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Leicester’s revival halted by Stoke

Leicester City 0:1 Stoke City

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City suffered their first defeat since Boxing Day when one moment of class in a dour spectacle from Bojan won the game for Stoke at the KPS on Saturday…
Nigel Pearson made four changes to his side with Drinkwater, King, Schlupp and Vardy in for Hammond, James, Albrighton and Ulloa.
With neither Ulloa or new signing Kramarić starting the game this made for the most expensive bench in City’s history.
Though no doubt Ghana would be pleased to hear about Schlupp’s recovery.
A few half chances were created by Schlupp and Knockaert’s early probing, but City’s first clear cut effort didn’t arrive until the 28 minute when  the two combined well but Knockaert sent his effort from close in straight at Begovic. Soon after that Vardy teed up Nugent, but his cleverly taken effort flew inches over the crossbar from the edge of the area.
Hamer hadn’t had much to do at the other end, making a regulation save from Arnautovic’s long-range free-kick after Bojan had been flattened  by Wasilewski.
Wollscheid sent a header narrowly wide from a corner, before Vardy saw the last chance of the half saved by Bergovic, and the ref blew the  whistle on a half that saw more perspiration than inspiration.

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If Leicester had just edged the first half, the second saw Stoke gradually taking control of the game.
Arnautovic found the side-netting when he should have scored, before Wilson attempted a long-range effort that missed the target.
Hamer then produced a fantastic reaction save to deny N’Zonzi’s volleyed effort from inside the area, but the visitors soon went ahead.
In the 63rd minute a Walters ball found Bojan in the area with his back to goal. He had the time and space to turn a fire a precise shot beyond Hamer’s reach before racing off to celebrate in front of a delighted away corner.

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Pearson immediately brought on Kramarić for Vardy. With his first meaningful touch he made space for himself and sent in a shot, but it didn’t test Begovic.
Further changes were made with twenty minutes to go, with Ulloa and Lawrence replacing Nugent and Schlupp, but City came up against a red and white striped wall. Knockaert came closest getting onto the end of a Lawrence cross but he was denied by Begovic; while at the other end Crouch went very close with a speculative 40 yard lob.

City could find no way through and this was a big set-back to their fragile revival, though results elsewhere meant that 17th place is still only one win away.

Leicester: Hamer, Simpson, Morgan, Wasilewski, Konchesky, Knockaert, Drinkwater, King, Schlupp (Lawrence 71), Nugent (Ulloa 71), Vardy (Kramarić 65). Subs Not Used: Schwarzer, De Laet, Albrighton, Moore.
Stoke: Begovic, Bardsley, Wilson, Wollscheid, Muniesa, Whelan, N’Zonzi, Arnautovic (Crouch 81), Bojan, Moses (Cameron 85), Walters. Subs Not Used: Butland, Huth, Ireland, Adam, Sidwell.

Referee: A Marriner. Attendance: 31,772.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber. 

 

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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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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).
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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…

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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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Also included will be a set of 12 Leicester City postcards and 5 full colour 8″ x 10″ prints).
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Leicester’s spirited display still falls short against Liverpool

Leicester City 1:3 Liverpool
Leicester City v Liverpool, Barclays Premier, 2 December, 2014
City again failed to hold onto a lead after an action-packed meeting with Liverpool on Tuesday night ended  with a 3-1 defeat…
Nigel Pearson sent out an unchanged side for the first meeting with Liverpool in a decade and a few chances came and went for the Reds in the opening spell. Skrtel headed wide from a Gerrard free kick; Morgan blocked a Lallana effort; and Sterling was denied by Schmeichel after he got away from De Laet in the penalty area.
But it was City who should have taken a 19th minute lead when a misdirected ball from Mignolet presented Cambiasso with a gift. The home crowd looked on aghast as he side-footed his shot wide of the left hand upright with the whole goal to aim at.
Fortunately his blushes were saved a minute later as City took the lead.  A Vardy effort was beaten away by Mignolet,  Ulloa was swiftly on to the loose ball and his shot on the turn pinballed off the post and the keeper’s back before settling in the net.
Although this gave the KPS a big lift sadly the lead only lasted five minutes.
Lax defending allowed Lambert to nod a ball in the path of Lallana who fired home an equaliser unopposed.
There were few chances towards half-time and the sides went in 1-1 at the break with little between them.
Leicester City v Liverpool, Barclays Premier, 2 December, 2014

