Going to Wolves

Directions by road  WV1 4QR

From Leicester easiest route may be down the M69 to the M6, then follow directions from the South East

By road from the north:

Exit M6 at junction 12.At island take third exit onto A5 for Wolverhampton. At the next island turn left onto A449. After six miles the A449 passes under the M54.

Carry straight on and at the sixth island (Five Ways) take the third exit onto Waterloo Road. Molineux is one mile straight on.

By road from the south west:

Exit M5 at junction 2. Follow the signs for Wolverhampton on the A4123 for eight miles to the Ring Road.Turn left on Ring Road, following signs for Molineux.

Take second exit at next two islands, pass Banks’s Brewery and swimming baths on left and then turn left at next set of traffic lights. Molineux is 500 yards on the right.

By road from the south east:

Exit M6 at junction 10. Take A454 via Willenhall to Wolverhampton Ring Road.

At fi rst Ring Road island, take the fourth exit (A449 to Stafford).Straight on at next two sets of traffic lights.Filter right at third set of lights into Waterloo Road. 

Molineux is 500 yards on right.

From Wolverhampton railway/bus stations, follow the Ring Road, walking down the side of the Chubb buildings.

Then at the major crossroads you will see Molineux to the left.

Approx 60 mls     1hrs 30 mins

Parking

There is a limited amount of parking at the stadium but the nearby Civic Hall car park normally remains open for night matches

Directions by rail

From Wolverhampton railway/bus stations, follow the Ring Road, walking down the side of the Chubb buildings.Then at the major crossroads you will see Molineux to the left. Walking takes approx 15-20 mins

Trains take 1hrs 30mins but you cannot get back on Tues night

Pubs

There are no pubs as such near to the stadium.  

All information is provided in good faith but the Foxes Trust cannot be held responsible for any errors.

Thanks to the Football Ground Guide, and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

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Questions and (some) answers

Leicester City 3 – 1 Huddersfield Town

Report by Stuart Dawkins

There were lots of questions in advance of this match.  Who would replace Morgan?  Was this a must win match for Puel’s future?  What shape would he pick?  Has Huddersfield’s impressive bubble as a challenging Premier League team burst?

By the end of the 90-minutes, most City fans would be pleased with the answers to these questions, but it took a while for that to be the case.

The answer to who would replace Morgan, had been fairly well trailed: with Evans being the player interviewed in advance of the match on the official club website.  It was, indeed, Evans who played, and he played well enough – albeit against limited opposition (see later…)

Was this a must win match?  Personally, I am impressed by City having the youngest squad, and actually playing young internationals, not leaving them on the bench or on loan.  It can only help the club to acquire new ambitious talent in the future.  I am not, therefore, in the ‘Puel out’ camp.  But, were the club to start hovering around the relegation places, how much patience would the owners have?  And, surely on paper, a home match against struggling Huddersfield is about as easy a game as you’re going to get?

As for what shape Puel would play: the manager tightened the right-back position by playing Amartey, and Amartey repaid this confidence by having a good game.  The surprise was up front: only one of City’s many recognized wingers – Ghezzal – played, together with the M-V-I combination of Maddison, Vardy and Iheanacho.

City started the match poorly, yet again.  Huddersfield scored only their third goal of the season in the fifth minute.  Even by then, their sole effective attacking strategy – long throws from either flank by Belling – had been seen four times.  City failed to deal with the fourth, and Jorgensen poked home from short range.  Puel has commented on the habit of giving almost everyone a one-goal start, and it is a habit that needs to be broken.

City’s shape looked disjointed in the early stages.  Ghezzal was not having a very effective game on the right, and no-one was playing wide on the left.  Time and again City’s outlet-ball was wide to Chilwell who was effectively playing both left back and left wing.   City dominated possession, but to little effect, until in the 19th minute they scored a simple but effective reply.  Huddersfield – not for the first or the last time – left too few men at the back when attacking, City broke quickly through the centre and Vardy’s through ball found Iheanacho behind the defence on his own.  He calmly took the ball in his stride and beat the keeper to equalize.

The equalizer settled the home team.  The M-V-I trio increasingly found space, but no end product.  Huddersfield sat deep, let the ball go wide to Chilwell, or allowed the M-V-I trio to play some neat interchanges, or simply fouled them.  They did not have any clear chances on goal to deal with.

