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Leicester see off Cherries to continue winning run

Leicester City 2:0 AFC Bournemouth

Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League

A vibrant display of attacking football saw City earn their first Premier League win over Bournemouth, a fitting tribute on what would have been Khun Vichai’s 61st birthday…

Brendan Rodgers made one change to the side that started at Burnley, with Morgan in for the suspended Maguire.
City controlled the game from the start and took a 10th minute lead. Chilwell received the ball from a corner, took a touch and then fired a shot from the edge of the area that was going well wide, but Morgan diverted it past Begovic with a backheel. Only he will know whether it was intended or not.

Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League

Five minutes later the Cherries should have equalised when Fraser sent a cross over and Wilson caught it on the volley from five yards, but Schmeichel reacted superbly to beat it away.
That was a rare bit of action for Schmeichel as City continued to press forward with a high-tempo passing game. Barnes and Tielemans combined to set up Maddison, but he dragged his shot wide of the left hand post.
In the 27th minute a great run and cross from Ricardo found Vardy unmarked 15 yards out, but he made an uncharacteristic hash of his finish and the ball trundled wide.
Maddison then attempted a curling effort but it was a little too close to Begovic who gathered comfortably. Vardy then had a shot blocked by Ake and City had to be content with 1-0 lead at the break.

Two minutes into the second half Barnes beat two men down the right before delivering a low cross, but no City shirt was on hand.
Ndidi was having a fine game and one tackle on King earned him a huge round of applause.
City’s final ball was just lacking after a couple of great attacking moves, with Tielemans and then Maddison just failing to send Vardy in. Tielemans then attempted a long range effort that drifted wide.
The 61st minute brought a moving tribute to with white carves held aloft and the Khun Vichai song ringing around the ground for several minutes.

Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League

The Bournemouth defence were kept busy with Ake blocking shots from Tielemans and Ricardo as City provided a constant threat.
Brendan Rodgers made his first change in the 72nd minute, bringing Mendy on for Barnes.
City finally put the game to bed in the 82nd minute. Tielemans lofted a sublime ball in from the right, Bergovic came to claim, but Vardy beat him to it, nodding into an unguarded net.
It was the Belgian’s fourth assist in five games prompting chants of “Sign him on!”

Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League

A third consecutive Premier League win saw City move up to 8th place, level on points with Wolves. Brendan Rodgers has totally transformed the mood around the King Power Stadium and now City are in serious contention for a place in Europe.

Rodgers commented: “I thought we were excellent. We showed a real appetite and hunger and tactically we were very good. Our pressing was excellent, the boys are understanding tactically how we want to press and the importance of that. Each game, each day in training, we are getting more used to it.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Evans, Chilwell, Ndidi, Gray (Ghezzal 89), Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes (Mendy 72). Vardy (Iheanacho 90).
Substitutes: Söyüncü, Ward, Okazaki, Fuchs.
Bournemouth: Begovic, Clyne, Mepham, Aké, Daniels (Rico 56), Brooks, Gosling, Lerma (Solanke 64), Fraser, King (Stanislas 74), Wilson.
Substitutes: Boruc, Mousset, Ibe, Simpson.

Referee: Lee Mason. Attendance: 31,530.

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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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Ten man Leicester snatch victory at Burnley

Burnley 1:2 Leicester City

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A late goal from Wes Morgan earned a win for City at Turf Moor on Saturday, despite the dismissal of Harry Maguire in only the fourth minute…

