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Leicester park the bus at the Etihad – and pay the penalty

Manchester City 2:0 Leicester City

Man City v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 4 March 2015

A goal at the end of each half was enough for Champions Manchester City to ease their way past Leicester at the Etihad on Wednesday night…

While Nigel Pearson stuck with the side that drew at Everton, the big team news of the night was City skipper Kompany being relegated to the bench.
Though with City camped in their own third and at one point having just 22% possession chances to test the new-look defence were rare.
In the third minute Bony, met a Silva’s corner, but Cambiasso cleared comfortably off the line. Other than that, a packed Leicester defence managed to restrict City to a long range effort from Toure that didn’t test Schwarzer.
But it was Leicester who should have made a breakthrough when Schlupp broke down the left only to be pushed over by Bony for a clear penalty, but referee Robert Madley waved play on.

Man City v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 4 March 2015

In the 25th minute they were more appeals from the visitors when Kramarić, chased a Mahrez through ball into the area and was upended by City keeper Hart, though he appeared to just touch the ball before the man.
The evening then got busier for Schwarzer  as he produced good saves to deny Bony and then Toure.
A clever lob from Silva then sent Bony clean through but he blazed his finish high and wide.
Just when it looked as though Leicester could congratulate themselves on surviving the half unscathed, some static defending in injury time saw Silva reacting swiftly to a rebound off Morgan to put the Champions ahead.

Leicester had another penalty denied them early in the second half when Kramarić was tripped by Fernando just inside the area.
This time referee Madley saw the foul but placed it outside the box. Kramarić sent the free-kick inches wide of the left hand upright.
In the 57th minute Pearson made his first changes, with Nugent and Vardy on for Koncheksy and Kramarić.
The hosts started to turn th escrew on Leicester, but some fine saves from Schwarzer kept them at bay. By this point he was flinging himself around his goalmouth to deny efforts from Toure, Kolarov and Silva.

Man City v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 4 March 2015

Amidst this action was one great chance for Leicester when Mahrez beat the unsighted Hart with a low shot, but he hit the right hand post.
Soon after that Mahrez made way for Ulloa, but Leicester appeared to run out of steam in the last fifteen minutes.
It was City who added to the scoreline late on when Milner found too much space in the goalmouth to prod home a Navas cross and seal the victory.
While replays showed that City should have been awarded two penalties, we are left wondering what could have been achieved with a more adventurous set-up against a side that have not been at their best in recent weeks.

Man City: Hart, Demichelis, Sagna, Kolarov, Mangala, Silva (Lampard 79), Fernando, Navas, Toure, Aguero (Dzeko 85), Bony (Milner 72). Subs Not Used: Caballero, Kompany, Zabaleta, Clichy.
Leicester: Schwarzer, Konchesky (Nugent 57), Morgan, Upson, James, Huth, Schlupp, Simpson, Cambiasso, Mahrez (Ulloa 76), Kramarić (Vardy 57). Subs Not Used: Drinkwater, King, Hamer, Wasilewski.

Referee: R Madley. Attendance: 45,000.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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Leicester miss out on a precious win at Goodison

Everton 2:2 Leicester City

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A late equaliser for Everton denied City two vital points at Goodison on Sunday afternoon…

Nigel Pearson made one change with Huth back in for Wasilewski – the same line-up as at Arsenal.
Although Schlupp forced an early save from Howard and Besic tested Schwarzer with a long-range effort it was a cagey an fairly uneventful opening half hour.
Having been set up nicely by Coleman, Lukaku then skied his shot well over; while Kramarić, always willing to have a crack, sent a curling shot just over Howard’s bar.
Lukaku then saw his shot blocked by Morgan and Barkley seized on the loose ball but fired way off target.
The last chance of the half fell to City but Schlupp became the latest player to give their shot too much altitude.

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City started the second half brightly, with Howard saving from James and Mahrez going close from a corner, and Roberto Martinez made a double substitution.
A minute later, the Toffees took the lead. Naismith deceiving Schwarzer with an oddly struck shot that found its way through a crowded penalty area.
It was now Pearson’s turn to make a double change for City, with Nugent and Vardy coming on for Schlupp and Mahrez, and the effect was the same – an immediate goal. Vardy went charging down the right and sent over a low cross. Howard got in a tangle with a defender at the near post and the ball was presented to Nugent for a tap-in from three yards.
Lukaku let City off the hook with another off-target effort from a good position, and the visitors then took the lead with 20 minutes remaining.
After a Simpson cross was diverted to Vardy he set up Cambiasso for a neat finish that had the away section celebrating wildly.