Puel did break one habit, and actually made a substitution at half time, bringing on Gray for Ghezzal.  This improved Leicester’s shape and Gray was also noticeably effective chasing back to tackle a couple of times – a welcome improvement in his play in recent games.  City were completely dominating possession and anything approaching decent attacking play, but still had nothing to show for it until midway through the half.

Huddersfield seemed content all match to foul players 20-odd yards from goal if it broke up play.  Maddison had already taken a couple of decent free kicks from this distance in the first half – one a beautifully flighted chip over the wall to Vardy which was clearly a pre-planned move, but which Vardy screwed wide of the goal.

In the 66th minute, Maddison chose to shoot from such a free-kick, curling the ball towards the left-hand top corner of the goal.  It was not struck into the very corner, and keeper Lössl got a hand to it, but the flight was such that it ended up in the net anyway: 2-1 to City and a fair reflection of the balance of the match.

Huddersfield’s manager, David Wagner, made changes, but City continued to be the better side.  With 15 minutes to go, Huddersfield again defended too high, and Vardy was released on his own with the ball from the half way line.  He easily completed the chance, chipping the ball over the advancing keeper to make it 3-1.

Puel changed things a bit: Albrighton came on to replace Iheanacho, giving Leicester’s shape a more traditional look.  Then Okazaki replaced Maddison, who left to thunderous applause.

Huddersfield fashioned a decent headed chance, but it came to nothing, and it was City who finished the stronger, with a shot from Vardy fumbled wide by the keeper followed by a Vardy header just wide in the very final minute of stoppage time.

Puel is famed for picking a side that he thinks will beat the opposition. Today he achieved exactly that and, in truth, very comfortably.  But what about the final question: has Huddersfield’s bubble burst?

I’m sad to say that if they play like they did today, the answer is ‘yes’.  It’s been good to see such a historic club doing so well, and their fans are always great – home and away.  But today they were awful and naïve.  One-nil up and allowing Leicester to equalize simply because they had not left any defenders in their own half is not good enough at this level.  Repeating the error for the third goal is only slightly more excusable as by the they were pushing for an equalizer. 

Their time-wasting was amongst the most extreme I have seen.  And their attacking threat was slow – summed up by an incident while the score was still 1-1, when City Allowed striker Depoitre behind them.  Amazingly Maguire – not renowned for his pace – managed to close down the two-yard gap in a very short chase and make the tackle.  Against Bournemouth last week, that would have been a goal to the opposition, with almost no doubt.

What about City?  Well, they played well against limited opposition.  Maddison continues to be outstanding.  He found space all match, he was fouled a lot and simply got up and got on with it, and he scored an excellent goal.  Vardy looked sharp and enthusiastic – as ever.  Iheanacho scored, and strikes me as a striker who can score plenty more once he gets fully confident.  Amartey did a good job.  Mendy continues to impress, and it is noticeable how much he organises the midfield at times. 

There is no doubt that City has a good squad with good depth.  Let’s hope that they can begin to start matches as well as they end them, and that whatever shape – or more likely shapes – Puel finally settles on can continue to win matches.

Finally, I was going to make comment on some curious – albeit not match-changing – refereeing decisions during the game (and I mean ‘curious’ not simply saying they were ‘wrong’), but David Coote is a new referee to the Premier League, and referees do an almost impossible job – so I decided not to.  Let’s hope he has learned from this game that sometimes crowds, and players, can get confused by inconsistencies and that this simply makes his own job harder to do.  I wish him well at this level – we need good referees!

Leicester:  Schmeichel, Amartey, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, Mendy, Ghezzal, Iheanacho, Maddison, Vardy. Subs: Gray, Albrighton, Ward, Ricardo Pereira, Okazaki, Adrien Silva, Fuchs

Huddersfield: Lossl, Durm, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Löwe, Kachunga, Mooy, Billing, van La Parra, Depoitre. Subs: Hogg, Diakhaby, Hamer, Mbenza, Pritchard, Mounie, Hadergjonaj

The views expressed in this report are the opinions of the Trust member nominated to file the report only and do not represent the views of the Foxes Trust organisation

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View from the opposition – Huddersfield Town AFC

Sincere thanks to Steven for a really good article and some great comments about our club ………..

