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Leicester park the bus at the Etihad – and pay the penalty

Manchester City 2:0 Leicester City

Man City v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 4 March 2015

A goal at the end of each half was enough for Champions Manchester City to ease their way past Leicester at the Etihad on Wednesday night…

While Nigel Pearson stuck with the side that drew at Everton, the big team news of the night was City skipper Kompany being relegated to the bench.
Though with City camped in their own third and at one point having just 22% possession chances to test the new-look defence were rare.
In the third minute Bony, met a Silva’s corner, but Cambiasso cleared comfortably off the line. Other than that, a packed Leicester defence managed to restrict City to a long range effort from Toure that didn’t test Schwarzer.
But it was Leicester who should have made a breakthrough when Schlupp broke down the left only to be pushed over by Bony for a clear penalty, but referee Robert Madley waved play on.

Man City v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 4 March 2015

In the 25th minute they were more appeals from the visitors when Kramarić, chased a Mahrez through ball into the area and was upended by City keeper Hart, though he appeared to just touch the ball before the man.
The evening then got busier for Schwarzer  as he produced good saves to deny Bony and then Toure.
A clever lob from Silva then sent Bony clean through but he blazed his finish high and wide.
Just when it looked as though Leicester could congratulate themselves on surviving the half unscathed, some static defending in injury time saw Silva reacting swiftly to a rebound off Morgan to put the Champions ahead.

Leicester had another penalty denied them early in the second half when Kramarić was tripped by Fernando just inside the area.
This time referee Madley saw the foul but placed it outside the box. Kramarić sent the free-kick inches wide of the left hand upright.
In the 57th minute Pearson made his first changes, with Nugent and Vardy on for Koncheksy and Kramarić.
The hosts started to turn th escrew on Leicester, but some fine saves from Schwarzer kept them at bay. By this point he was flinging himself around his goalmouth to deny efforts from Toure, Kolarov and Silva.

Man City v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 4 March 2015

Amidst this action was one great chance for Leicester when Mahrez beat the unsighted Hart with a low shot, but he hit the right hand post.
Soon after that Mahrez made way for Ulloa, but Leicester appeared to run out of steam in the last fifteen minutes.
It was City who added to the scoreline late on when Milner found too much space in the goalmouth to prod home a Navas cross and seal the victory.
While replays showed that City should have been awarded two penalties, we are left wondering what could have been achieved with a more adventurous set-up against a side that have not been at their best in recent weeks.

Man City: Hart, Demichelis, Sagna, Kolarov, Mangala, Silva (Lampard 79), Fernando, Navas, Toure, Aguero (Dzeko 85), Bony (Milner 72). Subs Not Used: Caballero, Kompany, Zabaleta, Clichy.
Leicester: Schwarzer, Konchesky (Nugent 57), Morgan, Upson, James, Huth, Schlupp, Simpson, Cambiasso, Mahrez (Ulloa 76), Kramarić (Vardy 57). Subs Not Used: Drinkwater, King, Hamer, Wasilewski.

Referee: R Madley. Attendance: 45,000.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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Leicester dumped out of the FA Cup at Villa

Aston Villa 2:1 Leicester City

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City’s bowed out of the FA Cup at Villa Park on Sunday with a poor performance in front of 6,500 travelling fans…

Nigel Pearson made one change to the side that played at Arsenal, with Wasilewski in for the cup-tied Huth, so a five-man defence lined up against a very goal-shy Villa side.
Villa got off to a better start, with new boss Tim Sherwood sat in the stands and featuring regularly on the big screens, though Weimann sent their best chance sailing over the bar.
City then went close from a James corner, Wasilewski’s glancing header had Given beaten but brushed the right hand post.
In a half of few chances City’s next came on the half hour when a Cambiasso dummy made space for James to fire in a vicious shot that Given did very well to get his fingertips to, sending the ball inches wide.
Benteke got the ball into City’s net just before the break but Villa celebrations were halted by an offside flag and the sides went in goalless after a half that wouldn’t have gripped the nation.