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A win would have left City just 2 points from safety, and although they held out until the 88th minute, Lukaku finally managed to get an effort on target.  Atsu delivered a pinpoint cross from the left and Lukaku’s diving header beat Schwarzer, possibly via Upson’s head.

The gap to safety was instantly doubled to four points and although City desperately sought a late winner they had to be content with a point.
Although we might have settled for that before the game, it felt like a defeat.

Everton: Howard, Baines, Jagielka, Lukaku, Naismith (Miralles 85), McCarthy, Besic (Atsu 55), Barkley (Gibson 55), Coleman, Lennon, Stones. Subs Not Used: Robles, Kone, Garbutt, Alcaraz.
Leicester: Schwarzer, Konchesky, Morgan, Upson, James, Huth, Schlupp (Vardy 62), Simpson, Cambiasso (King 86), Mahrez (Nugent 62), Kramarić. Subs Not Used: Drinkwater, Hamer, Ulloa, Wasilewski.
Referee: P Dowd. Attendance: 38,904.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Leicester dumped out of the FA Cup at Villa

Aston Villa 2:1 Leicester City

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City’s bowed out of the FA Cup at Villa Park on Sunday with a poor performance in front of 6,500 travelling fans…

Nigel Pearson made one change to the side that played at Arsenal, with Wasilewski in for the cup-tied Huth, so a five-man defence lined up against a very goal-shy Villa side.
Villa got off to a better start, with new boss Tim Sherwood sat in the stands and featuring regularly on the big screens, though Weimann sent their best chance sailing over the bar.
City then went close from a James corner, Wasilewski’s glancing header had Given beaten but brushed the right hand post.
In a half of few chances City’s next came on the half hour when a Cambiasso dummy made space for James to fire in a vicious shot that Given did very well to get his fingertips to, sending the ball inches wide.
Benteke got the ball into City’s net just before the break but Villa celebrations were halted by an offside flag and the sides went in goalless after a half that wouldn’t have gripped the nation.

Attacking the Holte End, and having had their first half-time team talk from Sherwood, Villa looked more likely to open the scoring, especially as City were having terrible trouble retaining possession. Delph sent a header over the bar and then Schwarzer smothered a Benteke effort.
Delph then sent a shot from a free-kick wide.
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Nigel Pearson made a change on 65 minutes, bringing Ulloa on for Wasilewski, but just three minutes later Villa took the lead.
Bacuna cut in from the left and delivered a fine shot beyond Schwarzer and into the far corner to break the deadlock and delight the home fans.
It could have been 2-0 soon afterwards, but Upson put in a fine last-ditch challenge to prevent Benteke from adding to the scoreline.
City best chance of a reply came when an Ulloa effort was saved by Given, who then blocked Kramarić’s follow-up. A few attacks were mounted to no great effect as City by now looked very ponderous and disjointed.
Villa added a second as the clock reached 90. Morgan failed to cut out the ball over the top and substitute Sinclair sealed the home side’s place in the quarter-finals after a Schwarzer fumble.

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Somewhat perversely, as soon as the game was beyond them City found the net at last. Kramarić sent an outstanding header past Given from a Schlupp cross to give City’s huge following something to cheer, but it was too late to make a difference.

The final whistle was heralded with chants of: “What a load of rubbish!” from an extremely disenchanted away crowd.
Being able to ‘concentrate on the league’ won’t fill anyone with any joy…

Villa: Given, Hutton, Cissokho, Clark, Vlaar, Bacuna (Sinclair 77), Cleverley, Westwood, Delph, Weimann (Grealish 83), Benteke. Subs Not Used: Guzan, Okore, Cole, Sanchez, Lowton, Grealish.
Leicester: Schwarzer, Simpson, Wasilewski (Ulloa 65), Morgan, Upson, Konchesky, Mahrez, Cambiasso, James, Schlupp, Kramarić. Subs Not Used: Hammond, Vardy, King, Albrighton, Hamer, Moore.
Referee: M Clattenburg. Attendance: 28,098.

