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Can’t Buy That Feeling – Inside Leicester City – The Best of The Fox Interviews

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We have finally got round to compiling all our interviews into one book and you can subscribe to it now at Conker Editions Ltd.

A subscribers’ copy of Can’t Buy That Feeling – Inside Leicester City includes three special features:
— Your name will appear in a subscribers’ roll of honour inside the book. (Or you could add the name of the City fan in your life, a great gift idea!)
— Your copy of the book will be signed (and, if you wish, personally dedicated) by the authors
— And you’ll receive your copy before the official publication date in August

The FOX has been interviewing Leicester City players, managers, famous fans and board members for almost three decades, building up a body of work that takes you right into the very fabric of the club, with memories spanning the last 60 years.

As a City fan, you’ve come to know hundreds of players through their performance on the pitch, through potted career biographies and football sticker images. But what about the real characters behind the blue shirt and the back-page reports?

Can’t Buy That Feeling takes you inside LCFC from the perspective of those who were there – behind the scenes at the long-running soap opera packed with moments of comedy and tragedy, triumph and disaster, silverware and financial ruin.

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Read the best of The Fox interviews and you will discover:

o How it feels to score a last-minute winner at Wembley
o Who bore the brunt of Stan Collymore’s fire extinguisher
o How it feels to be a World Cup winner, and axed by Leicester City
o Which City star was run out of his local for moving to Leicester
o The identity of the City player who chased half the Chelsea team down the tunnel
o Players’ big-match memories, their real opinions of their bosses, team-mates and fans…

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Spurs edge Leicester out in Wembley goal feast

Tottenham Hotspur 5:4 Leicester City

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City ended the season with defeat against Tottenham in a hugely entertaining nine-goal thriller at Wembley…

Claude Puel made two changes for his final starting XI of the season, with Gray and Iborra in for Diabate and Choudhury.
From early on this game had an end-of-term feel about it, and the goals soon started to fly in.
City took a fourth minute lead. Gray was fouled by Walker-Peters down the left, Mahrez swung the free-kick in, and Vardy’s delicate nod steered the ball beyond Lloris and into the far corner.
However, while the City fans were still celebrating, Tottenham were back on level terms. An attempted pass from Simpson struck Lucas and rebounded into the path of Kane, who charged up-field and beat Jakupovic low to his right.
Spurs had a good attacking spell following their goal: Eriksen sent a shot straight at Jakupovic, and then Simpson did well with a clearing header from a dangerous cross.
But it was City who next troubled the scoreboard. After winning the ball in midfield Mahrez found Iheanacho, who played a short ball to Silva, who nudged the ball onto Vardy. Vardy was blocked as he attempted to pull the trigger, but Mahrez was following up to blast the loose ball home.

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City should have gone further ahead in the 25th minute. A sweeping upfield move involving Gray, Iheanacho and Vardy saw Gray in on goal, but his shot lacked venom and Lloris pulled off a fine save.
City then caused Spurs problems with a couple of corners, but Maguire couldn’t find the right touch at the far post.
Spurs had another good spell up to the break and Maguire put in a couple of vital challenges to deny Kane and then Sissoko, ensuring City went in at half time with the lead.

Just two minutes into the second half City extended their lead with a superb effort.
Iheanacho picked up a loose ball in midfield and shrugged off the challenge of Wanyama, before launching a rocket into the top right hand corner.

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Sadly, City never got a chance to sit on the two goal lead, as Spurs hit back two minutes later. An intricate Spurs passing move through City’s defence provided a tap-in for Lamela, who looked offside, but the linesman was deaf to Leicester’s appeals.
Four minutes later Spurs levelled the game with a slice of fortune.
Lamela’s shot from close in was heading wide after a deflection off Maguire, but it then hit Fuchs’ knee and found the net.
At the other end, Maguire hit a shot narrowly wide, before Tottenham took the the lead for the first time on the hour.
It was another gift. Gray chested the ball down into the path of  Walker-Peters, who crossed for Lamela, all on his own and he beat Jakupovic from 6 yards.
City rallied themselves after conceding three goals in 11 minutes.
After some good work down the right, Mahrez teed up Iheanacho whose hard and low shot forced a fine save from Lloris.
City then drew level in the 73rd minute. After a wrestling match in City’s area between Morgan and Kane, the ref waved play on and Jakupovic set the counter-attack in motion. City raced upfield, Man City style, and Mahrez threaded a ball through the defence for Vardy who smashed his 20th league goal of the season in the roof of the net from an acute angle.

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But again, the City corner didn’t have long to celebrate as Tottenham came back with the winner three minutes later. Choudhury bought a Kane dummy hook, line and sinker on the edge of the area, allowing the England striker time to line up a shot into the top right hand corner.
City had one more chance to equalise, but Vardy lashed an effort over the bar, and the season ended as it had started, with a high scoring defeat in North London.
It was a strange feeling to come away from Wembley feeling disapointed but entertained, as opposed to the usual triumph or despair.

