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Salah double overturns Leicester lead at Anfield

Liverpool 2:1 Leicester City

Liverpool v Leicester City, Premier League, 30 December 2017

Although Jamie Vardy put City ahead in the 3rd minute at Anfield on Saturday, two goals from Mohamed Salah ensured victory for Liverpool…

Claude Puel made four changes to the side that lost at Watford with Amartey, Fuchs, Iborra and Gray in for the injured Simpson, flu-victim Chilwell, King and Okazaki.
And they got off to a perfect start, taking a third minute lead. An aimless ball out of defence from Matip was seized on by Iborra and he played Mahrez in down the right. Mahrez squared for Vardy who nipped in ahead of Matip to net from six yards.

Liverpool v Leicester City, Premier League, 30 December 2017

After that bright start, City faced a red tide for most of the first half.
Liverpool were totally dominant and launched one attack after another.
Mané’s cut-back from the left set up Salah ten yards out, but he fired his shot wide of the left hand post.
A through ball from Milner then sent Salah racing down the left channel, but Maguire recovered brilliantly to slide in and block his shot.
Milner then bore down on goal but Schmeichel came out well to smother his effort.
As the pressure continued, Coutinho connected well with a 30 yard shot, but Schmeichel fielded it comfortably.
Firmino was the next to have a crack, from 18 yards, but Scmeichel got down to it well, Amartey almost playing Salah in after making contact with the rebound.
Salah then looked certain to score as he burst through on the right, but he lifted his attempted finish across the face of goal.
Liverpool had the ball in the net after 20 minutes, but Robertson’s cross for Mané found him in an offside position.

Liverpool v Leicester City, Premier League, 30 December 2017

There were appeals for a penalty when Amartey nudged Robertson as he shaped to cross from the byeline, but it would have been harsh.
Firmino then tested Schmeichel with another shot, before the pressure began to ease towards the break.
It had been a dogged defensive display from City who had done very well to survive the onslaught, and they took their lead in with them at half time.

The second half saw the Reds in complete control again, with City unable to retain possession and the equaliser arrived in the 52nd minute. A back-heel from Mané unlocked City’s defence and the irrepressible Salah side-stepped Amartey before firing a low shot past Schmeichel.

Liverpool v Leicester City, Premier League, 30 December 2017

it was all hands to the pump again for City, although a rare attack saw Vardy in on goal, only to be halted by the offside flag.
Coutinho stung Schmeichel’s palms with a fierce shot from inside the area, and then Salah lifted an effort onto the roof of the net.
Ndidi sent a low shot a foot wide of the right hand post, before Mané had another goal disallowed for offside.
City then had a decent attacking spell, before Claude Puel made his first changes, bringing Okazaki and Slimani on for Mahrez and Vardy.
But Liverpool breached City’s backline in the 76th minute and it was that man Salah again. 25 yards out, with his back to goal, the Egyptian rolled round Maguire before advancing on goal and sending a low left-footer just inside the right hand post.
Only now did City get some attacking moves going against a suspect Liverpool defence, and Maguire sent a low ball across the goalmouth but no one was on hand to finish.
2017 had ended with a run of one point from four games.

Claude Puel summed up: “We tried to defend higher up the pitch and play but sometimes in the first half we lost the ball too quickly. It was good when we kept good possession and found space between the lines but we had some rubbish in our play and game without the possibility to keep the ball high up the pitch.”

Liverpool: Karius, Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Robertson, Coutinho (Klavan 89), Can, Milner, Salah (Wijnaldum 83), Firmino, Mané (Oxlade-Chamberlain 72).
Substitutes: Lallana, Mignolet, Solanke, Alexander-Arnold.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Amartey, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez (Okazaki 73), Ndidi, Iborra, Albrighton (James 83), Gray, Vardy (Slimani 74).
Substitutes:Hamer, Musa, Dragovic, Thomas.
Referee: N Swarbrick. Attendance: 53,226.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Leicester undone by set-pieces at Watford

Watford 2:1 Leicester City

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City’s problems in defending set-pieces led to defeat against Watford at Vicarage Road on Boxing Day….

