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City grind a point from Boro stalemate

Middlesbrough 0:0 Leicester City


City kicked off 2017 with a point from a dour 0-0 draw at Middlesbrough on Monday…

Claudio Ranieri made five changes for this second game in three days with Fuchs, Mendy, King, Okazaki and Ulloa in the starting line-up.

After a scrappy opening spell, City’s first chance came in the 7th minute when King set up Fuchs for a shot that went wide of the target.
Ramirez then fouled Mahrez 25 yards out, but his free kick lacked pace and was blocked by the wall.
Boro were unable to get a passing move together until the 17th minute when Traore exhibited his pace for the first time. He evaded two challenges before being halted by Huth, but referee Bobby Madley ignored the home crowds’ loud appeals for a penalty.
Shortly after this, Traore left King for dead down the right, but his near-post cross was spooned over by De Roon.


City were awarded another free-kick on the edge of the area for a Clayton foul on Mahrez, but this was wasted by King who delivered it straight into Guzan’s hands.
It was a pretty poor spectacle by this stage, with City content to concede possession and Boro looking blunt up front. Although Negredo put an effort into the side-netting and Mahrez was nimbly robbed by Fabio as he shaped to shoot, it was no surprise when the sides went in goalless at the break.

After some early second half pressure from the home side,  City broke upfield and Mahrez sent King down the left on the overlap. But his low cross passed across the goalmouth with no blue shirt on hand to apply a finishing touch.
Boro began to apply some pressure but Huth was dealing with a series of crosses comfortably.
Then Friend attempted a more direct route to goal, beating Simpson before attempting a top corner curler that had no curl and sailed wide.
City had a rare chance in the 69th minute but Ulloa sent a weak header straight at Guzan from a corner.


Claudia Ranieri made a couple of changes around the 70 minute mark, with Mahrez and Okazaki brought off for Gray and Musa.
Boro’s best chance of breaking the deadlock came in the 81st minute when a Fabio cross took an awkward bounce in front of Morgan, causing him to send a hurried header straight to Ramirez. Fortunately the Boro man didn’t accept the gift and dragged a shot wide.
City threatened a couple of times in the five minutes of time added on: substitute Albrighton crossed for Ulloa, but his header landed on the roof of the net, and a Gray free-kick came to nothing.
0-0 was a fitting scoreline for this non-event of a game, but a point was most welcome.

Claudio Ranieri summed up: “The performance was good, a good spirit. We got one point and a second clean sheet in a row, it was good for us. Middlesbrough pushed a lot but were only dangerous on two or three crosses. We were so solid, I’m pleased with the spirit we showed. This season we have conceded so many goals, we had to improve. We have gone back to being solid and strong with a good personality.”

Middlesbrough: Guzan, Fabio, Gibson, Clayton, Negredo, De Roon, Barragan (Friend 34), Ramirez, Chambers, Forshaw (Leadbitter 89), Traore (Downing 80). Subs Not Used: Konstantopoulos, Bernardo, Rhodes, Stuani.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mendy (Albrighton 83), Amartey, King, Mahrez (Musa 71), Okazaki (Gray 74), Ulloa. Subs Not Used: Zieler, Chilwell, Hernández, Wasilewski.

Referee: R Madley. Attendance: 32,437.

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Late Slimani penalty rescues Leicester

Leicester City 2:2 Middlesbrough


City scraped a point from a poor performance against Middlesbrough at the KPS on Saturday afternoon…

Claudio Ranieri made one change to the side that beat Bruges, with Amartey in for the suspended Drinkwater. James made his first appearance in the squad since his injury in May 2015.
The visitors got off to a lively start Zieler saved a Traore effort early on, and then De Roon missed the target as he followed up.
Boro took a 13th minute lead, when a Ramirez ball from the left was directed into the top right hand corner by Negredo.


After a slow start City enjoyed a better spell, and went close to a spectacular equaliser.
Good work from Mahrez on the right saw him curl a ball across the penalty area, but Okazaki’s acrobatic over head kick struck the crossbar with Valdes beaten.
City levelled matters in the 34th minute. A Simpson cross was handled by Chambers, albeit under considerable pressure from Morgan, and Lee Mason pointed to the spot.
Mahrez planted home his third spot-kick in three games, brushing the right hand post.
A couple of minutes before the break, Okazaki sent a low cross towards Vardy, who had hardly had a touch all game, but Ramirez nipped in to intercept and it was all-square at the break.

The opening twenty minutes of the second half were as scrappy as the first. City’s first chance didn’t arrive until the 63rd minute, when King headed a Simpson cross well over.
Claudio Ranieri then shuffled his pack, bringing Slimani on for Vardy and Musa on for Mahrez, but it was Boro who took the lead with twenty minutes remaining.
A Forshaw through-ball sent Negredo clear of the City defence down the right and he beat Zieler with a precise half-volley to send the vociferous away corner wild.
City were struggling to find a way through a dogged Boro defence, and Amartey’s 87th minute shot that flashed past the left hand post was the closest they got in open play.
Soon after this King headed a cross back across goal to Amartey who was crowded out.


