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Watford 0:3 Leicester City

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City exorcised the ghosts of last May’s play-off semi final with a superb 3-0 win at Vicarage Road on Saturday…

Nigel Pearson handed starting places to Wood and Schlupp, with Vardy and Konchesky both suffering hamstring strains.

After a lively opening exchange City enjoyed a huge slice of luck in the 10 minute that gifted them the lead. An Anya backpass shouldn’t have given Hornets keeper Almunia any problems but he slightly miscued his clearance, striking the onrushing Wood in the face. The ball rebounded instantly into the net for an unlikely opener.
There were few chances in a tight encounter for a while, although Dyer and Wood both had the ball in the net only to be denied by the linesman’s flag for offside.
Schmeichel then produced a smart double save from McGugan, and Wasilewski nodded a Knockaert corner narrowly over, before City went in at the break with a narrow lead.
Nine minutes into the second half it was City who got the all-important second goal. Great work from Schlupp down the left saw him beat two players before teeing up Knockaert for an emphatic strike past Almunia. His celebrations in front of the City fans could hardly have been in greater contrast to the scenes following his penalty miss,  and they earned him a booking.
The lively Forestieri seemed to be Watford’s best chance of a route back into the game, but a series of chances for the Italian saw a block by Wasilewski; an off target effort, and a great save from Schmeichel.
In the 65th minute Pearson shored things up a little bringing James on for Wood and leaving Nugent on his own up front.
But Watford weren’t troubling City greatly and off-target efforts from Anya and Deeney was the best they could manage before City wrapped up the game in the  87th minute.
Substitute Taylor-Fletcher sent Dyer in with a neat through ball and although the winger’s shot hit Almunia it looped up and into the net to send the visiting fans into further celebrations.

The three points briefly saw City level on points with leaders Burnley, as this season continues to progress in a highly satisfactory way.

Watford: Almunia, Doyley (Cassetti 61), Angella, Ekstrand, Anya, McGugan, McEachran, Murray (Fabbrini 46), Pudil (Faraoni 72), Deeney, Forestieri. Subs Not Used: Bond, Iriney, Battocchio, Acuna.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Moore, Wasilewski, Morgan, Schlupp, Knockaert (Hammond 75), Drinkwater, King, Dyer, Nugent (Taylor-Fletcher 82), Wood (James 66). Subs Not Used: Hopper, Bakayogo, Miquel, Logan.

Referee: Roger East. Attendance: 16,011.

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Leicester see off Rovers to go top

Leicester City 2:1 Blackburn Rovers

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City went top of the Championship with a 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers at the KPS on Tuesday night…

Nigel Pearson made no changes to the side that beat Wigan three days earlier.
The recently departed Marshall hit an early shot on target, easily fielded by Schmeichel, and then Knockaert cut in from the right testing Kean with a well struck shot before City took a 15th minute lead.
An inch-perfect ball slipped through the Rovers defence by King  set up Dyer who beat Kean from close range.
City went on to dominate the first half, although when they did add to their lead seconds before the break it was thanks to a soft penalty award from referee Simon Hooper and Spurr and De Laet tangled in the area.
Nugent netted from 12 yards, as he did on Saturday, to give City a comfortable lead.

The second half saw plenty of chances for City, attacking the Kop end, but they could’t find the net again. Kean denied Vardy in a one-on-one; and then made good saves from Knockaert and King.
Nugent then had a chance that was blocked by Dann, before a rare bit of play up the other end saw the second soft penalty of the night awarded.
Taylor went over after a Drinkwater challenge and the ref took the opportunity to even things out. Rhodes completed the job from 12 yards to set up a nervy last 20 minutes.
Pearson brought Hammond on for Dyer, and then Wood replaced Knockaert.
Dann’s header we well saved by Schmeichel and as City attacked on the counter Vardy was chopped down in the area for a much more clear cut penalty than the two that were actually given.
The tireless Vardy then struck the post in time added on, after which City managed to close out the game in a professional manner.

Three points took City to the apex of the Championship, just reward for their efforts in recent weeks…

Leicester: Schmeichel; De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky (Wood 79); Knockaert, Drinkwater, King, Dyer (Hammond 74); Nugent, Vardy. Subs Not Used: James, Schlupp, Hopper, Miquel, Logan.
Blackburn:Kean, Kane, Spurr, Hanley, Lowe, King, Rhodes, Marshall (Olsson 65), Dann, Evans (Taylor 65), Cairney. Subs Not Used: Kilgallon, Eastwood, Marrow, Morris, Judge. 

