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Mahrez rescues a point against West Brom

Leicester City 1:1 West Bromwich Albion

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City managed to scrape a point from a poor performance against an obstinate West Brom at the King Power on Monday night.

A win would have taken City out of the relegation zone, but Albion haven’t lost a game at Leicester since 1994, and from the first whistle their defensive intentions were clear.
A deep lying back four snuffed out City’s main threat of the swift break upfield, and faced with nine defenders there was plenty of sideways passing and no way through.
Okazaki had been dropped in favour of Iheanacho, and his energy was missed.
Vardy made two early runs down the left, Hegazi chopped him down to end the first one, and then put a hand in his face for the second, earning a 7th minute yellow card.
The resulting free-kick from Mahrez flew across the goalmouth, but no one was on hand to get a touch.
The rest of the half consisted of City trying and failing to get past the wall of white shirts, with Albion not interested in moving forward.
City’s best chance arrived in the 35th minute when a headed clearance from Hegazi fell for Simpson to let fly with a fierce half volley, but Myhill reacted well to bat it away.
Two minutes before the break, Iborra hit a shot into the ground and it looped up towards Vardy at the far post, but he couldn’t direct his header downwards and cleared the bar.
Mike Dean’s whistle then drew a veil over a truly woeful first half.

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The second half started with a bang when Vardy and Myhill both raced towards an underhit back pass. They collided a yard outside the area and Myhill was yellow carded while receiving treatment.
Mahrez’s free-kick was half-cleared and the ball fell for Maguire at the far post, but a defending boot blocked his goal-bound header.
City should have taken a 50th minute lead when Albrighton surged down and left and cut in before teeing up an unmarked Mahrez, who scooped his effort over the bar from ten yards.
Myhill then received lenghty treatment as he continued to struggle after his collision with Vardy.
In the 62nd minute, the team that had come for a draw contrived to go ahead.
Iheanacho fouled Krychowiak 35 yards out and was harshly booked.
Chadli lifted the ball over the wall, and Schmeichel, wrong-footed and unsighted could only watch it sail into the net.
City huffed and puffed in search of an equaliser, but made little impression on an even more withdrawn Albion, failing to test a clearly struggling Myhill.
Criag Shakepeare made his first changes in the 74th minute with Icheancho replaced by  Slimani, and Simpson off for Chilwell.
This immediately looked like a better set up and both subs were involved in City’s 80th minute equaliser. Chilwell crossed from the left, Slimani nodded the ball back from the far post and Mahrez chested it down and steered it past a forest of defenders and Myhill.

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The game had finally come to life and Maguire blasted a swerving 25 yarder which was too close to Myhill, who parried it away.
But Albion rallied and managed to keep City at bay through 5 minutes of time added on.
A point wasn’t enough to lift City out of the relegation zone, but the late conversion to a 3-5-2 may have shown the solution to the problem.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson (Chilwell 74), Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, Iborra King 90), Ndidi, Albrighton, Iheanacho (Slimani 74), Vardy. Substitutes: Gray, Hamer, Amartey, Okazaki.
West Brom: Myhill, Dawson, Hegazi, Evans, Gibbs, Livermore, Krychowiak, Barry, Rodriguez (McClean 84), Rondón, Chadli (McAuley 84).
Substitutes: Nyom, Yacob, Phillips, Brunt, Palmer.
Referee: M Dean. Attendance: 30,203.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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The FOX issue 205 – on sale before tonight’s game

The 205th edition of The FOX – The Leicester City Fanzine will be on sale before tonight’s game against West Brom…

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Featuring: An interview with former City winger Matt Piper; Fully Programmed from December 1991; Fox Diary –with not too many victories in it; a Fanatical Frank portrait for you to frame; the History of Leicester City in 100 Objects; the impact of TV on the fixture list from the Foxes Trust; Favourite Shirts – Rewind to a young Filbert Fox; Foxed in the Head – on mascots, lampshades, Harold Wilson and fashion; Far East Foxes – Glen White is Our Man in Hong Kong; John Hutchinson on football’s recurring trends; your letters and Bentley’s Roof; Parting Shots, our favourite photos of the last month…

