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Barnes-stormer seals Leicester win at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United 1:2 Leicester City

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Substitute Harvey Barnes settled a tight game in City’s favour with a superb 70th minute strike at Bramall Lane on Saturday…

Brendan Rodgers made one change to his line-up, with Praet making his full debut in place of Ndidi, who had a hamstring injury. With Chilwell still unavailable Fuchs continued in his left back role.
The game kicked off in glorious sunshine and a raucous atmosphere, with Sheffield Wednesday fan Vardy’s every touch being booed.
City dealt with an early spell of pressure and Robinson fired over from a corner, but then the visitors began to press forward. Pérez pulled a ball back for Tielemans who fired well wide, before Maddison was fouled 30 yards out. Fuchs hit the free-kick through the wall and it was deflected narrowly wide, but referee Andy Madley awarded a goal kick.
Maddison then got a glancing header to a cross, but it drifted wide of the far post.
A Tielemans cross for Vardy was also nodded wide, while at the other end a 35 yard rising shot from Lundstram went two feet over the bar.
With the tide going United’s way again their overloading of the left flank led to a chance for Baldock, but his well struck volley went straight at Schmeichel.
Maddison was brought down for another free kick 30 yards out but delivered it straight into the wall.
With the game finely poised City took a 37th minute lead. Pérez won the ball on the halfway line and a superb ball from Maddison sent Vardy in down the left and he fired past Henderson before celebrating in front of the Kop, which reduced some Blades to a gibbering rage.
City took that lead in with them at the break.

City had an early chance in the second half when Vardy nodded a ball to Pérez at the far post, but the angle was just too tight.
Eight minutes into the second half Chris Wilder changed his front line, bringing on  McBurnie and Sharp, and with the home crowd fired up the Blades enjoyed a spell of pressure. This dominance led to a 61st minute equaliser when Baldock delivered a cross from the right and McBurnie rose above the City defence to direct a header past Schmechel.
A huge roar greeted this goal, but City dug in and regained control of play.
Barnes replaced Praet in the 64th minute and now it was City doing the attacking.
And it was Barnes who fired home a superb winner in the 70th minute. A Fuchs cross from the left was nodded back by Söyüncü and Barnes struck as sweet a half-volley as you could ever wish to see. It was in the net before Henderson could even move.
United pressed forward looking for another equaliser and it looked like it had come in the 75th minute when Lundstrum connected well from close range but Schmeichel reacted with a fantastic save, not diminished by the fact that the offside flag was up.
With City under pressure Rodgers brought on Morgan for Pérez to shore up the back line. The defence dealt with a series of corners and then Rodgers tightened up further with Mendy replacing Tielemans in the 88th minute.
The most nervy moment came in time added on when United won a free kick 22 yards out, but Choudhury stood firm in the wall to block the shot. After four additional minutes City had weathered the storm for their first win of the season.
There was still room for improvement, with Tielemans and Pérez yet to find form, but it has been a good start to the season underlined by third place in the Premier League on Saturday evening.
Brendan Rodgers commented: “We needed to be ready to fight and show resilience and it was an important three points for us. We had to change the system in the last 25 minutes to cope with the balls coming into the box. It is a very young group but they are all focused and doing well for me. It was fantastic technique for Harvey’s goal and that kind of goal was worthy of being the winning goal.”

Sheff United: Henderson, Basham (Morrison 78), Egan, O’Connell, Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Freeman, Stevens, McGoldrick (McBurnie 54), Robinson (Sharp 54). 
Substitutes; Jagielka, Osborn, Moore, Besic.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Söyüncü, Fuchs, Choudhury, Tielemans (Mendy 89), Praet (Barnes 64), Maddison, Vardy, Pérez (Morgan 78).
Substitutes: Justin, Gray, Albrighton, Ward.

Referee: Andy Madley. Attendance: 30,079.

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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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Leicester ease past Blades with second half show

Sheffield United 1: 4 Leicester City

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City progressed in the Carabao Cup with a 4-1 win, eventually overcoming some spirited resistance from Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Tuesday night.

The League Cup’s latest incarnation still appears to be a chance for squad players to turn out, with both sides making eight changes from their last league outings, and there were plenty of empty seats at Bramall Lane, apart from in the away end.

The first half didn’t reward those who had turned out to watch, with a goalless battle of attrition unfolding.
After a nervous moment when former-Blade Maguire received lengthy treatment after a foul by Lafferty, City had an early attacking spell. This came to nought after a couple of sliced crosses from Musa, who then fired a shot into the side-netting.
United carved out a couple of chances, but a shot from Carruthers and an Evans header both went straight into Hamer’s chest.
Gray forced a save from Eastwood, and Brooks attempt on goal almost squirmed under Hamer.
City began to get the upper hand towards the break, with Slimani having a goalbound shot blocked by Wright, and Chilwell forcing a good save from Eastwood.

