from the left for a simple finish for Green.
Content to sit on this lead the story of the remainder of the first half was Birmingham defending in depth and City reduced to taking off target pot-shots from distance.
Wood, Drinkwater, James and Schlupp all peppered the Family Stand with their wayward efforts.
Vardy’s persistence down the left then saw him battle his way past Mullins and two other yellow shirts before firing a shot at the near post, which Randolph blocked.

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But City couldn’t summon an equaliser before half-time and Nigel Pearson changed things round for the second half – Knockaert and Dyer replacing Wood and Drinkwater and the formation switching to 4-4-2.
Most of the action took place in Birmingham’s half and a great run run and cross down the left from Dyer saw Knockaert going close at the far post; shortly after Nugent had a fierce effort blocked.
However an extended period of City pressure led to nothing and then Schmeichel had to act smartly to tip a Spector free-kick round the post.
Referee Eddie Ilderton’s series of poor decisions were angering the home fans, especially when Robinson clearly tripped Nugent on the 18 yard line. The only debate seemed to be whether it was inside or onside the area, but the ref waved play on.
The mood lifted in the 77th minute however when Vardy received a Dyer pass 20 yards out and drilled it into the bottom left hand corner past Randolph.
The fans nearly raised the roof five minutes later when King delivered a similar finish having been set up by a Nugent pass.
In injury time City added a third when Ilderton harshly judged that Bartley had brought Dyer down in the area when it looked like a clean tackle.
Nugent made no mistake from 12 yards and, although Burke curled home a fine reply for Birmingham moments later, City had earned a fine victory that saw them sitting in second place in the table.

Nigel Pearson, who turned 50 this week, reflected:  “It’s early in the season so I wouldn’t say it’s a case of building momentum, it’s about finding your feet and trying to get off to a good start which we have done. I don’t think that our performances have been what we’re looking for, but the important thing at the minute is that we’re able to win tight games and that’s always a quality which isn’t easy in this division.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Moore, Whitbread, Schlupp, Drinkwater (Dyer 46), James, King, Vardy, Wood (Knockaert 46), Nugent. Subs Not Used: Waghorn, Danns, Bakayogo, Miquel, Logan.
Birmingham: Randolph, Eardley, Robinson, Burn, Mullins (Burke 86), Novak, Elliott, Spector, Adeyemi, Green (Shinnie 58), Ferguson (Bartley 78). Subs Not Used: Ambrose, Doyle, Reilly, Allan.

Referee: Eddie Ilderton. Attendance: 21,229.

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Leicester Make History at Pride Park

Derby County 0:1 Leicester City

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City just edged a tight game at Pride Park, with the winning margin being a Lee Grant own goal ten minutes before the break…

Nigel Pearson made two changes with Wood and Schlupp coming into a 4-3-3 formation, replacing Whitbread and Konchesky.

The Rams pushed forward early on but City had the best chance when a Wood shot deflected off Nugent but was saved by Grant.
In the 20th minute a lucky ricochet from a midfield challenge sent Vardy in on goal but Grant was smartly out to block his effort.
With chances few and far between Schmeichel then got down well to deny Forsyth at the near post.
City then enjoyed a slice of luck taking a 35th minute lead.  From a James corner Moore nodded the ball back across goal. Vardy’s speculative back heel  was cleared off the line by Coutts, but only as far as his goalkeeper’s back for a bizarre own goal.
Soon after Wood headed narrowly over as City threatened to extend their lead.

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Nugent went close early in the second half but Derby had a better spell for a while.
Hughes and then Bryson went close, before Schmeichel produced a brilliant save to deny Freeman and another to block Keogh.
Knockaert and Dyer then came on for Wood and James.
Vardy was a thorn in the Rams side battling his way through only to see his effort saved by Grant, before being replaced by Waghorn for the last ten minutes.
City managed to weather a late storm, with Schmeichel to the rescue a couple of times, to claim all three points and win the first two away league games for the first time in the club’s history.

Derby: Grant, Forsyth, Bryson, Keogh, Coutts (Ward 71), Hendrick, Martin, Russell (Sammon 78), Freeman, Hughes, Buxton. Subs: Legzdins, Smith, Jacobs, Eustace, Davies.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Schlupp, James (Dyer 71), King, Drinkwater, Vardy (Waghorn 78), Wood (Knockaert 71), Nugent. Subs: Whitbread, Danns, Bakayogo, Logan.

Referee: Robert Madley. Attendance: 23,437

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Leicester and Leeds in Stalemate…

Leicester City 0:0 Leeds United

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Leicester and Leeds played out a 0:0 draw with few highlights at the KPS on Sunday evening…

Nigel Pearson made four changes to his side with Whitbread, Konchesky, Drinkwater and Vardy replacing of St Ledger, Wood, Danns and Dyer.
In a lively opening City’s best chance fell to Vardy who was sent through by Nugent, but Pearce blatantly obstructed him, pucking up a yellow card. Nugent then sent his header over from James’ free-kick.
Virtually nothing of note happened for the rest of the half with the only entertainment provided by Leeds’ large and lively travelling support.

Very little happened after the break either.
Dyer and Knockaert came on for De Laet and James… but still City only came up with a half chance when Drinkwater sent a shot on the turn well over.
Vardy then sent an effort over the bar, before being replaced by Wood. The New Zealander came very close to earning City all three points when a strong run took him past two defenders before he launched a shot against the right hand upright with Kenny beaten.
The visitors also had a late chance to wrap it up but Schmeichel reacted well to save a Smith header.

It was a 90 minutes of perspiration but no inspiration… hopefully enough to dissuade Sky from moving any more of our games for a while.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Dyer 57), Konchesky, Drinkwater, Morgan, Whitbread, James (Knockaert 62), Vardy (Wood 75), King, Moore, Nugent. Subs Not Used: Waghorn, Schlupp, Danns, Logan.
Leeds:Kenny, Peltier, Lees, Pearce, Murphy, Green (Tonge 90), Austin, Hunt (Poleon 65), Varney (Smith 77), Warnock, McCormack. Subs Not Used: Drury, Ashdown, White, Brown

Referee:Keith Stroud. Attendance:22,725.

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