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Leicester break Arsenal jinx with end of season show

Leicester City 3:1 Arsenal 

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City produced a fine performance in the final home game of the season, with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal…

With City looking for their first league win over Arsenal since 1994, Claude Puel made three changes to his starting line-up with Jakupovic, Simpson and Iheanacho in for  Hamer, Benalouane and Iborra.
Before the game we said farewell to Robert Huth, who is not having his contract renewed after a season out with injury. His immense contribution to the Great Escape and the Premier League title will never be forgotten.

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After six home games without a win, expectations weren’t high for this game and Arsenal (without an away win in 2018) controlled the opening stage with some neat passing moves. Mkhitaryan got in an early shot straight at Jakupovic, but the keeper was given a more severe test by Iwobi in the 6th minute when he got down to tip a toe-poked effort round the post.
City broke upfield in the 10th minute when great work from Choudhury, set up Iheanacho, who neatly side-stepped his marker but then lost his footing.
Two minutes later City broke away again and Silva sent Vardy through, but his shot was well saved by Cech.
City then delighted the home crowd who had a goal to celebrate at long last.
In the 14th minute. After a spell of pressure, Fuchs launched a cross beyond the far post, Diabaté sent a neat header back into the area and Iheanacho delivered a measured left-footer through a crowd of defenders and past Cech.

Leicester City v Arsenal - Premier League

The KPS was instantly revived and a minute later City were nearly through again. Iheanacho was in on goal when Mavropanos brought him down, and was judged to be the last man, leaving Arsenal with 10 men for 75 minutes.

Leicester City v Arsenal - Premier League

Mahrez curled the resulting free-kick in and Maguire attempted a side-foot finish from close range, but Cech tipped it over the bar.
City were rampant now and Iheanacho fired a shot from the edge of the area, but Cech came to the Gunners rescue again.
Diabaté then made good progress down the left before whipping in a cross that was a couple of inches away from Vardy’s boot.
With City in control of the game Arsenal had a rare attack in the 35th minute when Jakupovic produced a fine save to guide a Mkhitaryan shot round the base of the post. Along with some excellent distribution, the keeper was having a fine Premier League debut for City.
In the 38th minute Silva curved a low free-kick round the wall, but Cech tipped it away at full stretch. City broke forward again, but Iheanacho’s angled drive saw the over-worked Cech saving again.
The half-time joy that City had played so well was temepered by the fact that they hadn’t scored more goals from so many chances. And Arsenal came out for the second half in more determined mood.

Two minutes into the second half Kolasinac found space down the left but his shot from an acute angle thumped against the post.
City were soon pouring forward again. A good run from Mahrez set up Vardy, but the offside flag denied City a second goal.
Diabaté then raced into space down the left, but his shot had the sting taken out of it by Cech’s block, allowing for an easy goal line clearance.
For all City’s chances, it was Arsenal who got the next goal in the 53rd minute.
Aubameyang’s well struck volley was brilliantly saved by Jakupovic from close range, but he had no chance when Aubameyang followed up to lash the ball into the roof of the net.
A now open game was end-to-end for a while. Diabaté fired a shot over the bar, and Fuchs also went close, before Mkhitaryan blasted an effort just over the angle of post and bar.
Claude Puel made his first change in the 72nd minute, bringing Gray on for Diabaté, and it soon reaped its reward.
Gray beat his man down the right and sent in a low cross which was cleared straight back to him, but as he took possession Mkhitaryan caught him from behind and the ref pointed to the spot amid furious protests.
Vardy sent Cech the wrong way, smashing it left to regain City’s lead.

Leicester City v Arsenal - Premier League

Simpson had to limp out of the action in the 82nd minute, replaced by Dragovic, as City attempted to see the game out. But there was one more moment of magic to come.
A superb ball from Choudhury capped a brilliant night’s work for him and sent Mahrez down the right. In what will surely be his last home appearance for City he sent his marker into the car park with a swift change of direction before guiding the ball round the grounded Cech for another wonderful finish.

