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Leicester into the 5th round after finally seeing off Rams

Leicester City 3:1 Derby County aet


City managed a morale boosting victory against Derby in this FA Cup 4th round replay at the KPS on Wednesday night, although the Championship side took the tie to extra time…

Claudio Ranieri made ten changes to his side, and Steve McClaren eight, showing that neither club considered the FA Cup a priority, but they eventually served up a highly entertaining game.
The first half did little to warm an admirably large crowd on a freezing night.
In the early exchanges, Gray crossed for Amartey to nod over the bar, and Anya skinned Wasilewski down the left but his cross was too high for Blackman.
Johnson then put Zieler under pressure from a high ball, but it bounced off the Derby man for a goal kick.
The game settled into a stalemate for a while, with City looking to hit the Rams on the break and Gray sent Musa into the area where he was bundled over by Shackell. There were loud appeals, but it didn’t quite look like a penalty.
City began to get the upper hand towards the break as an unfamiliar line-up got better acquainted. Gray was having a fine game and his low cross from the right following a great run, should have seen Musa sidefoot City ahead from close range, but he was slow to react.
There were more loud calls for a penalty five minutes before the break, when Chelwell was shoved in the back by Keogh, but referee Mike Jones waved play on again.
Derby had the final word in the first half with Butterfield forcing a save from Zieler, but De Sart wasted a good chance from the resulting corner, sending a mis-hit shot spinnng into the Kop Stand.

The deadlock was broken a minute after the break. Gray delivered a superb cross from the left, Albrighton nodded it back from just beyond the far post, and King headed home from point blank range. It was the lift that City needed and was greeted with a huge roar.
Derby were then awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area after a ball-winning challenge on Blackman by the impressive Benalouane, but Camara’s free kick was punched away by Zieler.
Five minutes later the visitors were awarded another free kick in a similar position when Albrighton was judged to have waved his foot too close to Butterfield’s head.
This time Camara’s shot looked to be covered by Zieler, but a big deflection off Chilwell in the wall left the German keeper stranded and the Rams were back in the game, to the delight of their large following.
Both sides were keen to avoid extra time and the action was end to end for a while.
Ranieri brought Mahrez on for Kapustka, who’d had a decent debut, while Nugent was given a good reception by the home crowd when he replaced Blackman.
With six minutes remaining, the ref got another big decision wrong. Musa raced after a ball down the right and Mitchell came out to meet him. Musa got to the ball first but his touch was clearly handled by the Rams keeper outside the area. It should have been a red card, but instead it was Musa who was shown yellow for his outraged reaction.
City were attacking in waves now, and there was another scare for Derby with a minute to go when Musa’s cross from the left was chested against the right hand post by Lowe as he attempted to shepherd the ball out for a corner.

Derby survived City’s late attacking spell, but fell behind four minutes into extra time in spectacular fashion. Mahrez threaded a fine ball through to substitute Ndidi, who strode down the middle before unleashing a 25 yard rocket in off the right hand post for his first goal for the club.
The other 90th minute sub didn’t fare so well soon afterwards, when Gray’s low cross saw Slimani unbalanced and unable to take the tap in that had been presented to him.
Derby were still battling and Russell headed narrowly wide from a Christie cross, but City were controlling the play and seeing plenty of the ball. King forced a good save from Mitchell who tipped his top corner effort round the post.
With 114 minutes on the clock, City finally settled this epic cup tie with a superb goal. Gray cut in from the left flank into the area, and wriggled past Keogh and Vydra before despatching the ball across Mitchell into the top right hand corner.
There was no way back for Derby, and City had a date with Millwall in the fifth round after a night that had lifted the mood around the club.

Claudio Ranieri’s gamble had paid off: “Derby played good football and we won. This is what we needed and I wanted. We want to do well in all competitions. We want to go forward in the FA Cup. The Premier League is not so good but we have to stay in the Premier League. This fresh air is good for the players.”

Leicester: Zieler, Amartey, Wasilewski, Benalouane, Chilwell, Mendy (Ndidi 90), King, Albrighton, Kapustka (Mahrez 81), Gray, Musa (Slimani 90). Subs Not Used: Drinkwater, Hamer, Okazaki, Fuchs.
Derby: Mitchell, Christie, Keogh, Shackell, Lowe, de Sart, Butterfield, Johnson (Vydra 53), Camara (Russell 74), Blackman (Nugent 82), Anya. Subs Not Used: Carson, Ince, Baird, Pearce.

Referee: M Jones. Attendance: 31, 648.

