Monthly Archives: February 2018

Leicester get a helping hand from Stoke

Leicester City 1:1 Stoke City

Leicester City v Stoke City - Premier League

A poor performance from City saw them emerge with a point from a scrappy game against Stoke at the KPS on Saturday…

Claude Puel made two changes to his side with James and Albrighton in for Iborra and Iheanacho.
City enjoyed a start as bright as the weather in an early spell that saw them force three corners, before Mahrez cut inside and curled a shot just wide of the left hand post.
But the game soon descended into a midfield scrap, punctuated frequently by free kicks.

Leicester City v Stoke City - Premier League

The 17th minute brought a rare moment of quality when a Mahrez turn left two Stoke defenders looking bewildered, but the visitors were defending very deeply and snuffed out the attacking move.
Diouf was then booked for a clattering challenge on Mahrez as City struggled to turn possession into chances against a red and white striped wall.
After Shaqiri mis-hit a free kick on the half hour City broke upfield, but Mahrez missed the target again from another cut-in and shot.
Everything was going through Mahrez at this point, but it was a little too predictable and Stoke were defending solidly.
The game appeared to be drifting towards a goalless scoreline at the break, when Stoke took a 44th minute lead.
Shaqiri took a pass from Allen, 40 yards out, and was given far too much room to charge forward, lining up a low shot to Schmeichel’s left that gave the keeper no chance.
The goal came after Ndidi had needlessly lost possession, something that had happened far too often for City in the half.

Leicester City v Stoke City - Premier League

City pressed forward early in the second half and Albrighton had a shot blocked by Martins Indi. But too often City resorted to high balls into the box that were gobbled up by the Stoke defence.
City almost fell further behind in the 56th minute when Schmeichel collected a ball out by the touchline, but fluffed his clearance upfield. Allen fed Shaqiri who attempted a 40 yard shot with Schmeichel still racing back towards goal, but missed by a couple of yards.
Claude Puel made a couple of changes just after the hour, with Diabaté on for Gray and Iheanacho on for Simpson as City converted to three at the back.
Stoke boss Paul Lambert then had to make a change of his own, swapping his blue top for a white one after Schmeichel complained that it was clashing with the City shirts.
City then enjoyed a big slice of fortune, equalising in the 70th minute. A fine pass from Mahrez sent Albrighton in down the right and he belted a cross over. Butland, possibly distracted by Vardy flashing across his eyeline, failed to gather at the near post and the ball bounced off his arm and into the net.

Leicester City v Stoke City - Premier League

Butland made amends seven minutes later when a corner was headed clear to Mahrez on the edge of the area. His well struck shot was brilliantly saved by the Stoke keeper.
City threatened again soon after this, when Maguire burst into the area, rounded his marker and fired in a shot that Butland touched onto the near post.
With time running out City hit the woodwork again. A wayward header from Adam sent Mahrez in on goal, but he hesitated with his shot allowing a combination of Butland and Zouma to clear for a corner.
From the short flag-kick Albrighton’s cross was headed against the post by James, with Stoke eventually able to clear from the resulting goal-mouth scramble.

That was City’s last chance, and in truth neither side had done enough to earn three points.
Claude Puel admitted:  “Not enough to win today. We could have, but we could also have lost – so perhaps a draw is fair. Their goalkeeper made some good saves, but we also conceded chances.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, (Iheanacho 62), Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, James, Mahrez, Gray (Diabaté 61), Albrighton, Vardy.
Substitutes: Silva, Dragovic, Jakupovic, Iborra, Fuchs.
Stoke: Butland, Bauer, Zouma, Martins Indi (Adam 74), Stafylidis, Cameron, Shaqiri, Allen, Ndiaye, Choupo-Moting (Johnson 84), Diouf (Campbell 64).
Substitutes: Pieters, Jesé, Sobhi, Grant.

