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Ten man Leicester make their point at Stoke

Stoke City 2:2 Leicester City

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Despite some harsh decisions from referee Craig Pawson, City battled their way to a glorious point at Stoke on Saturday with a late equaliser form Daniel Amartey.

Claudio Ranieri made two changes to his side, with Schmeichel back from injury and Simpson returning from suspension.
Schmeichel was soon in action as Stoke enjoyed a good opening spell and the Danish keeper did well to block a Walters effort from close in with his leg.
There was another good save at the other end as Grant tipped a looping header from Huth over the bar at full stretch.
Grant was called into further action saving a low shot from Slimani and a deflected effort from Vardy, before a fierce Fuchs volley was blocked.
City had their tails up now, but events were about to take a turn.
Just before the half hour, Vardy was shoved over by Johnson as went in for a challenge on  Diouf. He won the ball as he went down, but referee Craig Pawson very harshly judged it to be dangerous play and wielded the red card.

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Ten man City were on the back foot for the remainder of the half and Pawson helped them with their breakthrough in the 39th minute.
As Simpson slid in to try and block a cross from Bojan the ball struck his right hand. Another harsh judgement saw Pawson pointing to the spot, before booking Simpson for something he couldn’t do anything about.
Bojan blasted the spot-kick past Schmeichel to give City an uphill task.
Things were to get worse before half time. Pawson developed Yellow Fever and now every Leicester foul was a booking. King, Slimani, Fuchs and Albrighton all followed Simpson into the book in a surreal spell, and then Stoke grabbed a second with almost the last kick of the half. Imbula crashed a shot against the right hand post, the ball rebounded off Schmeichel and Allen was presented with a tap in.
It was now surely a damage limitataion exercise, as the City players, and even Claudio Ranieri, raged at Pawson as the sides left the field.

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Fortunately, City managed to channel their anger into something much better.
Stoke came out looking for a third that would see City dead and buried, but Schmeichel produced a brilliant save to deny Walters’ firm header from 8 yards and Morgan got a good block on a Pieters volley.
Ranieri made his first changes in the 72nd minute, bringing on Gray and Ulloa for Albrighton and Slimani, and it had an instant effect. within two minutes Gray delivered a fine cross from the right and Ulloa rose at the far post to nod it over line. Although it had been cleared by Shawcross, goal line technology soon confirmed that the ten men were back in the game.
Gray then attacked down the left flank, cut in and fired in what was an on target effort before it was deflected over the bar.
City continued to press forward, determined to get a point, and it arrived with two minutes remaining. Fuchs swung a ball into the box and Amartey rose above the Stoke defence to nod home his first goal for the club, sparking riotous scenes of celebration in the away section.

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In injury time Whelan blasted a 20 yard shot goalwards, but Schmeichel was equal to it, and the ref’s whistle heralded a famous point for City.

They had reacted brilliantly to the car crash of a first half, and although they will be left to count the cost of suspensions, this could prove to be a turning point in the season.

Claudio Ranieri revealed:“During half time we spoke a lot and we continued to believe that something would be possible. They made a fantastic performance.”

Stoke: Grant, Johnson, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Diouf, Whelan (Ramadan 90), Imbula, Pieters, Allen, Bojan (Adam 83), Walters. Subs Not Used: Given, Bony, Shaqiri, Crouch, Ngoy.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, King, Amartey, Mahrez (Musa 80), Albrighton (Gray 72), Slimani (Ulloa 72), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Zieler, Chilwell, Mendy, Okazaki.

Referee: C Pawson. Attendance: 27,663.

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Leicester edge towards title with Old Trafford point

Manchester United 1:1 Leicester City

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City overcame a stuttering start to earn a hard-fought point against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday…

Claudio Ranieri stuck with the starting XI that beat Swansea so convincingly, but they got off to a nervy start in their quest for a victory that would seal the league title.
City couldn’t get any possession and it was one-way traffic towards Schmeichel’s goal. Rashford had a shot blocked by Huth, before the Red Devils took an 8th minute lead.
Valencia delivered a precise ball from the right that found Martial in space at the far post and his crisply struck low finish went under Schmeichel.
Five minutes later Schmeichel prevented this early setback from becoming a disaster: Fellaini teed up Lingard for a well-struck, low shot which the City keeper did well to get a hand to.
City rallied after this, and delighted their 3,000 strong (plus hundreds in the home areas) following with a 17th minute equaliser.
Drinkwater delivered a free-kick from the right, and Morgan evaded the scrum on the six yard line to nod home past De Gea.

