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Claudio Ranieri signs new contract

The man who delivered the Premier League title in his first season in charge of Leicester City has signed a new contract extending his reign to 2020. 

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Ranieri commented on the official LCFC website : “From the moment I talked to the owners about their vision for Leicester City, I knew it was something I wanted to be part of for a long time. The energy that exists at this Club – from the owners and the staff, to the players and supporters – is something very special. I am very happy and proud that I will be part of it for years to come.
Last season, that spirit and our hard work helped us to achieve something magical. If we can continue to work hard, maintain our passion and continue to fight with all our hearts, I am sure we can continue to be successful together.”

The 64-year-old Manager of the Year’s commitment to the club was never in any doubt, but this is good news for all City supporters as the first game of the 2016-17 season approaches.

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Vardy on Cloud Nine as Leicester draw level with leaders.

Leicester City 2:1 Watford

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A 2-1 victory over Watford in the Remembrance Day fixture at the KPS saw Jamie Vardy make history, becoming the only Englishman ever to score in nine consecutive Premier League games.

In what is now a well-established tradition the match ball was delivered by helicopter from RAF Shawbury, while the usual ‘clappers’ doubled up as fantastic crowd mosaic poppy held aloft during the ‘Last post’.

Claudio Ranieri made one change to his side with Fuchs regaining his starting place and Ulloa returning to the bench.

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In a cagey start to the game there were few chances. Capoue forced a save from Schmeichel, while at the other end Gomes got down well to a well-struck Albrighton effort.
The first real chance fell to the Hornets in the 20th minute. Ighalo fired a fine effort against the right hand post, and then Abdi latched on to the rebound but Schmeichel had recovered well to save.
Watford had City pretty much worked out for the rest of the half, without venturing too far forward themselves. Gomes dealt comfortably with shots from Albrighton and Vardy and the sides went in goalless at the break.

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Ranieri made a change at half-time, bringing on Okazaki for Schlupp and it soon paid dividends with City taking a 52nd minute lead. Kanté’s neat side-step took him into the penalty area, but he was faced with too many defenders for anything to be on. He resorted to a toe-poke with no pace on it and watched on as Gomes somehow allowed though his grasp for the ball to trundle slowly over the line for the Frenchman’s first goal for City.
Although Nyon sent a shot narrowly over Schmeichel’s bar City were soon on the attack again. Vardy had a fierce effort blocked and then Morgan headed over from a corner.
There was a nervous moment when Vardy went down injured, but he recovered to take his place in history.
Running onto a ball from Morgan he was sent cartwheeling by a clumsy Gomes challenge just inside the area.
As Vardy hadn’t been running directly at goal the Brazilian keeper escaped with a yellow card. Although regular penalty taker Mahrez picked the ball up he soon handed it over to Vardy, who made no mistake crashing the ball past Gomes for his ninth goal in consecutive games and 12th of the season.

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Any thoughts of a relaxing final 15 minutes were dispelled when Kanté brought Paredes down in the area and Deeney slotted the penalty kick home. But the Hornets never managed to apply any concerted pressure and a Schmeichel save from Deeney was the nearest they got. At the other end Mahrez forced a good save from Gomes before being given a fine standing ovation as he made way for Dyer late on, possibly for his standing aside at the penalty as much as his performance.

Claudio Ranieri commented: “They are all real friends, everybody understands the project. It is a very strong group, a friendly group and there is a good spirit in the group. When we get the penalty Riyad Mahrez gives Jamie the ball and says, ‘come on, score’. It was a lovely moment. Jamie wanted to score. It is so good for him to be scoring goals. Van Nistelrooy was a truly fantastic striker and Jamie has everything to reach that quality.”

On Saturday evening City were level on points with Manchester City and Arsenal at the top of the table.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Drinkwater (King 90), Kanté, Schlupp (Okazaki 46), Albrighton, Mahrez (Dyer 84), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Ulloa, Benalouane, Schwarzer, Inler.
Watford: Gomes, Nyon (Diamanti 76), Britos, Deeney, Cathcart, Aké, Anya, Abdi, Watson, Ighalo, Capoue (Paredes 70). Subs Not Used: Prödl, Behrami, Guedioura, Holebas, Arlauskis.

Referee: R East. Attendance: 32,029.

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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.

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Leicester see off Owls’ stiff resistance

Leicester City 2:1 Sheffield Wednesday

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City came within touching distance of promotion, beating a spirited Sheffield Wednesday side 2-1 at the KPS on Friday night…

Nigel Pearson made five changes to the side that drew at Wigan with Wasilewski,  Schlupp, James, Drinkwater and Mahrez all back in the side.
And City got off to a great start, going ahead in the 10th minute.
Wood sent Mahrez in down the right, and he cut in left before curling a precise shot beyond the reach of Kirkland.
Despite City being in charge of the first half, and changes for Knockaert, Nugent and Wasilewski coming and going, the Owls hit back with a 37th minute equaliser.
Antonio cut in from the left before firing in a hard and low shot which Schmeichel got a hand to but couldn’t keep out.
Palmer then took a yellow for the team crashing into Mahrez on the halfway line when a beautiful touch looked to have sent him clear.