Claude Puel made four changes to his side, with Chilwell, King and Okazaki in for Fuchs,  Iborra and Gray, while Dragovic was handed a full Premier League debut in place of the injured Simpson.
For most of the first half this line-up had the measure of a Watford side who had lost their last four games. But it was a scrappy and physical game that saw Maguire, Watson and Kabasele all booked within the first 12 minutes.
The first chance to emerge from the midfield morass arrived in the 17th minute when Chilwell delivered a cross from the right, Okazaki rose above his marker to nod an on-target effort, but Gomes reacted well to tip it over the bar.
In the 19th minute Albrighton injured himself in committing a foul, but was able to continue with a bandaged head. Five minutes later he played a fine through ball to send Vardy in on goal, but the England striker sent his shot wide of the left hand post with only Gomes to beat.
Albrighton was then the architect of City’s goal when they took a 37th minute lead, twisting and turning down the left to get room for a cross which saw Mahrez ghosting in at the far post to head home.
This finally prodded Watford into life and they should have equalised two minutes later but, having rounded Schmeichel, Richarlison sent his shot into the side-netting.
However, the Hornets went in level at the break, as City failed to defend a corner.
Cleverley’s flag-kick from the left saw a scramble 8 yards out and the ball fell for former City-loanee Wagué, completely unmarked at the far post, and he had the easy task of slotting the ball home.
In time-added-on Watford almost snatched the lead, but a good move ended with Richarlison smacking his shot against the post.

Watford’s improvement continued into the second half, and City were restricted to counter attacks, with the final ball lacking.
The decisive moment of the game arrived in the 65th minute. A Cleverley free-kick from the right sailed beyond the far post, where Doucouré stretched to make contact on the touchline. The ball was heading across goal, but Schmeichel’s touch sent it over the line.
Claude Puel brought Slimani and Gray on for Okazaki and Dragovic in the 73rd minute.
When this didn’t improve matters he threw another striker on, Ulloa for King with six minutes to go.
City finally applied some proper pressure, but Gomes pulled off a couple of fine saves. From a Mahrez corner the ball sat up for Morgan six yards out, but his shot was blocked at point blank range by the Watford keeper. Moments later, following another corner, he got down well to tip an Ulloa header away.
That was City’s last throw of the dice, and familiar failings – now 13 goals of 30 conceded from set-pieces – had cost them again.
Another stat showed City’s miserable run of Boxing Day games – one win the the last 12 at this level.

Claude Puel commented: “We need to correct this. We need good attention and have to focus on second balls and mark well. When you lose a game like this, it’s a big frustration.”

 Watford: Gomes, Janmaat, Wagué, Kabasele, Zeegelaar, Cleverley, Watson (Prödl 87), Doucouré, Carrillo (Sinclair 90), Richarlison, Pereyra (Okaka 44).
Substitutes: Gray, Holebas, CapoueBachmann.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Dragovic (Gray 73), Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, King (Ulloa 84), Mahrez, Okazaki (Slimani 73), Albrighton, Vardy.
Substitutes: Hamer, James, Fuchs, Benalouane.

Referee: C Kavanagh. Attendance: 20,308.

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Maguire’s late leveller stuns Man United

Leicester City 2:2 Manchester United

Leicester City v Manchester United - Premier League

Jamie Vardy’s 50th Premier League goal, and a last gasp equaliser from Harry Maguire earned ten-man Leicester a point against Manchester United at the KPS on Saturday night…

Claude Puel made one change to his his last Premier League line-up with Fuchs in for Chilwell, and City had some defending to do as United probed for an opening in the early stages. Within the opening couple of minutes, Lingard and Mata had shots blocked before an unmarked Smalling sent a header over from close in.
Lingard then fired in a shot that took a touch off Maguire, and Schmeichel did well to react to the change of flight and touch it over.

