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Leicester looking like Champions at Burnley

Burnley 0:2 Leicester City

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City moved a big stride closer to promotion on at Turf Moor on Saturday, with a convincing 2-0 over second placed Burnley.

An unchanged City side enjoyed a bright start to the game, and injury-hit Burnley suffered a set-back as early as the 8th minute when Vokes had to limp out of the action.
Schmeichel then had to be alert to come out and meet Stanislas after he was sent in on goal.
Drinkwater then saw a well-struck volley blocked by Shackell.
Vardy then broke dangerously but eventually the attentions of three defenders and a perhaps a tug on the sleeve denied him the opener.
In the 34th minute Vardy then had to go off with an injury, but his replacement Wood was son setting up Nugent for the opener.
Nugent strode forward before cutting in and delivering a perfect swerving shot beyond the reach of Heaton and into the bottom left hand corner.
It was a vital goal in a tight encounter and City went in with the lead at half-time after Kightly put one over the bar for the Clarets.

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Knockaert, set up by Mahrez, sent a 25 yarder against bar, while Schmeichel did well to block an Arfield effort at the other end.
City were looking very good at this stage, with Wood, Knockaert and Schlupp all going close, before Taylor-Fletcher replaced Nugent up front.
Although Burnley desperately tried to press forward and preserve their unbeaten home record it was City who got the vital second goal with 12 minutes to go.  Wood latched on to a hopeful punt forward from Knockaert and outmuscled Duff before sending a delightful half-volley soaring over Heaton and into the net in front of over 3,000 travelling fans.
The party started, and everything about this City side says, not just promotion, but Champions.

Burnley: Heaton, Baird, Shackell, Duff, Mee, Stanislas (Wallace 62), Arfield, Jones, Kightly (Treacy 79), Barnes, Vokes (Edgar 8). Subs Not Used: Cisak, Long, Treacy, Lafferty, Stock.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Wasilewski, Schlupp, Knockaert, James, Drinkwater, Mahrez (Hammond 87), Nugent (Taylor-Fletcher 72), Vardy (Wood 34). Subs Not Used: King, Dyer, Moore, Logan.

Referee: Chris Foy. Attendance: 16,794.

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Leicester’s unbeaten run saved by Kasper’s ghost goal

Leicester City 1:1 Yeovil Town

Leicester v Yeovil, Sky Bet Championship, 25 March 2014,

City rescued a point from a poor performance at home to Yeovil on Tuesday night, but confusion reigned at the end of the game…

An unchanged City side dominated possession in the early stages of this game, but couldn’t find a way through a determined Yeovil back line, fighting for their Championship status.

The Glovers then shocked a large and expectant crowd in the 22nd minute  by taking the lead,  Ralls arrowing home a low free-kick from 20 yards that definitely wasn’t in the script.
City continued to press forward but Mahrez lofted one comfortable effort over the bar and efforts from Drinkwater and Schlupp were saved by Stech.
The harder City tried the worse things got with passes going frustratingly astray up to the break.

Leicester v Yeovil, Sky Bet Championship, 25 March 2014,

The second half wasn’t much better with an oddly out of tune performance from City.
Miller almost made it 2-0 early on but Schmeichel pulled off a fine save.
Despite many moves breaking down, chances did come City’s way: Schlupp fired just wide, Morgan headed off-target and a fierce drive from Drinkwater was saved by Stech.
Late on City went at Yeovil in waves, but the visitors made it to 90 minutes without being breached, Stech denying substitute Phillips with another good stop.
At that stage Schmeichel joined the attack, and stayed up front for a couple of corners. His lively presence appeared to confuse the Yeovil defence and in the 92nd minute he sent in a thumping header from a Drinkwater corner that struck the underside of the bar and appeared to cross the line.  Although neither ref or linesman signalled a goal Wood was on hand to net the rebound and City’s proud unbeaten run was extended to 18 games.
It might well have been the worst performance of the season, but City’s never-say-die attitude ensured that the evening ended on a triumphant note.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Drinkwater, Morgan, James, Vardy (Wood 67), Schlupp, Knockaert, Mahrez, Wasilewski (Dyer 63), Nugent (Phillips 67). Subs Not Used: Logan, King, Hammond.
Yeovil: Stech, Ayling, McAllister, Edwards, Webster, Dawson, Lawrence (Davis 89), Moore, Duffy, Ralls, Miller (Hayter 84). Subs Not Used: Hoskins, Lanzoni, Dunn,  Twumasi, Morgan.

