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Schmeichel Slip Sees Leicester Go Down at Doncaster

Doncaster Rovers 1:0 Leicester City

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A first half clanger from Kasper Schmeichel was the difference between Doncaster and City at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday…

Nigel Pearson named the same starting line-up for the sixth game running but for once it didn’t do the job.
City had the first chance of the game in the 10th minute when Moore headed over from a Knockaert corner, but it was Rovers who benefitted from a major slice of fortune in the 17th minute.
Duffy’s corner from the left looked like a regulation catch for an unhindered Schmeichel, but perhaps with one eye on how he was going to distribute the ball he fumbled it into his own net.
City set about repairing the damage with a good period of attacking play and Knockaert forced a fine save from Rovers’ keeper Turnbull.
At the other end Schmeichel did well to block a fierce angled drive from Robinson.
Macheda then wasted a good opportunity, heading wide when well placed, before City ended the half with a flourish.
Konchesky’s well-struck shot was blocked by Turnbull and then Drinkwater’s shot across goal skimmed the right hand post.

There were no changes for the second half and Doncaster continued to frustrate City with a good defensive display. Knockaert landed a free-kick on top of the goal, Vardy had a chance blocked and Nugent wasted a chance.
The introduction of  Wasilewski and Schlupp for De Laet and Dyer did nothing to changes matters, and after a late mazy run by Knockaert came to nothing the final whistle heralded City’s second defeat of the season.
Poor reward for the City followers who made up a third of the 10,000 crowd.

Nigel Pearson was in a forgiving mood:  “The game’s been settled by one incident really, but we’ve not created enough chances in open play to get back in it in the end. No doubt people will dwell on the goal but there will probably be more talk about it outside our dressing room than inside. Kasper’s been exceptionally good since he came to the club and been responsible for winning matches and picking up lots of points with his performances.”

Doncaster: Turnbull, Quinn, Jones, Khumalo, Wabara, Furman, Keegan, Duffy, Robinson, Brown, Macheda (Coppinger 75). Subs Not Used: Maxted, Paynter, Cotterill, McCullough, Bennett, Wellens.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Wasilewski 67), Konchesky, Drinkwater, Morgan, Vardy, King, Dyer (Schlupp 71), Moore, Knockaert, Nugent. Subs Not Used: Hammond, James, Hopper, Miquel, Logan.

Referee: Mark Heywood. Attendance: 10,003.

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City Hit Rock Bottom Rovers for Four

Leicester City 4:0 Doncaster Rovers

City swept aside a doomed Doncaster Rovers at the King Power Stadium on Saturday…
A fairly dull opening half hour saw a couple of chances at each end with Nugent having a long ranger tipped over by Ikeme and Beckford’s effort blocked on the line by Diouf, while Coppinger and Barnes went close for Rovers.
But  Rovers lost Piquionne to injury in the 20th minute, and El-Hadji Diouf at the break and rarely troubled City again.
City took a 33rd minute lead when Morgan’s ball forward was nodded down by Nugent for Drinkwater who converted in off the right hand post.
After Schmeichel saved from Coppinger late in the half Rovers looked a beaten side, with their small band of followers accepting their fate with good humour.
Two minutes into the second half it was game over as Peltier cut in from the right and, stumbling, hit a hopeful cross/shot towards the near post. Former City keeper Ikeme somehow allowed it to squirm between him and the post for a howling error.
Ikeme saved well from Dyer and Konchesky and then Gallagher and King were introduced for the final half hour.
Marshall then added another to his growing portfolio of blinding goals in the 78th minute, cutting into the area from the left before sending a measured 18 yarder into the top right hand corner.
Moments later he curled another effort onto the angle of post and bar.
But City managed a fourth in the 89th minute – the subs combining, King sending Gallagher through for an easy finish.
Although the maths refuses to give up, it is impossible to shrug off the feeling that it is all too late for City to reach the play-offs…

Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Morgan, Bamba, Konchesky, Marshall, Wellens (King 61), Drinkwater, Dyer (Gallagher 61), Nugent, Beckford (Schlupp 81). 
Unused Subs: Howard, St Ledger.

Doncaster: Ikeme, Chimbonda, Beye, Lockwood, Ilunga, Gillett, Oster, Barnes (Robert 74), Coppinger, Piquionne (Brown 20), Diouf (Stock 46). Unused Subs: Friend, Bennett.