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It was a more even encounter now, with play flying from end to end.
Rooney dragged a shot wide, Schlupp had an effort blocked by Valencia, and then Lingard and Simpson had a race to goal, but pulled each other over before Schmeichel slid in to hoof the ball clear.
City ended the half on top, with De Gea beating away Schlupp’s cross, loud penalty appeals when Rojo crashed into Mahrez, Drinkwater and Morgan both going close and 1-1 at the break was a fair reflection of the game.

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One goal could win City their first ever title, and they pressed forward.
Morgan sent a header straight at De Gea, and the energetic Okazaki sent one shot wide and saw another cleared off the line by Martial.
Lingard failed to test Schmeichel with a curling effort, while Ulloa sent a header narrowly over.
There followed a rash of yellow cards, which were to damage City more than United later on, Lingard, Carrick, Rooney and Drinkwater all being booked.
Okazaki overhead shot, on target before it was blocked, was his last action of the game as he was replaced by Gray.
A moment of Mahrez magic then saw him glide past Rojo and Carrick before sending his shot just too close to De Gea.
With Albrighton on for Schlupp for the closing stages City continued to look for the goal that would win the title. Ulloa look very tired as he chested and volleyed an effort at De Gea, he didn’t have any support in the attack as Rooney had pulled Gray over, but the United skipper escaped a second yellow.
Unfortunately Drinkwater wasn’t so lucky in the 87th minute, picking up a harsh second yellow for a very weak challenge on Depay. Fortunately, referee Michael Oliver awarded a free-kick when what little offence there was occurred on the line.

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Schmeichel got a fist to Rooney’s free-kick and the ten men continued to battle.
In four minutes of time-added-on there was only one truly scary moment – Martial, down the right, was tackled by Fuchs but the ball rolled across the penalty area… the alert Schmeichel beat Mata to it by inches.
City held out until the final whistle, the hard-earned point now reducing Spurs’ margin for error to zero.
Claudio Ranieri revealed that he might not be in the country of the big moment arrives on Monday…  “I’d like to watch the match tomorrow, but I think I’m on a flight back from Italy so it’s difficult for me to watch the match. Maybe I’ll find out when I land.
For us, it was important to show our character, our mentality. The beginning wasn’t good, but after I very appreciate our performance. We suffer all the matches because we know what we are. We know every match we have to work hard.”
That hard work could be rewarded in the most monumental way tonight, depending on the outcome of a game in West London…

United: De Gea, Rojo, Smalling, Blind, Valencia, Carrick, Fellaini (Herrera 75), Lingard (Mata 61), Rashford (Memphis 82), Rooney, Martial. Subs Not Used: Romero, Schneiderlin, Darmian, Fosu-Mensah.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Kante, Drinkwater, Schlupp (Albrighton 77), Mahrez (King 88), Okazaki (Gray 67), Ulloa. Subs Not Used: Schwarzer, Wasilewski, Chilwell, Amartey.

Referee: M Oliver. Attendance: 75,275.

 

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Foxes devour Swans to go 8 points clear

Leicester City 4:0 Swansea City

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City took a step closer to the title with a convincing 4-0 victory over Swansea at the KPS on Sunday to go eight points clear at the top of the Premier League with just three games to play…

With Vardy suspended, Claudio Ranieri played Ulloa and Okazaki up front , with Schlupp in for Albrighton.
Although Swansea were the first to deliver a ball into the box, it came to nothing, and City were then gifted an 11th minute lead.
Williams’ slightly leisurely clearance struck Mahrez and the Algerian international showed great composure to finish, with Fabianski perhaps expecting a curling effort into the far corner, Mahrez simply fired it in at the near post.
It was the start City needed to calm any nerves, and they never looked back.
With City’s midfield bossing the play, Fuchs and Okazaki both threatened the Swans goal, before City extended their lead on the half hour.
After a battle between Morgan and Routledge out on the left ended with a free-kick to City, Drinkwater delivered a perfect ball into the area for Ulloa to nod home from 6 yards.

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It was tempting to think ‘game over’ at this stage, but Swansea enjoyed their best spell of the game up to half-time.
But of the two free-kicks their pressure gained, one was headed narrowly over by Fernandez and the other, a shot from Sigurdsson, may have been heading for the post when Schmiechel tipped it round. And so City took a precious 2-0 lead in with them at the break.

