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Woeful Leicester destroyed at Palace

Crystal Palace 5:0 Leicester City

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A truly dreadful performance by City saw them thrashed 5-0 by Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday…

Claude Puel made two changes to his side, starting Choudhury ahead of Silva, and reinstating Morgan for Dragovic.
City had the first chance soon after kick off when Sakho underhit a back pass to Hennessey, but the Palace keeper got to the ball a split-second before Vardy.
Palace then applied some pressure with a couple of corners, before Iheanacho headed over from a Chilwell cross.
At the other end Hamer miscued a punch sending the ball straight to the head of Tomkins, but Iheanacho cleared off the line.
There was another goal-line clearance five minutes later when City broke upfield and Iheanacho played Vardy in for a shot, but Ward had scrambled back to block his effort.
A minute later, City went behind. A fine move involving Loftus-Cheek and Cabaye found McArthur on the edge of the area, and his back-heel found an unmarked Zaha who crashed the ball past Hamer.
City attempted to get back on level terms, but looked slow and pondrous against a more energised Palace side and Hamer had to pull off a fine save to deny Zaha on the half hour. Three minutes later Morgan got a crucial touch to divert a corner away from the lurking Palace strikers.
But City fell further behind in the 38th minute, when Zaha set up McArthur, whose low shot on the turn arrowed past Hamer into the bottom left hand corner.
The half time whistle ended the worst 45 minutes of Puel’s tenure, at least until the second half.

Two changes were made at half time, Diabate and Silva replacing Iheanacho and Choudhury, but five minutes into the second half a third had to be made when Ndidi limped off with a hamstring injury. Dragovic came on and Maguire was moved into midfield.
City’s afternoon got worse in the 56th minute when Zaha chased a long ball and Albrighton put an arm across his chest, bringing him down. As he was the last man Mike Dean had little option but to show him a red card. You had to feel for Albrighton, who has been forced into a right back berth that he simply isn’t suited to.
Palace were lacking the intensity they had in the first half but City looked clueless, losing possession and apparently with no planned route to goal. Vardy was virtually a spectator.
But Palace then provided a grand finish, that had Selhurst Park rocking. In the 81st minute Loftus-Cheek beat the offside trap to stroll round Hamer and roll the ball into the net.
Three minutes later it was 4-0, as Hamer came off his line to block a Schlupp effort, but van Aanholt followed up with a low shot into the far corner.
In the 90th minute Maguire’s clumsy challenge on Benteke saw Mike Dean award a penalty. Benteke fired his spot-kick down the middle for 5-0 and City’s misery was complete.

It was the worst performance in years and had many City supporters demanding the head of Claude Puel. Two years ago City were heading towards the Premier League title, so many wrong decisions have been made since then.

Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Tomkins, Sakho, van Aanholt, McArthur (Schlupp 83), Milivojevic, Cabaye, Loftus-Cheek (Lee Chung-yong 86), Townsend (Benteke 86), Zaha.
Substitutes: Speroni, Sørloth, Wan-Bissaka, Kelly.
Leicester: Hamer, Albrighton, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, Ndidi (Dragovic 51), Choudhury (Silva 45), Gray, Iheanacho (Diabaté 45), Vardy.
Substitutes: Simpson, Jakupovic, Fuchs, Barnes. 
Referee: M Dean. Attendance: 25,750.

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The FOX – The Leicester City fanzine 208 – in the shops now

The 208th edition of The FOX – is now in the shops…

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This is a bumper 48 page issue featuring: An exclusive interview with former City defender and caretaker manager Gerry Taggart; Fully Programmed from April 1999; Fox Diary; the History of Leicester City in 100 Objects; the Foxes Trust meeting with the Premier League; Rewind – Captain Morgan’s goal against Seville; Foxed in the Head – on needless modern football annoyances, and the trip to Brighton; Scott Bentley, on following City from Glasgow ; new cartoon strip ‘Rob ‘n’ Den – The Ex-Leicester Men’; Details on our new interviews compilation book – ‘Can’t Buy That Feeling’; John Hutchinson on the LCFC Heritage Project; your letters and Bentley’s Roof…

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All for less than the price of a pint. *

*Except in Wetherspoons.