Brendan Rodgers named an unchanged side for this trip to a wet and windy Turf Moor, but soon had to revise his plans.
After an early spell of pressure for City, that saw Ricardo’s shot blocked and Tielemans flash a ball across goal that Vardy couldn’t quite reach, City found themselves reduced to ten men.
Burnley broke upfield and Gudmundsson went clear on goal before the pursuing Maguire accidentally clipped his heels. There was no argument against a red card with Maguire being the last man and he trooped off disconsolately. Further disaster was averted when Schmeichel touched Gudmundsson’s free-kick onto the bar, despite having to adjust to it taking a deflection off the wall.
Rodgers brought Morgan on for the unfortunate Gray, to restore City’s back-line in the 6th minute.
Gudmundsson then went on a run into the area and looked to have set up Wood for a tap-in but Ndidi managed to rob him with a fine challenge. As Burnley, in desperate need of a win, continued to press forward Gudmundsson crossed from the right, but Wood sent his header wide from a good position.
City then had good spell, with Maddison pulling the strings and exploiting the gap between Burnley’s defence and midfield. Barnes had a shot blocked, Ndidi’s header was deflected wide and then Barnes sent a ball across the goalmouth but Vardy hadn’t made a run.
City then delighted the visiting fans, taking a 33rd minute lead. Maddison was brought down by Tarkowski on the edge of the area and delivered a superb free-kick over the wall and into the top left hand corner. Michael Oliver had no choice but to book him for removing his shirt to reveal a tribute to his friend Sophie Taylor who passed away in January.
City could have gone two up five minutes later when Heaton saved from Vardy, but play swept upfield and Burnley levelled. Taylor had plenty of room down the left to cut the ball back to McNeil who arrowed a low shot across Schmeichel and into the net.
Burnley kept the pressure on for the rest of the half and City were glad to hear the half-time whistle.

City had the first chance of the second half when Vardy skipped past a challenge down the left and sent in a low cross that Barnes prodded wide. But chances were scarce after that as Burnley took control of the game.
Although they didn’t create many clear chances there were a series of penalty appeals, some more valid than others. Wood sent a volley at Evans’ arm from six inches, before Cork sent the rebound sailing over the bar.
Chilwell then clattered Maddison as they both went to head the same ball. Maddison played on after treatment but soon made way for Fuchs.
McNeil then crossed from the left but somehow Wood sent the ball over the bar from five yards out, his blushes spared by the linesman’s flag.
Tielemans curved a threatening free-kick into the area but no blue shirt had read it. It is a good weapon in his armoury and should produce results when the strikers get tuned into it.
It was a rare foray forward by City and Burnley were soon yelling for another penalty. Taylor cut into the area from the left, Ndidi caught him on the thigh sending him over and, to the outrage of the home support, Michael Oliver awarded a goal kick.
Rodgers made his third change in the 76th minute, bringing Mendy on for Barnes.
Two minutes later there was another big penalty shout when the ball appeared to hit Morgan on the arm in an aerial challenge with Crouch.
Fuchs and Crouch then had a wrestling match in the area, but Oliver ignored the increasingly frantic penalty appeals and awarded a free-kick to City.
McNeil then sent a shot from the edge of the area whistling over the bar.
Play was entirely in City’s half by this stage, and the ten men were clinging to their point in the wind and rain. But the game had a twist in its tail…
In the 90th minute City at last managed to get out of their own half and won a corner.
Tielemans flag-kick was nodded clear only as far as Ricardo who fed it back to Tielemans. The Belgian hung a cross over to the far post and Morgan nodded it home from close range.
The away end went mad, but there was still a bit to do in four minutes of time-added-on. A Burnley move ended with Vydra in a one-on-one with Schmeichel, but the City keeper managed a fine block from close range and City had the points.

It had been an immense display after the early set-back and Brendan Rodgers was delighted… “Everyone knows how tough it is to come here with 11 men but to play almost the whole game with 10. We actually started quite bright in that opening five minutes, but to lose a man and dig in like we did it was an incredible performance of resilience. You have to fight, you have to be resilient and you have to be persistent and when the chances come you’ve got to take them. A fantastic three points.”

Burnley: Heaton, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Gudmundsson (Brady 79), Westwood, Cork, McNeil (Vydra 90), Wood (Crouch 70), Barnes.
Substitutes: Lowton, Hendrick, Gibson, Hart.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, Gray (Morgan 6), Tielemans, Maddison (Fuchs 64), Barnes (Mendy 77), Vardy.
Substitutes: Iheanacho, Ward, Okazaki, Ghezzal.

