Tag Archives: newcastle united

Leicester sweep Newcastle aside to regain third place

Leicester City 5:0 Newcastle United

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

City thumped Newcastle 5-0 at rainswept KPS on Sunday, with the visitors reduced to ten men just before the break…

Brendan Rodgers made one change to his side, with Praet in for the injured Maddison. United have won this fixture in the previous two seasons, but a repeat never looked likely as City overwhelmed them.
City’s first chance came in the second minute when Barnes crossed from the left but Dubravka smothered Pérez’s effort. An offside call looked very tight.
Newcastle went close in the 12th minute when Hayden hit a shot well wide, but Muto couldn’t sort his feet out to get a touch on it from 10 yards.
Pérez then lofted a cross to Tielemans at the far post and his volley was deflected into the side netting by Krafth. Tielemans raged at Craig Pawson when he awarded a goal kick.
But the frustration didn’t last long with City taking a 16th minute lead.
Ricardo picked up the ball in his own half, played a one two with Pérez, and surged through the open space towards goal. With no challenge forthcoming, he switched to his weaker left foot and guided a low shot inches inside the left hand post.

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

Two minutes later City almost went two up when Tielemans slotted a ball through to Chilwell, but the left-back’s shot from close in was blocked by Dubravka.
The 24th minute saw a booking for Vardy after he raced in to block a clearance from  Schar, leaving the defender floored and Vardy protesting his innocence.
A Barnes’ cross was punched by Dubravka as far as Praet, but his well-struck shot was blocked.
Newcastle then broke down the right through Schar, who opted to shoot from 40 yards having spotted Schmeichel out of his goal, but it drifted well wide.
With the game approaching half time City were in complete control, and United’s afternoon got worse when Hayden was shown a straight red for an awful challenge that caught Praet on the shin. It was difficult to see what he was protesting about as he took an age to leave the field.

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

The final action of the half saw Barnes, still looking for his first goal at the KPS firing just over from the edge of the area.

Nine minutes into the second half City put the game to bed with a second goal.
Praet swept a ball out to Barnes on the left, and he lobbed it over Lascelles to Vardy, who beat Dubravka at his near post from an acute angle.
Three minutes later City went further ahead when Praet crossed from the right, and a deflection off Dummett sent the ball past Dubravka.
Brendan Rodgers made his first change in the 58th minute, bringing on Albrighton for Barnes and he soon claimed an assist as City went 4-0 up in the 64th minute.
An elegant cross from Albrighton was nodded home from close in by Vardy.

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

It was turning into a miserable afternoon for Newcastle, but all credit to their fans who never stopped singing.
City had almost complete possession at this stage, and Rodgers brought on Choudhury and Gray for Praet as City probed for a fifth goal.
It arrived in the 90th minute: Chilwell delivered a ball into the box, Evans nodded it on and Ndidi produced a fine shot on the turn that beat Dubravka from 15 yards.
It put the lid on a fine performance, the biggest ever Premier League win, and saw City regain third place.

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

With many pundits beginning to think that Leicester are the real deal, Rodgers tried to play things down: “For us, we’re in a process of getting better and improving and today was a good measure of where we were at when we last played Newcastle, where we were disappointing here, we didn’t really know how to play and open up a team defensively. A few months on, the players have shown really good progress. There’s a lot of work to do. It’s a long season. The top two teams are at a really high level. Our job is to be as competitive as we can and see where it takes us.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Söyüncü, Chilwell, Ndidi, Pérez (Gray 84), Praet (Choudhury 79), Tielemans, Barnes (Albrighton 58), Vardy.
Substitutes: Justin, Morgan, Ward, Iheanacho.
Newcastle: Dubravka, Krafth, Lascelles, Schär, Dummett, Hayden, Longstaff, Almirón (Yedlin 74), Muto (Ki Sung-yueng 45), Atsu, Joelinton (Carroll 63).
Substitutes: Saint-Maximin, Fernandez, Manquillo, Darlow.

Referee: Craig Pawson. Attendance: 32,168.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

To get your Summer Special delivered to you door, followed by the rest of the season’s issues, you can pay online via Paypal.

FOX Subs 2019-20 – UK click HERE.

FOX Subs 2019-20 – Europe click HERE.

FOX Subs 2019-20 – Rest of the World click HERE.