All Photos: SIMON KIMBER

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Plaudits, but no points, for Leicester at the Emirates

Arsenal 2:1 Leicester City

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A spirited second half performance was not enough to prevent a 2-1 defeat for City at the Emirates on Tuesday night…

Nigel Pearson made three changes to his starting XI with Huth and Upson making their debuts alongside Morgan in a three-man central defence, and Kramarić making his first full league appearance; Wasilewski, Ulloa and Nugent making way.
City adopted an up and at ’em approach from the start in a fixture they hadn’t won since the days of Jimmy Bloomfield.
Mahrez saw his shot deflected wide, and then James’ half-volley was blocked by Bellerin.  Mahrez then went agonisingly close when his shot went through Ospina’s legs but just wide of the far post.
Arsenal then began to gain some ground and Walcott should have put the Gunners ahead when he broke clear on goal but Schwarzer pulled off a fine block.
Schwarzer then produced another save to deny Ozil but Arsenal took a 27th minute lead from the corner. From Ozil’s flag-kick Koscielny left Morgan standing as he raced to the near post for a neat finish.
Although City continued to press forward they wen tin at the break 2-0 down. Ozil’s 25-yard effort was parried by Schwarzer, but only into the path of Walcott, who fired the ball home.

Just before the hour Upson had to limp out of the action, replaced by Wasilewski, and City struck back a couple of minutes later.
After some great battling from Cambiasso on the right, the ball was worked out to Kramarić 18 yards out, who arrowed home his first goal for City.
City were the better side at this stage, but Mahrez sent a curling effort narrowly off target and then Kramarić elected to try and lob Ospina when clean through but delivered the ball straight into the keeper’s grasp.
With Ulloa and Nugent on for Morgan and Schlupp City desperately sought an equaliser, but they were contained by Arsenal’s defence and ended up with nothing to show for their considerable efforts.

The gap to safety extended to 5 points with a tough looking schedule coming up. Hopefully the FA Cup will offer some cheer on Sunday.

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Rosicky, Walcott (Ramsey 73 (Flamini 85)), Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez (Giroud 67). Subs Not Used: Szczesny, Gibbs, Gabriel, Welbeck.
Leicester: Schwarzer, Simpson, Huth, Morgan (Ulloa 80), Upson (Wasilewski 59), Konchesky, Mahrez, Cambiasso, James, Schlupp (Nugent 85), Kramarić. Subs Not Used: Drinkwater, King, Albrighton, Hamer.

Referee: M Jones. Attendance: 60,032.  

Photo: Paul Coulson.

 

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Leicester battle to victory over Villa

Leicester City 1:0 Aston Villa

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City’s revival continued with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa at the KPS on Saturday, with Paul Konchesky taking one of many chances on the stroke of half-time…

Nigel Pearson made four changes to his side with Wasilewski, Simpson, Albrighton and Hammond in for De Laet, Moore, Cambiasso and Lawrence and they pressed forward from the start.
Ulloa set up Knockaert for an angled shot that was deflected, and then a great chance was wasted when Albrighton charged down the left and sent a pinpoint ball across goal only for Nugent to push it wide of the far post.
Benteke was always a threat and had the ball in the net after 20 minutes, but he was clearly offside.
In the 27th minute good work from Knockaert set up Nugent for another chance but he headed wide from close in.
A rare break for Villa then saw Agbonlahor muscle his way though the defence, only to send his shot sailing into the Kop.
Three minutes before the break Nugent got closer to a goal with a volley that struck the crossbar, before Ulloa headed the rebound over.
However, after a hugely frustrating first half City then took the lead seconds before the half-time whistle.
An Ulloa ball into the area was nodded out by Hutton, but Konchesky seized on the chance and sent a well-directed half-volley in off the left-hand post.

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Villa keeper Guzan was a busy man after the break. Albrighton’s fine cross from the right found James steaming in for a diving header, but Guzan pulled off a remarkable save. He then had to come racing out of his area to head clear as Ulloa threatened; before getting a hand to a fizzing Albrighton shot.
The lively Knockaert then penetrated the Villa defence down the right and set up Ulloa, but as he lined up his shot from 15 yards he was flattened from behind by Clark. It looked like an obvious penalty, but referee Michael Oliver didn’t agree,  much to the disgust of the home crowd.
City looked tired at this stage and Okore and Cleverley both sent efforts off target for the visitors as they gained territory.
A flurry of substitutions followed with Vardy on for Ulloa, Lawrence for Albrighton and King for Hammond.
Nugent set up Lawrence with a good opportunity but he lifted it over the bar, while at the other end Cissokho was equally wasteful from a good position.

