Like the curate’s egg, good in parts

Burton 1 City 3

Report by Kate Thompson

Brendan Rogers made nine changes from the Southampton game, only Evans and Tielemans keeping their places,  It was still a strong team but Leicester City supporters know that we take lower level teams lightly at our peril – the most recent lesson, of course, came against Newport County in last season’s FA Cup.

After 20 minutes one might have thought that the game was all but over, but Burton Albion to their credit did not stop working hard and harassing City, and at 1-2 there were some nerves among the City faithful. 

The first two goals were well worked.  The first saw Gray nick the ball and a lovely passing move gave Iheanacho a clear run on goal.  Thankfully, he did not miss and hopefully gave his confidence a much needed boost. 

The second, from the powerhouse that is Tielemans, was also a good team move and made in Belgium, as Praet passed the ball to his countryman for another straightforward goal.  After that Leicester seemed to take their collective feet off the gas – did they think it was all over? 

This continued into the second half and it was no surprise when Burton scored a goal in the 52nd minute, which Ward could only parry into the net.  He made some excellent saves after this to keep the score line at 1-2.

The fans were calling for at least one substitution and in the 66th minute Barnes replaced the clearly tiring Iheanacho; he seemed leggy and without pace by then.  Two more substitutes followed:  Maddison for Praet in the 83rd minute and Ndidi for Choudhury in the 88th

Finally, in the 89th minute Maddison scored a third goal to put the game to bed.  This was started by a long, raking pass from Morgan of all people, which found Gray, and for once he was able to lay the ball into the path of a team-mate.

There were differing views about the effectiveness of some of the fringe players who took part in this match.  I note that Matt Elliott gave his vote to Gray as man of the match and he did look better than he often has.  However, he still failed to find the net although should be credited for an assist for all three goals. 

Iheanacho looked lively at first but was clearly struggling later on, hardly surprising considering how little game time he has had.  Ward had to make some crucial saves but has been criticised for letting in the one goal he did. 

Two players who I have a lot of time for – Albrighton and Fuchs – also demonstrated a lack of game time and on another night the former could have had a hat-trick.  It was the first time I had seen Justin live and was somewhat disappointed after his good showing against his old club in the last round.

A couple of final points.  I thought the ground was impressive for a League One side and credit to the Burton Albion fans for applauding Choudhury when he was taken off.  Now, we have another away tie, this time against Everton.

Burton (4-3-3) O’Hara, Brayford, Wallace, O’Toole, Hutchinson, (Dyer half-time), Quinn, Fraser, Edwards, (Sbarra 88); Sarkic, (Templeton 88), Boyce, Broadhead. Subs (unused) Garratt (g), Daniel, Buxton, Anderson.

Leicester (4-1-4-1) Ward, Justin, Morgan, Evans, Fuchs, Choudhury 6 (Ndidi 88), Praet (Maddison 83), Tielemans, Albrighton, Gray, Iheanacho (Barnes 66).. Subs (unused)  Schmeichel (g), Soyuncu, Vardy, Pereira.

Referee Darren England (South Yorkshire)         Attendance 6,186

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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Going to Crystal Palace ?

Crystal Palace – Sunday Nov 3rd 2pm

By Road:  SE25 6PU

Leave the M25 at Junction Seven and follow the signs for the A23 to Croydon. At Purley bear left onto the A23 at it's junction with the A235 (to Croydon). You will pass roundabouts and junctions with the A232 and A236 as you pass Croydon, after which the A23 bears left at Thornton Heath roundabout where you must take the fourth exit (A235) before an almost immediate left turn into Brigstock Road (B266). Continue past Thornton Heath Station on your left and bear right onto the High Street. At the next mini roundabout, (Whitehorse Road/Grange Road) go left into Whitehorse Lane and continue until you see the ground on your  right.

