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Leicester end losing run against Brighton as Rodgers watches from the stands

Leicester City 2:1 Brighton & Hove Albion

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City won their first home game since Boxing Day against Brighton on Tuesday night, as new boss Brendan Rodgers was welcomed to the club.

Rodger’s appearance in the directors box was warmly applauded before the game, but it was Mike Stowell who was picking the team and he made two changes, with Gray in for Ghezzal and Chilwell returning from injury in place of Fuchs.

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Under Claude Puel City had got used to conceding early goals, but his time they struck first against a nervy looking Brighton side hovering above the relegation zone.
In the 7th minute a square ball from Maddison saw Vardy’s shot blocked by Duffy, and then Tielemans had a long range effort cleared by Dunk but City, roared on by a newly-buoyant home crowd were not to be denied for long. Barnes robbed Knockaert on the halfway line and fed Tielemans, who made a few yards before threading a ball to Gray, who slotted the opener past Ryan.

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Four minutes later City should have gone two up, but Gray’s shot from a Chilwell cut back was saved by Ryan and Vardy put the rebound into the stand.
After this lively start for City they lost their way a little and allowed Brighton back into the game.
In the 27th minute a 20-yarder from Gross looped up over Maguire and was dipping under the bar before Schmeichel tipped it over.
The City keeper was soon in action again, when Bong crossed from the left and Knockaert met the ball with a fierce shot that Schmeichel got a strong right hand to.
Barnes was having a fine game and played a one-two with Tielemans before firing in a shot that was blocked.
City took their narrow lead in at the break, though Brighton were still very much in the game.

City should have doubled their lead early in the second half when Gray delivered a decent cross from the left but Vardy nodded it wide from close in.
A minute later the Seagulls should have been level. Knockaert fed Gross, who back heeled the ball to Murray. The usually composed striker ballooned his effort over the bar from 8 yards.

Leicester City v Brighton and Hove Albion - Premier League

City continued to struggle through a scrappy second half with Brighton creating more chances. Bissouma curled a 20-yarder inches wide of the right hand post and then Duffy headed wide from a corner.
But the increasing feeling that the visitors would find an equaliser was eased when City doubled their lead in the 63rd minute. Maddison had not had a good night, but finally delivered, playing a perfect through ball to Vardy down the right channel and he lashed the ball past Ryan from a tight angle.
But City didn’t enjoy their two-goal cushion for long. Three minutes later a Knockaert cross deflected into the path of Pröpper, who rifled it past Schmeichel from 12 yards.
Mike Stowell made a change in the 69th minute, with Tielemans coming off for Mendy, as City looked to shore things up in midfield.
Brighton were pressing forward but City threatened on the break and Maddison set up Barnes for a shot that was high and wide. When he can find more composure in front of goal Barnes will be a huge threat.
In the 75th minute Maguire set off on a run that took him from the halfway line to the penalty area, past four defenders, before a nifty stepover and cross found Barnes whose shot was closed down. Maguire earned himself a standing ovation.
Vardy was then lucky to only see a yellow card for a reckless challenge that left Pröpper in a heap.
Bong fired a shot wide and Murray found the side-netting, but City were more in control now and there were no dramas in the closing stages.

Brendan Rodgers will have got an idea of what is wrong and what is right from a patchy performance, but a first home win since Boxing Day was most welcome for the supporters.
Rodger’s first message to the fans was a refreshing change:  “I’m very privileged and honoured to be here as Leicester City manager and I’ll give my life to make the supporters proud of their club. Together, we’ll be stronger and I’m looking forward to working with the players, staff and supporters to make the right steps forward.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Tielemans (Mendy 69), Ndidi, Maddison (Okazaki 90), Gray, Vardy (Iheanacho 90), Barnes.
Substitutes: Morgan, Ward, Fuchs, Ghezzal.
Brighton: Ryan, Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Gross (Bissouma 51), Stephens (Izquierdo 81), Pröpper, Knockaert, Murray, March (Locadia 67).
Substitutes:  Jahanbakhsh, Button, Bernardo, Burn.
Referee: Lee Probert. Attendance: 30,558.

