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Record Breaking Leicester give Birmingham the blues

Birmingham City 1:2 Leicester City

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City broke an all-time club record at St Andrews on Tuesday night, the 2-1 win over Birmingham was their 8th consecutive league victory…

Nigel Pearson made one change with Wasilewski in for Moore, after his collision with a post against Middlesbrough and it looked like business as usual for City as they applied some early pressure.
James sent a free-kick narrowly wide; Vardy had a shot blocked; and City won a series of corners as Blues struggled to contain City.
After a good Randolph save had denied James City went ahead in the 23rd minute. A lovely ball from Nugent sent Dyer in on goal and he blasted the ball past Randolph and into the roof of the net.
Although Nugent went close with an effort just before the break the 1-0 scoreline at half time didn’t really reflect the leaders’ superiority.

With City looking to add to that lead Dyer forced a good save from Randolph before Bartley sliced an attempted clearance onto his own crossbar.
Pearson then introduced Mahrez for Dyer, the goalscorer making no secret of his dismay at this decision.
In the 83rd minute a scramble in the City area ended when Morgan cleared to Mahrez, who fed the ball to Vardy who raced past his marker before angling a fierce shot across Randolph and into the far corner, sparking some wild celebrations.

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Although Birmingham got a late consolation goal from a Lovenkrands near-post header, City were not to be denied the club record of eight consecutive league wins (and four away wins) while further strengthening their place in the automatic promotion places.
“We’re Leicester City, we win every week…”

Birmingham: Randolph, Caddis, Bartley, Packwood, Bell, Adeyemi, Lee (Lovenkrands 46), Burke, Brown, Rusnak, Novak. Subs Not Used: Doyle, Mullins, Reilly, Ferguson, Howard, Gray.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Wasilewski, Morgan, Konchesky, Knockaert (Hammond 80), Drinkwater, James, Dyer (Mahrez 71), Nugent, Vardy (Phillips 86). Subs Not Used: King, Schlupp, Taylor-Fletcher, Logan.

Referee: C Boyeson. Attendance: 14,763.

All photos: Simon Kimber

We are extending our popular ‘The FOX as a late Christmas present to the Leicester City fan in your life’ into January – minus the Christmas wrapping.…

They will receive all the issues that have come out by mid-December this season: The Summer Special 2013; FOX 186 and FOX 187, will be posted in time for Christmas and will be gift-wrapped.

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Also included will be a set of 12 Leicester City postcards and 5 full colour 8″ x 10″ prints).

The recipient will then receive the rest of the season’s issues as they are published in 2014…

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All this Leicester City related fun and games for just £14…

You can either pay online via Paypal here..

or send a cheque for £14 to:

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

Please remember to put a personal message if required…

 

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Leicester beat the weather and Boro to stay on course

Leicester City 2:0 Middlesbrough

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Although a storm at kick-off ruined the first half as a spectacle, two second half goals against Middlesbrough sealed a seventh consecutive win for City at the KPS on Saturday…

Nigel Pearson sent out an unchanged side, but it soon had to be reshuffled.
A violent storm broke over the ground as the two sides came out and heavy rain soon made the playing surface waterlogged.
In the 5th minute Moore raced to meet a Knockaert free-kick at the far post and, sending his effort just wide, he slid into the left hand upright. After attempting to carry on he had to concede defeat and was replaced by Wasilewski.
He wasn’t the only casualty of the storm, with the ball refusing to roll along the ground, both sides had to limit their ambitions to simply propelling it forward.
There were few chances among the hoofing: Vardy attempted to lob Given in the Boro goal; and there was a scramble in City’s penalty area that was cleared.
The rain abated and the groundsmen forked the pitch at half time, and the real game began an hour late.
Although Boro had the first chance – Jutkiewicz’s header from close in going straight at Schmeichel – it was City who took a vital lead seven minutes into the second half. Nugent cahsed a long ball from Nugent down the left, and robbed Ayala right on the goal line, before cutting a ball back for Vardy to slot home an easy chance.
Vardy’s enthusiasm was undampened by the conditions and one head long charge into the penalty area against three defenders saw him upended by Williams in the 72nd minute.  Unfortunately Nugent could not add to his tally from the penalty spot this season, placing his kick too close to Given.
But City got a second a minute later when a James free-kick delivered from the left was headed home from close in by De Laet.
Phillips and Mahrez then made their KPS bows, replacing Dyer and Vardy, although the game was alreadey won, as City had passed another difficult test.
They equalled the all-time club record of seven league wins on the trot and went 8 points clear at the top of the Championship.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Konchesky, Morgan, Moore (Wasilewski 9), De Laet; Knockaert, Dyer (Mahrez 79), James, Drinkwater; Vardy (Phillips 79), Nugent. Subs Not Used: Hammond, King, Taylor-Fletcher, Logan.
Middlesbrough: Given, Friend, Williams, Leadbitter, Varga, Jutkiewicz (Kamara 59), Ledesma (Chalobah 75), Whitehead, Carayol, Ayala, Adomah. Subs Not Used: Butterfield, Emnes, Konstantopoulos, Gibson, Omeuo.

