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Leicester end 2016 on a winning note

Leicester City 1:0 West Ham United

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The greatest year in Leicester City’s history ended with a hard-fought 1-0 victory against West Ham at the King Power Stadium on Saturday…

Claudio Ranieri brought Mahrez, Drinkwater and Huth back into the starting XI (with Chilwell retaining his place) and changed formation, with Mahrez operating freely behind lone striker Slimani.
City went at West Ham right from the kick off, Slimani setting up Mahrez for an acrobatic shot that tested Randolph in the Hammers’ goal.
Two minutes later City threatened again: a well-measured Drinkwater ball sent Albrighton haring down the right and he delivered a cross that Slimani met with a header that rattled the left hand post.
West Ham began to press forward having weathered the early assault. Cresswell had a fierce shot blocked, and then saw his dangerous cross intercepted by Morgan.
Drinkwater went close with a volley in the 19th minute, and then City raised the roof soon after with an opening goal.
Albrighton sent over another fine cross from the right and Slimani’s thumping far post header went back across Randolph and into the net.

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It was the goal that City, and Slimani, desperately needed and it gave the home crowd a real lift.
City continued to press forward and Ogbonna went close to scoring an own goal as he blocked an Albrighton cross.
But as half time approached, West Ham gained control of the game and City had some defending to do. An incisive Noble ball almost set up Antonio on the penalty spot before Simpson’s timely intervention. This led to a scramble on the six yard line before Amartey managed to hack the ball clear.
The Hammers then came within inches of an equaliser when a Cresswell cross from the left was met on the half-volley by Antonio, but his effort hit the bar.
It was an end-to-end encounter now and both sides went close from free-kicks on the edge of the area. Huth’s ball-winning challenge on Payet was punished by referee Andrew Taylor. Payet’s curling effort into the bottom right hand corner was tipped away by Schmeichel.

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Gray then broke upfield on a lone raid and was fouled by Reid.
Mahrez’s free-kick was heading for the top right hand corner when Randolph got a hand to it at full stretch.
City took the precious lead in with them at the break, but knew that they faced a hard battle in the second half.
Although West Ham had more possession, they were being kept at bay by City, until a close call in the 67th minute.
Cresswell’s well-struck free kick from the right took a deflection of Chilwell, but Schmeichel managed to change direction to pounce on the loose ball.
Claudio Ranieri made his first change with 20 minutes remaining, bringing on Fuchs for Mahrez and pushing Chilwell forward.
Payet went on a run though City’s defence, but his shot went tamely at Schmeichel.

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With ten minutes remaining, City were beginning to look a bit laboured and Ranieri injected new life into the performance, bringing on Okazaki and Ulloa for Gray and Slimani. This had the desired effect and the tide turned with City now pressing forward.
Chilwell connected well with a shot from inside the area but Carroll blocked.
With five minutes remaining Cresswell crossed from the left but Carroll’s free-header went a yard wide from close in.
During six minutes of time added on, Simpson blocked Ogbonna’s header, and City had done enough to earn a very welcome three points.

It was a fitting end to 2016, as Claudio Ranieri enthused: “It is very important to get three points to close our fantastic year – it was unbelievable for us. Of course, it is very important for our table, twenty points. Forty is considered the magic number to survive relegation, and we are halfway through.
Our first thirty minutes were fantastic. In the second half we closed all the space very well and tried to score a goal. It’s important now to improve our confidence and be solid and strong.”

Leicester: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Chilwell; Drinkwater, Amartey; Gray (Okazaki 80), Mahrez (Fuchs 70), Albrighton; Slimani (Ulloa 82).Subs Not Used: Zieler, King, Mendy, Musa.
West Ham: Randolph, Reid, Cresswell, Nordtveit, Kouyate (Fernandes 78), Carroll, Noble (Lanzini 57), Ayew (Feghouli 64), Ogbonna, Payet, Antonio. Subs Not Used: Adrian, Obiang, Fletcher, Quina.