Leicester City v Manchester United - Premier League

Schmeichel then had to be alert to save a well struck 18 yarder from Pogba as the United pressure continued.
Martial beat Simpson down the left and crossed, but Lukaku’s attempted over-head kick went all wrong.
But all United’s early domination came to nought when City took a 27th minute lead with a superbly worked counter.
A well-judged 50 yard pass from Ndidi sent Mahrez racing forward, he let the ball bounce over his head and then, faced with Smalling, he then simply waited a few seconds before teeing up Vardy who had raced forward ahead of the defenders and he slotted his 50th Premier League goal past de Gea.
This lead for City appeared to rattle United. Pogba sent a long range shot a mile over the bar, and Lindelof was booked for a nasty challenge on Iborra.
City looked comfortable for a while, defending well and always poised to strike with a counter attack, but they couldn’t hold on to their lead until the break.
In the 39th minute Martial’s cross from the left took a deflection off Simpson and fell to Lingard who laid it back to Mata, who sent a precise shot through a crowded area into the bottom right hand corner.

Leicester City v Manchester United - Premier League

City should have regained the lead a minute before the break when Albrighton delivered a cross from the right to the far post, but an unmarked Maguire took a heavy touch instead of attempting a first time shot and the chance was gone.

City began the second half well, with Mahrez back to his best. Matic earned a yellow card for a tug on the Algerian after he had ghosted round him, and then Mahrez roasted Young down the right before delivering a penetrating low cross. It reached Fuchs at the far post but he opted to blast rather than place, and his shot hit Lindelof.
Bu things started to go wrong for City in the 57th minute. Simpson had to limp out of the action, replaced by Armartey, and then United took the lead on the hour.
There was an air on tension as Mata lined up a free-kick on the edge of the area, and although it was brilliantly struck there were questions raised by Schmeichel’s efforts to save in what appears to be his Achilles’ heel as it flew into the net.

Leicester City v Manchester United - Premier League

Claude Puel brought Okazaki on for Iborra in the 65th minute and roles were now reversed with City pressing forward, but prone to the swift counter attack.
United should have sealed the game in the 71st minute when Lukaku sent Lingard through, and he rounded Schmeichel before sending his shot against the post.
Amartey’s unhappy 17 minute cameo then came to an end as he picked up a second yellow card for a needless foul on Rashford, and City now faced an uphill task.
Another United break saw Pogba send Rashford in with only Schmeichel in front of him,  but the City keeper got a fingertip to the ball before Rashford was upended, and Jon Moss made his best decision of the night.
In the 84th minute the inconsistent Moss racked up the wrath of the home fans further when Smalling used Maguire as a stepladder as they contested a high ball into the box, for as obvious a penalty as you could hope to see.
Smalling then picked up an injury as the clock ticked down and with no more subs United tried to reorganise their defence.
Smalling was returning to the pitch after some treatment when City delighted their fans with an equaliser in the 4th minute of time-added-on. Albrighton’s superb swinging cross to the far post saw Smalling leaving Maguire free and he presented the home crowd with a huge Christmas present with a neat finish.

Leicester City v Manchester United - Premier League

City had narrowly avoided three home defeats in a week, with a display of huge character and a little luck.

Claude Puel was delighted with the result: “With a positive attitude we stayed in the game and continued to believe in ourselves. It was difficult but with our positive attitude we stayed in the game and believed in ourselves. It’s a good result for all of us because the belief keeps going. It’s fantastic for the future.”