View from the opposition – Huddersfield Town AFC

Name: Steven Downes

Current home town: Cleckheaton

Birthplace: Dewsbury

How long have you supported your team? 10 Years since the 2008/09 season

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: The look of it, there is only the Macron (Bolton Wanderers) that comes close in terms of looks, but our stadium is very distinctive. 

Favourite match played by your team & why: Well you could say the playoff finals but my favourite game at the John Smith's Stadium is the playoff semi-final against Bournemouth in the 2010/11 season. 

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: It has to be captain fantastic Peter Clarke he was my first Town hero as a young teenager, I looked up to how he played on the pitch. His no nonsense and hard tackling style of play. 

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why?  

Christopher Schindler, he is just brilliant, his timing of tackles and ability on the ball is just outstanding. Schindler is now a legend at the club and in most Town fans opinion is one of the best defenders to ever put the proud blue and white stripped shirt on. 

Player in your squad we should most fear and why? 

Steve Mounie- He is a powerful player in the box who can win just about any header, if and when we deliver a decent cross into the box, more than likely Mounie will get on the end of it. He came close against Palace in our last game to scoring, hopefully this time at Leicester he'll put the ball into the net. 

Player in our squad you most fear and why? 

Jamie Vardy- It has to be Vardy, with his pace and direct running style, he's always a danger when it comes to balls over the top of our defence. It will take a massive amount of concentration and right positioning to stop the former England international from getting on the score sheet. 

Up and coming prospect in your squad? 

Phillip Billing, he is still only 21 years of age, he is still learning the ropes and so far this season has done very well in the games he has played in. There are high hopes for the Danish midfielder to become a top class player, and a few years ago he attracted attention from both Everton and Spurs. Town managed to keep a hold of the tall CM and now it will be interesting to see where and how his career develops moving forward. 

How do you think you’ll do against us? 

I always see Leicester as one of those sides who score plenty of goals but also concede plenty too. That has certainly been the case so far this season, and it will be interesting to see how you set up against us on Saturday. We don't have a good record when travelling to you and that is something that our head coach David Wagner will have to battle against. I can see the game being either 3-0 to Leicester or 2-1 to Huddersfield. 

General Questions:

What did you think to the summer transfer activity both in and out of your club? 

As ever since David Wagner has arrived in West Yorkshire he has liked to get his transfer business done early. To be honest this summer it was more important to keep hold of what we already had and then adding to that. The coaching staff all signed new contracts including Wagner himself. First team members Jonas Lossl and Flo Hadergjonaj were on loan at the Terriers the season before, but their loan spells were made permanent over the summer. The same went for Terrance Kongolo who was bought from Monaco for £17.5m the biggest transfer fee ever to be paid by Town for any player. Other players were added to the squad such as Ben Hamer from Leicester and Erik Durm from Borussia Dortmund. 

Notable players to leave the club were Dean Whitehead (Retired) and Robert Green left the club on a free transfer. 

Other players to leave for money were Tom Ince who moved to Stoke City for £10m, Michael Hefele departed to move to Nottingham Forest in the Championship and Scott Malone also went to a second division club in Derby County. 

Finally Sean Scannell was sold to local rivals Bradford City, Scannell was the last player to appear in Town's first season back in the Championship in 2012 to leave the club. 

Where do you think you’ll finish this season? Hopefully we'll finish in 17th position or above. 

Who do you think will win the league? Manchester City, you can't look past them with their squad and continuous good results.  

Which three teams do you think will get relegated from the Premiership? 

Southampton

West Ham

Cardiff City

Any other comments? I've always liked Leicester as a club and hope you do well this season, you should in my opinion be fighting for a European spot this time around. 

Next Up – Huddersfield 22 September 2018

Next Up – Huddersfield 22 September 2018

Head Coach: David Wagner

Founded: 1908

Ground:   John Smith's Stadium Huddersfield

Address: Stadium Way Huddersfield HD1 6PX

Capacity: 24,500

Squad:

1              Denmark                             GK          Jonas Lössl

2              England                              DF          Tommy Smith (captain)

5              Netherlands                        DF          Terence Kongolo

6              England                              MF          Jonathan Hogg

7              Netherlands                        MF         Juninho Bacuna

8              Denmark                            MF          Philip Billing

9              Dem Rep of Congo            FW          Elias Kachunga

10           Australia                              MF          Aaron Mooy

11           France                                 FW          Adama Diakhaby

12           England                               GK          Ben Hamer

14           Egypt                                   MF          Ramadan Sobhi

15           Germany                             DF          Chris Löwe

17           Netherlands                        MF          Rajiv van La Parra

18           Belgium                               FW         Isaac Mbenza (on loan from Montpellier)

19           United States                      MF         Danny Williams

20           Belgium                               FW         Laurent Depoitre

21           England                                MF        Alex Pritchard

23           Germany                             FW         Collin Quaner

24           Benin                                   FW        Steve Mounié

25           Denmark                             DF          Mathias Jørgensen

26           Germany                             DF          Christopher Schindler

27           Slovenia                              DF          Jon Gorenc Stanković

29           Morocco                              MF         Abdelhamid Sabiri

31           England                              GK          Ryan Schofield

33           Switzerland                         DF          Florent Hadergjonaj

37           Germany                             DF          Erik Durm

We have tried our best to ensure factual accuracy at the date of going to press – apologies in advance for any errors or out of date information

For the very latest updates please follow the link below to the club web site: www.htafc.com

The worst performance since the return to the Premier League?

Bournemouth 4 City 2

Report by Kate Thompson

I approached this game with quiet confidence and the team started with more intent than we have seen so far this season.  They were the better team for the first 15 minutes and should have gone ahead during this early spell. 

Not only did they fail to do so but they were made to pay for it in spades.  Ryan Fraser, who was supposed to be injured, scored two excellent breakaway goals in the 19th and 37th minutes, 

Their cause wasn’t helped by some woeful defending and the usually reliable Maguire was booked as early as the 12th minute.  He was lucky not to be sent off only 15 minutes later, and it has been suggested that he would have been if he wasn’t an England player.  His fellow centre-back joined him on a yellow card just before the break.

A soft penalty just before half-time meant that City went in 3-0 down. 

There were no changes at half-time (I would have replaced the ineffective Gray with Albrighton at this stage) but Albrighton and Iheananacho replaced Ghezzal and Gray in the 61st minute. 

Morgan, who has been a great servant to the club, was struggling with the pace of the Bournemouth front men and he received a second yellow in the 69th minute, along with a booking for Schmeichel, presumably for protesting too much.  The second yellow happened right in front of the Leicester fans and we thought he had won the ball cleanly, but sadly our opinion is worthless. 

Another simple routine saw the ball pulled back for the in-rushing Adam Smith in the 81st minute to further dampen the spirits of the Leicester faithful who were witnessing some appalling defending. 

Evans came on to replace Vardy in the 84th minute, presumably to shore up the leaky defence.  Chilwell had a reasonable game but Pereira was caught out far too often.  Vardy sadly had not been at his best but both he and Maddison worked hard for no reward; indeed both could have scored before and after the first Bournemouth goal.

To everyone’s surprise City made a game of it at the death, but it was far too late, and presumably the Bournemouth players had taken their foot off the gas, thinking it was done and dusted.  Maddison scored a penalty after Pereira was tripped in the area, in the 88th minute and only a minute later Albrighton scored with a header from Iheananacho’s cross.  However, it was too little too late, and players and fans were similarly shell-shocked.

I thought that Soyuncu might be brought in against Huddersfield next Saturday but having just watched the under-23s game I don’t think he is ready yet.  His confidence could be destroyed if Premier League strikers pounce on any mistake. 

One final point:  I was horrified to hear on Match of the Day that the Leicester bench had been made to sit in the dugout because of foul and obscene language.  This is not a good advert for the club and I, for one, was ashamed to hear it.  I hope some action will be taken against them and that we will not learn of a similar incident again.

At least the under-23s have gone back to the top of Premier League 2!

Leicester City: (4-2-3-1) Schmeichel; Pereira, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell; Ndidi, Mendy; Ghezzal, Maddison, Gray; Vardy. Subs: Ward, Evans, Iheanacho, Albrighton, Amartey, Iborra, Fuchs

Bournemouth: (4-4-2) Begovic, Smith, S Cook, Ake, Rico, Brooks, Lerma, Gosling, Fraser, King, Wilson. Subs: Boruc, Ibe, Surman, L Cook, Mousset, Defoe, Francis

Referee: Craig Pawson

The views expressed in this report are the opinions of the Trust member nominated to file the report only and do not represent

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