However, they were handed a lifeline with just thirty seconds of time added on left.
As Morgan made his way across the 18 yard line there seemed to be little threat,  but de Roon needlessly stuck out a leg and tripped him over for an indisputable penalty.
With Mahrez off the field, Slimani stepped up to crash his spot-kick home and claim a point that City’s performance had scarcely deserved.

Claudio Ranieri admitted: “For us now it’s important to think we are in the battle of relegation and every point is OK. We wanted to win, but when it’s not possible one point after 93 minutes is OK.”

Leicester: Zieler, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, King, Amartey, Mahrez (Musa 68), Albrighton, Okazaki (Gray 76), Vardy (Slimani 65). Subs Not Used: Hamer, Hernández, Schlupp, James.
Middlesbrough: Valdes, Fabio, Gibson, Clayton, Negredo, De Roon, Barragan, Ramirez (Fischer 88), Chambers, Forshaw, Traore (Stuani 79). Subs Not Used: Guzan, Espinosa, Leadbitter, Downing, Nsue.

Referee: L Mason. Attendance: 32,058.

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Leicester beat the weather and Boro to stay on course

Leicester City 2:0 Middlesbrough

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Although a storm at kick-off ruined the first half as a spectacle, two second half goals against Middlesbrough sealed a seventh consecutive win for City at the KPS on Saturday…

Nigel Pearson sent out an unchanged side, but it soon had to be reshuffled.
A violent storm broke over the ground as the two sides came out and heavy rain soon made the playing surface waterlogged.
In the 5th minute Moore raced to meet a Knockaert free-kick at the far post and, sending his effort just wide, he slid into the left hand upright. After attempting to carry on he had to concede defeat and was replaced by Wasilewski.
He wasn’t the only casualty of the storm, with the ball refusing to roll along the ground, both sides had to limit their ambitions to simply propelling it forward.
There were few chances among the hoofing: Vardy attempted to lob Given in the Boro goal; and there was a scramble in City’s penalty area that was cleared.
The rain abated and the groundsmen forked the pitch at half time, and the real game began an hour late.
Although Boro had the first chance – Jutkiewicz’s header from close in going straight at Schmeichel – it was City who took a vital lead seven minutes into the second half. Nugent cahsed a long ball from Nugent down the left, and robbed Ayala right on the goal line, before cutting a ball back for Vardy to slot home an easy chance.
Vardy’s enthusiasm was undampened by the conditions and one head long charge into the penalty area against three defenders saw him upended by Williams in the 72nd minute.  Unfortunately Nugent could not add to his tally from the penalty spot this season, placing his kick too close to Given.
But City got a second a minute later when a James free-kick delivered from the left was headed home from close in by De Laet.
Phillips and Mahrez then made their KPS bows, replacing Dyer and Vardy, although the game was alreadey won, as City had passed another difficult test.
They equalled the all-time club record of seven league wins on the trot and went 8 points clear at the top of the Championship.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Konchesky, Morgan, Moore (Wasilewski 9), De Laet; Knockaert, Dyer (Mahrez 79), James, Drinkwater; Vardy (Phillips 79), Nugent. Subs Not Used: Hammond, King, Taylor-Fletcher, Logan.
Middlesbrough: Given, Friend, Williams, Leadbitter, Varga, Jutkiewicz (Kamara 59), Ledesma (Chalobah 75), Whitehead, Carayol, Ayala, Adomah. Subs Not Used: Butterfield, Emnes, Konstantopoulos, Gibson, Omeuo.

Referee: S  Martin. Attendance: 26,047.  

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Fans lose out as Leicester beat Boro and the weather

Leicester City 1:0 Middlesbrough

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City’s insistence on playing this fixture despite the conditions, no doubt with Sky TV in their ear, meant that thousands of City fans missed out on seeing their club beat Middlesbrough 1-0 at the KPS on Friday night…

City had declared their intentions early on saying the game would definitely be going ahead despite a whole day’s snow being forecast, and duly arriving. Gridlock across the city in the afternoon and evening meant that many people didn’t get home in time to set off for the game and some 15,000 didn’t make it, despite the delayed kick-off time due to Middlesbrough taking two hours to make a short journey from their hotel.

City, unchanged from the win at Bristol City, had the first chance of the game when Marshall’s effort brought a comfortable save from Steele. Boro soon had a chance of their own but McDonald blasted over from close range.
Nugent then tested Steele with a near post shot after a run down the right; before Knockaert cleared the goal frame of snow managing to strike both crossbar and right hand post with a dipping shot.
McDonald forced Schmeichel ito a save with a well struck shot from distance and the Dane was in action again saving from Bikey’s close-range header.
City twice threatened to take the lead just before the break but Nugent’s shot was saved by Steele, and then Keane’s header from a precise Wood chip sent the crossbar rattling again.