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Late Morgan goal keeps Leicester in the Cup

Derby County 2:2 Leicester City


A late equaliser from Wes Morgan forced a 4th round replay for City in a entertaining 2-2 draw at Pride Park on Friday night…

Claudio Ranieri made three changes for this East Midlands derby with Ndidi, Mendy and Gray making way for Chilwell, King and Albrighton.
After a lively opening at a cold and rainswept Pride Park, City were gifted an 8th minute lead. Huth met an Albrighton corner with his head, the ball deflected off Baird to Bent guarding the goal line. It looked like a straightforward clearance, but Bent took a wild swipe at the ball and sliced it into his own net. The City players celebrated amongst themselves as Bent stood and scratched his head.


But the Championship side responded well to this setback and Bent made amends at the other end in the 21st minute, rising above Chilwell to meet a Hughes cross with a glancing header that left Schmeichel grasping thin air.
City almost regained the lead instantly when Okazaki charged forward and struck a fierce shot from just outside the area that Carson did well to tip over.
Although Vardy also had a shot deflected wide, the Rams were the better side up to half time and delighted the home support, taking a 40th minute lead.
A header out of defence from Simpson fell for Bryson who easily carved his way through the City defence before slotting a low shot across Schmeichel and into the bottom right hand corner.

Claudio Ranieri introduced Gray for Fuchs in the second half and a more positive line-up saw the Champions dictating the play.
An Albrighton chip from the right was headed goalwards by Okazaki, but a deflection off Keogh’s arm took it wide of the post.
Moments later another Albrighton cross from the right was punched out by Carson to Gray, but his shot from 7 yards went straight into the body of the Rams keeper.


Okazki then went on a run down the right, finding Vardy on the edge of the area who in turn teed up Gray for a low shot that thumped against the right hand post. The rebound fell for Okazaki whose shot was blocked by Johnson, returning to the Japan international, but his second shot went straight at Carson.
A rare chance came for Derby on the hour when Baird launched a ball to the far post, but but Russell’s header found the side-netting from a tight angle.
Mahrez, on for Okazaki, then caught out the Derby defence with a quick throw to Drinkwater, who crossed for Vardy to connect well with a header, but the orange shirt of Carson was attracting the ball like a magnet and he didn’t have to move to save it.
Musa, on for Albrighton fired a shot wide and it looked as though time was running out for City, who were struggling to find a way past the Rams who had everyone behind the ball.
But they rescued the tie with four minutes remaining.
Gray’s well-delivered corner from the left saw Morgan outwit his marker to direct a header past Carson from six yards out.


5,400 City fans were still celebrating that goal when there was a late scare at the other end. Camara jinked his way into the area and his attempted pass hit Huth on the thigh, the ball jumping up to hit his hand. Thankfully Mark Clattenburg waved play on, and both sides had to be content with a replay.


Ranieri didn’t mind this extra burden on the fixture list: “It’s important for our confidence. I am very happy with our attitude and our character. When we show this character anything can happen.”

Derby: Carson, Bryson (Camara 87), Keogh, Russell (Vydra 84), Ince, Bent, Baird, Johnson, Pearce, Hughes (Butterfield 63), Olsson. Subs Not Used: Christie, Shackell, De Sart, Mitchell.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs (Gray 46), Albrighton (Musa 74), Drinkwater, King, Chilwell, Okazaki (Mahrez 64), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Zieler, Benalouane, Mendy, Ndidi 
Referee: M Clattenburg. Attendance: 25,079.


PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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Silence of the Rams – 20th Anniversary of Leicester reaching the Premier League

Believe it or not, two decades have passed since Leicester City beat Derby County in the Play-Off Final at Wembley, reaching the Premier League for the first time…



“I think we were just physically stronger than them. They had some very good players: Kitson, Simpson, Tommy Johnson – I still see a lot of Tommy – and they had a great team. But they couldn’t deal with our physicality… lads like Jimmy Willis and Gary Coatsworth. Coatsworth looked like a mass murderer, he’d kick himself, never mind anyone else! I think the ball went out to Simpson very early on and Coats just absolutely buried him. They knew what was coming. And big Walshy went up there and caused havoc. On paper they had technically better players, but we were going out there desperate not to lose three in a row. There was also the pride involved with a Leicester v Derby game.
The first one, the Blackburn one, was a bit of a day out and an occasion. I’d never been there, Leicester hadn’t been there for years and it was all a bit ‘Hello Mum!’
Second time I was absolutely gutted.
The third time I really, really didn’t want to feel like that again, so you think to yourself, ‘Come on….’
It was most of the same lads in the side and we were really up for having another bash at it.”
Mike Whitlow

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Leicester dismiss Rams in fine style

Leicester City 4:1 Derby County

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City went seven points clear at the top of the Championship after a fantastic performance earned them a 4-1 win over Derby at the KPS on Friday night…

Nigel Pearson brought Dyer, Nugent, Morgan, Drinkwater and Moore back into the starting XI for this mouth-watering local derby between the league’s two form sides.
It was City who had the best chance of a frantically paced opening, when a break upfield saw Nugent setting up Dyer for a shot which Grant did well to block.  James was well placed to meet the rebound but snatched his shot wide.
City looked to be in fine form as one assault on the Rams goal followed another. James sent a 20 yarder just over the bar; before Nugent evaded to close marking to fire in a clever shot on the turn, but Grant was equal to it.