2017-18 was a funny old season, ninth place and two cup quarter-finals beats just about every campaign in the club’s history, but a sense of an opportunity missed pervades.
Big changes may be coming this summer and we are all hoping that the club’s owners can make decisions to match their ambitions.

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Dier, Rose, Sissoko (Son Heung-min 84), Wanyama, Lamela (Sánchez 78), Eriksen, Lucas Moura (Alli 74), Kane.
Substitutes: Vorm, Llorente, Foyth, Davies.
Leicester: Jakupovic, Simpson (Choudhury 56), Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Silva, Iborra, Mahrez, Iheanacho (Barnes 85), Gray (Diabaté 61), Vardy.
Substitutes: Hamer, Benalouane, Ndukwu, Hughes.

Referee: C Pawson. Attendance: 77,841.

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Leicester break Arsenal jinx with end of season show

Leicester City 3:1 Arsenal 

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City produced a fine performance in the final home game of the season, with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal…

With City looking for their first league win over Arsenal since 1994, Claude Puel made three changes to his starting line-up with Jakupovic, Simpson and Iheanacho in for  Hamer, Benalouane and Iborra.
Before the game we said farewell to Robert Huth, who is not having his contract renewed after a season out with injury. His immense contribution to the Great Escape and the Premier League title will never be forgotten.

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After six home games without a win, expectations weren’t high for this game and Arsenal (without an away win in 2018) controlled the opening stage with some neat passing moves. Mkhitaryan got in an early shot straight at Jakupovic, but the keeper was given a more severe test by Iwobi in the 6th minute when he got down to tip a toe-poked effort round the post.
City broke upfield in the 10th minute when great work from Choudhury, set up Iheanacho, who neatly side-stepped his marker but then lost his footing.
Two minutes later City broke away again and Silva sent Vardy through, but his shot was well saved by Cech.
City then delighted the home crowd who had a goal to celebrate at long last.
In the 14th minute. After a spell of pressure, Fuchs launched a cross beyond the far post, Diabaté sent a neat header back into the area and Iheanacho delivered a measured left-footer through a crowd of defenders and past Cech.

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The KPS was instantly revived and a minute later City were nearly through again. Iheanacho was in on goal when Mavropanos brought him down, and was judged to be the last man, leaving Arsenal with 10 men for 75 minutes.

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Mahrez curled the resulting free-kick in and Maguire attempted a side-foot finish from close range, but Cech tipped it over the bar.
City were rampant now and Iheanacho fired a shot from the edge of the area, but Cech came to the Gunners rescue again.
Diabaté then made good progress down the left before whipping in a cross that was a couple of inches away from Vardy’s boot.
With City in control of the game Arsenal had a rare attack in the 35th minute when Jakupovic produced a fine save to guide a Mkhitaryan shot round the base of the post. Along with some excellent distribution, the keeper was having a fine Premier League debut for City.
In the 38th minute Silva curved a low free-kick round the wall, but Cech tipped it away at full stretch. City broke forward again, but Iheanacho’s angled drive saw the over-worked Cech saving again.
The half-time joy that City had played so well was temepered by the fact that they hadn’t scored more goals from so many chances. And Arsenal came out for the second half in more determined mood.

Two minutes into the second half Kolasinac found space down the left but his shot from an acute angle thumped against the post.
City were soon pouring forward again. A good run from Mahrez set up Vardy, but the offside flag denied City a second goal.
Diabaté then raced into space down the left, but his shot had the sting taken out of it by Cech’s block, allowing for an easy goal line clearance.
For all City’s chances, it was Arsenal who got the next goal in the 53rd minute.
Aubameyang’s well struck volley was brilliantly saved by Jakupovic from close range, but he had no chance when Aubameyang followed up to lash the ball into the roof of the net.
A now open game was end-to-end for a while. Diabaté fired a shot over the bar, and Fuchs also went close, before Mkhitaryan blasted an effort just over the angle of post and bar.
Claude Puel made his first change in the 72nd minute, bringing Gray on for Diabaté, and it soon reaped its reward.
Gray beat his man down the right and sent in a low cross which was cleared straight back to him, but as he took possession Mkhitaryan caught him from behind and the ref pointed to the spot amid furious protests.
Vardy sent Cech the wrong way, smashing it left to regain City’s lead.

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Simpson had to limp out of the action in the 82nd minute, replaced by Dragovic, as City attempted to see the game out. But there was one more moment of magic to come.
A superb ball from Choudhury capped a brilliant night’s work for him and sent Mahrez down the right. In what will surely be his last home appearance for City he sent his marker into the car park with a swift change of direction before guiding the ball round the grounded Cech for another wonderful finish.