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City kept pushing forward after the break, and their efforts were rewarded on the hour. Mahrez was brought down 20 yards out and Knockaert delivered a perfect free-kick into the top left hand corner to restore the lead.
Nugent then went close with a fierce drive, but City couldn’t add to the scoreline and had to be wary of the occasional threat from Wednesday.
During the six minutes of time added on there was a frantic scramble in City’s goalmouth which saw efforts from Lee, Best and Antonio blocked by Schmeichel, Wasilewski and Morgan all within three seconds.
But City survived that to take the points, in their 21st consecutive unbeaten game.
Depending on Saturday’s results they might already have done enough to be promoted to the Premier League…

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Drinkwater, Morgan, James, Schlupp, Knockaert (Dyer 90), Mahrez (Hammond 79), Wasilewski, Nugent, Wood (Taylor-Fletcher 59). Subs Not Used: King, Moore, Logan, Phillips.  
Wednesday: Kirkland, Buxton, Antonio, Onyewu (Llera 46), Maguire, Mattock, Lee, Palmer, Lavery (Nuhiu 72), Loovens (Coke 57), Best. Subs Not Used: Johnson, Helan, Martinez, Afobe.

Referee: G Scott. Attendance: 26,103.

All photos: Simon Kimber

 

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Leicester beat the weather and Boro to stay on course

Leicester City 2:0 Middlesbrough

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Although a storm at kick-off ruined the first half as a spectacle, two second half goals against Middlesbrough sealed a seventh consecutive win for City at the KPS on Saturday…

Nigel Pearson sent out an unchanged side, but it soon had to be reshuffled.
A violent storm broke over the ground as the two sides came out and heavy rain soon made the playing surface waterlogged.
In the 5th minute Moore raced to meet a Knockaert free-kick at the far post and, sending his effort just wide, he slid into the left hand upright. After attempting to carry on he had to concede defeat and was replaced by Wasilewski.
He wasn’t the only casualty of the storm, with the ball refusing to roll along the ground, both sides had to limit their ambitions to simply propelling it forward.
There were few chances among the hoofing: Vardy attempted to lob Given in the Boro goal; and there was a scramble in City’s penalty area that was cleared.
The rain abated and the groundsmen forked the pitch at half time, and the real game began an hour late.
Although Boro had the first chance – Jutkiewicz’s header from close in going straight at Schmeichel – it was City who took a vital lead seven minutes into the second half. Nugent cahsed a long ball from Nugent down the left, and robbed Ayala right on the goal line, before cutting a ball back for Vardy to slot home an easy chance.
Vardy’s enthusiasm was undampened by the conditions and one head long charge into the penalty area against three defenders saw him upended by Williams in the 72nd minute.  Unfortunately Nugent could not add to his tally from the penalty spot this season, placing his kick too close to Given.
But City got a second a minute later when a James free-kick delivered from the left was headed home from close in by De Laet.
Phillips and Mahrez then made their KPS bows, replacing Dyer and Vardy, although the game was alreadey won, as City had passed another difficult test.
They equalled the all-time club record of seven league wins on the trot and went 8 points clear at the top of the Championship.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Konchesky, Morgan, Moore (Wasilewski 9), De Laet; Knockaert, Dyer (Mahrez 79), James, Drinkwater; Vardy (Phillips 79), Nugent. Subs Not Used: Hammond, King, Taylor-Fletcher, Logan.
Middlesbrough: Given, Friend, Williams, Leadbitter, Varga, Jutkiewicz (Kamara 59), Ledesma (Chalobah 75), Whitehead, Carayol, Ayala, Adomah. Subs Not Used: Butterfield, Emnes, Konstantopoulos, Gibson, Omeuo.

Referee: S  Martin. Attendance: 26,047.  

We are extending our popular ‘The FOX as a late Christmas present to the Leicester City fan in your life’ into January – minus the Christmas wrapping.…

They will receive all the issues that have come out by mid-December this season: The Summer Special 2013; FOX 186 and FOX 187, will be posted in time for Christmas and will be gift-wrapped.

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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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Clarets pip Leicester to pole position

Leicester City 1-1 Burnley

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Leicester and Burnley had to be content with a point each from a lunchtime game at the KPS, which saw top spot in the Championship change hands twice…

Nigel Pearson made four changes to the side that were beaten at Brighton, with Moore, De Laet, James and Knockaert returning to the starting line-up.
City got off to a flying start and the league-leaders’ goal was peppered with shots. Dyer, James and Drinkwater all had efforts blocked by defenders, with a couple of appeals for handball being ignored by the ref. Then Knockaert fired in a shot that was too hot for Heaton to handle, but he recovered it ahead of any blue shirts.
City got the reward their lively start deserved when former-City defender Mee brought Vardy down in the area. Nugent sent Heaton the wrong way with his spot-kick to put City back on top of the Championship.