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire). Attendance: 22,054.

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City Face Competition for Transfer Targets

It seems that competition for players may be intense in this short January transfer window.

City agreed a £2M fee with Doncaster Rovers yesterday opening the way to signing their leading goalscorer Billy Sharp.
But Sharp, who scored both goals in Doncaster 2-1 win over City earlier this season, is also thought to be attracting the interest of Premier League Fulham.
Some Doncaster shareholders are trying to piece together a financial package to keep their prize asset at the Keepmoat Stadium,  but it seems unlikely they would be able to get close to the deal City are offering which has been quoted as something in the region of £5M.
Talks are ongoing with Sharp’s agents.

Another City target, Reading’s Jimmy Kebe, is also being pursued by Wesy Ham who have already had a bid rejected by the Royals. The Mali international’s contract runs out in the summer so it is unlikely that Reading will hold out for long.

City’s £1.5M bid for Hull winger Cameron Stewart has been batted firmly away with Head of Football Operations Adam Pearson, saying: “City were wasting their time in trying to sign Stewart. He is not for sale, end of story. We don’t want to sell Cameron and the player doesn’t want to go, so Leicester are wasting their time.”


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City Draw at Doncaster

Doncaster Rovers 1:1 Leicester City

City’s final away match of the season saw a tame 1-1 draw at Doncaster, with the mathematics ensuring a repeat of this fixture next season….

Rovers needed a point to ensure survival (or didn’t, as things turned out) while City’s play-off hopes were already extinguished.  That didn’t stop 2,300 City fans making the journey, however.
City enjoyed a bright start, Vassell having one effort ruled out by a linesman’s flag and Gallagher unable to hit the target when well-placed.
Former Doncaster midfielder Wellens then created two chances but Yakubu and King were both blocked by the home defence.
Coppinger and Mason both went close as Rovers picked up towards the break, but the sides went in goalless at the break.
That deadlock only lasted for five minutes into the second half. Brooker, a half time substitute, took full advantage of a loose ball that sat up for him 25 yards out, firing a half-volley beyond the reach of Weale.
City introduced a sub of their own, bringing Kamara on for Gallagher, but he couldn’t pull off a similar trick, wasting a good effort after good work from Wellens.
It was another sub, Howard on for Abe, who set up City’s 76th minute equaliser. A good run from Vassell down the right present Howard with the ball on the edge of the area and he slipped a clever pass through for Yakubu to stab the ball past Sullivan.
Mason forced a good save from Weale, with Rovers still needing the point at this stage, until news of Barnsley’s equaliser at Sheffield United relieved the tension among the home supporters.
The game petered out to a 1-1 draw, Donny delighted to be staying in the Championship, City less so.

Sven was looking forward: “Now we have to produce a big performance at home against Ipswich Town in front of our fans and then we have to start to think about next season, learn from this season and the little mistakes we have been doing, and try to do it better next season.”

Doncaster: Sullivan, O’Connor, Friend, Thomas, Dumbuya, Gillett (Stock 81), Coppinger, Oster, Mason (Hird 89), Euell (Brooker 46), Hayter. Subs Not Used: Shiels, Wilson, Kilgallon, Maxted.  
Leicester: Weale, Vitor, Naughton, Mee (Berner 66), Bruma, King, Abe (Howard 61), Wellens, Yakubu, Gallagher (Kamara 52), Vassell. Subs Not Used:Moreno, Tunchev, Smith, Dyer.

Referee: D. Deadman (Cheshunt). Attendance: 11,757.

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City Hold Out at Snowy Keepmoat

Doncaster Rovers 0:1 Leicester City

City completed the third of three tricky away matches with a hard fought win at The Keepmoat that takes them up to fifth spot and extends their unbeaten run to seven games…