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The lead was already overdue when it came in the 25th minute. A fantastically determined run from De Laet opened up the Derby defence and he exchanged a one-two with Nugent before beating Grant with a precise drive.
City continued to pile forward and the busy Grant saved from Dyer and Nugent, before Vardy hit the angle of post and bar.
City were denied by the woodwork again soon afterwards when Moore got in on the act, beating Grant with a header from a James corner, but not the goalframe.

Somehow, City were unable to add to the scoreline before the break, and the home crowd were left hoping that we wouldn’t pay for all those missed chances.

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They needn’t have worried, as City doubled their lead three minutes into the second half. Vardy’s hard work robbed Keane of possession in the area and the loose ball fell for Nugent to fire past Grant from ten yards out.
After the first quieter spell of the game Derby hit back just before the hour mark when Buxton headed home a Hughes corner.
The visiting fans only had a minute to celebrate before City restored their two goal lead. Forsyth brought Vardy down right on the edge of the area and the ref pointed to the spot. Nugent fired it high to the keeper’s left to underline City’s superiority.
Four minutes later City delighted their fans with a fourth, with Vardy racing onto a Nugent ball and slotting it under Grant for a stylish finish.
The game was over and City were enjoying themselves with some party pieces from Knockaert, but they couldn’t find a fifth. Substitute Wood, coming back from injury, came closest but mis-cued his shot. 

It was the best performance of the season to date from City, and suggested that a 7 point lead at the top of the Championship was no accident.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky (Schlupp 71), Drinkwater, Morgan, James, Vardy (Wood 79), Dyer, Moore, Knockaert, Nugent (Taylor-Fletcher 83). Subs Not Used: Hammond, King, Logan, Wasilewski.
Derby: Grant, Forsyth, Bryson, Hendrick, Martin (Sammon 75), Ward (Bennett 55), Hughes, Buxton (c), Dawkins (Bamford 55), Wisdom, Keane. Subs Not Used: Eustace, Freeman, Legzdins, Bailey.  

Referee: D Coote. Attendance: 23,140.

All photos: Simon Kimber

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Knockaert inspires Leicester fightback against Rams

Leicester City 2:1 Derby County

Photo: Shellie Marlowe

Photo: Shellie Marlowe

City made into the fourth round of the League Cup with a win over neighbours Derby at the KPS on Tuesday night, two late goals from Knockaert and Drinkwater turning the game on its head…

Nigel Pearson made eight changes to his side with: Hammond, Hopper, Bakayogo, Taylor-Fletcher, Miquel and Wasilewski all in the starting line-up for the first time.
A bright start saw early chances for Schlupp and Hopper and then Coutts got a shot on target.
Buxton was then denied by a Bakayogo goal-line clearance, before the game settled down into something of a stalemate.
Drinkwater went close with a shot on the turn, but it was the Rams who went into at the break a goal ahead after Russell squared from the right for Martin to beat Schmeichel in the 42nd minute.

Dyer and Nugent replaced Bakayogo and Hopper for the second half with City changing from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2.
Taylor-Fletcher then sent Nugent through for a chance well saved by Grant before making way for Knockaert just after the hour.
Soon after this Russell missed the target, and a chance to kill the game off, when well placed.
Instead, it was City who found the net with 12 minutes remaining.  A well-struck Knockaert free-kick from 30 yards struck the bar, bounced down and into the net to the delight of the Frenchman and home crowd.
For the second game running City struck again soon after.
Drinkwater got a touch to a James free-kick launched into the box and it found the net, sparking more manic celebrations.
This double blow knocked the stuffing out of Derby and City managed to hold on to their lead without any late dramas, going into Wednesday night’s fourth round draw.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Drinkwater, Hammond, James, Schlupp, Moore, Hopper (Nugent 46), Bakayogo (Dyer 46), Taylor-Fletcher (Knockaert 63), Miquel, Wasilewski. Subs Not Used: De Laet, Konchesky, Whitbread, Logan.
Derby: Grant, Forsyth, Bryson, Keogh, Coutts (Davies 28), Martin, Russell, Freeman, Sammon, Hughes (Jacobs 90), Buxton. Subs Not Used: Smith, Ward, Deeney, Eustace, Bennett.

