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Leicester march on with a victory at Oakwell

Barnsley 0:3 Leicester City

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City notched their third 3-0 win in a row at Barnsley on Tuesday night with a comprehensive victory thanks to two goals from Vardy and one from Drinkwater…

Nigel Pearson made no changes to the side that beat Charlton for this midweek trip to Yorkshire and they were the better side right from the beginning, Knockaert rattling the woodwork in the 3rd minute.
Mahrez then forced a good save Steele, before Cranie’s saving tackle thwarted Vardy who was in on goal.
The Tykes skipper injured himself in the challenge and was replaced by Yves-M’voto.
But nothing could prevent Vardy from putting City ahead in the 21st minute.  Nugent sent him on a charge through the Barnsley defence capped with a fine finish that beat Steele from the edge of the area.
Otherwise Steele was having a fine game, saving two shots from Nugent and one from Mahrez to keep City pegged at 1-0 at the break, despite their dominance.
The one-way traffic continued in the second half and City went 2-0 up in the 58th minute.
A superb ball from Nugent sent Vardy in on the left and his short cross found Drinkwater three yards out who netted under the noses of the 3,500 travelling fans.
Four minutes later those City fans were celebrating again as Vardy’s pure pace saw him reach a Mahrez through ball before the onrushing Steele, before stroking home his second goal of the night and 15th of the season.
Wood and Taylor-Fletcher then replaced  Nugent and Vardy as City continued to press forward against a beleaguered Barnsley.
Steele produced a fine reaction save from a point-blank Wood header to keep the scoreline at 3-0.

The City fans’ songs were all about promotion at the end of the night, and it is becoming difficult to envisage how that won’t happen after another display in which they looked to have outgrown this division at last.

 Barnsley: Steele, Ramage (Nyatanga 53), Kennedy, Cranie (Yves-M’voto 12), Hunt, Dawson, Mellis, Woods, McCourt (Proschwitz 46), Jennings, O’Grady. Subs Not Used: Turner, Lawrence, Cywka, Noble-Lazarus.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Wasilewski, Konchesky, Knockaert (Hammond 77), James, Drinkwater, Mahrez, Vardy (Taylor-Fletcher 67), Nugent (Wood 65). Subs Not Used: Logan, King, Moore, Phillips.

Referee: M Heywood. Attendance: 12,539.

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Nugent Double Sees Off Tykes

Leicester City 2:1 Barnsley

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Two goals from David Nugent ensured that City did enough to beat Barnsley at the KPS on Saturday afternoon…

Nigel Pearson left his line-up unchanged for the fourth League game running, and they dominated possession in the first half without being able to find the net.
Nugent had a couple of early chances but one was blocked and the other was mis-cued wide.  He then set up Dyer for a long-range effort saved by Butland.
In a rare chance for Barnsley Wiseman found the net but the linesman’s flag curtailed the celebrations in the sparsely populated away corner. Otherwise it was all City as the visitors parked the bus.  Vardy tested Butland with a good effort and Dyer sent a difficult chance wide as frustration grew. Then Knockaert suffered a heavy challenge from M’Voto in the area which left him flattened but the home crowd’s loud penalty appeals were ignored and the sides went in scoreless at the break.

City emerged for the second half unchanged and only had to wait five minutes for breakthrough. Dyer found Nugent in space and he had time to steady himself before firing a precise shot past Butland.
Soon after this opener Drinkwater hit the bar with a looping header, with City all over the opposition.
The lead was extended in the 62nd minute when Vardy was taken out by Butland who was lucky to have only a yellow card waved at him.
Nugent did a neat job from 12 yards to put City comfortably ahead.
They appeared to switch off a little after that however, and Barnsley put themselves back in contention when substitute Scotland nodded in a Perkins’ cross at the far post in the 72nd minute.
It made for a nervy final twenty minutes, especially when Schmeichel produced a fine save to deny a solid Cranie header from a corner.
With Hammond and James on for Knockaert and King things tightened up and City did a professional job in seeing out the game through 5 minutes injury time to gain another three points.

Nigel Pearson summed up: “You have to find a way to win games. But we have a better balanced squad and more experience this year. I know we will have some dips this year but I think we are better equipped to deal with them this season than we were last. We are doing okay – a bit better than okay actually.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Morgan, Vardy, King (James 85), Dyer, Moore, Knockaert (Hammond 85), Nugent (Taylor-Fletcher 90). Subs Not Used: Schlupp, Miquel, Logan, Wasilewski.
Barnsley: Butland, Kennedy, Crainie, O’Grady (Rose 79), Perkins, Wiseman, Jennings (Scotland 65), M’Voto, Noble-Lazarus (Cywka 59), Fox, McCourt. Subs Not Used: O’Brien, Dawson, Etuhu, Mellis.

