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Leicester edge Saints out of the Carabao Cup

Leicester City 0:0 Southampton 
(Leicester 6:5 Southampton on penalties)

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After a 90 minute stalemate, a Danny Ward penalty save in the shoot-out saw City into the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

Claude Puel made nine changes to his side for this fourth round tie, though it was still a strong looking side with Vardy starting; while Mark Hughes made five changes, employing a back five.
City had a decent start with an early corner and a close offside call for a Vardy, but the game soon settled into deadlock with both sides cancelling each other out.
Söyüncü was an impressive presence at the back, though Ward wouldn’t have thanked him for a couple of fizzing back-passes. Gray went on some decent runs, but City couldn’t find a telling pass. Obafemi, with number 61 on his back, was a threat for the Saints when they broke forward.
The first shot on target came after 20 minutes, but it was a tame effort from Silva and Gunn gathered easily. A minute later Ward saved well from Obafemi after the Saints hit on the counter.
Vestergaard headed onto the roof of the net from a corner and Ndidi fired a shot well over, and it was uninspired stuff for the fans who had left their firesides on a chilly night.
Southampton applied some pressure late in the half, but could have gone a goal behind seconds before the whistle. As Vardy attempted to play Diabate in,  Vestergaard intercepted the ball, which then went narrowly wide of the post.
But a 0-0 scoreline at half-time reflected the game.

The second half continued in much the same vein, with City sending passes astray as frustration grew.
Claude Puel made his first changes on the hour bringing Okazaki and Mendy on for Gray and Silva. Things didn’t immediately improve and Saints should have gone ahead in the 64th minute. Redmond strode forward, and rounded Söyüncü and fired a shot against the underside of the bar. Obafemi had an open goal with Ward grounded but somehow managed to miss the target.
Ward then got down well to a Hojbjerg shot as the visitors kept knocking at the door.
Diabate had a couple of shots, one was blocked by Stephens and another deflected into the keeper’s arms.
Okazaki had a shot on the turn that was straight at Gunn, before Puel brought Albrighton on for Diabate with 12 minutes remaining.
Gray capped a good run with a shot that went narrowly wide, but the game seemed to be heading lamely towards penalties, until some late excitement thanks to VAR.
In the 82nd minute Davis netted what would surely have been the winner and the Saints players went over to celebrate with their fans. But the screens flashed up that VAR was in operation and there was a tense wait before it came to the conclusion that Redmond had handled in the build up to the goal.
With the home crowd chanting “VAR VAR VAR” City had fresh impetus and went on the attack. There were shouts for a penalty when it appeared that Evans had been shoved over in the area, but after another wait a goal kick was awarded.
VAR was then booed.
Six minutes of injury (and VAR) time was added and Saints almost won it at the death but Ward managed to tip Gabbiadini’s free kick onto the bar at full stretch.
So penalties it was…

Davis put Saints ahead, Fuchs levelled, and then Hojbjerg sent Ward the wrong way for 2-1. Albrighton crashed his down the middle and then Redmond also sent Ward the wrong way. Söyüncü halted during his run up, but stuck it away coolly for 3-3.
Ward got something on Vestergaard’s effort but couldn’t keep it out, before Gray levelled at 4-4. Cedric fired his high into the net, before Vardy blasted home for 5-5 and a perfect 10.
Just when we were thinking it could be a long night, Ward saved the first sudden-death penalty from Gabbiadini…
Mendy stepped up for the next one and drilled it home, sending City in a quarter-final showdown with Manchester City.

It hadn’t been a great performance from City, but a much-changed side had progressed in the cup against a Premier League side, and that would do.

Leicester: Ward, Simpson, Söyüncü, Evans, Fuchs, Diabaté, Albrighton 78), Silva (Mendy 61), Ndidi, Gray, Iheanacho (Okazaki 61), Vardy.
Substitutes: Morgan, Ricardo, Jakupovic, Leshabela.
Southampton: Gunn, Yoshida, Vestergaard, Stephens, Valery, Højbjerg, Lemina,
Armstrong (Davis 73), Targett (Cédric Soares 61), Redmond, Obafemi (Gabbiadini 89).
Substitutes: McCarthy, Hoedt, Austin, Ward-Prowse.
Referee: R East. Attendance: 22,150.

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FOX 210 will be out next week and is dedicated to the memory of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabh and the others who died in the tragedy at the King Power Stadium.
Many thanks to everyone who contributed and we hope it is a fitting tribute.