Referee: M Oliver. Attendance: 31,769.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

——————————————————

We are producing a Limited Edition (75) print of the FiftySomething strip from The FOX Summer Special 2016 – celebrating City’s Premier League title win. 

fs poster

The A3 sized print will be available from next Thursday (25th Jan) , but you can pre-order one now.
They will be posted to you rolled in a cardboard tube.

The prints cost £6.50 and post & packing is £3.45. (UK only)

You can pay online via Paypal HERE

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

The FOX issue 207 – in the shops now

The 207th edition of The FOX – is now in the shops…

cover web

Featuring: An exclusive interview with former City striker Matty Fryatt on the day he announced his retirement; Fully Programmed from February 1973; Fox Diary; the History of Leicester City in 100 Objects; the impact of VAR from the Foxes Trust; Rewind – The birth of Fox Leisure; Foxed in the Head – doesn’t go to West Ham in 1974 but makes it to Peterborough; Farewell to Rodney Fern; ; The Leicester/Vfl Bochum connection explained by Chris Baker; John Hutchinson on the Boys of ’61; your letters and Bentley’s Roof; and FiftySomething is up for the Cup…

fs frame

All for less than the price of a pint. *

*Except in Wetherspoons.

Matty Fryatt interview extract…

mf web

FOX: Martin Allen was soon on his way, then Gary Megson swiftly came and went. How did you get on with Ian Holloway?

MF: Well, at that point we had Steve Howard, Barry Hayles, Iain Hume, myself and DJ Campbell.
He knew that we all effectively had goals in us, but you can’t play five forwards. Sometimes he would put Iain on the right wing, me on the left wing, Steve and DJ in the middle and perhaps Barry in the hole. Or perhaps you would play for one half and then someone else would come on. It was never settled and it was a bit lopsided. If you are a forward playing wide then you aren’t thinking about crossing the ball, you’re thinking how can I get in on goal. I wasn’t blessed with electric pace so I couldn’t beat a full back and get a cross over. Then you’d play one game and then not be seen for the next three. Then you’d be back in, at right wing, or up front, or in the hole. It really was all over the shop. I don’t think he ever worked out what to do with his forward line, and we didn’t really have any wingers.
When you look at that team that went down, it was a disgrace. I know we had a record number of points for going down, but it shouldn’t have happened. And I was absolutely diabolical that season, I couldn’t finish a chance to save my life. But there was so much chopping and changing, even after we had won a game.

FOX: The last game of the season at Stoke saw the club relegated to the third tier for the first time ever. Were the players aware of the enormity of that game?

MF: I think deep down, we were relegated before the game, although it wasn’t a bad performance on the day. I think the game before, losing 3-1 to Sheffield Wednesday at home, was the one that did it. After that the feeling was that we were down, that’s how I felt anyway. It was just awful.

FOX: Nigel Pearson was given the job of getting us out of League One, and this coincided with a big upturn in form for you…

MF: I just couldn’t wait for that previous season to end, and needed to get away from football for a bit. I went away on a break and I was determined that I would come back, get to peak fitness, get myself into a good mindset, and prove to everyone what I was about. I wasn’t thinking about what league we were in, I was just determined not to have another poor season.
Fortunately it just kicked off from the opening game when I got two goals against MK Dons. My confidence was back and from then on my thinking was, how many will I score today?

 

You can buy a copy of FOX 207 online via Paypal HERE.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Blades blunted as Leicester reach the quarter-finals

Leicester City 1:0 Sheffield United

1718 sheff u home b

A Jamie Vardy header in the 66th minute ended Sheffield United’s resistance at the King Power Stadium on Friday night, as City progressed to the FA Cup quarter-final stage…

Claude Puel sent out something close to a full-strength side for this tie, with Morgan restored to the heart of the defence after an eight game absence.
Riyad Mahrez’s first home appearance since he went AWOL saw mostly cheers, with the odd bit of booing.
United looked well-drilled at the back and let City have plenty of early possession, but there were few chances created.
Vardy had a shot blocked and Gray sent an effort well high and wide, before the first proper chance came in the 16th minute. Gray went on a good run down the middle before slipping a ball left to Vardy, who sent a low shot a foot wide of the far post.
Chilwell then cut in from the left and set up Ndidi for a long range shot that was too close to Blackman to trouble him.
United came more into the game and had a chance of their own. A cross from the right was headed out by Simpson, but deflected off Maguire and sat up nicely for Stevens to shoot from 8 yards out, but Maguire managed to throw himself in the way and block the effort brilliantly.