Referee: S  Martin. Attendance: 26,047.  

We are extending our popular ‘The FOX as a late Christmas present to the Leicester City fan in your life’ into January – minus the Christmas wrapping.…

They will receive all the issues that have come out by mid-December this season: The Summer Special 2013; FOX 186 and FOX 187, will be posted in time for Christmas and will be gift-wrapped.

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Also included will be a set of 12 Leicester City postcards and 5 full colour 8″ x 10″ prints).

The recipient will then receive the rest of the season’s issues as they are published in 2014…

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All this Leicester City related fun and games for just £14…

You can either pay online via Paypal here..

or send a cheque for £14 to:

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

Please remember to put a personal message if required…

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Leicester leave it late at Leeds

Leeds United 0:1 Leicester City

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City made it six victories on the trot with a late winner from David Nugent at Elland Road on Saturday…

Nigel Pearson’s starting line-up was unchanged, with new signings Mahrez and Phillips on the bench, but it was the home side who got off to a good start, determined to halt their recent bad run.
Austin went close with a shot, and then McCormack headed against the right hand upright from a Varney cross.
Soon after that it was City’s turn to hit the woodwork when De Laet’s ball forward found Vardy whose fierce shot across Kenny smacked against the far post.
The action soon moved back to the other end, where Schmeichel punched a free-kick out as far as McCormack, whose lob over the keeper was headed off the line.  McCormack’s follow-up shot was then tipped round the post by the busy Schmeichel.
In the 17th minute the former-Leeds keeper rescued City again, when a careless Konchesky ball gifted McCormack a chance, but  Schmeichel raced out to deny the Leeds skipper with a fine block.
De Laet was the next City man to deny Leeds when a Kebe cross looked to be reaching Varney for an easy chance, but the City defender bravely intercepted.
It hadn’t been a great half for the league -leaders, but they had survived with their goal intact.

City improved in a calmer second half. James went close with a curling effort, but chances for either side were now few and far between.
The game changed with 15 minutes to go, when Nigel Pearson brought Phillips on for Vardy. At 40 years of age he may have been City oldest ever debutante, but three moments proved that he was far from past it.
First, he attempted a difficult snap shot out of nothing that flew over the bar.
Then he teed up fellow sub King who was in a better position, when most strikers would have attempted a shot themselves…
And his third involvement was a clever dummy that let a Moore cross unzip the Leeds defence and allowed Nugent in for an 87th minute winner, calmly guided past Kenny.
The away section went mad… to gain three points from a below par performance was a hugely encouraging sign.

Leeds: Kenny, Byram, Pearce, Lees, Warnock, Kebe (Peltier 85), Brown, Austin, Stewart, McCormack, Varney (Diouf 85). Subs Not Used: Cairns, Murphy, Wootton, Poleon, Mowatt.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Wasilewski 64), Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Knockaert, James, Drinkwater, Dyer (King 80), Nugent, Vardy (Phillips 75). Subs Not Used: Hammond, Logan, Mahrez, Wood.

Referee: M Dean. Attendance: 22,678.
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Leicester dismiss Rams in fine style

Leicester City 4:1 Derby County

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City went seven points clear at the top of the Championship after a fantastic performance earned them a 4-1 win over Derby at the KPS on Friday night…

Nigel Pearson brought Dyer, Nugent, Morgan, Drinkwater and Moore back into the starting XI for this mouth-watering local derby between the league’s two form sides.
It was City who had the best chance of a frantically paced opening, when a break upfield saw Nugent setting up Dyer for a shot which Grant did well to block.  James was well placed to meet the rebound but snatched his shot wide.
City looked to be in fine form as one assault on the Rams goal followed another. James sent a 20 yarder just over the bar; before Nugent evaded to close marking to fire in a clever shot on the turn, but Grant was equal to it.