Referee: A Madley. Attendance: 26,240.

All Photos: Simon Kimber

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Leicester ease past Carlisle with five goal display

Carlisle United 2:5 Leicester City

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An unfamiliar Leicester line-up eventually overcame Carlisle’s resistance, thanks to a hat-trick from Chris Wood, to see them into the League Cup third round…

Nigel Pearson made six changes to the side that beat Birmingham for this long midweek trip with Logan replacing Schmeichel in goal, debuts for Miquel and Bakayogo, the captain’s armband going to Dyer, a start for Knockaert and the return of Danns.

But it was the home side who started strongly. Potts sent a long range effort narrowly over before the Cumbrians took a 15 minute lead.
After Danns lost possession in midfield, Berrett set up Amoo for a fine finish past Logan.
City gradually exerted a greater influence on proceedings and equalised in the 38th minute.  Drinkwater sent Wood in down the right, and he turned Thirlwell before firing past keeper Gillespie.
Just before the break Wood should have put City ahead but blazed a great chance over so it was all square at half time.

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That didn’t last long, however, with Dyer outpacing the Carlisle defence to put City ahead just two minutes into the second half.
Four minutes later another burst of Dyer acceleration set Knockaert up to make it 3-1.
City were enjoying themselves now and extended the lead further on the hour. When Vardy was brought down in the area by Potts, Wood stepped up to convert the spot kick and make it 4-1.
Four minutes later, Waghorn, on for Vardy, set up Wood for his hat-trick goal which he gleefully fired across Gillespie.
Berrett got a late consolation for Carlisle  cutting in from the left  and curling a fine shot beyond Logan, but it was a fine win for City and a just reward for the fans who travelled so far on a Tuesday night.

Carlisle: Gillespie, Butterfield Livesey, Thirlwell, Black, Amoo (Symington 74), Berrett, Potts, Noble (Guy 56), Robson, Miller (Beck 80). Unused Subs: Gillies, Edwards, Todd, Fleming.
Leicester: Logan, Moore, Whitbread, Miquel, Bakayogo (Schlupp 84), Knockaert, Drinkwater, Danns, Dyer, Vardy (Waghorn 62), Wood (Hopper 66). Unused Subs: De Laet, King, Gallagher, Smith.

Referee: Graham Salisbury. Attendance: 3,308.

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Leicester and Leeds in Stalemate…

Leicester City 0:0 Leeds United

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Leicester and Leeds played out a 0:0 draw with few highlights at the KPS on Sunday evening…

Nigel Pearson made four changes to his side with Whitbread, Konchesky, Drinkwater and Vardy replacing of St Ledger, Wood, Danns and Dyer.
In a lively opening City’s best chance fell to Vardy who was sent through by Nugent, but Pearce blatantly obstructed him, pucking up a yellow card. Nugent then sent his header over from James’ free-kick.
Virtually nothing of note happened for the rest of the half with the only entertainment provided by Leeds’ large and lively travelling support.

Very little happened after the break either.
Dyer and Knockaert came on for De Laet and James… but still City only came up with a half chance when Drinkwater sent a shot on the turn well over.
Vardy then sent an effort over the bar, before being replaced by Wood. The New Zealander came very close to earning City all three points when a strong run took him past two defenders before he launched a shot against the right hand upright with Kenny beaten.
The visitors also had a late chance to wrap it up but Schmeichel reacted well to save a Smith header.

It was a 90 minutes of perspiration but no inspiration… hopefully enough to dissuade Sky from moving any more of our games for a while.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Dyer 57), Konchesky, Drinkwater, Morgan, Whitbread, James (Knockaert 62), Vardy (Wood 75), King, Moore, Nugent. Subs Not Used: Waghorn, Schlupp, Danns, Logan.
Leeds:Kenny, Peltier, Lees, Pearce, Murphy, Green (Tonge 90), Austin, Hunt (Poleon 65), Varney (Smith 77), Warnock, McCormack. Subs Not Used: Drury, Ashdown, White, Brown

Referee:Keith Stroud. Attendance:22,725.