Harry Christmas everyone…

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, (Amartey 57), Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Ndidi, Iborra (Okazaki 67), Mahrez, Gray (Chilwell 80), Albrighton, Vardy. Substitutes: King, Hamer, Dragovic, Slimani.
Man Utd: de Gea, Lindelöf, Smalling, Jones, Young, Pogba, Matic, Mata (Mkhitaryan 83), Lingard (Herrera 76), Martial (Rashford 71), Lukaku.
Substitutes: Rojo, Ibrahimovic, RomeroShaw.
Referee: J Moss. Attendance: 32,202.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

 

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Shoot-out agony as Leicester miss out on semi-finals

Leicester City 1:1 Manchester City 
(Man City win 4-3 on pens)

Leicester City v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Fifth Round

Although a late Leicester equaliser forced this Carabao Cup quarter-final into extra time and penalties, Man City progressed when Vardy and Mahrez missed from the spot at the KPS on Tuesday night…

Claude Puel opted for seven changes to his side in a busy period, while Pep Guardiola fielded only two from the last Premier League outing.
But Man City’s second string did a good imitation of the first, dominating possession in the early stages of the game with their short passing game.
Their first chance came in the 12th minute when Silva nipped in on the left, Hamer getting down well to his shot.
Two minutes later, a mix up between Fuchs and Hamer on the edge of the area almost cost Leicester but Maguire managed to block Gundogan’s shot and then Silva lashed the rebound wide.
Chances were rare for City, in the 17th minute Albrighton delivered a cross from the right but Okazaki got under his header and sent it over.
Gundogan then attempted to chip Hamer from 25 yards, but the backpedalling keeper managed to touch it onto the top of the bar.
Iheanacho was not having a productive time up front against his old side and then picked up a harsh booking from Bobby Madley in the 23rd minute. Danilo left a back pass short, and Bravo only just won the race against Iheanacho, clearing and then leaping the challenge.
Man City took the lead in the 26th minute. Gundogan won the ball in midfield and set off on a run that took him to the edge of the area, where he played Silva in and the ball was prodded through Hamer’s legs and into the net.

Leicester City v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Fifth Round

After weathering a few attacks from City, Leicester spurned a good chance in the 33rd minute. Chilwell delivered a cross to Iheanacho who played a one-two with Okazaki, but then sent a tame shot straight at Bravo from 12 yards.
As Leicester had a decent spell up to the break Iheanacho produced a better shot from range, but Bravo was equal to it.

Leicester began the second half well, with a couple of Fuchs long throws causing City some bother, but the second ended with Chilwell’s diving header going over.
Hamer then did well to smother a chance for Jesus, after a slick City move.
Claude Puel made his first changes after 57 minutes, bringing Mahrez and Vardy on for Albrighton and Iheanacho.
This lifted the atmosphere, which had gone a bit flat, and Leicester tried to ruffle City’s passing game with some hard pressing.
Maguire had a long-range shot blocked, and then Vardy was almost clear on goal, but Chilwell’s through ball had too much pace on it.
Mangala was left bloody nosed after a collision with Vardy and was eventually replaced by Walker after some lengthy treatment. The Man City physio was a busy man as light blue shirts suffered a suspiciously high series of injuries.
The 82nd minute saw a bit of Mahrez magic as he jinked round Zinchenko and delivered a low cross, which was gathered by Bravo at the second attempt, with Vardy ready to pounce.
Leicester pressed forward as time began to run out.
Gray, a 71st minute sub, flashed in a low cross in which Vardy missed by inches, and then Maguire sent a header over from a Mahrez free-kick.
With 90 minutes up it was then announced that 8 minutes would be added on, and Leicester finally equalised in the 7th.
Gray charged into the area down the left and Walker got too close to the back of him, a slight touch sending him over. Vardy blazed his penalty into the bottom left hand corner to take the tie into extra-time.