Referee: A Taylor. Attendance: 32,060.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber. 
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Vardy hat trick sees Leicester humble Man City

Leicester City 4:2 Manchester City

Leicester City v Manchester City, Premier League, 10 December 2016

Leicester finally discovered last season’s level of performance with a 4-2 dismantling of Manchester City at a rain-swept KPS on Saturday evening…

Claudio Ranieri made ten changes to the line-up who were thrashed in Porto, while Pep Guardiola was missing Aguero and Fernandinho after last week’s bust up against Chelsea.
Against a back drop of constant rain, Leicester started this game in determined fashion, and delighted a soaking wet crowd with a third minute goal.
After good work from Mahrez, Slimani threaded a ball between Stones and Kolarov and Vardy raced through to place a precise finish across Bravo, his first goal in 16 games.

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If this was a great start for Leicester, it was to get even better three minutes later.
Slimani claimed another assist, teeing up King on the edge of the area for a fine curling effort that eluded Bravo’s grasp.
The home crowd went wild, sensing that last season’s City were back at last.

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Leicester continued to press against a shell-shocked looking City.
Mahrez threatened with a dangerous run, while Slimani volleyed a decent chance over the bar.
Just as the visitors managed to get a hold on the game, and started probing at City’s defence -de Bruyne sending a shot narrowly wide – Vardy struck again in the 21st minute.
It was superb goal, out of the 2015-16 handbook. A 60 yard ball from Fuchs was magically cushioned into the path of Vardy by Mahrez, and the England striker glided past Bravo and rolled the ball into the net.
Mahrez then went past two players before curling in a shot that forced Bravo into a decent save.
The visitors managed to mount some pressure of their own towards the break, but City’s defence were alert and efforts from Kolarov, de Bruyne and Fernando were all blocked.
Leicester might have gone in at the break 4-0 up, but Slimani’s header from a fine Albrighton cross missed the target.

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Despite the three-goal cushion, there was still an air of tension as Man City dominated possession and created plenty of chances after the break.
Zabaleta and De Bruyne had shots blocked before De Bruyne dragged a shot wide when well placed.
Iheanacho then had a shot saved by Zieler and Gundogan fired narrowly wide before Guardiola  introduced Sterling and Yaya Toure to the game.
The one-way traffic continued with Zabaleta seeing his shot deflected wide by King, before the defence were given a breather when Slimani pushed forward and tested Bravo with a 20 yarder.
Ranieri brought Okazaki on for Slimani in the 77th minute, and Leicester went 4-0 up within a minute.
Stones attempted a pass back to Bravo, but Vardy seized upon the ball, took a touch round the City keeper, and then slid the ball in off the far post from the tightest of angles. It was an inch over the line when Sagna cleared it.
Vardy’s goal drought was emphatically over, and this was his first hat trick for Leicester, each one finished with surgical precision.

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Only when the game was won did Leicester finally concede a goal, Kolarov beating Zieler with a 22 yard curling free-kick that found the top right hand corner with 8 minutes remaining.
Vardy was given a standing ovation when replaced by Gray with three minutes left, before Nolito applied a finishing touch to Kolarov’s low cross to further reduce the arrears.
Mahrez then made way for Matty James, making his first appearance since a serious injury in May 2015.
The final whistle was greeted with a huge roar of approval.
It was City’s finest performance of the season, achieved without midfield lynchpin Danny Drinkwater or Kasper Schmeichel, and proved that the spirit of 2015-16 is still in there somewhere.

Claudio Ranieri told the post match press conference: “It was the true Leicester today, maybe because we have played so badly in our last few matches, but today we were so strong. We wanted to do best for our fans because they support us a lot and travel to Portugal and we did not play so well. For this reason we wanted to show our best.” 

Leicester: Zieler, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Amartey, King, Mahrez (James 90), Albrighton, Slimani (Okazaki 77), Vardy (Gray 87). Subs Not Used: Hamer, Chilwell, Mendy, Musa. 
Man City: Bravo, Sagna, Zabaleta, Fernando, Gundogan (Nolito 67), Kolarov, Navas (Sterling 58), De Bruyne, Silva, Stones, Iheanacho (Toure 58). Subs Not Used: Caballero, Sane, Clichy, Adarabioyo.
Referee: Michael Oliver. Attendance: 31, 966.

