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Nugent Double Sees Off Tykes

Leicester City 2:1 Barnsley

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Two goals from David Nugent ensured that City did enough to beat Barnsley at the KPS on Saturday afternoon…

Nigel Pearson left his line-up unchanged for the fourth League game running, and they dominated possession in the first half without being able to find the net.
Nugent had a couple of early chances but one was blocked and the other was mis-cued wide.  He then set up Dyer for a long-range effort saved by Butland.
In a rare chance for Barnsley Wiseman found the net but the linesman’s flag curtailed the celebrations in the sparsely populated away corner. Otherwise it was all City as the visitors parked the bus.  Vardy tested Butland with a good effort and Dyer sent a difficult chance wide as frustration grew. Then Knockaert suffered a heavy challenge from M’Voto in the area which left him flattened but the home crowd’s loud penalty appeals were ignored and the sides went in scoreless at the break.

City emerged for the second half unchanged and only had to wait five minutes for breakthrough. Dyer found Nugent in space and he had time to steady himself before firing a precise shot past Butland.
Soon after this opener Drinkwater hit the bar with a looping header, with City all over the opposition.
The lead was extended in the 62nd minute when Vardy was taken out by Butland who was lucky to have only a yellow card waved at him.
Nugent did a neat job from 12 yards to put City comfortably ahead.
They appeared to switch off a little after that however, and Barnsley put themselves back in contention when substitute Scotland nodded in a Perkins’ cross at the far post in the 72nd minute.
It made for a nervy final twenty minutes, especially when Schmeichel produced a fine save to deny a solid Cranie header from a corner.
With Hammond and James on for Knockaert and King things tightened up and City did a professional job in seeing out the game through 5 minutes injury time to gain another three points.

Nigel Pearson summed up: “You have to find a way to win games. But we have a better balanced squad and more experience this year. I know we will have some dips this year but I think we are better equipped to deal with them this season than we were last. We are doing okay – a bit better than okay actually.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Morgan, Vardy, King (James 85), Dyer, Moore, Knockaert (Hammond 85), Nugent (Taylor-Fletcher 90). Subs Not Used: Schlupp, Miquel, Logan, Wasilewski.
Barnsley: Butland, Kennedy, Crainie, O’Grady (Rose 79), Perkins, Wiseman, Jennings (Scotland 65), M’Voto, Noble-Lazarus (Cywka 59), Fox, McCourt. Subs Not Used: O’Brien, Dawson, Etuhu, Mellis.

Referee: Phillip Gibbs. Attendance: 21,591.

 

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Knockaert inspires Leicester fightback against Rams

Leicester City 2:1 Derby County

Photo: Shellie Marlowe

Photo: Shellie Marlowe

City made into the fourth round of the League Cup with a win over neighbours Derby at the KPS on Tuesday night, two late goals from Knockaert and Drinkwater turning the game on its head…

Nigel Pearson made eight changes to his side with: Hammond, Hopper, Bakayogo, Taylor-Fletcher, Miquel and Wasilewski all in the starting line-up for the first time.
A bright start saw early chances for Schlupp and Hopper and then Coutts got a shot on target.
Buxton was then denied by a Bakayogo goal-line clearance, before the game settled down into something of a stalemate.
Drinkwater went close with a shot on the turn, but it was the Rams who went into at the break a goal ahead after Russell squared from the right for Martin to beat Schmeichel in the 42nd minute.

Dyer and Nugent replaced Bakayogo and Hopper for the second half with City changing from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2.
Taylor-Fletcher then sent Nugent through for a chance well saved by Grant before making way for Knockaert just after the hour.
Soon after this Russell missed the target, and a chance to kill the game off, when well placed.
Instead, it was City who found the net with 12 minutes remaining.  A well-struck Knockaert free-kick from 30 yards struck the bar, bounced down and into the net to the delight of the Frenchman and home crowd.
For the second game running City struck again soon after.
Drinkwater got a touch to a James free-kick launched into the box and it found the net, sparking more manic celebrations.
This double blow knocked the stuffing out of Derby and City managed to hold on to their lead without any late dramas, going into Wednesday night’s fourth round draw.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Drinkwater, Hammond, James, Schlupp, Moore, Hopper (Nugent 46), Bakayogo (Dyer 46), Taylor-Fletcher (Knockaert 63), Miquel, Wasilewski. Subs Not Used: De Laet, Konchesky, Whitbread, Logan.
Derby: Grant, Forsyth, Bryson, Keogh, Coutts (Davies 28), Martin, Russell, Freeman, Sammon, Hughes (Jacobs 90), Buxton. Subs Not Used: Smith, Ward, Deeney, Eustace, Bennett.

Referee: Dean Whitestone. Attendance: 14,043.