Leicester City v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Fifth Round

Five minutes into extra-time Walker picked up a booking for a dive in the box after a Dragovic challenge. This added to the grievance the City players felt after Gray went over.
Maguire then got his head to another Mahrez free-kick but missed the target.
The 12th minute saw a scare for City when Vardy chased down a Bravo clearance, the ball rebounding off the striker, but away from goal.
In the final act of the first period of extra-time Hamer saved a Toure free-kick and the prospect of penalties loomed large.
The tired legs produced few chances in the second period.
Zinchenko sent a 25 yarder inches over the bar, and then Mahrez forced a good save from Bravo with a curling shot.
Vardy then went sprawling in the box under pressure from Danilo, but Bobby Madley wasn’t listening to the loud appeals for another penalty.
The final whistle signalled a period of nervous tension as the kickers were organised and then Fuchs stepped up to take the first one, which was near on perfect.
The next six kicks didn’t bring any drama, with Gundogan, Toure, Maguire, Iborra, Nmecha and Jesus all netting comfortably.
Then Vardy stepped up for his second spot-kick off the night… and clipped the outside of the left hand post.

Leicester City v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Fifth Round

Mahrez took the next one, which went lamely down the middle and Bravo blocked it, before racing off to the visitors’ corner to celebrate the win.
While Man City remain unbeaten in domestic competition, Leicester fans were wondering what might have been, if Claude Puel had sent a stronger side out.

Leicester City v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Fifth Round

Puel, facing 10 games in 35 days, was not apologising: “No regrets about what we could do tonight, I just think we were unlucky with a lot of chances to score. Of course it is a disappointment for the squad, because they worked hard. I like this, this positive outlook, because we had to give a good response. It is OK for the future.”

Leicester: Hamer, Amartey, Dragovic (Benalouane 111), Maguire, Fuchs, Albrighton (Mahrez 57), King, Iborra, Chilwell (Gray 71). Okazaki, Iheanacho (Vardy 57).
Substitutes: Simpson, Jakupovic, Ulloa.
Man City: Bravo, Danilo, Adarabioyo, Mangala (Walker 81), Zinchenko, Gündogan, Y Touré, Foden (Dele-Bashiru 90), Bernardo Silva, Jesus, Diaz (Nmecha 88).
Substitutes: Delph, Sané, Ederson, Duhaney.
Referee: R Madley. Attendance: 31,562.

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Woeful Leicester humbled by Palace

Leicester City 0:3 Crystal Palace

Leicester City v Crystal Palace - Premier League

City suffered a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace at the KPS on Saturday, on an afternoon when they simply never got started…

Claude Puel made three changes to his side, with Gray, Iborra and Albrighton restored to the starting XI, and Okazaki back on the bench despite his two goals at Southampton.
After another fine Tifo display in the Kop the game kicked off, though City looked out of sorts right from the start. Passes were going astray and Palace looked up for the  challenge.
In the 2nd minute Schmeichel went down after a mid-air collision with Benteke on the edge of the area, but he soon recovered.

Leicester City v Crystal Palace - Premier League

Zaha had one dangerous run down the right snuffed out, before Schlupp fizzed a low cross/shot across the goalmouth. Benteke couldn’t get a near post touch and the ball went narrowly wide of the right hand post.
City’s first chance saw Maguire head wide from an Albrighton corner, but the white shirts were soon pressing forward again and Loftus-Cheek forced Schmeichel into a good save with a shot from inside the area.
With City still struggling to get their game together, Palace took the lead in the 19th minute, with their first Premier League away goal since April.
Townsend’s strong run and cross from the right found Benteke unmarked between Morgan and Simpson, and he headed home from close range to end a 13 game barren spell.

Leicester City v Crystal Palace - Premier League

Two minutes later Benteke almost found the net with another header, defending an Albrighton free-kick, but it flew inches wide of Speroni’s goal.
Palace continued to look dangerous, with Townsend and Zaha breaking swiftly every time City lost possession, which was often.
A Townsend cross looked destined for Benteke’s head before Schmeichel rose to pluck it from the air.
In the 34th minute Gray fired a low cross in, but it was slightly behind Vardy and his attempted back heel rolled straight to Speroni.
Palace doubled their lead five minutes before the break. Mahrez lost the ball in midfield and Benteke lead the counter-attack, passing to Zaha who sidestepped Chilwell before lashing the ball past Schmeichel.

