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End of Term feel as Leicester and Chelsea reach stalemate

Leicester City 0:0 Chelsea

Leicester City v Chelsea - Premier League

Leicester and Chelsea failed to trouble the scoreboard in a low-key end to the season at the King Power Stadium on Sunday…

Brendan Rodgers named an unchanged side, City’s only change being the first airing of next season’s Adidas kit, reverting back to white shorts.
It was a game played out in bright sunshine with City lacking their usual zip and Chelsea’s minds firmly on the Europa League Final.

Chelsea should have gone ahead in the 3rd minute when City’s defence were caught out by a Jorginho chip into the box that found Barkley unmarked, but Schmeichel stood up well and the shot clipped his shoulder.
Four minutes later Chelsea threatened again when  Zappacosta crossed from the right but Loftus-Cheek couldn’t get his header on target.
City’s first chance came in the 9th minute when a clearance fell for Choudhury on the edge of the area, but he volleyed over the bar.

Leicester City v Chelsea - Premier League

Chilwell was the next to try his luck but his 20 yarder went straight at Caballero.
City gradually got control of the game and, following a corner, Tielemans struck a long range effort but it went straight at Caballero again.
The Chelsea keeper didn’t have to move to collect the next effort either, a header from Vardy.
After a fairly uneventful first half both sides spurned gilt-edged chances in the final minute. Luiz slipped over to allow Vardy in down the left, but he opted to pass to Tielemans instead of shooting and there was too much weight on the ball. Tielemans shot from a tight angle at the far post was smothered by Caballero.
As play moved up the other end Willian fed Alonso, whose cross set up Higuain with a sitter from six yards but his attempted back heel went wrong and the ball trundled wide of the left hand post.

Leicester City v Chelsea - Premier League

City pressed forward early in the second half and a wayward ball sent Vardy haring down the left. As he shaped to shoot Azpilicueta gave him a sly nudge and all City got was a corner. The flag-kick was cleared as far as Tielemans, 30 yards out, and though he connected beautifully with a half-volley it went narrowly wide.
The game returned to its lacklustre pace. Barkley, in plenty of space, sent a shot well wide, while City were failing to create any chances.
There was a rousing rendition of ‘Vichai Had a Dream’ in the 61st minute, and then huge cheers when Brendan Rodgers made his first change, bringing on Okazaki for his farewell appearance in place of Ndidi.
Chelsea also made a change bringing on Hazard, who also received applause for his part in our title win.

Leicester City v Chelsea - Premier League

Ten minutes later Simpson also came on for his last appearance in a City shirt, replacing Albrighton for another warm reception.
In the 80th minute Chilwell went on a long run that ended with him cutting a ball back from the byline, but it evaded all the onrushing blue shirts.
With seven minutes remaining there was a scramble in the City area which saw Loftus-Cheek playing a ball to Hazard but he was flattened by Evans who thankfully also got the ball.
Barnes replaced Maddison for the final five minutes, and set up Tielemans for a shot that the Belgian fired well over the bar.

Leicester City v Chelsea - Premier League

The final whistle brought an end to a game lacking in incident, but the vast majority of the crowd remained in place for the lap of appreciation. There were special tributes for the departing Immortals Danny Simpson and Shinji Okazaki, while Top led the lap of the pitch to huge applause.
City finished the season in 9th place which, considering everything, wasn’t too bad at all.
Brendan Rodgers was already thinking about next season: “We beat Arsenal, played well against Manchester City and got a point today. People thought we would not get any points from the last three games. It’s been a nice induction into the club – the players have been good, the supporters. We’ll now add that bit of depth to the squad.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi (Okazaki 66), Albrighton (Simpson 76), Tielemans, Choudhury, Maddison (Barnes 84), Vardy.
Substitutes: Morgan, Gray, Iheanacho, Ward.
Chelsea: Caballero, Zappacosta, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Alonso, Barkley (Kovacic 76), Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Higuaín (Giroud 84), Willian (Hazard 69).
Substitutes: Arrizabalaga, Christensen, Emerson, Guehi.