Referee: Phillip Gibbs. Attendance: 21,591.


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Woeful Leicester outclassed by Barnsley

Barnsley 2:0 Leicester City

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2,000 City fans headed North in the hope that they would witness the end of this current terrible, but they were treated to an abject performance which saw their side very much second best to a relegation-threatened Barnsley.

Nigel Pearson made three changes to the starting XI that lost to Millwall, with Whitbread, King and Dyer in and Schmeichel named captain.

It was another disastrous start for City with Keane slicing a Wiseman cross into his own net after four minutes.
Any confidence they may have had drained from them, and Barnsley had the ball in the net again three minutes later but Scotland’s effort was ruled offside.
Fortunately for City Schmeichel was on form and made fine saves from Hassell and Scotland.
Dawson then went clear of City’s defence and one-on-one with Schmeichel, but his chip missed the target.
Moore then replaced De Laet at right back,  just after the half hour mark.
Still Barnsley couldn’t add to the scoreline Mellis’s  full-blooded volley going inches wide.
But the Tykes got the second goal that their dominance deserved five minutes before the break.
Former Fox O’Grady exchnaged passes with Scotland before advancing on Schmeichel’s goal for a neat finish.
The City side were booed off by their travelling fans at the break

Four minutes into the second half it became clear that things hadn’t improved when Konchesky’s clumsy challenge on Perkins saw th ehome side awarded an obvious penalty. However, Schmeichel managed to save Scotland’s spot-kick with his feet to give the City fans something to cheer.
The City keeper was soon busy again, producing a double save double save from Scotland and Etuhu as the ball pinged round his goalmouth.
Marshall came on for Knockaert in the 55th minute but his only noteworthy moment came with an angry exchange with a group of City fans.
Schmeichel then saved from Dawson, before City managed an attempt on goal chance of their own, Cranie clearing a Wood header off the line.
He was soon replaced by replaced by Schlupp on the hour and the sub managed to find the net but was flagged offside.
Steele then made a good save to deny Nugent and Schlupp had an effort blocked on the line, but it was too little too late.

The final whistle drew an angry reaction from those City fans still in the ground, and rumours abound that Nigel Pearson may have taken charge of his last Leicester game. The current run has seen City in freefall and only a win at Brighton next week will keep hopes of a play-off place going.

Barnsley: Steele, Kennedy, Wiseman, O’Grady, Etuhu, Perkins, Dawson, Scotland, Mellis, Cranie, Hassell. Unused Subs: Alnwick, Harewood, Dagnall, Cywka, O’Brien, Rose.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Moore 32), Keane, Whitbread, Konchesky, Knockaert (Marshall 55), James, King, Dyer, Wood (Schlupp 59), Nugent. Unused Subs: Vardy, Logan, Wellens, Kane.

Referee: Andy D’Urso (Essex). Attendance: 10,425.



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Vardy Rescues a Point from Tykes

City 2:2 Barnsley

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City were eventually grateful for a point in a contest that should never have been as close as I was and have only themselves to blame for not beating one of the division’s poorer sides.

Nigel Pearson brought Nugent back in to the side at the expense of Vardy but that was the only change from the side that beat Derby last week. City started well with Barnsley on the back foot from the off and could have taken the lead as early as the 3rd minute as Whitbread saw his header clear the bar by a coat of paint. Waghorn went close before, in the 9th minute, he provided the cross that was controlled by King who teed up Knockaert who side-footed the ball past Luke Steele from 12 yards.
It was a fully deserved lead but one that lasted only a few minutes before the visitors levelled following some Keystone Kops’ defending by City. A poor Schmeichel clearance didn’t go far enough and fell kindly for Barnsley who played the ball back in to the area. City’s back-pedalling defence were ball watching as Dawson struck finished crisply past Schmeichel from 15 yards.
This knocked City back and the fluent football disappeared to be replaced by a nervous display. It was no surprise when the visitors took the lead. In the 36th minute a Barnsley corner was fed in to Noble-Lazarus who, unchallenged, hooked the ball over his shoulder and past Schmeichel. This was only the second time this season that Barnsley had scored more than one goal.

