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Boxing Day Blues for Leicester

Leicester City 0:2 Everton


Two second half goals for Everton ensured a miserable Boxing Day for Leicester fans…

It was an unfamiliar line-up for City, with Vardy, Huth and Fuchs suspended, and Mahrez and Drinkwater on the bench. Okazaki, Gray, Wasilewski and Chilwell all made the starting XI.
City got off to a decent start, Amartey tested Robles with a long range effort, and then Gray received a clearance from Schmeichel, combined well with Albrighton and made room for a shot that went wide of the right hand post.
Everton were happy to sit back and let City have possession, and the game became deadlocked, notable only for a superb debut from Chilwell, who was solid in defence and a threat going forward.


The visitors began to push forward towards the break and created a couple of chances, Funes Mori heading over from close in, before Baines fired a low ball across the area that evaded  the outstretched boot of Mirallas by a couple of inches.
So it was 0-0 at the break, with an understrength City side having just about edged the half.
Sadly that didn’t continue. With Drinkwater on for Okazaki, City attempted to apply some early pressure, but were hit with a sucker punch on the break in the 51st minute.
A huge clearance from keeper Robles saw Mirallas racing between Morgan and Wasilewski before sliding home a shot which was diverted past Schmeichel as Wasilewski attempted a late block.


City went in pursuit of an equaliser, but were making little impression going forward.
Claudio Ranieri made a couple of changes in the 64th minute, bringing on Mahrez for King and Ulloa for Gray. Boos rang out from the stands, with many fans thinking that Slimani should have been hooked, rather than Gray.
Ulloa’s first touch saw him get his head to a Simpson cross, but his effort went straight into Robles’ hands.


City struggled to create any clear cut chances after that, and Everton put the game beyond them with a second goal in injury time.
A ball from Barkley found Lukaku on the right, and he outmuscled Morgan before turning Wasilewski insideout and slotting past Schmeichel.

Claudio Ranieri commented: “We were in control but suddenly there was a long kick and we reacted a little late and they scored. After that we were nervous, and controlled the match much better. This season is this way – nothing is right, nothing is easy. We have to work and react. That’s our medicine. We have to stay together in the bad moment.”

City are now in a relegation battle and desperately need something from the West Ham game to end what was their greatest ever year on a high note.

Leicester: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Wasilewski, Chilwell; Gray (Ulloa 64), Amartey, King (Mahrez 64), Albrighton; Okazaki (Drinkwater 45), Slimani. Subs Not Used: Hernandez, Musa, Zieler, Mendy.
Everton: Joel, Baines, Funes Mori, Williams, Holgate, Coleman, Barry (Davies 68), Gana, Mirallas (Barkley 75), Lennon (Cleverley 88), Lukaku. Subs Not Used: Hewelt, Jagielka, Deulofeu, Valencia.

Referee: S Attwell. Attendance: 31,985.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber. 
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Leicester and Saints reach stalemate

Leicester City 0:0 Southampton


Leicester and Southampton battled to a goalless draw at the KPS on Sunday afternoon…

Claudio Ranieri made one change to the side that played Porto for this 2.15 Sunday afternoon kick-off, with Danny Simpson reclaiming his right-back berth.
Although in-form Southampton were on Europa League duty on Thursday night,  Claude Puel changed half his side for this game.

It was a tight encounter, and though Mahrez has a shot blocked in the first chance of the game, the Saints hit back. Austin sent a header straight at Schmeichel when well placed, and then fired an angled drive past Schmeichel that struck the inside of the far post.
City were gifted a chance on the half hour when an under hit Van Dijk backpass sent Vardy through on Forster. Vardy hesitated for a split second which allowed the Saints keeper to shepherd him towards Romeu, who blocked the effort on goal. Romeu then blocked the follow up shot from Slimani, and then another one from Vardy and the chance was gone.


The game reached deadlock before half time, with only a couple of noteworthy incidents. Romeu knocked Slimani off the ball, to loud penalty appeals, but it didn’t look worthy of a spot-kick.
Mahrez then sent a shot off-target, in a final act that summed up the half.

Not much happened for a while after the break either. Mahrez was booked for taking a free kick before the ref was ready, and when he delivered it again Slimani was offside.
Saints then had a good spell, Redmond slipped through the City defence but sent in a weak shot which Schmeichel easily gathered. Austin also had a golden opportunity, but elected to chip Schmeichel without looking up, and the City keeper had advanced far enough for another easy save.
At the other end, Drinkwater fired off a couple of shots, but one found the side-netting from a tight angle and the other didn’t test Forster.


