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Vardy strike sees Leicester edge out Albion

West Bromwich Albion 0:1 Leicester City

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Any lingering fears that City had about relegation were dispelled as City beat West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon, thanks to a Jamie Vardy strike just before half time…

Craig Shakespeare made one change for this trip to his former club, bringing in Okazaki for Ulloa, in a fixture that had seen a City victory in three of the last four encounters.
Any thoughts that Mark Clattengburg might have an easy time of it in his last Premier League game were soon dismissed as the early stages turned into a physical battle.
Benalouane hit Rondon from behind, but Brunt sent the 25 yard free-kick sailing over the bar.

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Tackles were flying in, and Drinkwater was perhaps lucky to see only a yellow card after a ball-winning challenge with a foot in the air that sent Chadli flying.
Albion’s best chance of the half came in the 18th minute when Evans long cross to the far post was met by the head of Brunt, but Schmeichel pulled off a spectacular save to tip it over the bar.
The cuts and bruises mounted up as Benalouane and McAuley clashed heads and the Albion man had to have treatment for a cut and reemerged with a Basil Fawlty bandage.
Yacob was then lucky that Clattenburg was in last day mode, seeing yellow after planting an elbow into Okazaki’s jaw.

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Brunt then sent Chadli in down the right, but his shot didn’t trouble Schmeichel at the near post.
Neither side were playing with much fluency and a scrappy encounter looked like it was going to be scoreless at the break, until City were gifted a 43rd minute lead.
Rondon had come deep to break up a City move, but sent a wayward pass into the path of Okazaki, who slid a perfect ball in for Vardy to produce a cool finish past Foster.

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In first half injury time Rondon got his head to a Chadli corner but sent it narrowly off target and City took a precious lead in with them at the break.

City created the first chance of the second half when Vardy fired in a low cross from the left, but it was a yard ahead of Okazaki’s reach in the middle.
Albion began to apply some pressure, but they hadn’t found the net in the previous four games. Rondon fired in a shot that was too close to Schmeichel, Yacob sent another shot well over, and Dawson headed wide from a free-kick. Dawson’s next header, from a corner, was on target, but deflected over the bar off Brunt.
City broke forward and Drinkwater sent Mahrez in on the right. He sidestepped Nyom and fired in a low shot that brushed the outside of the right hand post.
Drinkwater fouled on Morrison on the edge of the area, but Chadli’s free-kick flew a yard over the bar.
Craig Shakespeare made his first change in the 67th minute, bringing Ulloa on for Okazaki, as West Brom began to press hard in search of an equaliser.
City’s defence dealt with everything that was thrown at them and Albion’s goalless streak stretched to a record fifth game.
Mahrez had a chance to extend City’s lead but couldn’t get the intended curl on his shot, which went well wide.
Rondon wasted a good chance, and then Chadli almost nipped in when Huth left a ball for Schmeichel, but City saw out the game for their second away win of the season.

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It took them to 40 points, and while not quite mathematically safe, the players went over to the away fans at the end to celebrate another virtually guaranteed year of Premier League football.
Craig Shakespeare was waiting for the rubber stamp when asked about safety: “No, I’m not going to say so. Of course, it takes another giant step towards it. We knew it would be a difficult game today but what I will say about it was that it was a real gutsy performance.”

Albion: Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Nyom (McClean 60), Livermore, Yacob (Fletcher 69), Brunt, Morrison (Leko 79), Chadli, Rondon. Subs Not Used: Wilson, Myhill, Harper, Field.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Benalouane, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez (King 81), Drinkwater, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki (Ulloa 67), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Chilwell, Amartey, Slimani, Zieler, Gray.
Referee: M Clattenburg. Attendance: 24,611.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.


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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…

* Well, what can I say – your book is a FINE piece of work! Honestly, I think its brilliant and I have seldom put it down since I picked it up…

* The best book about football written in the last 20 years.

* I found myself engrossed again in the trivia that so preoccupied my life between the age of 5 and 15 and laughing until my ribs hurt.

* Wonderful book, great illustrations and is a throw back to days when football was more important than anything else, Superbly written and put together.

* If there’s anyone in your life who attended football when it was still good (60s- 80s) buy them this book and they’ll love you forever.

* I don’t even follow football anymore but I love this book. It’s packed with memories of the game when it was a simpler more enjoyable (to me anyway) sport.

* Superb stuff. Anyone who grew up in the seventies with even a passing interest in football, let alone City, will love this book.

* I utterly and completely love it… so much stuff in there that I’d pretty much forgotten about, but which is a joy to rediscover.