Alternative route for fans coming from the North, is to leave the M25 at Junction 10 and follow the A3 towards London. After about ten miles you will reach the Tolworth roundabout at which you turn right onto the A240 towards Epsom. After about three miles turn onto the A232 towards Sutton. Follow the A232 through Sutton and Carshalton and just before reaching Croydon, turn left onto the A23 north towards Thornton Heath. Where the A23 bears left at Thornton Heath (at the Horsehoe pub roundabout). Here you must go straight over, into Brigstock Road (B266), passing Thornton Heath Station on your left and bearing right on to the High Street. At the next mini roundabout, (Whitehorse Road/Grange Road) go left into Whitehorse Lane. The ground is on your right.

Read the signs concerning parking as much is restricted to residents only.

Approx 112 miles and 2 hour 40 mins
 

By Rail:
Selhurst is well served by three overground train stations. Selhurst and Thornton Heath stations are served by London Victoria main line station, Clapham Junction, London Bridge (every 30 mins) and East Croydon (every 15 mins). You can also use Norwood Junction station which is served by London Bridge, East Croydon, Gatwick airport and a limited service from London Victoria.

Train takes 2 hours  – 2 hours 30mins, may be cheapest to buy 2 singles, super off peak return £64-50

Please note that Crystal Palace over ground station is NOT the station for Selhurst Park Stadium.

By Bus:
The following bus routes run past Selhurst Park Stadium:
468 – Elephant & Castle to South Croydon
X68 – Russell Square to West Croydon
75 – Lewisham to Croydon Fairfield Halls
157 – Crystal Palace to Morden

Pubs

Around Norwood junction Railway station

Otherwise near Norwood Junction Railway Station on the High Street is a Wetherspoon outlet called 'The William Stanley' (From the Station turn right at the Clock Tower into the High Street). The nearby 'Ship' pub on the High Street is also been recommended

Clifton Road
Turn left out of the station and take the 3rd road on the left. This is the nearest pub to Stadium. A big Victorian corner pub well known for high quality of ales. Selection changes weekly. 3 or 4 bitters always on. After One thirty it's Palace season ticket holders only past the doorman.

Around Thornton Heath Railway Station: Opposite Thornton Heath Railway Station there is a Wetherspoon pub, called the 'The Flora Sandes' which is popular with both home and away supporters. Also close by is 'The Railway Telegraph' on Brigstock (as you come out of Thornton Heath station turn right and the pub is further down on the left). This pub serves Youngs beers and is quite spacious. It is then about a 15 minute walk from here to the ground (as you  come out of the pubs turn right and follow the other fans). There are plenty of Kebab & Chip shops available on the route to the ground.

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 Crystal Palace

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Heavens open as City re-write the record books

Southampton 0 Leicester City 9 (nine)

Report by Colin Murrant

The eerie walk through St Mary’s dark churchyard, the dimming and flashing of the arena lights, and the wind and rain swirling over the stadium roof; had All Saints Day eve come early? The storm may not have been of biblical proportions, but the size and manner of the defeat that The Saints endured certainly was: Halloween arrived for Southampton fans on the 25th October this year.

Appalling as Southampton were, and they were, no team can score nine goals without being excellent, and City were just that and more. In 1964, the year I saw my first City match, they scored 8 against Coventry in a League Cup match. I wasn’t at that match, and until Friday night I had never seen them score more than 6 goals in the League at any level; I don’t think many will have done.

I was telling my 7 and 9 year old grandsons this at half time and then, reflecting afterwards on the match, thinking that in their young years they have seen City win the Premier League, record their record win in the PL 5-0 against Newcastle and then this: In a 131 years of top flight football, record the biggest ever away win 0-9. The records kept mounting up, equalling both the highest ever score in the PL and also the highest ever interval score 5-0.

They have also seen Jamie Vardy score 11 PL goals in a row. 37 years ago, I saw a young Gary Lineker and Steve Lynex both score hat-tricks in a 6-0 win against Carlisle, although their tally included 3 penalties (1 Lineker, 2 Lynex). Perez and Vardy hat-tricks in the same match was only the second time this had happened in the existence of the Premier League after Arsenal achieved the same, also against The Saints.

