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Leicester looking like Champions at Burnley

Burnley 0:2 Leicester City

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City moved a big stride closer to promotion on at Turf Moor on Saturday, with a convincing 2-0 over second placed Burnley.

An unchanged City side enjoyed a bright start to the game, and injury-hit Burnley suffered a set-back as early as the 8th minute when Vokes had to limp out of the action.
Schmeichel then had to be alert to come out and meet Stanislas after he was sent in on goal.
Drinkwater then saw a well-struck volley blocked by Shackell.
Vardy then broke dangerously but eventually the attentions of three defenders and a perhaps a tug on the sleeve denied him the opener.
In the 34th minute Vardy then had to go off with an injury, but his replacement Wood was son setting up Nugent for the opener.
Nugent strode forward before cutting in and delivering a perfect swerving shot beyond the reach of Heaton and into the bottom left hand corner.
It was a vital goal in a tight encounter and City went in with the lead at half-time after Kightly put one over the bar for the Clarets.

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Knockaert, set up by Mahrez, sent a 25 yarder against bar, while Schmeichel did well to block an Arfield effort at the other end.
City were looking very good at this stage, with Wood, Knockaert and Schlupp all going close, before Taylor-Fletcher replaced Nugent up front.
Although Burnley desperately tried to press forward and preserve their unbeaten home record it was City who got the vital second goal with 12 minutes to go.  Wood latched on to a hopeful punt forward from Knockaert and outmuscled Duff before sending a delightful half-volley soaring over Heaton and into the net in front of over 3,000 travelling fans.
The party started, and everything about this City side says, not just promotion, but Champions.

Burnley: Heaton, Baird, Shackell, Duff, Mee, Stanislas (Wallace 62), Arfield, Jones, Kightly (Treacy 79), Barnes, Vokes (Edgar 8). Subs Not Used: Cisak, Long, Treacy, Lafferty, Stock.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Wasilewski, Schlupp, Knockaert, James, Drinkwater, Mahrez (Hammond 87), Nugent (Taylor-Fletcher 72), Vardy (Wood 34). Subs Not Used: King, Dyer, Moore, Logan.

Referee: Chris Foy. Attendance: 16,794.

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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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Leicester’s unbeaten run saved by Kasper’s ghost goal

Leicester City 1:1 Yeovil Town

Leicester v Yeovil, Sky Bet Championship, 25 March 2014,

City rescued a point from a poor performance at home to Yeovil on Tuesday night, but confusion reigned at the end of the game…

An unchanged City side dominated possession in the early stages of this game, but couldn’t find a way through a determined Yeovil back line, fighting for their Championship status.

The Glovers then shocked a large and expectant crowd in the 22nd minute  by taking the lead,  Ralls arrowing home a low free-kick from 20 yards that definitely wasn’t in the script.
City continued to press forward but Mahrez lofted one comfortable effort over the bar and efforts from Drinkwater and Schlupp were saved by Stech.
The harder City tried the worse things got with passes going frustratingly astray up to the break.

Leicester v Yeovil, Sky Bet Championship, 25 March 2014,

The second half wasn’t much better with an oddly out of tune performance from City.
Miller almost made it 2-0 early on but Schmeichel pulled off a fine save.
Despite many moves breaking down, chances did come City’s way: Schlupp fired just wide, Morgan headed off-target and a fierce drive from Drinkwater was saved by Stech.
Late on City went at Yeovil in waves, but the visitors made it to 90 minutes without being breached, Stech denying substitute Phillips with another good stop.
At that stage Schmeichel joined the attack, and stayed up front for a couple of corners. His lively presence appeared to confuse the Yeovil defence and in the 92nd minute he sent in a thumping header from a Drinkwater corner that struck the underside of the bar and appeared to cross the line.  Although neither ref or linesman signalled a goal Wood was on hand to net the rebound and City’s proud unbeaten run was extended to 18 games.
It might well have been the worst performance of the season, but City’s never-say-die attitude ensured that the evening ended on a triumphant note.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Drinkwater, Morgan, James, Vardy (Wood 67), Schlupp, Knockaert, Mahrez, Wasilewski (Dyer 63), Nugent (Phillips 67). Subs Not Used: Logan, King, Hammond.
Yeovil: Stech, Ayling, McAllister, Edwards, Webster, Dawson, Lawrence (Davis 89), Moore, Duffy, Ralls, Miller (Hayter 84). Subs Not Used: Hoskins, Lanzoni, Dunn,  Twumasi, Morgan.

Referee: A Madley. Attendance: 26,240.