Attacking the Holte End, and having had their first half-time team talk from Sherwood, Villa looked more likely to open the scoring, especially as City were having terrible trouble retaining possession. Delph sent a header over the bar and then Schwarzer smothered a Benteke effort.
Delph then sent a shot from a free-kick wide.
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Nigel Pearson made a change on 65 minutes, bringing Ulloa on for Wasilewski, but just three minutes later Villa took the lead.
Bacuna cut in from the left and delivered a fine shot beyond Schwarzer and into the far corner to break the deadlock and delight the home fans.
It could have been 2-0 soon afterwards, but Upson put in a fine last-ditch challenge to prevent Benteke from adding to the scoreline.
City best chance of a reply came when an Ulloa effort was saved by Given, who then blocked Kramarić’s follow-up. A few attacks were mounted to no great effect as City by now looked very ponderous and disjointed.
Villa added a second as the clock reached 90. Morgan failed to cut out the ball over the top and substitute Sinclair sealed the home side’s place in the quarter-finals after a Schwarzer fumble.

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Somewhat perversely, as soon as the game was beyond them City found the net at last. Kramarić sent an outstanding header past Given from a Schlupp cross to give City’s huge following something to cheer, but it was too late to make a difference.

The final whistle was heralded with chants of: “What a load of rubbish!” from an extremely disenchanted away crowd.
Being able to ‘concentrate on the league’ won’t fill anyone with any joy…

Villa: Given, Hutton, Cissokho, Clark, Vlaar, Bacuna (Sinclair 77), Cleverley, Westwood, Delph, Weimann (Grealish 83), Benteke. Subs Not Used: Guzan, Okore, Cole, Sanchez, Lowton, Grealish.
Leicester: Schwarzer, Simpson, Wasilewski (Ulloa 65), Morgan, Upson, Konchesky, Mahrez, Cambiasso, James, Schlupp, Kramarić. Subs Not Used: Hammond, Vardy, King, Albrighton, Hamer, Moore.
Referee: M Clattenburg. Attendance: 28,098.

All Photos: SIMON KIMBER

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Plaudits, but no points, for Leicester at the Emirates

Arsenal 2:1 Leicester City

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A spirited second half performance was not enough to prevent a 2-1 defeat for City at the Emirates on Tuesday night…

Nigel Pearson made three changes to his starting XI with Huth and Upson making their debuts alongside Morgan in a three-man central defence, and Kramarić making his first full league appearance; Wasilewski, Ulloa and Nugent making way.
City adopted an up and at ’em approach from the start in a fixture they hadn’t won since the days of Jimmy Bloomfield.
Mahrez saw his shot deflected wide, and then James’ half-volley was blocked by Bellerin.  Mahrez then went agonisingly close when his shot went through Ospina’s legs but just wide of the far post.
Arsenal then began to gain some ground and Walcott should have put the Gunners ahead when he broke clear on goal but Schwarzer pulled off a fine block.
Schwarzer then produced another save to deny Ozil but Arsenal took a 27th minute lead from the corner. From Ozil’s flag-kick Koscielny left Morgan standing as he raced to the near post for a neat finish.
Although City continued to press forward they wen tin at the break 2-0 down. Ozil’s 25-yard effort was parried by Schwarzer, but only into the path of Walcott, who fired the ball home.

Just before the hour Upson had to limp out of the action, replaced by Wasilewski, and City struck back a couple of minutes later.
After some great battling from Cambiasso on the right, the ball was worked out to Kramarić 18 yards out, who arrowed home his first goal for City.
City were the better side at this stage, but Mahrez sent a curling effort narrowly off target and then Kramarić elected to try and lob Ospina when clean through but delivered the ball straight into the keeper’s grasp.
With Ulloa and Nugent on for Morgan and Schlupp City desperately sought an equaliser, but they were contained by Arsenal’s defence and ended up with nothing to show for their considerable efforts.

The gap to safety extended to 5 points with a tough looking schedule coming up. Hopefully the FA Cup will offer some cheer on Sunday.

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Rosicky, Walcott (Ramsey 73 (Flamini 85)), Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez (Giroud 67). Subs Not Used: Szczesny, Gibbs, Gabriel, Welbeck.
Leicester: Schwarzer, Simpson, Huth, Morgan (Ulloa 80), Upson (Wasilewski 59), Konchesky, Mahrez, Cambiasso, James, Schlupp (Nugent 85), Kramarić. Subs Not Used: Drinkwater, King, Albrighton, Hamer.