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Burnley came close to an equaliser soon afterwards when a glancing header from Ings kissed the left hand post; but City continued to create chances and Nugent’s header from a Dyer cross forced Heaton into a good save.
Vardy then flashed a shot across goal that went inches wide.
Both sides retreated into their shells a little towards the break with little action at either end and City took the lead in with them at the break.

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Sadly, this state of affairs didn’t last long after the restart when Ings got on the end of a Trippier ball that passed through City’s defence to put the Clarets back on top of the league.
Things almost got worse soon after that setback when a sloppy backpass from De Laet sent Vokes clear on goal, but he was denied by a fantastic Schmeichel save.
City were struggling to create much and Pearson made a double change for the last twenty minutes with Taylor-Fletcher and Wasilewski coming on for Nugent and De Laet.
Taylor-Fletcher went close with a clever flick and Vardy didn’t put enough on his header after Dyer did well to tee him up, but the chances dried up and there was no late pressure applied by City.
Neither side had done enough to win the game, but it was disappointing to start a very challenging week with a point after surrendering the lead.
Nigel Pearson reflected: “We missed our chances when we were on top and didn’t work hard enough to stop the cross for their goal. You look at the game in its entirety and it was a good illustration that you have got to score when you are on top.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Wasilewski 70), Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Knockaert, James, Drinkwater, Dyer, Nugent (Taylor-Fletcher 70), Vardy (Schlupp 83). Subs Not Used: Hammond, King, Miquel, Logan.
Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Marney, Vokes, Ings, Jones, Kightly (Treacy 72), Arfield. Subs Not Used: Lafferty, Stanislas, Cisak, Edgar, Stock, Long.

Referee: Andy D’Urso. Attendance: 23,143.

All photos: Simon Kimber.

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Late drama sees Leicester past Fulham and into the quarter finals

Leicester City 4:3 Fulham

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City are the only Championship side left in the League Cup after defeating Fulham in a 4-3 thriller at the KPS on Tuesday night…

Nigel Pearson made five changes to his side bringing in Miquel, Hammond, James, Schlupp and Wood.
After a cagey start to the game, with City trying to close down Fulham’s passing game.
But the Premier League side took an 18 minute lead following a slick move that saw Riise in down the left and finding Rodallega at the far post who netted from inches out despite City’s loud appeals for offside.
It was a tough task for City now but they pressed on. Wood forced a save from Cottagers’ keeper Stekelenburg and Knockaert also tested him with a shot, before Konchesky fired a shot over the bar.
City’s efforts were finally rewarded four minutes before the break. After Boatang brought down Hammond for a cautionable offence, Knockaert fired in a 25 yarder that Stekelenburg could only parry straight to Morgan who was left with the simple task of nodding the ball past him to level the game.
Four minutes later, to the delight of the home crowd, Fulham gifted City another goal. Senderos hit a poor clearance against the back of Konchesky and it fell perfectly for Wood to find the net from the edge of the six yard area six yards out to give City a half time lead that had looked highly unlikely five minutes earlier.

Dyer replaced Konchesky after the break and fired narrowly wide right from the kick off in what proved to be a lively start to the second half.
In the 50th minute Miquel rose above the visitor’s defence to nod Drinkwater’s cross home and give City a two goal cushion.
However, this was instantly reduced back to a single goal as City appeared to be caught napping and Rodallega headed his second from a teasing Karagounis cross.
Martin Jol introduced Ruiz and Bent to the action, but City were still looking the better side. A series of chances failed to produce a goal to kill off Fulham: Wood’s hooked shot over his own shoulder just failed to catch Stekelenburg out, Dyer and then James had shots blocked, and Schlupp missed the target when well placed.
At the other end Schmeichel pulled off a fine save to deny Ruiz.
As the clock ticked on it looked as though City were almost there when Wasilewski brought down Ruiz right on the 18 yard line.  Karagounis arrowed it into the top right hand corner and a hugely disappointed crowd prepared themselves for extra-time.
It wasn’t required however. Straight after Fulham’s equaliser Pearson then brought on Vardy and Nugent for Knockaert and Wood – and both were involved in City’s winner.
A fine pass down the right from Vardy set Nugent up for a perfect cross which Dyer raced in to convert from 12 yards.
The roof nearly lifted off the KPS and, despite 6 minutes of time added on, City made it through to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2000.
Nigel Pearson summed up: “I don’t like conceding three goals but I really enjoy scoring four,” said the manager at final whistle. The most important thing tonight was going through to the next round. We thought we had a chance, and that proved to be the case.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Konchesky (Dyer 46), Drinkwater, Morgan, Hammond, James, Schlupp, Miquel, Knockaert, Wasilewski, Wood. Subs Not Used: Vardy, King, Moore, Taylor-Fletcher, Logan, Nugent.
Fulham: Stekelenburg, Riise, Senderos, Kacaniklic, Karagounis, Duff (Ruiz 56), Hughes, Taarabt, Rodallega (Bent 64), Zverotic, Boatang (Sidwell 81). Subs Not Used: Stockdale, Dejagah, David, Amorebieta.

Referee: Keith Stroud. Attendance: 17,937.

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