 

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Late Slimani penalty rescues Leicester

Leicester City 2:2 Middlesbrough

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City scraped a point from a poor performance against Middlesbrough at the KPS on Saturday afternoon…

Claudio Ranieri made one change to the side that beat Bruges, with Amartey in for the suspended Drinkwater. James made his first appearance in the squad since his injury in May 2015.
The visitors got off to a lively start Zieler saved a Traore effort early on, and then De Roon missed the target as he followed up.
Boro took a 13th minute lead, when a Ramirez ball from the left was directed into the top right hand corner by Negredo.

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After a slow start City enjoyed a better spell, and went close to a spectacular equaliser.
Good work from Mahrez on the right saw him curl a ball across the penalty area, but Okazaki’s acrobatic over head kick struck the crossbar with Valdes beaten.
City levelled matters in the 34th minute. A Simpson cross was handled by Chambers, albeit under considerable pressure from Morgan, and Lee Mason pointed to the spot.
Mahrez planted home his third spot-kick in three games, brushing the right hand post.
A couple of minutes before the break, Okazaki sent a low cross towards Vardy, who had hardly had a touch all game, but Ramirez nipped in to intercept and it was all-square at the break.

The opening twenty minutes of the second half were as scrappy as the first. City’s first chance didn’t arrive until the 63rd minute, when King headed a Simpson cross well over.
Claudio Ranieri then shuffled his pack, bringing Slimani on for Vardy and Musa on for Mahrez, but it was Boro who took the lead with twenty minutes remaining.
A Forshaw through-ball sent Negredo clear of the City defence down the right and he beat Zieler with a precise half-volley to send the vociferous away corner wild.
City were struggling to find a way through a dogged Boro defence, and Amartey’s 87th minute shot that flashed past the left hand post was the closest they got in open play.
Soon after this King headed a cross back across goal to Amartey who was crowded out.

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However, they were handed a lifeline with just thirty seconds of time added on left.
As Morgan made his way across the 18 yard line there seemed to be little threat,  but de Roon needlessly stuck out a leg and tripped him over for an indisputable penalty.
With Mahrez off the field, Slimani stepped up to crash his spot-kick home and claim a point that City’s performance had scarcely deserved.

Claudio Ranieri admitted: “For us now it’s important to think we are in the battle of relegation and every point is OK. We wanted to win, but when it’s not possible one point after 93 minutes is OK.”

Leicester: Zieler, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, King, Amartey, Mahrez (Musa 68), Albrighton, Okazaki (Gray 76), Vardy (Slimani 65). Subs Not Used: Hamer, Hernández, Schlupp, James.
Middlesbrough: Valdes, Fabio, Gibson, Clayton, Negredo, De Roon, Barragan, Ramirez (Fischer 88), Chambers, Forshaw, Traore (Stuani 79). Subs Not Used: Guzan, Espinosa, Leadbitter, Downing, Nsue.

Referee: L Mason. Attendance: 32,058.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber. 
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West Brom end Leicester’s unbeaten home run

Leicester City 1:2 West Bromwich Albion

Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion, Premier League, 6 November 2016

City’s Remembrance Day fixture saw the end of a 14 month unbeaten home run, with West Brom claiming all three points at the KPS on Sunday evening…

Former City player Howard Riley delivered the match ball before the Last Post was accompanied by a superb tifo display of giant poppies in all four stands.

Claudio Ranieri made five changes to the side that drew in Copenhagen with Zieler, Simpson, King, Okazaki and Slimani in the starting XI.
But it was the visitors, without a win in five games, who carved out the first chance.
Phillips burst through a group of four blue shirts down right inside channel and flashed a shot across goal which Zieler got a slight touch to, to divert it just past the far post.
The City keeper then took a little too long in clearing a backpass, and struck the onrushing Rondon, but the rebound sailed harmlessly over the bar.
In a busy opening quarter of an hour for the German keeper he then had to be swiftly off his line to tackle Brunt, who had been sent in on goal by Morrision.

Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion, Premier League, 6 November 2016

City were struggling to make much of an impression on the game, a Fuchs cross proving too far from Slimani for him to direct his header was about the only half chance of a very poor first half performance.

Vardy replaced Okazaki at half time and raised the atmosphere for a while, chasing down Evans to gain a corner, but it was West Brom who took the lead seven minutes into the second half. A sweeping cross-field move ended with Rondon crossing from the right and Morrison directing a fine header beyond Zieler from 8 yards.
The small, but noisy, band of away fans were in raptures, but they were silenced just three minutes later.
City, seemingly provoked into action by going a goal down, broke upfield. Slimani swung a ball out to Mahrez on the right and he cut inside and delivered a cross to the edge of the six yard box where Slimani just evaded being offside to head home unopposed from close in.

Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion, Premier League, 6 November 2016

City’s momentum continued. King sent Musa though on the left but he squared for Vardy, when a shot was surely on, and a touch from Evans sent it behind the City striker.
It was all City now, with everything going to Mahrez to attack Albion’s left flank, but a new option was introduced when Gray replaced Musa in the 66th minute.
But then the tide turned again and the Baggies had an attacking spell. Zieler saved from a Dawson header, and Simpson cleared off the line from the resulting corner. In the 72nd minute Albion regained their lead.
Drinkwater’s wayward backpass sent Phillips through on goal. He outpaced Morgan, before a delicate chip over Zieler nestled into the back of the net.
City set about the task of finding another equaliser, but it was too predictable. Ball out to Mahrez on the right, plucked out of the air by his magic foot, stepover, beat the full-back, deliver the cross. But they were being gobbled up by the West Brom defence, and when King did find himself some room for a header it was straight at Foster.
West Brom were in full-on time-wasting mode by now. Both goal celebrations had been co-ordinated to take up as much time as possible (possibly on the training ground) and now Foster was taking an age with each goal kick, and Brunt was booked for kicking the ball away at a free-kick.
They needn’t have worried. City couldn’t couldn’t summon much in 5 minutes of time added on, and for the first time since September 2015, they had lost a league game at home.

Claudio Ranieri commented: “I am very sorry we lost our unbeaten record at home. We knew it would be a tough match against West Brom. The first half was not good. We try to have a plan but it was difficult to do this, the second half was much better but we lost the match. We made a plan to go on the flank and make crosses from the flank. But we made very few and also we made some long balls and for the central defenders it was too easy. To say something is easy, to do it is more difficult. Maybe we had Champions League fatigue, I don’t know.”

Leicester: Zieler, Simpson, Huth (Ulloa 87), Morgan, Fuchs, King, Drinkwater, Musa (Gray 67), Mahrez, Okazaki (Vardy 46), Slimani. Subs Not Used: Hamer, Schlupp, Amartey, Albrighton.
Albion: Foster, Nyom, Yacob, Evans, Morrison (Robson-Kanu 90), Rondon, Phillips (Gardner 83), Brunt, McAuley, Fletcher, Dawson. Subs Not Used: Myhill, Galloway, Leko, Field, Wilson. 
Referee: C Pawson. Attendance: 31,879. 

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber. 

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Leicester storm the Palace and restore Premier League pride

Leicester City 3:1 Crystal Palace

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City’s Premier League season got back on track on Saturday, thanks to a vibrant 3-1 win over Crystal Palace at the KPS…

Claudio Ranieri made a couple of changes to his starting XI with Vardy and Albrighton making way for Okazaki and Musa, and they proved to be inspired choices.
Before the kick off there was a minute’s applause to mark the recent passing of the King of Thailand.
City were presented with a gilt-edged chance in only the second minute when Palace keeper  Mandanda fluffed a clearance and sent the ball straight to Okazaki. But the Japan striker hurried his attempted lob from 20 yards out and his effort drifted wide of the left hand post.
But it was Palace who had the better of the opening 20 minutes.
Cabaye fired an effort from distance, and Morgan blocked a Zaha shot, before Benteke got onto the end of a Kelly cross but sent his header against the bar.

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City, with Okazaki as their beating heart, and Drinkwater and King combining well, began to take control midway through the half.
Slimani was charging after everything and sent a couple of headers narrowly off target, and then Okazaki got his head to a Mahrez shot but the ball narrowly cleared the bar.
With half-time approaching, City made a vital breakthrough.
Musa started a move down the left, Slimani and Okazaki battled through a wall of yellow shirts to return the ball to the Nigerian, and he side-stepped his marker before firing home his first goal for the club.