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The lead was already overdue when it came in the 25th minute. A fantastically determined run from De Laet opened up the Derby defence and he exchanged a one-two with Nugent before beating Grant with a precise drive.
City continued to pile forward and the busy Grant saved from Dyer and Nugent, before Vardy hit the angle of post and bar.
City were denied by the woodwork again soon afterwards when Moore got in on the act, beating Grant with a header from a James corner, but not the goalframe.

Somehow, City were unable to add to the scoreline before the break, and the home crowd were left hoping that we wouldn’t pay for all those missed chances.

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They needn’t have worried, as City doubled their lead three minutes into the second half. Vardy’s hard work robbed Keane of possession in the area and the loose ball fell for Nugent to fire past Grant from ten yards out.
After the first quieter spell of the game Derby hit back just before the hour mark when Buxton headed home a Hughes corner.
The visiting fans only had a minute to celebrate before City restored their two goal lead. Forsyth brought Vardy down right on the edge of the area and the ref pointed to the spot. Nugent fired it high to the keeper’s left to underline City’s superiority.
Four minutes later City delighted their fans with a fourth, with Vardy racing onto a Nugent ball and slotting it under Grant for a stylish finish.
The game was over and City were enjoying themselves with some party pieces from Knockaert, but they couldn’t find a fifth. Substitute Wood, coming back from injury, came closest but mis-cued his shot. 

It was the best performance of the season to date from City, and suggested that a 7 point lead at the top of the Championship was no accident.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky (Schlupp 71), Drinkwater, Morgan, James, Vardy (Wood 79), Dyer, Moore, Knockaert, Nugent (Taylor-Fletcher 83). Subs Not Used: Hammond, King, Logan, Wasilewski.
Derby: Grant, Forsyth, Bryson, Hendrick, Martin (Sammon 75), Ward (Bennett 55), Hughes, Buxton (c), Dawkins (Bamford 55), Wisdom, Keane. Subs Not Used: Eustace, Freeman, Legzdins, Bailey.  

Referee: D Coote. Attendance: 23,140.

All photos: Simon Kimber

We are extending our popular ‘The FOX as a late Christmas present to the Leicester City fan in your life’ into January – minus the Christmas wrapping.…

They will receive all the issues that have come out by mid-December this season: The Summer Special 2013; FOX 186 and FOX 187, will be posted in time for Christmas and will be gift-wrapped.

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Also included will be a set of 12 Leicester City postcards and 5 full colour 8″ x 10″ prints).

The recipient will then receive the rest of the season’s issues as they are published in 2014…

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All this Leicester City related fun and games for just £14…

You can either pay online via Paypal here..

or send a cheque for £14 to:

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

Please remember to put a personal message if required…

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Stoke force Leicester to concentrate on the League

Stoke City 2:1 Leicester City 1314 stoke away b City fell at the first in this year’s FA Cup competition, with a below par display never really testing Premier League Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday. Vardy, De Laet, Konchesky, James and Schlupp all returned to the side and over 4,000 travelling City fans witnessed a tight and cagey opening. Stoke’s first chance saw a Arnautovic cross finding the head of Jones after 12 minutes, but he connected poorly with City’s back line looking a little stretched. Knockaert then forced a save from Butland, before a major let off at the other end when Miquel somehow managed to block an Adam drive on the line with his heel. 1314 stoke away c It was only a temporary reprieve however, in the 16th minute a precise Assaidi cross from the right presented Jones with another chance which he nodded past Schmeichel for the opener. City attempted to get back into the game for the rest of the half, but made little impression against a big and strong side who rarely gave away possession, unlike their Championship opponents. An off-target Schlupp shot was the best attempt, and the half ended in a fractious mood. Jones headed another Assaidi cross wide and then his frustration led to a row with Miquel as the teams headed for the tunnel. 1314 stoke away a Six minutes into the second half Schmeichel managed to fingertip another Jones header against the post, but it wasn’t long before Stoke extended their lead. After Schlupp had curled a decent effort onto the roof of Butland’s net, the Potters broke swiftly and Adam fired a swerving 25 yarder in off the post. In the 68th minute Nigel Pearson brought Nugent and Dyer on for Schlupp and King and City enjoyed their best spell of the game.
A Konchesky cross was met by the head of Nugent, but Butland pulled off a flying save to tip it over the bar.
Presented with a similar chance from a Wasilewski cross moments later, Nugent gave Butland no chance, powering a header home before grabbing the ball from the net and racing back upfield.
Roared on by the City fans behind the goal, City’s response was perhaps a little too frantic, with the last ball going astray too often for a good spell of pressure to build up.
A Knockaert free-kick flying narrowly over was the best chance before the ref’s whistle blew, leaving City to concentrate on priority number one… promotion.