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FOX: You are a Leicester lad, did you support City as a kid?
MP: Well, my Dad was from literally one street away from Highbury, so he brought me up as an Arsenal fan, but I did support Leicester as well. My favourite players were Ian Wright for Arsenal and Steve Corica for City. I really liked Corica, he was such a skilful player.
I bit later, when I was about 15 and in the City youth team the player I really used to look up to was Emile Heskey. He’d come through the youth ranks in the same way as I was trying to, and I ended up cleaning his boots for two years. Normally they try and get you to clean the boots of someone in your position and I was a striker then, not a winger. Except for the manager’s boots, that job is normally given to the goody two-shoes of the side.
FOX: How did you end up in the City Academy?
MP: Well, I started off at Nottingham Forest for six weeks. I played for Beaumont Town and a Forest scout came over to watch me and I was invited to join them.
For the first session I was sat in the car crying: “I don’t want to go to Forest!”
My Dad said: “Well, Leicester haven’t come in for you, so get on with it.”
They got me out of the car and I trained and did all right. After six weeks they offered me a place in the academy, but two days before I was due to sign it, I had a letter from Leicester City. David Nish invited me down to go and train at their academy. So that was close.
I played through every age group with City and then signed up to the youth team.
Everything had gone well for me until it was professional contract time and I had a meeting with Peter Taylor. He told me: “We think you are a good player and we’d like to keep you because we think we’d be able to sell you, but I don’t see you in our first team.”
Because I was a Leicester lad and wanted to stay there, I signed the contract, even though I was on half the money that Jordan Stewart was. Garry Parker was the reserve team manager at the time and he told me to sign it. He told me: “If Peter Taylor ever loses his job and they put me in charge, then I’d put you in the first team.”
And as it turned out, he was as good as his word.

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Leicester lack vitality on the south coast

AFC Bournemouth 0:0 Leicester City

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An early let-off, when Simpson handled inside the area, helped City scrape a point from a disappointing performance at Bournemouth on Saturday.

Craig Shakespeare made two changes to his side, with Fuchs reclaiming his place from Chilwell, and Mahrez dropped in favour of Gray.
But in a game that would determine who occupied the relegation zone for the international break, City were on the back foot from the very start.
Bournemouth swiftly got their passing game into gear and should have gone ahead in the 3rd minute. A low King cross from the right was met by Defoe at the near post, but his effort hit the bar from close in. The rebound fell for Pugh whose shot looked goalbound until Simpson stuck out a hand to divert it wide of the left hand post.  Fortunately for City neither referee nor linesman had a good view of it and Pugh’s protests were waved away.
Pugh soon had another chance but sent it well wide.
Stanislas then split City’s defence with ball forward to Defoe, but Morgan did well to keep pace with him and denied him a clear shot on goal.
With one way traffic towards Schmeichel’s goal Stanislas fired a shot off target before Daniels lobbed an effort straight at the City keeper.
On a rare foray forward City won a corner in the 22nd minute, but Bergovic got a firm punch to Albrighton’s flag kick.
As the Cherries pushed forward again, Pugh got in a good cross that was scuffed wide by King.
Pugh then wasted another chance, hitting his shot over the bar when well placed, before Ndidi blocked a Defoe shot.
Despite the total domination by the the home side, City survived up to the break.