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Ten man Leicester battle for a point at Brighton

Brighton & Hove Albion 1:1 Leicester City

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A poor first half performance at the Amex saw City a goal down and a man down when Maddison was dismissed, but they battled back to rescue a point with a late Vardy penalty…

Claude Puel made three changes to his side for this rain swept trip to the south coast with Iborra, Okazaki and Maddison in for Vardy, Nididi and Ghezzal.
With Vardy not fully recovered from a groin strain, Okazaki was given a lone striker role that he really isn’t suited to. Although the Japan international had early claims for a penalty after being tripped in the area, it was hard to see what City’s plan was going forward.
In the 10th minute Gross sent Kayal in on goal but his shot was tipped away by Schmeichel.
The Seagulls kept the pressure on and Mendy fouled Knockaert in the D. The former-City player had his free-kick blocked by the wall and his follow up shot was scrambled away.
But City were a goal down by the 14th minute. A corner from the right saw a well-timed run from Murray who nodded home at the near post, rising above three grey shirts in what looked like zonal marking gone bad.
Izquierdo then fired a shot well over the bar, before City began to get a little more possession.
The 26th minute saw Maddison booked for a cynical trip on Knockaert as the Frenchman attempted to break upfield after a deflection off the ref. Worse was to follow just three minutes later when Maddison rounded Duffy in the area, before going to ground under a non-existent challenge. Referee Chris Kavanagh showed him his second yellow – City’s fourth red of the season. It was beginning to look like one of those days. A feeling reinforced three minutes later when Iborra limped off to be replaced by Ndidi.

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City first threat on goal came in the 40th minute when Ndidi got his head to an Albrighton free kick, but sent his effort over the bar.
City applied some pressure in first half injury time, but Dunk managed to clear a dangerous Chilwell cross and Ryan dealt with a tame Okazaki shot.

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City were unchanged for the second half, and there was a quiet ten minutes featuring a Izquierdo shot that went out for a throw-in, and a ball over the top that Okazaki couldn’t reach.
Then Claude Puel introduced Vardy to the action, and his high-energy performance transformed the game.
After a Duffy overhead kick had gone straight to Schmeichel, City broke forward and Vardy raced through the Brighton defence, setting up Okazaki for a shot which he miscued.
Vardy then chased down Ryan as he lined up for a clearance, and the keeper picked up an injury to his right foot. Seconds later Duffy clattered Vardy from behind, but only saw a yellow card. Chilwell delivered the free-kick to the far post – after treatment to Ryan – but it was just too high for Morgan.
The away fans, many wearing the give away blue hats, roared the ten men on as the pressure continued. Brighton were stretched now and Bruno was booked for a foul on Mendy.
Claude Puel made his final change with twenty minutes to go, bringing Iheanacho on for Okazaki.
City were beginning to look tired at this stage and the home side had a turn at attacking –  Izquierdo sending another effort wide.
But City dragged their tired limbs back up the field to win a corner. Two poor headed clearances set up Chilwell for a cross and as the ball pin-balled around the area Evans had a shot blocked by Kayal’s hand. Before the penalty appeals for this had started Kayal then put in a clumsy challenge on Iheanacho, and Chris Kavanagh pointed to the spot.
Vardy stepped up and lashed the ball home, to the delight of the City fans behind that goal.

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Both sides chased a late winner, Iheanacho played a one-two with Vardy before sending a low shot inches wide, and then Brighton had a spell of intense pressure in the closing stages, with the ball flashing across City’s goalmouth too often for comfort.
But the ten men held out for a well-deserved point.
After a very poor first half, the second half saw a gutsy display.
Claude Puel summed up: “We played like 11 men in the second half. It was a fantastic feeling to come back into the game in this bad situation, after all the difficulties in the first half, the sending off and the goal conceded from a set piece. We deserved a point.”

Brighton: Ryan, Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo, Knockaert (March 73), Pröpper, Kayal, Izquierdo, Gross (Andone 82), Murray (Locadia 89).
Substitutes: Bong, Bissouma, Balogun, Steele.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Evans, Chilwell, Iborra (Ndidi 32), Mendy, Albrighton, Maddison, Gray (Vardy 56), Okazaki (Iheanacho 70).
Substitutes: Simpson, SöyüncüWard, Fuchs.
Referee: C Kavanagh. Attendance: 30,553.

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FOX 210 will be out next week and is dedicated to the memory of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabh and the others who died in the tragedy at the King Power Stadium.
Many thanks to everyone who contributed and we hope it is a fitting tribute.

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Sadness and celebration as Leicester say goodbye to Khun Vichai

Leicester City 0:0 Burnley

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The Leicester City family said farewell to Mr Chairman on an emotional day at the King Power which saw City draw 0-0 with Burnley…

At 12.45, a police-estimated 50,000 fans, with Harry Maguire, James Maddison, Andy King, Hamza Choudhury and Matty James, set off from Jubilee Square on the Walk for Vichai. An inspired idea by Megan Elliott and her sister Casey, who had originally hoped that 5,000 would join the tribute.
Although the heavens opened, soaking the procession, a vivid rainbow appeared as those at the front arrived at the King Power Stadium.