1718 sheff u home d

At the other end Mahrez prodded a ball through for Vardy to run onto but the impressive Blackman swiftly narrowed to angled to save.
Half-time arrived without City finding a way through United’s defence, and the Blades only chance had been the closest call.

The low-key end to the first half continued after the break, with United enjoying more possession,  but little going on at either end. A neat turn from Gray sent Mahrez in but his shot was blocked.

1718 sheff u home c

But City eventually found a way through in the 66th minute and it was Mahrez who created the chance out of virtually nothing with the pass of the game.
Faced with two defenders down the right he checked back, had a look up, and spotted Vardy, lurking with intent at the far post. He delivered a perfect ball for Vardy to send a looping header over Blackman and into the net.

1718 sheff u home a

Gray went close with a low shot, but Blackman got a touch to send it round the post, before Baldock’s low side-footed shot saw Schmeichel get down smartly to save.
Moments later a Chilwell cross was nodded back by Mahrez for Vardy to net, but the celebrations were halted by an offside flag.
In the 84th minute Claude Puel brought Albrighton on for Vardy, looking to close the game out, and there were no moments of drama in the final stages.

City had reached the quarter-finals for the first time since 2012, and were 90 minutes away from a Wembley appearance.

Puel commented on the architect of City’s goal:  “The most important thing in the game was the fans supported Riyad, and when I replaced him it was a good feeling with the fans. It’s important to stay united about this. The situation is behind us, it’s important to look forward. Now we have two home games in the Premier League and it’s important to get the support of the fans.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Gray, Iborra, Ndidi, Mahrez (James 90), Iheanacho, Vardy (Albrighton 84).
Substitutes: Hamer, Silva, Dragovic, Fuchs, Diabaté.
Sheff Utd: Blackman, Basham, Wright (Evans 76), O’Connell, Baldock, Carruthers (Duffy 76), Lundstram, Lafferty, Stevens, Donaldson, Wilson (Brooks 45)
Substitutes: Sharp, Stearman, Heneghan, Eastwood.

Referee: L Mason. Attendance: 28,336.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

——————————————————

We are producing a Limited Edition (75) print of the FiftySomething strip from The FOX Summer Special 2016 – celebrating City’s Premier League title win. 

fs poster

The A3 sized print will be available from next Thursday (25th Jan) , but you can pre-order one now.
They will be posted to you rolled in a cardboard tube.

The prints cost £6.50 and post & packing is £3.45. (UK only)

You can pay online via Paypal HERE

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Leicester collapse at the Etihad as Agüero nets four

Manchester City 5:1 Leicester City

1718 man city away

A decent first half showing was followed by a second half collapse as Manchester City thrashed Leicester 5-1 at the Etihad on Saturday evening…

Claude Puel made two changes to his side, with Iheanacho and Simpson making way for James and Chilwell, and a three man defence being used initially.
Mahrez, having returned to the fold after a 10 day absence, had a place on the bench.
But Leicester found themselves a goal down after just two minutes.
De Bruyne, on the right, curved a perfect cross in behind Leicester’s defence and Sterling nipped ahead of Albrighton to net at the far post.
Leicester weathered a storm of City attacking play for 20 minutes after that, before striking back with a 24th minute equaliser. A wayward pass from Otamendi set up Vardy, who raced towards the penalty area and fired a low shot that that a slight deflection off Laporte and evaded Ederson.
City kept up their barrage and Schmeichel had a busy few minutes, fielding an effort from Gundogan and saving shots from Silva and Fernandinho.
De Bruyne got in on the left twice but had one shot blocked by Dragovic and the next saved by Schmeichel at the near post. Sterling then lost the use of his legs in the area but was ignored by referee Mike Jones.
De Bruyne then thumped a 35 yard free-kick into Schmeichel’s chest.
Five minutes before the break Sterling went clear on goal and rounded Schmeichel but Dragovic slid in to block his shot with a timely interception.
Despite the one-way traffic, Leicester went in level at the break having rallied after the worst possible start.