Photos: Simon Kimber.

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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 it is available now from Conker Editions Ltd HERE
and Amazon HERE

Also available from the Leicester City Fanstore and Waterstones in Leicester.

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 Leicester City from the perspective of those who were there – behind the scenes at the long-running soap opera packed with comedy and tragedy, triumph and disaster, financial ruin and amazing title wins.

 

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Brendan Rodgers in talks with Leicester City

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is on the verge of becoming appointed as Leicester’s new boss after the Glasgow club gave City permission to speak to him…

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In contrast to previous appointments by the King Power regime, the club have moved very swiftly to get their man, who will be walking away from another rich trophy haul north of the border.

The 46-year-old, who has previously managed Watford, Reading, Swansea and Liverpool is expected to be appointed within the next 24 hours. He is expected to bring his staff with him: assistant Chris Davies, coach Kolo Toure and fitness coach Glenn Driscoll.

Perhaps a sign of how the Premier League has become all-conquering, for those who can remember Celtic luring Martin O’Neill away from Filbert Street in 2000.

Photo: Simon Kimber.

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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 it is available now from Conker Editions Ltd HERE
and Amazon HERE

Also available from the Leicester City Fanstore and Waterstones in Leicester.

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 Leicester City from the perspective of those who were there – behind the scenes at the long-running soap opera packed with comedy and tragedy, triumph and disaster, financial ruin and amazing title wins.

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Palace defeat is Claude Puel’s Waterloo

Leicester City 1:4 Crystal Palace

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Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace proved to be Claude Puel’s last game in charge…

Puel made two changes to his starting line-up with Vardy reinstated as striker for Gray and Fuchs replacing the injured Chilwell.
Before kick off there was a rousing minute’s applause in memory of the great Gordon Banks of Leicester City and England.

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City got off to a promising start and won a free kick 30 yards out when Schlupp brought Maddison down. Maddison played it to Tielemans but his shot was closed down and deflected within reach of Guaita in the Palace goal.
In the 9th minute a good run and cross from Barnes saw Vardy flashing his header over the bar. A minute later Vardy teed Maddison up for a shot, which deflected wide off  Sakho’s shoulder.
Tielemans then played a one-two with Barnes but his shot was gathered comfortably by Guaita.
A break upfield was halted when Zaha’s challenge on Tielemans saw stud on shin, but he escaped a yellow card.
City were in complete control at this stage, but a low shot from Barnes failed to test Guaita and then Ndidi ballooned an effort well high and wide.
Maddison was brought down twice on the edge of the area, but miscued his first free-kick and his second hit the wall.
After 36 minutes of play frequently punctuated by Palace fouls, referee Anthony Taylor finally produced a yellow card – for a Ndidi trip on Schlupp, which provoked howls of derision from the stands.
City continued to press forward, but weren’t really hurting Palace, and then came the sting in the tail four minutes before the break. After loud appeals for a penalty when Barnes was dispossessed by Tomkins in the area Palace broke upfield. Taylor awarded a very dubious free-kick in the centre-circle but Palace were more alert to the chance and Milivojevic played a quick ball forward to McArthur, whose shot looked to be going wide before Batshuayi stuck out a leg to beat the wrong-footed Schmeichel.
It was Palace’s first chance of the game, and saw City trailing at half time.

Ghezzal, who had sent several passes astray, was replaced by Gray for the second half.
City continued to dominate as they looked for a way back into the game. Fuchs failed to apply enough head to a great Evans cross, and the ball sailed wide.
Maddison then won yet another free kick on the edge of the area, but hit it against the wall again.
Tielemans and Barnes were combining well on the left, but the final ball was always found wanting, as the frustration grew.
Maddison then appeared to try and score direct from a corner but Guaita read the swerving ball well and easily claimed.
City finally made the breakthrough in the 64h minute. Palace failed to clear a Fuchs long throw and the ball fell to Barnes who fired it into the middle where Evans met it perfectly to fire home from 7 yards.