Referee: Simon Hooper. Attendance:19,135.

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City Hit Ipswich for Six

Leicester City 6:0 Ipswich Town

A rampant City recorded their biggest winning margin since 1982 over a poor Ipswich side at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon…

City hit their stride straight away against Mick McCarthy’s fragile looking side and they were ahead by the 7th minute. Dyer’s sprint down the left ended with him being brought down by Town keeper Henderson and Nugent confidently planted the spot-kick home.
It was all City, and ten minutes later Nugent doubled the lead. Waghorn had cut in from the right and his curling left-footed effort was saved by Henderson but fell perfectly into Nugent’s path and he didn’t have to break stride to chest it into an empty net.
By the 27th minute it was already beginning to look like a damage limitation exercise for the visitors as Dyer hared down the left again, and outstripped the Ipswich defence before beating Henderson with a low shot.
At this point Nugent, still suffering the effects of a neck injury from last week, was replaced by Vardy.
This didn’t stop the flow of goals, however. Just before the break the Town defence again failed to cope with a Dyer run down the left and he squared for an unmarked Knockaert to sidefoot home from 12 yards.

The second half saw Waghorn, desperate for a goal, head a Dyer cross against the post, but he didn’t have long to wait.
In the 53rd minute a clever through ball from King teed up Waghorn for a curling effort beyond Henderson’s reach. Every outfield player joined Waghorn’s celebrations in the back of the net for a hugely deserved goal.
City enjoyed the lion’s share of possession for the rest of the game, and Vardy was denied by a good Henderson block.
But City broke the scoring record since the move from Filbert Street in the 82nd minute.
Dyer again was the creator, this time running through the middle before finding substitute Futacs who slotted home through a crowded area.
It was City’s highest winning margin since a 6-0 win over Carlisle in 1982, and put Nigel Pearson’s side firmly back on track after four games without a win…

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Whitbread, Schlupp, Knockaert (Marshall 64), King, Drinkwater, Dyer, Nugent (Vardy 30), Waghorn (Futacs 74). Unused Subs: Logan, James, Moore, Lingard.
Ipswich: Henderson, Orr, Chambers, Higginbotham, Cresswell, Edwards, N’Daw (Hyam 58), Reo-Coker, Martin, Campbell (Chopra 78), Murphy (Emmanuel-Thomas 58). Unused Subs: Lee-Barrett, Hewitt, Smith, Bilel.
Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire). Attendance: 20,779 (990 away)

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City Gather Points at the Riverside

Middlesbrough 1:2 Leicester City

City came from behind to claim a late victory against Middlesbrough at the Riverside on Saturday…

Nigel Pearson sent out an unchanged side against Boro, who had a 100% record at home this season.  City started brightly with Vardy having an effort cleared by Woodgate and Bikey then had to deflect a Nugent shot over the bar.
At the other end Bailey went close with a shot across goal.
City had to make a change in the 28th minute when De Laet limped off for Moore, and then Nugent missed the best chance of the half, sending Konchesy’s cut-back wide.
Just before the break a great challenge from Morgan halted Friend’s mazy run into the box.
If City could be satisfied with their fist half performance the away jinx struck again just five minutes after the break when Bailey had too much time and space to line up a 30 yard rocket.
Things nearly got worse when Jutkiewicz slid in to hit the post a couple of minutes later, before Nigel Pearson shuffled his pack and brought on King and Dyer for James and Marshall.
This soon brought it’s reward, as City hit back with a 62nd minute equaliser. A Nugent shot was blocked and Vardy pounced on the rebound to level the game.
City were on top now and Boro keeper pulled off two fantastic saves to deny King and St Ledger.
Ledesma then hit a shot straight at Schmeichel when well placed in a rare home attack.
It was City who found that something extra in the tank in the 89th minute when Knockaert sent Dyer in and the winger’s shot took a deflection that carried it over Steele and into the net, much to the delight of 1,000 travelling supporters.
City’s first points on the road move them up to fifth place, just a point behind leaders Brighton, City’s strongest start going into October since the 2002-03 promotion season…

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, Woodgate (Hines 37), Bikey, Friend, McEachran, Leadbitter, Thomson (Ledesma 66), Bailey, Zemmama (Williams 63), Jutkiewicz. Unused Subs: Leutwiler, Arca, Smallwood, Haroun.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Moore 28), Morgan, St Ledger, Konchesky, James (King 56), Drinkwater, Vardy, Knockaert, Marshall (Dyer 61), Nugent. Unused Subs: Logan, Whitbread, Waghorn, Futacs.
Referee: Andy Madley (West Yorkshire). Attendance: 15,679.