Sadly their resistance didn’t last, with Simpson on for Silva and four at the back, the visitors conceded another early goal.
De Bruyne, out on the left, threaded another superb pass between defenders and keeper and Aguero tapped it home at the far post.
Five minutes later the contest was over, when de Bruyne’s third assist sent Aguero in on goal, his shot squirming between Schmeichel’s arm and body.
The City pressure was relentless now and Claude Puel made a double change, replacing Chilwell and Diabate with Iheanacho and Mahrez. Both subs were cheered by both sets of fans.
Although the Leicester defence were still hard pressed Mahrez managed one decent run that was halted by Gundogan, who was yellow carded for a crude challenge. Albrighton’s free-kick was over-hit and a brief spell of respite was gone.
Aguero completed his hat-trick in the 77th minute, when the latest in a series of poor kicks by Schmeichel went straight to Aguero on the edge of the area, and he chipped it over the embarrassed keeper.
The rout was completed in the 90th minute when Aguero stuck home his fourth, an incredible dipping strike that went over Schmeichel’s head and in off the underside of the bar.

Claude Puel summed up: “We had some luck to come back in the game after their first goal, we conceded the goals in a bad time just at the beginning of both halves. They killed the game with the second and took confidence, and then it’s difficult to resist against a team like this. They press, they play between the lines. It’s difficult to start and have a certain position against them – but it’s a lot of goals conceded, which is a shame.”

Although it is difficult to gauge a performance against such a magnificent Manchester City side, the second half display was disappointing and Puel needs to get Leicester’s season back on track.

Man City: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi (Stones 81), Laporte, Zinchenko (Danilo 65), De Bruyne, Fernandinho (Foden 80), Gündogan, Bernardo Silva, Agüero, Sterling. Substitutes: Bravo, Kompany, Nmecha, Diaz.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Dragovic, Maguire, Fuchs, Albrighton, James, Ndidi, Adrien Silva (Simpson 45), Chilwell (Iheanacho 62), Diabaté (Mahrez 62), Vardy.
Substitutes: Gray, Jakupovic, IborraBenalouane.

Referee: 
M Jones. Attendance: 54,416.

——————————————————

We are producing a Limited Edition (75) print of the FiftySomething strip from The FOX Summer Special 2016 – celebrating City’s Premier League title win. 

fs poster

The A3 sized print will be available from next Thursday (25th Jan) , but you can pre-order one now.
They will be posted to you rolled in a cardboard tube.

The prints cost £6.50 and post & packing is £3.45. (UK only)

You can pay online via Paypal HERE

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Swansea hold Leicester to a frustrating draw

Leicester City 1:1 Swansea City

Leicester City v Swansea City - Premier League

A strong first half performance from City wasn’t enough to claim the points as Swansea took their chance for a 1-1 draw at the KPS on Saturday.

The talk in the media, the pubs and the stands before the game was all about Riyad Mahrez , who continued to be AWOL following his transfer deadline day disappointment.
Claude Puel made five changes to the side that lost at Everton, with Silva, Diabate, Fuchs, Simpson and Iheanacho brought into the starting XI.
Diabate soon made his mark, but it was on Clucas’s ankle in a clumsy challenge and the youngster was booked.
City dominated the early stages of the game, pressing hard on Swansea and forcing them into errors, and they broke through in the 17th minute. Some lovely footwork by Iheanacho saw him beat two defenders on the edge of the area, slipping the ball through for Vardy to slot past Fabianski for his 12th goal of the season.