The team was unchanged from the previous Saturday against Burnley, setting up as 4-1-4-1.  City started well, straight into their stride and passing game although both sides were testing and respectful to the wet pitch and the swirling wind.

The 10th minute was significant in the match but there is no reason why it should have had such an impact. Bertrand mis-controlled the ball and fouled Perez in trying to recover it, as the ball broke to Ndidi, referee Marriner let play move on. Ndidi shifted the ball right to left where the oncoming Chilwell tried a first time shot that he seemed to miscue. The ball however was a perfect pass to Barnes who himself shot first time. Gunn in the Southampton goal only parried the ball to Chilwell who made no mistake second time as he stroked the ball into the net.

Then the dreaded VAR, not for the goal but for the Bertrand tackle that preceded the build up to the goal. This time VAR did what everyone wants it to, the video assistant deemed the foul worthy of a red card and the replay on the screen in the stadium was met with a collective ‘aawww’ which confirmed the view that the colour of the card was correct: the fans knew clearly why the red card decision had been made and saw it evidenced.

Last season City lost Harry Maguire to a red card in the second minute of the match at Burnley; they brought on Morgan immediately, picked themselves up and the 10 men went on to win. The exact opposite happened at Southampton, no changes were made and heads dropped immediately. Eight minutes later and the damage was irreparable. By then good interplay by Chilwell and Barnes led to a pass that Valery could only help it on its way, the ball fell to Tielemans and he stroked the ball beyond Gunn to make it 2-0 after 17 minutes.

Two minutes later and a run by Perez, and a beautiful wall pass from Tielemans, put the former through and he buried his shot near post for his first City goal. The thought that Perez needed a goal to spark his City career was to be evidenced as he turned in a man of the match performance.

If this was to be the signal for some Saints fans to leave then the fourth goal on 39 minutes was to start an avalanche of departures, so reminiscent of the Silencing of The Rams at Pride Park. Chilwell was the provider, he floated the ball up to the back post for the inrushing Perez to get his second as he hammered a half-volley into the roof of the net: a difficult technique in good conditions let alone these.

The micky taking then started as City fans started singing ‘When the Saints go marching out’ as the stands emptied. In turn, the home fans sang ‘Manchester City, we’re coming for you’ with ironic reference to their next two away games, both at the Etihad. To be fair to the Saints fans, they sang their heart out in an effort to get their team moving, unfortunately for them, their songs fell on deaf ears.

No Leicester party is complete without Vardy. The centre forward had endured chants about his wife being a grass and had the ignominy of seeing a run end with a screwed shot that missed the target by 20 yards. But not to be denied, on the stroke of half time Vardy delivered. Another Chilwell centre was helped on its way by Ward-Prowse. It fell to Vardy who instantly controlled the ball, dragged it back and shot, all right foot, all poetry in motion.

Half time came and it was an opportunity to get out of the rain for 15 minutes, and warm up. The pitch was taking the rainwater well, no fear of the Stevie Lynex breast stroke against Southampton at Filbert Street. The teams had taken the opportunity to change their kit for a dry version, it appeared that Rodgers had taken the interval to tell the players to ‘play like men, not boys’. The players heeded the manager’s words as they continued in their relentless vein, doing the right things, and definitely no showboating.57 minutes Perez got his hat-trick as a deft pass from Barnes found the striker unmarked and six yards out, neat control and the ball was past Gunn.

A minute later and Barnes feeds Chilwell who from the by-line chipped the ball back to Vardy for a well-executed header into the back of the net, again no challenge from a defender. Apparently, Johnny Evans had informed the side after the sixth goal what the record score was, they now needed two goals in the last 30 minutes.

It was on the customary 60 minutes that Khun Vichai was remembered yet again. There was a scarf on every City seat and these were held aloft as the Chairman’s song was sung. A victory of this magnitude was most fitting.

The only chance of note from the home side came in the second half when Schmeichel parried a Redmond shot to safety. Schmeichel was playing his 500th senior appearances and to add to the record was only the second keeper to keep a clean sheet in a 9-0 PL rout, the other was Peter.