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City turned up the pressure in pursuit of a winner, but were caught on the break with 20 minutes remaining. A Maddison corner was hit too long and Palace raced upfield. McArthur picked out an unmarked Zaha with a looping ball and he crashed a side-footed volley past Schmeichel to restore Palace’s lead.

Leicester City v Crystal Palace - Premier League

In the 74th minute Puel brought Iheanacho on for Tielemans, and loud booing rang round the stadium.
City wasted a couple of corners, before Palace struck again in the 81st minute.
As Schlupp went past Evans in the area the City defender hung out a leg and Schlupp flew through the air. Taylor pointed to the spot, booked a furiously protesting Schmeichel, and Milivojevic sent the City keeper the wrong way with a cool spot-kick.

Leicester City v Crystal Palace - Premier League

Okazaki then replaced Barnes, to more booing, before Palace added a fourth in time-added-on in a half empty stadium. Maguire lost possession trying to carry the ball forward and Palace raced upfield again. Ayew set up Zaha, for a shot that had too much pace for Schmeichel to block.
By the final whistle the stadium was almost empty.

Claude Puel’s comments proved to be his epitath with his sacking announced on Sunday morning: “We tried a lot of good moves, without success.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Fuchs, Tielemans (Iheanacho 74), Ndidi, Maddison, Ghezzal (Gray 45), Vardy, Barnes (Okazaki 85).
Substitutes: Söyüncü, Morgan, Ward, Mendy.
Palace: Guaita, Ward, Tomkins, Sakho, (Dann 77), van Aanholt, McArthur, Milivojevic, Schlupp, Townsend (Kouyaté 80), Batshuayi (Ayew 86), Zaha.
Substitutes: Meyer, Hennessey, Benteke, Riedewald.

Referee: 
Anthony Taylor. Attendance: 31,778.

All Photos: Simon Kimber.

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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 it is available now from Conker Editions Ltd HERE
and Amazon HERE

Also available from the Leicester City Fanstore and Waterstones in Leicester.

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 Leicester City from the perspective of those who were there – behind the scenes at the long-running soap opera packed with comedy and tragedy, triumph and disaster, financial ruin and amazing title wins.

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Leicester sack Claude Puel after yet another home defeat

Leicester City’s website have confirmed this morning’s rumours that Claude Puel has been sacked following a 4-1 home defeat against Crystal Palace

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The official statement reads:

“Leicester City Football Club has today (Sunday) parted company with Claude Puel, who leaves his position as First Team Manager with immediate effect.
The Club would like to thank Claude for his efforts in leading the team during his 16 months in the role and wish him well in his future career.

Assistant Manager Jacky Bonnevay also departs with the Club’s best wishes.

First Team Coaches Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler, supported by the Club’s established backroom staff, will assume responsibility for the senior squad while the Club begins the process of appointing a new manager.

The Board will make no further comment until this process is complete.”

Puel, who always appeared to have one eye on the future, rather than the here and now,  has paid the price for a run of games that have seen City drop from 7th place, to the fringes of the relegation battle.
Like Claudio Ranieri and Craig Shakespeare before him, any whiff of the club being in danger of losing the Premier League place activates the trigger finger.
It has been 16 months that, the occasional highlight apart, will not be remembered with any fondness by most Leicester fans.
Puel appeared to have no Plan B in games beyond possession that didn’t lead to enough goals, and mystifying substitutions.
His failure to engage with the fans and a disrespectful attitude to the cups all added to an increasingly uncomfortable fit of manager and club.

The favourites for his successor appear to be Rafa Benitez and Brendan Rodgers.

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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 it is available now from Conker Editions Ltd HERE
and Amazon HERE

Also available from the Leicester City Fanstore and Waterstones in Leicester.

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 Leicester City from the perspective of those who were there – behind the scenes at the long-running soap opera packed with comedy and tragedy, triumph and disaster, financial ruin and amazing title wins.