Craig Shakespeare brought Iborra on for King for the second half, which gave City’s midfield a more solid look. Bournemouth still had a large share of the possession, but couldn’t make it count in front of goal.
King sent a weak effort straight at Schmeichel, and then the City keeper got down smartly to save a well-struck Stanislas effort.
City then had a glorious chance on the hour. A ball into Vardy deflected off Francis to Okazaki 12 yards out. He chose to place his shot, but sent it a yard wide of the right hand post.
This was City’s best spell of the game and Gray unleashed a wild effort that hit the stand roof.
Shakespeare made his second change in the 69th minute bringing on  Iheanacho for Okazaki, soon followed by another – Albrighton making way for Mahrez.
Stanislas tested Schmeichel with a fine shot, before Gray also unleashed a long range effort that curled towards Begovic, allowing him to tip it over the bar.
Although Mahrez gave City an added threat down the right, and Bournemouth attacked with increasing urgency, neither side could find the net and the ref blew the final whistle on a stalemate.
It had been a disappointing display from City, with the consolation of a late winner for West Ham keeping them above the dotted line during the international break.
For much of the game City did’t appear to have a plan beyond hoofing the ball forward to an isolated and not fully fit Vardy. At this level, that will get you nowhere.
“I suppose we have to be happy with a point,” said Craig Shakespeare. “We got a clean sheet, we’ve had a real tough start to the season but now we’ve got a chance to regroup.”

Bournemouth: Begovic, Smith, Francis, Aké, Daniels, Stanislas (Fraser 88) L Cook, Surman, Pugh (Ibe 69), King, Defoe (Afobe 82)
Substitutes: Boruc, S Cook, Gosling, Mousset.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Albrighton (Mahrez 75), King (Iborra 45), Ndidi, Gray, Okazaki, (Iheanacho 69), Vardy. Substitutes: ChilwellHamer, Amartey, Slimani.
Referee: G Scott. Attendance: 10,444.

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Spot of bother as Leicester lose to Liverpool

Leicester City 2:3 Liverpool

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Jamie Vardy’s predictable penalty cost City a point at home to Liverpool on Saturday evening…

Round 2 of this week’s Leicester v Liverpool double header saw both sides making a few alterations, but Craig Shakepeare’s only change from the last Premier League game was the reintroduction of Okazaki to the starting line-up.
Despite Liverpool dominating the early possession it was City who had the first chance in the 6th minute. Okazaki sent Vardy in down the left and his angled drive was saved by Mignolet. The loose ball sat up for Mahrez who lifted it over the bar from close in.
Liverpool should have gone ahead in the 13th minute when a low 25 yarder from Can thumped the left hand post. The rebound went straight to Salah who jabbed it wide with Schmeichel still recovering from his dive.
Salah soon made amends, however, as Liverpool took the lead on the quarter hour.
Coutinho delivered a fine cross from the right, which Salah nodded past Schmeichel at the far post from an acute angle.

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The game had a physical edge now, with Ndidi and Albrighton getting booked, but Liverpool players avoiding a yellow card for similar fouls.
City’s afternoon then got worse as Liverpool doubled their lead in the 23rd minute, Coutinho curling a superb free-kick over the wall and just inside the left hand post.
Liverpool sat back on their two goal lead for a while, though City were struggling to do much with their possession. A low cross from Chilwell was smothered by Mignolet.
City then had the ball in the net in the 40th minute, but the offside flag was already raised before Okazaki timed his run perfectly to outstrip the Reds defence from a free kick.
City did, however, manage to halve the visitors lead three minutes into time added on.
Albrighton delivered a corner from the left, Mignolet missed his punch in a big aerial duel six yards out and Okazaki was in the right place to toe poke the ball over the line.
Liverpool protests about a foul in the general melee were waved away.

Liverpool had the better start to the second half and racked up a few chances. Coutinho volleyed straight at Schmeichel, Lovren headed wide from a corner, Can headed over from close in and then Firmino fired a shot well over.
Craig Shakespeare made his first change in the 62nd minute, bringing Gray on for Mahrez.
City were enjoying a decent attacking spell when they were caught on the break in the 67th minute. Maguire was striding forward and played a one-two with Ndidi, but the return ball was heavy and possession was lost. Coutinho, Sturridge and Henderson raced forward and the latter was set up up for a neat finish past Schmeichel to restore Liverpool’s two goal lead.
But City struck back just two minutes later. Albrighton beat Gomez down the left and delievered a far post cross to Gray, who fired in a shot that Mignolet did well to save. The ball went straight to Vardy who directed his header into the unguarded goal.
City had their tails up now, and three minutes later they had a golden chance to equalise. Vardy raced into the penalty area and was flattened by Mignolet. Though he got a touch on the ball it was a clumsy challenge and the ref pointed to the spot.
Regardless of the fact that word may have got round, Vardy opted for his usual blast down the middle, and Mignolet had done his homework, staying on his feet to block just to his right.