Referee: Anthony Taylor. Attendance: 32,140.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Arsenal outclassed by rampant Leicester

Leicester City 3:0 Arsenal

Leicester City v Arsenal FC - Premier League

City produced a fine performance against an Arsenal side reduced to ten men at the KPS on Sunday, with an opener from Tielemans and two Vardy strikes sealing a 3-0 win…

Brendan Rodgers made one change to his side for this noon kick off, with Choudhury brought in to bolster the midfield and Gray dropped.
City looked the better side right from the start, and won a free-kick when Mustafi brought down Maddison 30 yards out . Maddison delivered the ball to Ndidi in space but he made a hash of his shot.
Four minutes later another free-kick, chipped in by Chilwell was met with a diving header from Evans, but it went straight at Leno.
A sign of how stretched Arsenal were came in the 7th minute when Maitland-Niles was booked for halting a City break by tripping Chilwell.
A minute later Maddison had a shot deflected wide as City kept the pressure up.
Play was then held up while Torreira received treatment after some superb tackling from Choudhury that had had the crowd chanting his name.

Leicester City v Arsenal FC - Premier League

After some good work from Chilwell the ball sat up nicely for Tielemans, but he shanked his half-volley well wide.
After Ndidi was booked for a foul on Xhaka, City went close again but Tielemans effort was blocked by the advancing Leno.
It was all City at this stage, with the screens showing 82% possession, and Choudhury set up Maddison for a 20 yard shot that went inches wide of the left-hand post.
Arsenal then had their first chance of the game in the 22nd minute when Iwobi raced down the left and crossed for Lacazette, whose attempted volley went well wide.
Vardy then sent Maddison through but he opted to shoot with Albrighton in acres of space and screwed a low shot wide.
Maddison’s next shot was on target, but tipped away by Leno as the chances mounted.
From the resulting corner Ndidi nipped in front of Sokratis to head goalwards, but Leno again rescued Arsenal with a fine save.
The 31st minute saw yet another City chance when Albrighton floated a ball over the Gunners defence for Vardy who lobbed Leno but also cleared the bar by a couple of yards.
Arsenal attacks were rare, but dangerous, and in the 35th minute Aubameyang played in Iwobi one on one with Schmeichel, but the City keeper managed to block a weak shot.
A minute later Arsenal were reduced to ten men when Maitland-Niles fouled Maddison and Michael Oliver showed him his second yellow, followed by a red. A furious Arsenal bench thought Maddison had made too much of it.
The final chance of the half fell for Vardy, whose fierce shot was denied by Leno, who got down smartly to block at his near post.
City had been totally dominant against eleven men, and with Arsenal down to ten, the second half promised much.

Brendan Rodgers upped the attacking intent for the second half, bringing on Barnes for Ndidi and the one-way traffic towards Arsenal’s goal continued. Barnes had the measure of Mustafi down the left, cutting in and attempting a near post shot that didn’t catch Leno out. City were getting plenty of crosses in from both flanks but the Gunners defence were dealing with them and it looked like it could be another frustrating afternoon for while.
But City made the breakthrough in the 59th minute. Maddison swung a precise ball into the area, perfectly meeting Tielemans run and the Belgian directed a header home giving Leno no chance.
“SIGN HIM UP!” was the chant around the ground.

Leicester City v Arsenal FC - Premier League

City continued to press forward and Sokratis was booked for a foul on Maddison, 25 yards out. Michael Oliver had to have a word with Unai Emery, who was in a gibbering rage, before Tielemans fired his free-kick into the wall.
Tempers were beginning to fray with Chilwell booked for fouling Sokratis as he threatened to break upfield and then Torreira screaming for a penalty, claiming he had been elbowed by Evans.
Tielemans then strode forward and unleashed a 25-yarder that went inches wide of the post as City looked to extend their lead. The overworked Leno made two fine saves in three seconds flying across goal to bat away shots from Ricardo and then Barnes, before Choudhury’s low shot went straight into his arms.
Play was held up after Mustafi and Chilwell clashed heads, before Brendan Rodgers brought Mendy on for Choudhury in the 79th minute. The youngster received a standing ovation for a fine afternoon’s work.
With Arsenal winning a few corners and beginning to show signs of life, City put the game to bed in the 86th minute. The coaching manual was thrown out of the window for the most direct of goals. Schmeichel launched a huge kick forward and Vardy outmanoeuvred Koscielny and Mustafi, to find himself one on one with Leno. His lob over the keeper hit the crossbar but fell nicely for him to nod home past Leno’s despairing challenge.