Claudio Ranieri made his first changes in the 66th minute, bringing Gray and Okazaki for Albrighton and Vardy, and things got more lively.
A Huth header forced a good save from Forster, before Gray crossed for Okazaki who produced an inventive angled header that went inches wide of the far post.
Ulloa replaced Slimani for the last 12 minutes, but was unable to repeat the late heroics of last season, sending his only chance high and wide.
It was a hard-fought game, but neither side had produced enough to gain the three points.

Claudio Ranieri admitted: “I’m very happy because I recognise Southampton played better than us and they deserved to win. Maybe it is harder to think about, when we play every three days. Maybe at the end of the 22 days, was much better to give some rest to some players.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Amartey, Drinkwater, Mahrez, Albrighton (Gray 66), Vardy (Okazaki 66), Slimani (Ulloa 78). Subs Not Used: Zieler, Hernández, Schlupp, King.
Southampton: Forster, Cedric (Martina 27), Fonte, Davis, Austin (Ward-Prowse 83), Tadic (Long 71), Romeu, Van Dijk, Bertrand, Redmond, Hojbjerg. Subs Not Used: Yoshida, Clasie, McCarthy, Olomola.

Referee: M Atkinson. Attendance: 31,563.

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Leicester win again to increase Newcastle’s woes

Leicester City 3:0 Newcastle United

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City got off to a perfect start and never looked back in a comfortable 3-0 win against Newcastle at the KPS on Saturday…

Nigel Pearson made three changes to his side with Schlupp, Mahrez and James in the starting line-up and Huth thankfully recovered from injury. The side were greeted onto the field by a fantastic mosaic display organised by the Union FS fans’ group…
Within a minute the home crowd were celebrating a goal. Although Newcastle kicked off City soon had a corner and Albrighton’s dangerous flag-kick was nodded past Krul by Ulloa with 38 seconds on the clock.

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Although Pérez had a chance for Newcastle soon after he dragged his shot well wide when well placed and City were soon threatening again. A cross from the left by Mahrez was met with a glancing header by Ulloa, but it went straight into Krul’s grasp.
But City only had to wait until the 17th minute to double their lead. Schlupp was taken out by Janmaat as he raced down the left and the United player was booked. Albrighton drifted a free-kick into the goal mouth when Morgan had got goalside of Coloccini and poked the ball past Krul.
Newcastle had their best spell of the game after going two down, but Rivière missed the target with one effort and then fell over while trying to put the finishing touch to a good move. When a Taylor shot was saved by Schmeichel City had preserved their two goal lead going in at the break.

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City came racing off the blocks again in the second half and were soon awarded a penalty when Wasilewski was barged in the back by Rivière. Ulloa got his second of the game blasting his effort high into the net from 12 yards.
But they couldn’t add to the scoreline despite Newcastle being reduced to 10 and then 9 men.
Albrighton sent a shot narrowly wide and then Ulloa was denied a hat-trick when Krul clawed the Argentinian’s header over the bar.
United then lost Williamson to his second yellow when he sent Vardy crashing into a, thankfully well padded, tv camera base as the ball was going out of play.
The game was broken up by a series of substitutions with De Laet on for Wasilewski and then Hammond replacing Cambiasso and Kramarić coming on for Ulloa.

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Janmaat couldn’t cope with Vardy’s string running and was dismissed for a foul which put a lid on Newcastle’s miserable afternoon.
Five wins in six games have given City a fighting chance retain their Premier League status, while eight defeats on the trot have dragged Newcastle into trouble. After the game a furious John Carver suggested that Williamson had got himself dismissed on purpose as an “easy way out.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Morgan, James, Vardy, Albrighton, Huth, Schlupp, Cambiasso (Hammond 74), Ulloa (Kramarić 78), Mahrez, Wasilewski (De Laet 68). Subs Not Used: Konchesky, Drinkwater, Schwarzer, Wood.
Newcastle: Krul, Coloccini, Taylor (De Jong 58), Williamson, Sissoko, Colback, Pérez (Armstrong 74), Gutiérrez, Janmaat, Rivière (Anita 64), Dummett. Subs Not Used: Cabella, Ameobi, Abeid, Woodman.
Referee: M Dean. Attendance: 31,576.

