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Leicester out-gunned by Arsenal

Leicester City 2:5 Arsenal

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City’s unbeaten run came to an end at the hands of an impressive Arsenal side at the KPS on Saturday afternoon…

Claudio Ranieri made one change to his starting XI with Albrighton in for Inler.
Arsenal made a worryingly easy breakthrough early on but Ramsey’s shot was blocked by Huth and Cazorla’s follow-up saw a well placed De Laet clearing off the goal line.
City than had a couple of chances: Schlupp’s shot being well saved by Čech, before Vardy’s low drive took a slight deflection which saw it hit the foot of the right hand post.
Vardy converted his next chance, in the 13th minute. Kante won the ball from Ramsey in City’s area and fed it to Drinkwater, who sent Vardy in down the right. A good first touch with his head saw him cutting in towards goal before sending a superb finish round Čech.
City almost went two goals ahead five minutes later, but Vardy’s header from an Albrighton cross hit the crossbar.
Arsenal then swept upfield and Walcott was sent clear of the defence by Cazorla and his low finish past Schmeichel, crept just inside the far post.

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There was a controversial moment leading up to the Gunners taking the lead in the 33rd minute. As City broke forward both Okazaki and Vardy were brought down but referee Pawson waved play on. Bellerín then raced down the right flank and delivered a low cross that reached Sánchez at the far post, and he slotted home from close in to give Arsenal the lead.
The ref then further enraged the home crowd when Okazaki was dragged over by Mertesacker, but loud appeals were once again ignored.

Ranieri brought King on for  Okazaki for the second half, though it didn’t really work for City who couldn’t match some of their fine first half play.
Arsenal were looking very strong and extended their lead in the 57th minute when a clever lob from Özil teed up Sánchez for a header past Schmeichel from close in.

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Ulloa then came on for Albrighton and he set up a chance for King who missed the target with an ambitious drive.
Kramarić entered the fray in place of Drinkwater, but the Gunners further extended their lead with ten minutes remaining.
Sánchez made some room for himself on the edge of the area, before sending a precise shot low to Schmeichel’s right.
City pulled a goal back in the 89th minute when Kramarić was denied by Čech but Vardy was on hand to curl home a fantastic effort.
But any thoughts of yet another comeback were dismissed when Arsenal broke again and Monreal set up Giroud for the visitor’s fifth.

City’s unbeaten record was over, but surely Arsenal announced their title ambitions with a superb display of football.

Ranieri said of his players: “They showed the maximum character. I understand it’s difficult to play a team who use one or two touches. It’s impossible, when you go to press they move the ball very quickly. The quality of the Arsenal players is a very high level. We tried to do our best and created good chances, some were unlucky, and it’s important how we react in the next match.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Huth, Morgan, Schlupp, Kanté, Drinkwater (Kramarić 78), Mahrez, Albrighton (Ulloa 64), Okazaki (King 46), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Schwarzer, Simpson, Inler, Dodoo.
Arsenal: Čech, Bellerín, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey (Oxlade-Chamberlain 77), Özil, Cazorla, Flamini (Arteta 21), Sánchez, Walcott (Giroud 80). Subs Not Used: Debuchy, Gibbs, Ospina, Chambers

Referee: C Pawson. Attendance: 32,047 (3,350).

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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Leicester dumped out of the FA Cup at Villa

Aston Villa 2:1 Leicester City

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City’s bowed out of the FA Cup at Villa Park on Sunday with a poor performance in front of 6,500 travelling fans…

Nigel Pearson made one change to the side that played at Arsenal, with Wasilewski in for the cup-tied Huth, so a five-man defence lined up against a very goal-shy Villa side.
Villa got off to a better start, with new boss Tim Sherwood sat in the stands and featuring regularly on the big screens, though Weimann sent their best chance sailing over the bar.
City then went close from a James corner, Wasilewski’s glancing header had Given beaten but brushed the right hand post.
In a half of few chances City’s next came on the half hour when a Cambiasso dummy made space for James to fire in a vicious shot that Given did very well to get his fingertips to, sending the ball inches wide.
Benteke got the ball into City’s net just before the break but Villa celebrations were halted by an offside flag and the sides went in goalless after a half that wouldn’t have gripped the nation.