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Five minutes of time-added-on passed without drama and City’s home schedule finished on a very high note after months of disappointment.
In contrast to Saturday, a large majority of the crowd stayed on to applaud the side off the pitch for what had been a great effort.
There was even a chant for Arsène Wenger, who had lost to Leicester for the first time in his long Arsenal career.
9th place was secured and we were left thinking that it hadn’t been too bad a season after all.

Leicester: Jakupovic, Simpson (Dragovic 82), Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, Choudhury, Silva, Diabaté (Gray 72), Vardy, Iheanacho (Barnes 88).
Substitutes: Hamer, Iborra, Benalouane, Thomas.
Arsenal: Cech, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Mavropanos, Kolasinac, Iwobi (Nketia 84), Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang, Welbeck (Mustafi 19).
Substitutes: Mertesacker, Ospina, Nelson, Osei-Tutu, Willock.
Referee: G Scott. Attendance: 32,095.

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Another horror show for Leicester as West Ham reach safety

Leicester City 0:2 West Ham United

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Two years after City’s triumphant lifting of the Premier League trophy, only a few hundred fans stayed behind to witness the ‘lap of appreciation’ at the King Power following another dire performance that saw a 2-0 defeat against West Ham…

With a growing list of injuries, and Albrighton’s suspension, Claude Puel made five changes to his side. Benalouane was drafted in at right back, Fuchs returned at left back and Iborra made an unexpected return from injury.
But from very early in the game it was clear that City would not be bouncing back from that 5-0 defeat at Palace. West Ham, still needing point for survival, looked far the more purposeful side, while City didn’t appear to have a game plan beyond sideways passes.

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In the 6th minute a poor clearance from Hamer set West Ham up with a chance, but Benalouane intercepted the danger.
Then Morgan skied a clearance and the defence were slow to react, Lanzini having a shot deflected wide.
After West Ham’s early spell of pressure, the game consisted of sideways passing from City with no end product and the crowd’s frustration began to grow.
On the half hour Lanzini sent Arnautovic in on the left but Hamer got his angles right to block the shot. Arnautovic then hit the bar with a half volley, but it was only a temporary reprieve. In the next attack Arnautovic reached a cross at the far post and hooked the ball across goal to set up Joao Mario for a 6 yard finish.
City’s first real chance arrived in the 38th minute when Diabaté sent a shot wide of the right hand post.
Lanzini then lashed a shot into the side-netting from a tight angle.
The half time whistle brought a chorus of boos…

Claude Puel made a change at the break, bringing Dragovic on for Iborra and pushing Maguire forward into midfield for the second game running.
The 49th minute brought controversy when Vardy and Cresswell were in a race down the right. Cresswell went to gorund as they collided and grabbed the ball just outside the area to prevent Vardy from being clear on goal. Although he was the last man he only saw a yellow card.

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West Ham broke upfield and Arnautovic lined up a shot but was blocked by a great recovery from Choudhury.
With City still struggling to create anything in West Ham’s half Puel made a double change in the 61st minute, bringing on Iheanacho and Gray for Choudhury and Diabate.
With two of City’s better performers on the day being withdrawn a chant of “You don’t know what you’re doing!” rang around the ground.
Three minutes later West Ham sealed victory with a stunning goal.
A free kick from the right was headed clear but sat up nicely for Noble, who arrowed a beautifully struck 25 yard volley past Hamer.
Arnautovic then wriggled through several challenges before Maguire got a block on his shot.
In the 75th minute Gray broke down the left but could only deliver a tame cross into the arms of Adrián.
Home fans were beginning to stream towards the exits with ten minutes remaining as the only piece of entertainment came when a pitch invader tried to give the stewards the runaround but couldn’t keep his footing.
City’s first shot on target came from Silva in the 86th minute, though it went straight at Adrián. It brought forth loudly sarcastic applause from the fans that remained.

There followed the forlorn sight of the annual ‘lap of appreciation’, by which time there were little more than a thousand fans left in the stadium. If the owners were in any doubt of the feelings towards Claude Puel’s management it was spelt out loud and clear.

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Two wins in 12 games saw City at the bottom of the form table, with Puel seemingly incapable of reversing the dramatic slide.

Leicester: Hamer, Benalouane, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, Choudhury (Iheanacho 61), Iborra (Dragovic 45), Diabaté (Gray 61), Silva, Vardy.
Substitutes: Jakupovic, Thomas, Barnes, Hughes.
West Ham: Adrián, Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Zabaleta, Kouyaté, Noble, Masuaku (Evra 90), João Mário, Lanzini (Carroll 75), Arnautovic (Fernandes 79).
Substitutes: Hugill, Obiang, Cullen, Trott.
Referee: C Kavanagh. Attendance: 32,013.

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