Swansea had an early chance in the second half when a well-placed Ayew failed to test Schmeichel with a weak header, but it was all over by the hour mark.
Schlupp charged after a Schmeichel clearance down the left, beating two defenders and cutting in on goal. He unselfishly attempted to square to Ulloa, but Williams blocked. However, the ball fell nicely for Schlupp to cross again and Ulloa slid the ball in at the far post, sparking huge celebrations.

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Barring an Ayew header into the side-netting, it was one-way traffic now, with City in irresistible form.
Schlupp forced a fine save from Fabianski and miscued a couple of other efforts.
Okazaki fired a shot over the bar, and then King (on for Ulloa who picked up a knock to his back) tested Fabianski again with a low shot.
City’s fourth goal arrived with five minutes remaining. Gray went on a run down the right, and just kept running. At one point it was almost comedic with four Swansea defenders chasing after him. After cutting in, the youngster chipped a ball to the far, post, King headed it back across goal, but Gray’s first time effort was pushed out by Fabianski… only as far as Albrighton who gleefully rifled it home, having only been on the pitch for three minutes.

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City ended the day eight points clear, knowing that two more wins would seal the club’s first ever title. With every week bringing a new landmark, they now can’t finish outside the top two and, later that evening, Riyad Mahrez was crowned PFA Player of the Season.

Speculation about how City would cope without Vardy had been answered with four goals:
“It was a magnificent performance,” said Claudio. “Without Jamie, everyone else had to give that bit more. It was great to see my players fight. We had some difficulties, but everybody made sure we had a good match. Now it is important for us to make our dreams a reality. Now is the right moment to give everything.”

* Credit where it is due: maybe it was the light and shade effect but referee Mark Clattenburg appeared to come up with the perfect refereeing performance.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Drinkwater, Kanté, Schlupp (Albrighton 82), Mahrez, Okazaki (Gray 73), Ulloa (King 79). Subs Not Used: Schwarzer, Wasilewski, Chilwell, Amartey.
Swansea: Fabianski, Taylor, Williams, Rangel, Fernandez, Britton, Cork, Fer (Paloschi 46), Routledge (Montero 46), Ayew, Sigurdsson (Ki 75). Subs Not Used: Amat, Nordfeldt, Naughton, Barrow.

Referee: M Clattenburg. Attendance: 31,962.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Ulloa raises the roof with late winner for Leicester

Leicester City 1:0 Norwich City

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City struggled to break down a Norwich side fighting for their Premier League lives, but they got there in the end with an 89th minute Ulloa goal…

Claudio Ranieri was forced into making one change to his side with Amartey making his debut at right-back, replacing the suspended Simpson.

The Norwich game plan soon unfolded, they were defensive minded and also determined to impose themselves physically with some early heavy challenges which twice left Albrighton on the turf. But they did also look keen to break forward when it was on. They were first to threaten when Schmeichel had to be alert to beat Jerome to a Redmond through-ball.
At the other end City were struggling to turn possession into chances with crosses being dealt with by the Canaries’ aerial supremacy.
A Huth header over the bar was the nearest they got in the early stages.
Vardy then got in down the right and pulled the ball back for Okazaki, but his back-heeled effort was blocked by Bennett.
As City continued to press Mahrez sent Albrighton in down the right and his hard, low cross was blocked at the near post by Martin, trickling 6 inches wide of goal. The Algerian international then ghosted past two defenders before having a shot blocked, before Albrighton’s follow up effort was also charged down by the yellow and green wall.

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Naismith was then denied by a superb Morgan tackle, before play swept back up-field and City gained a free-kick out on the left when Okazaki was bundled over. Albrighton’s swinging effort eluded Huth’s head and went narrowly wide of the far post.
The visitors, with just one point from their last six games, should have taken a priceless lead as they ended the half with a good spell. Jerome did everything right leaping above City’s defence to meet a Brady corner from the right at the near post, but his glancing header didn’t have quite enough on it and it flashed across goal.
Schmeichel then blocked a well-struck Redmond effort in the last action of the half.

City had the first chance of the second half when Mahrez was tripped on the edge of the area. Drinkwater set up Vardy with the free-kick, but his low shot was too centrally placed and thumped into the chest of Ruddy.
In what was now a very tight game neither goalkeeper was seeing much action. Ruddy made another save from Albrighton, but the whole stadium seemed to be acutely aware that the minutes were ticking down.
With just over twenty minutes remaining Ranieri made a couple of changes. The slightly limping Kanté was replaced by King, while Okazaki made way for Schlupp, making his first appearance since December.
Although that gave City some fresh impetus down the left, Norwich stood firm and it looked as though the game was drifting towards a 0-0 draw.
Redmond sent one effort narrowly wide for the Canaries late on, but it was City who would be able to summon up that something extra in the 89th minute.