Neither side made a change for the second half and City still struggled to get out of second gear.
A rare chance came in the 50th minute when Mahrez went on a run down the middle and tested Speroni with decent shot, but the Palace keeper tipped it round the post.
A couple of minutes later Ndidi picked up a harsh yellow card for a foul on Loftus-Cheek.
City finally got the ball in the net on the hour, only to see referee Martin Atkinson award Palace a free-kick after Iborra had pushed Tomkins in the back before nodding the ball home.
A couple of minutes later the frustration of the crowd increased further when Ndidi was presented with a red card for his 21st birthday. Although there was contact from behind as Ndidi entered the area, his theatrical dive was enough to earn him a second yellow.
At the other end Albrighton took Benteke out without touching the ball, for an obvious spot-kick, but Atkinson waved played on.
Claude Puel made his first changes in the 77th minute, bringing Okazaki and King on for Albrighton and Iborra.
Although Okazaki put himself about, it all seemed too late, and the next chance came for Palace when Schmeichel spread himself well to block a Benteke header from close in.
A shot from Townsend flew over the bar before Benteke had an effort deflected for a corner by Morgan.

Leicester City v Crystal Palace - Premier League

Palace were enjoying nearly all the possession at this stage, and added a third goal in the fourth minute of time-added-on, substitute Sako curling a fine shot into the top corner to cap a fine win for Roy Hodgson’s side.

City’s winning run had ended and Claude Puel commented: “I think our play was too slow against a good team with a strong defensive unit. We needed to have more quickness, more quality in the play and it was not possible today. I don’t know if it is the tiredness or something but we tried to come back in the second half but I think the red card prevented us from trying other things and to get back in the game.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, Iborra (Okazaki 77), Mahrez, Gray, Albrighton (King 77), Vardy (Ulloa 85).
Substitutes: Iheanacho, Hamer, Dragovic, Fuchs.
Palace: Speroni, Kelly, Tomkins, Dann, Schlupp, Townsend, Cabaye (Riedewald 85), McArthur, Loftus-Cheek, Benteke (Sako 88), Zaha.
Substitutes: van Aanholt, Hennessey, Lee Chung-yong, Souaré, Wan-Bissaka.
Referee: M Atkinson. Attendance: 31,081.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Happy return for Puel as Leicester sink Saints

Southampton 1:4 Leicester City

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A fine performance in wintry conditions ensured a 4-1 win for City at St Marys on Wednesday evening…

Claude Puel made three changes to his side on his return to Southampton, with Okazaki, King and Fuchs in for Gray, Iborra and Albrighton.
If it seemed to be a risky strategy to change a winning side, any concerns were dispelled in the 10th minute when City took the lead.
In similar fashion to his goal at Newcastle, Mahrez ran across the field before clipping a precise 20 yarder beyond the reach of Forster and just inside the right hand post.
After an even start City were well on top once they had taken the lead, making light of the horrible conditions. In the 20th minute Vardy and Okazaki linked well, the latter producing a long range shot that had to be tipped round the post by Forster at full stretch.
With Okazaki and Vardy again combining, Chilwell was set up for a shot that was blocked as far as Okazaki, whose shot was cleared off the line by Lemina.
The Saints first chance came on the half-hour when Austin hit a well struck shot from the edge of the area, but it was too close to Schmeichel, who parried it over the bar.
From the resulting corner City broke upfield, Mahrez crossed from the left and Vardy tested Forster with a near post effort, but the rebound was cleared by Yoshida as Okazaki closed in on the loose ball.
In the 32nd minute the scoreline better reflected the game as City doubled their lead. A Mahrez corner from the right went long to Fuchs, lurking on the edge of the area. His fierce shot pinballed off defender and goalkeeper, falling for Okazaki to stab home from five yards.
Six minutes later City went further ahead. A Mahrez free kick into the area was chested down by Maguire, who turned neatly before sending a low shot across the goalmouth.
No one got a touch to it and King was left with a simple tap-in at the far post, as loud boos began to ring around St Marys.

