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Leicester and Leeds in Stalemate…

Leicester City 0:0 Leeds United

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Leicester and Leeds played out a 0:0 draw with few highlights at the KPS on Sunday evening…

Nigel Pearson made four changes to his side with Whitbread, Konchesky, Drinkwater and Vardy replacing of St Ledger, Wood, Danns and Dyer.
In a lively opening City’s best chance fell to Vardy who was sent through by Nugent, but Pearce blatantly obstructed him, pucking up a yellow card. Nugent then sent his header over from James’ free-kick.
Virtually nothing of note happened for the rest of the half with the only entertainment provided by Leeds’ large and lively travelling support.

Very little happened after the break either.
Dyer and Knockaert came on for De Laet and James… but still City only came up with a half chance when Drinkwater sent a shot on the turn well over.
Vardy then sent an effort over the bar, before being replaced by Wood. The New Zealander came very close to earning City all three points when a strong run took him past two defenders before he launched a shot against the right hand upright with Kenny beaten.
The visitors also had a late chance to wrap it up but Schmeichel reacted well to save a Smith header.

It was a 90 minutes of perspiration but no inspiration… hopefully enough to dissuade Sky from moving any more of our games for a while.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Dyer 57), Konchesky, Drinkwater, Morgan, Whitbread, James (Knockaert 62), Vardy (Wood 75), King, Moore, Nugent. Subs Not Used: Waghorn, Schlupp, Danns, Logan.
Leeds:Kenny, Peltier, Lees, Pearce, Murphy, Green (Tonge 90), Austin, Hunt (Poleon 65), Varney (Smith 77), Warnock, McCormack. Subs Not Used: Drury, Ashdown, White, Brown

Referee:Keith Stroud. Attendance:22,725.

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Late Keane Goal Rescues a Point Against Leeds

Leicester City 1:1 Leeds United

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City rescued a point from a poor performance against Leeds at the KPS on Tuesday night when Michael Keane nodded home an equaliser deep into time added on.

Nigel Pearson made one change to his side with Nugent returning in place of Marshall giving City’s line-up an attacking look.
It was a tight first half that eventually turned into a stalemate with few chances at either end.
City’s best chance came when Kenny failed to hold a 25 yarder from Kane, but the ball just eluded the onrushing Nugent.
Kenny then made amends tipping Wood’s shot over and then clawing away a curling Knockaert effort that was heading for the top right hand corner.
The second half saw an enforced change with Dyer replacing Konchesky at left back, and a disjointed and frustrating performance from City.
Leeds went ahead in the 52nd minute when McCormack’s corner from the left fell nicely for Byram at the far post.
And the visitors almost doubled their lead soon after when Lees headed a corner narrowly over; and McCormack forced a flying save from Schmeichel with a well-struck 25 yarder.
Marshall then came on for Knockaert as City attempted to fight their way back.
But nothing was going right for them, passes were going astray and then Wood watched his on-target shot deflected wide by a grounded Nugent, which just about summed up the frustration.
City managed to build up a spell of pressure in the four minutes of time added on, with Schmeichel coming up for the corners and throwing himself around the Leeds penalty area like a man possessed, he set up King for an overhead kick saved by Kenny.
Kane then went down in th ebox but loud penalty claims were ignored, before King had a header saved.
With the atmosphere turning manic Waghorn’s corner from the right was met by Keane at the far post for a late, late equaliser.

A late goal couldn’t mask another poor performance and Nigel Pearson was involved in a brief altercation with a couple of supporters as the teams made their way off the field. His post-match comments revealed that he might be feeling the pressure of City’s haul of 5 points from the last 18, suggesting that if some fans didn’t like it, they shouldn’t come..