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Mahrez fed Albrighton down the right, and the winger delivered a hard, low ball. Vardy, at full stretch, could only get a toe to it, but that touch diverted it away from the defender and into the path of substitute Ulloa, who slid in for a glorious and vital winner.
A huge roar of relief greeted Ulloa’s goal, but City still had to get through 4 minutes of time added on, which were mercifully drama-free. The place was absolutely buzzing at the final whistle.
A delighted Claudio Ranieri commented: “The conclusion I have drawn from this is that my players believe until the end. That, for me, is very important. If the other teams start to win, they can win all the matches. But for us, the next match is always the final match. That is our mentality.”
Ulloa’s priceless goal meant City went five points clear at the top of the Premier League, while Norwich were left with nothing for a huge effort. Like City last year, if they could produce more performances of this intensity, they should be able to survive.
For Leicester the incredible dream continues…

Leicester: Schmeichel, Amartey (Ulloa 78), Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Drinkwater, Kanté (King 69), Albrighton, Mahrez, Okazaki (Schlupp 69), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Schwarzer, Wasilewski, Gray, Dyer.
Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Naismith (Jarvis 82), Howson, Jerome (Bamford 90), Brady, Klose (Mbokani 90), Redmond, Bennett, Pinto, Tettey. Subs Not Used: Rudd, Mulumbu, Olsson, O’Neil.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick. Attendance: 32,114.

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Leicester dismiss the doubters with a fine victory

Leicester City 3:0 Stoke City

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City emphatically ended their slight mid-season wobble and took a big stride in their Premier League title bid with a magnificent 3-0 win over Stoke City in front of an adoring KPS. Equally as significant, Jamie Vardy proved he has fully recovered from his groin operation with a quality strike with the game still in the balance against a very well-organised opposition.
There were no surprises in Claudio Ranieri’s team selection with the first-choice eleven restored after the FA Cup distraction. Chances were few and far between in the opening quarter-of-an-hour with a deep-lying Stoke defence preventing City making any attacking impact and their tall back-line snuffing out any aerial challenge.
Stoke were first to attack when Walters went through but was thwarted by Morgan and an on-rushing Schmeichel.
City characteristically broke up-field with Mahrez, Albrighton whipped in a fine low cross and a crisp Vardy shot was saved by Butland.
Mahrez almost opened the scoring from the resulting corner but his spectacular bicycle kick was narrowly wide.
One of City’s unsung heroes Danny Simpson had to be alert to divert a Shaqiri cross with Diouf waiting to finish before another, Drinkwater, opened the scoring on 42 minutes. Stoke only half-cleared an Albrighton corner and the ball fell to Drinkwater 20 yards out. His fierce low shot, that took a slight deflection past Buland, made many a City fan’s cup of tea taste that little bit sweeter at half-time.
Incredibly it was City’s first goal of the season from outside the box.

Like the first-half, the second started slowly until the game burst into life when Schmeichel punched away a Joselu header. |
Then, on 66 minutes came the moment that Vardy and all City fans had long been waiting for, 10 hours and 17 minutes to be precise.

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A delightful lofted pass from Man of the Match Drinkwater fell just over Vardy’s shoulder, and he expertly took the ball around the keeper with his first touch and slotted home from a narrow angle to produce the biggest cheer of the afternoon.
Vardy almost got his second after being set up by Kante who danced though three tackles and fed Vardy, only to be denied by a last-ditch tackle. Vardy’s animated applause of the imperious Frenchman was echoed by all.
City were now in full flow and had categorically banished any pessimism after only one league win in the previous four weeks and the fervour in the stands transferred itself onto the pitch and onto Mahrez in particular.
A goal for the re-energised Algerian, who was now running at Stoke defenders at will, would have been the icing on the cake. However, he had to do with assist, but with a piece of trickery that will be doing the rounds on YouTube for many a year and presumably have the unwitting Stoke defender having nightmares for just as long.