Or print out and post this form, along with a cheque made out to ‘The Fox’.

subs form blog

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Schmeichel saves see Leicester advance in the Carabao Cup

Newcastle United 1: 1 Leicester City
(Leicester win 4:3 on penalties)

1920 newastle utd away lc

Kasper Schmeichel produced two saves in the penalty shoot-out to edge City past Newcastle in the Carabao Cup at St James’ Park on Wednesday night…

After recent seasons of under strength sides Brendan Rodgers’ starting XI showed his intent in the cup competitions with just two changes – Evans and Praet making way for Morgan and Barnes.
Steve Bruce was less willing to expose his first team, making seven changes.

City had a chance within a minute of the kick off, Pérez and Ricardo combining well down the right and into the penalty area, but Pérez’s effort from six yards was blocked. At the other end Shelvey’s 30 yard free kick comfortably cleared the crossbar.
City then had a bit of defending to do and Söyüncü picked up an uncomfortably early yellow card for a foul on Longstaff.
A patchy and physical game unfolded, before City took a 34th minute lead, thanks to a bit of luck. After a foul on Tielemans 30 yards out Maddison delivered a free-kick that didn’t appear to be troubling Darlow, before it took a big deflection off Ritchie in the wall, leaving the keeper stranded.
Another foul on Tielemans on the right, gave Maddison the opportunity to pick out Fuchs on the edge of the area, but his volley was blocked.
Five minutes before the break a Willems’ cross found Ritchie at the far post but his shot was blocked by Tielemans.
With two minutes of the half remaining tempers flared when Choudhury and Ritchie contested a 50-50 ball and the Newcastle winger was left writhing on the ground. It was a robust challenge from both players, but Choudhury got the ball. He looked aggrieved at getting a yellow card, while the home crowd in a half empty St James’ Park howled for a red. Ritchie had to go off, and Choudhury did not emerge for the second half, replaced by Praet.
Early in the second half Vardy, who had seen little of the ball, attempted to go round Darlow but Willems robbed him.
Newcastle levelled in the 53rd minute. Willems raced into the area to meet Schar’s 50 yard free-kick and with the merest touch from Ricardo he produced an Oscar-worthy swallow dive. It should have been a yellow card, but the loose ball fell for to Muto, who netted from five yards.
Three minutes later, Morgan limped off, replaced by Evans.
City pressed to retake the lead but Pérez, his every touch booed, sent one chance off target and another was blocked.
At the other end a Shelvey pile-driver from 40 yards was too close to Schmeichel to trouble the City keeper.
In a game lacking quality City put together a great move in time-added-on but Pérez sent his shot over when well-placed and there was no avoiding a penalty shoot-out.

This took place at the Gallowgate End and Fuchs sent Darlow the wrong way stroking the ball into the bottom right hand corner.
Muto then aimed top right, also sending Schmeichel the wrong way.
Maddison decided to make things more interesting, deceiving Darlow with a perfect Panenka.
Shelvey then placed his kick a little too close to Schmeichel who got down to his left for a fine save. Advantage City.
Tielemans smacked his into the top left, and Schar calmly rolled his bottom left.
But then Barnes’ effort was poor allowing Darlow to save.
The Newcastle fans joy was short-lived, with Schmeichel brilliantly tipping Hayden’s spot-kick round the left hand post.
Vardy stepped up to fire the ball past Darlow and send City into the third round.

It was a below-par performance from City, but they did the job and remain unbeaten this season.

Newcastle: Darlow, Krafth (Manquillo 50), Schär, Fernandez, Clark, Willems (Dummett 78), Longstaff, Shelvey, Hayden, Ritchie (Atsu 45), Muto.
Substitutes Dubravka, Ki Sung-yueng, Lascelles, Longstaff.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan (Evans 57),  Söyüncü,  Fuchs, Pérez, Choudhury (Praet 45), Tielemans, Barnes, Maddison, Vardy.
Substitutes: Justin, Gray, Albrighton, Ward, Mendy.

Referee: Tim Robinson. Attendance: 22,727.

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

To get your Summer Special delivered to you door, followed by the rest of the season’s issues, you can pay online via Paypal.

FOX Subs 2019-20 – UK click HERE.

FOX Subs 2019-20 – Europe click HERE.

FOX Subs 2019-20 – Rest of the World click HERE.