The second half saw City dominate possession and spend long periods camped in the visitors’ half but they couldn’t put the ball in the net as Barnsley sat deep and crowded City out time and again. Behind the defence Steele was in impressive form and so it was a huge relief when City finally grabbed an equaliser. Whitbread was the provider when he nodded back a cross in to the path of Vardy who slammed the ball home from just inside the area.

City could even have won the match in the 5 minutes of stoppage time as King saw two headers cleared off the line but it wasn’t to be. City might feel that they should have won this match but they have only themselves to blame; they were below par and gifted the visitors two soft goals and gave them something to defend which they did very well for the most part.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Whitbread, Konchesky, Knockaert (Marshall 60), King, Drinkwater, Dyer (Futacs 76), Nugent, Waghorn (Vardy 68). Subs not Used: Logan, James, Moore, Lingard.
Barnsley: Steele, Stones (Perkins 80), Cranie, Wiseman, Golbourne, Dawson, Buzsaky (Tudgay 68), Greening, O’Brien, Noble-Lazarus (Etuhu 80), Davies. Subs not Used: Alnwick, Hassell, Foster, Sinclair.

Referee: James Adcock(Long Eaton). Attendance: 23,579.


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City Agree Fee with Manchester United for Drinkwater

Having been frustrated in his attempts to sign Doncaster’s Billy Sharp and Hull’s Cameron Stuart Nigel Pearson’s attention has now turned to Manchester United’s Danny Drinkwater….

With Andy King possibly set to join Darius Vassell on the list of players that are out for the season City are beginning to look a little short-staffed, bringing more urgency to the January transfer window.
Danny Drinkwater is currently on loan at Barnsley and last Saturday the 21 year old winger provided two precise crosses from the left for Andy Gray to score the two goals that won the game for the Tykes.
Manchester born, he has been with United since the age of 9, and has also had loan spells at Huddersfield, Cardiff and Watford.
His transfer to Leicester is expected to be completed tomorrow.


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City Stumble at Home to Tykes

Leicester City 1:2 Barnsley

Barnsley enjoyed a rare victory while Nigel Pearson was left reflecting on the size of his rebuilding job after City put in an abject performance to lose Saturday’s game at the King Power Stadium…

On a freezing cold afternoon City, with Wellens and Dyer restored to the starting line-up, enjoyed a reasonable start to the game and should have gone a goal ahead after ten minutes when a low Gallagher free-kick was brilliantly saved by Tykes’ keeper Steele who saw it late.
But it was the visitors who took the lead two minutes later. A break upfield led to a simple passing move with Taz Ve and Drinkwater combining to set up a slackly marked Gray who prodded hom,e from close in.
City recovered quickly from this setback with a direct move leading to an equaliser three minutes later. Mills sixty yard long ball out of defence saw Dyer chesting it down on the edge of the area before directing a shot past Steele despite the close attention of two defenders.
City, however, failed to kick on from there. Too many passes went astray on an increasingly frustrating afternoon, which got worse when Barnsley retook the lead ten minutes before the break. 
Again Vaz Te and Drinkwater combined down the left to tee up Gray, this time a header beating Schmeichel from close in with the City defence playing statues again.
The second half did not bring about an improvement. Danns fired a shot over, as did Beckford when he came on as sub. Wellens diverted a Tunchev shot onto the crossbar with his head, which is the closest City came to rescuing a point, and later found the side-netting from an acute angle.
But Barnsley should have increased their lead, firstly when Done’s low shot was well saved by Schmeichel, and again when Vaz Te charged forward late on. Having done the hard part in slicing through Tunchev and Mills like a hot knife through butter, he then tried a bit of showboating, giving Schmeichel the chance to deny him with a fine block.
So 2-1 it remained, though the manner of this defeat was more worrying than the scoreline. City were, quite simply, awful.
Nigel Pearson’s after match comments included the comment that there were “delusions of grandeur” at th eclub. Whether this was referring to players, owners, supporters or all of the above wasn’t made clear, but indicated that the problems run deeper than simply a poor run of form.
Pearson has two weeks to bring in some desperately-needed fresh options before the transfer window shuts.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Mills, Tunchev, Konchesky, Danns, Wellens, King, Gallagher (Beckford 73), Nugent, Dyer. Unused Subs: St Ledger, Weale, Abe, Kennedy.
Barnsley: Steele, Hassell, Foster, McNulty, McEveley, Drinkwater, Addison (Davies 67), Perkins, Vaz Te (Wiseman 90), Gray, Dagnall (Done 61). Unused Subs: Preece, Edwards.
Referee: D Whitestone (Northants). Attendance: 22,116.