Attacking the Holte End, and having had their first half-time team talk from Sherwood, Villa looked more likely to open the scoring, especially as City were having terrible trouble retaining possession. Delph sent a header over the bar and then Schwarzer smothered a Benteke effort.
Delph then sent a shot from a free-kick wide.
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Nigel Pearson made a change on 65 minutes, bringing Ulloa on for Wasilewski, but just three minutes later Villa took the lead.
Bacuna cut in from the left and delivered a fine shot beyond Schwarzer and into the far corner to break the deadlock and delight the home fans.
It could have been 2-0 soon afterwards, but Upson put in a fine last-ditch challenge to prevent Benteke from adding to the scoreline.
City best chance of a reply came when an Ulloa effort was saved by Given, who then blocked Kramarić’s follow-up. A few attacks were mounted to no great effect as City by now looked very ponderous and disjointed.
Villa added a second as the clock reached 90. Morgan failed to cut out the ball over the top and substitute Sinclair sealed the home side’s place in the quarter-finals after a Schwarzer fumble.

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Somewhat perversely, as soon as the game was beyond them City found the net at last. Kramarić sent an outstanding header past Given from a Schlupp cross to give City’s huge following something to cheer, but it was too late to make a difference.

The final whistle was heralded with chants of: “What a load of rubbish!” from an extremely disenchanted away crowd.
Being able to ‘concentrate on the league’ won’t fill anyone with any joy…

Villa: Given, Hutton, Cissokho, Clark, Vlaar, Bacuna (Sinclair 77), Cleverley, Westwood, Delph, Weimann (Grealish 83), Benteke. Subs Not Used: Guzan, Okore, Cole, Sanchez, Lowton, Grealish.
Leicester: Schwarzer, Simpson, Wasilewski (Ulloa 65), Morgan, Upson, Konchesky, Mahrez, Cambiasso, James, Schlupp, Kramarić. Subs Not Used: Hammond, Vardy, King, Albrighton, Hamer, Moore.
Referee: M Clattenburg. Attendance: 28,098.

All Photos: SIMON KIMBER

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Plaudits, but no points, for Leicester at the Emirates

Arsenal 2:1 Leicester City

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A spirited second half performance was not enough to prevent a 2-1 defeat for City at the Emirates on Tuesday night…

Nigel Pearson made three changes to his starting XI with Huth and Upson making their debuts alongside Morgan in a three-man central defence, and Kramarić making his first full league appearance; Wasilewski, Ulloa and Nugent making way.
City adopted an up and at ’em approach from the start in a fixture they hadn’t won since the days of Jimmy Bloomfield.
Mahrez saw his shot deflected wide, and then James’ half-volley was blocked by Bellerin.  Mahrez then went agonisingly close when his shot went through Ospina’s legs but just wide of the far post.
Arsenal then began to gain some ground and Walcott should have put the Gunners ahead when he broke clear on goal but Schwarzer pulled off a fine block.
Schwarzer then produced another save to deny Ozil but Arsenal took a 27th minute lead from the corner. From Ozil’s flag-kick Koscielny left Morgan standing as he raced to the near post for a neat finish.
Although City continued to press forward they wen tin at the break 2-0 down. Ozil’s 25-yard effort was parried by Schwarzer, but only into the path of Walcott, who fired the ball home.

Just before the hour Upson had to limp out of the action, replaced by Wasilewski, and City struck back a couple of minutes later.
After some great battling from Cambiasso on the right, the ball was worked out to Kramarić 18 yards out, who arrowed home his first goal for City.
City were the better side at this stage, but Mahrez sent a curling effort narrowly off target and then Kramarić elected to try and lob Ospina when clean through but delivered the ball straight into the keeper’s grasp.
With Ulloa and Nugent on for Morgan and Schlupp City desperately sought an equaliser, but they were contained by Arsenal’s defence and ended up with nothing to show for their considerable efforts.

The gap to safety extended to 5 points with a tough looking schedule coming up. Hopefully the FA Cup will offer some cheer on Sunday.

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Rosicky, Walcott (Ramsey 73 (Flamini 85)), Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez (Giroud 67). Subs Not Used: Szczesny, Gibbs, Gabriel, Welbeck.
Leicester: Schwarzer, Simpson, Huth, Morgan (Ulloa 80), Upson (Wasilewski 59), Konchesky, Mahrez, Cambiasso, James, Schlupp (Nugent 85), Kramarić. Subs Not Used: Drinkwater, King, Albrighton, Hamer.

Referee: M Jones. Attendance: 60,032.  