Or print out and post this form, along with a cheque made out to ‘The Fox’.

subs form blog

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Leicester beaten by Newcastle after Rafa does his homework

Leicester City 0:1 Newcastle United

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

City suffered a frustrating evening at the King Power Stadium on Friday night as Newcastle defended solidly and engineered a 1-0 win…

Brendan Rodgers made one change to his side with Maguire in for Söyüncü, while Albrighton returned to the bench after four months out with injury.
In a lively start Newcastle were the first to threaten in the second minute when Lascelles got a header on target from the corner, but it didn’t trouble Schmeichel.
As play swept up the other end Barnes crossed for Vardy, but his near post flick was easily saved by Dubravka.
After these early exchanges the game settled in a pattern of City possession with Newcastle denying them any space and looking to hit on the break.

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

Barnes fired a shot well over, but City’s passing wasn’t up to the standard of recent weeks and they were struggling to create anything.
In the 15th minute, with the scoreboard showing that City had 81% possession, Rondon sent a well-struck free-kick against the bar. So much for stats.
Chilwell then played a one-two with Maddison into the area, but Chilwell’s shot didn’t have enough to beat Dubravka.
After a couple of speculative shots from Almiron and Hayden, Barnes raced past two markers before firing in a shot that was too close to Dubravka, who gathered at the second attempt.
Newcastle had looked threatening going forward, and took a 32nd minute lead. Ritchie whipped in a great cross from the left and Perez, nipping ahead of Morgan, produced a fine header that looped over Schmeichel and into the net.

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

Two minutes later Newcastle could have gone further ahead when Almiron outpaced Morgan down the left channel and fired in a low shot that Schmeichel had to get down smartly to to block at his near post.
City looked a bit rattled and their frustration saw Tielemans booked for a nasty late challenge on Ki. They were the side who were happier to hear the half time whistle.

City didn’t come racing out of the traps for the second half. The first effort saw Ndidi ballooning a shot well over the bar in the 50th minute and then Almiron did similar at the other end.
City didn’t create a chance until the 62nd minute, when Maddison’s cross from the left grazed Vardy’s forehead before going wide.

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

With City unable to find any space in Newcastle’s third, the best chance of scoring appeared to be from a free-kick. But when Maddison earned one 25 yards out, he opted for a pass which went straight into the Newcastle wall.
The frustration was bubbling and in the 68th minute Schmeichel earned himself a yellow card for coming out to the halfway line to berate the ref about something that had mysteriously enraged him. Something had to change and in the 72nd minute Rodgers brought Iheanacho and Mendy on for Gray and Ndidi.
In the 75th minute a foul on Maguire saw a yellow card for Schar and a free-kick in Maddison territory. But he couldn’t repeat his recent successes, sending his shot sailing into the Kop.
Perez then wriggled his way  through the penalty area before Schmeichel managed to block his effort from close range.
City’s best chance of the night came in the 79th minute when Tielemans fed a fine ball through to Vardy, but he lifted his effort over both keeper and bar.
The biggest cheer of the night from the home fans came when Albrighton was introduced for Barnes with ten minutes remaining.

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

City pressed forward, switched play from left to right, and tried to get in behind on both flanks, but they were met with a black and white striped wall and could not find a way through. Too many players had an off day and Rafa Benitez had clearly done his homework on how to negate City’s routes to goal.
The four-match winning streak was over and 7th place was beginning to look a little beyond them.

Brendan Rodgers summed up: “It was one of those nights where it didn’t quite come off for us but the players gave everything. We’ll go away and analyse it and hopefully we’ll be better the next time we face that kind of opponent. It’s obviously disappointing when you lose any game. The important thing is learning from it, we’re here to help the team improve eventually in these types of games.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi (Mendy 72), Gray (Iheanacho 72), Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes (Albrighton 80), Vardy.
Substitutes:Evans, Ward, Okazaki, Fuchs.
Newcastle: Dubravka, Manquillo, Schär, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Pérez,
Hayden, Ki Sung-yueng (Diamé 82), Almirón (Atsu 78), Rondón.
Substitutes: Shelvey, Muto, Fernandez, Yedlin, Darlow.

Referee: Chris Kavanagh. Attendance: 32,108.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber. 

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –  

Can’t Buy That Feeling – Inside Leicester City – The Best of The Fox Interviews

cbtf cover updated rgb blog

We have finally got round to compiling all our interviews into one book and it is available now from Conker Editions Ltd HERE
and Amazon HERE

Also available from the Leicester City Fanstore and Waterstones in Leicester.

The FOX has been interviewing Leicester City players, managers, famous fans and board members for almost three decades, building up a body of work that takes you right into the very fabric of the club, with memories spanning the last 60 years.