That parity only lasted 9 minutes into the second half when Sterling squared a ball across goal and Morgan’s interception only succeeded in teeing up Gerrard who placed an accurate finish low to Schmeichel’s left.
City pressed forward in search of an equaliser and a good run and cross from Schlupp was hoisted well over the bar by Wasilewski.
In the 63rd minute City’s task got harder when Lambert was pulled down by last-man Morgan for a red card that no one could argue with.
City still looked lively but a free-kick 30 yards out was wasted when Mahrez sent it sailing into the Kop Stand.
Cambiasso then went close with a shot that was frustratingly blocked three yards out. by Vardy.
The ten men wer egiving a spirited performance and substitute Albrighton produced a fine cross to set up Mahrez, but his control let him down and presented the ball to Mignolet.

Leicester City v Liverpool, Barclays Premier, 2 December, 2014

The game was finally settled in the Reds’ favour with seven minutes remaining when Schmeichel failed to hold on to Wasilewski’s diversion of a cross.  Sterling’ backheeled the loose ball to Henderson, who couldn’t miss from the edge of the 6 yard box.
City kept at their task, but couldn’t trouble the Liverpool defence further and defeat kept them anchored to the bottom of the Premier League.
Nigel Pearson was reported to have had a heated exchange with supporters near the end of the game, but was unrepentant in post-match interviews.  The heat is on…

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky (Albrighton 80), Morgan, James, Vardy, Schlupp, Cambiasso, Ulloa, Mahrez, Wasilewski. Subs Not Used: Drinkwater, King, Hamer, Knockaert, Wood, Moore.
Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Toure, Gerrard, Lambert, Henderson, Manquillo (Moreno 45), Lallana (Allen 70), Lucas, Sterling (Lovren 90), Skrtel. Subs Not Used: Jones, Coutinho, Can, Markovic.
Referee: L Mason. Attendance: 32,000.

All Photos: SIMON KIMBER
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Leicester tame Lions and go top…

Leicester City 3:0 Millwall

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City’s comfortable 3-0 win over Millwall saw them move to the top of the Championship table on Saturday afternoon…

Nigel Pearson gave Miquel his full debut at centre-half while Wasilewski (followed by a coachload of Anderlecht fans) was moved to right back. James and Knockaert replaced King and Hammond in midfield.
In a game that City were to dominate they took a 12th minute lead, when Drinkwater’s chip found Dyer in on the left and he fired home despite Forde’s best efforts
Time and again City allowed Millwall forward and then hit them on the break, Dyer and Knockaert both going close after lightning moves upfield.
As the chances mounted Nugent had a shot blocked by Robinson and then Forde did well to parry a Knockaert effort.

City sealed the game soon after the break.
In the 52nd minute Vardy latched onto a superb throw out from Schmeichel and charged up field evading the attentions of two defenders before slotting the ball through Forde’s legs for a brilliant goal.
With the crowd still buzzing from that effort Vardy added a third goal three minutes later. Alert to a poor Mason back-pass he nipped in to steal the ball, round the keeper and find the net from an acute angle.
After that, with Millwall rarely threatening, it was a case of seeing if City could find a fourth goal, but they couldn’t quite, despite totalling 30 attempts on the Lions’ goal.
It didn’t really matter however, with defeats for Burnley and QPR seeing City go three points clear at the top.
All that remained was for Wasilewski to be carried shoulder high by his Belgian fan club…

Leicester: Schmeichel, Konchesky, Drinkwater (Hammond 74), Morgan, James, Vardy, Dyer (Talyor-Fletcher 69), Miquel, Knockaert, Wasilewski, Nugent (Wood 61). Subs not used: King, Schlupp, Moore, Logan.
Millwall: Forde, Robinson, Feeney, Woolford (Morison 46), Beevers, Moussi, Chaplow (Martin 61), Hoyte, Abdou, McDonald (Keogh 61), Malone. Subs not used: Easter, Lowry, Smith, Bywater.

Referee: Andy Haines. Attendance: 21,833.

 

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