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Leicester rocked by late Blackpool leveller

Blackpool 2:2 Leicester City

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City were denied all three points by a last minute penalty at Bloomfield Road on Saturday afternoon. Despite trailing for much of the game two goals in a minute had given City the lead before a clumsy Schmeichel challenge let the hosts back in via the penalty spot.

For the third game running Nigel Pearson fielded an unchanged side, with new signing Gary Taylor-Fletcher starting on the bench in familiar surroundings.

After a lively start to a match between two sides big on confidence, it was the Seasiders who took a 19th minute lead, when Fuller’s cross from the right was met by Basham who rose above the City defence to nod home.
City pressed forward in search of an equaliser but Knockaert and Nugent were off-target with their efforts.
Just before half-time Fuller played Ince in to slot past Schmeichel but the linesman’s flag was raised and City went in at the break a goal down and still in the game.

City looked threatening in the second half, but couldn’t find the net. Nugent’s inviting ball across the goalmouth, miscued by Vardy from close in being the worst example.
Pearson re-shuffled in the 66th minute bringing Schlupp and Taylor-Fletcher on for Dyer and Nugent.
In this season of penalties City found a way back from 12 yards with 18 minutes remaining. Drinkwater was impeded in the box by Robinson after being played in by Taylor-Fletcher and Konchesly completed the job from the spot.
Just over a minute later the travelling City fans were celebrating again when a headed Blackpool clearance sat up nicely for King who found the top left hand corner with a lovely 20 yard half-volley.
Sadly City couldn’t hang on for victory. Schmeichel needlessly raced out of his goal to meet a 90th minute corner, flattening McKenzie in the process and Ince made no mistake from 12 yards to share the points.

Blackpool: Gilks, Orr, Broadfoot, MacKenzie, Robinson, Ferguson, Osbourne (Tyson 80), Dobbie (Angel 66), Basham, Ince, Fuller (Davies 62). Subs Not Used: Halstead, Cathcart, Barkhuizen, Chopra.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Knockaert (James 84), Drinkwater, King, Dyer (Schlupp 66), Nugent (Taylor Fletcher 66), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Hammond, Bakayogo, Miquel, Logan.

Referee: Scott Duncan. Attendance: 15,317.

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Leicester see off Rovers to go top

Leicester City 2:1 Blackburn Rovers

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City went top of the Championship with a 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers at the KPS on Tuesday night…

Nigel Pearson made no changes to the side that beat Wigan three days earlier.
The recently departed Marshall hit an early shot on target, easily fielded by Schmeichel, and then Knockaert cut in from the right testing Kean with a well struck shot before City took a 15th minute lead.
An inch-perfect ball slipped through the Rovers defence by King  set up Dyer who beat Kean from close range.
City went on to dominate the first half, although when they did add to their lead seconds before the break it was thanks to a soft penalty award from referee Simon Hooper and Spurr and De Laet tangled in the area.
Nugent netted from 12 yards, as he did on Saturday, to give City a comfortable lead.

The second half saw plenty of chances for City, attacking the Kop end, but they could’t find the net again. Kean denied Vardy in a one-on-one; and then made good saves from Knockaert and King.
Nugent then had a chance that was blocked by Dann, before a rare bit of play up the other end saw the second soft penalty of the night awarded.
Taylor went over after a Drinkwater challenge and the ref took the opportunity to even things out. Rhodes completed the job from 12 yards to set up a nervy last 20 minutes.
Pearson brought Hammond on for Dyer, and then Wood replaced Knockaert.
Dann’s header we well saved by Schmeichel and as City attacked on the counter Vardy was chopped down in the area for a much more clear cut penalty than the two that were actually given.
The tireless Vardy then struck the post in time added on, after which City managed to close out the game in a professional manner.

Three points took City to the apex of the Championship, just reward for their efforts in recent weeks…

Leicester: Schmeichel; De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky (Wood 79); Knockaert, Drinkwater, King, Dyer (Hammond 74); Nugent, Vardy. Subs Not Used: James, Schlupp, Hopper, Miquel, Logan.
Blackburn:Kean, Kane, Spurr, Hanley, Lowe, King, Rhodes, Marshall (Olsson 65), Dann, Evans (Taylor 65), Cairney. Subs Not Used: Kilgallon, Eastwood, Marrow, Morris, Judge. 

Referee: Simon Hooper. Attendance:19,135.