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City Concentrating on the Cup

Bristol City 3:2 Leicester City

Any hopes of success for Leicester City this season now rely on a tough away Cup tie at Chelsea, after defeat at Ashton Gate all but extinguished their play-off hopes…
With Nugent passing a late fitness test, Kennedy in for the suspended Konchesky was Nigel Pearson’s only change for this trip to the south west.
Leicester couldn’t make much impression on a patched-up Bristol side in a largely uneventful first half.
Pitman forced a good save from Schmeichel after a quarter of an hour; while at the other end  James was lucky not escape action from the ref when he collided with Beckford at a vital moment.
And that was about it, until the game burst into life at the end of the first half.
In the 42nd minute Dyer combined with Nugent before using his pace to go clear of his markers and blast a shot past James.
But sadly for City this didn’t give them a half time lead. In time-added-on Cisse got on the end of a Stead pass and steered the ball beyond Schmeichel.
It got worse in the second half, after Nugent missed a good chance Pitman then fired the hosts into a 54th minute lead from inside the area.  
Nigel Pearson introduced Drinkwater and Schlupp to the game as City pressed forward in search of an equaliser.
A Morgan effort was blocked by James and Nugent blazed over, before Danns eventually managed to bundle home a 77th minute equaliser after good work from Drinkwater.
City looked the more likely winners after all that pressure, but it was the home side who snatched all three points just two minutes later.
A Pitman shot was deflected onto the post and Stead was in the right place at the right time to net the rebound and win the game for the Robins.

Meanwhile, at St Andrews, Chelsea beat Birmingham to set up a stiff quarter-final test for City…

Bristol City: James, Carey, Fontaine, McManus, McAllister, Foster, Cisse, Pearson, Bryan (Adomah 69), Pitman (Kilkenny 84), Stead (Wood 81). Unused Subs: Bolasie, Gerken.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Morgan, St Ledger, Kennedy, Marshall (Drinkwater 60), Danns (Gallagher 87), Wellens, Dyer, Nugent, Beckford (Schlupp 60). Unused Subs: Bamba, Howard.
Referee: M Haywood (West Yorkshire). Attendance: 12,033.  

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City Stumble at Home to Tykes

Leicester City 1:2 Barnsley

Barnsley enjoyed a rare victory while Nigel Pearson was left reflecting on the size of his rebuilding job after City put in an abject performance to lose Saturday’s game at the King Power Stadium…

On a freezing cold afternoon City, with Wellens and Dyer restored to the starting line-up, enjoyed a reasonable start to the game and should have gone a goal ahead after ten minutes when a low Gallagher free-kick was brilliantly saved by Tykes’ keeper Steele who saw it late.
But it was the visitors who took the lead two minutes later. A break upfield led to a simple passing move with Taz Ve and Drinkwater combining to set up a slackly marked Gray who prodded hom,e from close in.
City recovered quickly from this setback with a direct move leading to an equaliser three minutes later. Mills sixty yard long ball out of defence saw Dyer chesting it down on the edge of the area before directing a shot past Steele despite the close attention of two defenders.
City, however, failed to kick on from there. Too many passes went astray on an increasingly frustrating afternoon, which got worse when Barnsley retook the lead ten minutes before the break. 
Again Vaz Te and Drinkwater combined down the left to tee up Gray, this time a header beating Schmeichel from close in with the City defence playing statues again.
The second half did not bring about an improvement. Danns fired a shot over, as did Beckford when he came on as sub. Wellens diverted a Tunchev shot onto the crossbar with his head, which is the closest City came to rescuing a point, and later found the side-netting from an acute angle.
But Barnsley should have increased their lead, firstly when Done’s low shot was well saved by Schmeichel, and again when Vaz Te charged forward late on. Having done the hard part in slicing through Tunchev and Mills like a hot knife through butter, he then tried a bit of showboating, giving Schmeichel the chance to deny him with a fine block.
So 2-1 it remained, though the manner of this defeat was more worrying than the scoreline. City were, quite simply, awful.
Nigel Pearson’s after match comments included the comment that there were “delusions of grandeur” at th eclub. Whether this was referring to players, owners, supporters or all of the above wasn’t made clear, but indicated that the problems run deeper than simply a poor run of form.
Pearson has two weeks to bring in some desperately-needed fresh options before the transfer window shuts.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Mills, Tunchev, Konchesky, Danns, Wellens, King, Gallagher (Beckford 73), Nugent, Dyer. Unused Subs: St Ledger, Weale, Abe, Kennedy.
Barnsley: Steele, Hassell, Foster, McNulty, McEveley, Drinkwater, Addison (Davies 67), Perkins, Vaz Te (Wiseman 90), Gray, Dagnall (Done 61). Unused Subs: Preece, Edwards.
Referee: D Whitestone (Northants). Attendance: 22,116.