Photo: Paul Coulson.

 

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Ulloa heads Leicester into the 4th round

Leicester City 1:0 Newcastle United

Leicester City v Newcastle Utd, FA Cup, 3 January 2015

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.

Leicester City v Newcastle Utd, FA Cup, 3 January 2015

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.

Leicester City v Newcastle Utd, FA Cup, 3 January 2015

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.

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Leicester comeback earns a point at Anfield

Liverpool 2:2 Leicester City

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City fought back from two bad penalty decisions to earn a point at Anfield on New Years’ Day…

Nigel Pearson made four changes to the side that won at Hull, with De Laet, Drinkwater, Hammond and Vardy in for Konchesky, Nugent, Cambiasso and Ulloa, and they nearly went a goal ahead in the second minute.
After Mahrez had been brought down by Moreno the Algerian international took the free-kick, and with everyone anticipating a cross he almost caught Mignolet out with a near post shot that struck the post.
In a very encouraging start for City great work from Schlupp down the left then set Mahrez up but he skied his shot into the Kop.

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However, the first set-back of the game came in the 17th minute when referee Mike Jones handed Liverpool the lead.
A cross from the left from Sterling struck the sliding figure of Morgan full in the face. This was judged to be handball despite Morgan’s vehement protests and Gerrard put Liverpool ahead from 12 yards, despite Hamer guessing right.

Liverpool v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 1 January 2015

City continued to try and take the game to their hosts and Mahrez was unlucky when his deflected free-kick went narrowly over the bar.
Drinkwater then had to retire injured, replaced by Nugent, in the 37th minute.
Five minutes before the break Liverpool were awarded a second penalty. After a challenge on Coutinho the ball shot up and made contact with Simpson’s arm. Despite him having no chance to get it out of the way Jones pointed to the spot again and Gerrard sent Hamer the wrong way to give City an impossible looking task.
But Nigel Pearson’s side kept plugging away, and their reward arrived in the 58th minute when Vardy set up Nugent for a superb scissor-kick finish that gave Mignolet no chance from the edge of the area.
Within two minutes there were manic scenes in the away end as City levelled the game, Schlupp finding the bottom right hand corner from 18 yards.

Liverpool v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 1 January 2015

City were still looking to push forward in search of a winner but Liverpool were creating chances of their own and Hamer saved well from a Lucas effort.
City then had to soak up some late pressure, Borini fired over when well placed, and Hamer saved from Sterling and Coutinho.
There was a late scare when a Morgan challenge on Borini brought loud appeals for a penlalty at the Kop end, but Mike Jones declined the chance to point to the spot a third time.
City held out for a very well-earned point that continued the revival and gave their supporters some hope for 2015.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Can, Toure, Sakho, Henderson, Gerrard, Lucas (Markovic 72), Moreno (Lambert 85), Coutinho, Sterling, Lallana (Borini 55). Subs Not Used: Ward, Lovren, Manquillo, Ojo.
Leicester: Hamer, Simpson, Wasilewski, Morgan, De Laet, James, Hammond (Cambiasso 67), Mahrez, Drinkwater (Nugent 37), Schlupp, Vardy (Ulloa 75). Subs Not Used: Lawrence, Moore, Knockaert, Smith.

Referee: Mike Jones. Attendance: 44,720.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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No Boxing Day cheer for Leicester as Spurs take the points

Leicester City 1:2 Tottenham Hotspur

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City’s win-less run extended to 13 games with a 2-1 defeat at home to Tottenham on Boxing Day…

Nigel Pearson made two changes to his side with Ulloa and Nugent replacing Cambiasso and Vardy.
But this new line-up found themselves a goal down with a minute on the clock. After a swift break down the left by Chadli he found Kane in the middle. The former-City striker easily eluded a flat-footed challenge from Morgan before beating Hamer from close in.
With City struggling to piece a decent move together Kane went close to doubling the lead for Spurs but sent his curling effort narrowly off target.
City’s first chance arrived in the 18th minute when good work from the lively Schlupp set Ulloa up. The Argentinian flicked the ball up before launching a fine half-volley that was just a little too close to Lloris, who tipped it over the bar.
It was a more even contest now and the action swung from end to end.
Hamer pulled off a good save from a well-struck Chadli shot, and then Morgan blocked an Eriksen effort; before Drinkwater robbed Stambouli of possession but delivered a wildly off-target shot when well placed.
Schlupp then burst through the Spurs defence again but his shot didn’t trouble Llori.
Roared on by another full-house, City cranked up the pressure towards the break. Drinkwater teed up Ulloa with a chance but Lloris forced him wide and he sliced his shot into the side-netting. Lloris then got down well to block a low shot from Mahrez.
City’s best chance of the half saw Mahrez crossing for Ulloa who sent a firm header crashing against the woodwork.
Kane then sent a header skimming the right hand post in the last action of the half.

