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Rangers rocked as Leicester end the season in style

Leicester City 5:1 Queens Park Rangers

Leicester City v Queens Park Rangers, Barclays Premier, 24  May 2015

City signed off the remarkable 2014-15 season with a comprehensive 5-1 victory over QPR at the KPS on Sunday…
Tradition demands that Leicester’s last game of the season is something of a carnival – this was the Birch’s 35th annual run –  and this year the atmosphere was boosted further as the incredible and unprecedented Great Escape was celebrated.
Nigel Pearson named an unchanged side from the Sunderland game that confirmed City’s Premier League place for next season, and they soon set about already-relegated Rangers.
Vardy set up Ulloa for a curling effort which went narrowly wide and then Schlupp fired into the side-netting before City took a 16th minute lead.

Leicester City v Queens Park Rangers, Barclays Premier, 24  May 2015

A long range effort from Mahrez caused keeper McCarthy problems and he presented the ball, gift-wrapped, for Vardy who had only to pass the ball into the net from close in.
With the City defence looking solid QPR were restricted to off-target efforts from Phillips and Onuoha, while Ulloa fired over from an Albrighton cross.
City then doubled their lead two minutes before the break when good work from Schlupp saw the ball sit up for Albrighton inside the area and his emphatic connection with the ball didn’t give McCarthy a chance to move.

Six minutes after the break the free flags were waving again as Ulloa diverted a Morgan shot into the net to make it 3-0 and a fourth followed a minute later. An Albrighton cross saw a headed clearance from Dunne, which fell for Cambiasso who despatched it precisely across McCarthy and into the far corner on the half-volley.
Five minutes later the QPR fans had something to cheer when Austin nodded home from a Barton cross, but even that was tinged with sadness as his wave to the away corner was surely a farewell.
The question of whether Cambiasso was also waving goodbye when he made way for Drinkwater in the 76th minute will also be answered in time, though he was left in no doubt as to whether the fans wanted him to stay.

Leicester City v Queens Park Rangers, Barclays Premier, 24  May 2015

With four minutes remaining City hit a fifth when a Schmeichel clearance saw Ulloa win a challenge and send Kramarić in down the right. His shot across McCarthy was his first goal in front of the home crowd.

The final whistle brought the curtain down on a remarkable season, in which City spent 140 days at the foot of the Premier League, but somehow rescued themselves, even achieving a mid-table 14th place.
As the entire staff, players, wives, girlfiends and kids went on a Lap of Appreciation it felt a little bit like instant promotion.
It may turn out to be one of the biggest turning points in the history of our club…

Leicester: Schmeichel, Wasilewski (De Laet 46), Morgan, Huth, Schlupp, King, Albrighton, Cambiasso (Drinkwater 76), Ulloa, Vardy (Kramarić 65), Mahrez, Subs Not Used: Konchesky, Hammond, Schwarzer, Wood.
QPR: McCarthy, Hill, Phillips, Barton, Austin, Fer, Yun (Kpekawa 85), Onuoha, Henry (Comley 80), Dunne, Grego-Cox. Subs Not Used: Murphy, Hoilett, Doughty, Furlong, Petrasso.

Referee: M Oliver. Attendance: 31, 467.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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Leicester pull off the Greatest Escape

Sunderland 0:0 Leicester City

Sunderland vLeicester City, Barclays Premier, 16 May, 2015

A 0-0 draw at the Sunderland Stadium of Light on Saturday meant that City will be playing in the Premier League next season, thanks to their incredible late season revival…

Nigel Pearson made one change to his side with King replacing the injured James.
It was Sunderland who got off to a strong start in front of a large and tense crowd, and Larsson’s clever free-kick towards the near-post almost caught out Schmeichel with everyone expecting a cross.
City’s first chance came when Cambiasso.delivered a cross which Albrighton nodded towards Ulloa but it was just too high for the Argentinian to reach,
In the 23rd minute Sunderland went close again when a Cattermole chip over the defence saw Graham clear on goal but Schmeichel was well placed to block his effort on the turn.

 Sunderland vLeicester City, Barclays Premier, 16 May, 2015

The game tightened up further at this stage and very little of note happened up to the break.City weren’t playing with their usual vibrant style of the last few weeks, but they were breaking up Sunderland’s play very well.
Almost inevitably, it was 0-0 at half-time…

Sunderland vLeicester City, Barclays Premier, 16 May, 2015

City had the first chance of the second half when Ulloa nodded an Albrighton cross narrowly wide, but it was the action elsewhere in the country that caused the biggest excitement in the crowd as news of a Spurs goal against Hull filtered through the stadium.
Albrighton delivered another good ball into the middle but Cambiasso couldn’t find the finishing touch.