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Moore goal sets Leicester on road to victory

Leicester City 2:0 Wigan Athletic

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Liam Moore’s first goal in a City shirt, and a spot-kick from David Nugent saw a comfortable 2-0 win over the FA Cup holders at the KPS on Saturday afternoon…

Nigel Pearson made three changes to the side that lost at Charlton with Konchesky, Knockaert and Dyer slotting into a 4-4-2 formation.
A lively opening saw Nugent and Knockaert missing the target before City took a 15th minute lead.
Knockaert’s corner delivered from the left found Moore unmarked at the far post and he beat Carson with a powerful header into the roof of the net. He delight at scoring his first goal for City was evident as he incorporated several celebrations including the Bale Heart, badge-kiss, fist pump, knee slide and advert hoarding kick in front of L1.
Wigan then had their first decent chance when Cup Final scorer Watson sent a 30 yard free-kick flashing past the left hand post.
City should have extended their lead before the break when Nugent blazed a decent chance over the bar and then Vardy’s great run down the left ended with his fierce shot being blocked by Carson.
The last action of the half saw Schmeichel instinctively blocking a fizzing shot from Barnett, ensuring that City took their well deserved lead down the tunnel.

City continued to create chances in the second half but the final ball was often wanting. Especially when City hit Wigan on the break and Dyer chose the wrong ball to Nugent with Vardy in space on the right. Nugent then overhit a pass to Knockaert when the Frenchman was well placed, but City remained in control of the game despite three substitutions from Owen Coyle.
Nugent then sent another chance high and wide, before another long range effort from Watson threatened Schmechel’s goal.
With ten minutes left Pearson brought on Wood and debutant Hammond for Dyer and Knockaert and within two minutes City doubled their lead and sealed the victory.
A clumsy challenge from Beausejour sent Vardy tumbling in the box and there were no protests as David Webb pointed to the spot.
After a brief struggle with Wood, Nugent claimed the ball and sent his spot-kick a little too close to Carson but still found the net.

It was an excellent afternoon’s work for City who retained their top six place against what should be one of the league’s stronger sides.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Morgan, Vardy (Schlupp 90), King, Dyer (Wood 79), Moore, Knockaert (Hammond 79), Nugent. Subs Not Used: Whitbread, Hopper, Miquel, Logan.
Wigan: Carson, Rogne, Watson, Maloney (McClean 62), Gomez (Powell 54), Boyce, Espinoza (McManaman 54), Beausejour, Perch, Barnett, Fortune. Subs Not Used: Nicholls, Shotton, McCann, McArthur.

Referee: David Webb. Attendance: 21,810.

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Leicester undone by their ex-players at the Valley

Charlton Athletic 2:1 Leicester City

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Nigel Pearson was left fuming by some referring decisions as City suffered their first defeat of the season at the Valley on Saturday afternoon…

There were half a dozen changes from the League Cup win at Carlisle with Schmeichel, Morgan, De Laet, King, James and Nugent returing to the side, but Miquel retaining his starting place in defence.
In a cagey opening only James booking for a foul on Pritchard was to be of any consequence.
City’s first chance came in the 22nd minute but Moore directed a diving header narrowly wide.
Charlton then took a 27th minute lead from a corner, although it looked as though Schmeichel had been impeded as he rose to punch a ball into his box. From Stephen’s flag-kick ex-Fox Morrision rose above the City defence to put the Addicks ahead.
Charlton then missed a golden chance to  go in at the break 2-0 up but Church wasted his chance from close in.

There were no changes at the break but it was a much livelier start to the second half. Kermorgant being denied by a smart save from Schmeichel at the near post, and then City were on the attack Vardy charging down the right and squaring for Drinkwater, but Hamer smothered the chance.
Then came the incident on which the game hinged. James was brought down for what looked like an obvious penalty which wasn’t given. His protests to referee Deadman didn’t appear to be too vociferous but they earned him a second yellow card and left City with a stiff task.
Nugent tested Hamer with a 25 yarder as an indignant City went on the attack, but then the home side doubled their lead in the 58th minute when another ex-City player, Kermorgant (inevitably), prodded a Jackson corner over the line.
Three minutes later City managed to pull a goal back, when a good run and cross from Vardy sat up well for Drinkwater to fire home from inside the area.
City were then kept in the game by a wonderful Schmeichel save from Kermorgant and then another from Cousins, but his heroics weren’t enough the earn the ten men a point.

City first defeat of the season had been engineered by ex-player Chris Powell, two old boys on the scoresheet and some refereeing decisions that Nigel Pearson said: “Beggared belief…”

Charlton: Hamer, Cort, Dervite, Morrison, Wiggins, Wilson, Stephens (Cousins 75), Jackson (c) (Gower 75), Pritchard, Kermorgant, Church (Pigott 89). Subs Not Used: Pope, Evina, Harriott, Sordell.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Knockaert 56), Moore, Morgan, Miquel, Schlupp (Dyer 72), Drinkwater, King James, Nugent, Vardy (Wood 67). Subs Not Used: Whitbread, Danns, Bakayogo, Logan.

Referee: D. Deadman. Attendance: 15,542.

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