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Tempers were beginning to fray as the game entered four minutes of time added on and it all blew up in the centre-circle with virtually every player involved in a scrum.
James had slid into a challenge on Okore with a foot raised, connecting with his shin, and Clark had then flattened him. After the argy-bargy died down both were red carded and were heading for the tunnel where the stormy scenes spread to both dug-outs.
City kept their concentration to defend a corner, and when Benteke headed a chance over, a precious three points had been gained to extend the unbeaten run and stay close behind the other relegation candidates.

It should have been a more comfortable afternoon for City with half a dozen clear chances, but  Andrej Kramaric, sat up in the West Stand for this game, could be the cure for that.

Leicester: Hamer, Konchesky, Morgan, Hammond (King 75), James, Albrighton (Lawrence 71), Simpson, Ulloa (Vardy 71), Knockaert, Wasilewski, Nugent. Subs Not Used: De Laet, Moore, Schwarzer, Wood.
Villa: Guzan, Okore, Clark, Cleverley, Agbonlahor, Cole (Weimann 72), Westwood, Benteke, Hutton, Cissokho (N’Zogbia 89), Sanchez (Richardson 76). Subs Not Used: Baker, Bacuna, Given, Lowton.

Referee: M Oliver. Attendance: 31, 728.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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Final call for this Fox Subs offer…

The Christmas tree is now down the tip, or on the compost heap, it’s all over… but we are extended this deal for a couple more days…

Buy a Fox subscription and you will receive all the issues that have come out to date this season: The Summer Special 2014; FOX 191 and FOX 192, will be posted by return of post.
You will also receive a set of 20 cigarette cards from last season’s title win. 

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Also included will be a set of 12 Leicester City postcards and 5 full colour 8″ x 10″ prints).
The recipient will then receive the rest of the season’s issues as they are published in 2015…

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All this Leicester City related fun and games for just £15…

Click HERE or on the blue bauble to pay online via Paypal.

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Leicester comeback earns a point at Anfield

Liverpool 2:2 Leicester City

Liverpool v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 1 January 2015

City fought back from two bad penalty decisions to earn a point at Anfield on New Years’ Day…

Nigel Pearson made four changes to the side that won at Hull, with De Laet, Drinkwater, Hammond and Vardy in for Konchesky, Nugent, Cambiasso and Ulloa, and they nearly went a goal ahead in the second minute.
After Mahrez had been brought down by Moreno the Algerian international took the free-kick, and with everyone anticipating a cross he almost caught Mignolet out with a near post shot that struck the post.
In a very encouraging start for City great work from Schlupp down the left then set Mahrez up but he skied his shot into the Kop.

Liverpool v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 1 January 2015

However, the first set-back of the game came in the 17th minute when referee Mike Jones handed Liverpool the lead.
A cross from the left from Sterling struck the sliding figure of Morgan full in the face. This was judged to be handball despite Morgan’s vehement protests and Gerrard put Liverpool ahead from 12 yards, despite Hamer guessing right.

Liverpool v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 1 January 2015

City continued to try and take the game to their hosts and Mahrez was unlucky when his deflected free-kick went narrowly over the bar.
Drinkwater then had to retire injured, replaced by Nugent, in the 37th minute.
Five minutes before the break Liverpool were awarded a second penalty. After a challenge on Coutinho the ball shot up and made contact with Simpson’s arm. Despite him having no chance to get it out of the way Jones pointed to the spot again and Gerrard sent Hamer the wrong way to give City an impossible looking task.
But Nigel Pearson’s side kept plugging away, and their reward arrived in the 58th minute when Vardy set up Nugent for a superb scissor-kick finish that gave Mignolet no chance from the edge of the area.
Within two minutes there were manic scenes in the away end as City levelled the game, Schlupp finding the bottom right hand corner from 18 yards.

Liverpool v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 1 January 2015

City were still looking to push forward in search of a winner but Liverpool were creating chances of their own and Hamer saved well from a Lucas effort.
City then had to soak up some late pressure, Borini fired over when well placed, and Hamer saved from Sterling and Coutinho.
There was a late scare when a Morgan challenge on Borini brought loud appeals for a penlalty at the Kop end, but Mike Jones declined the chance to point to the spot a third time.
City held out for a very well-earned point that continued the revival and gave their supporters some hope for 2015.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Can, Toure, Sakho, Henderson, Gerrard, Lucas (Markovic 72), Moreno (Lambert 85), Coutinho, Sterling, Lallana (Borini 55). Subs Not Used: Ward, Lovren, Manquillo, Ojo.
Leicester: Hamer, Simpson, Wasilewski, Morgan, De Laet, James, Hammond (Cambiasso 67), Mahrez, Drinkwater (Nugent 37), Schlupp, Vardy (Ulloa 75). Subs Not Used: Lawrence, Moore, Knockaert, Smith.