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Moments after this penalty miss there was another big shout when Can handled in the area, but City were denied a second attempt.
Shakespeare then brought Iheanacho on for Okazaki.
Sturridge went close with a couple of shots before Shakespeare brought on another striker, Slimani for Albrighton.
This new line-up didn’t really work and Liverpool managed to close the game out in relative comfort.
It had been a highly entertaining encounter, but left City with a very poor return of 4 points from the first six games.
Craig Shakespeare commented: “Ultimately because we were searching for that second goal it cost us. We left ourselves too open. The third goal was always going to be hard to come back from. But, try we did and we could’ve got a point in the end. You have to realise that you’re playing against some quality opposition. The aim at the start was to play with the high intensity. We all know in football that games will ebb and flow.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez (Gray 61), Ndidi, King, Albrighton (Slimani 80),Okazaki (Iheanacho 74) Vardy. Substitutes: Hamer, Amartey, Iborra, Fuchs.
Liverpool: Mignolet, Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can (Milner), Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino (Sturridge 64), Coutinho (Oxlade-Chamberlain 79). Substitutes: Karius, Klavan, Solanke, Alexander-Arnold.
Referee: A Taylor.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Okazaki inspires League Cup win for Leicester

Leicester City 2:0 Liverpool

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Despite Liverpool’s total domination in the first half of this Carabao Cup 3rd round tie at the KPS on Tuesday night, an Okazaki-inspired City conjured up a 2-0 victory…

Craig Shakespeare made seven changes to his side, with Iborra and Dragovic making their debuts. But it was a youthful-looking Liverpool side, with Coutinho pulling the strings in midfield, that dominated play from the start, ending the half with 76% of the possession.
Although the Reds had 13 attempts on goal in the first half Hamer wasn’t that busy, with the City defence blocking most of them. Oxlade-Chamberlain and Grujic had their efforts blocked; Solanke fired one wide and Hamer saved a Coutinho shot.
Grujic thern headed wide from a corner and Coutinho sent another shot straight at Hamer.
With Slimani and Ulloa starved of service up front City’s first chance came in the 20th minute when Gray capped a run with a shot that was comfortably saved by Ward.
Liverpool then continued to tot up the chances, without troubling the scoreboard.
Solanke fired a shot over from close in, and had another effort blocked, before Robertson sent a left-footer wide.
An Oxlade-Chamberlain shot didn’t test Hamer, and the Coutinho missed the target with two other shots.
Having done virtually nothing but defend for 45 minutes, City had at least done that right, with a 0-0 scoreline that almost defied logic.

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In an apparently pre-ordained move Coutinho was withdrawn at the break, and with him went most of Liverpool’s creativity.
The second major turning point of the game came in the 53rd minute when Ulloa had to go off after falling heavily and was replaced by Okazaki.
The Japanese international instantly brought the near sell-out crowd to life with a strong run through the middle that showed more energy and positivity than anything they had witnessed in the whole first half.
Gray then went on a run through the middle, but sent his long range effort narrowly wide of the right hand post.
It was much improved performance from City and they took a 65th minute lead.
A ball forward from Chilwell saw Morgan win an aerial duel, Iborra nodded the ball into Okazaki’s path, and he steered it home from 12 yards out.

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Liverpool continued to waste chances. Oxlade-Chamberlain and Woodburn both cleared the bar, while Ings failed to make proper contact with a header from close in.
City gave them another spectacular lesson in finishing in the 78th minute when Slimani, running along the 18 yard line launched an unstoppable shot into the top left hand corner.
City almost made it 3-0 two minutes later when Gray cut in from the left and sent a shot towards the bottom right hand corner that Ward did well to palm round the post.

