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Rangers rocked as Leicester end the season in style

Leicester City 5:1 Queens Park Rangers

Leicester City v Queens Park Rangers, Barclays Premier, 24  May 2015

City signed off the remarkable 2014-15 season with a comprehensive 5-1 victory over QPR at the KPS on Sunday…
Tradition demands that Leicester’s last game of the season is something of a carnival – this was the Birch’s 35th annual run –  and this year the atmosphere was boosted further as the incredible and unprecedented Great Escape was celebrated.
Nigel Pearson named an unchanged side from the Sunderland game that confirmed City’s Premier League place for next season, and they soon set about already-relegated Rangers.
Vardy set up Ulloa for a curling effort which went narrowly wide and then Schlupp fired into the side-netting before City took a 16th minute lead.

Leicester City v Queens Park Rangers, Barclays Premier, 24  May 2015

A long range effort from Mahrez caused keeper McCarthy problems and he presented the ball, gift-wrapped, for Vardy who had only to pass the ball into the net from close in.
With the City defence looking solid QPR were restricted to off-target efforts from Phillips and Onuoha, while Ulloa fired over from an Albrighton cross.
City then doubled their lead two minutes before the break when good work from Schlupp saw the ball sit up for Albrighton inside the area and his emphatic connection with the ball didn’t give McCarthy a chance to move.

Six minutes after the break the free flags were waving again as Ulloa diverted a Morgan shot into the net to make it 3-0 and a fourth followed a minute later. An Albrighton cross saw a headed clearance from Dunne, which fell for Cambiasso who despatched it precisely across McCarthy and into the far corner on the half-volley.
Five minutes later the QPR fans had something to cheer when Austin nodded home from a Barton cross, but even that was tinged with sadness as his wave to the away corner was surely a farewell.
The question of whether Cambiasso was also waving goodbye when he made way for Drinkwater in the 76th minute will also be answered in time, though he was left in no doubt as to whether the fans wanted him to stay.

Leicester City v Queens Park Rangers, Barclays Premier, 24  May 2015

With four minutes remaining City hit a fifth when a Schmeichel clearance saw Ulloa win a challenge and send Kramarić in down the right. His shot across McCarthy was his first goal in front of the home crowd.

The final whistle brought the curtain down on a remarkable season, in which City spent 140 days at the foot of the Premier League, but somehow rescued themselves, even achieving a mid-table 14th place.
As the entire staff, players, wives, girlfiends and kids went on a Lap of Appreciation it felt a little bit like instant promotion.
It may turn out to be one of the biggest turning points in the history of our club…

Leicester: Schmeichel, Wasilewski (De Laet 46), Morgan, Huth, Schlupp, King, Albrighton, Cambiasso (Drinkwater 76), Ulloa, Vardy (Kramarić 65), Mahrez, Subs Not Used: Konchesky, Hammond, Schwarzer, Wood.
QPR: McCarthy, Hill, Phillips, Barton, Austin, Fer, Yun (Kpekawa 85), Onuoha, Henry (Comley 80), Dunne, Grego-Cox. Subs Not Used: Murphy, Hoilett, Doughty, Furlong, Petrasso.

Referee: M Oliver. Attendance: 31, 467.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber
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Leicester beat QPR and close in on the title

Leicester City  1:0 Queens Park Rangers

Leicester v Queens Park Rangers, Sky Bet Championship, 19 April 2014,

City are one win away from the Championship title after a keenly contested 1-0 victory against QPR at the KPS on Saturday…

Nigel Pearson made two changes to his starting line-up with Knoackaert and King back in, and City got off to their customary attacking start, though Mahrez two early efforts were both blocked.
Knockaert sent a couple of chances skidding wide of the right hand post, before Schmeichel was tested by shots from Maiga and Kranjcar.
After that the game was becalmed for a long spell. apart from a hectic goalmouth scramble which saw Schmeichel deny Kranjcar before De Laet finally managed to clear.

Leicester v Queens Park Rangers, Sky Bet Championship, 19 April 2014,

Assou-Ekotto then escaped with a yellow for a lunge on Mahrez, before City’s best chance of the half just before the break.
Knoackaert and King seized on a Henry error in defence but the Welsh midfielder’s low angled drive was cleared off the line by  Onuoha.
Mahrez’s follow up shot flashed across the goal line.
In the last action of the half Kranjcar then opted to pass when well placed for a shot and the teams went in goalless.

Leicester v Queens Park Rangers, Sky Bet Championship, 19 April 2014,

The opening spell had few chances but some increasingly tasty challenges and Nigel Pearson decided to shuffle his pack in the 67th minute, Dyet and James coming on for Knockaert and Hammond.
City instantly went ahead after a great move down the right. Nugent, Mahrez and Drinkwater combined beautifully leading to Nugent bearing down on goal and firing a low shot past Green for his 21st goal of the season.
Moore then came on for the injured Schlupp, but QPR’s threat was diminished when Assou-Ekotto picked up a  second yellow card for a clumsy challenge on King.

Leicester v Queens Park Rangers, Sky Bet Championship, 19 April 2014,

Green saved well from Mahrez at the near post, and the French-Algerian also looked to have been tripped in the penalty area, but City didn;t need the second goal and victory put them within touching distance of the title.
Nigel Pearson observed: “It’s nice to be able to produce a season in which we have fulfilled our potential.” 

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Drinkwater, Morgan, Hammond (James 67), King, Schlupp (Moore 77), Knockaert (Dyer 67), Mahrez, Wasilewski, Nugent.Subs Not Used: Taylor-Fletcher, Logan, Phillips, Wood.
QPR: Green, Simpson, Suk-Young, Onuoha, Hughes, Kranjcar (Morrison 82), Henry, Benayoun (Wright-Phillips 46), O’Neil, Assou-Ekotto, Maiga (Zamora 71). Subs Not Used: Dunne, Keane, Murphy, Donaldson.

Referee: Scott Duncan. Attendance: 27,386.

All photos: Simon Kimber

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Leicester Squirrel Away Three Points (sorry)…

Queens Park Rangers 0:1 Leicester City

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City claimed a priceless three points from a wildlife-interrupted match at Loftus Road on Saturday, Jamie Vardy scoring the only goal of the game…

Nigel Pearson made three changes to his side for this top of the table clash at the end of a huge week for City, with Moore, James and Vardy returning to the starting XI.
The first couple of chances fell to the home side, but Schmeichel dealt with a low shot from O’Neil and swerving effort from Kranjcar.
There followed a lengthy interlude when a squirrel took to the field and the referee and club officials seemed to be at a bit of a loss as to how to get rid of it. Nugent eventually came up with the brainwave of chasing it off.
We awaited the inevitable ‘Squirrel Goal’ from QPR’s corner after the game restarted, but Drinkwater headed Hill’s goalbound effort off the line.
Rangers looked the most likely to go ahead as the action hotted up around Schmeichel’s goal. Kranjcar sent a shot whistling just wide, before the City keeper produced a good block to deny Austin, before Moore headed off the line and Schmeichel recovered to save from Phillips.
But it was City who went ahead four minutes before the break with an excellent piece of direct play.
Schmeichel’s huge kick upfield was nodded on by Nugent for Vardy to race past Dunne and fire off a perfect shot across Green and into the net.
Rangers should have equalised just before the break, but Phillips spooned his effort over the bar with the goal at his mercy, and City took a precious lead down the tunnel.

After an early chance for Dyer, which was snatched, QPR were in the ascendancy again, but their shooting was off-target and it was turning into a frustrating game for a side that hadn’t lost at home this season.
City escaped penalty appeals for a Moore challenge on Phillips and Austin couldn’t find the target when well placed.
Taylor-Fletcher replaced Vardy in the 68th minute and this heralded a good spell for City which saw Nugent troubling Green with a shot and James sending a dipping shot onto the bar.
With five minutes to go the scales tipped further in City’s favour when Barton was dismissed, receiving one yellow card for man-handling Taylor-Fletcher to the floor and another swiftly followed when he threw the ball at his grounded opponent. Genius.
City held out for three points to round off what must be regarded as a very successful week, considering the tough fixtures that City faced.

QPR: Green; Simpson, Dunne, Hill, Assou-Ekotto, Carroll (Benayoun 69), Barton, O’Neil (Hoilett 46), Kranjcar, Phillips, Austin. Subs Not Used: Murphy, Traore, Onuoha, Jenas, Henry.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Wasilewski 81), Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Knockaert, Drinkwater, James, Dyer, Vardy (Taylor-Fletcher 68), Nugent (Schlupp 78). Subs Not Used: Hammond, King, Miquel, Logan.

Referee: P Tierney. Attendance: 17,713.

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City Lead the Chase for Routledge

Several news reports are claiming that Newcastle have accepted City’s bid of £1.5M for winger Wayne Routledge…

The 26 year old wide man was considering a move to Cardiff or Swansea before City stepped in, and has already clocked up appearances for eight clubs, most recently for Newcastle and QPR.
He played in 19 games of QPR’s title winning season, scoring 5 goals and is considered to be a very effective player at Championship level.

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City Edged out at Loftus Road – or – Ish Miller We Will Not Let You Go.

Queens Park Rangers 1:0 Leicester City

City matched the league’s best side for 87 minutes on Saturday, before QPR sub Ishmael Miller struck a late winner to put QPR another stride towards the Premier League…

Sven Goran Eriksson made two changes to his side for this eagerly awaited clash with the league leaders, Mee replacing the injured Van Aanholt at left back and Oakley coming into the midfield in place of Gallagher.
Roared on by 3,200 visiting fans City enjoyed a bright start, Vassell setting up Yakubu in the box before the Nigerian was shoved over by Hall, who escaped punishment from the ref.
At the other end, Mee, Bamba and Burma looked solid dealing with the considerable threat of Taarabt. 
In a tight encounter the first good save came from Ricardo on 27 minutes when he blocked a fierce shot from Helgusson with his right foot.
Rangers went close again when a rare piece of slack marking allowed Hall an overhead kick, which sailed over the bar.
At the other end Yakubu broke down the left and attempted a lob over Kenny which the R’s keeper tipped over at full stretch. From the resulting corner the ball fell for Yakubu whose half volley flew a couple of inches over the bar.
Yakubu then chested a ball into King’s path but the youngster couldn’t summon his usual accuracy.
The 0-0 scoreline at half time reflected what had been an even contest between two of the league’s best sides.
Rangers had the best of the early stages of the first half with Ricardo doing well to parry a well struck Buzsaky shot at his near post, Helgusson heading over from a Taarabt free-kick; and Routledge firing into the side-netting from a tight angle.
Sven brought Waghorn on for Vassell on the hour and although he battled well to create two good chances for himself, he couldn’t get either on target.
The first saw him in a chase on goal with Connolly, who he robbed of possession before lifting his shot just over. 
King then hit the bar with a header from a Yakubu lob and Abe fired over from 25 yards.
As City’s fine spell contiinued Waghorn’s deft touch presented him with a chance from 8 yards before two defenders dived in to smother the opportunity.
Miller than came on for Taarabt with four minutes left and gave City an instant lesson in taking your chances…
Latching on to a through ball from Routledge, Miller’s fresh legs kept him ahead of Bamba and the West Brom loanee slotted the ball past the advancing Ricardo to win the game for the home side.
It was hard to accept that City had earned nothing from a very good display, and suddenly the task of reaching the play-off places looked that much harder.
Neil Warnock described it as: “A fabulous game between two cracking sides..” and for once it was hard to argue with him.
Sven looked a little down, saying: “It’s hard to lose a football match like that, but we’ll come back, still eleven to go.”

QPR: Kenny, Hill, Orr, Hall (Connolly 31), Shittu, Routledge, Derry, Buzsaky (Ephraim 89), Taarabt (Miller 86), Faurlin, Helguson. Subs Not Used: Smith, Cerny, Vaagen Moen, Hulse.   
Leicester: Ricardo, Bamba , Naughton, Mee, Bruma, King (Gallagher 79), Oakley, Abe, Wellens, Yakubu (Dyer 86), Vassell (Waghorn 65). Subs Not Used: Vitor, Weale, Berner, Moreno.

 Referee: R East (Wiltshire). Attendance:18,068.

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A Kick Up the R’s

Leicester City 0:2 Queens Park Rangers

City suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to league leaders QPR yesterday afternoon, unable to cope with the visitors’ gamemanship or find a way through to goal…

Paulo Sousa changed Tuesday’s winning side, bringing Fryatt in for Howard, and City found themselves a goal down to the leaders after just 11 minutes. Taarabt lobbed a cross over from the right and an unmarked Mackie kept up his goal a game record launching a header beyond the reach of Ikeme.  
There was little other notable action in the first half with Rangers content to sit on their lead and City unable to convert possession into penetration. Waghorn sent a free-kick over the bar, and then, having inadvertently blocked a Fryatt shot, found the ball at his feet but was unable to beat keeper Kenny from close in. 
The second half was an ill-tempered affair with some familiar Warnock spoiling tactics and City never got close to the level of Tuesday night’s performance.
Fryatt fired a shot over and King sent a side-footer straight at Kenny when well-placed.
Gallagher and Howard came on for Dyer and Oakley, with City revereting to 442, but they still failed to make any impression on a tough QPR back line. Howard almost immediately received a forearm in the face, one of many incidents missed by the ref, and had to go back off to stem the flow of blood. There were two other good shouts for a penalty – for handball and for a bearhug on Howard, but the ref was giving City nothing.
Kenny then went down for a long period of treatment after landing awkwardly, and had to have his goalkicks taken for him which gave QPR more opportunties for time-wasting.
City never really looked like scoring and Rangers doubled their lead in the 86th minute.
Mackie took possession out on the left, waltzed round a pedestrian Morrison and then beat Ikeme with ease to claim the three points and delight the large away following.
Seven minutes of stoppage time couldn’t help City, who had been mugged by a highly professional Rangers side.
They weren’t good enough at the front or the back and Paulo Sousa has to go back to the drawing board.

Leicester: Ikeme, Berner, Hobbs, Neilson, Morrison, King, Dyer (Gallagher 58), Oakley (Howard 63), Wellens, Fryatt, Waghorn. Subs Not Used: Logan, Moreno, Moussa, Abe, Miguel Vítor.
QPR: Kenny, Hill, Connolly, Gorkss, Walker, Derry, Buzsaky, Ephraim, Taarabt ( Leigertwood 78), Mackie (Smith 89), Helguson (Agyemang 73). Subs Not Used: Rowlands, Cerny, German, Parker.

Referee: G D Scott. Attendance: 22,968.

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FOX 171 – On Sale Today

FOX 171 – the September issue will be on sale before the QPR game this afternoon… 

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