City continued to press forward in the second half and, after a foul on Okazaki, Mahrez lined up a 25 yard free-kick that Forster did well to tip away from the bottom right hand corner.
But then, on the hour, Southampton enjoyed their best spell of the game. A Bertrand free-kick was tipped over by Schmeichel, but from the resulting corner Yoshida directed a header across goal, the ball evading a melee of blue and red shirts in the goalmouth before finding the net.
The home fans finally had something to cheer and Saints went close to pulling another goal back when they hit City on the break and Schmeichel pulled off a fine block to deny Austin from point blank range.
But any hint of a Southampton revival was snuffed out when City got a fourth in the 69th minute. A wayward crossfield pass from Cedric picked out Mahrez, who fed Vardy down the right. He delivered a superb cross round his marker and the irrepressible Okazaki met it with a fine near post finish.
The result was now beyond doubt, and as Southampton fans flooded through the exits, Puel withrdew Vardy and Mahrez from the fray, bringing on Albrighton and Gray.
The game petered out with the remaining Saints fans wondering how Puel’s Leicester had scored more goals in this game than Puel’s Southampton did in their last seven home games.

Puel wasn’t crowing about his triumphant return to the club that sacked him: “My team is the most important thing. I am proud of my players because we gave a fantastic game. If we have the ability to maintain the good results with changes it will be good for the future. It is still the first part of the season and the Premier League is difficult every week. All is not perfect, we still need to correct things and make progress.”

Southampton: Forster, Soares, van Dijk, Yoshida, Bertrand, Romeu (Gabbiadini 45), Lemina, Tadic (Ward-Prowse 83), Davis, Boufal (Redmond 62), Austin. 
Substitutes: Stephens, Long, McCarthy, Højbjerg.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Maguire, Morgan, Fuchs, Ndidi, King, Mahrez (Albrighton 72), Okazaki, Chilwell (Ulloa 83), Vardy (Gray 72).
Substitutes: Hamer, Dragovic, Amartey, Iborra.
Referee: C Kavanagh. Attendance: 27,714.

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The Summer Special and issues no 205 and 206 will be gift wrapped and sent in mid-December, and the recipient will then be posted the rest of the issues until the end of the season.

Also included will be a set of 21 cards celebrating City’s European Campaign of 2016-17.

And a Fanatical Frank Christmas Card.

To avoid a Christmas of tension and disappointment order one now.
You can pay online via Paypal HERE.

Or send a cheque for £17.00 to:

The FOX,
22 Cosby Road,
Littlethorpe,
LEICESTER
LE19 2HF

 

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Late own goal seals win for Leicester at Newcastle

Newcastle United 2:3 Leicester City

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An 86th minute own goal from Pérez settled a scrappy but entertaining game 3-2 in City’s favour at St James Park on Saturday evening.