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Leicester Head Back up the Table

Leicester City 3:0 Blackburn Rovers

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Three headed goals and a wonder save from Kasper Schmeichel restored City to winning ways at the KPS on Tuesday night…

Nigel Pearson made one change from the Blackpool game with Nugent’s neck injury ruling him out in favour of Knockaert; while the home crowd got a first look at Kane.
City got off to their usual decent start, with Kane’s low shot being tipped round the right hand post by Kean, Then King went very close with a header, before Knockaert had a fierce shot saved by Kean and Drinkwater fired a long-ranger inches over.
For all City’s dominance they were lucky not to go behind in the 25th minute when a Pedersen shot was deflected only for Schmeichel to produce a world class save to deny Rovers.
Soon after this a Marshall corner was nodded on by Keane to Wood. His athletic effort was blocked to Keane who missed the target.
However, any thoughts that it might be ‘one of those nights’ were dismissed on the half hour when Wood headed home from a Marshall cross for his ninth City goal, preserving his goal a game ratio.
Three minutes before the break City doubled their lead when Kane battled his way through the defence to get a close range header to a Marshall corner, and it already felt like the game was won with  DJ Campbell & Co getting no change from Wes Morgan and his defence.

The second half turned into something of a procession. Appleton shuffled his pack to little effect bringing on three subs, and City were restricted to fewer chances, Marshall and Kane sending in off target efforts.
The 75th minute introduction of Dyer for Knockaert pepped things up a bit but when his speed took him clear of the defence he fired his shot straight at the advancing Kean.
City finally added to their goals tally in injury time when a Waghorn corner from the right was nodded home by King to wrap up a decent display and very welcome three points.

Nigel Pearson was happy: “We defended well as a team, moved the ball really well, scored three headed goals and did our goal difference the world of good.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Keane, Morgan, Konchesky, Marshall, Drinkwater, King, Knockaert (Dyer 75), Kane (Vardy 83), Wood (Waghorn 87). Subs Not Used: Logan, Whitbread, Gallagher, Wellens.  
Blackburn: Kean, Orr, Dann, Rekik (Henley 46), Hanley, Lowe, Pedersen (Olsson 46), Murphy, Bentley, Campbell, Rhodes (Nuno Gomes 72). Subs Not Used: Sandomierski, Givet, Morris, Goodwillie

Referee: Geoff Eltringham. Attendance: 19,561. 

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Below strength Leicester scrape into fifth round draw

Huddersfield Town 1:1 Leicester City

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Substitute Chris Wood’s late equaliser kept City in the FA Cup despite a below par performance against Huddersfield on Saturday…

City fans had high hopes of a win at the John Smith’s Stadium, with this season’s league game aggregate score being 8-1, and travelled in the usual big numbers for the FA Cup. But there is a disparity in City fans’ traditional love of the competition and where it currently stands as a priority for the club.  Nigel Pearson made five changes to his side with Wellens, King, Waghorn, Vardy and Dyer in for Knockaert, James, Drinkwater, Nugent and Wood and an unfamiliar line-up led to a disjointed first half performance.
Manager-less Huddersfield who parted company with Simon Grayson on Thursday, looked determined not to lose to City a third time and had the best of a terribly scrappy first half.
Clarke should have put the Terriers ahead but sent his header over the bar from a Norwood corner with the goal at his mercy; while City only had a single chance in the whole half when Waghorn turned his marker and fired an effort narrowly wide.
The second half brought a slight improvement, especially when Pearson introduced Nugent and Wood with half an hour remaining. Roared on by 4,000 visiting fans City had their best spell of the game and Wood forced the previously unemployed Smithies into a save.
But Town responded and after Novak had headed one effort at Schmeichel, they took a 74th minute lead. Hunt charged into the area and for the second game running we saw a typical forward’s challenge, Dyer being tempted into a challenge that sent Hunt sprawling. Novak calmly sent Schmeichel the wrong way from the spot and things were not looking good for City.
Vaughan saw his header cleared off the line by Drinkwater as City clung on by a thread, but a minute later they had earned a replay.
Marshall fed Da Laet out on the right and his low cross was left by Dyer, falling nicely for Wood to side-foot home from 12 yards.
City lived to fight another day, though another game on the fixture list won’t be particularly welcome to a club with an eye on the main prize.

 Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Clarke, Gerrard, Woods, Clayton, Norwood, Sinnott (Scannell 66), Arfield, Novak (Lee 81), Vaughan. Subs Not Used: Bennett, Wallace, Holmes, Dixon, Crooks.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Keane, Konchesky, Marshall, King, Wellens (Drinkwater 69), Dyer, Waghorn (Wood 60), Vardy (Nugent 60). Subs Not Used: Logan, Gallagher, Moore, Futacs.

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire). Attendance: 11,945. 

 

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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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