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Spurs edge Leicester out in Wembley goal feast

Tottenham Hotspur 5:4 Leicester City

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City ended the season with defeat against Tottenham in a hugely entertaining nine-goal thriller at Wembley…

Claude Puel made two changes for his final starting XI of the season, with Gray and Iborra in for Diabate and Choudhury.
From early on this game had an end-of-term feel about it, and the goals soon started to fly in.
City took a fourth minute lead. Gray was fouled by Walker-Peters down the left, Mahrez swung the free-kick in, and Vardy’s delicate nod steered the ball beyond Lloris and into the far corner.
However, while the City fans were still celebrating, Tottenham were back on level terms. An attempted pass from Simpson struck Lucas and rebounded into the path of Kane, who charged up-field and beat Jakupovic low to his right.
Spurs had a good attacking spell following their goal: Eriksen sent a shot straight at Jakupovic, and then Simpson did well with a clearing header from a dangerous cross.
But it was City who next troubled the scoreboard. After winning the ball in midfield Mahrez found Iheanacho, who played a short ball to Silva, who nudged the ball onto Vardy. Vardy was blocked as he attempted to pull the trigger, but Mahrez was following up to blast the loose ball home.

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City should have gone further ahead in the 25th minute. A sweeping upfield move involving Gray, Iheanacho and Vardy saw Gray in on goal, but his shot lacked venom and Lloris pulled off a fine save.
City then caused Spurs problems with a couple of corners, but Maguire couldn’t find the right touch at the far post.
Spurs had another good spell up to the break and Maguire put in a couple of vital challenges to deny Kane and then Sissoko, ensuring City went in at half time with the lead.

Just two minutes into the second half City extended their lead with a superb effort.
Iheanacho picked up a loose ball in midfield and shrugged off the challenge of Wanyama, before launching a rocket into the top right hand corner.

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Sadly, City never got a chance to sit on the two goal lead, as Spurs hit back two minutes later. An intricate Spurs passing move through City’s defence provided a tap-in for Lamela, who looked offside, but the linesman was deaf to Leicester’s appeals.
Four minutes later Spurs levelled the game with a slice of fortune.
Lamela’s shot from close in was heading wide after a deflection off Maguire, but it then hit Fuchs’ knee and found the net.
At the other end, Maguire hit a shot narrowly wide, before Tottenham took the the lead for the first time on the hour.
It was another gift. Gray chested the ball down into the path of  Walker-Peters, who crossed for Lamela, all on his own and he beat Jakupovic from 6 yards.
City rallied themselves after conceding three goals in 11 minutes.
After some good work down the right, Mahrez teed up Iheanacho whose hard and low shot forced a fine save from Lloris.
City then drew level in the 73rd minute. After a wrestling match in City’s area between Morgan and Kane, the ref waved play on and Jakupovic set the counter-attack in motion. City raced upfield, Man City style, and Mahrez threaded a ball through the defence for Vardy who smashed his 20th league goal of the season in the roof of the net from an acute angle.

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But again, the City corner didn’t have long to celebrate as Tottenham came back with the winner three minutes later. Choudhury bought a Kane dummy hook, line and sinker on the edge of the area, allowing the England striker time to line up a shot into the top right hand corner.
City had one more chance to equalise, but Vardy lashed an effort over the bar, and the season ended as it had started, with a high scoring defeat in North London.
It was a strange feeling to come away from Wembley feeling disapointed but entertained, as opposed to the usual triumph or despair.

2017-18 was a funny old season, ninth place and two cup quarter-finals beats just about every campaign in the club’s history, but a sense of an opportunity missed pervades.
Big changes may be coming this summer and we are all hoping that the club’s owners can make decisions to match their ambitions.

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Dier, Rose, Sissoko (Son Heung-min 84), Wanyama, Lamela (Sánchez 78), Eriksen, Lucas Moura (Alli 74), Kane.
Substitutes: Vorm, Llorente, Foyth, Davies.
Leicester: Jakupovic, Simpson (Choudhury 56), Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Silva, Iborra, Mahrez, Iheanacho (Barnes 85), Gray (Diabaté 61), Vardy.
Substitutes: Hamer, Benalouane, Ndukwu, Hughes.

Referee: C Pawson. Attendance: 77,841.