The two goalkeepers Schmeichel and Gunn were the first two keepers to play in the same game whose fathers had also both played in the PL.

It had been damage limitation for Southampton since half time and they were packed back making chances more difficult to create as City worked the ball wing to wing looking for an opening. It was not until 85 minutes that goal number 8 arrived. Vardy working his way across goal was partially sandwiched between two defenders and the free kick was awarded. Sometimes goals from free kicks looked inevitable. The angle was right, the distance good, the keeper a little too far over to his left and sure enough Maddison didn’t disappoint.

It looked as if the away score record would not be beaten, until the last pass of the match. A long ball from Albrighton from the touchline found Vardy bursting into the box. He controlled the ball getting his body between the defender and the ball. Crashing to the ground, Vardy picked himself up and dispatched the resultant penalty for number 9, cue his hat-trick and the final whistle.

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In an almost empty stadium only the City fans remained, virtually none of them had left. Now in far happier times it was to be a repeat of the Cardiff City scenes of 12 months ago as the whole of the first team staff to move down to the supporters and both sets mutually applauded each other, this time in joy not grief as ‘Vichai, Vichai’ rang out.

Due to the nature of the PL standards set by Manchester City and Liverpool, this City team could get more points than the 2015/16 title team and fail to get anywhere near the title. To even think that is to reflect how far the Club has come, to have aspirations that Ranieri’s Immortals may not have been a one off is so exciting. There is a long, long way to go but to see week in week out a dominant City side with the greater possession, controlling the game and playing exciting attacking football is testimony to hard work behind the scenes in securing talented players, a good academy and superb manager. The players are united and the old smiles back on faces.

One final thought, didn’t BR leave Celtic to get away from these uneven matches with cricket score results?

SOUTHAMPTON (5-3-2): Gunn; Bertrand, Yoshida, Vestager (Danson), Bednarik, Valery (Armstrong); Romeu, Homberg, Ward-Prowse; Redmond, Ingas (Stephens). Subs not used: McCarthy, Long, Adams, Buffalo,

Yellow cards: None         Red cards: Bertrand

LEICESTER (4-1-4-1): Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Ndidi, Maddison, Tielemans Barnes (Albrighton), Vardy, Perez (Gray). Subs not used: Ward, Justin, Morgan, Choudhury, Praet

Goals: Chilwell 10, Tielemans 17, Perez 19, 39, 57, Vardy 45, 58, 90, Maddison

Yellow cards: None         Red cards: None

Attendance: 28,762         Referee: Andre Marriner

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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Going to Burton ?

Directions by road –  DE13 0AR  37MLS 50 MINS

The ground is situated in North Burton, just off the A5121 (Derby Road). This is about a mile from the A38 which runs across the Midlands. 

From the M1 (Junction 24) via the A50

Exit the M1 at Junction 24 and follow the signs for the A50 (Stoke and Uttoxeter). Keep on this road, heading west until you reach the Toyota Island and the junction with the A38. Head south on the A38 (Burton and Birmingham) until you reach the first Burton turn off. Take this exit (A5121) and proceed along Derby Road, passing McDonald's and the Pirelli factory on your right and a BP Garage and Cash & Carry on your left until you reach a roundabout. Turn right at this roundabout into Princess Way and the entrance to the ground is 300 yards on your right.

From A38 North (Derby) and M1 North (Junction 28)

Exit the A38 at the first turning for Burton (North). Take this exit (A5121) and proceed along Derby Road, passing McDonald's and the Pirelli factory on your right and a BP Garage and Cash & Carry on your left until you reach a roundabout. Turn right at this roundabout into Princess Way and the entrance to the ground is 300 yards on your right.

From A38 South (Lichfield, Birmingham)

Take the second exit for Burton (North). Take this exit (A5121) and proceed along Derby Road, passing McDonald's and the Pirelli factory on your right and a BP Garage and Cash & Carry on your left until you reach a roundabout. Turn right at this roundabout into Princess Way and the entrance to the ground is 300 yards on your right.