Featuring: Aberdeen, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool, Bolton Wanderers, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Brighton & Hove Albion, Burnley, Cardiff City, Carlisle United, Celtic, Charlton Athletic, Chelsea, Coventry City, Crystal Palace, Derby County, England, Everton, Fulham, Hearts, Hibs, Hull City, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Leicester City, Liverpool, Luton Town, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Millwall, Newcastle United, Northern Ireland, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, Notts County, Plymouth Argyle, Portsmouth, QPR, Rangers, Reading, Scotland, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Southampton, Stoke City, Sunderland, Swansea City, Swindon Town, Tottenham Hotspur, Wales, Watford, West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United, Wigan Athletic, Wimbledon & Wolves…

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Guide to the Championship

Here is the FOX Guide to the Championship from the 2007 Summer Special…

Can you name all 24 clubs?

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Weale Could Be Tottenham Target

City keeper Chris Weale’s recent run of great form has put him in the Spurs Spotlight according to several news stories.
Spurs back up keeper Carlo Cudicini fractured both wrists and injured his pelvis in a motorcycle accident in London last week, so Harry Redknapp has drawn up a shortlist of keepers to provide some cover.

David James and Ben Foster, along with Weale, are on on Harry’s list but he would have a job persuading any of them to play No 2 to the erratic Heurelho Gomes.
Although his last outing wasn’t his best, conceding a couple of long range efforts against West Brom, Weale has impressed this season, and has looked comfortable making the step up from Yeovil and Bristol City reserves.
Having used six goalkeepers last season it has been a refreshing change to see the position settled. Hopefully he won’t be tempted away for a life of bench warming…


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West Brom Ease Past City

Leicester City 1:2 West Bromwich Albion

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West Brom proved their promotion credentials with an assured performance in the Remembrance Day fixture against City at Filbert Way on Saturday…

Almost 29,000 turned out, having their appetites whetted by seeing back to back televised victories at Reading and QPR, and Nigel Pearson started with the same XI who won at Loftus Road.
The game had a lively opening, West Brom were eager to shoot on sight and Neilson and Brown both had to block goalbound shots, while Weale pulled off a fine save to deny Moore…. while Mattock’s every touch was booed to the rafters.
Then City had a good attacking spell, but were perhaps a bit over-elaborate near to goal and either the final ball went astray or the shooting was off-target – Oakley fired wide and then Waghorn was thwarted by Carson.
The lively Waghorn then executed a neat shot on the turn but Carson was well placed to save.
The Baggies found their way through in the 37th minute. Oakley gave away a needless free-kick tripping Thomas. Dorrans’ didn’t connect at all well with his free-kick but somehow the ball snaked through the wall, past a couple of defenders and beyond Weale’s reach just inside the right hand post.
Three minutes later Weale was picking the ball out of his net again and West Brom were in the driving seat. 
Jara strode through a large hole in the middle of the park and had time to size up a 30 yarder that deceived Weale and found the net.
City looked in disarray at this stage, and Oakley and King both retired injured, replaced by Gallagher and McGivern.

Half time put a 2-0 deficit in perspective as verterans old and not so old paraded round the track in a ceremony that has even more gravity and relevance than usual given the current situation… http://www.poppy.org.uk/support-us/give-money 

City almost instantly had a chance to pull back a goal and set up a great second half contest, but Gallagher somehow failed to prod the ball over the line from close in after good work from Fryatt.
Weale was the busier keeper after that, saving a Moore shot and a Brunt header. When he was beaten by a lob shot the bar came to his aid, Moore denied yet again.  
Howard replaced N’Guessan but City couldn’t find a way through Albion’s well drilled defence.
Not until the fourth minute of time added on, when a Gallagher free-kick was saved by Carson at the foot of the left hand post, but Berner reacted swiftly to tuern the loose ball home.
It was too late and, in truth, the scoreline flattered City who had simply been beaten by a better side.

Leicester: Weale, Brown, Berner, Hobbs, Neilson, King (McGivern 44), Oakley (Gallagher 39), Wellens, Fryatt, N’Guessan (Howard 60), Waghorn. Subs Not Used: Logan, Campbell, Kermorgant, Morrison.
Albion: Carson, Jara, Zuiverloon, Olsson, Mattock, Meite, Thomas (Cech 75), Brunt, Dorrans, Moore (Bednar 87), Cox (Mulumbu 66). Subs Not Used: Kiely, Martis, Teixeira, Koren.

Referee: N Swarbrick (Lancashire). Attendance: 28,748.

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