Sunderland vLeicester City, Barclays Premier, 16 May, 2015

Meanwhile, in London, QPR overturned a Newcastle lead, while Tottenham went further ahead against Hull and all City had to do was maintain the goalless scoreline…
Sunderland pursued a priceless winner, and van Aanholt and Johnson both went close, but the City defence. marshalled by the magnificent Huth, never looked stretched.
City almost snatched a winner when Pantilimon underestimated Vardy’s pace and had to put in a crashing challenge on him on the edge of the box. The loose ball fell nicely for Kramarić but he hurried what should have been a simple chip into an empty net and his effort went high and wide.

The final whistle brought a subdued reaction from the home support, in contrast to the celebrating Leicester players and fans. City had pulled off an incredible Houdini style escape act – so unbelievable that it is still sinking in.

We are Premier League!

Sunderland: Pantilimon, Jones (Reveillere 85), van Aanholt, O’Shea, Coates, Bridcutt (Johnson 60), Cattermole, Larsson, Wickham, Graham (Fletcher 80), Defoe. Subs Not Used: Giaccherini, Vergini, Buckley, Mannone.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Wasilewski, Huth, Morgan, Albrighton, Cambiasso, Mahrez (Drinkwater 66), King, Schlupp, Ulloa (Kramarić 74), Vardy. Subs Not Used: De Laet, Konchesky, Hammond, Schwarzer, Wood.
Referee: M Atkinson. Attendance: 46,705. 
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Saints martyred by Mahrez as Leicester march on

Leicester City 2:0 Southampton

Leicester City v Southampton, Barclays Premier, 09 May 2015

City’s fantastic run of results continued with a 2-0 win at home to Southampton at the KPS on Saturday…

Nigel Pearson named an unchanged side for the visit of a Saints side chasing a place in Europe, and it was the visitors who threatened first. Mané latched onto a through ball and was looking to go one-on-one with Schmeichel before a timely challenge from Albrighton.
Albrighton then delivered a good corner which Huth headed narrowly over, before City took a 7th minute lead.
Mahrez drifted past two Southampton players in midfield, side-stepped the challenge of Davis, and then placed a precise low shot past Gazzaniga into the bottom right hand corner.

It was another great start for City, though there was to be a set-back a few minutes later. James had to be stretchered from the field after an awkward fall left him with a damaged knee, and he was replaced by Drinkwater.
City continued to press forward, however, and went further ahead in the 20th minute when great work from Vardy down the left saw him square the ball to Mahrez whose delicate finish saw him beat Gazzniga for a second time.

Leicester City v Southampton, Barclays Premier, 09 May 2015

The Saints tried to find a way back but Schmeichel punched a fierce Reed effort away and Mané couldn’t find the target with a header from a corner.
Vardy then had a chance to put the game beyond Southampton but Gazzaniga did well to come out and block in a one-on-one.
Alderweireld had the final say in the first half but his well-struck 30 yard free-kick was tipped over by Schmeichel to preserve City’s two goal lead going down the tunnel.

Mahrez had an opportunity to complete his hat-trick early in the second half when a Wanyama header fell for him but his hurried effort was dragged wide.
Another chance for his third also came and went as Vardy hared down the right, but couldn’t pick out an unmarked Mahrez waiting in the middle.

Leicester City v Southampton, Barclays Premier, 09 May 2015

Schmeichel had to be alert to tip over a Mané shot that dipped late, but City looked fairly comfortable at this stage, with Huth having another superb game at the back.
The tired legs of Vardy and then Ulloa were then replaced by Nugent and Hammond.
City best chance to add to the scoreline came when Albrighton found Cambiasso in the area but the Argentinian’s shot found the side-netting.
It wasn’t needed as the final whistle blew on yet another City victory in this incredible run.
On a weekend that saw Burnley and QPR take up two of the relegation places, and a Hull defeat, City are now within touching distance of safety…

Leicester: Schmeichel, Morgan, James (Drinkwater 13), Vardy (Nugent 70), Albrighton, Huth, Schlupp, Cambiasso, Ulloa (Hammond 78), Mahrez, Wasilewski. Subs Not Used: De Laet, Konchesky, Schwarzer, Kramarić.
Southampton: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Fonte, Davis (Đuričić 66), Mané, Wanyama, Alderweireld, Pellè, Bertrand, Elia (Long 66), Reed. Subs Not Used: Davis, Yoshida, Gardoş, Targett, Gallagher.
Referee: R East. Attendance: 31,939.

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FOX 194 – The Leicester City fanzine – 48 page May edition – ON SALE TODAY

FOX 194 – the May edition of the Leicester City fanzine is now in the shops and on sale at today’s game…

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The bumper sized FOX 194 features: an interview with former-City midfielder Jon Sammels; Something Old, Something New; Fully Programmed from 1985-86- the Great Escape that no one remembers; Fox Diary takes a sudden upturn; the latest from the Foxes Trust; What’s happening on #lcfc Twitterland (Iwan’s beard!); Rewind goes back a month; Foxed in the Head – Medieval Panini and Concourse sing-songs; the final Chris Lymn Column; John Hutchinson applies his magnifying glass to another slice of the club’s history; your letters and Bentley’s Roof; Parting Shots our favourite photos of the last month; and the Bi-Polar Expedition of Frank….