Leicester City v Arsenal FC - Premier League

City continued to press forward in the five minutes time added on, and Vardy slipped a ball through to Barnes who sent his shot too close to Leno.
In the dying seconds of the game City struck again for a scoreline that reflected the game. Good work from Ricardo down the right saw him square a ball across the face of goal for an unmarked Vardy to notch his 9th goal in eight games.

Leicester City v Arsenal FC - Premier League

It put the lid on a superb City performance, moving them up to 8th place, as Arsenal registered their lowest ever possession stats for a Premier League game.

Brendan Rodgers commented: “It was a very good performance. We didn’t waste any time today. We showed we are a good side. I thought 11 vs 11, we were the better side. When it went to 11 vs 10, we were asked a question: could we handle the extra man? Could we find a game that we understand how to play against 10 men? The players responded to that magnificently.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi (Barnes 45), Albrighton (Gray 86), Tielemans, Choudhury (Mendy 79), Maddison, Vardy.
Substitutes: Söyüncü, Iheanacho, Ward, Fuchs.
Arsenal: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Papastathopoulos, Kolasinac, Mkhitaryan (Guendouzi 73), Torreira, Xhaka, Iwobi (Koscielny 45), Aubameyang, Lacazette (Nketiah 79).
Substitutes:Cech, Elneny, Mavropanos, Willock.
Referee: Michael Oliver. Attendance: 32,037.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Stylish Leicester add to Terriers Woes

Huddersfield Town 1:4 Leicester City

Huddersfield Town v Leicester City, English Premier League, 6th April 2019 at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, GBR

City won their fourth consecutive Premier League game with fine 4-1 win against relegated Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday…

Brendan Rodgers made one change to his side, with Söyüncü in for the injured Evans, while Maguire was allowed some paternity leave.
City got off to a slow start, but for Barnes causing Town problems down the left, but their first chance arrived in the 18th minute. Söyüncü drove forward out of defence and fed Barnes, whose cross was blocked by Hamer. The rebound sat up for Maddison to shoot from close range but Hamer stopped it with his face.

Huddersfield Town v Leicester City, English Premier League, 6th April 2019 at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, GBR

With City getting into their stride Hogg was booked for pulling Maddison back, and then Gray forced a save from Hamer with a long range effort.
And they took a 24th minute lead leading from a corner. Maddison played the flag-kick to Vardy who didn’t connect properly, Morgan got a touch back to Tielemans who sent a dipping shot past a deceived Hamer from 22 yards.
Two minutes later City almost doubled their lead when Vardy wriggled through two challenges in the area but had the ball nipped away from him as he pulled the trigger. The loose ball fell for Gray who sent a hurried shot over the bar.
Maddison then broke clear on goal but Stankovic denied him with a last-ditch challenge.
The Terriers had a rare chance in the 33rd minute when Grant was tackled by Morgan,  but Schmeichel had raced off his line and Pritchard attempted a lob into the empty goal.
Söyüncü recovered his ground well to head it way, applying a safety first attitude as it looked to be drifting just wide.
City had a couple more chances to increase their lead before the break, Tielemans testing Hamer with a 30 yarder, and Gray shooting at the keeper’s legs when he should have squared to a team-mate after a City break upfield.

Town threatened early in the second half when half time substitute Mbenza swung in a fine cross from the right, and Grant got a toe to it from six yards, but Schmeichel reacted brilliantly to parry it away.
A minute later City went 2-0 up. Gray fed Ricardo down the right and his perfect cross between keeper and defence found Vardy who swept it home at the far post.
His sixth in the six games since Claude Puel departed.