Next Saturday brings an afternoon game at last,  and it needs to see a return to winning ways.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Keane, Morgan, Konchesky (Dyer 46), Drinkwater, King, Knockaert (Marshall 60), Nugent (Waghorn 81), Kane, Wood. Subs Not Used: Logan, Whitbread, Gallagher, Wellens. 
Leeds: Kenny, Byram, Peltier, Lees, Warnock, Green, Tonge, Norris, Varney, Morison, McCormack (Pearce 90). Subs Not Used: Ashdown, White, Brown, Diouf, Habibou, Hall

Referee: Paul Tierney. Attendance: 22,660. 

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Leicester City Exodus…

Several of Leicester’s bigger names appear to be heading for the exit door as Nigel Pearson rebuilds his squad…

According to Nevzat Sakar, the vice-president of Trabzonspor, an agreement on an £800,000 move for City’s Sol Bamba is nearing completion. The popular Ivory Coast international signed from Hibs just 18 months ago.

Last year’s big money signing Matt Mills is also on his way out of the club, but a move to Celtic has been held up with City wanting to recoup at least £3M of the £5M they paid Reading for him last summer.

Another defender, Lee Peltier, appears to have Leeds and Huddersfield vying for his signature just a year after he left the Terriers to come to the King Power Stadium…


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Managerless City Dip to Mid-Table After Leeds Defeat

Leicester City 0:1 Leeds United

City’s search for a new manager became more urgent after a home defeat to Leeds on Sunday afternoon…
Mike Stowell and his team selected the same side that won at Burnley, with Yuki Abe having failed a late fitness test.
From a Leicester point of view this Remembrance Fixture was memorable only for the helicopter visit, the minutes’ silence in honour of the fallen, and the continuing adventures of our peregrine falcon.
Leeds, having conceded five at home to Blackpool in their previous outing, were in a defensive mood and City struggled to create any kind of threat on goal.
Nugent looked to have made space down the right at one stage, but was closed down by a determined Leeds rearguard.
Their best chance arrived in first half time added on when Danns charged down a White clearance and looked to have a clear path to goal, but failed to take advantage.
The game failed to open up in the second half and it was a defensive error that led to the only goal of the game in the 68th minute. A Pugh cross was not cleared decisively enough by Mills who suceeded only in teeing up Clayton for a superb effort that flew into the top right hand corner.
If Leeds had been solid at the back before, they now looked impregnable, and so it proved.
Beckford, on as sub, couldn’t find the touch required for the couple of half chances that fell his way and a huge Leeds following celebrated a rare victory in this fixture.
City now have a weekend off and need to ensure that a new regime is in place for when hostilities recommence.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Mills, Bamba, Konchesky, Gallagher (Schlupp 85), King, Wellens, Danns (Johnson 74), Howard (Beckford 74), Nugent. Subs: St Ledger, Weale.
Leeds: McCarthy, Connolly, O’Brien (Bromby 75), Kisnorbo, White, Snodgrass, Clayton, Howson, Pugh, Keogh (Becchio 76), McCormack (Brown 86). Subs: Sam, Cairns.

Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Attendance: 26,720.

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What you are saying about: GOT, NOT GOT…

What people are saying about ‘GOT, NOT GOT – The A to Z of Lost Football Culture, Treasures & Pleasures…

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* I don’t even follow football anymore but I love this book. It’s packed with memories of the game when it was a simpler more enjoyable (to me anyway) sport.

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Bobby v Jackie…

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Beckford Signs… Waghorn and Kermorgant Depart

City’s transfer deadline day business could be summed up as one in two out…

Jermaine Beckford completed his signing of a four year contract, after some late night negotiations, with City thought to be spending up to £4M including future add-ons.
The 27 year old scored 10 goals for Everton last season after a prolific spell at Leeds which saw him net 85 goals in just 152 appearances.
Beckford is Sven Goran Eriksson’s 12th signing of the summer.  

Martyn Waghorn, last summer’s big signing, has joined the ex-Leicester City enclave at Hull in a loan spell keeping him at the KC Stadium until January.
Yann Kermorgant, who will forever be remember for his play-off semi final penalty howler, has reached a mutual agreement with the club to terminate his contract and is now a free agent.


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