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Happy Birthday for Sven…

Leicester City 4:1 Barnsley

Sven Goran Eriksson celebrated his 63rd birthday at the Walkers with a blinding performance from his City side, a 4-1 win over Barnsley being notable for the quantity and quality of the goals…

Sven made one change to the side that won at Barnsley with Gallagher taking Dyer’s place.
The windy conditions made for a scrappy start, though City threatened on several occasions. Gallagher sent a free-kick over the bar; Yakubu almost broke through on his own before being halted by a Shackell challenge; and King sent a header wide.
City then took a 15th minute lead when Gallagher was allowed too much room to tee up a shot from 25 yards, it flew past Steele into the top left hand corner.
The lead was nearly extended soon afterwards when Steele saved a fierce Wellens effort and then Van Aarnholt sent a free-kick crashing against the crossbar.
Although Barnsley had a good spell for a while City made it 2-0 as half time approached.
Set up by a Vassell backheel King beat one defender and then shot against the legs of another. The ball came back to him and his exquisite 9 iron chip left Steele a bystander as it sailed over the Tykes’ keeper and into the net.
But Barnsley were not in the mood to roll over and die, and had the ball in Weale’s net almost instantly, though their celebrations were halted by a linesman’s flag.
Soon after that scare, some great work by Chelsea-loanee Mellis on the edge of his area saw him side-step the City defence before curling a shot beyond Weale’s reach.
Incredibly Barnsley almost equalised just before the break when Nouble broke clear and rounded Weale, but saw his low shot blocked by Naughton who made up the ground with his pace.
Half time entertainment in the form of the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders kept the crowd, somewhat on the sparse side, happy. Well done Birch.
The second half saw City regain control of the game. Steele did well to save a Gallagher effort but City would not be denied for long. The visitors were caught on the break and King charged forward fifty yards before planting a perfect finish low to Steele’s left.
City were looking comfortable now and Sven brought Dyer and Oakley on for Vassell and Abe. Steele had to produce a series of spectacular saves to keep out long range efforts from Gallagher and Wellens; while at the other end Weale had to be off his line sharply to deny Mellis.
Steele continued to keep City at bay, pulling off a great save from Oakley, but he was eventually beaten by a piece of magic in the 89th minute.  
Naughton, out on the right, latched onto a half clearance and fired a 30 yard rocket into the top left hand corner to seal a fine victory.
The birthday boy was content: “We didn’t play our best football in the first half but in the second half we got better and the four goals means I am very happy. All the goals were beautiful and the last one by Kyle Naughton, he has a good shot, but that was incredible.”
While the Barnsley boss Mark Robins dubbed City: “…the best side in the division”. 
As City relentlessly close in on the play-off places, it is beginning to look as though he is right… 

Leicester: Weale, Bamba (Hobbs 82), Naughton, Mee, Van Aanholt, King , Abe (Dyer 62), Wellens, Yakubu, Gallagher, Vassell (Oakley 62).  Subs Not Used: Berner, Waghorn, Howard, Ricardo.  
Barnsley: Steele, Shackell, Hassell, Hill, Trippier, Doyle, Mellis  (Noble-Lazarus 83), Arismendi  (Colace  66), Haynes, Nouble, O’Connor (Butterfield 74). Subs Not Used: Gray, Lovre, O’Brien, Preece.
Referee:K Hill (Herts). Attendance: 22,667.

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Tykes Tamed

Barnsley 0:2 Leicester City

City posted a second clean-sheet and second victory in a row with a stunning, one-sided win at Oakwell with a first goal for Miguel Vitor and a late clincher from Andy King…

Sven made just two changes from that side that beat Preston with Vassell making his debut in place of Fryatt and Davies replacing Hobbs. City began the game defending the section containing some two and a half thousand City faithful who were rewarded with a display that was composed, confident and far superior to anything Barnsley had to offer.
City settled in to their rhythm quickly and simply didn’t allow Barnsley to have the ball. They opened up the Tykes’ defence time and again with some lovely passing moves and as early as the 5th minute Waghorn rounded off a delightful move with a curling shot that was just kept out by Steele. It wasn’t long before City were in front however, Vitor glancing a header past Steel from Waghorn’s curling free kick and it was no more than City deserved.
From the restart City continued to confound Barnsley and King was denied a goal when he finished off a Gallagher free kick only to be denied by the linesman’s flag. This was followed by another near miss when Steele pulled off another good save to deny Waghorn.
Barnsley’s dilemma was underlined when, on the half-hour, Mark Robins made a double substitution with Gray and Wood replacing Doyle and Hayes; decisions that caused fury amongst the stunned Barnsley support.
The changes had little impact and as half time approached. Davies had a shot deflected on to the post before Steele, yet again, denied Waghorn.
Barnsley’s solitary effort was a Hassell shot that sailed wide. So half time arrived and Weale had literally had nothing to do, the only concern amongst City fans at half time was that we only had one goal to show for a completely dominant performance.