Referee: M Jones. Attendance: 60,032.  

Photo: Paul Coulson.

 

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Leicester go marching on with late show at Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur 1:2 Leicester City

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City left it late at White Hart Lane on Saturday but goals from Ulloa and Schlupp dumped Tottenham out of the Cup and booked a place in the last sixteen…

Nigel Pearson made five changes to his starting line-up, with Kramarić making his full debut, Schwarzer breaking the club record for  oldest-ever player, Moore, De Laet and Ulloa in for Nugent, Hamer, Konchesky, Wasilewski and Knockaert.
Although it was Spurs who dominated the early possession in a slow start to the game, it was City who notched the first real chance.
A good run and cross from Schlupp on the left was met by Kramarić’s left foot, but Vorm pulled off a fantastic save to deny the Croatian his first goal for his new club.
Although Paulinho fired a volley narrowly over the bar for the home side, City soon carved out another chance. The centre of the Tottenham’s defence seemed to open up in the face of strong running from the lively Schlupp though his shot was placed too close to Vorm, who pulled off another fine save.

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However, it was Spurs who took a 19th minute lead via the penalty spot. Moore was struggling from an earlier knock when he caught  Soldado on the ankle and Townsend did a tidy job, beating Schwarzer from 12 yards.
Moore then completed his short and miserable afternoon, being booked for a foul on Soldado before being replaced by Wasilewski .
City then had a huge penalty shout of their own  when Kramarić raced onto a Drinkwater through ball, and rounded Vorm before appearing to be clipped by the keeper, nowhere near the ball.  There were howls of disapproval in the away end as referee Robert Madley booked him for diving.

Tottenham should have gone 2-0 up early in the second half when a jinking run down the right from Lamela teed up Paulinho but he fired wide of the right hand post from close in.
At the other hand Ulloa wasted a chance, misdirecting a header with the goal at his mercy.
Wasilewski also headed straight at Vorm from a corner, before Pearson made his changes with 20 minutes to go – Nugent and Albrighton coming on for Vardy and Kramarić.
Schwarzer kept City in the tie with a brilliant full-length save from Lamela, before the late drama unfolded.
With eight minutes left Schlupp attempted a shot which was heading off target before Ulloa skillfully controlled it and found the bottom right hand corner to send the away end mad.

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Before thoughts of a replay had time to sink in, City then booked a place in the 5th round, as the game entered time added on.
Great work from Simpson down the right ended with a cross for Schlupp whose acrobatic flick somehow squirmed past Vorm on the line and into the net, sparking off even more manic celebrations in the blue corner.

Not only had City made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup, but they had shown more signs that they could be good enough to survive in the Premier League.

Tottenham: Vorm, Chiriches, Fazio, Kaboul, Rose; Capoue, Dembele (Kane 86); Townsend (Eriksen 63), Paulinho, Lamela; Soldado (Adebayor 69). Subs Not Used: Friedel, Davies, Dier, Stambouli.
Leicester: Schwarzer, Simpson, Morgan, Moore (Wasilewski 25), De Laet, Drinkwater, King, Vardy (Albrighton 71), Kramarić (Nugent 71), Ulloa. Subs Not Used: Koncheksy, Hamer, Cambiasso, Knockaert.
Referee: R Madley. Attendance: 35,548
ALL PHOTOS: Alan Franklin

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No Boxing Day cheer for Leicester as Spurs take the points

Leicester City 1:2 Tottenham Hotspur

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City’s win-less run extended to 13 games with a 2-1 defeat at home to Tottenham on Boxing Day…

