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Foxes Maul Robins with Wood Hat-trick

Bristol City 0:4 Leicester City

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Leicester announced their promotion credentials to the rest of the Championship with a resounding 4-0 win over Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Saturday; Goalscoring sensation Chris Wood notching a first half hat-trick…

City dominated the game against pretty poor opposition and were ahead by the 11th minute. Marshall sent Wood in down the left and he cut inside the defence before beating Gerken at his near post.
Gerken’s afternoon got worse seven minutes later when he fumbled a Marshall corner from the left. Fontaine diverted the ball goalwards into the path of Wood who had a simple task finding the net from close in.
Knockaert then had to limp out of the action, replaced by Dyer, after a heavy challenge from Kelly.
The Robins had their first sight of goal on 26 minutes when Davies’ corner from the right curled  goal-wards before Dyer cleared it off the line, but City sealed victory four minutes before the break when James set up Wood for a low shot from the edge of the area that completed his hat-trick and an incredible six goals in his first three appearances.
Derek McInnes’ side were booed off at the break, in contrast to the delighted ovation from 1,800 travelling fans.
Six minutes in the second half City went 4-0 up when Wood returned the compliment, setting up James who burst through the middle of the Robins defence before smashing a shot past Gerken.
With the game won City took their foot off the gas, Wood was replaced by Waghorn and Marshall by Gallagher.
Chances were rarer with the home side finally enjoying a spell of possession, Marshall and Dyer both missing the target.
The home side’s first proper effort on goal came from Anderson with 18 minutes left and then Skuse sent a shot straight at Schmeichel.

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This game was over long before the end however with City, boosted by Wood’s extraordinary goal tally, looking set to make a serious attempt on promotion.
Bristol City, however, are now looking nervously in the other direction, with Derek McInnes being sacked hours after the final whistle.

Bristol: Gerken, Wilson (Burns 46), McManus, Fontaine, Foster, Kelly (Reid 78), Skuse, Pearson, Cunningham, Stead (Anderson 46), Davies. Unused Subs: Heaton, Taylor, Elliott, Bryan.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Keane, Konchesky, Knockaert (Dyer 20), Drinkwater, James, Marshall (Gallagher 74), Nugent, Wood (Waghorn 63). Unused Subs: King, Logan, Moore, Futacs.
Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Attendance: 13,078 (1,786 away).

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Winning Run Takes City to the Top

Leicester City 2:0 Bristol City

City extended their winning run to five games with a comfortable victory over Bristol City at the KPS on Saturday, and topped the Championship for a couple of hours…

City bossed this game from the start on an afternoon when Schmeichel had virtually nothing to do after comfortably blocking a Baldock header early on.
Knockaert just failed to reach a Dyer cross before Robins’ keeper Heaton had to make saves from Nugent and Dyer.
City should have gone ahead in the 19th minute when Knockaert delivered a delightful chip onto the head of Nugent but his hurried effort cleared the bar.
The striker made amends instantly when he ran on to a Vardy through ball and shrugged off the challenge of Nyatanga before slotting a cool finish past Heaton.
City continued to dominate proceedings, but chances were rare up to the break with Nugent firing a good chance straight at Heaton.

The second half saw De Laet replacing Konchesky, who was suffering an illness, and then an exhausted looking Vardy soon made way for Marshall.
City, with Drinkwater and Knockaert buzzing around midfield,  pursued the goal that would ensure the points. King and Knockaert both threatened, before City finally extended their lead with sixteen minutes remaining.
Drinkwater sent King in down the right and his cross to the far post was finished off with a fine diving header own goal from from the unfortunate Foster, under pressure from Nugent.
The result was beyond doubt and City knocked it around for the remainder of the game, Knockaert producing a fine save from Heaton.
The only sour note was a hamstring injury for St Ledger, with City short on defenders.
City stayed on top of the Championship until Cardiff’s win over Ipswich in the evening, and they can be well satisfied with their start to the season.
Nigel Pearson summed it up: “I know this is a tough, competitive league so there will be tough times ahead, but I have every confidence in the group of players and support staff because they all work exceptionally hard.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Moore, Morgan, St Ledger (Whitbread 63), Konchesky (De Laet 46), Knockaert, Drinkwater, King, Dyer, Vardy (Marshall 51). Unused Subs: Logan, Waghorn, James, Futacs.
Bristol: Heaton, Carey (M Wilson 70), Fontaine, Nyatanga, Foster, Skuse, Morris (Anderson 82), Pearson, Taylor, Baldock (Davies 59), Adomah. Unused Subs: Gerken, J. Wilson, Woolford, Stead.
 
Referee: Trevor Kettle (Rutland). Attendance: 22,529.
 