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Young prospect Choudhury made his first appearance replacing Ndidi in the 84th minute, as City saw the game out.
City were into the 4th round of the Carabao Cup, an outcome you wouldn’t have believed at half time. This game highlighted the importance of Shinji Okazaki to the side in the current set-up.
Craig Shakespeare paid tribute to Okazaki: “He has got his head down and trained impeccably but that is the character of the man. He won’t change. He has always been like that. He has walked away with the man of the match trophy and he didn’t even play half the game. That just shows you the level of his contribution and impact he was able to make from the bench.”

Leicester: Hamer, Amartey, Morgan, Dragovic, Chilwell, Albrighton, Ndidi (Choudhury 84), Iborra, Gray, Ulloa (Okazaki 53), Slimani. Substitutes: Iheanacho, Musa, Jakupovic, Mahrez, Benalouane.
Liverpool: Ward, Flanagan, Gomez, Klavan, Robertson, Wijnaldum (Ings 73), Henderson, Grujic, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Solanke, Coutinho (Woodburn 45). Substitutes: Karius, Milner, MorenoMarkovic, Alexander-Arnold.

Referee: S Attwell. Attendance: 31,609.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Leicester scrape a draw at Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town 1:1 Leicester City

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City failed to impress at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday, but came away with a point from Huddersfield thanks to a Jamie Vardy penalty…

Craig Shakespeare made three changes to his side, with James injured and Fuchs surffering an eye injury on the training ground, bringing in King and Chilwell, while Iheanacho made his full debut up front.

The raucous atmosphere from a set of fans who are absolutely chuffed to be in the Premier League spurred Town on to a lively start. They were on top in the opening spell, and Depoitre looked impressive on his debut, sending a thumping header into Schmiechel’s grasp.
While City were squandering possession, Town played with more urgency and were dominating possession.
City’s first chance came in the 18th minute when Smith slid in with a fine tackle as Iheanacho was about to pull the trigger.

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The game settled into a midfield hustle and bustle, with few moments of inspiration, and it was a minute before the break before City went close again, Vardy hooking an effort over the bar from a tight angle.

If the first half had been deservedly goalless, the game burst into life 40 seconds after the break. Kachunga played a ball forward to Depoitre, and the big Belgian turned Maguire and then raced ahead of him to slot an angled drive past Schmeichel.
There was pandemonium in the home areas, but City struck back within four minutes.
King played a one two with Iheanacho, and burst into the area, where his progress was halted by a trip from Lowe.
Vardy blasted his penalty down the middle and it was all square again.

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Huddersfield found the net again in the 61st minute, but Kachunga was ruled to be offside when he got a head to Jorgensen’s cross/shot from six yards out. It looked to be a very marginal decision that got City off the hook.
Soon after this Williams sent a 25 yarder narrowly wide.
Craig Shakespeare made a couple of changes, bringing Gray on for Albrighton and then Okazaki for Iheanacho.
Okazaki almost had an instant impact, racing down the right and cutting a ball back for Mahrez, who flashed a ball across goal. Incredibly, what looked like an easy sidefoot home was completely missed by Vardy from two yards out.

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In the 78th minute Mooy teed up Ince for a shot which curled two inches wide of the left hand post.
But Huddersfield hearts were in mouths in the 89th minute. Ndidi sent Gray in on the right and he tumbled in the penalty area under a Jorgensen challenge. Referee Jon Moss rightly ignored the penalty appeals with replays showing minimal contact.

At the final whistle both sides had to be content with a point, with Huddersfield the more disappointed.
Craig Shakespeare admitted:  “I think we have to look at it as a good point, I thought we were second best in the first half and if you’d offered me a point at half-time I would have taken it. We created more chances in the second half but I have to give credit to Huddersfield, they did to us what we normally do to teams.”