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FOX 211 – The Leicester City fanzine – is in the shops now and on sale before the match

The 211th edition of The FOX – is now in the shops and will be on sale before the Palace and Brighton games…

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It features: An exclusive interview with chief football writer for The Times – Henry Winter; Fully Programmed from the Jock Wallace era; Fox Diary, taking from the rich, giving to the poor; the History of Leicester City in 100 Objects; the Foxes Trust on the new unified Football Supporters’ Organisation; Favourite Shirts – your nostalgic nylon; Rewind – Don’t Go Martin!; Foxed in the Head – on conker injuries, Harlow and Chelsea’s Shed; Richard Purser on the Royal Visit; Details on our new interviews compilation book – ‘Can’t Buy That Feeling’; John Hutchinson on City’s first appearance on Match of the Day; your letters and Bentley’s Roof, and Frank goes to Newport…

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The most fun you can have for £2.50…

Henry Winter Interview extract…

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FOX: You have presumably spent a fair bit of time at Belvoir Drive during your career?

HW: Yes, I spent many an hour in Paul Mace’s office doing interviews. I remember when Roberto Mancini arrived at Leicester I said “Macey, you’ve got MANCINI! I need to interview him.”
I was there on the day of his first training session and you could still hear the applause from the other players for him as the came off the training ground, apparently he’d scored some sort of sensational goal. His English wasn’t very good so he had an interpreter, but the thing I noticed when he came in straight from training was that he wasn’t sweating.
Martin O’Neill was always very in interviews and it’s great to have him back in the East Midlands now. I remember going along to interview him with Ollie Holt when he was at the Times and I was at the Telegraph. We had a good chat about the football, and then he found out I’d recently been to Chappaquiddick. Martin was absolutely obsessed with the Kennedys and he made me do a drawing of the bridge where Ted Kennedy drove his car into the water and Mary Jo Kopechne died. He studied my drawing and was absolutely convinced that she was dead before the car went into the water.
He was also fascinated by the James Hanratty case, the A6 murderer, and the Yorkshire Ripper.
Neil Lennon tells the story of Leicester playing up at Leeds and Martin kept disappearing to try and find Peter Sutcliffe’s old house! They took a club car up to Chapeltown, he eventually found it and him, John Robertson and Steve Walford knocked on the door and got in.

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Wasteful Leicester lose out to Spurs at Wembley

Tottenham Hotspur 3:1 Leicester City

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City were the better side against Tottenham in a 3-1 defeat at Wembley on Sunday, but failed to turn chances into goals…

Claude Puel starting XI saw Vardy relegated to the bench, and Tielemans in for Ndidi, though Mendy injured himself in the warm-up and Ndidi was reinstated.
The exclusion of Vardy fuelled the rumours that he had fallen out with Puel, but the Frenchman commented: “I would like to develop other options than Jamie.” 

After some early Spurs pressure we got our first glimpse of Tielemans who played a fine ball through to Gray in the 7th minute, but the threat was extinguished by Sánchez.
A minute later Maguire got a firm header to a Maddison free-kick, but Lloris managed to guide it over the bar.
Another great ball from Teilemans sent set Barnes up for a chance, but he missed the target, going narrowly wide of the right hand post.
In the 16th minute there were loud calls for a penalty when Son went down under a challenge from Maguire on edge of the area, but referee Michael Oliver produced a yellow card for simulation.
Two minutes later Rose cut in from the left and fired in a shot but Schmeichel stood firm to block from close quarters.
As the game moved from end to end Maddison wasted a decent chance with a tame, off-target effort. Then Ndidi bodged an attempt from close in after a good Chilwell cross, but the linesman’s flag spared his blushes.
Chilwell then did well to recover a ball he’d lost before setting up Barnes with a golden chance. But he snatched at his shot and sent it wide of the left hand post.
After a good spell for City it was Spurs who took a 33rd minute lead. A superb cross from Eriksen found Sánchez, who got a yard ahead of Maguire to send a thumping header past Schmeichel, for his first goal for Spurs.
City pressed forward as half time approached, but a series of corners came to nothing. The best chance came from Tielemans who retrieved a ball from the dead ball line and delivered a swerving shot that almost caught out Lloris at his near post.
But a decent performance still saw City trailing at the break, with the number of chances missed suggesting that playing without a striker might not be the best idea.