All Photos: Simon Kimber

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You will receive all the issues that have come out so far this season: The Summer Special 2013; FOX 186, FOX 187 and FOX 188…

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City battle for a point at Blackburn

Blackburn Rovers 1:1 Leicester City

Blackburn v Leicester, Sky Bet Championship, 22 March 2014,

City couldn’t keeping their winning run going at Blackburn on Saturday, but extended their unbeaten run to 17 games with a hard-fought 1-1 draw…

Nigel Pearson named an unchanged starting XI against a Blackburn side that gave City more problems than they’ve been used to in recent weeks.
But after an early spell of pressure for the home side it was the league leaders who took a 20th minute lead. A bit of Mahrez magic played De Laet in on the right and his low cross found Vardy who applied the finishing touch from close in.
Schmeichel then defended City’s lead with a good save from the in-form Rhodes.
A chance to go 2-0 was missed when Mahrez set up Vardy, but the City striker missed his chance to make it 7 goals in 6 games.
And two minutes before the break City were to rue that missed opportunity as Kilgallon got his head to a corner at the near post which beat keeper and defenders on the line.

Blackburn v Leicester, Sky Bet Championship, 22 March 2014,

This bouyed Rovers for the second half and they had a very good spell after the break, although City did breakaway for a golden chance, again missed by the usually lethal Vardy.  The City striker broke clear and rounded Robinson, but then fired his angled shot against the left hand upright.
As Rovers continued to press forward a slip up from De Laet allowed Conway in for an effort which Schmeichel did very well to block.
In an attempt to tighten things up Pearson brought Hammond and Moore on for came on for Knockaert and De Laet, but Kigallon then sent a header narrowly wide.

Blackburn v Leicester, Sky Bet Championship, 22 March 2014,

However it was City who finished the stronger as the game entered its closing stages. James and Drinkwater sent shots over the bar, while a goalmouth scramble then saw Vardy and Mahrez denied by Kilgallon and Spurr.
There was then a lengthy spell of treatment for Henley, who was then stretchered off, before a couple of late chances for substitute King came to nought for City.

Over 3,500 City fans had to be content with a point, and the extension of the unbeaten run to 17 games…

Nigel Pearson was checked over by medics at the end of the game after feeling ill, but he was given the all-clear to travel home on the team bus. The final word went to Rovers boss Gary Bowyer:  “Nigel Pearson has been there 2½ years. That shows what you can achieve with stability. People called for Nigel’s head at some points but the Leicester board deserve a lot of credit because they stuck with him. The result of that is they’re going to get promoted.”

Blackburn: Robinson, Spurr, Kilgallon, Rhodes, Keane, Williamson (King 90), Feeney (Taylor 76), Henley (Kane 86), Evans, Conway, Gestede. Subs Not Used: Eastwood, Dunn, Olsson, Varney.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Moore 63), Wasilewski, Morgan, Schlupp, Mahrez, James (King 76), Drinkwater, Knockaert (Hammond 60), Nugent, Vardy. Subs Not Used: Taylor-Fletcher, Logan, Phillips, Wood.

Referee: E Ilderton. Attendance: 16,528.

All Photos: Simon Kimber

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You will receive all the issues that have come out so far this season: The Summer Special 2013; FOX 186, FOX 187 and FOX 188…

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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…

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Leicester rock Blackpool after going behind

Leicester City 3:1 Blackpool

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Although City went behind against Blackpool a rousing second half comeback ensured a 3-1 victory which sees them 17 points clear of third place…

An unchanged City side took the game to the visitors in the usual fashion, but suffered a frustrating second half.
James had an effort blocked, while Knockaert and Nugent both narrowly missed the target.
Vardy then had a goal chalked off for offside, and then found the side-netting with many supporters thinking the ball was in the net.
Incredibly, given the run of play, it was the other goal that was breached in the 41st minute.
 Robinson long throw-in from the left found its way through to Goodwillie well placed to prod the ball home from 5 yards.

City pressed forward again right from the start of the second half, but were almost caught out again by a speculative Goodwillie effort.
The breakthrough finally came on the hour with a moment of magic from Mahrez. Collecting theball out on the right he cleverly cut in before arrowing a deadly left footer past Gilks.
Gilks then saved well from a Nugent header, before Taylor-Fletcher – on for Vardy – sent his effort inches wide.
City took the lead in the 82nd minute with more Mahrez magic. Tight to the touchline on the left he lofted a cross for Morgan to head home at the far post – the City skipper’s first goal of the season.
Three minutes later City hit a third when substitute Phillips gathered a loose ball before neatly firing it into the roof of the net.

On a day when the run of the ball, and more than a few refereeing decisions had gone against City, they had simply kept at it and their quality told in the end.
Another stride towards promotion… in front of a large crowd.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Drinkwater, Morgan, James, Vardy (Taylor-Fletcher 70), Schlupp, Knockaert (Hammond 89), Mahrez, Wasilewski, Nugent (Phillips 79). Subs Not Used: King, Moore, Logan, Wood.
Blackpool: Gilks, McMahon, Robinson, Perkins, MacKenzie, Broadfoot, Bishop (Dobbie 76), Halliday (Osbourne 68), Basham, Cathcart, Goodwillie (Fuller 64). Subs Not Used: Davies, Haroun, Keogh, Angel.