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City continued in the same vein after the break, and Slimani sent a diving header from a Mahrez cross a couple of inches wide of the right hand post.
The lead was doubled in the 62nd minute. A Drinkwater cross from the left was cleared at full stretch by Delaney, but Okazaki was following up and produced an unstoppable shot for his first Premier League goal since March.
Alan Pardew’s side tried to drag themselves back into the game with an attacking spell, but Schmeichel blocked a Zaha shot at his near post, and then showed great reactions to deny Cabaye at close range.
Simpson then cleared a Benteke effort off the line before Claudio Ranieri made his first change with 15 minutes remaining, Vardy replacing Slimani.

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City’s third goal arrived in the 80th minute. As they hit Palace on the break, Vardy’s cross from the left beat everyone, but Musa’s hard work in chasing it down earned a corner.
Mahrez’s flag-kick was headed clear by Benteke, but the ball sat up nicely for Fuchs, 22 yards out, and he rifled home a superb half-volley. It was the Austrian’s first goal for City, but worth the wait.
Schmeichel raced out of goal to deny Benteke in a one-on-one  late on, but was finally beaten in the 86th minute when Cabaye provided a neat finishing touch to a Zaha cross from the right.
At the other end Mahrez saw his shot blocked by Mandanda, but City were more than happy with a well-earned 3-1 victory.
It was a big-hearted performance that proved the City squad had the strength in depth required to tackle two competitions.

Claudio Ranieri told the post match press conference: “This was the shape and model of last season. It’s when everyone is concentrated and doing their job. We know our weakness but we also know our strengths. Crystal Palace are a very good team. They were better than us for the first 20 minutes and moved the ball very quickly. It was difficult for us but after that we put in a very good performance.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Drinkwater, King (Amartey 87), Mahrez, Musa (Gray 81), Okazaki, Slimani (Vardy 75). Subs Not Used: Zieler, Schlupp, Albrighton, Ulloa.
Palace: Mandanda, Ward, Tomkins, Cabaye, Townsend (Campbell 72), Zaha, Ledley (Lee 72), Benteke, McArthur, Delaney, Kelly (Fryers 77). Subs Not Used: Flamini, Hennessey, Wickham, Sako.

Referee: M Oliver. Attendance: 31,969.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber. 

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Mahrez strike continues Leicester’s perfect Champions League record

Leicester City 1:0 FC Copenhagen

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A Riyad Mahrez goal, five minutes before half-time, was enough to defeat Copenhagen at the KPS on Tuesday night, taking City a big step closer to a place in the knockout phase…

Claudio Ranieri made four changes to his side with Simpson, King, Mahrez and Slimani returning to the starting line-up, against a side unbeaten in their 21 games this season.

The opening stages of the game were played out in a swirling mist created by a spectacular display of pyrotechnics in the the Copenhagen corner during the Champions League anthem.

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Copenhagen took the early initiative, Schmeichel blocked a angled shot from Santander and then Huth and Morgan got in each other’s way defending a cross.
Morgan then appeared to suffer a back strain stretching to reach an Augustinsson cross.
Happily for City he managed to continue.
After 15 minutes of slick passing possession from the visitors City began to find their feet and it became clear that the orders for the night were direct balls forward to the front two.
This led to a Vardy cross that was gathered by Olsen, and a Vardy shot that was deflected wide.
With Drinkwater and King combining well in midfield City began get the upper hand. Albrighton teed up Vardy on the edge of the area, but his mis-hit volley trundled straight into Olsen’s grasp.
Vardy’s pace then earned him a free-kick out on the left, but Fuchs whipped in free-kick was punched clear by the commanding Olsen.
City broke the deadlock five minutes before the break.

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Vardy’s cross from the left was nodded back across goal by Slimani, and Mahrez produced a flying kung-fu flick past Olsen to give City a precious lead.
The Danish Champions pressed forward in search of an equaliser before the break.
Toutouh went close with a shot and then Cornelius went even closer with an angled header from a corner, but the ball went a couple of inches past the left hand post, and City took their lead in at the break.

City started the second half strongly: Vardy set up Mahrez for a shot that flew well over, and then a delightful Mahrez ball (after he had won two tackles!) set up King in the area but his cross was cleared.
At the other end a low shot from  Jorgensen was deflected straight at Schmeichel.
A weak header from Johansen then saw Mahrez make progress into the area, but his shot was blocked before it reached Olsen.
City had the ball in the net again in the 65th minute, when Slimani jabbed the ball over the line from close in after his original header was saved by Olsen, but celebrations were halted by what looked like a harsh offside decision.
King then sent Slimani through on the right, but the Algerian slipped on the wet turf as he attempted to get round  Johansson.
Pacy substitute Falk caused City some problems and Fuchs was booked for tripping him. City brought on a sub of their own in the 85th minute, with Okazaki replacing Vardy.
With time running out, Copenhagen pressed forward trying to preserve their unbeaten record and Santander sent a header over from close in.

