After the Lord Mayor’s show

Man Utd 1 City 0

Report by Kate Thompson

Like I guess many City fans, I travelled to Old Trafford with a lot of optimism and sure that we would finally win at a stadium where we have had no recent success.  After all, the last match was excellent – apart from too much passing sideways and backwards! – but I should have known better. 

One of the causes of optimism was the thought that the players would know Maguire’s weaknesses, and Vardy’s pace would be a problem to him.  Sadly, the opposite was the case and Vardy only got the better of him on one occasion, when he was able to slide the ball invitingly across the box, but with no City player there to score.

I was not surprised by the two changes and felt that Gray deserved a chance, after his good cameo against Bournemouth, but sadly he failed yet again to live up to his reputation and perhaps his own view of how good he is.  We should have let Bournemouth sign him when they wanted to! 

I am an Albrighton fan, for more than his playing abilities, but on this occasion I think Barnes was the better choice; he came on for the ineffective Gray in the 68th minute and the other substitute was Perez for Choudhury in the 57th minute.

Like other matches, Leicester started slowly and were therefore having to play catch-up from the 8th minute when Rashford went down for a very soft penalty.  For neither the first nor last time the referee, Martin Atkinson, infuriated the City fans; I don’t like criticising referees but he ignored blatant fouls against City players while blowing for every little contact against a United player. 

Rashford scored a good penalty – apparently he missed the last one – and I suppose we should be grateful that we didn’t have to watch Pogba’s silly antics when he takes them!  Soyuncu was adjudged to have brought Rashford down and he needs to learn not to do anything at all careless in the box. 

Apart from that he was pretty solid and Evans was probably the best player.  Usually reliable players, like Ricardo and Tielemans were below their best and Vardy hardly had any opportunities to score.

City had 58% of the possession but we all know what a meaningless statistic that is!  In all honesty, they huffed and puffed to very little effect and the only shots on target were from Maddison and Chilwell in the first half, which De Gea dealt with easily. 

Two players were booked, Maddison for a silly foul and Chilwell for something that happened right at the end of the game; there was some sort of scuffle in the far corner, but I have no idea what happened as it was so far away! 

I wonder if City were carried away by the hype in some quarters and thought it would be easy.  If they didn’t know before that there are no easy games in the Premier League, they will now.

Man Utd: de Gea, Wan Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young, McTominay, Matic, Andreas Pereira, Mata, James, Rashford. Subs: Jones, Fred, Romero, Greenwood, Gomes, Tuanzebe, Chong.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell, Ndidi, Gray, Tielemans, Choudhury, Maddison, Vardy. Subs: Justin, Morgan, Albrighton, Ward, Barnes, Perez, Praet.

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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CHERRIES FAIL PEST CONTROL TEST

Leicester 3 Bournemouth 1 

Report by Eddie Blount 

Jamie Vardy aka The Pest lived up to his nickname at the King Power today with a brace of goals, the first and the third, and an assist for the second scored by midfielder Tielemans in a convincing win over Bournemouth, lifting City into a very satisfactory third place in the premiership table. Bournemouth to their credit played a much more open game than previous visitors Wolves though there is no justice in football and Wolves negativity earned them a point whilst the Cherries had ultimately nothing to show for their efforts.

Bournemouth started well but with the risky plan of playing a high line, compressing the play but leaving them vulnerable to the ball over the top. City for their part played two wingers, Barnes and Albrighton, for the first time this season at the beginning of a game, not a formation we are likely to see at most away games. Today it worked and we scored three and frequently threatened to get more so it will be a case of horses for courses.

Bournemouth’s vulnerability to an accurate long ball was unveiled as early as the 12th minute when Chilwell, restored to the side after a hip problem released a gorgeous through ball from near halfway. Vardy allowed it to bounce before lobbing it over the advancing keeper from the corner of the box, the ball landing on the full in the corner of the net neat as you like. A skilful finish made to look simple.

The Cherries responded well to this setback and were level within four minutes. Callum Wilson, in whom City are said to be interested, ran well off the ball when supporting a quick thrust by Ryan Fraser who slotted the ball through to him for an excellent corner of the net finish. At this stage no more than they deserved but this was to be the high point for City’s opponents as Leicester gradually took the upper hand.

Vardy was unfortunate not to have a simple chance to put City ahead again when their keeper fluffed a clearance under pressure from the striker but the ball rebounded off the falling Vardy and went straight to the keeper lying prone on the turf. Bournemouth profited but briefly from this piece of good fortune before conceding a crucial second goal.

Vardy, inevitably, was released in the penalty area and worked his way along the goal-line, losing the ball in a challenge but characteristically regaining it in a flash before squaring across goal for the alert Tielemans to poke into the right corner of the net from close range. You need a cool head in such circumstances to find the killer pass and Vardy obliged in spades – an excellent lesson for younger players like Barnes and Gray for example.

City were rather more dominant in the second half, organised in defence with Evans and Soyuncu again outstanding, and ever dangerous when the ball went anywhere near Vardy. Incredible when you think he was on the pitch for the whole midweek game at Newcastle. Today he was the heart- beat of this team. He thoroughly deserved the clinching goal which was a toe-poke from close range as the ball sped across the six-yard box.