Nigel Pearson made two changes to his side with Ulloa and Nugent replacing Cambiasso and Vardy.
But this new line-up found themselves a goal down with a minute on the clock. After a swift break down the left by Chadli he found Kane in the middle. The former-City striker easily eluded a flat-footed challenge from Morgan before beating Hamer from close in.
With City struggling to piece a decent move together Kane went close to doubling the lead for Spurs but sent his curling effort narrowly off target.
City’s first chance arrived in the 18th minute when good work from the lively Schlupp set Ulloa up. The Argentinian flicked the ball up before launching a fine half-volley that was just a little too close to Lloris, who tipped it over the bar.
It was a more even contest now and the action swung from end to end.
Hamer pulled off a good save from a well-struck Chadli shot, and then Morgan blocked an Eriksen effort; before Drinkwater robbed Stambouli of possession but delivered a wildly off-target shot when well placed.
Schlupp then burst through the Spurs defence again but his shot didn’t trouble Llori.
Roared on by another full-house, City cranked up the pressure towards the break. Drinkwater teed up Ulloa with a chance but Lloris forced him wide and he sliced his shot into the side-netting. Lloris then got down well to block a low shot from Mahrez.
City’s best chance of the half saw Mahrez crossing for Ulloa who sent a firm header crashing against the woodwork.
Kane then sent a header skimming the right hand post in the last action of the half.

Although City went down the tunnel trailing by a goal, they soon set that right in the second half.
Mahrez beat Bentaleb down the right and found Ulloa at the near post. The Argentinian stabbed the ball home before gleefully celebrating his seventh goal of the season.
City went close to taking the lead in the 52nd minute when Mahrez lifted a 20 yard free-kick over the wall, but struck the bar.
However, City were to shoot themselves in the foot once again in the 71st minute. Substitute James conceded a free-kick out on the left, bringing Kane down. The two-man wall turned its back on Eriksen’s shot which then beat Hamer at his near post.
Pearson brought Vardy on for Nugent and he soon forced a save from Lloris. His next effort landed on the roof of the net, and then he was brought down in the area by Vertonghen for what looked like a nailed on penalty, but the ref didn’t agree.
With time almost up City had a golden opportunity to equalise when a Mahrez cross found Morgan in space at the far post, but he lost all composure and ended up sitting on the ball.
Time ran out for City, who had played very well in spells, but had overall fallen short of Premier League standard, and been the architects of their own downfall.
The miserable run extended to thirteen games without a win… For how long will this be allowed to continue?

Leicester: Hamer, Konchesky (Knockaert 83), Wasilewski, Morgan, Simpson, Schlupp, King (James 46), Drinkwater, Mahrez, Ulloa, Nugent (Vardy 75). Subs Not Used: De Laet, Hammond, Cambiasso, Smith.
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Rose, Vertonghen, Lamela, Kane (Paulinho 84), Fazio, Chadli (Soldado 63), Eriksen, Stambouli (Mason 46), Bentaleb. Subs Not Used: Chiriches, Vorm, Townsend, Davies.
Referee: N Swarbrick. Attendance: 31,870.

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Leicester defeated by Champions

Leicester City 0:1 Manchester City

Leicester City v Man City, Barclays Premier, 13  December, 2014

Leicester put in a decent performance against Champions Manchester City on Saturday, but yet another defeat left an air of resignation hanging over the KPS…Nigel Pearson made four changes to his starting line-up with Hamer, Morgan, Drinkwater and King in for Schmeichel, Moore, James and Ulloa.
Manuel Pellegrini had to change his plans when Dzeko injured himself during the pre-match warm-up.
Leicester started brightly with a couple of explosive runs from Vardy – one saw his cross for Schlupp cut out by Kompany;  and then he burst into the Man City penalty area though Mangala did enough to ensure he fired wide of the right hand post.
Cambiasso then missed the target after an error from Mangala before the visitor’s defence settled in.
After a fierce Toure shot was blocked by  Simpson, Leicester were inches away from taking the lead when a long range free-kick from Cambiasso whistled past the right hand post with Hart beaten.
Hamer’s first serious action came after half an hour  when he came off his line well to get a fist to a Silva free-kick. It fell for Pozo 20 yards out but Hamer had recovered his ground to comfortably field his first time shot.
Hamer then got down well to parry a low Toure effort, but could do nothing about the Champions opening goal five minutes before the break.
Leicester City v Man City, Barclays Premier, 13  December, 2014As Man City broke upfield, Nasri crossed for Lampard, who was completely unmarked in the middle and only had to place the ball past Hamer for the lead.
After all the effort of the first half, a defensive mistake had cost Leicester dear again.
The second half was broken up by endless free-kicks with the ref reluctant to allow any contact.
Silva missed the target from a decent chance, while up the other end a Mangala challenge on Vardy brought penalty appeals more in hope than expectation.
Ulloa, Powell and Knockaert were all introduced into the action, but Man City were content to sit on their lead and attack on the break.
Ulloa managed a shot on the turn, and Knockaert fired a free-kick was into the wall, but Hart had very little to do.
Leicester City v Man City, Barclays Premier, 13  December, 2014Ulloa sent an effort over the bar after a Morgan nod down the game was up.