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Many fans then made their way down to Raw Dykes Road to view the sea of tributes that have now been carefully relocated to Car Park E, poignantly close to the crash site.
Most of the crowd were in the ground by 2.30, to watch a tribute video on the big screens. The first half of the film was viewed in complete silence, until applause rang out when we saw the League Championship trophy and then the Premier League trophy appearing on the screens.

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Before kick-off wreaths were laid by Top and Leicestershire service people, and two minutes’ silence was observed for Khun Vichai and the other victims of the crash, and to mark the centenary of Armistice Day, with the white scarves left on each seat being held aloft.
And then there was football to watch…

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Claude Puel made two changes to his line-up with Evans and Ghezzal in for the injured Maguire and Maddison.
Despite going through such a difficult week, with many players attending the funeral in Thailand, City got off to a strong start.
As City pressed forward a low, long-range shot from Ndidi was guided round the post by Hart. A minute later a clear-cut penalty was missed by Mike Dean, as Taylor leant towards an Albrighton cross and it hit him on the upper arm.
In the 14th minute Hart failed to gather a cross and the ball fell for Vardy who fired goalwards, but Lowton was well-placed to block on the line.
Burnley’s first chance came in the 17th minute, but with Wood in on goal Ricardo did just enough to put him off and Schmeichel saved a tame effort.
Another chance passed City by in the 21st minute when Ghezzal got a thumping header to an Albrighton cross, but hit the bar.
Albrighton then had a shot blocked, before a good run into space from Gray saw him one-on-one with Hart who blocked the near-post effort with his leg.
After this lively start the game calmed down towards the break and the chances dried up.
In the 39th minute Gudmundsson’s 30 yard free-kick was tipped round the post by Schmeichel and then Ndidi sent a header wide from a corner.

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Half-time saw the traditional Armed Forces parade around the pitch and for the second half the players exchanged their Vichai Tribute shirts for those bearing poppies.
Burnley took the initiative early in the second half, Morgan managed to intercept a dangerous ball to Vokes, before picking up a harsh yellow card for a robust but fair challenge on Wood.
As City broke upfield Albrighton then had a shot deflected into Hart’s chest as City’s luck in front of goal didn’t improve.
Evans, having his best game to date in a City shirt, and Morgan were kept busy, both making vital clearances as Burnley pressed.
Claude Puel made his first change on the hour, with Iheanacho replacing Albrighton.
As a round of applause broke out to mark the 60th minute Gray sent Vardy in on goal, but he miscued his shot and missed out on a perfect tribute goal.
Evans tested Hart with a header, and then the ball sat up for Wood in the area, but he sliced his effort and it span over the bar.
Not surprisingly City began to look tired in the closing stages. Iheanacho gave the ball away in midfield and then raced back to foul Barnes, getting a yellow card. Thankfully the free-kick came to nothing.
The 84th minute saw Okazaki on for Gray and he gave the side renewed impetus, sending Vardy down the left for a cross to Iheanacho who was denied by a well-timed challenge from Taylor.
Okazaki then got his head to a Chilwell cross in injury time but sent it narrowly over.
City had to be content with a point on a day that was about much more than football.

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The vast majority of fans remained in the ground after the final whistle which saw the playing and coaching staff, former managers Claudio Ranieri, Nigel Pearson and Craig Shakespeare, and Estaban Cambiasso accompanying Top on a lap of the pitch. It was a hugely emotional moment, and by the time Time to Say Goodbye came over the tannoy there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

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It was a day we will never forget. Leicester City have had a fraught two weeks, still managing to get 4 points from 6 in the process, and have carried themselves impeccably in such trying times.
They now have the international break to rest and regroup before the process of continuing Vichai’s legacy gets underway.

“Champions of England, you made us sing that.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Evans (Söyüncü 90), Chilwell, Mendy, Ndidi, Albrighton (Iheanacho 60), Ghezzal, Gray (Okazaki 84), Vardy.
Substitutes: Simpson, Söyüncü, Iheanacho, Ward, Okazaki, Iborra, Fuchs.
Burnley: Hart, Lowton, Long, Mee, Taylor, Lennon, Defour (Hendrick 55), Cork, Berg Gudmundsson (Brady 65), Vokes (Barnes 73), Wood. Substitutes: Heaton, Westwood, Bardsley, Vydra.

Referee: Mike Dean. Attendance: 32, 184.

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The next issue of The FOX will be dedicated to the memory of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabh and the others who died on that day.