Ten minutes into the second half City struck the woodwork yet again, Konchesky’s cross headed against the foot of the left hand upright by Wood.
Nugent then found the net, turning De Laet’s cross beyond Steele, but the linesman’s flag signalled what must have been a very tight decision in Boro’s favour.
But City finally made the breakthrough with 20 minutes remaining. A fantastic lofted ball from Wood teed up Nugent for an even better finish past Steele to give City a precious lead.
Soon after a chance to clinch the points was lost when Nugent netted again only to be denied by the linesman’s flag for a second time. This time it looked like the correct decision.
Dyer, King and Vardy were all introduced into the action as City attempted to run the clock down without any drama, but that is exactly what happened as the game entered injury time.  Williams made the most of a clumsy Vardy challenge in the area and Roger East handed the visitors a life-line, pointing to the spot.
Fortunately for City, Schmeichel got down well to Emnes’ spot kick, to produce a fantastic save.
Three precious points, but a shame that some many City fans were denied the chance to experience it first hand.
Nigel Pearson commented on City’s lofty position: “It feels great to be second in the league. The players applied themselves well tonight. In the second half we pushed the full-backs forward more and took more chances going forward. I think we had the better chances and it was a good game.”
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Keane, Konchesky, Knockaert (Dyer 76), James, Drinkwater, Marshall (King 81), Nugent (Vardy 83), Wood. Unused Subs: Logan, Waghorn, Gallagher, Moore.
Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte (Thomson 21), Hines, Bikey, Friend, Williams, Leadbitter, Haroun, Ledesma, McEachran (Emnes 69), McDonald (Jutkiewicz 72). Unused Subs: Ripley, Reach, Bailey, Smallwood.
Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire). Attendance: 8,585

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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 Rescue a Point as Pearson Sees Red

Leicester City 2:2 Middlesbrough

A late Beckford goal rescued a point for City against Middlesbrough at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday night in a game dominated by the antics of referee Gavin Ward.

Nigel Pearson, who was to end the night sitting in the stand, stuck with his current side with none of the four new faces making the starting line-up.
This seemed to be working fine when City took a 7th minute lead, after Nugent met a clever Wellens chip with his head to beat Steele at the far post.
However, ten minutes later Boro were back in the game when City’s defence – who hadn’t conceded in three games – allowed a slackly marked McDonald to rise at the far post and nod home a McMahon corner from the left. 
Nugent and Gallagher both failed to keep shots down as the first half settled into a midfield war of attrition with the ref frustrating a small and shivering crowd with a series of poor decisions.
Beckford’s recent improvement continued and he went close on a couple of occasions, being denied by Steele.
An incident round the dug-out had the crowd straining  for a view at the beginning of the second half, after which Nigel Pearson was conspicuous by his absence.
The second half saw City working hard to regain their lead despite constantly being frustrated by the officials, and it looked as though Nugent’s fierce shot had been blocked by Bates’ hand, but referee Ward waved play on.   
He also waved play on again, when Delfouneso – on as sub with Drinkwater in the 62nd minute – was brought down in the box with the crowd now raging at him. Four City players were booked to Boro’s none as frustration threatened to boil over. Ward had missed an elbow on St Ledger and a two handed handball, yet appeared to be obssessed with stamping on the slightest bit of dissent.
City almost went ahead in the 75th minute when Schmeichel’s huge kick was nodded on by Nugent to Beckford who struck the underside of the bar with a fine effort, but it was Boro who took a 79th minute lead, a 25 yard free-kick from McMahon flying beyond Schmeichel’s reach.
The home crowd, led by Jobbers drum and L1, carried on with their spirited and raucous singing regardless and helped City find that equaliser. 
In the 86th minute a wayward backpass was charged down by Beckford who found a narrow angle beautifully to trundle the ball along the goal line and in off the far post.
In the face of determined Boro side and a dreadful refereeing performance this was a hard won point.

Post-match, a livid Nigel Pearson revealed that referee Gavin Ward had barged into his dressing room and interrupted his team talk, which resulted in him being told: “…where to go.” 
“If the FA have to get involved then I will be appealing, there’s no doubt about that,” Pearson said. “I can’t wait to see what happens. I don’t know what really happened. I was talking to my players and giving them instructions for the second half when I was rudely interrupted. I didn’t see who it was that barged into my dressing room but I told them to get out – and that may be a euphemism for what I actually said.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Mills, St Ledger, Konchesky, Gallagher (Drinkwater 62), Danns, Wellens (Howard 84), Dyer (Delfouneso 62), Nugent, Beckford. Unused Subs: Logan, Morgan.

Middlesbrough: Steele, McMahon, Hines, Bates, Hoyte, Haroun, Williams, Robson (Martin 69), Emnes (Thomson 69), Jutkiewicz, McDonald (Halliday 74). Unused Subs: Ripley, Bennett.

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey). Attendance: 20,512.

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