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Leicester pay tribute to Vichai with a victory against Burnley

Leicester City 2:1 Burnley

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City came back from a goal down to beat Burnley at the KPS on Saturday, with a little help from VAR…

It was an emotional day with the club marking the first anniversary of Khun Vichai’s passing, and thousands gathered in Magazine Square for the walk to the ground.
Before the game there was a white scarf on every seat and they were held aloft during an impeccably observed minute’s silence.

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Brendan Rodgers made one change to his side, with Pérez in for Praet, the Belgian having taken some time off due to a family bereavement.
City got off to a lively start, attacking the Kop end, and Hendrick was booked by Jon Moss in only the second minute as he cynically tripped Tielemans to prevent a break upfield.
But the game then settled into a pattern of City possession and Burnley defending in numbers.
For all City’s possession it was the visitors who went close in the 17th minute when a Westwood shot almost deflected to Wood but Schmeichel gathered safely.
A minute later City also went close, but Söyüncü directed his header a couple of yards wide from a corner.

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A great move set up City for another chance in the 21st minute, Tielemans sending Ricardo down the right, whose cutback found Barnes. The youngster scuffed his effort, but the rebound fell for Maddsion, whose shot was guided round the post by Mee.
But it was the Clarets who took a 26th minute lead. A superb cross from McNeil on the right was met by the head of Wood, and Schmeichel couldn’t get enough of a touch to keep it out.
City were now faced with a Burnley side doggedly defending a lead. Tielemans forced a good save from Pope with a 20-yard effort and then Vardy broke clear down the left but fired his shot into the side-netting.
The breakthrough came in the last minute of the first half: Barnes made good progress down the left and delivered a fine cross onto Vardy’s head and he thumped it home from six yards. He then cupped his ear to the Burnley fans who had been giving him some stick about his wife’s Instagram spat.

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City’s dominance of possession continued in the second half and they were camped on the edge of the area, but they were restricted to shooting from range by an organised Clarets’ back line. Maddison and Tielemans both sent efforts off target.
The 60th minute saw a rousing tribute to Vichai, with scarves held aloft again. Maddision had the chance to mark this with a goal, but sent his free kick into the wall.
In the 65th minute Pérez had a gilt-edged chance to get off the mark, but lifted his shot over the bar from a Ricardo cut-back. Two minutes later he was replaced by Gray.
And the substitute was involved as City took a 74th minute lead.
Gray crossed from the right, Barnes leapt over the ball leaving it for Tielemans who rifled it into the roof of the net.

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After Wood had screwed a decent chance wide, Rodgers tightened things up at the back, replacing Barnes with Morgan.
With ten minutes remaining Burnley thought they had an equaliser before VAR came to City’s rescue. Wood got a touch to a cross from the right, and though Schmeichel blocked it, the ball bounced back off Wood and into the net. VAR brought an end to the Burnley celebrations, and replays showed that Wood had accidentally clipped the heels of Evans as he attempted to clear the ball off the line. It was harsh on Burnley, with Evans unlikely to clear, but he was definitely tripped.
It was now Burnley who were doing the attacking, with Pope coming up for a corner, but City managed to keep them out and seal a victory that saw them move temporarily up to second place.

Brendan Rodgers summed up an emotional afternoon:  “We were keen to make it a celebration. The supporters were incredible. We needed to tap into that emotion, we didn’t in the first half but we were much more aggressive after half-time. Today they made Vichai proud in fighting for the result.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Söyüncü, Chilwell, Ndidi, Pérez (Gray 67), Tielemans, Maddison (Praet 73), Barnes (Morgan 79), Vardy.
Substitutes: Justin, Albrighton, Ward, Choudhury.
Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters, McNeil, Westwood, Hendrick,
Brady (Lennon 65), Wood, Rodriguez (Vydra 83).
Substitutes: Taylor, Gibson, Hart, Bardsley, Long.

Referee: Jonathan Moss. Attendance: 32,105.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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