City were unchanged for the second half, but stepped things up a gear, and went ahead in the 52nd minute.
It was Gray who produced a moment of magic, cutting in from the left wing and accelerating through three United defenders before slotting the ball through Eastwood’s legs.
The lead was doubled ten minutes later when a precise through ball from King sent Slimani in to round the keeper and sidefoot into an an empty net.
Eastwood produced a fine save to deny Gray’s curling shot, before City added a third in the 67th minute. Gray’s cross from the right fell perfectly for Slimani to scuff home at he far post.
Although United pulled a goal back in the 83rd minute, when what looked a like a mishit cross from Lavery caught Hamer out at his near post, the result was long beyond doubt.
City added a fourth in time added on when Musa, who hadn’t had a great game, persisted to the last. He battled his way round two challenges before firing into the roof of the net with the last kick of the game.

Craig Shakespeare was happy with the performance of Gray: “He has given me food for thought. The idea before the game was to give the squad and the players the game time which they needed and they answered in the right way.”

The Carabao Cup third-round draw takes place at 4.15am BST on Thursday, in Beijing.
We won’t be setting our alarm clocks.

Sheff Utd: Eastwood, Freeman, Wright, Basham 68), Connell, Baldock (Coutts 68), Brooks, Lundstram, Carruthers, Lafferty, Evans (Sharp 62), Lavery. Subs Not Used: Stevens, Basham, Thomas, Sharp, Coutts, Duffy, Blackman.
Leicester: Hamer, Amartey, Maguire (Knight 81), Fuchs, Chilwell, Musa, Ndidi (Mendy 77), King, Gray, Ulloa, Slimani. Subs Not Used: Vardy, Albrighton, Jakupovic, Okazaki, Mahrez.

Referee: T Harrington. Attendance: 11,280.

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What you are saying about: GOT, NOT GOT…

What people are saying about ‘GOT, NOT GOT – The A to Z of Lost Football Culture, Treasures & Pleasures…

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City Steel the Points

Sheffield United 0:1 Leicester City

City plundered three points at Bramall Lane last night with a backs-to-the-wall display that was at times desperate, after Andy King has given them an early lead…

Sven made just one change to the side that outplayed Millwall with new loan signing Patrick van Aanholt replacing Bruno Berner at left back.
A healthy travelling contingent didn’t have long to wait to celebrate a goal when King gave City the lead after just four minutes,picking up a ball from Yakubu on the edge of the area and calmly lobbing Simonsen.
United responded positively and City found themselves pegged back for long periods, unable to get out of their own half. Montgomery was first to test Weale with a thumping drive that the keeper tipped over at full stretch. There then followed a series of corners that City couldn’t clear properly but the Blades were lacking confidence in front of goal and although they were putting City under pressure, they weren’t creating many chances. 
On the half hour there was an incident that seemed to raise the temperature a little inside the ground when Mattock fell awkwardly in front of the City fans. As the City fans showed little sympathy to the on-loan full back, it became clear that he was seriously injured. The home fans in the adjacent stand voiced their anger at the unsympathetic City contingent (perhaps knowing little of the history of Mattock’s time in Leicester) as Mattock was stretchered off.
When the game resumed the atmosphere was very different and the home side responded and upped the tempo and they were unlucky not to level matters when a curling, Williamson free-kick came back off the post with Weale beaten and then the impressive Ben Mee blocked a goalbound Lowry shot.
The second half continued in the same vein. The expected improvement from City didn’t materialise and once again the match was played mostly in the visitor’s half. Bent blazed over when he should have hit the target and there was plenty of goal mouth action with Weale by far the busier keeper.
There was an unavoidable feeling amongst the travelling support that an equaliser was just around the corner, but it never came.
Sven replaced tired legs when Dyer and Abe were replaced with Gallagher and Oakley but the pattern of the game didn’t alter with City restricted to breakaway efforts and United having one last go at City as the minutes ticked away. Parrino thought he had equalised for Blades when his header beat Weale but Oakley was on the line to head clear and right at the death Ertl was the unlucky player as Weale produced a another superb fingertip save to tip over his snap shot following a corner.
Ironically it was City that had the last chance of the game when, late substitute, Waghorn crossed for Vassell who was unable to steer the ball in to a vacant goal and managed to lift his shot over. The final whistle brought huge relief to the City faithful who, in truth, cannot have enjoyed the performance they witnessed. City enjoyed some luck but they won’t care. What will be of more concern is the overall display and a complete failure to get the passing game going with passes continually going astray and possession given away in what was a poor performance. On the plus side, Ben Mee and Sol Bamba put in massive performances for City and Weale was faultless behind them.
Bramall Lane hasn’t always been a happy hunting ground for City and a long list of injustice, bad breaks and poor refereeing decisions was wiped off tonight as City had all of the luck going for a change. After all, at the end of the season when we are totting up the points, it isn’t ‘how’ that matters it is ‘how many’.