From M1 South (Jct 22) -A511

From the M1, exit at Junction 22 (signposted Coalville, Ashby, Burton) and stay on the A511 You stay on this road for approximately 17 miles, by-passing Coalville and going through Ashby-De-La-Zouch, then Woodville and Midway (This area is littered with speed cameras – so beware!) When you enter Burton, get into the right hand lane at the bottom of Ashby Road (A511) going straight over the traffic lights and across the Trent Bridge. Staying in the right hand lane, go straight on through both sets of lights at the end of the Bridge, into Horninglow Street, straight on again at the next lights (next to the newly built Magistrates Courts), then turn right at the traffic lights underneath the Brewery fly-over, into Hawkins Lane. Go through the industrial estate, straight across the mini-roundabout and over the Railway Bridge, once over the Railway Bridge, you will come to a roundabout. Go straight across the roundabout into Princess Way and the entrance to the ground is 300 yards on your right.

From M42 Jct. 11 (West Mids) & M5 (South West) -A444

Leave the M 42 at its last exit Junction 11 (Just past Tamworth) and go onto the A444 signposted Burton. Stay on the A444 all the way to Burton, going through Overseal and Castle Gresley on the way. On entering Burton, go past the Black Horse and Copper Hearth pubs, straight across the mini-roundabout and you will come to a roundabout with St Peters Bridge in front of you. Turn right at the roundabout into Stapenhill Road (A444), which runs parallel to the River Trent, and then turn left at the traffic lights onto the Trent Bridge. Get into the right hand lane, go straight on through both sets of lights at the end of the Bridge, into Horninglow Street, straight on again at the next lights (next to the newly built Magistrates Courts), then turn right at the traffic lights underneath the Brewery fly-over, into Hawkins Lane. Go through the industrial estate, straight across the mini-roundabout and over the Railway Bridge, once over the Railway Bridge, you will come to a roundabout. Go straight across the roundabout into Princess Way and the entrance to the ground is 300 yards on your right.

From M6 North Jct. 15 (A50 Uttoxeter, Stoke-On-Trent) -A511

Leave the Motorway at Junction 15, (Stoke-On-Trent South) and follow the signs for Uttoxeter (A50). Stay on this road ignoring the first sign for Burton and continuing along the A50 until you reach the Toyota Island. Come off the A50 here and follow signs for A38 (south). Travel on this road until you reach the first exit for Burton on Trent. Take this exit (A5121) and proceed along Derby Road, passing McDonald's and the Pirelli factory on your right and a BP Garage and Cash & Carry on your left until you reach a roundabout. Turn right at this roundabout into Princess Way and the entrance to the ground is 300 yards on your right.

Car Parking

There is a large car park at the ground which costs £5, however this gets full pretty quickly. Alternatively car parking is available at the Ryknild Trading Estate (also costing £5), just off the roundabout right by the stadium. Otherwise street parking. 

Directions by rail

Burton Railway Station is around a mile and a half away from the Pirelli Stadium. As you come out of the station turn left and go down the hill. Turn right into Derby Road and from there it is a straight road up to the stadium. It should take about 25 minutes to walk. Otherwise there is a taxi rank at the station and the cost up to the ground is around £6.

Trains take under 1 hour but last trains back leave before the match ends.

Pubs

The nearest pub is probably the 'The Beech Inn' which is around a ten minute walk, up the A5121 Derby Road (going in the opposite direction to Burton town centre) on the left. Otherwise there is the Great Northern pub, which serves Burton Bridge Beers, along with a guest ale. This pub is located on Wetmore Road, which leads off the roundabout near to the stadium entrance, go up and over the railway bridge and the pub is on the left

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 Burton Albion FC

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Vichai: One Year On

On Sunday October 27th, BBC Radio Leicester broadcast a special programme reflecting on the 12 months since the fatal crash which killed LCFC Chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Ian Stringer presented and was joined in the discussion by Owynn Palmer-Atkin, Foxes Trust Chairman, Ian Bason and fellow City fan Tom Foyster.

You can hear the programme here (for 30 days after the broadcast date) https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07qhqjk

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