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In the 90th minute it looked as though City were about to lose two points when Santander beat Simpson on the left and crossed for Cornelius. His shot from 8 yards looked netbound, before Schmeichel threw himself across goal and pulled off a world class save, the Danish keeper denying the Danish Champions.

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The final whistle saw City sitting on top of Group G with 9 points from three games – more than they had gained in 8 Premier league games.
Claudio Ranieri touched on this contrast after the game: “From one side I’m very proud, from the other side, when I think of the Premier League, I’m very, very angry. But it’s OK because in my career this has happened. When for the first time you play in a big competition, you lose something when you go back in your league. This is normal but we want to change this way. It’s just psychological.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Drinkwater, King, Albrighton, Mahrez (Amartey 90), Slimani (Ulloa 88), Vardy (Okazaki 85). Subs Not Used: Zieler, Hernández, Schlupp, Musa.
Copenhagen: Olsen, Augustinsson, Johansson, Kvist, Verbic (Falk 66), Delaney, Cornelius, Santander, Ankersen (Gregus 87), Toutouh (Pavlovic 85), Jorgensen. Subs Not Used: Andersen, Hogli, Antonsson, Kusk.

Referee: N Rizzoli. Attendance: 31,037.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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The FOX Issue No 200 – OUT NOW!

The 200th edition of The FOX – The Leicester City Fanzine is in the shops now…

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Featuring: an interview with former City captain, Matt Elliott; Fully Programmed from August 1989; Fox Diary – winning the league, going to Wembley – stuff like that; the latest from the Foxes Trust; the trip to Bruges via the medium of #lcfc Twitter; The History of Leicester City in 100 Objects; Rewind goes back to September 1997 – Atletico Madrid at home; Foxed in the Head – on whopping lies you were told, Madrid, Liverpool and Bruges; John Hutchinson’s new series on Following the Fosse; your letters and Bentley’s Roof; Parting Shots our favourite photos of the last month; and Fanatical Frank goes to Bruges…

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Matt Elliott Interview extract…

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FOX: The following season you played quite a few games up front as an emergency striker. Did Martin O’Neill ask you if you fancied it?
ME: Typical Martin O’Neill methods! He didn’t used to name the team until an hour and a half before kick off, we didn’t know the team on a Friday. You could usually name 9 or 10 of the starting line-up but you were never quite sure whether he was going to rest someone, or whatever. He’d often spring mini surprises, like putting a young lad like Stuart Campbell into the starting XI. It kept players on their toes. If someone knows he isn’t in the squad on Friday he might fancy a night out and anything could happen with injuries or whatever and he could get pulled into the squad.
As regards me playing up front, John Robertson came up to me in the changing rooms before a game against Chelsea and said: “The Gaffer wants a word with you.”
I thought, oh no, what have I done now? So I went to see him in hi soffice and he said: “Matty, how do you feel about playing centre-forward today?”
This is an hour and a half before kick-off and we hadn’t discussed it all at before in training!
I said: “Pardon?”
He said: “Centre-forward, you can do a job up there.”
I said: “I’ll play anywhere you want me to.”
He said: “Do you fancy it?”
I said: “Yes, sure I do, it sounds good.” It was quite exciting really. Not much pressure on me, if I made a mistake it wasn’t going to cost us a goal.
He said: “Don’t worry, it’s only the World Cup winning centre-half partnership of Desailly and Leboeuf!”
They’d won the World Cup with France about two months before.
Robbo said to me: “Just go up there and cause havoc, son.”
I think we got a draw that day. I had a bit of a set-to with Roberto Di Matteo and Gus Poyet, who weren’t too happy with the physical aspect of my game and we had a few words going down the tunnel. They ended up locking themselves in the away dressing rooms, I chased them in there and they shut the door on me! Luckily the officials didn’t see that one.

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