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Late drama sees Leicester past Fulham and into the quarter finals

Leicester City 4:3 Fulham

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City are the only Championship side left in the League Cup after defeating Fulham in a 4-3 thriller at the KPS on Tuesday night…

Nigel Pearson made five changes to his side bringing in Miquel, Hammond, James, Schlupp and Wood.
After a cagey start to the game, with City trying to close down Fulham’s passing game.
But the Premier League side took an 18 minute lead following a slick move that saw Riise in down the left and finding Rodallega at the far post who netted from inches out despite City’s loud appeals for offside.
It was a tough task for City now but they pressed on. Wood forced a save from Cottagers’ keeper Stekelenburg and Knockaert also tested him with a shot, before Konchesky fired a shot over the bar.
City’s efforts were finally rewarded four minutes before the break. After Boatang brought down Hammond for a cautionable offence, Knockaert fired in a 25 yarder that Stekelenburg could only parry straight to Morgan who was left with the simple task of nodding the ball past him to level the game.
Four minutes later, to the delight of the home crowd, Fulham gifted City another goal. Senderos hit a poor clearance against the back of Konchesky and it fell perfectly for Wood to find the net from the edge of the six yard area six yards out to give City a half time lead that had looked highly unlikely five minutes earlier.

Dyer replaced Konchesky after the break and fired narrowly wide right from the kick off in what proved to be a lively start to the second half.
In the 50th minute Miquel rose above the visitor’s defence to nod Drinkwater’s cross home and give City a two goal cushion.
However, this was instantly reduced back to a single goal as City appeared to be caught napping and Rodallega headed his second from a teasing Karagounis cross.
Martin Jol introduced Ruiz and Bent to the action, but City were still looking the better side. A series of chances failed to produce a goal to kill off Fulham: Wood’s hooked shot over his own shoulder just failed to catch Stekelenburg out, Dyer and then James had shots blocked, and Schlupp missed the target when well placed.
At the other end Schmeichel pulled off a fine save to deny Ruiz.
As the clock ticked on it looked as though City were almost there when Wasilewski brought down Ruiz right on the 18 yard line.  Karagounis arrowed it into the top right hand corner and a hugely disappointed crowd prepared themselves for extra-time.
It wasn’t required however. Straight after Fulham’s equaliser Pearson then brought on Vardy and Nugent for Knockaert and Wood – and both were involved in City’s winner.
A fine pass down the right from Vardy set Nugent up for a perfect cross which Dyer raced in to convert from 12 yards.
The roof nearly lifted off the KPS and, despite 6 minutes of time added on, City made it through to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2000.
Nigel Pearson summed up: “I don’t like conceding three goals but I really enjoy scoring four,” said the manager at final whistle. The most important thing tonight was going through to the next round. We thought we had a chance, and that proved to be the case.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Konchesky (Dyer 46), Drinkwater, Morgan, Hammond, James, Schlupp, Miquel, Knockaert, Wasilewski, Wood. Subs Not Used: Vardy, King, Moore, Taylor-Fletcher, Logan, Nugent.
Fulham: Stekelenburg, Riise, Senderos, Kacaniklic, Karagounis, Duff (Ruiz 56), Hughes, Taarabt, Rodallega (Bent 64), Zverotic, Boatang (Sidwell 81). Subs Not Used: Stockdale, Dejagah, David, Amorebieta.

Referee: Keith Stroud. Attendance: 17,937.

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Leicester Pip Cherries to the Points

Leicester City 2:1 AFC Bournemouth

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City’s sixth consecutive home win saw them overcome a decent Bournemouth side at the KPS on Saturday afternoon…

Nigel Pearson named an unchanged side for this fixture which hadn’t been played since Boxing Day 1989, and they got off to a racing start.
Knockaert played a clever ball through for Dyer who tested Cherries’ keeper Allsop with an angled drive.
Vardy was then brought down by Ward, who was booked, and from Knockaert’s free-kick Morgan’s effort looked goalbound until it struck Vardy who couldn’t get out of the way in time.
Bournemouth were swift on the break however and  Grabban saw a thumping shot deflected just wide.
City went ahead in the 18th minute when Dyer hared down the left and then set up Nugent who curled a precise shot beyond Allsop’s reach and into the top right hand corner.
City couldn’t add to the scoreline before the break despite their best efforts, but the visitor’s did.
In the 38th minute the ball sat up nicely for Pugh who hammered a fine shot past Schmeichel to put the Cherries level.