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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


Final call for this Fox Subs offer…

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).
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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Ulloa heads Leicester into the 4th round

Leicester City 1:0 Newcastle United

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Leonardo Ulloa’s 39th minute headed goal was enough to see City hurdle this FA Cup 3rd round tie at the KPS on Saturday…

Nigel Pearson made seven changes to his side with Lawrence making his debut and Ulloa, Nugent, Knockaert, Cambiasso, Moore and Konchesky all returning to the starting line-up.
There were few chances in a cagey opening spell: Ulloa diverted a Lawrence corner over the bar, while Lawrence, and James both failed to place their efforts on target.
Cambiasso then had to limp out of the action, replaced by Albrighton.
Newcastle got the ball into the net on the half hour, but Cabella’s celebrations were cut short by what looked like a harsh offside flag.
Instead it was City who took the lead six minutes before the break.
From a short corner James crossed for Ulloa to get a well directed header beyond Alnwick and just under the bar.

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Newcastle had the first chance of the second half when Armstrong tested Hamer with a long-range effort.
And then Alnwick pulled off two fantastic saves to keep United in the game.
Albrighton delivered a perfect cross from the right for substitute Wood, but the Newcastle keeper spread himself and blocked his shot. Moments later he was in action again, tipping away a curling Albrighton shot.

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Tiote then blocked another Albrighton shot as City tried to put the game beyond the visitors, while the large travelling support expressed their dissatisfaction at the current regime.
Although Alnwick made another good save from Vardy and Williamson nodded a Knockaert corner onto the crossbar, City didn’t need that second goal to make it into Monday evening’s 4th round draw.

Just as important was the confidence gained by a third consecutive game without defeat…

Leicester: Hamer; De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky; Cambiasso (Albrighton 26), James; Knockaert, Nugent (Vardy 70), Lawrence; Ulloa (Wood 58). Subs Not Used: Simpson, Taylor-Fletcher, Mahrez, Smith.
Newcastle: Alnwick, Santon (Satka 58), Williamson, Dummett, Haidara, Anita, Tiote, Vuckic (Roberts 79), Armstrong, Riviere, Cabella. Subs Not Used: Woodman, Bigirimana, Gouffran, Gilliead, Campbell.

Referee: L Mason. Attendance: 23, 215.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.


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’s woes continue as Saint march on

Southampton 2:0 Leicester City
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Two second half goals from Shane Long were enough to see off City at the St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday…
Nigel Pearson made two changes to his side for this trip to a rain-swept south coast, with  Schlupp and Ulloa in for Konchesky and Nugent.
In-form Southampton applied some early pressure but the City defence managed to keep them at bay with the final ball being cut out or misdirected several times.
Clyne forced Schmeichel into a save from a long-range effort, and Morgan blocked a Pelle effort.
City looked set up to defend a pointand chances were rare though Morgan went close after connecting with a James corner but couldn’t direct his header downwards.
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City stood strong through an intense period of corners towards the break, but their only stat going forward was a booking for  Schneiderlin after he brought Vardy down.
Defensively City could be satisfied with the goalless scoreline at half-time.
City continued to soak up the pressue in the second half and though Wanyama  found the net in the 51st minute  the linesman flag brought a swift end to the celebrations.
Alderweireld then became the second Saints player to pick up a yellow card for stopping Vardy in his tracks, a tactic designed to snuff out City’s only real threat.
Cambiasso sent the free kick straight into the wall, as if to underline this.
Moore came on for De Laet  and as the clock ticked 0n Southampton began to get frustrated, restricted to long range efforts.

However, Ronald Koeman then made a game-changing substitution bringing on Long for Mane.

With a quarter of an hour remaining Long latched on to a ball from Pelle and slotted home a fine finish beyond Schmeichel’s reach.
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Five minutes later Long doubled Southampton’s lead after chasing down a long ball from Wanyama and it was game over.
As at Swansea City then wasted a great chance to score when substitute Wood outfoguth Fonte to earn himself a shot on goal but lobbed it wide.
After a promising start to the season City are now in free-fall, having earned one point out of the last 18.Something has to change.

Southampton: Forster, Clyne, Fonte, Alderwiereld, Bertrand, Wanyama, Schneiderlin (Reed 90), S. Davis (Cork 40), Tadic, Mane (Long 68), Pelle. Subs Not Used: K. Davis, Yoshida, Gardos, Mayuka.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Moore 54), Wasilewski, Morgan, Schlupp, Cambiasso, James, Drinkwater, King (Powell 76), Vardy, Ulloa (Wood 71). Subs Not Used: Konchesky, Mahrez, Smith, Nugent.

Referee: M. Oliver. Attendance: 31,297.
All photos: Simon Kimber


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