Gerry Taggart interview extract…

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FOX: You came back to Leicester as assistant manager to Gary Megson, but he left after a month, what happened there?

GT: As far as I recall there was some stalling on one or two issues with his contract and he hadn’t signed it. His agent was well in at Bolton and the manager there got the sack, and he put his name in. Gary was under no obligation as he hadn’t signed. Apart from being player-coach at Tamworth, this was my first proper coaching job, and suddenly I was chucked in at the deep end when he left. Me and Frank Burrows were put in charge for a few weeks and I wasn’t ready for it and I didn’t really want it.

FOX: One of the matches during that four weeks was Chelsea away in the League Cup. How did you prepare the players for playing one of the top sides in Europe?

GT: I tried to take the pressure off them, because looking at Chelsea even their bench had some heavy artillery on it. I think the biggest fault of the modern day game is that they take all of the enjoyment out of it for the players. So I told them to enjoy it, even though they probably wouldn’t because they were going to be under the cosh! The main reason I played football was because I enjoyed it. I tried to paint a picture for them, go out and enjoy it, test yourself against some of the best players in Europe, if not the world. Don’t worry about losing a game of football you aren’t expected to win. In the end it wasn’t enough, but we gave it a good go. We were 3-2 up late on and Carl Cort missed an easy chance. Then they brought Shevchenko on and he banged in a couple in quick succession.
But look at Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp – they tell their players to enjoy it, don’t be afraid, express yourselves. There’s too much pressure on players, they can’t enjoy it like the lads who play on the park on a Sunday. That was the philosphy I tried to bring in.

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Leicester draw a blank against struggling Saints

Leicester City 0:0 Southampton

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After a bright start City’s performance dropped away as they failed to find a way through Southampton’s defence at the KPS on Thursday night….

Claude Puel had declared this to be: “The beginning of next season”, which wasn’t good news for captain Morgan or Simpson, who were both dropped, with Dragovic returning to the centre of defence and Albrighton at right back. Hamer and Iheanacho came in for the injured Schmeichel and Okazaki.
On an unseasonably balmy April evening, City got off to a decent start against a poor looking Saints side who are staring relegation down the barrel.
Some good passing moves opened up a couple of chances, though Vardy’s shot was blocked, and Mahrez didn’t test McCarthy with a tame shot.

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In the 14th minute Iheanacho had a shot blocked and fell over, but quickly regained his feet to send a shot on the turn narrowly wide of the left hand post.
The Saints first chance arrived three minutes later, but Tadic sent a long range effort wide.
The game then settled into something of a stalemate, with plenty of sideways passing from City, and Southampton sitting back despite being in desperate need of the win.
Ndidi hit a long range shot straight at McCarthy, before the visitors almost broke through a minute before half time. With Tadic and Long faced only by Maguire, Long appeared to be unable to decide whether to pass or shoot and his heavy touch was gathered by Hamer. The visitors were the better side up to the break, but a series of crosses were dealt with by City’s defence.
Half time signalled a bit of booing from a home crowd who hadn’t seen a win since January.

There was a scare for City soon after the break when Dragovic went down injured, and waved at the bench as though his game was done, but he recovered after treatment.
Another scare soon followed when a loose ball in the area fell for Long, but his shot on the turn was well smothered by Hamer.

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City best chance arrived in the 70th minute when a long ball from Albrighton cleared the Saints defence and Vardy got a toe to it, but McCarthy tipped it over the bar.
Claude Puel made his first change in the 76th minute, bringing on Diabaté for Iheanacho, but City were struggling to find any cutting edge up front.
Diabaté beat his man down the left, but his cross/shot found the sidenetting.
In the closing stages City peppered the Saints area with crosses and corners, but were lacking an aerial presence and they were routinely cleared.
The best chance came from a Chilwell cross which Hoedt sliced over his own bar.

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Puel made a double change in time added on, Choudhury and Barnes replacing Gray and Silva, and City’s final chance came when an Ndidi shot was was deflected wide.
There was booing at the final whistle as the run of winless home games stretched to five.

Claude Puel was happy enough: “It was a good performance without a good result. It’s important to keep this good level and to find the clinical edge at the end.”