Although City went down the tunnel trailing by a goal, they soon set that right in the second half.
Mahrez beat Bentaleb down the right and found Ulloa at the near post. The Argentinian stabbed the ball home before gleefully celebrating his seventh goal of the season.
City went close to taking the lead in the 52nd minute when Mahrez lifted a 20 yard free-kick over the wall, but struck the bar.
However, City were to shoot themselves in the foot once again in the 71st minute. Substitute James conceded a free-kick out on the left, bringing Kane down. The two-man wall turned its back on Eriksen’s shot which then beat Hamer at his near post.
Pearson brought Vardy on for Nugent and he soon forced a save from Lloris. His next effort landed on the roof of the net, and then he was brought down in the area by Vertonghen for what looked like a nailed on penalty, but the ref didn’t agree.
With time almost up City had a golden opportunity to equalise when a Mahrez cross found Morgan in space at the far post, but he lost all composure and ended up sitting on the ball.
Time ran out for City, who had played very well in spells, but had overall fallen short of Premier League standard, and been the architects of their own downfall.
The miserable run extended to thirteen games without a win… For how long will this be allowed to continue?

Leicester: Hamer, Konchesky (Knockaert 83), Wasilewski, Morgan, Simpson, Schlupp, King (James 46), Drinkwater, Mahrez, Ulloa, Nugent (Vardy 75). Subs Not Used: De Laet, Hammond, Cambiasso, Smith.
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Rose, Vertonghen, Lamela, Kane (Paulinho 84), Fazio, Chadli (Soldado 63), Eriksen, Stambouli (Mason 46), Bentaleb. Subs Not Used: Chiriches, Vorm, Townsend, Davies.
Referee: N Swarbrick. Attendance: 31,870.

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Leicester gift points to West Ham

West Ham United 2:0 Leicester City

West Ham v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 20 Dec 2014
City’s win-less run stretched to twelves games with a 2-0 defeat against West Ham at Upton Park on Saturday…

Nigel Pearson named an unchanged side against an in-form West Ham and Sam Allardyce’s side applied some early pressure.
Sakho went close in the 6th minute, but then City had a decent spell of their own with Schlupp and Vardy causing the Hammers defence some problems. Carroll should have put the home side ahead in the 23rd minute but wasted a chance after being well teed up by Downing.
However, a minute later he was given a gift-wrapped Christmas present from Konchesky. The City left back set him up perfectly with a careless back-pass and he beat the advancing Hamer with a neat finish.
City kept at it and Mahrez forced a good save from Adrian, but the only other statistic up to the break was a booking for Vardy after a foul on Song.
West Ham v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 20 Dec 2014 Eleven minutes after the break it was all over as Downing produced a fantasic finish that gave Hamer no chance.
Pearson responded with a triple substitution, bringing on Ulloa, Knockaert and Nugent for Konchesky, Cambiasso and Vardy, but by now they were struggling to get a touch of the ball as the Hammers had their tails up.
Nugent provided one decent piece of play when a couple of feints took him past two defenders, but he fluffed his shot.

He then forced Adrian into a great save from a close-range volley, and once again City had to accept defeat.
West Ham v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 20 Dec 2014
The Premier League season that we had looked forward to so much, has now turned into a disaster.

West Ham: Adrian, Jenkinson, Reid, Tomkins (Collins 69), Cresswell, Kouyate, Nolan (Amalfitano 86), Song, Downing, Sakho (Valencia 79), Carroll. Subs Not Used: Jaaskelainen, Zarate, O’Brien, Cole.

Leicester: Hamer, Simpson, Wasilewski, Morgan, Konchesky (Knockaert 61), Cambiasso (Ulloa 61), Mahrez, Drinkwater, King, Schlupp; Vardy (Nugent 61). Subs Not Used: De Laet, Hammond, James, Smith.  Referee: M Atkinson. Attendance: 34,977.

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