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Super City Put Lambs to the Slaughter

Leicester City 4:0 Derby County

City’s best performance of the season to date saw them sweep neighbour’s Derby aside with a 4-0 victory at Filbert Way on Saturday evening… 

Sven Goran Eriksson made three changes to the side who drew at Middlesbrough on Wednesday, with Danns, Nugent and Fernenades all returning to the starting XI.
This side immediately blended together well and forced their loftily-placed opponents on the back foot.
Vassell threatened to convert a King cross; King sent an effort narrowly wide and then Konchesky forced Fielding into a save with a twenty yearder.
City then took a 21st minute lead with a superb passing move that started on their own 18 yard line; Abe finding Vassell who flicked on to Fernandes who provided a superb through ball for Nugent to charge through and convincingly beat Fielding, before rushing off to celebrate in front of a sparsely populated visitor’s corner. 
City almost doubled their lead in the 37th minute when a well delivered Danns corner from the left was met with a solid header from Bamba, but Roberts was well placed to head clear from under th e bar.
The Rams then had a rare chance when Davies sent a cross from the right flashing across the goalmouth, but no one was on hand to convert the chance.
City had the ball in the net soon after that after a powerful run from Vassell put King in on the right and his low cross was bundled in by Nugent at the far post, but the celebrations were cut short by a linesman’s flag for handball.
But City were soon celebrating again… good work from Abe won the ball for Fernandes to feed Danns on the right. His fierce shot struck the left hand post but the rebound fell for Vassell who crashed the ball home from six yards.
The second half saw City sitting back a bit, content with a two goal cushion, but their back line (unbeaten for four and a half games now) restricted Derby to shooting from range and Schmeichel saved comfortably from Ward and Bryson.
With City looking untroubled Sven felt able to give some players a rest and made three substitutions: Nugent, Danns and Vassell all coming off to great acclaim, replaced by Schlupp, Dyer and Howard.
Former Ram Howard looked especially keen to kick-start the game back into life and had the Kop roaring for another goal. It soon came when a corner, won by Howard, was nodded down by Mills for Schlupp who reacted swiftly to turn and fire it past Fielding to put City 3-0 up with two minutes left.
One minute into the five added on the subs struck again, Howard nodding a long ball down into the path of Dyer who found the net through Fielding’s legs.
The away end emptied, while the home fans celebrated wildly, perhaps sensing that when the Championship resumes after the international break there will be a serious new contender in the promotion race.
Sven was delighted: “I thought it was a great result, and with a clean sheet again. I thought we were excellent and performed extremely well against a good side. David Nugent did very well on his return. He has been away for a month and today scored a goal and might have had more. He and Vassell were both very good, in offence and defence. The first half was one of the best we’ve had this season, along with our first half against Forest, and I hope we can go on like this.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Konchesky, Mills, Bamba, Peltier, King, Danns (Dyer 78), Abe, Fernandes, Nugent (Schlupp 70), Vassell (Howard 83). Subs: Weale, Paintsil.  
Derby: Fielding, Shackell, Roberts, Brayford, O’Brien, Davies, Bryson, Hendrick, Davies (Croft 72), Ward (Doyle 89), Robinson. Subs: Kilbane, Legzdins, Anderson.

 Referee: H Webb (South Yorks). Attendance: 22,496.



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