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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.



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Leicester battle to victory over Villa

Leicester City 1:0 Aston Villa

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City’s revival continued with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa at the KPS on Saturday, with Paul Konchesky taking one of many chances on the stroke of half-time…

Nigel Pearson made four changes to his side with Wasilewski, Simpson, Albrighton and Hammond in for De Laet, Moore, Cambiasso and Lawrence and they pressed forward from the start.
Ulloa set up Knockaert for an angled shot that was deflected, and then a great chance was wasted when Albrighton charged down the left and sent a pinpoint ball across goal only for Nugent to push it wide of the far post.
Benteke was always a threat and had the ball in the net after 20 minutes, but he was clearly offside.
In the 27th minute good work from Knockaert set up Nugent for another chance but he headed wide from close in.
A rare break for Villa then saw Agbonlahor muscle his way though the defence, only to send his shot sailing into the Kop.
Three minutes before the break Nugent got closer to a goal with a volley that struck the crossbar, before Ulloa headed the rebound over.
However, after a hugely frustrating first half City then took the lead seconds before the half-time whistle.
An Ulloa ball into the area was nodded out by Hutton, but Konchesky seized on the chance and sent a well-directed half-volley in off the left-hand post.

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Villa keeper Guzan was a busy man after the break. Albrighton’s fine cross from the right found James steaming in for a diving header, but Guzan pulled off a remarkable save. He then had to come racing out of his area to head clear as Ulloa threatened; before getting a hand to a fizzing Albrighton shot.
The lively Knockaert then penetrated the Villa defence down the right and set up Ulloa, but as he lined up his shot from 15 yards he was flattened from behind by Clark. It looked like an obvious penalty, but referee Michael Oliver didn’t agree,  much to the disgust of the home crowd.
City looked tired at this stage and Okore and Cleverley both sent efforts off target for the visitors as they gained territory.
A flurry of substitutions followed with Vardy on for Ulloa, Lawrence for Albrighton and King for Hammond.
Nugent set up Lawrence with a good opportunity but he lifted it over the bar, while at the other end Cissokho was equally wasteful from a good position.

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Tempers were beginning to fray as the game entered four minutes of time added on and it all blew up in the centre-circle with virtually every player involved in a scrum.
James had slid into a challenge on Okore with a foot raised, connecting with his shin, and Clark had then flattened him. After the argy-bargy died down both were red carded and were heading for the tunnel where the stormy scenes spread to both dug-outs.
City kept their concentration to defend a corner, and when Benteke headed a chance over, a precious three points had been gained to extend the unbeaten run and stay close behind the other relegation candidates.

It should have been a more comfortable afternoon for City with half a dozen clear chances, but  Andrej Kramaric, sat up in the West Stand for this game, could be the cure for that.

Leicester: Hamer, Konchesky, Morgan, Hammond (King 75), James, Albrighton (Lawrence 71), Simpson, Ulloa (Vardy 71), Knockaert, Wasilewski, Nugent. Subs Not Used: De Laet, Moore, Schwarzer, Wood.
Villa: Guzan, Okore, Clark, Cleverley, Agbonlahor, Cole (Weimann 72), Westwood, Benteke, Hutton, Cissokho (N’Zogbia 89), Sanchez (Richardson 76). Subs Not Used: Baker, Bacuna, Given, Lowton.

Referee: M Oliver. Attendance: 31, 728.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber


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Leicester’s agony continues with defeat at Villa

Aston Villa 2:1 Leicester City

Aston Villa v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 07 Dec 2014

City surrendered a lead for the third game running, losing 2-1 at Villa on Sunday evening…
Nigel Pearson made two changes to his side, with Simpson in for De Laet, and Moore replacing the suspended Morgan, with Schmeichel made skipper.
The first chance fell to City when Vardy found Ulloa in the middle, and the Argentinian teed up James, who fired well over.
Although Benteke went close at the other end, it was City who took a 13th minute lead.
A low shot from Mahrez was mishandled by Guzan, and Ulloa was in the right place at the right time for an easy tap-in at the Holte End.
Sadly, this lead lasted only five minutes as a Westwood free-kick was headed beyond Schmeichel by an unmarked Clark.
Mahrez then got himself into a good position, but shot straight at Guzan.
Agbonlahor had a shot blocked by Simpson and Benteke was denied by Moore as the game turned into something of a stalemate up to the break.
Westwood was stretchered off after a challenge from Vardy, and Ulloa picked up an injury that would end his game at the break.

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Nugent came on for the second half and had an early chance, but couldn’t find the target.
Benteke then raced through in a one-on-one with Schmeichel who advanced swiftly enough to rush the Belgian into a hurried shot that went narrowly wide.  Soon after this Schmeichel reacted very well to save an Agbonlahor effort from close in.
Wood came on for Vardy in the 66th minute, and set up a chance for Nugent, whose goalbound effort was saved by Guzan.
But it was the home side who took the lead in the 71st minute. City were somewhat embarrassed for pace down the left, and Benteke crossed to the far post where Hutton, completely unmarked, had all the time in the world to place his shot past the exposed Schmeichel.
Things got worse for Leicester with ten minutes remaining when Konchesky was shown a red card after a clash with Hutton, who had appeared to be the main offender but only got a yellow.

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City kept at their task, but Villa packed their defence and there were only half chances for Wood and Cambiasso.

City remain bottom, with no wins from the last ten games and are now in crisis…

Villa: Guzan, Okore, Clark, Cleverley (Grealish 62), Agbonlahor, Westwood (Richardson 44), Benteke, Hutton, Cissokho, Sanchez, N’Zogbia (Bacuna 76). Subs Not Used: Given, Herd, Lowton, Robinson.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Konchesky, James, Vardy (Wood 66), Schlupp (Albrighton 78), Simpson, Moore, Cambiasso, Ulloa (Nugent 46), Mahrez, Wasilewski. Subs Not Used: Hamer, Drinkwater, King, Powell.
Referee: C Pawson. Attendance: 27,692 .

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber


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