Leicester City v Arsenal - Premier League

Five minutes of time-added-on passed without drama and City’s home schedule finished on a very high note after months of disappointment.
In contrast to Saturday, a large majority of the crowd stayed on to applaud the side off the pitch for what had been a great effort.
There was even a chant for Arsène Wenger, who had lost to Leicester for the first time in his long Arsenal career.
9th place was secured and we were left thinking that it hadn’t been too bad a season after all.

Leicester: Jakupovic, Simpson (Dragovic 82), Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, Choudhury, Silva, Diabaté (Gray 72), Vardy, Iheanacho (Barnes 88).
Substitutes: Hamer, Iborra, Benalouane, Thomas.
Arsenal: Cech, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Mavropanos, Kolasinac, Iwobi (Nketia 84), Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang, Welbeck (Mustafi 19).
Substitutes: Mertesacker, Ospina, Nelson, Osei-Tutu, Willock.
Referee: G Scott. Attendance: 32,095.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber. 

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Another horror show for Leicester as West Ham reach safety

Leicester City 0:2 West Ham United

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Two years after City’s triumphant lifting of the Premier League trophy, only a few hundred fans stayed behind to witness the ‘lap of appreciation’ at the King Power following another dire performance that saw a 2-0 defeat against West Ham…

With a growing list of injuries, and Albrighton’s suspension, Claude Puel made five changes to his side. Benalouane was drafted in at right back, Fuchs returned at left back and Iborra made an unexpected return from injury.
But from very early in the game it was clear that City would not be bouncing back from that 5-0 defeat at Palace. West Ham, still needing point for survival, looked far the more purposeful side, while City didn’t appear to have a game plan beyond sideways passes.

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In the 6th minute a poor clearance from Hamer set West Ham up with a chance, but Benalouane intercepted the danger.
Then Morgan skied a clearance and the defence were slow to react, Lanzini having a shot deflected wide.
After West Ham’s early spell of pressure, the game consisted of sideways passing from City with no end product and the crowd’s frustration began to grow.
On the half hour Lanzini sent Arnautovic in on the left but Hamer got his angles right to block the shot. Arnautovic then hit the bar with a half volley, but it was only a temporary reprieve. In the next attack Arnautovic reached a cross at the far post and hooked the ball across goal to set up Joao Mario for a 6 yard finish.
City’s first real chance arrived in the 38th minute when Diabaté sent a shot wide of the right hand post.
Lanzini then lashed a shot into the side-netting from a tight angle.
The half time whistle brought a chorus of boos…

Claude Puel made a change at the break, bringing Dragovic on for Iborra and pushing Maguire forward into midfield for the second game running.
The 49th minute brought controversy when Vardy and Cresswell were in a race down the right. Cresswell went to gorund as they collided and grabbed the ball just outside the area to prevent Vardy from being clear on goal. Although he was the last man he only saw a yellow card.

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West Ham broke upfield and Arnautovic lined up a shot but was blocked by a great recovery from Choudhury.
With City still struggling to create anything in West Ham’s half Puel made a double change in the 61st minute, bringing on Iheanacho and Gray for Choudhury and Diabate.
With two of City’s better performers on the day being withdrawn a chant of “You don’t know what you’re doing!” rang around the ground.
Three minutes later West Ham sealed victory with a stunning goal.
A free kick from the right was headed clear but sat up nicely for Noble, who arrowed a beautifully struck 25 yard volley past Hamer.
Arnautovic then wriggled through several challenges before Maguire got a block on his shot.
In the 75th minute Gray broke down the left but could only deliver a tame cross into the arms of Adrián.
Home fans were beginning to stream towards the exits with ten minutes remaining as the only piece of entertainment came when a pitch invader tried to give the stewards the runaround but couldn’t keep his footing.
City’s first shot on target came from Silva in the 86th minute, though it went straight at Adrián. It brought forth loudly sarcastic applause from the fans that remained.

There followed the forlorn sight of the annual ‘lap of appreciation’, by which time there were little more than a thousand fans left in the stadium. If the owners were in any doubt of the feelings towards Claude Puel’s management it was spelt out loud and clear.

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Two wins in 12 games saw City at the bottom of the form table, with Puel seemingly incapable of reversing the dramatic slide.

Leicester: Hamer, Benalouane, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, Choudhury (Iheanacho 61), Iborra (Dragovic 45), Diabaté (Gray 61), Silva, Vardy.
Substitutes: Jakupovic, Thomas, Barnes, Hughes.
West Ham: Adrián, Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Zabaleta, Kouyaté, Noble, Masuaku (Evra 90), João Mário, Lanzini (Carroll 75), Arnautovic (Fernandes 79).
Substitutes: Hugill, Obiang, Cullen, Trott.
Referee: C Kavanagh. Attendance: 32,013.

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Leicester draw a blank against struggling Saints

Leicester City 0:0 Southampton

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After a bright start City’s performance dropped away as they failed to find a way through Southampton’s defence at the KPS on Thursday night….

Claude Puel had declared this to be: “The beginning of next season”, which wasn’t good news for captain Morgan or Simpson, who were both dropped, with Dragovic returning to the centre of defence and Albrighton at right back. Hamer and Iheanacho came in for the injured Schmeichel and Okazaki.
On an unseasonably balmy April evening, City got off to a decent start against a poor looking Saints side who are staring relegation down the barrel.
Some good passing moves opened up a couple of chances, though Vardy’s shot was blocked, and Mahrez didn’t test McCarthy with a tame shot.

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In the 14th minute Iheanacho had a shot blocked and fell over, but quickly regained his feet to send a shot on the turn narrowly wide of the left hand post.
The Saints first chance arrived three minutes later, but Tadic sent a long range effort wide.
The game then settled into something of a stalemate, with plenty of sideways passing from City, and Southampton sitting back despite being in desperate need of the win.
Ndidi hit a long range shot straight at McCarthy, before the visitors almost broke through a minute before half time. With Tadic and Long faced only by Maguire, Long appeared to be unable to decide whether to pass or shoot and his heavy touch was gathered by Hamer. The visitors were the better side up to the break, but a series of crosses were dealt with by City’s defence.
Half time signalled a bit of booing from a home crowd who hadn’t seen a win since January.

There was a scare for City soon after the break when Dragovic went down injured, and waved at the bench as though his game was done, but he recovered after treatment.
Another scare soon followed when a loose ball in the area fell for Long, but his shot on the turn was well smothered by Hamer.

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City best chance arrived in the 70th minute when a long ball from Albrighton cleared the Saints defence and Vardy got a toe to it, but McCarthy tipped it over the bar.
Claude Puel made his first change in the 76th minute, bringing on Diabaté for Iheanacho, but City were struggling to find any cutting edge up front.
Diabaté beat his man down the left, but his cross/shot found the sidenetting.
In the closing stages City peppered the Saints area with crosses and corners, but were lacking an aerial presence and they were routinely cleared.
The best chance came from a Chilwell cross which Hoedt sliced over his own bar.

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Puel made a double change in time added on, Choudhury and Barnes replacing Gray and Silva, and City’s final chance came when an Ndidi shot was was deflected wide.
There was booing at the final whistle as the run of winless home games stretched to five.

Claude Puel was happy enough: “It was a good performance without a good result. It’s important to keep this good level and to find the clinical edge at the end.”

Leicester: Hamer, Albrighton, Dragovic, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, Silva (Barnes 90), Ndidi, Gray (Choudhury 90), Iheanacho (Diabaté 76), Vardy.
Substitutes: Simpson, Morgan, Jakupovic, Fuchs.
Southampton: McCarthy, Bednarek, Yoshida, Hoedt, Soares, Romeu, Højbjerg (Redmond 88) Bertrand, Ward-Prowse (Davis 58), Tadic, Long (Austin 73).
Substitutes: Gabbiadini, Pied, Sims, Forster.
Referee: R East. Attendance: 31,160.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Unhappy Birthday sees Leicester outplayed by Newcastle

Leicester City 1:2 Newcastle United

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The free beer, chocolate and fireworks in honour of chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s 60th birthday were almost matched by the generosity of City’s defence as the Magpies claimed the three points at the KPS on Saturday…

Claude Puel made two changes to his side, with Silva in for the suspended Ndidi and Diabate replacing Okazaki.
Newcastle, chasing the points that would assure them Premier League football next season, applied some early pressure, winning three corners. From the third one Pérez got a thumping header on target, but Schmeichel got down smartly to deny him a second minute opener.
City had an attacking spell of their own after a quarter of an hour, and Morgan sent a header off-target from a decent position. But generally City looked ponderous going forward, with plenty of possession, but most passes going sideways or backwards and Newcastle happy to sit back.
The visitors then took an 18th minute lead. Pérez found Shelvey in an acre of space on the edge of the area, and as Morgan and Magurie tried to close him down, a twist of the hips put them both out of the equation and a measured shot beat Schmeichel via Chilwell’s elbow.
The 22nd minute saw tempers boil when Maguire reacted to Gayle climbing all over his back, and in attempting to push him away his hand connected with the United player’s chin. On another day it might have brought a red card, but Attwell contented himself with a yellow.
City laboured to get back into the game but couldn’t turn possession into chances and any crosses were gobbled up by a comfortable looking Newcastle defence.
Vardy received a kick in the family jewels from Diame, but didn’t get a penalty and then referee Stuart Attwell further enraged the home crowd five minutes before the break. Receiving a fine pass from Silva, Mahrez cut into the area where he was cleared up by a challenge from Dummet for an obvious penalty, but neither Attwell or his well-placed linesman saw a foul.
City’s afternoon got worse just before the break when Iborra limped off, replaced by Choudhury.

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

The half time whistle was greeted with loud booing directed at the ref, though it may have been tinted with more frustration at another poor home performance.

United had an early chance in the second half, when Choudhury brought Kenedy down, but Gayle sent his free kick narrowly over the bar. Other than that Choudhury had a fine game, a rare highlight on a hugely disappointing afternoon.
With City showing little sign of improvement Puel made another change 11 minutes into the second half, bringing Okazaki on for Simpson and moving Albrighton to right back.
This did bring in improvement in City’s game and then began to press forward with more intent. Silva saw a long range effort deflected wide, Mahrez had a shot blocked by Lascelles and Vardy headed wide, but any crosses into the area were still easily dealt with by United, with no aerial presence for City.

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

After this attacking spell, the visitors caught City on the break to double their lead in the 75th minute. A hopeful punt forward caught out Maguire and Morgan and Perez lobbed the ball into an empty net with Schmeichel still back-pedalling having strayed out to the edge of his area.
Gray replaced Diabate a minute after this further setback, and had a hand in what turned out to be a consolation goal.
In the 83rd minute his cross from the left was nodded down by Okazaki into the path of Vardy who netted from close in.

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But United weren’t in the mood to surrender their precious points and keeper Dubravka claimed a couple of crosses as City chased an equaliser in vain.
With Burnley winning at Watford a six point gap had opened up on that Europa Cup place, and City’s current run of poor home performances don’t suggest that they can make up that ground.
Claude Puel commented on the penalty that wasn’t: “This decision could have helped us come back into the game with a good tempo and a good feeling in the second half. It could have given us a boost. It was not enough but it is not just a question of the penalty. It is not an excuse because our performance was too poor in the first half and we have to correct that aspect of our game.”

Many supporters seemed to have lost patience with Puel, trying to play a style that doesn’t suit the players he has, and neutering the drive and speed that they once had.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson (Okazaki 57), Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Silva, Iborra (Choudhury 42), Mahrez, Diabaté (Gray 76), Albrighton, Vardy.
Substitutes: Iheanacho, Dragovic, Jakupovic, Fuchs.
Newcastle: Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie, Diamé (Hayden 81), Shelvey, Kenedy (Atsu 64), Pérez, Gayle (Joselu 70).
Substitutes: Clark, Manquillo, Merino, Darlow.
Referee: S Attwell. Attendance: 32,066.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Late Mahrez strike rescues a point for Leicester

Leicester City 1:1 AFC Bournemouth

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A superb Riyad Mahrez free-kick in the 7th minute of time-added-on salvaged a point from a poor City performance against Bournemouth at the KPS on Saturday…

Claude Puel made three changes to his side, with Fuchs, Silva and Amartey in for Gray, Chilwell and Simpson.
In freezing conditions City had a decent opening spell.
In the 13th Albrighton set up Silva for a shot that flew well over. A minute later a wayward ball from the Cherries defence sent Mahrez clear on goal but his left-footed jab was blocked by Begovic.
However, the game changed in the 20th minute when Amartey appeared to pull a hamstring. With Simpson not even having a place on the bench, Chilwell came on and City changed to a back three. Albrighton may be many things, but he’s not a right back and it was an awkward fit that saw Bournemouth take charge.

Leicester City v Bournemouth - Premier League

King and Stanislas both had chances that went wide, and City were reduced to lumping the ball upfield where Vardy was frustrated by the linesman’s flag.
Maguire then rumbled upfield but had a shot blocked.
With Bournemouth pressing forward, City conceded a 34th minute penalty.  Albrighton put in a clumsy challenge on King as he was heading out of the penalty area and he picked himself up to send Schmeichel the wrong way from 12 yards. Or 11 and 3/4 yards as Schmeichel and Maguire protested to the referee that the ball wasn’t placed on the spot.
City produced little of note up to the break, looking devoid of ideas, and there was some booing at the end of the half.

There were no changes to either side and half-time, and City continued to struggle.
The visitors should have had another penalty awarded in the 54th minute when Ndidi shoved Daniels over in the area, but the ref waved play on.
Claude Puel made a change on the hour replacing Silva, who had not had a good afternoon, with Iheanacho.
A chance soon arrived after this change when Vardy’s cross from the left was half cleared to Chilwell whose well-struck shot was deflected over.

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As City began to get a grip on the game the chances mounted.
Morgan headed over from a Mahrez cross, and Vardy sent a shot high and wide from a decent position.
Another Mahrez free-kick then picked out Morgan at the far post but his header flew across the face of goal.
An Albrighton corner found Maguire close in, but his first shot was cleared off the line back to him and his second was blocked, with Iheanacho’s attempted backheel going wide.
With Bournemouth now intent on defending their lead Puel brought Diabaté on for Fuchs in the 79th minute.
City piled on the pressure at this stage but an endless series of corners were mostly delivered straight into Begovic’s clutches.
Mahrez saw a fierce shot blocked with what might have been an arm as the 90 minutes approached, but Lee Probert waved away the appeals.
As the four minutes of time-added-on stretched to a sixth minute it looked as though the Cherries would hang on to the three points.
But then a foul on Ndidi 26 yards out presented City with one last chance.
Mahrez swung it round the four man wall and into the bottom left hand corner and a point had been salvaged with a moment of brilliance.

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There was no disguising another poor performance from City however, and Claude Puel commented:  “I think we deserved something from the game but one point is not enough for us. I am pleased with the spirit and the mentality of the team. We tried until the end but it is not good for the points but for the momentum it is important.” 

Leicester: Schmeichel, Amartey (Chilwell 20), Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs (Diabaté 79), James, Ndidi, Silva (Iheanacho 59). Mahrez, Vardy, Albrighton.
Substitutes: Chilwell, Gray, Iheanacho, Hamer, Dragovic, Iborra, Diabaté.
Bournemouth: Begovic, Francis, S Cook, Aké, Smith, L Cook, Gosling, Daniels, King (Mousset 90), Wilson (Surman 77), Stanislas.
Substitutes: Boruc, Surman, Defoe, Fraser, Mousset, Simpson, Taylor.

Referee: L Probert. Attendance: 31,384.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Leicester get a helping hand from Stoke

Leicester City 1:1 Stoke City

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A poor performance from City saw them emerge with a point from a scrappy game against Stoke at the KPS on Saturday…

Claude Puel made two changes to his side with James and Albrighton in for Iborra and Iheanacho.
City enjoyed a start as bright as the weather in an early spell that saw them force three corners, before Mahrez cut inside and curled a shot just wide of the left hand post.
But the game soon descended into a midfield scrap, punctuated frequently by free kicks.

Leicester City v Stoke City - Premier League

The 17th minute brought a rare moment of quality when a Mahrez turn left two Stoke defenders looking bewildered, but the visitors were defending very deeply and snuffed out the attacking move.
Diouf was then booked for a clattering challenge on Mahrez as City struggled to turn possession into chances against a red and white striped wall.
After Shaqiri mis-hit a free kick on the half hour City broke upfield, but Mahrez missed the target again from another cut-in and shot.
Everything was going through Mahrez at this point, but it was a little too predictable and Stoke were defending solidly.
The game appeared to be drifting towards a goalless scoreline at the break, when Stoke took a 44th minute lead.
Shaqiri took a pass from Allen, 40 yards out, and was given far too much room to charge forward, lining up a low shot to Schmeichel’s left that gave the keeper no chance.
The goal came after Ndidi had needlessly lost possession, something that had happened far too often for City in the half.

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City pressed forward early in the second half and Albrighton had a shot blocked by Martins Indi. But too often City resorted to high balls into the box that were gobbled up by the Stoke defence.
City almost fell further behind in the 56th minute when Schmeichel collected a ball out by the touchline, but fluffed his clearance upfield. Allen fed Shaqiri who attempted a 40 yard shot with Schmeichel still racing back towards goal, but missed by a couple of yards.
Claude Puel made a couple of changes just after the hour, with Diabaté on for Gray and Iheanacho on for Simpson as City converted to three at the back.
Stoke boss Paul Lambert then had to make a change of his own, swapping his blue top for a white one after Schmeichel complained that it was clashing with the City shirts.
City then enjoyed a big slice of fortune, equalising in the 70th minute. A fine pass from Mahrez sent Albrighton in down the right and he belted a cross over. Butland, possibly distracted by Vardy flashing across his eyeline, failed to gather at the near post and the ball bounced off his arm and into the net.

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Butland made amends seven minutes later when a corner was headed clear to Mahrez on the edge of the area. His well struck shot was brilliantly saved by the Stoke keeper.
City threatened again soon after this, when Maguire burst into the area, rounded his marker and fired in a shot that Butland touched onto the near post.
With time running out City hit the woodwork again. A wayward header from Adam sent Mahrez in on goal, but he hesitated with his shot allowing a combination of Butland and Zouma to clear for a corner.
From the short flag-kick Albrighton’s cross was headed against the post by James, with Stoke eventually able to clear from the resulting goal-mouth scramble.

That was City’s last chance, and in truth neither side had done enough to earn three points.
Claude Puel admitted:  “Not enough to win today. We could have, but we could also have lost – so perhaps a draw is fair. Their goalkeeper made some good saves, but we also conceded chances.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, (Iheanacho 62), Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, James, Mahrez, Gray (Diabaté 61), Albrighton, Vardy.
Substitutes: Silva, Dragovic, Jakupovic, Iborra, Fuchs.
Stoke: Butland, Bauer, Zouma, Martins Indi (Adam 74), Stafylidis, Cameron, Shaqiri, Allen, Ndiaye, Choupo-Moting (Johnson 84), Diouf (Campbell 64).
Substitutes: Pieters, Jesé, Sobhi, Grant.

Referee: M Oliver. Attendance: 31,769.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Win over Watford moves Leicester up to 7th place

Leicester City 2:0 Watford

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Goals from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez earned a 2-0 win for City against Watford at the KPS on Saturday…

Claude Puel reverted to the line-up that started at Chelsea, with new signing Diabaté getting a place on the bench.
Before the kick-off there was a minute’s applause in honour of the recently departed Cyrille Regis, as well as City players Rodney Fern and Gordon Wills.

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Watford pressed forward early on and gained a couple of corners, but the spell of pressure ended with a Carrillo shot that was way off target.
City should have gone ahead in the 6th minute, when a long ball forward from Okazaki saw Vardy bearing down on goal, but after he cut inside the defender his shot was too close to Hornet’s keeper Karnezis.
City had another chance a minute later, when Mahrez delivered a free-kick to the far post, and Maguire nodded it back for Ndidi in the six yard box, but his shot was blocked at point-blank range.
Doucoure sent a shot straight at Schmeichel, and then the City keeper ordered no wall for a 35 yard free-kick, but it was struck too tamely to trouble him.
Real chances were rare at this stage of the game, but Deeney had the ball in the net in the 36th minute. The offside flag halted the celebration, but it was a very tight decision.
Instead, it was City who took a 38th minute lead.
Vardy was racing across the penalty area when Wague brought him crashing down for an obvious penalty. His blast down the middle having been sussed out earlier in the season, Vardy placed this one nicely into the bottom right hand corner, sending Karnezis the wrong way.

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Half-time saw no changes and City had a decent chance five minutes into the second half. Vardy raced down the left and picked out Okazaki in the middle, but his first time shot went straight at Karnezis.
Two minutes later Mahrez swung a corner over to the far post, but Ndidi headed it well wide, and then Vardy got a shove in the back when chasing a ball into the area, but didn’t go over.
City were well on top now and the Watford defence scrambled a Chilwell cross away with Vardy lurking at the far post.
Claude Puel made his first change in the 65th minute, bringing Gray on for Okazaki.
In the 70th minute there were loud appeals for a penalty when Doucouré appeared to trip Mahrez from behind in the area, but Lee Probert waved play-on.
Moments later Mahrez played Vardy through, but the flag was raised for offside as he struck the post. Another very tight decision.
City had a scare in the 75th minute when Gray bore down on goal and shot from close-in, but Maguire had raced back to block his shot. The big defender had been excellent all afternoon.

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In the final ten minutes of the game City continued to press for a second goal, rather than protect the lead, but they struggled to find a way through.
Vardy came off for Silva in the 89th minute and he would claim an injury time assist as City put the seal on their victory.  Silva played Mahrez in down the left and he accelerated around his marker before producing a slide-rule finish that went across Karnezis and just inside the far post.

The three points, and Burnley’s defeat against Manchester United, saw City up to 7th place in the Premier League.

Claude Puel commented: “First half there was not enough quality for us with passes, the rhythm of game was not important. In the second half, with good play, good space, we played well. With scoring another goal, we needed to be more clinical, we had a lot of chances. Until the last goal it was difficult to play against this team, congratulations to them because it’s a tough game and a difficult team to play.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Amartey, Dragovic, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, Ndidi, James, Albrighton, Okazaki (Gray 65), Vardy (Silva 89).
Substitutes: Iheanacho, Hamer, Fuchs, Benalouane, Diabaté.
Watford: Karnezis, Janmaat (Okaka 81), Wagué (Prödl 61), Kabasele, Zeegelaar, Watson, Doucouré, Carrillo, Pereyra (Gray 60), Richarlison, Deeney. Substitutes: Mariappa, Sinclair, Capoue, Bachmann.

Referee: 
L Probert. Attendance: 31,891.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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We are producing a Limited Edition (75) print of the FiftySomething strip from The FOX Summer Special 2016 – celebrating City’s Premier League title win. 

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The A3 sized print will be available from next Thursday (25th Jan) , but you can pre-order one now.
They will be posted to you rolled in a cardboard tube.

The prints cost £6.50 and post & packing is £3.45. (UK only)

You can pay online via Paypal HERE

 

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