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Jon Sammels Interview Extract

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FOX: You moved to Leicester in the Summer of 1971, though you were expected to go to Ipswich?
JS: I’d gone to see Bobby Robson at Ipswich and had a look round the ground and spoken to John Cobbold, the chairman. It was my home town team and I had a lot of family round there. Bobby said he really wanted me to sign, but I wanted to go away and think about it.
I was in Bournemouth on a pre-season thing with Arsenal when I got a call from Jimmy Bloomfield.
Jimmy said: “Don’t sign for anyone until you have spoken to me.”
So I went up to Leicester. I knew Jimmy, I liked the style of football he wanted to play and I liked the challenge of keeping a newly promoted team up in the First Division.
I phoned Bobby the next day and told him I wouldn’t be signing, as I was going to Leicester.
Jim’s philosophy for the midfield was one to get it, the ball-winner; one to play it, which was my role, and one to go through, which was Keith Weller.
I was more of a provider than I had been at Arsenal, I didn’t score as many goals for Leicester as I would have liked.
FOX: Do you have a favourite one?
JS: For Leicester, probably a half-volley against Burnley that I made really sweet contact with. It was a way out but I knew it was in as soon as I hit it. It was my 50th league goal I think?
For Arsenal, I got the winning goal against Anderlecht in the Fairs Cup Final so that was probably the most important one I scored.
FOX: We have memories of an open day down at Filbert Street where the players were having their shots timed by this device and you won…
JS: I think you had to hit this board to register a time and everyone who was trying to leather it missed the board so I went for more control. It wasn’t particularly fast, but it hit the target so I won!

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Leicester win again to increase Newcastle’s woes

Leicester City 3:0 Newcastle United

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City got off to a perfect start and never looked back in a comfortable 3-0 win against Newcastle at the KPS on Saturday…

Nigel Pearson made three changes to his side with Schlupp, Mahrez and James in the starting line-up and Huth thankfully recovered from injury. The side were greeted onto the field by a fantastic mosaic display organised by the Union FS fans’ group…
Within a minute the home crowd were celebrating a goal. Although Newcastle kicked off City soon had a corner and Albrighton’s dangerous flag-kick was nodded past Krul by Ulloa with 38 seconds on the clock.

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Although Pérez had a chance for Newcastle soon after he dragged his shot well wide when well placed and City were soon threatening again. A cross from the left by Mahrez was met with a glancing header by Ulloa, but it went straight into Krul’s grasp.
But City only had to wait until the 17th minute to double their lead. Schlupp was taken out by Janmaat as he raced down the left and the United player was booked. Albrighton drifted a free-kick into the goal mouth when Morgan had got goalside of Coloccini and poked the ball past Krul.
Newcastle had their best spell of the game after going two down, but Rivière missed the target with one effort and then fell over while trying to put the finishing touch to a good move. When a Taylor shot was saved by Schmeichel City had preserved their two goal lead going in at the break.

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City came racing off the blocks again in the second half and were soon awarded a penalty when Wasilewski was barged in the back by Rivière. Ulloa got his second of the game blasting his effort high into the net from 12 yards.
But they couldn’t add to the scoreline despite Newcastle being reduced to 10 and then 9 men.
Albrighton sent a shot narrowly wide and then Ulloa was denied a hat-trick when Krul clawed the Argentinian’s header over the bar.
United then lost Williamson to his second yellow when he sent Vardy crashing into a, thankfully well padded, tv camera base as the ball was going out of play.
The game was broken up by a series of substitutions with De Laet on for Wasilewski and then Hammond replacing Cambiasso and Kramarić coming on for Ulloa.

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Janmaat couldn’t cope with Vardy’s string running and was dismissed for a foul which put a lid on Newcastle’s miserable afternoon.
Five wins in six games have given City a fighting chance retain their Premier League status, while eight defeats on the trot have dragged Newcastle into trouble. After the game a furious John Carver suggested that Williamson had got himself dismissed on purpose as an “easy way out.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Morgan, James, Vardy, Albrighton, Huth, Schlupp, Cambiasso (Hammond 74), Ulloa (Kramarić 78), Mahrez, Wasilewski (De Laet 68). Subs Not Used: Konchesky, Drinkwater, Schwarzer, Wood.
Newcastle: Krul, Coloccini, Taylor (De Jong 58), Williamson, Sissoko, Colback, Pérez (Armstrong 74), Gutiérrez, Janmaat, Rivière (Anita 64), Dummett. Subs Not Used: Cabella, Ameobi, Abeid, Woodman.
Referee: M Dean. Attendance: 31,576.

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