Leicester: Hamer, Albrighton, Dragovic, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, Silva (Barnes 90), Ndidi, Gray (Choudhury 90), Iheanacho (Diabaté 76), Vardy.
Substitutes: Simpson, Morgan, Jakupovic, Fuchs.
Southampton: McCarthy, Bednarek, Yoshida, Hoedt, Soares, Romeu, Højbjerg (Redmond 88) Bertrand, Ward-Prowse (Davis 58), Tadic, Long (Austin 73).
Substitutes: Gabbiadini, Pied, Sims, Forster.
Referee: R East. Attendance: 31,160.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Leicester caught cold at Turf Moor

Burnley 2:1 Leicester City

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City’s Europa League hopes all but dissolved at Turf Moor on Saturday, with Burnley going 2-0 up within nine minutes…

Claude Puel made three changes to his side, with Choudhury handed his first Premier League start, and Gray and Okazaki in for Diabaté and Albrighton.
But City appeared to miss the starting pistol, and went behind in the 6th minute.
Morgan gifted a clearance to Barnes, who sent Wood through on the left. Although Schmeichel saved his first shot, he could nothing about the second from the rebound.
The afternoon got worse for City three minutes later. Although Wood was fortunate to win a corner that deflected off his foot, City’s defending from the flag kick was woeful.    Gudmundsson delivered it from the right, Schmeichel was blocked as he tried to collect, and Long rose unopposed at the far post to nod home.
City’s first meaningful attack came in the 14th minute, though Mahrez ignored Gray’s run into space on the left and his shot deflected up for an easy take for Pope.
Simpson then did well to intercept a cross heading for Wood at the far post as the Clarets threatened to put the game out of reach.
As the half wore on, City managed to get their passing game together and dominated possession. Chilwell capped a strong run down the left with a good cross for Vardy, but it reached him at an awkward height and his downward header was cleared. Then Gray floated over a cross which was met with a firm header from Mahrez, but it went straight at Pope.
The last action of the half saw City awarded a free kick for a foul on Okazaki 25 yards out. Mahrez got it over the wall well but skimmed the right hand post.

Iheanacho replaced Okazaki for the second half as City tried to find a way back into the game. Although Gudmundsson fired a long range effort narrowly over the bar, it was mostly one-way traffic towards to the Burnley goal.
On the hour, Silva threaded a ball though to Vardy but he didn’t catch his shot right, allowing Pope to save low to his right.
Gray made way for Diabate in the 64th minute and City continued to press forward.
Maguire’s header from a corner just eluded Vardy at the far post.
As Burnley broke upfield there was a double penalty appeal as the ball hit Chilwell’s arm and then Iheanacho brought Lennon down, but Martin Atkinson waved play on.
City finally made the breakthrough in the 72nd minute. A sweeping move upfield saw Iheanacho feed Vardy in on the right and he lashed his shot across Pope and into the roof of the net.
Three minutes later Diabaté’s cross from the left saw Long get the slightest touch in front of goal to take it away from the onrushing Vardy.
In the 81st minute Simpson dithered on the ball and his pass back to Schmeichel saw the City keeper clattered by Barnes. The Burnley man got a yellow card and Schmeichel had to limp off, replaced by Hamer, five minutes later.
In the meantime a Maguire header from a corner was scrambled away by the Clarets’ defence.
Vardy managed a header straight at Pope, as City mounted more desperate attempts on goal, but Burnley stood firm to open up the points gap to 9 points and have their fans checking their passports.
It wasn’t a bad performance from City for at least an hour, but that terrible start had left them with too much to do.

Claude Puel commented: “From the beginning we made things easy for the opposition. Of course I was impressed because there was good concentration before the game and good duels at the beginning and it was close with the other team, but to concede two goals quickly, it was difficult to accept. We have had a lot of chances and it is a big disappointment of course because I think we deserved another result. It was not a fair result.”

Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Long, Tarkowski, Ward, Lennon, Cork, Westwood, Berg Gudmundsson, Barnes (Vokes 85), Wood (Hendrick 75).
Substitutes: Heaton, Taylor, Marney, Vokes, Hendrick, Wells, Bardsley.
Leicester: Schmeichel (Hamer 86), Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, Choudhury, Silva, Gray
(Diabaté 64), 
Okazaki (Iheanacho 45), Vardy.
Substitutes: Iheanacho, Albrighton, Hamer, Dragovic, Fuchs, Barnes, Diabaté.
Referee: M Atkinson. Attendance: 21,727.

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Unhappy Birthday sees Leicester outplayed by Newcastle

Leicester City 1:2 Newcastle United

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The free beer, chocolate and fireworks in honour of chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s 60th birthday were almost matched by the generosity of City’s defence as the Magpies claimed the three points at the KPS on Saturday…

Claude Puel made two changes to his side, with Silva in for the suspended Ndidi and Diabate replacing Okazaki.
Newcastle, chasing the points that would assure them Premier League football next season, applied some early pressure, winning three corners. From the third one Pérez got a thumping header on target, but Schmeichel got down smartly to deny him a second minute opener.
City had an attacking spell of their own after a quarter of an hour, and Morgan sent a header off-target from a decent position. But generally City looked ponderous going forward, with plenty of possession, but most passes going sideways or backwards and Newcastle happy to sit back.
The visitors then took an 18th minute lead. Pérez found Shelvey in an acre of space on the edge of the area, and as Morgan and Magurie tried to close him down, a twist of the hips put them both out of the equation and a measured shot beat Schmeichel via Chilwell’s elbow.
The 22nd minute saw tempers boil when Maguire reacted to Gayle climbing all over his back, and in attempting to push him away his hand connected with the United player’s chin. On another day it might have brought a red card, but Attwell contented himself with a yellow.
City laboured to get back into the game but couldn’t turn possession into chances and any crosses were gobbled up by a comfortable looking Newcastle defence.
Vardy received a kick in the family jewels from Diame, but didn’t get a penalty and then referee Stuart Attwell further enraged the home crowd five minutes before the break. Receiving a fine pass from Silva, Mahrez cut into the area where he was cleared up by a challenge from Dummet for an obvious penalty, but neither Attwell or his well-placed linesman saw a foul.
City’s afternoon got worse just before the break when Iborra limped off, replaced by Choudhury.

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The half time whistle was greeted with loud booing directed at the ref, though it may have been tinted with more frustration at another poor home performance.

United had an early chance in the second half, when Choudhury brought Kenedy down, but Gayle sent his free kick narrowly over the bar. Other than that Choudhury had a fine game, a rare highlight on a hugely disappointing afternoon.
With City showing little sign of improvement Puel made another change 11 minutes into the second half, bringing Okazaki on for Simpson and moving Albrighton to right back.
This did bring in improvement in City’s game and then began to press forward with more intent. Silva saw a long range effort deflected wide, Mahrez had a shot blocked by Lascelles and Vardy headed wide, but any crosses into the area were still easily dealt with by United, with no aerial presence for City.

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After this attacking spell, the visitors caught City on the break to double their lead in the 75th minute. A hopeful punt forward caught out Maguire and Morgan and Perez lobbed the ball into an empty net with Schmeichel still back-pedalling having strayed out to the edge of his area.
Gray replaced Diabate a minute after this further setback, and had a hand in what turned out to be a consolation goal.
In the 83rd minute his cross from the left was nodded down by Okazaki into the path of Vardy who netted from close in.

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But United weren’t in the mood to surrender their precious points and keeper Dubravka claimed a couple of crosses as City chased an equaliser in vain.
With Burnley winning at Watford a six point gap had opened up on that Europa Cup place, and City’s current run of poor home performances don’t suggest that they can make up that ground.
Claude Puel commented on the penalty that wasn’t: “This decision could have helped us come back into the game with a good tempo and a good feeling in the second half. It could have given us a boost. It was not enough but it is not just a question of the penalty. It is not an excuse because our performance was too poor in the first half and we have to correct that aspect of our game.”