Referee: N Miller. Attendance: 27,669.

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Leicester march on with a victory at Oakwell

Barnsley 0:3 Leicester City

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City notched their third 3-0 win in a row at Barnsley on Tuesday night with a comprehensive victory thanks to two goals from Vardy and one from Drinkwater…

Nigel Pearson made no changes to the side that beat Charlton for this midweek trip to Yorkshire and they were the better side right from the beginning, Knockaert rattling the woodwork in the 3rd minute.
Mahrez then forced a good save Steele, before Cranie’s saving tackle thwarted Vardy who was in on goal.
The Tykes skipper injured himself in the challenge and was replaced by Yves-M’voto.
But nothing could prevent Vardy from putting City ahead in the 21st minute.  Nugent sent him on a charge through the Barnsley defence capped with a fine finish that beat Steele from the edge of the area.
Otherwise Steele was having a fine game, saving two shots from Nugent and one from Mahrez to keep City pegged at 1-0 at the break, despite their dominance.
The one-way traffic continued in the second half and City went 2-0 up in the 58th minute.
A superb ball from Nugent sent Vardy in on the left and his short cross found Drinkwater three yards out who netted under the noses of the 3,500 travelling fans.
Four minutes later those City fans were celebrating again as Vardy’s pure pace saw him reach a Mahrez through ball before the onrushing Steele, before stroking home his second goal of the night and 15th of the season.
Wood and Taylor-Fletcher then replaced  Nugent and Vardy as City continued to press forward against a beleaguered Barnsley.
Steele produced a fine reaction save from a point-blank Wood header to keep the scoreline at 3-0.

The City fans’ songs were all about promotion at the end of the night, and it is becoming difficult to envisage how that won’t happen after another display in which they looked to have outgrown this division at last.

 Barnsley: Steele, Ramage (Nyatanga 53), Kennedy, Cranie (Yves-M’voto 12), Hunt, Dawson, Mellis, Woods, McCourt (Proschwitz 46), Jennings, O’Grady. Subs Not Used: Turner, Lawrence, Cywka, Noble-Lazarus.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Wasilewski, Konchesky, Knockaert (Hammond 77), James, Drinkwater, Mahrez, Vardy (Taylor-Fletcher 67), Nugent (Wood 65). Subs Not Used: Logan, King, Moore, Phillips.

Referee: M Heywood. Attendance: 12,539.

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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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Leicester ease to victory over Charlton

Leicester City 3:0 Charlton Athletic

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City dominated this meeting with Charlton at the KPS on Saturday, and extended their lead over third place to 13 points…

Nigel Pearson made one change to his side with  Mahrez making his full debut, replacing the injured Dyer.
As usual City went at the opposition right from the first whistle, and they were ahead by the 9th minute.
Knockaert won the ball on the halfway line, getting hurt in the process, which allowed Nugent to send Vardy in for an excellent finish form close in.
Knockaert received lengthy treatment for his injury which caused some concern, but he managed to shrug it off.
He was soon involved in an excellent move involving Wasilewski and Nugent but Hamer managed to block the French winger’s shot.
There was a rare chance for the visitors when a Church latched onto a long ball, but Schmeichel was alert to the danger.
Although City had the lion’s share of possession they couldn’t add to the scoreline before the break: a Nugent header just over the bar and a Mahrez shot that fizzed past the post being the closest they came.
However, before many people had settled into their seats for the second half it was 2-0 and virtually game over.
A Schlupp cross from the left was met in the middle by Nugent, but Harmer pulled off a fine reaction save. The rebound fell for Drinkwater 12 yards out however, and he produced a precise finish into the top left hand corner.
Chris Powell reshuffled his side on the hour with a couple of subs coming on, but City were in unstoppable form and a third goal was added in the 63rd minute.  Nugent carried the ball forward from midfield and fired in a low shot from 20 yards that beat Harmer inside his right hand post  – his 19th goal of the season.
The game was won and Pearson brought on Wood, King and Hammond as City sought a fourth goal.  Schlupp and Nugent both forced good saves from Harmer and City had to be content with a 3-0 win, that extended their unbeaten run to 14 games.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Wasilewski, Schlupp, Knockaert, Drinkwater (Hammond 76), James (King 70), Mahrez, Vardy (Wood 66), Nugent. Subs Not Used: Logan, Taylor-Fletcher, Phillips, Moore.
Charlton: Hamer, Jackson, Morrison (Dervite 21), Church, Harriott, Wood, Wiggins, Wilson, Cousins (Hughes 60), Poyet, Ajdarevic (Tudgay 60). Subs Not Used: Dervite, Green, Ghoochannejhad, Thuram-Ulien, Fox.

Referee: J Simpson. Attendance: 24,742.

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