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Leicester break Arsenal jinx with end of season show

Leicester City 3:1 Arsenal 

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City produced a fine performance in the final home game of the season, with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal…

With City looking for their first league win over Arsenal since 1994, Claude Puel made three changes to his starting line-up with Jakupovic, Simpson and Iheanacho in for  Hamer, Benalouane and Iborra.
Before the game we said farewell to Robert Huth, who is not having his contract renewed after a season out with injury. His immense contribution to the Great Escape and the Premier League title will never be forgotten.

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After six home games without a win, expectations weren’t high for this game and Arsenal (without an away win in 2018) controlled the opening stage with some neat passing moves. Mkhitaryan got in an early shot straight at Jakupovic, but the keeper was given a more severe test by Iwobi in the 6th minute when he got down to tip a toe-poked effort round the post.
City broke upfield in the 10th minute when great work from Choudhury, set up Iheanacho, who neatly side-stepped his marker but then lost his footing.
Two minutes later City broke away again and Silva sent Vardy through, but his shot was well saved by Cech.
City then delighted the home crowd who had a goal to celebrate at long last.
In the 14th minute. After a spell of pressure, Fuchs launched a cross beyond the far post, Diabaté sent a neat header back into the area and Iheanacho delivered a measured left-footer through a crowd of defenders and past Cech.

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The KPS was instantly revived and a minute later City were nearly through again. Iheanacho was in on goal when Mavropanos brought him down, and was judged to be the last man, leaving Arsenal with 10 men for 75 minutes.

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Mahrez curled the resulting free-kick in and Maguire attempted a side-foot finish from close range, but Cech tipped it over the bar.
City were rampant now and Iheanacho fired a shot from the edge of the area, but Cech came to the Gunners rescue again.
Diabaté then made good progress down the left before whipping in a cross that was a couple of inches away from Vardy’s boot.
With City in control of the game Arsenal had a rare attack in the 35th minute when Jakupovic produced a fine save to guide a Mkhitaryan shot round the base of the post. Along with some excellent distribution, the keeper was having a fine Premier League debut for City.
In the 38th minute Silva curved a low free-kick round the wall, but Cech tipped it away at full stretch. City broke forward again, but Iheanacho’s angled drive saw the over-worked Cech saving again.
The half-time joy that City had played so well was temepered by the fact that they hadn’t scored more goals from so many chances. And Arsenal came out for the second half in more determined mood.

Two minutes into the second half Kolasinac found space down the left but his shot from an acute angle thumped against the post.
City were soon pouring forward again. A good run from Mahrez set up Vardy, but the offside flag denied City a second goal.
Diabaté then raced into space down the left, but his shot had the sting taken out of it by Cech’s block, allowing for an easy goal line clearance.
For all City’s chances, it was Arsenal who got the next goal in the 53rd minute.
Aubameyang’s well struck volley was brilliantly saved by Jakupovic from close range, but he had no chance when Aubameyang followed up to lash the ball into the roof of the net.
A now open game was end-to-end for a while. Diabaté fired a shot over the bar, and Fuchs also went close, before Mkhitaryan blasted an effort just over the angle of post and bar.
Claude Puel made his first change in the 72nd minute, bringing Gray on for Diabaté, and it soon reaped its reward.
Gray beat his man down the right and sent in a low cross which was cleared straight back to him, but as he took possession Mkhitaryan caught him from behind and the ref pointed to the spot amid furious protests.
Vardy sent Cech the wrong way, smashing it left to regain City’s lead.

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Simpson had to limp out of the action in the 82nd minute, replaced by Dragovic, as City attempted to see the game out. But there was one more moment of magic to come.
A superb ball from Choudhury capped a brilliant night’s work for him and sent Mahrez down the right. In what will surely be his last home appearance for City he sent his marker into the car park with a swift change of direction before guiding the ball round the grounded Cech for another wonderful finish.

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Five minutes of time-added-on passed without drama and City’s home schedule finished on a very high note after months of disappointment.
In contrast to Saturday, a large majority of the crowd stayed on to applaud the side off the pitch for what had been a great effort.
There was even a chant for Arsène Wenger, who had lost to Leicester for the first time in his long Arsenal career.
9th place was secured and we were left thinking that it hadn’t been too bad a season after all.