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City Concentrating on the Cup

Bristol City 3:2 Leicester City

Any hopes of success for Leicester City this season now rely on a tough away Cup tie at Chelsea, after defeat at Ashton Gate all but extinguished their play-off hopes…
With Nugent passing a late fitness test, Kennedy in for the suspended Konchesky was Nigel Pearson’s only change for this trip to the south west.
Leicester couldn’t make much impression on a patched-up Bristol side in a largely uneventful first half.
Pitman forced a good save from Schmeichel after a quarter of an hour; while at the other end  James was lucky not escape action from the ref when he collided with Beckford at a vital moment.
And that was about it, until the game burst into life at the end of the first half.
In the 42nd minute Dyer combined with Nugent before using his pace to go clear of his markers and blast a shot past James.
But sadly for City this didn’t give them a half time lead. In time-added-on Cisse got on the end of a Stead pass and steered the ball beyond Schmeichel.
It got worse in the second half, after Nugent missed a good chance Pitman then fired the hosts into a 54th minute lead from inside the area.  
Nigel Pearson introduced Drinkwater and Schlupp to the game as City pressed forward in search of an equaliser.
A Morgan effort was blocked by James and Nugent blazed over, before Danns eventually managed to bundle home a 77th minute equaliser after good work from Drinkwater.
City looked the more likely winners after all that pressure, but it was the home side who snatched all three points just two minutes later.
A Pitman shot was deflected onto the post and Stead was in the right place at the right time to net the rebound and win the game for the Robins.

Meanwhile, at St Andrews, Chelsea beat Birmingham to set up a stiff quarter-final test for City…

Bristol City: James, Carey, Fontaine, McManus, McAllister, Foster, Cisse, Pearson, Bryan (Adomah 69), Pitman (Kilkenny 84), Stead (Wood 81). Unused Subs: Bolasie, Gerken.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Morgan, St Ledger, Kennedy, Marshall (Drinkwater 60), Danns (Gallagher 87), Wellens, Dyer, Nugent, Beckford (Schlupp 60). Unused Subs: Bamba, Howard.
Referee: M Haywood (West Yorkshire). Attendance: 12,033.  

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Sven Wants Owen Hargreaves…

Leicester are on a list of several clubs hoping to tempt Manchester United reject Owen Hargreaves with an offer…

Sven, who gave the Canadian-born midfielder his first England cap admitted: “I would take him at once if he’s fit. He’s a great – he was at least – a great, great football player.”
Hargreaves, who played for Bayern Munich for seven seasons, has recently made his own Youtube diary to prove he is battling back to full fitness. He signed for Manchester United in 2007 but constantly plagued with injuries he only made 27 appearances for the Old Trafford club in four years before being released this summer.
A handful of other clubs are interested in reviving Hargreaves’ career including QPR but, should he prove his fitness, he may be tempted to join the man who set him on the road to 42 England caps.

Further evidence of City’s new spending power has emerged with reports from Bristol claiming that City made a £4.75M offer for Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard on Wednesday. This was rejected, but with the Robins making a loss of nearly £12M last season you wonder for how long they can continue to turn down that sort of money….

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Late Waghorn Strike Downs Robins

Leicester City 2:1 Bristol City

A late, late goal by substitute Martyn Waghorn earned City all 3 points from their Friday night home game against Bristol City…

Sven Goran Eriksson stuck with the same starting XI that won at Derby and for a while it looked like business as usual with a large crowd (the result of some clever marketing) enjoying a bright start from City.
Yakubu missed out on an early opener when he connected with a Naughton cross, but was off target.
James then made two fine saves from Gallagher and Bamba, but then slipped up to give City a 21st minute lead. Although the England keeper should have cut out a low Bamba cross from the right, he merely deflected the ball into the path of Yakubu who instantly found the net.
James made amends later in the half, denying King in a one-on-one, not something that many keepers have managed this season.
And Bristol refused to lie down, piecing together several good attacking moves and testing Mee and Bamba at the back. Woolford should have helped put the Robins level, but Bamba was on hand to block his cut back to an unmarked Keogh, as ever.
The visitors continued to press after the break and levelled in the 57th minute when Elliott nodded home a McAllister corner.
Far from being content with a point Bristol continued to press and Adomah forced Ricardo to parry away his fierce shot. The Portugese keeper than had a wobble, dropping the ball int he danger area, but it was scrambled clear.
City wasted a great chance to go ahead on the break when a square ball from Vassell found Oakley and Dyer both unmarked, but Oakley’s first touch allowed James to come out and smother the danger.
At the other end a deflected shot from Woolford left Ricardo stranded, but the ball fell the right side of the post as far as City were concerned.
With five minutes remaining Sven brought Waghorn on for Vassell…
City had lost their shape, too many passes were going astray and, for the first time in weeks, they were employing the long ball forward, which wasn’t making a dent on Bristol’s big back-line. Then came a slice of fortune that seems to favour a club that is on a roll.
An attempted clearance hit Oakley on the back of the head and the rebound fell nicely for Waghorn who lashed the ball past James from an acute angle for a delightful late winner.
City had not played particularly well, and had still won the game, a sign that everything is going for us as we close in on those promotion places.
Sven said of his matchwinner: “He was knocking on my door twice or three times a week during the transfer window, but I think he is happy to stay here now. He works very hard in training and lately he has doing a great job when he comes on. He is physically strong and a hard worker, and his finish was extremely good and very important for us.”