Stoke: Butland, Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, Arnautovic, Nzonzi, Adam, Whelan, Assaidi (Walters 80), Jones. Subs Not Used: Bachmann, Muniesa, Palacios, Walters, Crouch, Etherington, Shotton.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Miquel, Wasilewski, Konchesky, James, King (Dyer 68), Hammond, Knockaert, Vardy (Waghorn 80), Schlupp (Nugent 68). Subs Not Used: Morgan, Moore, Bakayogo, Logan.

Referee: Lee Probert. Attendance: 16, 844.

All photos: Simon Kimber

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Lions Tamed as City Stay Top

Millwall 1:3 Leicester City

City had to dig deep and grind out a win to get 2014 off to a flyer at The Den in monsoon conditions

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Nigel Pearson chose to show faith in his squad players on New Year’s Day at The Den on a sodden pitch in atrocious conditions, and made and incredible five changes from the side that beat Bolton in such thrilling fashion just three days earlier. Out went De Laet, Konchesky, James, Drinkwater and Vardy (who was suspended). In came Wasilewski, Miquel, King, Hammond and Taylor-Fletcher.

Millwall started off on the front foot as Bailey brought a good save from Schmeichel early on with a thirty yard drive but the large travelling contingent of City faithful didn’t have to wait long before they were celebrating the opening goal. Anthony Knockaert seemed to pose little threat as he picked the ball up in midfield in the 6th minute but the Millwall defence gave him too much space to line up a low, left-footed shot that zipped in to the bottom corner past a helpless David Forde. Three minutes later City could have doubled their lead when Taylor-Fletcher dragged his shot wide from a good position. It was Millwall who pressed City though for the remainder of the half and Schmeichel was called upon to make several smart stops to preserve City’s lead as Millwall piled on the pressure with an aggressive brand of football that had City sitting deep and relying on the counter-attack as half-time beckoned and a chance to re-group.

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Within three minutes for the restart City had doubled the lead. Lloyd Dyer’s lofted through ball caught Millwall flat-footed and Taylor-Fletcher took full advantage by drawing Forde from his area and chipping a perfect cross for Nugent to head in to the gaping net from a yard out. Millwall’s frustration at this setback was illustrated when a fan ran out from the crowd and grabbed the linesman’s flag before attempting to break it. We’ve been coming to this corner of east London for long enough now that we aren’t surprised by anything that happens when The ‘Wall are at home! Millwall now had little option but to throw men forward and they were eventually rewarded in the 68th minute when McDonald made space on the left and drove a ferocious shot that Schmeichel did well to block only for Chaplow to force home the rebound in a scramble that left the City keeper needing treatment.

The closing stages of the match saw City soaking up wave after wave of Millwall attacks that were dealt with thanks to some excellent defending and more smart work by Schmeichel with only Easter coming close for Millwall; he should have done better when clean through but his attempted lob was for too high. It was City who scored the final goal of the afternoon in stoppage time when Knoackaert sent Schlupp away who calmly slipped the ball under Forde to send the away end delirious and the home fans heading for the exits.

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It was a win that City had to graft for, something they haven’t always been able to do on previous visits to The Den but this squad is showing a desire and togetherness (as well as a good helping of quality) that has sustained them thus far in the campaign and the ‘non-regulars’ that were given their chance today illustrated the improved depth of the current squad. Let’s not get carried away and mention the ‘P’ word just yet but there are 23 teams that all want to swap place with Leicester City tonight!

City: Schmeichel, Wasilewski, Morgan, Moore, Miquel, Knockaert, King, Hammond, Dyer (De Laet 56), Taylor-Fletcher (Schlupp 74), Nugent (Drinkwater 80) Subs not used: Logan, Konchesky, James, Waghorn,

 Millwall: Forde (c), Dunne, Morison, Bailey, Woolford (Martin 56), Lowry, Beevers, Chaplow, Abdou (Easter 76), McDonald, Malone (Smith 64) Subs not used: Bywater, Shittu, Wright, Pavey 

Referee: Tim Robinson.  Attendance:10,014 

All photos by David Purday

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