Leicester were in no way embarrassed by their illustrious opponents, but another poor piece of defending ensured that they got nothing for their efforts and they remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.
Director of Football Terry Robinson did not survive the weekend, leaving the club on Sunday evening. We await further developments, though it is difficult to see any course of action that could preserve our long-awaited and hard fought for place in the top flight.

Leicester: Hamer, Konchesky, Drinkwater (Knockaert 79), Morgan, Vardy (Powell 72), King, Schlupp (Ulloa 64), Simpson, Cambiasso, Mahrez, Wasilewski. Subs Not Used: Hammond, James, Moore, Smith.
Man City: Hart, Sagna, Kompany (Demichelis 77), Fernando, Nasri, Lampard (Milner 60), Mangala, Silva, Clichy, Toure, Pozo (Navas 73) . Subs Not Used: Kolarov, Caballero, Fernandinho. 

Referee: J Moss. Attendance: 31,643.
ALL PHOTOS: SIMON KIMBER
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Leicester’s agony continues with defeat at Villa

Aston Villa 2:1 Leicester City

Aston Villa v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 07 Dec 2014

City surrendered a lead for the third game running, losing 2-1 at Villa on Sunday evening…
Nigel Pearson made two changes to his side, with Simpson in for De Laet, and Moore replacing the suspended Morgan, with Schmeichel made skipper.
The first chance fell to City when Vardy found Ulloa in the middle, and the Argentinian teed up James, who fired well over.
Although Benteke went close at the other end, it was City who took a 13th minute lead.
A low shot from Mahrez was mishandled by Guzan, and Ulloa was in the right place at the right time for an easy tap-in at the Holte End.
Sadly, this lead lasted only five minutes as a Westwood free-kick was headed beyond Schmeichel by an unmarked Clark.
Mahrez then got himself into a good position, but shot straight at Guzan.
Agbonlahor had a shot blocked by Simpson and Benteke was denied by Moore as the game turned into something of a stalemate up to the break.
Westwood was stretchered off after a challenge from Vardy, and Ulloa picked up an injury that would end his game at the break.

Aston Villa v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 07 Dec 2014

Nugent came on for the second half and had an early chance, but couldn’t find the target.
Benteke then raced through in a one-on-one with Schmeichel who advanced swiftly enough to rush the Belgian into a hurried shot that went narrowly wide.  Soon after this Schmeichel reacted very well to save an Agbonlahor effort from close in.
Wood came on for Vardy in the 66th minute, and set up a chance for Nugent, whose goalbound effort was saved by Guzan.
But it was the home side who took the lead in the 71st minute. City were somewhat embarrassed for pace down the left, and Benteke crossed to the far post where Hutton, completely unmarked, had all the time in the world to place his shot past the exposed Schmeichel.
Things got worse for Leicester with ten minutes remaining when Konchesky was shown a red card after a clash with Hutton, who had appeared to be the main offender but only got a yellow.

Aston Villa v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 07 Dec 2014
City kept at their task, but Villa packed their defence and there were only half chances for Wood and Cambiasso.

City remain bottom, with no wins from the last ten games and are now in crisis…

Villa: Guzan, Okore, Clark, Cleverley (Grealish 62), Agbonlahor, Westwood (Richardson 44), Benteke, Hutton, Cissokho, Sanchez, N’Zogbia (Bacuna 76). Subs Not Used: Given, Herd, Lowton, Robinson.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Konchesky, James, Vardy (Wood 66), Schlupp (Albrighton 78), Simpson, Moore, Cambiasso, Ulloa (Nugent 46), Mahrez, Wasilewski. Subs Not Used: Hamer, Drinkwater, King, Powell.
Referee: C Pawson. Attendance: 27,692 .

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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