Many supporters seemed to have lost patience with Puel, trying to play a style that doesn’t suit the players he has, and neutering the drive and speed that they once had.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson (Okazaki 57), Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Silva, Iborra (Choudhury 42), Mahrez, Diabaté (Gray 76), Albrighton, Vardy.
Substitutes: Iheanacho, Dragovic, Jakupovic, Fuchs.
Newcastle: Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie, Diamé (Hayden 81), Shelvey, Kenedy (Atsu 64), Pérez, Gayle (Joselu 70).
Substitutes: Clark, Manquillo, Merino, Darlow.
Referee: S Attwell. Attendance: 32,066.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Schmeichel save sets up Leicester win at Brighton

Brighton & Hove Albion 0:2 Leicester City

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City shrugged off a late penalty award and the dismissal of Wilfred Ndidi to win at the Amex for the first time on Saturday afternoon…

Claude Puel made one change to his starting line-up with Okazaki in for Iheanacho, while the Seagulls couldn’t field the suspended Knockaert or the on-loan Ulloa.
A very poor first half unfolded, with Brighton looking the more threatening.
Locadia sliced an effort when well placed, Izquierdo just failed to reach a cross, and Morgan picked up an early yellow for a foul on Propper.
Ndidi followed his skipper into the ref’s notebook, before Murray fired a shot over the bar.

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The first real chance of the game arrived in the 37th minute, when a ball from Locadia sent Murray in on goal down the right channel, but his normally deadly finishing deserted him and he steered the ball wide of the right hand post.
Despite offering very little, City managed to go in at the break on level terms, and things could surely only get better.

Or maybe not. A minute into the second half a Morgan error presented Gross with a long range shooting opportunity which Schmeichel did well to tip over at full stretch.
Maguire then did well to snuff out a run from Izquierdo as City continued to play on the back foot.
Claude Puel made his first change in the 56th minute, bringing Diabaté on for Okazaki but things didn’t improve.
Chilwell, Simpson and Maguire were all booked within a short spell, meaning that the entire defence and defensive midfielder were all on a knife edge.
By the 71st minute Diabaté was beginning to make things happen, and his cross found Vardy in the middle, but his attempted back-heel didn’t work.
But Brighton’s big moment finally arrived in the 76th minute, when Ndidi fouled Izquierdo in the area and Chris Kavanagh pointed to the spot.
Murray planted his kick to Schmeichel’s left, but the City keeper guessed right and tipped it round the post for a fine save.

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Gray replaced Albrighton soon after this let off, and City began to press forward at last.
They then delighted their 3,000 + followers, taking an 83rd minute lead.
Chilwell lofted a ball in from the left and Iborra found some space in the area to nod it home past Ryan from 10 yards.

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With Brighton desperately seeking an equaliser, Ndidi and Duffy contested a 50-50 ball and it looked as though the City man won it with a fair side-footed challenge.
Ndidi threw himself to the ground in a rage when Kavanagh judged it worthy of a second yellow and City had to see out the game with ten men.
Schmeichel saved March’s resulting free-kick, tipping it over the bar.
Brighton then went close from a corner during the 5 minutes of time-added-on, when Bong missed a far post sitter with an eyes shut, head down header, but his blushes were spared as the ref spotted a foul on Schmeichel.
Instead, it was City who added to the scoreline in the dying seconds. Gray beat his marker down the right and his low cross to the far post was met with a perfectly timed run by Vardy, to seal what had looked like a highly unlikely win.

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Claude Puel summed up: “The first half was poor, we didn’t come back from the international break. It was difficult, it was slow and we were without tempo, rhythm and aggressiveness. It was a fantastic save from Kasper and it changed the situation of the game. It gave us a good feeling and desire to continue to believe and for the opponent it was opposite. It wasn’t a fantastic game for us in terms of play but the result is very crucial.”

Brighton: Ryan, Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Pröpper, Locadia (March 75). Groß, Kayal (Baldock 84), Izquierdo, Murray.
Substitutes: Bruno, Baldock, Hemed, Goldson, March, Krul, Suttner.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez (Fuchs 85), Ndidi, Iborra, Albrighton (Gray 79), Okazaki (Diabaté 56), Vardy.
Substitutes: Iheanacho, Silva, Dragovic, Jakupovic.

Referee: C Kavanagh. Attendance: 30,629.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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The A3 sized print will be posted to you rolled in a cardboard tube.

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