Huddersfield: Lössl, Smith, Jorgensen, Schindler, Löwe, Williams, Mooy, Kachunga (Quaner 74), Sabiri (Hogg 82), Ince, Depoitre (van La Parra 90).
Substitutes: Malone, Billing, Coleman, Hefele.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, Ndidi, King, Albrighton (Gray 65), Iheanacho (Okazaki 69), Vardy (Slimani 82). Substitutes: Hamer, Dragovic, Amartey, Iborra.
Referee: J Moss. Attendance: 24,129.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Kante strike sees Leicester edged out by Chelsea

Leicester City 1:2 Chelsea

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Goals from Morata and Kante were enough to ease Champions Chelsea to victory over City at the KPS on Saturday.

With Okazaki suffering from jet lag after international duty, Slimani made the starting line-up, the only change to Craig Shakespeare’s side. Adrien ’14 seconds’ Silva watched from the stands, and Danny Drinkwater from the Chelsea bench.
In a lively opening spell Morata saw his shot saved by Schmeichel, while Vardy’s low cross from the left flashed across the goalmouth with no blue shirt on hand to apply a finishing touch.
Vardy then chased down Courtois after the Chelsea keeper took a poor first touch to a back pass, but the clearance was made with inches to spare.
Chelsea then settled into their stride and City had some defending to do, with Morgan producing a couple of vital blocks to keep them at bay.

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In the 25th minute City broke upfield and Mahrez set up Vardy for a shot across Courtois that beat the far post by a couple of yards.
Morgan then produced another good block to deny Morata.
Chances were rare for City, with Chelsea dominating possession,  but they should have taken the lead five minutes before the break.
Mahrez raced upfield, with Vardy unmarked on his left, but as the Chelsea defence caught up he opted to pass to Slimani whose shot was brilliantly saved by Courtois.
A minute later this missed opportunity was compounded when Chelsea took the lead.
Azpilicueta delivered an inch perfect cross from the right and Morata rose above Morgan to plant a header past Schmeichel.
As City pressed forward looking for an instant reply James had a shot blocked by Bakayoko.
In a sudden heavy shower, the last action of the half saw Schmeichel save a well-struck Moses effort.

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Craig Shakespeare had a reshuffle at the break, bringing Gray and King on for Slimani and Albrighton, but City went two goals down five minutes into the second half.
Kante was given an acre of space to line up a 25 yard shot which Schmeichel saw late, and it crept beyond his reach into the bottom left hand corner.
City had a big job on now, and Chelsea were content to sit back and let them try to pick their way through with everyone behind the ball.
After much sideways passing to little effect City got a break on the hour when Courtois clumsily upended Vardy in the box.
Although it looked as though Mahrez wanted to claim the spot kick, before James dissuaded him, Vardy placed the ball and crashed it home.

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With City pressing forward in search of an equaliser referee Lee Mason then angered the home crowd following a clash of heads between James and Willian, that looked like a foul on the City player. Not only did Mason proceed with a drop ball, but he told Vardy it couldn’t be contested, somewhat exceeding his juristiction.
Iheanacho then replaced James as City looked to strengthen their forward line.
Although Willian went close with a couple of efforts, City piled on the pressure with time running out.
Vardy was inches short of getting his head to a King cross, and the Chelsea defence dealt with crosses from Fuchs and Gray.

The final whistle heralded a third defeat in four games which, despite the toughness of the opening fixtures, was not a good start to the season.

Craig Shakespeare summed up:  “When we got back to 2-1 we just couldn’t find that final bit that was required to get something from the game and I just feel at the moment the big moments aren’t going our way.”

With City at the wrong end of the table, some big moments need to start going their way soon.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, Ndidi, James (Iheanacho 78), Albrighton (King 45), Slimani (Gray 45), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Chilwell, Hamer, Amartey, Ulloa.
Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Rüdiger, Moses (Zappacosta 74), Kanté, Bakayoko, Alonso, Pedro (Willian 63), Fàbregas (Hazard 78), Morata. Subs Not Used: Caballero, Drinkwater, Batshuayi, Christensen.
Referee: L Mason. Attendance: 30,923.


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