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With three minutes remaining, a terrific move was started by a Schmeichel kick, headed on by substitute Ulloa to Vardy who fed Mahrez 15 yards out. With a deft piece of skill, Mahrez sold a dummy and nutmegged Wollscheid in one move and the cross-cum-shot was netted by a grateful Ulloa, another badly in need of a goal.
Opinion was divided if it was a ‘flip-flap’, an ‘elastico’ or a regulation nutmeg, but it was glorious.
The sea of smiling faces on the walk back to car after the game summed up perfectly the mood of the city and things would only get better as the weekend progressed. Ranieri’s beautiful use of the English language was again demonstrated in his post-match comments.
On Vardy’s first goal in seven games the Italian said: “Jamie I tell every day it is not important, although I know goals for the strikers is important and maybe now he has more confidence, and when I speak with him I say it is important you continue to work hard because you are the main man and if you start to press then everyone follows. Then sooner or later you score a goal, I tell him this. You have to work and make it happen and then the goal will arrive.”
Ranieri recognised that City are in a privileged position with no further involvement in any cup competitions. “Now the players will have three days off, to clear the minds. And when they come back we restart to work hard because the league for us is very exciting. We made a fantastic performance and I am very pleased with my players.”
With their rivals slipping up, City finished the weekend in first place, three points ahead of Arsenal and Manchester City. With no cups to act as distractions, minimum injury worries and generous owners, surely there will never be a better chance for City to go and do something special?

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Kanté, Drinkwater, Albrighton (Gray 88), Okazaki (Ulloa 62), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Schwarzer, Wasilewski, Inler, King, Dyer.
Stoke: Butland, Johnson, Pieters, Shawcross (Wilson 30), Wollscheid, Whelan, Afellay, Diouf (Odemwingie 71), Shaqiri (Crouch 79), Joselu, Walters. Subs Not Used: Van Ginkel, Adam, Bojan, Haugaard.

Referee: M Dean. Attendance: 32,018.

WORDS: Rob Coe. PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Vardy makes history as Leicester go top

Newcastle United 0:3 Leicester City

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On an incredible day for Leicester fans Jamie Vardy equalled the record of ten Premier League goals in consecutive games, and City moved back to the top of the table with a 3-0 win over Newcastle United at St James Park.

With Vardy recovering from the injury that kept him out of last week’s England games, Claudio Ranieri made one change to his side with Ulloa in for Schlupp.
City stamped their authority on the game from the early stages but couldn’t convert their chances.
Vardy’s darting run down the left saw his shot blocked, while a fine save from Elliott denied Ulloa from close in.
United rarely threatened Schmeichel’s goal, and Perez fired a rare chance well over.
Five minutes before the break Vardy forced a good save from Elliott, and then Ulloa headed just over from the resulting corner.
It looked as though the sides would go in goalless at half-time, but Vardy struck with the last attack of the half to spark wild scenes of celebration in the away section way up in the huge Leazes Stand.
Vardy charged down the left, and found Ulloa with a pass. The Argentinian returned it with a perfect pass and Vardy timed his run beautifully to beat the offside trap. He then cut inside Sissoko before firing a low shot just inside Elliott’s near post, equalling Ruud van Nistilrooy’s record of ten goals in ten successive Premier League games.

City continued to press forward in the second half and Vardy almost got another on the hour when he seized on a great ball from Mahrez but saw his fierce shot smack against the bar.
Two minutes later it was 2-0 when Mahrez took his time to deliver a perfect cross that picked out an unmarked Ulloa at the far post and his diving header beat the exposed Elliott.
United’s first on-target effort from Wijnaldum was then cleared off the line by Drinkwater.
Vardy then ran almost the length of the field and bore down on goal but showed too much of the ball to Elliott, who came smartly off his line.
Ranieri brought Okazaki on for Ulloa and then King replaced Vardy who was given an ovation not only from the away fans but also the sporting home crowd.
Albrighton and Mahrez both had near misses, but City were not to be denied a third goal.
In the 83rd minute Albrighton found Mahrez in the area but his shot was saved by Elliott. The ball looped into the air and landed in front of Okazaki a yard out. He missed his first header, sent his second into the ground and then, third time lucky, prodded the ball over the line with a grin as wide as the Tyne.
The final whistle confirmed City’s position at the summit of English football, but Claudio Ranieri still had his feet on the ground: “We’re top of the league but it’s not important now. I want to see the horses at the end of the race. Now is not important. What’s important for us is we have 28 fewer points to achieve our goal [of 40 points]. Now we are very focused on our goal.” 

Newcastle: Elliot, Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Dummett, Sissoko, Anita, Tiote (Thauvin (20), Wijnaldum, Perez (de Jong 81), Mitrovic (Cisse 62). Subs Not Used: Gouffran, Lascelles, Woodman, Sherry.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Mahrez (Dyer 88), Kanté, Drinkwater, Albrighton, Ulloa (Okazaki 72), Vardy (King 77). Subs Not Used: De Laet, Schlupp, Schwarzer, Inler.

Referee: M Jones. Attendance: 50,151.

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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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