Referee: Michael Oliver. Attendance: 20,719.

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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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Centurion Vardy seals Rodgers first home win

Leicester City 3:1 Fulham

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Jamie Vardy’s 100th goal secured a 3-1 win over Fulham at the KPS on Saturday after the visitors had threatened a comeback…

Brendan Rodgers made one change to his side for the visit of doomed Fulham, with Gray in for Morgan and a change of formation that showed he may be more adaptable than his predecessor.
After a couple of early Fulham corners, City gained control of the play and their first chance arrived in the 6th minute. Barnes teed up Tielemans inside the area but he fired his shot over the angle.
As City pressed forward Ricardo shanked a shot well wide and Ndidi sent a long range effort over the bar.
City were playing some good football, with Barnes and Maddison providing some great touches, and the latter sent Vardy in behind the Fulham defence, but he was denied by a late Nordtveit block.
City took what seemed like an inevitable lead in the 20th minute.
Ndidi played a ball forward to Vardy, who generously squared to Tielemans as Rico rushed out to meet him. The Belgian took a touch round Ream before slotting home his first goal for the club.
City went close again three minutes later, but Barnes didn’t get quite enough curl on his shot and it went narrowly wide.

Leicester City v Fulham - Premier League

It was all City at this stage with Fulham offering very little and Schmeichel a spectator, but they couldn’t add a second before the break. Maddison sent a couple of shots wide, Vardy had shot blocked, and Tielemans forced a save from Rico.

Although City had the first chance of the second half when Tielemans crossed for Vardy who headed wide, they suffered a setback in the 51st minute when Fulham converted their first chance of the game. Ayite beat Chilwell down the right and cut inside into the area, before sending his shot in off Maguire, the deflection deceiving Schmeichel.

Leicester City v Fulham - Premier League

It was a soft goal, and appeared to knock City’s confidence and boost Fulham’s.
Although Rico tipped a Barnes shot round the post at full-stretch Fulham were threatening now. Babel sent a shot wide from a good position and then Schmeichel had to scramble across goal to save a well directed Mitrovic header.
With City having lost all their zip of the first half, Rodgers made a double change in the 71st minute bringing on Ghezzal and Okazaki for Gray and Tielemans.
This had a positive effect and City regained their lead in the 77th minute. Nordtveit gave the ball away in midfield and Maddison played a beautifully weighted ball to send Vardy racing in on goal and he fired a shot across Rico to claim his 99th goal for the club.

Leicester City v Fulham - Premier League

Rodgers then brought Mendy on for Maddison to augment City’s defence, though Fulham’s spirit was broken and City were doing all the attacking.
Okazaki forced a save from Rico and Mendy fired a shot over.
With five minutes remaining Vardy achieved his 100th goal milestone.
Barnes shrugged off a strong challenge down the left and squared the ball for Vardy who side-footed his 100th goal for the club past Rico, capping off a fine afternoon at the King Power Stadium.

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Rodgers was full of praise for a striker who was now being given the opportunity to strike again: “He’s showed over the past couple of years that he’s a world-class striker. I’m just really glad that he’s here. He’s a brilliant focal point for the team.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Tielemans (Ghezzal 72), Ndidi, Gray (Okazaki 72), Maddison (Mendy 81), Barnes, Vardy.
Substitutes: Morgan, Iheanacho, Ward, Fuchs.
Fulham: Rico, Odoi, Nordtveit, Ream, Bryan, Chambers, McDonald (Vietto 82), Cairney, Babel (Seri 67), Mitrovic, Sessegnon (Ayité 45).
Substitutes: Le Marchand, Christie, Zambo Anguissa, Fabri.

Referee: David Coote. Attendance: 32,017.

Photos: Simon Kimber.