Huddersfield Town v Leicester City, English Premier League, 6th April 2019 at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, GBR

Any thoughts that the game was over were dispelled just three minutes later, when Huddersfield pulled a goal back in controversial circumstances. Söyüncü slipped on the turf as he was gathering a pass from Ndidi, he recovered to challenge Grant and appeared to have won the ball but referee David Coote pointed to the spot. Mooy sent Town’s first penalty of the season down the middle, with Schmeichel diving to his right.
City went close to restoring their two goal lead three minutes later. Barnes burst into the area and a clever back-heel set up Maddison for a shot on the turn, but Hamer’s finger-tips guided it inches wide of  the far post.
Brendan Rodgers made his first change on the hour, bringing Okazaki on for Barnes.
Town were desperate to give their fans something to cheer about and had a decent spell, but substitute Mounie saw a fierce shot tipped away by Schmeichel.
City put the game beyond Town in the 78th minute with another superb Maddison free-kick. Vardy was hauled over by Hogg 25 yards out. Maddison delivered this one into the opposite corner to the one he scored at Burnley, catching Hamer out with a superb strike.

Huddersfield Town v Leicester City, English Premier League, 6th April 2019 at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, GBR

City got their fourth from the spot in the 84th minute. Great work from Maddison sent Vardy in on goal, but after he had rounded Hamer and shaped to score Kongolo ploughed into the back of him and there could be no argument.
Though Hamer did well to get a hand to Vardy’s spot kick he couldn’t keep it out.
This goal saw Vardy draw level with Gary Lineker in the club’s all-time goalscoring chart.

Huddersfield Town v Leicester City, English Premier League, 6th April 2019 at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, GBR

The league table doesn’t lie where Huddersfield are concerned, and it wasn’t quite a great performance from City, but it was another enjoyable afternoon under Brendan Rodgers from a youthful side that suggests a very bright future.

Rodgers singled out Söyüncü for special praise: “A special mention today to Cags, our centre half. He was only told this morning he was playing and that is testament to him.
I thought his performance, apart from a loose pass at the end when he was tired, was outstanding having not played for five months. He was very good and it was a very good team performance and to score four goals in the Premier League is never easy. They played very well and deserved the win.”

Huddersfield: Hamer, Smith, Schindler, Kongolo, Durm, Mooy, Hogg (Bacuna 81), Stankovic (Mbenza 45), Löwe, Pritchard (Mounie 60), Grant.
Substitutes: Kachunga, Coleman, Williams, Hadergjonaj.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Söyüncü, Chilwell, Ndidi (Choudhury 87), Gray, Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes (Okazaki 61), Vardy (Iheanacho 90).
Substitutes: Iheanacho, Ward, Mendy, Fuchs, Ghezzal.

Referee: David Coote. Attendance: 24,126.

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As a City fan, you’ve come to know hundreds of players through their performance on the pitch, through potted career biographies and football sticker images. But what about the real characters behind the blue shirt and the back-page reports?

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Leicester see off Cherries to continue winning run

Leicester City 2:0 AFC Bournemouth

Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League

A vibrant display of attacking football saw City earn their first Premier League win over Bournemouth, a fitting tribute on what would have been Khun Vichai’s 61st birthday…

Brendan Rodgers made one change to the side that started at Burnley, with Morgan in for the suspended Maguire.
City controlled the game from the start and took a 10th minute lead. Chilwell received the ball from a corner, took a touch and then fired a shot from the edge of the area that was going well wide, but Morgan diverted it past Begovic with a backheel. Only he will know whether it was intended or not.

Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League

Five minutes later the Cherries should have equalised when Fraser sent a cross over and Wilson caught it on the volley from five yards, but Schmeichel reacted superbly to beat it away.
That was a rare bit of action for Schmeichel as City continued to press forward with a high-tempo passing game. Barnes and Tielemans combined to set up Maddison, but he dragged his shot wide of the left hand post.
In the 27th minute a great run and cross from Ricardo found Vardy unmarked 15 yards out, but he made an uncharacteristic hash of his finish and the ball trundled wide.
Maddison then attempted a curling effort but it was a little too close to Begovic who gathered comfortably. Vardy then had a shot blocked by Ake and City had to be content with 1-0 lead at the break.