Bournemouth never gave up but they were ultimately found wanting and City saw the remainder of the game out with Schmeichel untroubled apart from having to push a shot from outside the area around his left-hand post. Seven minutes of added time passed without need for anxiety

The seven extra minutes were largely due to the two VAR referrals in the second half, both some way down-field of where I sit. The first was the possibility of a red card for a tackle by Tielemans which aroused little passion at the time and frankly came as a surprise to most spectators. The call went Leicester’s way but shortly afterwards a Bournemouth player fell in the box under a challenge form Soyuncu and VAR swung into action a second time. The referee, a newcomer to the Premiership, had had a good game and promptly booked the falling player for diving. It seemed to me that there was minimal contact which the player tried to maximise, going down far too easily. Again VAR endorsed the judgment of the referee.

Like most others I am generally in favour of VAR, especially in matters of fact but it is not working well where it is a matter of judgement. I am particularly concerned that the emotional release when your team scores has to be restrained whilst you wait to see if VAR is going to be involved

So a good start to the 2019-29 season which would get a whole lot better fi we can get something out of Maguire’s men next time out

City: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell, Ndidi, Tielemans, Albrighton (Gray 64), Maddison (Fuchs 86),Barnes (Choudhury71), Vardy

Bournemouth: Ramsdale, Smith (Ibe 64), Mepham, Cook, Ake, H Wilson (Solanki 64), Billing, Lerma, King (Surnam 79), C Wilson

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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Season Ticket Holders Stadium Expansion Survey Closes Tonight

LCFC Season Ticket holders have until 11:59pm tonight (Sunday 1 September) to complete a survey on the proposed expansion plans of the King Power Stadium

Legends International are undertaking market research to underpin plans for the proposed expansion of the stadium site and season ticket holders were each sent an e-mail with the aim of gaining a better understanding of the routines and preferences of the Club’s supporters on matchdays

There are also a series of questions asking about seating preferences giving a number of different scenarios on potential pricing which could radically change prices in some current seats. The Foxes Trust recommends fans complete these set of questions very carefully.

If you are a season ticket holder and have not yet completed a survey, then please check your e-mail inbox for an e-mail titled “King Power Stadium Expansion Research” which was sent in mid August.

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FSA calls for 27th minute show of solidarity with Bury fans

Appeal for support from the Football Supporters Association

Football supporters everywhere were shocked and saddened when on the 27th August Bury FC were expelled from the EFL.

A 134 year old institution gone. Generations of fans left without the cornerstone of their community that so many of us take for granted.

We fans often revel in the tribalism of our game but the deep love we have for our own club serves to strengthen solidarity when a crisis emerges.

In the past couple of days there has been an outpouring of compassion, empathy and sorrow from hundreds of thousands of fans across the country and throughout the leagues.

This weekend be grateful that your club has a game to play, that you can continue your matchday rituals with friends and family, like every other Saturday. Soak up the experience and appreciate it… and on the 27th minute, the FSA is calling for supporters everywhere to applaud for one minute in a nationwide display of solidarity for Bury.

Why a minute of applause on the 27th minute? Because on 27th August a football club was expelled from the league for the first time in 27 years. Let's show that we care and we are angry that this situation has been allowed to happen.

The FSA is lobbying hard to protect our clubs from unscrupulous or incompetent owners – conflicts of interest have to be removed as owners have shown they cannot regulate themselves and our clubs deserve special protections more in line with those afforded to listed buildings. Football clubs are not just another business.

We'll need your support for that campaign in the weeks and months ahead, but for this weekend, let's start by showing supporter solidarity with Bury fans on the 27th minute.

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Oppos Viewpoint – Bournemouth

A bit about you:

Name: Tony Maycock

Current home town: Christchurch

Birthplace: Shoreham

How long have you supported your team? 41 years

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: Compact

Favourite match played by your team & why: Beating Bolton to get promoted to the PL, pure outpouring of emotion, the dreams and far fetched fantasies of friends being realised

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Steve Fletcher

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why? Joshua King, quietly goes about his business, but puts such a shift in. Our leading PL goalscorer

Player in your squad we should most fear and why? Calum Wilson, his pace has given your CB's nightmares for seasons

Player in our squad you most fear and why? Jamie Vardy, same reason as above

Up and coming prospect in your squad? Gavin Kilkenny

Where do you think you’ll finish this season? Mid table will be good, injuries permitting

How do you think you’ll do against us? Historically, we've done reasonably well against you. The last game at King Power saw you get your first win against us in the PL. I think it will be a draw, but unless our strikers start firing, then I think Leicester are the more likely to win.

General Questions:

What do you think of the transfer activity both in and out of your club this summer?

Outstanding, the money we got for Tyrone Kings and Lys Moussett enabled us to have a bit more freedom to spend. We've yet to see 3 of our signings play, but Harry Wilson, on loan from Liverpool, has settled in well, and has scored twice.

Which three teams do you think will go down? Norwich, Sheffield Utd, Newcastle

Who do you think will win the league? Manchester City

What are your thoughts on the introduction of VAR this season? It's going to take some settling in, and more importantly, it's going to take quite a while for fans to get used to it. It will take some tweaking, but if the PL stick to their stated aims, I think it will be a good addition. It won't take away debate, it will an extra level of anticipation, and hopefully it will remove some of the big club bias.

Any other comments? Hopefully it will be a free flowing game, lacking in controversial incidents. King Power is a lively ground to visit, and it was quite a sombre one last season, but this has a feel as a regular PL fixture now – something we never thought we'd write….. Good luck for your season, I don't see any problems for you.

Tony Maycock is Chairman of the Cherries Trust, you can read their latest news here

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