Nigel Pearson made only one change to the side that slugged out a point at Argyle and brought in Solano for his first start in a City shirt in place of Gallagher. The match was played throughout in arctic conditions with the temperature hovering around zero and a blizzard swirling around in the South Yorkshire sky.
Despite this City settled quickly and played some good football in the opening period with Solano at the heart of a lot of good moves with his touches and prompting opening up Rovers’ defence. In the 8th minute he put Dyer through for a shot that was well saved by Sullivan and with City commanding possession and looking confident, it was no surprise when they took the lead.
Waghorn showed once again that he is a clinical finisher when he is given good service as he chased a long clearance, held off a challenge from Ward and beat Sullivan to the delight of the 1,800 or so travelling City fans behind the goal. It was City who looked more likely to score again as they pressed forward and caused Rovers’ defence more problems with quick passing, Wellens and King both came close to extending the lead and City’s defence restricted Rovers to shots from outside the box. The only difficult moment came when Berner brought down Sharp just inside the City half as he broke clear, Referee Woolmer choosing to book Berner instead of the sending off that the Rovers fans were baying for.
In the second half Rovers got their passing game together and began to get behind City’s defence causing some moments of panic in the box and bringing several good saves from Weale who blocked shots from Hayter, Roberts and Coppinger in a ten minute spell as Donny turned up the heat. City were restricted to breakaways and from one of these Sullivan saved superbly from Waghorn’s shot on the run.

As the match wore on Rovers started to fade and the win looked more likely for City who defended superbly at times and looked like a unit and not four strangers. The final whistle heralded the end of three away matches on the spin and a five point return. It hasn’t been pretty at times but one young man has emerged with a growing reputation and that is Jack Hobbs who had another massive game for City tonight and is starting to look like a player with a bright future.

Doncaster: Sullivan, Chambers, Ward, O’Connor, Roberts, Wilson (Guy 82), Coppinger, Oster, Mutch (Spicer 82), Sharp, Shiels (Hayter 46). Subs Not Used: Smith, Hird, Dumbuya.
Leicester: Weale, Brown, Berner, Hobbs, Morrison, King, Dyer, Solano (Gallagher 60), Wellens, N’Guessan (Adams 60), Waghorn. Subs Not Used: Logan, Bruce, Howard, Kermorgant, McGivern.

Referee: A Woolmer (Northamptonshire). Attendance: 11,027.

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A Night to Forget

Leicester City 0:0 Doncaster Rovers

City were unable to build on the good performances against Newcastle and Blackpool in a dire 0-0 draw against Doncaster at Filbert Way on Tuesday night…

Waghorn lost his place to Wellens as City looked to cement their place in the play off frame, but a tedious spectacle unfolded in front of what looked like the smallest attendance of the season. 
At first Rovers seemed to be quite up for it, and the early action took place in City’s penalty area. Hayter saw an on-target shot deflected wide by his own player and City had to deal with a couple of corners.
But after that Rovers were happy to sit back, stifle the game, and hope for a 0-0 draw, which wasn’t expected from a team with a reputation for a stylish passing game.
Unfortunately City couldn’t break them down, and whenever they came close the linesman’s flag shot up.
N’Guessan sent one effort wide and King sidefooted a shot yards over.
Then a poor night got worse on the half hour. Following some frantic action round the Rovers’ goal mouth, which left keeper Sullivan injured, Fryatt and Stock were involved in a horrible collision on the right hand corner of the penalty area which left Fryatt motionless on the ground.
After seven minutes of treatment Fryatt was loaded onto a rigid spinal stretcher, wearing a neck brace, and carted off to hospital.
Waghorn replaced him, but City were no nearer to finding a way through and the half ended goalless.
City’s best chance of the night came early in the second half when Gallagher was clean through on Sullivan but sent his lobbed shot well over the bar.
City never came that close again on a frustrating night that may have implications for the rest of the season with Fryatt suffering a broken jaw.
Nigel Pearson was not happy: “Fryatt has broken his jaw in two places. Obviously it’s not going to be a short-term thing. But it’s not a very good challenge is it? I have seen the video… They got what they came for. For a side that comes with a footballing reputation they were very, very negative and it proved to be a very frustrating night for us.”

Leicester: Weale, Brown, Berner, Hobbs, Morrison, King, Oakley, Wellens, Gallagher (Dyer 60), Fryatt (Waghorn 36), N’Guessan (Howard 88). Subs Not Used: Logan, Solano, Bruce, McGivern.
Doncaster: Sullivan, Chambers, Martis, O’Connor, Roberts, Wilson, Coppinger, Oster (Hird 85), Stock, Sharp, Hayter. Subs Not Used: Guy, Spicer, McDaid, Smith, Mutch, Dumbuya.

Referee: R Booth (Nottinghamshire). Attendance: 18,928.

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