Leicester City v Swansea City - Premier League

Three minutes later Swansea’s first meaningful attack of the game saw Sung-Yeung set up Dyer, but Ndidi nipped in with a fine tackle as he shaped to shoot.
Albrighton then shot from distance, but didn’t test Fabianski.
City cranked up the pressure and fine run down the left by Diabete saw him sting Fabinski’s palms with a shot. Iheanacho’s fierce follow-up shot then struck Mawson on the shoulder.
Moments later, Ndidi surged into the area and netted past Fabianski, but the ref consulted with the linesman before disallowing the goal for an offside much earlier in the move.
The 36th minute saw a long delay when Fer appeared to catch his studs in the turf and he had to be stretchered off with a serious looking injury.
Swansea had a little more possession towards the break, but still offered nothing up front and City’s 1-0 lead at half-time really should have been bigger.

Leicester City v Swansea City - Premier League

With the home crowd expecting to see City finish the job, they never really got started.
And Swansea equalised in the 53rd minute, with their only on-target effort of the game.
Sung-Yeung’s fine corner kick found Fernandez, who somehow found some space in a crowded area to nod home from 6 yards.
City’s miserable record of defending set-pieces continued.
Swansea were enjoying more possession at this stage,  but City went close on the break in the 63rd minute. Diabate fed Vardy down the right and then raced forward to get on the end of his cross, but his low shot went inches wide of the left hand post.
Claude Puel made two changes in the 68th minute, bringing Gray and James on for Silva and Iheanacho.
Gray soon had a chance from a Fuchs cross but sent an acrobatic effort way over the bar.
After a clash of heads with Bony, Maguire swiftly got to his feet and had a chance in the 76th minute. Albrighton’s cross found Maguire at the far post but his header under pressure found the side-netting.
Okazaki came on for Simpson in a more attacking line-up and City put the Swans under relentless pressure with a long series of corners and Fuchs long-throws into the box.

Leicester City v Swansea City - Premier League

But the Swansea defence stood firm and dealt with everything that was thrown at them.
The thought that we needed a special player with the skill to unlock a solid defence was hard to avoid.
Swansea managed to run the clock down and City had to make do with a point on a hugely frustrating afternoon.
Claude Puel was getting tired of questions about Riyad Mahrez: “Today it is just after the game and Riyad is not my pre-occupation. My pre-occupation is about my players who are available. We wanted to keep this positive attitude and continue this good work and keep the focus on the pitch and quality also.
It is a big frustration. I think first well done to this team because they defended very well. They had just one chance in the game and I think we played very well in the first half. We created a lot of chances. We created of chances with quality and good combinations, a good understanding. It was amazing but without the final the clinical edge.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson (Okazaki 80), Dragovic, Maguire, Fuchs, Diabaté, Ndidi, Silva (James 68), Albrighton, Iheanacho (Gray 68), Vardy.
Substitutes: Chilwell, Hamer, Iborra, Benalouane.
Swansea: Fabianski, Naughton, van der Hoorn, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Fer, (Carroll 36), Ki Sung-yueng, Clucas, Dyer (Bony 71), J Ayew (Routledge 90).
Substitutes: Abraham, Narsingh, Nordfeldt, Bartley.
Referee: A Taylor. Attendance: 31,179.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

——————————————————

We are producing a Limited Edition (75) print of the FiftySomething strip from The FOX Summer Special 2016 – celebrating City’s Premier League title win. 

fs poster

The A3 sized print will be available from next Thursday (25th Jan) , but you can pre-order one now.
They will be posted to you rolled in a cardboard tube.