Just seven minutes into the second half Pearson replaced Nugent with Wood.
Vardy was shoved over by Ward but got no change from the ref, and as City pressed forward Knockaert and Moore also had chances, but it was the sheer persistence of Vardy that put City back into the lead in the 63rd minute.
A ball over the top from Wood looked as if it was heading for the keeper but the onrushing Vardy appeared to put him in two minds and it was the City striker who got to it first, rounding Allsop before slotting home the winner.
Two minutes later Ward fouled Drinkwater  and had a second yellow card shown to him, taking almost a minute of his own side’s time to leave the pitch.
City never really looked threatened after that and closed out the game successfully as they have so many times recently. Substitute Schlupp almost found a third goal but sent his glancing effort inches wide of the left hand post.
It wasn’t needed, as City took the points and moved up into the second automatic promotion place.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Morgan, Vardy (Schlupp 86), King (Hammond 86), Dyer, Moore, Knockaert, Wasilewski, Nugent (Wood 52). Subs Not Used: James, Taylor-Fletcher, Miquel, Logan.
Bournemouth: Allsop, Francis, Cook, Pugh, Arter, Grabban (Elphick 68), Daniels (Thomas 80), Fraser ((Pitman 57), Ward, Rantie, Collison. Subs Not Used: Surman, Jalal, Harte, O’Kane.

Referee: Andy Davies. Attendance: 23,357.

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FOX 186 – The Leicester City Fanzine – in the shops now!

Issue No 186 of The FOX – is in all good newsagents now…

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FOX 186 features: an interview with Kevin Poole looking back on his City career;  Something Old, Something New; Fully Programmed from 1985-86; Fox Diary; the latest from the Foxes Trust; Tales From the Riverbank; Rewind – it’s raining paper – Allelujah!; new column Foxed in the Head has a scrap; the Chris Lymn Column; John Hutchinson looks at Martin O’Neill’s departure in The Managers; Fox-Photos; Cheat – on diving and other dastardly acts; your letters and Bentley’s Roof; Parting Shots – our favourite photos from the last month; and FortySomething takes a trip to the south west….

all for £2…

 

Kevin Poole Interview Extract…

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FOX: Although City were relegated in that first season in the Premier League you did at least pick up the Player of the Season Award in 1994-95, usually an indication that it hasn’t been a great season…

KP: It’s fair enough, we weren’t really good enough and I did have a lot to do, which probably stuck in people’s minds.

FOX: We were missing David Speedie, Julian Joachim and Steve Walsh for big chunks of that season, to be fair…

KP: Yes, they were big players to have to replace. There is a lot of quality and experience among those three so it probably had something to do with it.

FOX: Is it true that you dropped the award?!

KP: Yes, it is! [laughs]

Me and my wife stayed in the Holiday Inn after the Awards do. I had it in a box which I got out of the car. While we were still in the car park the bottom fell out of the box and it went straight through and smashed on the floor! It was cut glass. I didn’t actually drop it, I blame the box, bit Goalkeeper Drops Award is obviously the headline there. I took a little bit of stick for that.

FOX: Did you have to pay for a replacement?

KP: No, the club got me another one, so it was okay.

FOX: In the middle of that campaign Brian Little departed. As the player who had known him the longest how did that effect you?

KP: Well, it didn’t change too much at the time. I had the jersey and when Mark McGhee came in he didn’t change much at first. He had a good look at what he had got. After a while he told me he was getting someone else in, and that turned out to be Željko Kalac.

FOX: You missed one league game that season of 1995-96 when McGhee dropped you for Spider Kalac. How did that conversation go?

KP: Well I thought I had done alright and had a decent season. But having gone to a lot of trouble to bring him in I think he felt he had got to play him. He didn’t mention the height think but perhaps that was what it was all about.
He just said: “I want to freshen things up and I’m going to give him a game.”
I think he played two games didn’t he? At West Brom in the League and Bolton in the League Cup.
Then he had to come crawling back to me and say: “Sorry, I’ve done the wrong thing.”
He was good enough to apologise to me!

 

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Leicester see off tenacious Terriers

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City did just enough to gain all three points at the KPS on Saturday afternoon, though Huddersfield might consider themselves unlucky to have gone home empty handed…

Nigel Pearson made his first team change in seven league matches with new Polish signing Marcin Wasilewski making his debut and Moore moved out to right-back in place of De Laet.
Knockaert carved out the first chance of the game, cutting in neatly before blazing a shot over the bar, but City almost went behind moments later when a fierce Vaughan shot was smartly saved by Schmeichel.
After this let off City took an 11th minute lead, when Vardy ran on to a Nugent ball before lashing a shot into the roof of Smithies’ net.
It was real end to end stuff and Nugent should have extended City’s lead in the 25th minute when one-on-one with Smithies, but the Terriers keeper did well to get a hand to the striker’s low shot.  Straight down the other end Vaughan was in the same situation with Schmeichel, with the same outcome.
Schmeichel then produced his third great save from Ward’s shot on the turn as the Wasilewski/Morgan partnership seemed to be taking a while to bed in.
City then enjoyed a large slice of fortune as Gerrard got a firm diving-header onto a Knockaert corner to comprehensively beat his own keeper.
Moore, Vardy and Knockaert all went close as City poured forward in search of a third up to the break.

City’s dominance continued after the break with chances going begging for Dyer, Drinkwater, Vardy and Nugent, but a double substitution on the hour gave the visitors fresh impetus.  Mark Robins brought Scannell and Holmes on for Foxon and Hammill and the tide turned.
Holmes set Vaughan up for a good chance but he fired wide of the target; and then Scannell, in a goal similar to his FA Cup winner at the same end last year battled his way through the City defence before placing the ball past Schmeichel.
City fans may have been wondering why he isn’t in the starting line-up.
Pearson then made a couple of changes of his own bringing on Hammond and James for Knockaert and King, and James soon had an on-target effort blocked by Gerrard.
City were in familiar territory defending a one goal lead and the task got a bit easier when Town were reduced to ten men late on. The red mist descended on Vaughan after he was tripped and Wasilewski accidentally clipped his head with his boot.  Vaughan marched up to Wasilewski and shoved him hard in the back . As the Pole picked himself up the ref had no choice but to flourish a red card at the former-City player.
Although this fired the visitor’s up for a while, and Schmeichel had to produce perhaps his best save of the afternoon, clawing away a Holmes volley heading for the top right hand corner, the numerical advantage made it easier for City to see out the game for another three points.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Morgan, Vardy, King (Hammond 70), Dyer (Schlupp 88), Moore, Knockaert (James 70), Wasilewski, Nugent. Subs Not used: Taylor-Fletcher, Miquel, Logan, Wood.
Huddersfield: Smithies, Woods, Dixon (Holmes 61), Clarke, Hogg, Vaughan, Gobern (Clayton 68), Ward, Hammill (Scannell 61), Lynch, Gerrard. Subs Not Used: Norwood, Bennett, Stead, Paterson.

Referee: James Adcock. Attendance: 22,297.

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Schmeichel Slip Sees Leicester Go Down at Doncaster

Doncaster Rovers 1:0 Leicester City

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A first half clanger from Kasper Schmeichel was the difference between Doncaster and City at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday…

Nigel Pearson named the same starting line-up for the sixth game running but for once it didn’t do the job.
City had the first chance of the game in the 10th minute when Moore headed over from a Knockaert corner, but it was Rovers who benefitted from a major slice of fortune in the 17th minute.
Duffy’s corner from the left looked like a regulation catch for an unhindered Schmeichel, but perhaps with one eye on how he was going to distribute the ball he fumbled it into his own net.
City set about repairing the damage with a good period of attacking play and Knockaert forced a fine save from Rovers’ keeper Turnbull.
At the other end Schmeichel did well to block a fierce angled drive from Robinson.
Macheda then wasted a good opportunity, heading wide when well placed, before City ended the half with a flourish.
Konchesky’s well-struck shot was blocked by Turnbull and then Drinkwater’s shot across goal skimmed the right hand post.

There were no changes for the second half and Doncaster continued to frustrate City with a good defensive display. Knockaert landed a free-kick on top of the goal, Vardy had a chance blocked and Nugent wasted a chance.
The introduction of  Wasilewski and Schlupp for De Laet and Dyer did nothing to changes matters, and after a late mazy run by Knockaert came to nothing the final whistle heralded City’s second defeat of the season.
Poor reward for the City followers who made up a third of the 10,000 crowd.

Nigel Pearson was in a forgiving mood:  “The game’s been settled by one incident really, but we’ve not created enough chances in open play to get back in it in the end. No doubt people will dwell on the goal but there will probably be more talk about it outside our dressing room than inside. Kasper’s been exceptionally good since he came to the club and been responsible for winning matches and picking up lots of points with his performances.”

Doncaster: Turnbull, Quinn, Jones, Khumalo, Wabara, Furman, Keegan, Duffy, Robinson, Brown, Macheda (Coppinger 75). Subs Not Used: Maxted, Paynter, Cotterill, McCullough, Bennett, Wellens.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Wasilewski 67), Konchesky, Drinkwater, Morgan, Vardy, King, Dyer (Schlupp 71), Moore, Knockaert, Nugent. Subs Not Used: Hammond, James, Hopper, Miquel, Logan.

Referee: Mark Heywood. Attendance: 10,003.

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Leicester battle to victory in the Wild West

Yeovil 1:2 Leicester City

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City’s great run of results continued with a 2-1 win at a wet and windy Huish Park on Tuesday night…

Nigel Pearson stuck with his side for a fifth League game on the trot and eventually it paid off.
However the 1,500 City followers, most of them on the uncovered terrace, endured a frustrating first half.
Although it was Yeovil who had the first chance when Upson was nicely set up by Williams but blazed wide from close in; there followed a series of City misses, with the ball sailing into the home end time and again.
Moore,  Dyer, Vardy and King were all off-target with their chances, while Upson went close for the home side.
Just before the break Knockaert made some room for a shot but fired straight at the large figure of Hennessey in the Glovers’ goal.

City, unchanged for the second half, didn’t have long to wait for the breakthrough.
Hitting Yeovil with a swift breakaway in the 54th minute, Nugent fed a ball in for the left that the onrushing Dyer crashed past Hennessey.
Nine minutes later they doubled their lead with yet another penalty after Seabourne brought De Laet down in the area.
Nugent crashed home his seventh goal (and sixth penalty) of the season to put City in a commanding lead.
However, the similarities with Saturday’s game against Barnsley continued when Yeovil pulled a goal back in the 84th minute for a nervy ending to the game. Another penalty was awarded when Moore brought Hayter down with City’s back line looking a bit stretched, and Hayter himself converted from 12 yards.
In the pouring rain City managed to blunt any revival from the home side, and hung on for three precious points, joining Burnley and QPR on 23 at the top of the table.

Yeovil: Hennessey, Ayling (McAllister 74), Edwards, Seaborne (Webster 63), Upson, Duffy, Madden, Ralls, Davis, Grant, Williams (Hayter 77). Subs Not Used: Dawson, Foley, Moore, Dunn.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky, Drinkwater (Hammond 90), Morgan, Vardy, King, Dyer, Moore, Knockaert (James 72), Nugent (Schlupp 78). Subs Not Used: Hopper, Miquel, Wasilewski, Logan.  

Referee: Brandon Malone. Attendance: 6,476.

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