However, City started the second half unchanged.
City created the first decent chance of the half when Ricardo curled in a cross, but Gray’s header went straight at Lloris. Five minutes later Gray turned and fired in a shot, but again it lacked the striker’s instinct, going straight at Lloris.
At last Vardy was standing ready to be brought on in the 57th minute, when City were awarded a penalty after Verthongen knocked Maddison over as he was shaping to shoot.
Vardy came on for Gray, Maddison gladly handed the ball over and Vardy was in the rare position of taking a penalty with his first touch. But he sent it too close to Lloris, who guessed right and tipped it round the left hand post.
To make matters worse, Spurs then doubled their lead in the 64th minute.
As City failed to clear a Tottenham attack, Eriksen was given time and space on the edge of the area to curl a shot just inside the left hand post.
City kept pressing forward and a nod from Vardy sent Barnes clear on goal, but he completed a hat trick of misses firing the ball at Lloris with the goal gaping.
Puel made his second change in the 72nd minute, bringing Iheanacho on for Ghezzal, as City were now dominating play. They pulled a goal back in the 76th minute after a long spell of passes that ended with Ricardo curling a cross in for Vardy to sweep home from close in.
Spurs were clinging to their lead now with City piling forward, and Vardy went close with a snapshot from a Ricardo ball that just beat the angle. Then Iheanacho found the side-netting with a low shot.
But with City pressing so hard they were vunerable to the counter and Spurs sealed the points in the 90th minute. A Chilwell ball into the area gave Sissoko an opportunity to launch a ball forward to Son, Ndidi lost his footing as he tried to intercept and Son hared towards goal before producing a neat finish to win the game.

It had been another baffling performance from City, who looked excellent at times and were the better side, but not having a striker on the field for an hour led to missed chances. And then when a striker came on, he missed a spot kick.
Claude Puel reflected:“It’s the same feeling after our game against United. Another time today, we made good collective performance, with good quality and good moves. We hurt them, without finding efficiency. It’s a big shame.”

Perhaps the most positive thing about the afternoon was the performance of Tielemans, who looked a class act and should give Vardy some bullets to fire. Assuming Puel will put Vardy back in the starting line-up…

Tottenham: Lloris, Trippier, Sánchez, Vertonghen, Rose (Walker-Peters 88), Winks, Sissoko, Skipp (Alderweireld 71), Eriksen, Llorente (Wanyama 80), Son Heung-Min.
Substitutes: Foyth, Gazzaniga, Aurier, Lucas Moura
Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, Ghezzal (Iheanacho 72), Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes (Okazaki 88), Gray (Vardy 59), 
Substitutes: Simpson, Morgan, Ward, Choudhury.
Referee: Michael Oliver. Attendance: 44,154.

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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 it is available now from Conker Editions Ltd HERE
and Amazon HERE

Also available from the Leicester City Fanstore and Waterstones in Leicester.

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 Leicester City from the perspective of those who were there – behind the scenes at the long-running soap opera packed with comedy and tragedy, triumph and disaster, financial ruin and amazing title wins.

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Goal-shy Leicester edged out by United

Leicester City 0:1 Manchester United

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City got off to their usual poor start and then failed to take their chances against Manchester United at the KPS on Sunday…

Claude Puel made one change to the side that drew at Anfield, with Barnes in for the injured Albrighton, while new signing Youri Tielemans didn’t make the squad.
City had conceded within the first eleven minutes for four games running and they got an early warning shot across the boughs. A good cross from Shaw found Rashford unmarked at the far post but his header missed the target from close range.
But this was only a temporary reprieve. In the 9th minute Ricardo played a ball infield from the right back position that went past Mendy, allowing Pogba to send a superb ball over the defence to Rashford. He cushioned it down into his path before crashing a shot past Schmeichel.