Leicester: Jakupovic, Simpson (Dragovic 82), Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, Choudhury, Silva, Diabaté (Gray 72), Vardy, Iheanacho (Barnes 88).
Substitutes: Hamer, Iborra, Benalouane, Thomas.
Arsenal: Cech, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Mavropanos, Kolasinac, Iwobi (Nketia 84), Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang, Welbeck (Mustafi 19).
Substitutes: Mertesacker, Ospina, Nelson, Osei-Tutu, Willock.
Referee: G Scott. Attendance: 32,095.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber. 

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Leicester bury Baggies after early setback

West Bromwich Albion 1:4 Leicester City

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Despite going a goal down, City added to Albion’s woes with a convincing 4-1 win at the Hawthorns on Saturday…

Claude Puel made five changes to his side, with Simpson, Iborra, Chilwell, Gray and Okazaki all returning to the starting XI.
But they got off to a shaky start on a rainy day in the West Midlands and went behind in the 8th minute. Chilwell missed an attempted interception, allowing Burke to race down the right and deliver a low cross that saw Rondon beating Morgan to the ball to divert it past Schmeichel.
Five minutes later Mahrez looped a cross to the far post but it just evaded both Gray and Vardy.
In the 17th minute City went close to going further behind when a Krychowiak shot took a deflection off Iborra and and was heading for the top corner before Schmeichel finger-tipped it on to the crossbar.
But City struck back in the 21st minute with a fantastically executed goal.
Mahrez played an inch perfect ball for Vardy who watched it over his shoulder before guiding a volley beyond Foster’s reach and into the net.
After his usual celebrations in that corner of the Hawthorns, referee Bobby Madley had a word with him.

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It was end to end stuff for a while as Krychowiak dragged a shot wide when well placed, Gibbs made a timely clearance from a dangerous Chilwell cross, and Vardy had a goal disallowed for being narrowly offside as he ran on to Chilwell’s through ball.
Rondon then had a shot deflected over the bar.
1-1 at the break, with City on top after a poor opening spell.

Both sides were looking to push forward in the second half and it was an entertainingly open game.
Gray tried to catch Foster out from distance but the Albion keeper was alert to the danger.
Claude Puel made his first change on the hour, bringing Iheanacho on for Okazaki, and it soon brought its reward.
In the 62nd minute Iheanacho sent a delicate chip over the Baggies defence where Mahrez’s well timed run saw him take a touch before lobbing the ball over Foster to give City the lead.

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City were in charge now. Mahrez almost sent Vardy in on goal and then Iheanacho set him up for a chance which Foster blocked.
Puel brought Albrighton on for Gray in the 67th minute.
Iheanacho then got his first Premier League goal for City in the 76th minute, heading home a Chilwell cross from the left before celebrating in front of the away end.
This sparked an exodus for the exits, with many Albion fans seemingly resigned to defeat and impending relegation.
Puel made his third change late on with Mahrez replaced by Diabate, to rousing applause from the visitors section.
In time added on City got a fourth when Albrighton hoisted a corner in from the left and Iborra rose above the Albion defence to plant a firm header into the net from six yards.

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Claude Puel commented: “The first half was too open, end to end and box and box. The first half could have finished 3-3. It was crazy. We needed to manage our game better in the second half, with more calm and quality. It was interesting to keep the ball on the floor and work West Brom more. We found the clinical edge with a fantastic goal.”

West Brom: Foster, Nyom, Dawson, Hegazi, Gibbs, Krychowiak (Field 59), Livermore, Brunt, Burke (Robson-Kanu 83), Rondón, Phillips (Rodriguez 70).
Substitutes: Yacob, Myhill, McClean, McAuley.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Iborra, Ndidi, Mahrez (Diabaté 88), Okazaki (Iheanacho 60), Gray (Albrighton 67), Vardy.
Substitutes: Dragovic, Jakupovic, James, Fuchs.

Referee: R Madley. Attendance: 23,558.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Late Mahrez strike rescues a point for Leicester

Leicester City 1:1 AFC Bournemouth

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A superb Riyad Mahrez free-kick in the 7th minute of time-added-on salvaged a point from a poor City performance against Bournemouth at the KPS on Saturday…

Claude Puel made three changes to his side, with Fuchs, Silva and Amartey in for Gray, Chilwell and Simpson.
In freezing conditions City had a decent opening spell.
In the 13th Albrighton set up Silva for a shot that flew well over. A minute later a wayward ball from the Cherries defence sent Mahrez clear on goal but his left-footed jab was blocked by Begovic.
However, the game changed in the 20th minute when Amartey appeared to pull a hamstring. With Simpson not even having a place on the bench, Chilwell came on and City changed to a back three. Albrighton may be many things, but he’s not a right back and it was an awkward fit that saw Bournemouth take charge.

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King and Stanislas both had chances that went wide, and City were reduced to lumping the ball upfield where Vardy was frustrated by the linesman’s flag.
Maguire then rumbled upfield but had a shot blocked.
With Bournemouth pressing forward, City conceded a 34th minute penalty.  Albrighton put in a clumsy challenge on King as he was heading out of the penalty area and he picked himself up to send Schmeichel the wrong way from 12 yards. Or 11 and 3/4 yards as Schmeichel and Maguire protested to the referee that the ball wasn’t placed on the spot.
City produced little of note up to the break, looking devoid of ideas, and there was some booing at the end of the half.

There were no changes to either side and half-time, and City continued to struggle.
The visitors should have had another penalty awarded in the 54th minute when Ndidi shoved Daniels over in the area, but the ref waved play on.
Claude Puel made a change on the hour replacing Silva, who had not had a good afternoon, with Iheanacho.
A chance soon arrived after this change when Vardy’s cross from the left was half cleared to Chilwell whose well-struck shot was deflected over.

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As City began to get a grip on the game the chances mounted.
Morgan headed over from a Mahrez cross, and Vardy sent a shot high and wide from a decent position.
Another Mahrez free-kick then picked out Morgan at the far post but his header flew across the face of goal.
An Albrighton corner found Maguire close in, but his first shot was cleared off the line back to him and his second was blocked, with Iheanacho’s attempted backheel going wide.
With Bournemouth now intent on defending their lead Puel brought Diabaté on for Fuchs in the 79th minute.
City piled on the pressure at this stage but an endless series of corners were mostly delivered straight into Begovic’s clutches.
Mahrez saw a fierce shot blocked with what might have been an arm as the 90 minutes approached, but Lee Probert waved away the appeals.
As the four minutes of time-added-on stretched to a sixth minute it looked as though the Cherries would hang on to the three points.
But then a foul on Ndidi 26 yards out presented City with one last chance.
Mahrez swung it round the four man wall and into the bottom left hand corner and a point had been salvaged with a moment of brilliance.

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There was no disguising another poor performance from City however, and Claude Puel commented:  “I think we deserved something from the game but one point is not enough for us. I am pleased with the spirit and the mentality of the team. We tried until the end but it is not good for the points but for the momentum it is important.” 

Leicester: Schmeichel, Amartey (Chilwell 20), Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs (Diabaté 79), James, Ndidi, Silva (Iheanacho 59). Mahrez, Vardy, Albrighton.
Substitutes: Chilwell, Gray, Iheanacho, Hamer, Dragovic, Iborra, Diabaté.
Bournemouth: Begovic, Francis, S Cook, Aké, Smith, L Cook, Gosling, Daniels, King (Mousset 90), Wilson (Surman 77), Stanislas.
Substitutes: Boruc, Surman, Defoe, Fraser, Mousset, Simpson, Taylor.

Referee: L Probert. Attendance: 31,384.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Leicester get a helping hand from Stoke

Leicester City 1:1 Stoke City

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A poor performance from City saw them emerge with a point from a scrappy game against Stoke at the KPS on Saturday…

Claude Puel made two changes to his side with James and Albrighton in for Iborra and Iheanacho.
City enjoyed a start as bright as the weather in an early spell that saw them force three corners, before Mahrez cut inside and curled a shot just wide of the left hand post.
But the game soon descended into a midfield scrap, punctuated frequently by free kicks.

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The 17th minute brought a rare moment of quality when a Mahrez turn left two Stoke defenders looking bewildered, but the visitors were defending very deeply and snuffed out the attacking move.
Diouf was then booked for a clattering challenge on Mahrez as City struggled to turn possession into chances against a red and white striped wall.
After Shaqiri mis-hit a free kick on the half hour City broke upfield, but Mahrez missed the target again from another cut-in and shot.
Everything was going through Mahrez at this point, but it was a little too predictable and Stoke were defending solidly.
The game appeared to be drifting towards a goalless scoreline at the break, when Stoke took a 44th minute lead.
Shaqiri took a pass from Allen, 40 yards out, and was given far too much room to charge forward, lining up a low shot to Schmeichel’s left that gave the keeper no chance.
The goal came after Ndidi had needlessly lost possession, something that had happened far too often for City in the half.

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City pressed forward early in the second half and Albrighton had a shot blocked by Martins Indi. But too often City resorted to high balls into the box that were gobbled up by the Stoke defence.
City almost fell further behind in the 56th minute when Schmeichel collected a ball out by the touchline, but fluffed his clearance upfield. Allen fed Shaqiri who attempted a 40 yard shot with Schmeichel still racing back towards goal, but missed by a couple of yards.
Claude Puel made a couple of changes just after the hour, with Diabaté on for Gray and Iheanacho on for Simpson as City converted to three at the back.
Stoke boss Paul Lambert then had to make a change of his own, swapping his blue top for a white one after Schmeichel complained that it was clashing with the City shirts.
City then enjoyed a big slice of fortune, equalising in the 70th minute. A fine pass from Mahrez sent Albrighton in down the right and he belted a cross over. Butland, possibly distracted by Vardy flashing across his eyeline, failed to gather at the near post and the ball bounced off his arm and into the net.

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Butland made amends seven minutes later when a corner was headed clear to Mahrez on the edge of the area. His well struck shot was brilliantly saved by the Stoke keeper.
City threatened again soon after this, when Maguire burst into the area, rounded his marker and fired in a shot that Butland touched onto the near post.
With time running out City hit the woodwork again. A wayward header from Adam sent Mahrez in on goal, but he hesitated with his shot allowing a combination of Butland and Zouma to clear for a corner.
From the short flag-kick Albrighton’s cross was headed against the post by James, with Stoke eventually able to clear from the resulting goal-mouth scramble.

That was City’s last chance, and in truth neither side had done enough to earn three points.
Claude Puel admitted:  “Not enough to win today. We could have, but we could also have lost – so perhaps a draw is fair. Their goalkeeper made some good saves, but we also conceded chances.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, (Iheanacho 62), Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, James, Mahrez, Gray (Diabaté 61), Albrighton, Vardy.
Substitutes: Silva, Dragovic, Jakupovic, Iborra, Fuchs.
Stoke: Butland, Bauer, Zouma, Martins Indi (Adam 74), Stafylidis, Cameron, Shaqiri, Allen, Ndiaye, Choupo-Moting (Johnson 84), Diouf (Campbell 64).
Substitutes: Pieters, Jesé, Sobhi, Grant.

Referee: M Oliver. Attendance: 31,769.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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The FOX issue 207 – in the shops now

The 207th edition of The FOX – is now in the shops…

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Featuring: An exclusive interview with former City striker Matty Fryatt on the day he announced his retirement; Fully Programmed from February 1973; Fox Diary; the History of Leicester City in 100 Objects; the impact of VAR from the Foxes Trust; Rewind – The birth of Fox Leisure; Foxed in the Head – doesn’t go to West Ham in 1974 but makes it to Peterborough; Farewell to Rodney Fern; ; The Leicester/Vfl Bochum connection explained by Chris Baker; John Hutchinson on the Boys of ’61; your letters and Bentley’s Roof; and FiftySomething is up for the Cup…

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All for less than the price of a pint. *

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Matty Fryatt interview extract…

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FOX: Martin Allen was soon on his way, then Gary Megson swiftly came and went. How did you get on with Ian Holloway?

MF: Well, at that point we had Steve Howard, Barry Hayles, Iain Hume, myself and DJ Campbell.
He knew that we all effectively had goals in us, but you can’t play five forwards. Sometimes he would put Iain on the right wing, me on the left wing, Steve and DJ in the middle and perhaps Barry in the hole. Or perhaps you would play for one half and then someone else would come on. It was never settled and it was a bit lopsided. If you are a forward playing wide then you aren’t thinking about crossing the ball, you’re thinking how can I get in on goal. I wasn’t blessed with electric pace so I couldn’t beat a full back and get a cross over. Then you’d play one game and then not be seen for the next three. Then you’d be back in, at right wing, or up front, or in the hole. It really was all over the shop. I don’t think he ever worked out what to do with his forward line, and we didn’t really have any wingers.
When you look at that team that went down, it was a disgrace. I know we had a record number of points for going down, but it shouldn’t have happened. And I was absolutely diabolical that season, I couldn’t finish a chance to save my life. But there was so much chopping and changing, even after we had won a game.

FOX: The last game of the season at Stoke saw the club relegated to the third tier for the first time ever. Were the players aware of the enormity of that game?

MF: I think deep down, we were relegated before the game, although it wasn’t a bad performance on the day. I think the game before, losing 3-1 to Sheffield Wednesday at home, was the one that did it. After that the feeling was that we were down, that’s how I felt anyway. It was just awful.

FOX: Nigel Pearson was given the job of getting us out of League One, and this coincided with a big upturn in form for you…

MF: I just couldn’t wait for that previous season to end, and needed to get away from football for a bit. I went away on a break and I was determined that I would come back, get to peak fitness, get myself into a good mindset, and prove to everyone what I was about. I wasn’t thinking about what league we were in, I was just determined not to have another poor season.
Fortunately it just kicked off from the opening game when I got two goals against MK Dons. My confidence was back and from then on my thinking was, how many will I score today?

 

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Blades blunted as Leicester reach the quarter-finals

Leicester City 1:0 Sheffield United

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A Jamie Vardy header in the 66th minute ended Sheffield United’s resistance at the King Power Stadium on Friday night, as City progressed to the FA Cup quarter-final stage…

Claude Puel sent out something close to a full-strength side for this tie, with Morgan restored to the heart of the defence after an eight game absence.
Riyad Mahrez’s first home appearance since he went AWOL saw mostly cheers, with the odd bit of booing.
United looked well-drilled at the back and let City have plenty of early possession, but there were few chances created.
Vardy had a shot blocked and Gray sent an effort well high and wide, before the first proper chance came in the 16th minute. Gray went on a good run down the middle before slipping a ball left to Vardy, who sent a low shot a foot wide of the far post.
Chilwell then cut in from the left and set up Ndidi for a long range shot that was too close to Blackman to trouble him.
United came more into the game and had a chance of their own. A cross from the right was headed out by Simpson, but deflected off Maguire and sat up nicely for Stevens to shoot from 8 yards out, but Maguire managed to throw himself in the way and block the effort brilliantly.

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At the other end Mahrez prodded a ball through for Vardy to run onto but the impressive Blackman swiftly narrowed to angled to save.
Half-time arrived without City finding a way through United’s defence, and the Blades only chance had been the closest call.

The low-key end to the first half continued after the break, with United enjoying more possession,  but little going on at either end. A neat turn from Gray sent Mahrez in but his shot was blocked.

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But City eventually found a way through in the 66th minute and it was Mahrez who created the chance out of virtually nothing with the pass of the game.
Faced with two defenders down the right he checked back, had a look up, and spotted Vardy, lurking with intent at the far post. He delivered a perfect ball for Vardy to send a looping header over Blackman and into the net.

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Gray went close with a low shot, but Blackman got a touch to send it round the post, before Baldock’s low side-footed shot saw Schmeichel get down smartly to save.
Moments later a Chilwell cross was nodded back by Mahrez for Vardy to net, but the celebrations were halted by an offside flag.
In the 84th minute Claude Puel brought Albrighton on for Vardy, looking to close the game out, and there were no moments of drama in the final stages.

City had reached the quarter-finals for the first time since 2012, and were 90 minutes away from a Wembley appearance.

Puel commented on the architect of City’s goal:  “The most important thing in the game was the fans supported Riyad, and when I replaced him it was a good feeling with the fans. It’s important to stay united about this. The situation is behind us, it’s important to look forward. Now we have two home games in the Premier League and it’s important to get the support of the fans.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Gray, Iborra, Ndidi, Mahrez (James 90), Iheanacho, Vardy (Albrighton 84).
Substitutes: Hamer, Silva, Dragovic, Fuchs, Diabaté.
Sheff Utd: Blackman, Basham, Wright (Evans 76), O’Connell, Baldock, Carruthers (Duffy 76), Lundstram, Lafferty, Stevens, Donaldson, Wilson (Brooks 45)
Substitutes: Sharp, Stearman, Heneghan, Eastwood.

Referee: L Mason. Attendance: 28,336.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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

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The A3 sized print will be available from next Thursday (25th Jan) , but you can pre-order one now.
They will be posted to you rolled in a cardboard tube.

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

You can pay online via Paypal HERE

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