Claude Puel sent an unchanged side out, but Newcastle’s 125th Anniversary game soon saw them a goal up.
City had a disjointed start to the game and were caught cold in the 4th minute. Murphy sent Gayle down the left, and he had plenty of room to cut the ball back for Joselu, whose late run into the area set him up for an easy side-foot home from ten yards.
Two minutes later, with City still looking unsettled, Gayle fired a 20 yard shot narrowly side.
City then got their act together and began to press forward. In the 9th minute Gray latched onto a Mahrez back pass and forced Darlow into a near post block.
A minute later Chilwell had a cross blocked by the raised arm of Ritchie but there were few appeals for what looked like a clear penalty.
As City continued to take the game to the home side, Ndidi dragged a shot well wide and Gray went much closer with a curling 25 yarder.
City levelled matters in the 20th minute. Mahrez went on a crossfield run before launching a 25 yarder across Darlow. Although the United keeper got a hand to it he couldn’t prevent it from finding the net.
City were bossing the game now and Albrighton forced Darlow into a fine save from a 25 yarder. Gray then curled in a cross from the left but Simpson couldn’t produce a finish at full-stretch and sent it wide.
In the 28th minute Vardy’s run down the middle looked to have taken him clear of the Magpie’s defence, but Yedlin managed to stick out a leg and deny him with a last-ditch tackle.
Newcastle got back into the game towards the break and a careless pass across defence from Chilwell set up Murphy, whose shot was turned away by Schmeichel.
The City keeper also had to save a Ritchie free-kick before the sides went in even at the break.

City also had a faltering start to the second period with little action apart from Ndidi flooring both Merino and Hayden within a couple of seconds.
But the game burst into life on the hour, with City taking the lead thanks to a lovely move and a slice of fortune. Mahrez found Albrighton on the left with a forty yard pass and he played a delicate cushioned volley inside for Gray, who fired in a shot that took a deflection off Lejeune’s backside that left Darlow stranded.
City were back on top now and Darlow did well to parry a low Mahrez cross away from danger.
But it was Newcastle who were next on the scoresheet in the 73rd minute.
City failed to clear a corner out of the area, not helped by Maguire and Simpson clashing heads, and the ball fell for Gayle who made room for himself before finding the net via a deflection off Maguire.
Claude Puel made his first change after the equaliser, bring Okazaki on for Gray. The Japan international was soon in need of attention, having launched himself head first into a challenge, receiving a kick in the face that gave him a cut above the left eye.
Okazaki was also involved in the 86th minute winner. With the game end-to-end, City broke upfield, Vardy shrugged off a challenge on the left and delivered a cross to an unmarked Okazaki in front of goal. The heavily bandaged striker looked set to score the winner when Pérez poked the ball away from him from behind, but unfortunately for Newcastle, he also sent it past Darlow and into the net.
City killed the game off , with substitutions – Ulloa and Fuchs on for Vardy and Mahrez – and taking the game into the corner, and saw out the win that saw them move up to 8th  place.
It was a great result from a patchy performance, as Claude Puel admitted: 
“It was a fantastic character from my team. It was a difficult atmosphere, we knew this. Also, they were leading but to win in the end is a fantastic feeling. It was a difficult game against a good team. It showed the fantastic spirit of the team, and so did the third goal. It is not our best game but this positive attitude was fantastic.”

Newcastle: Darlow, Yedlin, Lejeune, Clark, Manquillo, Ritchie (Atsu 64), Hayden, Merino, Murphy, (Pérez 71), Joselu, (Mitrovic 88), Gayle.
Substitutes: Elliot, Lascelles, Shelvey, Diamé.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez (Fuchs 89), Ndidi, Iborra, Albrighton, Gray (Okazaki 73), Vardy (Ulloa 90).
Substitutes: Iheanacho, King, Hamer, Dragovic.
Referee: N Swarbrick Attendance: 52,117.

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This Christmas we are offering a FOX subscription package that makes an ideal gift for any Leicester City fan…

xmas pack

For £17 you will get a 2017-18 subscription to The FOX.

The Summer Special and issues no 205 and 206 will be gift wrapped and sent in mid-December, and the recipient will then be posted the rest of the issues until the end of the season.

Also included will be a set of 21 cards celebrating City’s European Campaign of 2016-17.

And a Fanatical Frank Christmas Card.

To avoid a Christmas of tension and disappointment order one now.
You can pay online via Paypal HERE.

Or send a cheque for £17.00 to:

The FOX,
22 Cosby Road,
Littlethorpe,
LEICESTER
LE19 2HF

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