The prints cost £6.50 and post & packing is £3.45. (UK only)

You can pay online via Paypal HERE

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Walcott double sinks Leicester at Goodison

Everton 2:1 Leicester City

1718 everton away b

Transfer deadline day cast a shadow over City’s game at Everton on Wednesday night, as they lost 2-1 on a cold and wet night…

Riyad Mahrez, the subject of interest from Manchester City, didn’t travel to Merseyside with the squad. This meant a starting place for Gray, while FA Cup heroes Diabaté and Iheanacho were on the bench along with Silva and Iborra.
For the opening twenty minutes this line-up worked well, playing an assured passing game that had Everton chasing shadows and murmurs of discontent from the home crowd.
Despite this dominance, City weren’t creating many chances. The best one came in the 10th minute when Ndidi got a looping header to an Albrighton cross, but his effort hit the bar.
But the tide then turned when Everton took a 25th minute lead. Chilwell dwelt on the ball in his own area, looking for a pass when he should have cleared, and he was robbed by Martina. Sigurdsson then crossed for an unmarked Walcott to stroke home his first goal for Everton.
This gave Goodison a huge lift, and the game was transformed, with City looking shaky as Everton had their tails up.
City had a huge let off in the 35th minute when Amartey’s poor clearance set up Niasse for an easy chance, but he screwed his shot just wide of the right hand post. It was only a temporary reprieve however, as Everton doubled their lead a minute later.
Rooney hoisted a high ball into the box, Keane nodded it down, and Walcott was unmarked to net his second from close in.
Right from the kick-off Everton had another chance when a Maguire error saw Niasse steaming down the middle, but his control let him down and Schmeichel beat him to the ball.
For City it had been a half of two halves, and it couldn’t end quickly enough.

There were no changes for either side for the second half, and no change in City’s woeful play either with constant defensive errors and hardly a pass finding a man.
Sigurdsson forced Schmeichel into a good save, before Niasse wasted another decent chance.
Claude Puel made his first change after 58 minutes, bringing on Diabaté for Okazaki, but like fellow striker Vardy, he was hardly getting a touch, as Everton controlled their own defensive third.
But City were then handed a 70th minute life-line. Rooney tugged Ndidi as he ran into the area to meet a cross and the referee pointed to the spot. Vardy blasted the penalty into the bottom left hand corner, sending Pickford the wrong way and it was City’s turn to get fired up.
Iheanacho and Fuchs came on for Gray and Amartey as City changed to three at the back and pressed forward. And Iheanacho came close to scoring after just two minutes.
City’s pressing saw Rooney forced into conceding a corner. Albrighton delivered it and Maguire got a diving header on target. Iheanacho, three yards out, stuck out a boot and diverted it onto the crossbar, before chasing the rebound and  hitting the post with a shot on the turn.
Two minutes later James had a shot from close in cleared off the line, but then Everton managed to get a grip on the game, aided by what was now torrential rain.
In the 85th minute Schmeichel came out to collect a cross held up in the swirling wind and collided with Calvert-Lewin, but Drogovic took up his position in goal to head clear.
City couldn’t find a way back and tasted defeat for the first time in 2018.

Without offering any excuses it was hard to believe that transfer deadline day hadn’t affected City’s performance.
Claude Puel commented on the Mahrez situation: “I was ready to accept all decisions. We can understand his reaction. A difficult situation for him and the club. We received something at the last moment and it was harsh for us. All the players, staff, will help him come back with a smile.”

Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Jagielka, Keane, Martina, Gueye, Davies, Walcott,
Rooney (Schneiderlin 81), Sigurdsson (Calvert-Lewin 82), Niasse (Williams 88).
Substitutes: Bolasie, Tosun, Robles, Kenny.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Amartey (Fuchs 74), Dragovic, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, James, Albrighton, Okazaki
(Diabaté 58), 
Gray (Iheanacho 75), Vardy.
Substitutes: Hamer, Silva, Iborra, Benalouane.

Referee: 
C Kavanagh. Attendance: 38,390.

——————————————————

We are producing a Limited Edition (75) print of the FiftySomething strip from The FOX Summer Special 2016 – celebrating City’s Premier League title win. 

fs poster

The A3 sized print will be available from next Thursday (25th Jan) , but you can pre-order one now.
They will be posted to you rolled in a cardboard tube.

The prints cost £6.50 and post & packing is £3.45. (UK only)

You can pay online via Paypal HERE

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized