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Leicester fail to break down Saints’ resistance

Leicester City 1:2 Southampton

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City were unable to convert possession into goals on Saturday, allowing ten-man Southampton to leave the King Power with three points.

Claude Puel made eight changes to the side that lost at Newport, with three defensive midfielders against struggling Southampton, and the recalled Harvey Barnes starting on the bench.
City got off to a tentative start, and after Southampton had threatened a couple of times they took a 10th minute lead. Long had his back to goal on the edge of the area when Mendy put in a clumsy and needless challenge that bundled him over.
Ward-Prowse’s spot-kick had the pace to beat Schmeichel despite the City keeper guessing right.
With a precious lead Southampton were content to defend, but City were ponderous going forward with many passes going astray.
Saints always looked capable of a dangerous break and Maddision picked up a yellow card in the 20th minute for hauling back Redmond.
As the visitors attacked down the right Valery then went over in the area, for an obvious dive. Referee Michael Oliver took no action, leaving Maguire and Chilwell outraged.
City were really struggling to put anything meaningful together and on the few occasions Southampton went forward they looked more threatening, Schmeichel having to save from a Stephens header.
City’s first chance came in the 33rd minute when Chilwell crossed for Maguire who headed wide.
Moments later Chilwell was floored by a studs up challenge from Valery, and reacted angrily, with both players being booked.
City went close to an equaliser in the 35th minute when Morgan hit a shot from close in, but Bednarek managed to block it on the line.
As City chased the game up to the break Maguire sent a header off target and  Choudhury had a shot blocked.
Southampton were then reduced to ten men in time-added-on as Valery, who seemed determined to get sent off, fouled Albrighton twice in three seconds and was duly shown a red card.

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But there was a sting in the tail of this half. A poor Ricardo header and stumble from Mendy allowed Long in down the left channel and his attempted curler across the keeper was helped into the net by Schmeichel’s touch.
Boos rang around the ground at the half time whistle.

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Claude Puel made two changes for the second half with Barnes and Gray replacing Mendy and Albrighton. But Southampton, a man down and with a two goal lead, had abandoned all attacking intentions and formed a tortoise shell around the penalty area.
It was like a defence v attack training game.
A long range Maguire shot deflected off Barnes but McCarthy adjusted well to make the save. Maddison was the next to attempt a shot from distance but it didn’t test McCarthy.
Maddison then sent a free-kick from a good position into the wall before skying the rebound over the bar.
The breakthrough finally came in the 58th minute when Ricardo got in behind the defence down the right, and cut back for Ndidi who improvised a finish with his thigh at an awkward height.

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Three minutes later Vardy went over in the area, though replays showed this to be a blatant dive and he was lucky to escape a yellow card.
City went forward relentlessly, either through Gray and Ricardo combining down the right, or Chilwell and Barnes down the left, but no one could produce a killer cross and  Vestergaard must have been punch drunk with all the clearing headers he produced.
For all the pressure, Southampton’s goal was hardly under siege.
With 14 minutes remaining Puel made his final change, Ghezzal on for Choudhury, but still City didn’t look capable of breaking the stubborn resistance.
Maddison and Ndidi both sent long range efforts flying over the bar, while Barnes had a volley blocked.
Morgan and Maguire moved forward, and then Schmeichel came up for the corners, but even an eleven man attack couldn’t get past Southampton’s ten men and the final whistle heralded another home defeat by a struggling side.
There was loud booing from a hugely frustrated home crowd.

Claude Puel commented: “I think the fans are disappointed like us. It is normal. 
Other things are not my concern, only to keep my concentration and focus on the team, and to have the right reaction in the next game.”

Before the game, there was the extraordinary sight of a lady supporter having an A4 size ‘PUEL OUT’ message confiscated by a steward. If this policy is to be enforced the stewards may find themselves very busy in the coming weeks…

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Choudhury (Ghezzal 76), Mendy (Barnes 45), Ndidi, Albrighton (Gray 45), Vardy, Maddison.
Substitutes: Simpson, Söyüncü, Iheanacho, Ward.
Southampton: McCarthy, Bednarek, Stephens, Vestergaard, Valery, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Targett, Redmond (Gallagher 90), Armstrong (Cédric Soares 57), Long (Slattery 76).
Substitutes: Elyounoussi, Gunn, Sims, Ramsay.

Referee: 
Michael Oliver. Attendance: 31,491.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Leicester sacking: Thai Scandal was “the final straw”…

The BBC are reporting that Nigel Pearson’s sacking yesterday was linked to the ‘Thai Racist orgy’ scandal that involved his son James…

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BBC Sport’s Pat Murphy has claimed that the sacking was “definitely not a football issue”.
“There is no doubt that the image and the reputation of the club in their homeland of Thailand has been damaged by the behaviour of, among others, the manager’s son James on the ‘goodwill’ tour to Thailand.”
But Murphy, who clashed with Pearson after Ostrich-Gate also added: “But fundamentally, should the sins of the son be visited on the father? In footballing terms this is very harsh on Pearson.”

There are rumours that Pearson senior thought that his son’s actions were not as bad as those of Tom Hopper and Adam Smith and that the three cases should have been dealt with separately, rather than sacking them all.
After several controversies surrounding Pearson this season it seems as though the owners had lost patience, despite the late rally that saved City’s Premier League place.

This leaves Leicester looking for a new manager as the squad returns to pre-season training… hardly an ideal position to be in and we can only hope they have a very good replacement lined up and ready to come in.

PHOTO: Simon Kimber

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Foxes pursue Seagull

Leicester City are apparently very keen to sign Brighton’s Argentinian striker Leonardo Ulloa, having had three bids turned down to date…

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Ulloa (right) scored 16 goals for the Seagulls  last season, including two in their 4-1 win at the KPS, but has three years left on his contract.
It is likely that City would have to break a club record outlay of £5.5M to land the big 6ft 3″ striker who moved to Sussex from Almería.
An alternative target for City appears to be former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, but his wage demands would be big, and Hull are thought to be favorites to sign the Danish internamtional.

PHOTO: Simon Kimber

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Leicester’s Champions Parade: Picture Special

Leicester City paraded the Championship trophy through the city centre in front of thousands of fans on Monday…
Here are a selection of Simon Kimber’s photos from a memorable day…

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Leicester’s Owners Purchase the King Power Stadium

This morning has brought the momentous news that Leicester City’s owners have struck a deal to buy the King Power Stadium through their company K Power Holdings Co Ltd…

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According to the Leicester Mercury previous owners Teachers Insurance, an American pension fund manager that will be a name familiar from the dark days of administration ten years ago, received £17 million in the deal.

Vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (formerly Raksriaksorn) explained: “It has always been part of our long-term vision to put the stadium back where it belongs, into the hands of the football club. While there are no immediate plans to alter the structure or design of the stadium site, the increased flexibility through direct ownership ensures that the football club can freely adjust to the changing needs of its supporter-base for the future.”

This is great news for Leicester City, who have had this drain on the finances holding them back for over a decade, and also underlines the Srivaddhanaprabha’s commitment to the club.

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Leicester unveil new vice-Chairman – Liu Shillai

Liu Shillai, described on the official LCFC site as “A Chinese entrepreneur and influential, successful businessman…” will take up his new position on the City board of directors from December 1…

It appears that Mr Shillai has been given a brief to engage Leicester City with the vast Chinese market.
This move has been rubber stamped by the Football League and does not alter the ownership structure of the club.

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Striker Target Revealed

Sven Goran Eriksson gave some insight into his team building plans telling the Mercury: Eriksson said: “We want two players for every position and we have that with defenders and midfielders now…”

He also hinted that City are close to bringing in another striker, with sources in South Wales claiming that big wages are to be offered to Middlesbrough’s Leroy Lita to divert him from a move to Swansea.
The Congolese born 26 year old played for Bristol City and Reading before moving to the Riverside in 2009.
He has maintained a decent scoring rate at all his clubs, including 7 in 16 games while on loan at Norwich City.

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