Referee: Dean Whitestone. Attendance: 14,043.

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Leicester Make History at Pride Park

Derby County 0:1 Leicester City

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City just edged a tight game at Pride Park, with the winning margin being a Lee Grant own goal ten minutes before the break…

Nigel Pearson made two changes with Wood and Schlupp coming into a 4-3-3 formation, replacing Whitbread and Konchesky.

The Rams pushed forward early on but City had the best chance when a Wood shot deflected off Nugent but was saved by Grant.
In the 20th minute a lucky ricochet from a midfield challenge sent Vardy in on goal but Grant was smartly out to block his effort.
With chances few and far between Schmeichel then got down well to deny Forsyth at the near post.
City then enjoyed a slice of luck taking a 35th minute lead.  From a James corner Moore nodded the ball back across goal. Vardy’s speculative back heel  was cleared off the line by Coutts, but only as far as his goalkeeper’s back for a bizarre own goal.
Soon after Wood headed narrowly over as City threatened to extend their lead.

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Nugent went close early in the second half but Derby had a better spell for a while.
Hughes and then Bryson went close, before Schmeichel produced a brilliant save to deny Freeman and another to block Keogh.
Knockaert and Dyer then came on for Wood and James.
Vardy was a thorn in the Rams side battling his way through only to see his effort saved by Grant, before being replaced by Waghorn for the last ten minutes.
City managed to weather a late storm, with Schmeichel to the rescue a couple of times, to claim all three points and win the first two away league games for the first time in the club’s history.

Derby: Grant, Forsyth, Bryson, Keogh, Coutts (Ward 71), Hendrick, Martin, Russell (Sammon 78), Freeman, Hughes, Buxton. Subs: Legzdins, Smith, Jacobs, Eustace, Davies.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Schlupp, James (Dyer 71), King, Drinkwater, Vardy (Waghorn 78), Wood (Knockaert 71), Nugent. Subs: Whitbread, Danns, Bakayogo, Logan.

Referee: Robert Madley. Attendance: 23,437

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City’s poor run continues with defeat at Derby

Derby County 2:1 Leicester City

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Leicester’s play-off hopes took a further dent at Pride Park on Saturday evening, with a 2-1 defeat adding to a recent miserable run…

Nigel Pearson made one change for this local derby with Konchesky resuming his left back role, and Schlupp starting on the bench.

City enjoyed a good start to the game, as they always seem to,  St Ledger’s cross from the right set up King for a header that went narrowly over the bar.
However, it was Derby who took a 16th minute lead.  Ward’s free-kick into the area was met by Keogh who outjumped St Ledger to plant a header beyond Schmeichel’s reach.
City desperately searched for an equaliser but Konchesky had a shot blocked and Dyer fired over when well placed.
The Rams then had loud penalty appeals turned down when Wellens knocked Freeman over on the edge of the area.
A minute before the break the home side went further ahead, with more slack marking to blame.
Forsyth’s cross from the left found an unmarked Martin who had time and space to nod his header past an exposed Schmiechel.

Pearson brought Schlupp on for Wellens for the second half which brought an improved performance from City.
Eleven minutes into the half Marshall came on for Dyer on 56 minutes, and he soon forced Fielding into a smart save at his near post.
City’s best moment of the evening came in the 62 minute when Schlupp, teed up by Nugent,  fired a fine shot past Fielding to give some hope to the blue corner.
Nugent then wasted a good chance firing straight at Fielding, from a great position.
City’s last substitution saw Kane on for Wood.
Marshall then fired a free kick in his favourite range yards over the bar.
Despite six minutes of time added on City could not build up any significant pressure on the Rams defence, with them coping comfortably with the long balls raining in on them.

The poor run continues, and now it looks as though City’s place in the play-off frame may be under threat.

Nigel Pearson commented: “Not good enough. It was an awful game and we showed a lack of quality which is a bit difficult to watch again. They were poor goals to concede and we’ve got to rectify this very, very quickly because we’re putting what has been for long periods a very good season at risk by under performing. I’m going to have to have a good long look at how we shape up for the next game because I’m not happy about how we went about today.”

Derby: Fielding, Freeman (Gjokaj 82), Keogh, Buxton, Forsyth, Coutts, Hendrick, Bryson, Ward (Davies 62), Sammon, Martin. Unused Subs: Legzdins, Doyle, Bennett, Jacobs, Hoganson, Davies.
Leicester: Schmeichel, St Ledger, Morgan, Keane, Konchesky, Wellens (Schlupp 45), Drinkwater, King, Nugent, Wood (Kane 69), Dyer (Marshall 56). Unused Subs: Whitbread, Vardy, Logan, Waghorn.

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire). Attendance: 23,122.


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