Leicester: Ricardo, Bamba, Naughton, Mee, Van Aanholt, King, Oakley, Wellens (Abe 78), Yakubu, Gallagher (Dyer 64), Vassell (Waghorn 84). Subs Not Used:  Weale, Bruma, Berner, Vitor.
Bristol City: James, Fontaine, McAllister (Nyatanga 64), Carey, Caulker, Elliott, Cisse, Woolford, Adomah, Clarkson (Campbell-Ryce 76), Keogh (Maynard 59). Subs Not Used: Stewart, Gerken, Johnson, Pitman.

Referee: R. Booth (Notts). Attendance: 28,768.

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Bristol City 2:0 Leicester City

City had a fruitless trip to Ashton Gate but Sven Goran Eriksson must be wondering how his side failed to take something from a game that they dominated for long periods but couldn’t turn that possession in to goals.

City were unchanged from the side that saw off Derby seven days earlier with Oakley returning to the bench after an injury lay-off. It was City who dominated the first half from the first kick with neat possession football and long spells in the Bristol half. 
King had City’s first worthwhile effort after ten minutes when James was alert to gather his shot following a corner. City’s best chance, however, came after twenty minutes when James needlessly floored King as he broke through but was running away from goal. It was a clear penalty but Howard’s straight, driven kick was stopped by James’s legs as he dived to the right. This gave the home side a lift, who up until that point had been under the cosh and feeling the heat from their own fans.
It was City who continued to make the best chances though with Gallagher having the best of those with a header that drifted just wide with James beaten for once. Not until seven minutes before half time did Bristol finally manage a shot on goal when Stead fired wide when well placed. There was an uneasy feeling amongst the 1,700 or so City faithful at half time; so much possession but nothing to show for it.
The second half started in the same vein with City opening up the Bristol defence again and again, Gallagher again coming close with a fierce shot and King a real handful for the beleaguered Bristol back line who were also struggling to cope with the aerial threat of Howard who once again led the line superbly. But, incredibly, it was the Robins that broke the deadlock just before the hour when a free kick close to the corner flag was pulled back for a woefully unmarked Pitman to side-foot the ball home with Wellens just failing to prevent the ball from crossing the line. This seemed to be the cue for City’s game to come apart and Bristol grew stronger and more confident as City became more frustrated.
City continued to create corners and chances but Howard was denied by James twice in close succession and the former England ‘keeper was having a magnificent afternoon.
Sven made changes in an attempt to turn things around but to no avail: Dyer for Vassell, Oakley for King (who worryingly pulled up with a hamstring problem) and then Fryatt for Howard who (along with every City fan behind the goal) was astonished to see his number on the board and made it clear that he was not best pleased.
City’s best chances from then on fell to Cunningham who had a clear sight of goal but fired over, and then Waghorn snatched at a gilt-edged chance inside the area but blazed over when it looked easier to hit the target.
Bristol now looked capable of holding on to their lead and they even managed to double it during stoppage time when Chris Weale threw the ball out wide, aiming for Gallagher, and found the feet of Clarkson who lifted the ball back over the back-pedalling Weale and in to the unguarded net. It was a farcical end to the game and City fans headed for the exit wondering how they lost a game that they controlled for most of the afternoon.
It is hard to single out poor performances because the side ticked over beautifully and kept the ball with some lovely passing football but failed to take their chances and conceded two soft goals at the other end. City urgently need a cutting edge and a spark in the final third that will reward the excellent build-up play and until they do then we will experience a few more frustrating games like this one.

Bristol: James, Fontaine, McAllister, Ribeiro, Caulker, Elliott, Skuse, Johnson (Pitman 46), Rose, Adomah (Cisse 86), Stead (Clarkson 65). Subs Not Used: Campbell-Ryce, Gerken, Stewart, Haynes.
Leicester: Weale, Davies, Hobbs, Naughton, King (Waghorn 71), Abe, Wellens, Cunningham, Gallagher, Vassell (Dyer 62), Howard (Fryatt 80). Subs Not Used: Berner, Logan, Oakley, Morrison.

 Referee: C Pawson (West Yorkshire). Attendance: 14,517.

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Guide to the Championship

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