Sheff Utd: Simonsen, Ertl, Mattock (Kozluk 33), Lowry, Parrino, Doyle (Yeates 70), Williamson, Montgomery, Bent (Bogdanovic 75), Cresswell, Evans. Subs Not Used: Quinn, Ward, Lowton, Long.
Leicester: Weale, Bamba, Naughton, Mee, Van Aanholt, King, Dyer (Gallagher 63), Abe (Oakley 70), Wellens, Yakubu (Waghorn 87), Vassell. Subs Not Used: Berner, Logan, Hobbs, Howard.

Referee: David Webb (Lancashire). Attendance: 20,464.

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City Scrape a Point Against Blades

Leicester City 2:2 Sheffield United

After a strong opening twenty minutes City somehow ended up relying on a 92nd minute Howard penalty to rescue a point against Sheffield United at Filbert Way on Wednesday night…

City, with one change to the side – Hobbs in for the injured Vitor – could hardly have got off to a brighter start against a struggling Sheffield United side. The lively Waghorn almost gave City a 2nd minute lead with a fierce near post shot that Simonsen just managed to block. 
City then took an 8th minute lead, when Waghorn was fouled on th eedg eof th earea by Bartley. Gallagher stepped up to deliver a perfect curling free-kick into the top left hand corner, giving Simonsen no chance.
King then had two half chances to extend City’s lead, with a Naughton through ball having a little too much weight on it, and a header glanced wide.
As it was, the Blades somehow managed to shake themselves out of an abject performance to take an unlikely lead in at the break. 
In the 29th minute City’s back line were caught out on the break and Reid squared for an unmarked Yeates, the former City man equalising with a simple finish.
This seems to knock City’s confidence and they looked shaky as United took the lead four minutes before the break.  
Yeates struck again from a free-kick, with a similar effort to Gallagher’s, and as the small band of visitors celebrated there was a rising sense of frustration among the home crowd.
The second half continued in much the same vein with City, being bullied all over the park and unable to get a grip on proceedings. Ten minutes into the half, with no sign of improvement Eriksson brought Dyer and Howard on for Waghorn and Vassell.  
Although Dyer was sporadically effective, United were still in charge and cynical fouls and time-wasting kept them on top. At one stage Reid was substituted and managed to do a jog that was slower than a walk.
Gallagher almost found the bottom right hand corner from a free-kick but Simonsen produced a fine save.
King went close and Howard couldn’t convert a cross that fell for him six yards out.
As the game entered four minutes of time-added-on it looked as though United would claim the three points but Yeates, their two-goal hero, provided a twist in the tale handling the ball in the penalty area.
Howard stepped forward to convert a confident spot-kick and rescue a point from a poor performance that had promised much.
Sven Goran Eriksson observed: “I think we were a little lucky but we showed a lot of character to chase the equaliser at the end. It was a strange game because we played good football and scored a good goal in the first 20 minutes. Everything looked like a nice evening, almost easy, but it is never easy in this division.”

Leicester: Weale, Davies, Hobbs, Naughton, King, Abe (Fryatt 74), Wellens, Cunningham, Gallagher, Vassell (Dyer 55), Waghorn (Howard 55). Subs Not Used: Berner, Logan, Moussa, Morrison.
United: Simonsen, Jordan, Nosworthy, Bartley, Lowton, Yeates, Britton, Quinn, Montgomery, Reid (Ertl 79), Cresswell (Bogdanovic 86). Subs Not Used: Wright, Kozluk, Calve, Taylor, Evans.

Referee: P Gibbs (West Midlands). Attendance: 20,445.


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More Embarrassment for Leicester City

Once again, it appears that those in charge of Health & Safety at the Walkers Stadium are determined to turn our club into a laughing stock.

The following message appeared on Sheffield United’s official site regarding tomorrow’s game. Ridiculous as it might seem it is not a wind up or joke, but a genuine instruction:

“Blades fans intending to support us on Wednesday night should note that – on the instruction of Leicester City – banners of any type are banned from the Walkers Stadium.
Supporters wishing to take flags into the home of the Foxes require a fire certificate to be produced on the day of the match, upon entering the stadium.
In an effort to support Blades fans, United Safety Officer Steve Hicks has offered any fans who need a safety certificate for their flags to bring the flags to the club to be certificated and this information will be passed on to Leicester City.
Any fan who already possesses a fire certificate for their flag can email the certificate and a picture of their flag to info@sufc.co.uk for Steve’s attention. He will then forward them to the relevant person at Leicester City.”

This would appear to be the latest sideswipe at the Fosse Boys, who were recently refused entry to the ground with their new flag.

Football – RIP.

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