Two minutes into the second half Barnes beat two men down the right before delivering a low cross, but no City shirt was on hand.
Ndidi was having a fine game and one tackle on King earned him a huge round of applause.
City’s final ball was just lacking after a couple of great attacking moves, with Tielemans and then Maddison just failing to send Vardy in. Tielemans then attempted a long range effort that drifted wide.
The 61st minute brought a moving tribute to with white carves held aloft and the Khun Vichai song ringing around the ground for several minutes.

Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League

The Bournemouth defence were kept busy with Ake blocking shots from Tielemans and Ricardo as City provided a constant threat.
Brendan Rodgers made his first change in the 72nd minute, bringing Mendy on for Barnes.
City finally put the game to bed in the 82nd minute. Tielemans lofted a sublime ball in from the right, Bergovic came to claim, but Vardy beat him to it, nodding into an unguarded net.
It was the Belgian’s fourth assist in five games prompting chants of “Sign him on!”

Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League

A third consecutive Premier League win saw City move up to 8th place, level on points with Wolves. Brendan Rodgers has totally transformed the mood around the King Power Stadium and now City are in serious contention for a place in Europe.

Rodgers commented: “I thought we were excellent. We showed a real appetite and hunger and tactically we were very good. Our pressing was excellent, the boys are understanding tactically how we want to press and the importance of that. Each game, each day in training, we are getting more used to it.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Evans, Chilwell, Ndidi, Gray (Ghezzal 89), Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes (Mendy 72). Vardy (Iheanacho 90).
Substitutes: Söyüncü, Ward, Okazaki, Fuchs.
Bournemouth: Begovic, Clyne, Mepham, Aké, Daniels (Rico 56), Brooks, Gosling, Lerma (Solanke 64), Fraser, King (Stanislas 74), Wilson.
Substitutes: Boruc, Mousset, Ibe, Simpson.

Referee: Lee Mason. Attendance: 31,530.

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As a City fan, you’ve come to know hundreds of players through their performance on the pitch, through potted career biographies and football sticker images. But what about the real characters behind the blue shirt and the back-page reports?

Can’t Buy That Feeling takes you inside Leicester City from the perspective of those who were there – behind the scenes at the long-running soap opera packed with comedy and tragedy, triumph and disaster, financial ruin and amazing title wins.

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Centurion Vardy seals Rodgers first home win

Leicester City 3:1 Fulham

Leicester City v Fulham - Premier League

Jamie Vardy’s 100th goal secured a 3-1 win over Fulham at the KPS on Saturday after the visitors had threatened a comeback…

Brendan Rodgers made one change to his side for the visit of doomed Fulham, with Gray in for Morgan and a change of formation that showed he may be more adaptable than his predecessor.
After a couple of early Fulham corners, City gained control of the play and their first chance arrived in the 6th minute. Barnes teed up Tielemans inside the area but he fired his shot over the angle.
As City pressed forward Ricardo shanked a shot well wide and Ndidi sent a long range effort over the bar.
City were playing some good football, with Barnes and Maddison providing some great touches, and the latter sent Vardy in behind the Fulham defence, but he was denied by a late Nordtveit block.
City took what seemed like an inevitable lead in the 20th minute.
Ndidi played a ball forward to Vardy, who generously squared to Tielemans as Rico rushed out to meet him. The Belgian took a touch round Ream before slotting home his first goal for the club.
City went close again three minutes later, but Barnes didn’t get quite enough curl on his shot and it went narrowly wide.

Leicester City v Fulham - Premier League

It was all City at this stage with Fulham offering very little and Schmeichel a spectator, but they couldn’t add a second before the break. Maddison sent a couple of shots wide, Vardy had shot blocked, and Tielemans forced a save from Rico.

Although City had the first chance of the second half when Tielemans crossed for Vardy who headed wide, they suffered a setback in the 51st minute when Fulham converted their first chance of the game. Ayite beat Chilwell down the right and cut inside into the area, before sending his shot in off Maguire, the deflection deceiving Schmeichel.

Leicester City v Fulham - Premier League

It was a soft goal, and appeared to knock City’s confidence and boost Fulham’s.
Although Rico tipped a Barnes shot round the post at full-stretch Fulham were threatening now. Babel sent a shot wide from a good position and then Schmeichel had to scramble across goal to save a well directed Mitrovic header.
With City having lost all their zip of the first half, Rodgers made a double change in the 71st minute bringing on Ghezzal and Okazaki for Gray and Tielemans.
This had a positive effect and City regained their lead in the 77th minute. Nordtveit gave the ball away in midfield and Maddison played a beautifully weighted ball to send Vardy racing in on goal and he fired a shot across Rico to claim his 99th goal for the club.

Leicester City v Fulham - Premier League

Rodgers then brought Mendy on for Maddison to augment City’s defence, though Fulham’s spirit was broken and City were doing all the attacking.
Okazaki forced a save from Rico and Mendy fired a shot over.
With five minutes remaining Vardy achieved his 100th goal milestone.
Barnes shrugged off a strong challenge down the left and squared the ball for Vardy who side-footed his 100th goal for the club past Rico, capping off a fine afternoon at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester City v Fulham - Premier League

Rodgers was full of praise for a striker who was now being given the opportunity to strike again: “He’s showed over the past couple of years that he’s a world-class striker. I’m just really glad that he’s here. He’s a brilliant focal point for the team.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Tielemans (Ghezzal 72), Ndidi, Gray (Okazaki 72), Maddison (Mendy 81), Barnes, Vardy.
Substitutes: Morgan, Iheanacho, Ward, Fuchs.
Fulham: Rico, Odoi, Nordtveit, Ream, Bryan, Chambers, McDonald (Vietto 82), Cairney, Babel (Seri 67), Mitrovic, Sessegnon (Ayité 45).
Substitutes: Le Marchand, Christie, Zambo Anguissa, Fabri.

Referee: David Coote. Attendance: 32,017.

Photos: Simon Kimber.

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We have finally got round to compiling all our interviews into one book and it is available now from Conker Editions Ltd HERE
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Also available from the Leicester City Fanstore and Waterstones in Leicester.

The FOX has been interviewing Leicester City players, managers, famous fans and board members for almost three decades, building up a body of work that takes you right into the very fabric of the club, with memories spanning the last 60 years.

As a City fan, you’ve come to know hundreds of players through their performance on the pitch, through potted career biographies and football sticker images. But what about the real characters behind the blue shirt and the back-page reports?

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Rodgers denied his first point with late lapse at Watford

Watford 2:1 Leicester City 

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Brendan Rodgers got off to a losing start at Vicarage Road on Sunday, with City conceding a late goal in a 2-1 defeat…

Rodgers made the change that many thought was more suited to the players, with Morgan in for Gray and a three man defence.
But it wasn’t an immediate success as the home side went for City from the start.
Morgan went over as he attempted to clear a free-kick but Mariappa’s shot from close in was blocked by Schmeichel and then Morgan threw himself in front of Deulofeu’s follow up shot.
Watford went ahead in the 5th minute from another free kick, a devilish delivery from Deulofeu saw Deeney, from an offside position, apply a slight touch to send the ball past Schmeichel.
City took a while to recover from this early blow and didn’t show anything up front until Barnes got in down the left, but his cutback was snuffed out by Watford’s defence.
In the 14th minute a free-kick from Maddison was flighted towards the run of Vardy, but Foster was alert to the danger and they crashed into each other, both requiring a spell of treatment.
City now had most of the possession, with Watford happy to sit on their lead.
Ricardo cut in and delivered a ball to Chilwell but his low shot was turned wide by Barnes.
The game settled into something of a stalemate and chances were rare. Deulofeu fired in a shot that didn’t test Schmeichel, before there were penalty appeals for a ball that hit Mariappa on the arm from behind.
Mariappa then nodded away a corner which Tielemans met on the volley. It may have been an attempted shot but turned into a perfect ball out to Maddison, but his cross was cleared by the busy Mariappa.
It had been a disappointing half that hadn’t seen Foster forced into any meaningful action.

The second half carried on in the same vein, with City retaining possession, but unable to penetrate a well-drilled Watford defence. Barnes had a shot blocked and Ndidi then sent a low long-range effort straight at Foster.
Chilwell then swung a cross over that Maguire hoofed into the stand.
A Watford break then saw Deeney and Schmeichel involved in a race. The City keeper got there first, but Deeney earned a yellow card for catching him on the foot.
Rodgers made his first change in the 66th minuite bringing Gray on for Barnes and City began to look more of a threat.
Maddison, looking improved from recent performances, set up Gray for a shot that was blocked, and then Ndidi sent a cross onto the bar.
City then levelled int he 75th minute. As City broke forward Tielemans threaded a perfect ball through to Vardy who outpaced Mariappa before steering a clever shot past Foster.
City looked the more likely winners at this stage, but then Rodgers was forced into a couple of changes, with Vardy going off injured, replaced by Iheanacho, and Tielemans, still not up to 90 minutes of Premier League football, making way for Mendy.
With five minues remaining Gray sent a ball forward, Iheanacho’s first touch was poor, but he got a lucky bounce. With Maddison breaking to his left the right ball would have sent him through, but Iheanacho couldn’t deliver it.
Morgan then sent a header wide after good work from Evans, and it looked as though the points would be shared.
But poor game management cost City a point in the second minute of time-added-on.
Schmeichel delivered a clearance straight to the head of Docoure, who nodded it forward Deeney, who produced a fine hooked pass to Gray, and his run between Morgan and Maguire was capped with a cool finish past Schmeichel.
Watford resisted a late series of City corners to claim the three points and Brendan Rodgers had plenty of food for thought.

“I have a fantastic group of players who are very keen and have a great spirit and they really want to learn. I said to them despite the result they have had a really good week of training and they have taken on board what items we spoke about. We know we need to improve and there are lots of areas we need to get better in, but there is plenty of potential there. This is the second youngest team in the Premier League and there is growth there and we have another weeks work then and then look forward to our first home game.”

Watford: Foster, Janmaat, Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas, Doucouré, Capoue,
Hughes (Cleverley 90), Pereyra, Deulofeu (Gray 69), Deeney. 
Substitutes: Gomes, Success, Masina, Quina, Kabasele.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Evans, Morgan, Maguire, Ricardo, Tielemans (Mendy 82), Ndidi, Chilwell, Maddison, Barnes (Gray 66), Vardy (Iheanacho 83).
Substitutes: Söyüncü, Ward, Fuchs, Ghezzal.

Referee: Jonathan Moss. Attendance: 20,062.

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Can’t Buy That Feeling – Inside Leicester City – The Best of The Fox Interviews

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We have finally got round to compiling all our interviews into one book and it is available now from Conker Editions Ltd HERE
and Amazon HERE

Also available from the Leicester City Fanstore and Waterstones in Leicester.

The FOX has been interviewing Leicester City players, managers, famous fans and board members for almost three decades, building up a body of work that takes you right into the very fabric of the club, with memories spanning the last 60 years.

As a City fan, you’ve come to know hundreds of players through their performance on the pitch, through potted career biographies and football sticker images. But what about the real characters behind the blue shirt and the back-page reports?

Can’t Buy That Feeling takes you inside Leicester City from the perspective of those who were there – behind the scenes at the long-running soap opera packed with comedy and tragedy, triumph and disaster, financial ruin and amazing title wins.

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Leicester end losing run against Brighton as Rodgers watches from the stands

Leicester City 2:1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Leicester City v Brighton and Hove Albion - Premier League

City won their first home game since Boxing Day against Brighton on Tuesday night, as new boss Brendan Rodgers was welcomed to the club.

Rodger’s appearance in the directors box was warmly applauded before the game, but it was Mike Stowell who was picking the team and he made two changes, with Gray in for Ghezzal and Chilwell returning from injury in place of Fuchs.

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Under Claude Puel City had got used to conceding early goals, but his time they struck first against a nervy looking Brighton side hovering above the relegation zone.
In the 7th minute a square ball from Maddison saw Vardy’s shot blocked by Duffy, and then Tielemans had a long range effort cleared by Dunk but City, roared on by a newly-buoyant home crowd were not to be denied for long. Barnes robbed Knockaert on the halfway line and fed Tielemans, who made a few yards before threading a ball to Gray, who slotted the opener past Ryan.

Leicester City v Brighton and Hove Albion - Premier League

Four minutes later City should have gone two up, but Gray’s shot from a Chilwell cut back was saved by Ryan and Vardy put the rebound into the stand.
After this lively start for City they lost their way a little and allowed Brighton back into the game.
In the 27th minute a 20-yarder from Gross looped up over Maguire and was dipping under the bar before Schmeichel tipped it over.
The City keeper was soon in action again, when Bong crossed from the left and Knockaert met the ball with a fierce shot that Schmeichel got a strong right hand to.
Barnes was having a fine game and played a one-two with Tielemans before firing in a shot that was blocked.
City took their narrow lead in at the break, though Brighton were still very much in the game.

City should have doubled their lead early in the second half when Gray delivered a decent cross from the left but Vardy nodded it wide from close in.
A minute later the Seagulls should have been level. Knockaert fed Gross, who back heeled the ball to Murray. The usually composed striker ballooned his effort over the bar from 8 yards.

Leicester City v Brighton and Hove Albion - Premier League

City continued to struggle through a scrappy second half with Brighton creating more chances. Bissouma curled a 20-yarder inches wide of the right hand post and then Duffy headed wide from a corner.
But the increasing feeling that the visitors would find an equaliser was eased when City doubled their lead in the 63rd minute. Maddison had not had a good night, but finally delivered, playing a perfect through ball to Vardy down the right channel and he lashed the ball past Ryan from a tight angle.
But City didn’t enjoy their two-goal cushion for long. Three minutes later a Knockaert cross deflected into the path of Pröpper, who rifled it past Schmeichel from 12 yards.
Mike Stowell made a change in the 69th minute, with Tielemans coming off for Mendy, as City looked to shore things up in midfield.
Brighton were pressing forward but City threatened on the break and Maddison set up Barnes for a shot that was high and wide. When he can find more composure in front of goal Barnes will be a huge threat.
In the 75th minute Maguire set off on a run that took him from the halfway line to the penalty area, past four defenders, before a nifty stepover and cross found Barnes whose shot was closed down. Maguire earned himself a standing ovation.
Vardy was then lucky to only see a yellow card for a reckless challenge that left Pröpper in a heap.
Bong fired a shot wide and Murray found the side-netting, but City were more in control now and there were no dramas in the closing stages.

Brendan Rodgers will have got an idea of what is wrong and what is right from a patchy performance, but a first home win since Boxing Day was most welcome for the supporters.
Rodger’s first message to the fans was a refreshing change:  “I’m very privileged and honoured to be here as Leicester City manager and I’ll give my life to make the supporters proud of their club. Together, we’ll be stronger and I’m looking forward to working with the players, staff and supporters to make the right steps forward.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Tielemans (Mendy 69), Ndidi, Maddison (Okazaki 90), Gray, Vardy (Iheanacho 90), Barnes.
Substitutes: Morgan, Ward, Fuchs, Ghezzal.
Brighton: Ryan, Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Gross (Bissouma 51), Stephens (Izquierdo 81), Pröpper, Knockaert, Murray, March (Locadia 67).
Substitutes:  Jahanbakhsh, Button, Bernardo, Burn.
Referee: Lee Probert. Attendance: 30,558.

Photos: Simon Kimber.

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Can’t Buy That Feeling – Inside Leicester City – The Best of The Fox Interviews

cbtf cover updated rgb blog

We have finally got round to compiling all our interviews into one book and it is available now from Conker Editions Ltd HERE
and Amazon HERE

Also available from the Leicester City Fanstore and Waterstones in Leicester.

The FOX has been interviewing Leicester City players, managers, famous fans and board members for almost three decades, building up a body of work that takes you right into the very fabric of the club, with memories spanning the last 60 years.

As a City fan, you’ve come to know hundreds of players through their performance on the pitch, through potted career biographies and football sticker images. But what about the real characters behind the blue shirt and the back-page reports?

Can’t Buy That Feeling takes you inside Leicester City from the perspective of those who were there – behind the scenes at the long-running soap opera packed with comedy and tragedy, triumph and disaster, financial ruin and amazing title wins.

 

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