CITY MAKE HARD WORK OF FIRST WIN

CITY 2 SWANSEA 1               

Match Report by Eddie Blount

So at the third attempt City duly recorded their first victory of the new season. At one stage with less than an hour played we were coasting to three points with a 2-0 advantage and the ball on the penalty spot, rightly so after Okazaki had been tripped in the box. Unfortunately this was the high point, or perhaps given the torrential rain which fell in the second half, the high-water point for City as Mahrez’s spot kick was well saved by the Swansea keeper with the help of the post and scrambled to safety.

We were never as comfortable after that miss and a combination of Swansea’s doggedness and the levelling factor of a waterlogged pitch meant that Swansea actually came close to getting something out of this game which would have been a serious injustice.

The game kicked off in front of a slightly less than full capacity crowd due to Swansea’s failure to sell more than half their ticket allocation. Most Championship sides have a better travelling support though Swansea on the pitch deserve their Premiership status.

Although second best to City throughout the first half they were not totally lacking in attacking ambition and never seemed intent on a bus-parking strategy. Indeed in spite of the sort of possession stats that we regularly achieved last season Schmeichel had more saves to make than his counterpart, Fabianski. Our problem was that once we got down the flanks the quality of the ball across was lacking due in no small measure to our reluctance to get too many players forward, plus we do not start with a striker who excels in the air.

It took half an hour to break Swansea down and the way it happened was vintage City! Amartey, who had an excellent game in midfield, won a tackle in pure Kante fashion and instantly transferred the ball to Drinkwater whose first time pass over the top fell perfectly for Vardy who knew exactly where he should be. He bore down on the keeper at top speed and smashed the ball into the net off the near post – unsaveable!. Brian Clough was fond of saying that it only took a second to score a goal and this would have made him a happy man. The rest of the half was lacking in incident apart from a fierce drive from outside the box by Okazaki - of all people -  which the keeper palmed away for an unproductive corner.

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Next Up – Swansea

Next Up Swansea – 27 August 2016

Manager        Francesco Guidolin

Founded       1912            Ground         Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Address       Liberty Stadium, Landore, Swansea, SA1 2FA

Capacity        20,750      

Squad:

1        GK      Łukasz Fabiański

2        DF      Jordi Amat

3        DF      Neil Taylor

4        MF      Ki Sung-yueng

5        DF      Mike van der Hoorn

7        MF      Leon Britton

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FOXES REDISCOVER THEIR MOJO

LEICESTER CITY 0 ARSENAL 0

Match Report by Paul Weston

As I drove from Suffolk towards the first “home” match of the season I could not quite work out what I expected for the season after the quite incredible events of the previous year. Was it to get more than 40 points to ensure Premiership safety (which would have been our normal goal)? Was it top 10 with a decent performance in the Champions League? Or was it to be in the top 4 again challenging the so- called big teams who have all spent mega amounts of money in the close season?

I decided that I would just go with the flow and enjoy what hopefully would be an exciting and stress-free season in the Premiership. Nothing would ever erase the memories of last season.

The teams came onto the pitch to glittering banners in the Kop end celebrating our achievements. After the disappointing result against Hull, Ranieri reshuffled the pack. Huth was back to partner Morgan, Albrighton came in for Gray, Okazaki for Musa and Mendy in central midfield to attempt to fill the boots of Kante. We still mourn his departure but are grateful for the part he played in our wonderful season and it was a privilege to see such a good player, if only for one season.

After the 5-2 drubbing we received at the hands of Arsenal last year it was inevitable that the match would start off as a more cautious affair, especially as both teams had had poor results in their first matches. Arsenal had, as expected, the majority of possession and City struggled to string many moves together and there was an absence of chances created.

Arsenal broke fast at pace but all too often their absence of a target man let them down. I carefully watched Mendy throughout the first half and have to admit that I was very disappointed. He may have been unfit or not used to the pace of the game, but the game passed by around him and he had no effect on the game. His tackles were usually late, resulting in a yellow card, not through over-aggression but through being too slow. There is very little to say about the first half other than 0-0 was fair and we hoped that City would move up a gear in the second half.

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Next Up – Arsenal

Next Up Arsenal 20 August 2016 5.30PM

Manager        Arsène Wenger       Founded       1886

Ground          Emirates Stadium   Address   Hornsey Road, London N5 1BU

Capacity        60,338

Squad: 

2        DF      Mathieu Debuchy

3        DF      Kieran Gibbs

4        DF      Per Mertesacker

5        DF      Gabriel

6        DF      Laurent Koscielny

7        FW     Alexis Sánchez

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LCFC Fans Wanted for Filming

The Foxes Trust has been approached by Firecracker to help make LCFC fans aware of an opportunity to take part in filming related to the Champions League

Below is the poster they asked us to display online to help awareness

The Foxes Trust board is happy to do so, but also wants to make clear that in doing so it is not directly involved in the campaign or endorsing any related products

 

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