As a City fan, you’ve come to know hundreds of players through their performance on the pitch, through potted career biographies and football sticker images. But what about the real characters behind the blue shirt and the back-page reports?

Can’t Buy That Feeling takes you inside Leicester City from the perspective of those who were there – behind the scenes at the long-running soap opera packed with comedy and tragedy, triumph and disaster, financial ruin and amazing title wins.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Comfortable Leicester win adds to Newcastle woes

Newcastle United 0:2 Leicester City

1819 newcastle away

Goals from Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire saw City claim three points against Newcastle at St James’ Park on Saturday…

Claude Puel made two changes from his last Premier League line-up, with Morgan returning from suspension for Evans, and Ricardo replacing Ghezzal on the right wing.
City soon settled into their passing game and had a couple of early half-chances: Iheanacho sending a long-range shot straight at Dubravka and Ndidi nodding a Maddison corner over the bar.
In the 10th minute Ricardo cut in from the right and fired a shot towards the bottom right hand corner, forcing a good save from Dubraka.
Despite dominating possession City did get caught out a couple of times. Joselu broke down the left channel and was shaping to shoot when Maguire slid in with a fine tackle.
Then Atsu delivered a cross from the left and Diamé’s late run saw him unmarked for a header, but he missed the target.
City then regained the initiative and forced a series of corners, all well whipped into the danger area by Maddison. As the pressure mounted City took the lead on the half hour.
A Maddison corner from the left was half cleared and Maguire hooked in a shot from 8 yards, but it was blocked by Yedlin with both arms above his head. There were few complaints as referee Simon Hooper pointed to the spot and Vardy fired it home giving Dubraka no chance even though he guessed right.
These are troubled times at St James’ Park and owner Mike Ashley’s first appearance at the stadium this season didn’t help the atmosphere, with the fans making it clear what they thought of him.
Newcastle first on target-effort arrived in the 36th minute, when Shelvey tried an ambitious 60 yarder. Schmeichel had to back-pedal a little but it didn’t ruffle his feathers unduly.
City held their lead at the break after a very satisfactory half.

Five minutes into the second half the home fans roared for a penalty of their own, when Maguire and Pérez tangled in the area, but Pérez had a handful of the City defender’s shirt and Hooper rightly waved play on.
City were putting some great moves together and Iheanacho almost sent Vardy through, but Dubravka raced off his line to clear.
Maguire then had two bites of the cherry as he lined up a volley to a dropping ball, and missed it. He had time to have another go as the ball bounced up, but punted it well over.
There were then hopes of a Maddison special after he was brought down on the edge of the area, but he sent his free-kick straight into the wall.
City went further ahead in the 73rd minute. Maddison delivered a corner from the right, and Maguire timed a late run, rising above the Newcastle defence to plant a firm header past Dubravka from six yards.
Puel withdrew Vardy, who’d earlier taken a solid whack on the shin from Shelvey, for Albrighton, and then brought Iborra on for Maddison to protect the lead.
Newcastle looked beaten long before the end and offered little by way of a comeback in the latter stages. It was a comfortable three points from a highly professional performance, that saw City up to 7th place
Claude Puel summed up: “We continued to play on the floor with quality. It is a good reward for my players and I would like to say congratulations to them. We played with fantastic discipline, with good play, structure and all the things to make a good result in a difficult away game.”

Newcastle: Dubravka, Yedlin (Manquillo 80), Lascelles, Clark, Kenedy, Ritchie (Murphy 65), Diamé, Shelvey, Atsu, Pérez (Muto 69), Joselu.
Substitutes: Schär, Hayden, Darlow, Longstaff.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Amartey, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mendy, Ndidi, Ricardo, Iheanacho, Maddison (Iborra 85), Vardy (Albrighton 74)
Substitutes: Evans, Ward, Okazaki, Fuchs, Ghezzal.

Referee: Simon Hooper. Attendance: 51,523.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –  

Can’t Buy That Feeling – Inside Leicester City – The Best of The Fox Interviews

cbtf cover updated rgb blog

We have finally got round to compiling all our interviews into one book and it is available now from Conker Editions Ltd HERE
and Amazon HERE

Also available from the Leicester City Fanstore and Waterstones in Leicester.

The FOX has been interviewing Leicester City players, managers, famous fans and board members for almost three decades, building up a body of work that takes you right into the very fabric of the club, with memories spanning the last 60 years.

