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City Triumph in M69 Derby

Leicester City 2:0 Coventry City

Leicester managed back to back league victories for the first time this season with a comfortable 2-0 win over neighbours Coventry at the King Power Stadium on Saturday…

An unchanged City line-up dominated a poor Coventry side right from the start of the game and should have taken a 7th minute lead. Dyer slotted a ball between to defenders for Wellens to run on to but he was crudely tripped by Cranie for a blatant penalty. With regular spot-kick taker Gallagher not on the field Danns stepped up but his weak effort was saved just inside the right hand post by Murphy.
City soon made amends however, taking an 11th minute lead after more good work by Dyer. Double-marked out on the left, the winger showed a burst of pace to outstrip the Sky Blues defence. His cross was neatly gathered by Beckford whose shot on the turn was blocked by Murphy but only as far as Nugent who prodded home his 12th goal of the season, picking up a heavy knock which required a long spell of treatment in the process. 
With Coventry looking shaky at the back good chances to extend City’s lead were missed by St Ledger and Marshall.
The Sky Blues had their best spell of the game after the break, but Morgan marshalled his defence well and City were never really stretched.
It was City who got the decisive goal on the hour when a slick passing move involving Wellens and Nugent set Beckford up for a simple tap in at the near post. 
Coventry hopes were briefly revived when they were awarded a ridiculous penalty after Morgan had completed a back pass to Schmeichel before Nimely ran into to him, but justice was served when the City keeper pulled off a fantastic save to deny Clingan.
City ended the game with ten men when Konchesky’s waist high challenge on Nimely saw him receive a straight red, but there was never any doubt as to the destination of the three points.
City’s slim hopes of a play-off place remain alive, while Coventry are looking down the barrel of the third division.
Nigel Pearson was retaining his belief:  “Although we are eight points off the play-offs, the players are very confident, so there is still a chance. There’s a long way to go yet, but the margin of error is getting tighter. If we show the same application we have in the last month or two, there is still a chance we can achieve something this season.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Morgan, St Ledger, Konchesky, Marshall (Drinkwater 72), Danns, Wellens, Dyer, Beckford (Howard 80), Nugent (Schlupp 74). Unused Subs: Bamba, Kennedy.
Coventry: Murphy, Christie, Keogh, Cranie, Clarke,Bell (Baker 68),Norwood, Deegan (Clingan 71), McSheffrey (McDonald 79), Platt, Nimely. Unused Subs: Dunn, Cameron.
Referee: L Probert (Wiltshire). Attendance: 25,487.

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What you are saying about: GOT, NOT GOT…

What people are saying about ‘GOT, NOT GOT – The A to Z of Lost Football Culture, Treasures & Pleasures…

* Well, what can I say – your book is a FINE piece of work! Honestly, I think its brilliant and I have seldom put it down since I picked it up…

* The best book about football written in the last 20 years.

* I found myself engrossed again in the trivia that so preoccupied my life between the age of 5 and 15 and laughing until my ribs hurt.

* Wonderful book, great illustrations and is a throw back to days when football was more important than anything else, Superbly written and put together.

* If there’s anyone in your life who attended football when it was still good (60s- 80s) buy them this book and they’ll love you forever.

* I don’t even follow football anymore but I love this book. It’s packed with memories of the game when it was a simpler more enjoyable (to me anyway) sport.

* Superb stuff. Anyone who grew up in the seventies with even a passing interest in football, let alone City, will love this book.

* I utterly and completely love it… so much stuff in there that I’d pretty much forgotten about, but which is a joy to rediscover.

Featuring: Aberdeen, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool, Bolton Wanderers, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Brighton & Hove Albion, Burnley, Cardiff City, Carlisle United, Celtic, Charlton Athletic, Chelsea, Coventry City, Crystal Palace, Derby County, England, Everton, Fulham, Hearts, Hibs, Hull City, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Leicester City, Liverpool, Luton Town, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Millwall, Newcastle United, Northern Ireland, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, Notts County, Plymouth Argyle, Portsmouth, QPR, Rangers, Reading, Scotland, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Southampton, Stoke City, Sunderland, Swansea City, Swindon Town, Tottenham Hotspur, Wales, Watford, West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United, Wigan Athletic, Wimbledon & Wolves…

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City Off to a Winning Start

Coventry City 0:1 Leicester City

City got 2011-12 off to a perfect start with a 1:0 win at neighbours Coventry, despite losing Darius Vassell to a red card early on…

A huge following of over 6,000 City fans saw seven players make their league debuts in royal blue shirts, with Matt Mills wearing the captain’s armband.
Though Sven Goran Eriksson’s game plan was soon interrupted when Vassell was sent off following a fiercely contested 50:50 challenge with Keogh. Referee Darren Deadman’s red card looked a little harsh.
City, however, absorbed this setback and matched their eleven man opponents in the first half.  There was a lot of passing and few chances though Nugent set up Danns who went close, while Schmeichel did well to tip over a long range shot from Bell that was heading for the top right hand corner.
A couple of minutes after the Sky Blues best chance Deadman was given a chance to even the sides and he took it as Baker clattered into the back of Wellens. Again it looked like a yellow card, but he had now set a precedent and the red was wielded again.
City almost took the lead just before the break when Nugent’s header hit the foot of the right hand post and rolled along the goaline into the grateful arms of Murphy.
It didn’t take City long to get off the mark after the break. Newest signing Fernandez was running the game in midfield with impeccable control and passing and during a good spell City took a 52nd minute lead.
A free-kick from Wellens out on the right was met at the near post by Peltier who glanced a header across Murphy and in at the far post.
This sparked big celebrations among Sven’s side and in the away end. Sadly the goal hero injured himself soon after and was replaced by King.
City looked fairly comfortable for the remainder of the game with Coventry unable to mount any meaningful period of pressure.
Nugent got a big round of applause for his lonely efforts up front after Vassell was dismissed, replaced with Gallagher.

Fernandez and King both failed to capitalise on their own good work with weak shots, while Schmeichel made a good save from Clingan, but City were never stretched and the final whistle heralded a great start to the season and the first win at Coventry since 2003.

Sven Goran Eriksson summed up: “I’m very happy with how the team defended from the centre forward down to the goalkeeper. I think it was a very good team effort. It’s a very good start for us but we have to suffer like this and work like this 45 more times this season.”

Coventry: Murphy, Keogh, Cranie, Hussey , Christie (Wood 78), Bell, Clingan, Baker, Bigirimana, Jutkiewicz, McSheffrey (O’Donovan 79). Subs Not Used: Dunn, Thomas, McPake.  
Leicester: Schmeichel, Konchesky, Mills, Bamba, Peltier (King 60), Danns, Abe, Wellens, Fernandes, Nugent (Gallagher 78), Vassell. Subs Not Used: Weale, Dyer, St. Ledger.

Referee: D Deadman (Cheshunt). Attendance: 21,102.

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Foxes Frustrated in M69 Derby

Leicester City 1:1 Coventry City

City and Coventry shared the points with a 1-1 draw at Filbert Way on Saturday, with Leicester unable to convert possession into goals…

Sven Goran Eriksson reshuffled the side that lost at Cardiff, with Vassell taking Dyer’s place, Abe returning to the midfield, and Burma taking Mee’s place in defence.
City were camped out in Coventry’s half for the opening spell of the game and Yakubu missed two chances to put City ahead during this one-sided start to the game. 
But it was the Sky Blues who hit City on the break to take a 14th minute lead. Jutkiewicz beat Van Aanholt down the right and his cut back found King, who fired the ball through Ricardo’s legs from 10 yards.
Yakubu was then denied by a last ditch Wood challenge as looked set to equalise, but King almost made it 2-0 moments later. A long ball undid the City defence far too easily and King did the hard part bringing the ball down and rounding Ricardo before blazing his shot wide.
Gallagher then sent a shot over on a day when City just couldn’t seem to hit the target, and there was another scare when former City winger Bell then delivered a cross and Keogh sent a looping header onto the crossbar over a pedestrian looking Ricardo.
Abe then went close after a storming run through the middle but sent his shot just wide of the right hand upright. 
City fans finally had something to cheer about as the first half entered time-added-on.
Naughton made steady progress down the right before arrowing a magnificent drive into the top left hand corner from just inside the area. 
City’s dominance continued in the second half and the yellow cards began to mount up for the visitors who were becoming stretched by Naughton’s pace.
City’s best chance of the second half came when Gallagher swung in a cross from the right, Yakubu’s header was parried away by Westwood, and Bamba hit the inside of the left hand post with the goal at his mercy.
Sven brough Dyer on for Gallagher and Waghorn on for Vassell, but still City couldn’t find a way through.
The best chance in the closing stages saw Waghorn teeing up Van Aanholt, but his hurried shot sailed over the bar and into the Family Stand.
Cranie’s dismissal for a second rash challenge came too late to make a difference and when Dyer skied a low Van Aanholt cross over from 6 yards it was clear that this wasn’t our day.
City had to be content with a point when things never quite clicked together.
No one does understated disappointment quite like Sven: “We are disappointed we don’t win games like this. It was a bit like last Tuesday, we played rather good football and created chances. But in these last two games we conceded goals a little too easily for my taste, unfortunately.”

Leicester: Ricardo, Bamba, Naughton, Van Aanholt, Bruma, King, Abe (Oakley 85), Wellens, Yakubu, Gallagher (Dyer 69), Vassell (Waghorn 75).  Subs Not Used: Vitor, Weale, Moreno, Mee.
Coventry: Westwood, Keogh, Cranie, Wood, O’Halloran  (Clingan 64), Cameron, Bell, Baker (Eastwood 71), Gunnarsson , King, Jutkiewicz. Subs Not Used: Hussey, McSheffrey, Ruffles, Ireland, O’Donovan.

Referee: G Scott (Oxfordshire). Attendance: 25,356.

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City Make a Point at the Ricoh

Coventry City 1:1 Leicester City

The final scoreline did not tell the whole story at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday with Leicester dominating the M69 Derby from start to finish…

Paulo Sousa made six changes to his side with Ikeme, Morrison, Neilson, King, Fryatt and Waghorn all in the starting line-up.
It was a well balanced team who employed a slick passing game against a poor Coventry side, but they couldn’t find a finishing touch and were perahps a bit over-elaborate at times.
The lively Dyer went close with a shot that Westwood fingertipped out for a corner, and then beat his man down the right but angled his shot behind the goal when King was pleading for the ball.
Dyer then sent Fryatt through and he rounded Westwood only to sky his angled shot over the bar.
Dyer then crossed for King, but his header from a great position went straight at the Sky Blues keeper.
Coventry then gave City a lesson in finishing , scoring from their only decent chance of the game five minutes before the break. Wellens was robbed in midfield and the home side came forward on the break… McIndoe, just on for McSheffrey, delivering a hanging cross from the left and Platt powered a header home from 12 yards.
City should have had the chance for an equaliser just before half time when Clarke clearly handled the ball in the goalmouth, denying Dyer a chance, but neither referee or linesman saw it.
City continued to press forward in the second half and enjoyed an even greater share of the possession.
Waghorn met an Oakley cross with a well directed header that beat Westwood but hit the right hand post.
Then the Coventry keeper went to ground sharply to save a well struck 30-yarder from Dyer. 
Gallagher came on for Waghorn in the 74th minute and City eventually got the goal they deserved two minutes later.  Gallagher’s chip forward found Dyer in the area and as he battled for possession with the Sky Blues’ defence King ghosted in to nip the ball away and flick it over Westwood and into the net.
Howard and N’Guessan came on for the last ten minutes and N’Guessan appeared to have broken through on goal, but checked back and wasted a good chance.
City won only their second point of the season, but the 4,000 visiting fans applauded them off, having seen signs of better things to come.

Coventry: Westwood, Keogh, Wood, Turner, Clarke, Carsley, Clingan, Platt, Jutkiewicz (Doyle 77), McSheffrey (McIndoe 36), Ward (Gunnarsson 67). Subs Not Used: O’Donovan, Ireland, Cameron, Bottomer.
Leicester: Ikeme, Berner, Hobbs, Neilson, Morrison, King, Dyer (N’Guessan 81), Oakley, Wellens, Fryatt (Howard 81), Waghorn (Gallagher 74). Subs Not Used: Kennedy, Logan, Moreno, Moussa.

Referee: A Taylor (Manchester). Attendance: 20,060.

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A Tale of Four Cities

Leicester City 2:2 Coventry City

The M69 Derby ended all square at Filbert Way on Sunday, with Leicester and Coventry both claiming one half, one point and a dodgy goal apiece.

Nigel Pearson was forced into a change just before kick-off when Berner injured himself in the pre-match warm up, McGivern stepping up from the bench.
It didn’t seem to do City any harm, with them taking a third minute lead. A killer ball from Wellens fed Dyer down the left and he beat his marker and delivered a cross. McPake miscued his clearance, sending the ball straight to King who kept his composure and found the bottom right hand corner with a measured shot.
Two minute later City almost went further ahead when Waghorn swung a free-kick goalwards but Westwood tipped it round the right hand post. 
Coventry’s first chance came in the 14th minute but Baker’s shot on the turn went stright into the grasp of Weale.
At the other end Westwood came to Coventry’s rescue again, getting down to Dyer’s low shot after the City winger had been sent through by Waghorn.
Much to the home crowd’s delight it was soon 2-0, however. 
In the 19th minute another good probing ball from Wellens found Gallagher who chipped a cross over for King to head against the underside of the bar and down over the line. Whether the whole of the ball was over was difficult to tell even from multiple slowmotion camera angles, but the linesman signalled a goal and the Walkers Stadium was celebrating again.
City were rampant now and Waghorn was two inches shy of putting the finishing touch to a Wellens cross, while a Gallagher chip was headed off the line. 
Then Waghorn outpaced the Coventry centre-halves but hurried his shot over the bar.
Although Coventry enjoyed a late spell of pressure just before the break, they didn’t create any clear chances and the half had undoubtedly belonged to Leicester.
Sadly that was not the case in the second half, which saw a complete turn around in more ways than one.
Chris Coleman, who had cut a furious figure on the sidelines, had clearly given his team an almighty bollocking – wheras City seemed unsure how best to proceed with their two goal lead, opting to try and defend it.
Eight minutes into the half the Sky Blues pulled a goal back in spectacular fashion when a loose ball 8 yards out fell nicely for McPake to acrobatically volley a shot that was too hard for Weale to fully block. 
Gunnarsson was then introduced into the game for Coventry and immediately made his mark with a ridiculous challenge on McGivern that saw lengthy treatment for the Manchester City player after a clash of heads.
City had a chance to wrap up the game when Wellens sent a low ball across the face of goal but there were no takers.    
Instead, City found themselves conceding more and more ground to the visitors who had seized midfield dominance.
Kermorgant came on for Gallagher, but Coventry upped the pressure. Morrsion saw a shot from close in blocked by Weale’s legs and Wood’s follow up was blocked on the line by Solano.
Shortly after this Solano was replaced by Brown in an attempt to strenghten the defence, but Coventry found a way through in the 86th minute. 
A shot was blocked but the ball fell in the path of Morrison who squared for Deegan to net from close in. At the time of the original shot it appeared that Sears was clearly in an offside position, but there was no linesman’s flag.
City almost found a late winner when Oakley went clear on goal, but he couldn’t beat Westwood at his near post.
The Coventy keeper also did well to block Dyer in the last action of the game and both sides had to be content with a point.
City moved up to fourth, and other results went well, so nothing was dented by that squandering of a 2-0 lead, except local pride.
Leicester: Weale, Hobbs, Morrison, McGivern, King, Dyer, Solano (Brown 83), Oakley, Wellens, Gallagher (Kermorgant 77), Waghorn (Howard 88). Subs Not Used: Logan, N’Guessan, Adams, Neilson.
Coventry: Westwood, Cranie, McPake, Wood, Wright, Bell (Gunnarsson 57), Clingan, Baker (Sears 76), Deegan, Stead (Eastwood 66), Morrison. Subs Not Used: Barnett, Hall, Konstantopoulos, Hussey.

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire). Attendance: 23,093.

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Focus On: Brian Roderick Alderson

Brian Alderson faces a Shoot! interrogation from 1976…

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Full Name: Brian Roderick Alderson.
Birthplace: Dundee.
Birthdate: 5th May 1950. Height: 5 ft 7 ins.
Previous Club: Coventry City.
Married: Yes.
Children: One due any time now.
Car: Ford Cortina 1600 Estate.
Favourite Player: Colin Todd.
Favourite Other Team: Celtic.
Most Difficult Opponent: Colin Todd.
Most Memorable Matches: Two League Cup ties for Coventry City against Manchester City in 1973-74.
I scored twice in each game but still ended up on the losing side.
Biggest Thrill: Signing for Leicester City.
Biggest Disappointment: Not being picked for Scotland’s 1974 World Cup squad.
Best Countries Visited: Singapore and Malaysia.
Favourite Food: Curried Beef, Spaghetti Bolagnaise.
Miscellaneous Likes: Taking my Old English Sheepdog, Casey, for a run.
Miscellaneous Dislikes: Anything to do with gardening.
Favourite TV Show: Anything Interesting.
Favourite Singers: Barry White, Elvis Presley.
Favourite Actors: Paul Newman and Robert Redford.
Best Friend: Nobody in Particular.
Biggest Influence on Career: My father and Gordon Milne, the Coventry manager, helped me a lot.
Biggest Drag in Soccer: Travelling.
International Honiours: Under 23s.
Personal Ambition: To win a full Scotland cap.
Professional Ambition: To do well with Leicester City.
If You Weren’t a Footballer What do you think you’d be?: No idea.
Which Person in the World would you most like to meet?: Elvis Presley.

He’s not giving too much away under pressure is he? “No one in particular…”, “Anything Interesting…”, “No idea…”

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