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Battling performance earns Leicester a victory for Vichai at Cardiff

Cardiff City 0:1 Leicester City

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On an afternoon of raw emotion a Demarai Gray goal edged City to victory at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday…

Just one week after the tragic accident at the King Power Stadium that claimed the lives of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Nusara Suknamai, Kaveporn Punpare, Eric Swaffer and Izabela Roza Lechowicz, Claude Puel’s side took to the field again.

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Cardiff were hugely considerate hosts, and the home fans passed round their own tribute flag to match the one in the away corner, before an impeccably observed minute’s silence.
Puel made five changes to his starting XI with Morgan, Vardy, Ricardo, Mendy and Gray all returning to the side.
With many of the players visibly moved during the pre-match tributes the game got off to an understandably tentative start, but with both sides desperate for a win for very different reasons a competitive game soon began to unfold.

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City’s first decent move came in the 21st minute when Abrighton’s fine first touch saw him feed Ricardo down the right. Although he beat his man a cut-back into the area went behind the in-rushing Vardy.
A minute later Maguire’s challenge on Paterson, who was in on goal, led to the England man landing heavily on his right knee. Although he returned to the game after some treatment it was soon clear that he couldn’t carry on, and Maguire limped off looking disconsolate as Evans replaced him.
Soon after this Gray went down clutching his ankle, but play didn’t stop until Ndidi chose to give away a free-kick on the edge of City’s area so he could get treatment.
Gray was fit to proceed, and Camarasa thumped the crossbar with his 25 yard effort.
After this, the tide turned a little and City had a strong period up to the break.
Ndidi rose like a salmon to get a head to Maddison’s corner, but his contact was poor and the ball drifted wide.
Mendy then had a fierce shot blocked by Arter when it looked goalbound, before Bamba put in a fine challenge on Ndidi as he shaped to shoot inside the area.
In the final minute of the half Bamba was involved again in an incident that had the City players roaring for a penalty. Etheridge saved a Maddison shot and the ball fell for Vardy who jabbed the ball goalwards, but Bamba’s outstretched arm diverted it up onto the bar. Referee Lee Probert turned the appeals down and Bamba breathed a sigh of relief.

City continued their good spell into the second half. Maddison sent a shot high and wide and then delivered a corner which Evans nodded down to Gray but his attempted flick was blocked by Gunnarsson.
Cardiff then broke upfield and Murphy cut in from the left, but Schmeichel got down well to his near post effort.
City took the lead in the 55th minute, a fine cross was delivered by Chilwell from the left flank and Gray was in the right place to send a measured side-footed half-volley beyond the reach of Etheridge.

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This sparked emotional scenes as all eleven City players raced to the away corner to share the celebrations with the travelling support. Gray removed his shirt to reveal a ‘For Khun Vichai’ message and Lee Probert looked suitably regretful when he had to show him a yellow card.
Five minutes later there was another outpouring of emotion in the away corner as the City fans sang  ‘When You’re Smiling’ in the 60th minute, to mark Vichai’s age.
Cardiff went desperately in pursuit of a point, and Bamba prodded one effort wide, before attempted a spectacular overhead kick was also missed the target.
Puel responded with a substitution, bringing on Danny Simpson for his first appearance of the season, moving Ricardo forward and sending Albrighton to the left wing.
City went close to a second when a corner was nodded on by Ndidi, but Evans couldn’t quite connect with his head at full stretch.
City had some defending to do and Mendy blocked a Camarasa shot, before Paterson headed over from a corner.
With ten minutes remaining Iborra came on for Maddision and City managed to get their possession game together again.
In the 88th minute City broke upfield and Ndidi threaded a ball into Vardy’s well timed run behind the defence, but Etheridge managed to block his low shot.
City resolutely got through some Cardiff pressure during time-added-on before the referee’s whistle signalled three points for City, but more importantly, the win they wanted for Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

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The players and entire coaching staff went over to the Leicester corner to share a very special few moments to mark the end of a very difficult week, that had been handled superbly well by both club and fans.
The word ‘family’ has been much used this week and never did it seem more appropriate.

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Although the club are still a long way away from ‘normality’ despite this return to action, the spirit shown this week bodes very well for the future.
Several players and staff went straight to Cardiff Airport after the game to travel to Thailand to attend the funeral. They will take our very best wishes with them.

Thank you Khun Vichai. R.I.P.

Cardiff: Etheridge, Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett, Camarasa, Gunnarsson,
Arter (Ward 79), Murphy (Madine 85), Reid (Hoilett 65), Paterson.
Substitutes: Smithies, Cunningham, Damour, Harris.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Maguire (Evans 27), Chilwell, Mendy, Ndidi, Albrighton, Maddison (Iborra 82), Gray (Simpson 70), Vardy.
Substitutes: Iheanacho, Ward, Diabaté, Fuchs.

Referee: Lee Probert. Attendance: 30,877.

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