The second half brought no relief for Barnsley as City dominated possession but failed to increase the score and the feeling that Barnsley might have an equaliser in them was underlined on the hour when Butterfield had a shot on target (Barnsley’s first) which was comfortably saved by Weale. If that was a wake-up call then City didn’t heed it as Doyle left Weale stranded with a long-range effort that cannoned back off the bar just a few minutes later.
It was to be City’s last scare as they stepped their game up again, helped by the introduction of Dyer and Howard for Vassell and Waghorn.
Steele twice denied Howard in the closing stages before King sealed the points in the 85th minute when he arrived at the far post to slide in Gallagher’s cross and send the travelling support in to raptures.

This was a performance that was brimming with confidence and it seems that Sven has found something close to his best line-up and, just as importantly, a balanced formation with Yuke Abe the star of the show today. He was at the heart of all City’s best moves with his prompting, holding and passing in a manner that reminded us of Gary McAllister in his prime. The defence is also looking solid and for the second week in a row the opponents were restricted to a solitary effort on target. Before we all get too carried away let’s remember that Preston and Barnsley were not the best sides that City will face this season and three-quarters of City’s back line today  is currently on loan. But there is clear progress being made and City fans can now look up and not behind them with a playoff spot a mere six points away.

Barnsley: Steele, Foster, Shackell, Hassell, Potter (Morales 74), Butterfield, O’Brien, Hammill, Colace, Hayes (Doyle 30), Wood (Gray 30). Subs Not Used: Lovre, Preece, Arismendi, Trippier.
Leicester: Weale, Davies, Vitor, Naughton, Cunningham, King, Gallagher (Moussa 86), Abe, Wellens, Vassell (Dyer 62), Waghorn (Howard 81). Subs Not Used: Berner, Logan, Fryatt, Hobbs.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire). Attendance: 12,360.

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Great Start Continues for City…

Leicester City 1:0 Barnsley


City overcame a stubborn Barnsley side at Filbert Way on Saturday afternoon, another goal from Matty Fryatt earning the three points.

New signing Paul Gallagher replaced the injured Steve Howard and Lloyd Dyer was in for Nicky Adams.
A tight and fairly uneventful first half unfolded. Dyer beat two defenders before sending a shot wide and Fryatt was denied by Tykes’ keeper Steele. At the other end Weale had one decent save to make from Deveaney but the sides went in at the break goalless.

There was a very moving tribute from Keith Weller’s family at half time when they made an appearance with Alan Birchenall, thanking the City supporters for their messages sent to Keith during his battle with cancer.

City emerged for the second half looking mor ebusiness-like and within eight minutes they were a goal up.
Wellens chipped a ball forward for Fryatt who plucked it out of the air with some brilliant control before firing it past Steele and into the net for his third goal of the season. Kasabian’s ‘I’m on Fire’ replaced the Fratellis ‘Chelsea Dagger’ as the apparently obligatory ‘goal celebration music’ to some very confused looks from those who like that sort of thing.
City almost stretched their lead soon after when a Hobbs header found the side-netting.
But Barnsley refused to lie down and racked up several chances. Most of their shots flew high over the bar, but a couple of efforts were two close for comfort.
Gallagher’s only real chance of th eafternoon saw him latch on to a ball from Wellens but his shot was tippe dover by Steele. N’Guessan also had Steele leaping across his goal to make another fine save.
There were a few nervous moments late on but Campbell-Ryce had a chance to equalised blocked.

This was a narrow victory for City, but the three points saw them in sixth place at the end of the day.

Leicester: Weale, Neilson, Brown, Hobbs, Berner, N’Guessan, Wellens, Oakley, Dyer (Adams 65), Fryatt (Dickov 87), Gallagher (King 81). Subs Not Used: Logan, Morrison, Tunchev, Gradel.
Barnsley: Steele, Hassell (Kozluk 22), Foster, Moore, El Haimour, Devaney (Hammill 72), De Silva, Hallfredsson, Campbell-Ryce, Hume (Macken 72), Gray. Subs Not Used: Preece, Odejayi, Butterfield, Potter.

Referee: Andy Penn (West Midlands). Attendance: 21,799.

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