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This left City chasing the game again, and United were fairly content to sit back.
In the 15th minute Maddison found a bit of room after some pinball on the edge of the area, but Shaw flew in to block his shot.
Maddison then set off on a run through the middle but had his heels clipped by Lingard who was yellow carded by Mike Dean.
City were doing all the attacking at this stage as proved by a pigeon that wandered round undisturbed in City’s half for a good 15 minutes. Maddison shot straight at De Gea, and Bailly stuck his head in the way of a fierce Gray shot.
A couple of City corners then saw Maguire penalised for a foul and Evans heading wide when he looked well placed to score against his former club.
As City pressed forward again Ricardo was hauled down by Matic, earning a yellow card. Although Maddision’s free kick went wrong, the ball ended up with Barnes who sent a curling effort a yard wide.
City were almost caught out in first half injury time after a poor touch from Mendy, but Rashford’s shot didn’t test Schmeichel.

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City came racing out of the blocks at the start of the second half.
Barnes combined well with Maddison in a crowded area but sent his shot flying across the face of goal from a tight angle. Then Maddison swerved his way past two challenges in the area before finding the side-netting with a low shot.
But United managed to calm things down and Rashford sent a shot wide. Mendy on a yellow card, was lucky that Mike Dean didn’t see him wrestling Pogba to the ground in the build up to this chance.
City went close in the 61st minute after Matic brought Vardy down 25 yards out.
Maddison’s free-kick looped up off the wall but Vardy’s overhead volley was saved by De Gea, who manged to grab the ball before Barnes could nip in.
Claude Puel then made his first change, replacing Maddison with Ghezzal, and it wasn’t popular. Loud booing and chants of “You don’t know what you’re doing!” rang out.
United looked comfortable at the back at this stage, with City reduced to a couple of wildly off-target shots from Ndidi and Barnes, Puel made another change with Okazaki on for Gray.
In the 77th minute Shaw fouled Ghezzal 25 yards out. Ricardo stepped over the ball and Ghezzal fired an excellent shot towards the top right hand corner, but De Gea reacted superbly to tip it over.

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Three minutes later Ghezzal delivered another free-kick, , nodded back by Maguire, for Evans who missed the ball completely with the goal at his mercy.
Puel then replaced Mendy – who looked a likely contender for Mike Dean’s 100th red card with a series of fouls – with Iheanacho.
With two minutes remaining United broke upfield and Pogba set up Lukaku for a drive that forced a good save from Schmeichel.
Play then switched to the other end with a storming 60 yard run down the right from Barnes. He found Vardy in the area, but his hurried first time effort went tamely straight into De Gea’s arms.
In the 90th minute Ghezzal crossed for Iheanacho who produced a bizarre headed clearance that sent United racing forward, but Schmeichel managed to save Martial’s effort.
City final change came in the fourth minute of time-added-on when a Ghezzal cross bounced through to Maguire, but it reached him at an awkward height and his half-volley flew wide of the far post.
United had now won nine and drawn one of their ten games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but they hadn’t really had to get out of third gear to claim the points.
Another poor start and some wasted chances saw another home defeat for City, who had been better than United for much of the game but also managed to look strangely disjointed at times.
Claude Puel wasn’t happy:  “When you see all the chances and half-chances we had, we deserve a minimum of a draw. I think it’s not a fair result but I’m angry about our poor performance at the beginning of the game. To concede another goal early, to have to chase the game is always difficult. I don’t understand sometimes, it’s crazy. At the beginning we don’t believe enough in our quality because after when we play, we play forward with good intention and can hurt a team like United.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Mendy (Iheanacho 84), Ndidi, Gray (Okazaki 74), Maddison (Ghezzal 62), Barnes, Vardy.
Substitutes: Morgan, Ward, Fuchs, Choudhury.
Man Utd: De Gea, Young, Bailly, Lindelöf, Shaw, Matic, Herrera, Pogba, Lingard (Jones 90), Sánchez (Martial 67), Rashford (Lukaku 78).
Substitutes: Mata, Fred, Dalot, Romero.

Referee: 
Mike Dean. Attendance: 32,148.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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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 it is available now from Conker Editions Ltd HERE
and Amazon HERE

Also available from the Leicester City Fanstore and Waterstones in Leicester.

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 Leicester City from the perspective of those who were there – behind the scenes at the long-running soap opera packed with comedy and tragedy, triumph and disaster, financial ruin and amazing title wins.

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