Referee: Mike Jones. Attendance: 44,720.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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We are going to extend this subs offer into early January.…

You will receive all the issues that have come out by mid-December this season: The Summer Special 2014; FOX 191 and FOX 192, will be posted by return of post.
You will also receive a set of 20 cigarette cards from last season’s title win. 

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Also included will be a set of 12 Leicester City postcards and 5 full colour 8″ x 10″ prints).
The recipient will then receive the rest of the season’s issues as they are published in 2015…

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All this Leicester City related fun and games for just £15…

Click HERE or on the blue bauble to pay online via Paypal.
Please remember to let us know the name you want on the gift tag and the delivery address if it is different from your Paypal address.

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Leicester end 2014 with a long-awaited win at Hull

Hull City 0:1 Leicester City

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A Riyad Mahrez goal was enough to gain City their first victory since September against Hull at the KC Stadium on Sunday…

Nigel Pearson made two changes to his side, Cambiasso and James returning to the midfield in place of King and Drinkwater, for a basement battle that Hull boss Steve Bruce claimed was “bigger than the FA Cup final.”
Hull created the chances in a busy opening spell for Hamer who saved efforts from Aluko, Brady and Ramirez.
The lively Schlupp then had the ball in the net after winning a tussle with Livermore, but the ref ruled that he had impeded the defender.
However, just after the half hour McGregor was picking the ball out of his net again as City took the lead.
Nugent fed the ball to Mahrez  who lined up a precise left-footed curler beyond the reach of the keeper and just inside the left hand post. This was lifeline for City, and the first task was to reach half-time with the lead. Mahrez forced a good save from McGregor before Elmohamady scooped the ball over from close in when it looked easier to score.
So City reached half-time with their precious lead intact.
Bruce brought  Jelavic on for Ramirez for the second half, and it wasn’t long before City made their own change up front, with Wood replacing Ulloa. The New Zealander soon bore down upon goal, but was denied by a Davies challenge.
Although Wood then went close with another effort Hull were beginning to apply some pressure and Pearson switched things round with 20 minutes remaining: Cambiasso and Mahrez coming off for De Laet and Drinkwater.
As City conceded ground to a home side desperately seeking an equaliser it made for a horribly nervy end to the game.
Firstly Livermore struck the right hand upright with a shot, before Morgan blocked his effort from the rebound.
Then it was hearts in mouths again as Hernandez headed against the same post before the ball was scrambled clear.
City were then reduced to ten men when Konchesky clashed with Elmohamady when on a yellow, but matters were evened up soon afterwards when Quinn ended a promising break involving Wood and Nugent with his hand and was dismissed for preventing a goalscoring opportunity.
City held fast during 5 minutes of time added on and the final whistle heralded their first victory since September.

While no one could claim that City aren’t still in serious trouble it was, at least, a first step in the right direction…

Hull: McGregor, Rosenior, Bruce, Davies, Meyler (Ince 62), Brady, Livermore, Aluko (Hernandez, 62), Ramirez (Jelavic 46), Elmohamady, Quinn. Subs Not Used: Harper, Figueroa, Maguire, Sagbo.
Leicester: Hamer, Simpson, Wasilewski Morgan, Konchesky, Cambiasso (Drinkwater 71), James, Mahrez (De Laet 71), Nugent, Schlupp, Ulloa (Wood 55). Subs Not Used: Hammond, Moore, Knockaert, Smith.

Referee: P Dowd. Attendance: 23,809.

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We are going to extend this subs offer into early January.…

You will receive all the issues that have come out by mid-December this season: The Summer Special 2014; FOX 191 and FOX 192, will be posted by return of post.
You will also receive a set of 20 cigarette cards from last season’s title win. 

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Also included will be a set of 12 Leicester City postcards and 5 full colour 8″ x 10″ prints).
The recipient will then receive the rest of the season’s issues as they are published in 2015…

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All this Leicester City related fun and games for just £15…

Click HERE or on the blue bauble to pay online via Paypal.
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