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

cbtf cover updated rgb blog

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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Rodgers denied his first point with late lapse at Watford

Watford 2:1 Leicester City 

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Brendan Rodgers got off to a losing start at Vicarage Road on Sunday, with City conceding a late goal in a 2-1 defeat…

Rodgers made the change that many thought was more suited to the players, with Morgan in for Gray and a three man defence.
But it wasn’t an immediate success as the home side went for City from the start.
Morgan went over as he attempted to clear a free-kick but Mariappa’s shot from close in was blocked by Schmeichel and then Morgan threw himself in front of Deulofeu’s follow up shot.
Watford went ahead in the 5th minute from another free kick, a devilish delivery from Deulofeu saw Deeney, from an offside position, apply a slight touch to send the ball past Schmeichel.
City took a while to recover from this early blow and didn’t show anything up front until Barnes got in down the left, but his cutback was snuffed out by Watford’s defence.
In the 14th minute a free-kick from Maddison was flighted towards the run of Vardy, but Foster was alert to the danger and they crashed into each other, both requiring a spell of treatment.
City now had most of the possession, with Watford happy to sit on their lead.
Ricardo cut in and delivered a ball to Chilwell but his low shot was turned wide by Barnes.
The game settled into something of a stalemate and chances were rare. Deulofeu fired in a shot that didn’t test Schmeichel, before there were penalty appeals for a ball that hit Mariappa on the arm from behind.
Mariappa then nodded away a corner which Tielemans met on the volley. It may have been an attempted shot but turned into a perfect ball out to Maddison, but his cross was cleared by the busy Mariappa.
It had been a disappointing half that hadn’t seen Foster forced into any meaningful action.

The second half carried on in the same vein, with City retaining possession, but unable to penetrate a well-drilled Watford defence. Barnes had a shot blocked and Ndidi then sent a low long-range effort straight at Foster.
Chilwell then swung a cross over that Maguire hoofed into the stand.
A Watford break then saw Deeney and Schmeichel involved in a race. The City keeper got there first, but Deeney earned a yellow card for catching him on the foot.
Rodgers made his first change in the 66th minuite bringing Gray on for Barnes and City began to look more of a threat.
Maddison, looking improved from recent performances, set up Gray for a shot that was blocked, and then Ndidi sent a cross onto the bar.
City then levelled int he 75th minute. As City broke forward Tielemans threaded a perfect ball through to Vardy who outpaced Mariappa before steering a clever shot past Foster.
City looked the more likely winners at this stage, but then Rodgers was forced into a couple of changes, with Vardy going off injured, replaced by Iheanacho, and Tielemans, still not up to 90 minutes of Premier League football, making way for Mendy.
With five minues remaining Gray sent a ball forward, Iheanacho’s first touch was poor, but he got a lucky bounce. With Maddison breaking to his left the right ball would have sent him through, but Iheanacho couldn’t deliver it.
Morgan then sent a header wide after good work from Evans, and it looked as though the points would be shared.
But poor game management cost City a point in the second minute of time-added-on.
Schmeichel delivered a clearance straight to the head of Docoure, who nodded it forward Deeney, who produced a fine hooked pass to Gray, and his run between Morgan and Maguire was capped with a cool finish past Schmeichel.
Watford resisted a late series of City corners to claim the three points and Brendan Rodgers had plenty of food for thought.

“I have a fantastic group of players who are very keen and have a great spirit and they really want to learn. I said to them despite the result they have had a really good week of training and they have taken on board what items we spoke about. We know we need to improve and there are lots of areas we need to get better in, but there is plenty of potential there. This is the second youngest team in the Premier League and there is growth there and we have another weeks work then and then look forward to our first home game.”

Watford: Foster, Janmaat, Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas, Doucouré, Capoue,
Hughes (Cleverley 90), Pereyra, Deulofeu (Gray 69), Deeney. 
Substitutes: Gomes, Success, Masina, Quina, Kabasele.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Evans, Morgan, Maguire, Ricardo, Tielemans (Mendy 82), Ndidi, Chilwell, Maddison, Barnes (Gray 66), Vardy (Iheanacho 83).
Substitutes: Söyüncü, Ward, Fuchs, Ghezzal.

Referee: Jonathan Moss. Attendance: 20,062.

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

cbtf cover updated rgb blog

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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