As a City fan, you’ve come to know hundreds of players through their performance on the pitch, through potted career biographies and football sticker images. But what about the real characters behind the blue shirt and the back-page reports?

Can’t Buy That Feeling takes you inside Leicester City from the perspective of those who were there – behind the scenes at the long-running soap opera packed with comedy and tragedy, triumph and disaster, financial ruin and amazing title wins.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Unhappy Birthday sees Leicester outplayed by Newcastle

Leicester City 1:2 Newcastle United

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

The free beer, chocolate and fireworks in honour of chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s 60th birthday were almost matched by the generosity of City’s defence as the Magpies claimed the three points at the KPS on Saturday…

Claude Puel made two changes to his side, with Silva in for the suspended Ndidi and Diabate replacing Okazaki.
Newcastle, chasing the points that would assure them Premier League football next season, applied some early pressure, winning three corners. From the third one Pérez got a thumping header on target, but Schmeichel got down smartly to deny him a second minute opener.
City had an attacking spell of their own after a quarter of an hour, and Morgan sent a header off-target from a decent position. But generally City looked ponderous going forward, with plenty of possession, but most passes going sideways or backwards and Newcastle happy to sit back.
The visitors then took an 18th minute lead. Pérez found Shelvey in an acre of space on the edge of the area, and as Morgan and Magurie tried to close him down, a twist of the hips put them both out of the equation and a measured shot beat Schmeichel via Chilwell’s elbow.
The 22nd minute saw tempers boil when Maguire reacted to Gayle climbing all over his back, and in attempting to push him away his hand connected with the United player’s chin. On another day it might have brought a red card, but Attwell contented himself with a yellow.
City laboured to get back into the game but couldn’t turn possession into chances and any crosses were gobbled up by a comfortable looking Newcastle defence.
Vardy received a kick in the family jewels from Diame, but didn’t get a penalty and then referee Stuart Attwell further enraged the home crowd five minutes before the break. Receiving a fine pass from Silva, Mahrez cut into the area where he was cleared up by a challenge from Dummet for an obvious penalty, but neither Attwell or his well-placed linesman saw a foul.
City’s afternoon got worse just before the break when Iborra limped off, replaced by Choudhury.

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

The half time whistle was greeted with loud booing directed at the ref, though it may have been tinted with more frustration at another poor home performance.

United had an early chance in the second half, when Choudhury brought Kenedy down, but Gayle sent his free kick narrowly over the bar. Other than that Choudhury had a fine game, a rare highlight on a hugely disappointing afternoon.
With City showing little sign of improvement Puel made another change 11 minutes into the second half, bringing Okazaki on for Simpson and moving Albrighton to right back.
This did bring in improvement in City’s game and then began to press forward with more intent. Silva saw a long range effort deflected wide, Mahrez had a shot blocked by Lascelles and Vardy headed wide, but any crosses into the area were still easily dealt with by United, with no aerial presence for City.

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

After this attacking spell, the visitors caught City on the break to double their lead in the 75th minute. A hopeful punt forward caught out Maguire and Morgan and Perez lobbed the ball into an empty net with Schmeichel still back-pedalling having strayed out to the edge of his area.
Gray replaced Diabate a minute after this further setback, and had a hand in what turned out to be a consolation goal.
In the 83rd minute his cross from the left was nodded down by Okazaki into the path of Vardy who netted from close in.

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

But United weren’t in the mood to surrender their precious points and keeper Dubravka claimed a couple of crosses as City chased an equaliser in vain.
With Burnley winning at Watford a six point gap had opened up on that Europa Cup place, and City’s current run of poor home performances don’t suggest that they can make up that ground.
Claude Puel commented on the penalty that wasn’t: “This decision could have helped us come back into the game with a good tempo and a good feeling in the second half. It could have given us a boost. It was not enough but it is not just a question of the penalty. It is not an excuse because our performance was too poor in the first half and we have to correct that aspect of our game.”

Many supporters seemed to have lost patience with Puel, trying to play a style that doesn’t suit the players he has, and neutering the drive and speed that they once had.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson (Okazaki 57), Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Silva, Iborra (Choudhury 42), Mahrez, Diabaté (Gray 76), Albrighton, Vardy.
Substitutes: Iheanacho, Dragovic, Jakupovic, Fuchs.
Newcastle: Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie, Diamé (Hayden 81), Shelvey, Kenedy (Atsu 64), Pérez, Gayle (Joselu 70).
Substitutes: Clark, Manquillo, Merino, Darlow.
Referee: S Attwell. Attendance: 32,066.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

——————————————————

We have produced a Limited Edition (75) print of the FiftySomething strip from The FOX Summer Special 2016 – celebrating City’s Premier League title win. 

fs poster

The A3 sized print will be posted to you rolled in a cardboard tube.

There aren’t many left, so order yours now. When they’re gone, they’re gone.

The prints cost £6.50 and post & packing is £3.45. (UK only)

You can pay online via Paypal HERE

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Late own goal seals win for Leicester at Newcastle

Newcastle United 2:3 Leicester City

1718 newcastle away a
An 86th minute own goal from Pérez settled a scrappy but entertaining game 3-2 in City’s favour at St James Park on Saturday evening.

Claude Puel sent an unchanged side out, but Newcastle’s 125th Anniversary game soon saw them a goal up.
City had a disjointed start to the game and were caught cold in the 4th minute. Murphy sent Gayle down the left, and he had plenty of room to cut the ball back for Joselu, whose late run into the area set him up for an easy side-foot home from ten yards.
Two minutes later, with City still looking unsettled, Gayle fired a 20 yard shot narrowly side.
City then got their act together and began to press forward. In the 9th minute Gray latched onto a Mahrez back pass and forced Darlow into a near post block.
A minute later Chilwell had a cross blocked by the raised arm of Ritchie but there were few appeals for what looked like a clear penalty.
As City continued to take the game to the home side, Ndidi dragged a shot well wide and Gray went much closer with a curling 25 yarder.
City levelled matters in the 20th minute. Mahrez went on a crossfield run before launching a 25 yarder across Darlow. Although the United keeper got a hand to it he couldn’t prevent it from finding the net.
City were bossing the game now and Albrighton forced Darlow into a fine save from a 25 yarder. Gray then curled in a cross from the left but Simpson couldn’t produce a finish at full-stretch and sent it wide.
In the 28th minute Vardy’s run down the middle looked to have taken him clear of the Magpie’s defence, but Yedlin managed to stick out a leg and deny him with a last-ditch tackle.
Newcastle got back into the game towards the break and a careless pass across defence from Chilwell set up Murphy, whose shot was turned away by Schmeichel.
The City keeper also had to save a Ritchie free-kick before the sides went in even at the break.

City also had a faltering start to the second period with little action apart from Ndidi flooring both Merino and Hayden within a couple of seconds.
But the game burst into life on the hour, with City taking the lead thanks to a lovely move and a slice of fortune. Mahrez found Albrighton on the left with a forty yard pass and he played a delicate cushioned volley inside for Gray, who fired in a shot that took a deflection off Lejeune’s backside that left Darlow stranded.
City were back on top now and Darlow did well to parry a low Mahrez cross away from danger.
But it was Newcastle who were next on the scoresheet in the 73rd minute.
City failed to clear a corner out of the area, not helped by Maguire and Simpson clashing heads, and the ball fell for Gayle who made room for himself before finding the net via a deflection off Maguire.
Claude Puel made his first change after the equaliser, bring Okazaki on for Gray. The Japan international was soon in need of attention, having launched himself head first into a challenge, receiving a kick in the face that gave him a cut above the left eye.
Okazaki was also involved in the 86th minute winner. With the game end-to-end, City broke upfield, Vardy shrugged off a challenge on the left and delivered a cross to an unmarked Okazaki in front of goal. The heavily bandaged striker looked set to score the winner when Pérez poked the ball away from him from behind, but unfortunately for Newcastle, he also sent it past Darlow and into the net.
City killed the game off , with substitutions – Ulloa and Fuchs on for Vardy and Mahrez – and taking the game into the corner, and saw out the win that saw them move up to 8th  place.
It was a great result from a patchy performance, as Claude Puel admitted: 
“It was a fantastic character from my team. It was a difficult atmosphere, we knew this. Also, they were leading but to win in the end is a fantastic feeling. It was a difficult game against a good team. It showed the fantastic spirit of the team, and so did the third goal. It is not our best game but this positive attitude was fantastic.”

Newcastle: Darlow, Yedlin, Lejeune, Clark, Manquillo, Ritchie (Atsu 64), Hayden, Merino, Murphy, (Pérez 71), Joselu, (Mitrovic 88), Gayle.
Substitutes: Elliot, Lascelles, Shelvey, Diamé.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez (Fuchs 89), Ndidi, Iborra, Albrighton, Gray (Okazaki 73), Vardy (Ulloa 90).
Substitutes: Iheanacho, King, Hamer, Dragovic.
Referee: N Swarbrick Attendance: 52,117.

___________________________________________________

This Christmas we are offering a FOX subscription package that makes an ideal gift for any Leicester City fan…

xmas pack

For £17 you will get a 2017-18 subscription to The FOX.

The Summer Special and issues no 205 and 206 will be gift wrapped and sent in mid-December, and the recipient will then be posted the rest of the issues until the end of the season.

Also included will be a set of 21 cards celebrating City’s European Campaign of 2016-17.

And a Fanatical Frank Christmas Card.

To avoid a Christmas of tension and disappointment order one now.
You can pay online via Paypal HERE.

Or send a cheque for £17.00 to:

The FOX,
22 Cosby Road,
Littlethorpe,
LEICESTER
LE19 2HF

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Leicester restore five point lead with Okazaki acrobatics

Leicester City 1:0 Newcastle United

2015-16 newcastle home c

Shinji Okazaki’s first goal at the KPS earned City a vital three points in a tense and tight encounter with Newcastle on Monday night…

Claudio Ranieri fielded the same side that started at Watford and once again, they carved out a 1-0 victory.
A win for the Magpies in Rafael Benitez’s first game would have lifted them out of the relegation zone  and they started strongly, forcing City back, and Perez and Colback had early attempts on goal.
Sissoko then sent a header wide and with City looking a little below par it was already clear that any victory would be hard earned.
City began to take charge halfway through the first half and Huth headed narrowly over from an Albrighton corner.
The moment of inspiration, on a night of perspiration, arrived in the 25th minute.
Albrighton’s lofted ball from the left found Vardy via a Newcastle head, and he teed up Okazaki who performed a exquisite over-head kick to beat Elliott from seven yards.

2015-16 newcastle home a

City almost doubled their lead moments later when Albrighton charged down the middle and beat a defender before sending a low, swerving shot inches wide of the right hand post.
Vardy then had a shot blocked by Taylor as City ended the half strongly, though the final chance went to Ayoze, who fired his effort straight at Schmeichel.

Fuchs saw his shot deflected wide early in th esecond half, though it was an even contest at this stage with Janmaat being denied by a timely Albrighton challenge and Ayoze having a dangerous effort diverted into the side-netting by Kanté.
Ranieri made his first change in the 65th minute, bringing Schlupp on for Okazaki, which saw Mahrez moved tot he centre. Mahrez soon set up Schlupp, but his effort was blocked by Janmaat.

2015-16 newcastle home b

With 15 minutes left Ulloa came on for Albrighton and did a fine job holding the ball up as Newcastle desperately sought an equaliser. Their best chance came when De Jong wasted a good chance from close in after being teed up by Mitrovic.
At the other end Mahrez had one of his trademark curling efforts blocked by Colback.
As the game entered 3 minutes of time-added-on City went into full kill the game mode and play was restricted to the south east corner-flag for what seemed an eternity.

The final whistle heralded a huge roar of relief around the KPS. It hadn’t been pretty, but City had dug in on an evening when they were a little below-par and found a way to win the game. At this stage of the season, that is all that matters.

Ranieri, as ever, kept his focus on the next task: “There are so many people who are dreaming, but we have to continue to work hard. I want to fight every match. Now our concentration is about Crystal Palace, another difficult match. We will go to battle there.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Drinkwater, Kanté, Albrighton (Ulloa 75), Mahrez, Okazaki (Schlupp 65), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Schwarzer, Amartey, Wasilewski, Gray, Inler.
Newcastle: Elliot, Janmaat, Lascelles, Taylor, Colback, Anita (Townsend 56), Shelvey (Doumbia 87), Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Ayoze (De Jong 70), Mitrovic. Subs Not Used: Darlow, Saivet, Riviere, Sterry.

Referee: C Pawson. Attendance: 31,824.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

————————————————————–

To get a copy of FOX 197 posted out to you click HERE.

To make sure you get every copy of this magnificent season (stocks are running low)…

UK subscriptions click HERE.

A subscription for the 2015-16 season outside the UK costs:

Europe £27 – click HERE to pay via Paypal.

Rest of the World outside Europe £33 – click HERE to pay via Paypal.

197

 

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized