FEEL GOOD FACTOR STARTS TO RETURN TO THE KP STADIUM

LEICESTER CITY 1 BURNLEY 0

Match Report by Paul Weston

Can you remember when, in our Premiership winning year, we went to the KP stadium in full expectation of a victory? Well, whisper it quietly, but under the calm leadership of Claude Puel, the feel good factor is starting to return to the KP.

A match against Burnley, riding high in the table, was never going to match the excitement and tension of the Spurs match and so it transpired. Puel surprisingly brought in Gray instead of Okazaki. Chilwell kept his place even though Fuchs had returned to the fold. Mahrez sported a rather ridiculous peroxide rinse, just to make it easier for the Burnley defenders to spot him in the crowd. The Burnley away following was pitiful considering their successful run this season.

City scored very early. Mahrez got a good ball from midfield, jinked inside and curled an inviting cross into goal. Pope could only palm it out and Gray knocked it in the goal, and also collided with the goal post for his troubles. Thankfully he was able to recover despite a bang on the head.

Burnley looked well organised and, with Wood leading the line, won many corners which all posed a problem to Kasper. Brady’s deliveries were excellent and he looked to be the main threat. It was therefore unfortunate for Burnley, but good for City, when Brady injured himself badly with a foul tackle on Maguire and had to be stretchered off. Burnley were never the same team again in the match and it was quite staggering to imagine how such an ordinary side had managed to climb so high in the table.

The rest of the first half was fairly uneventful with Vardy looking sharp but isolated in attack and Gray uncertain of his role and position at times. It was a game where no-one excelled but no-one was playing badly. Mahrez flitted in and out of the first half but brought a good save from the keeper with a left foot shot from the centre.

The second half was much better with City pressing forward more and displaying more of the pass and move and ball control demanded by Puel. The only problem was that City missed a hatful of chances and one was fearful that a late Burnley corner or freekick routine could undo all the good work. As the game opened up more quite early in the second half Morgan tripped over his own feet when looking certain to score, Gray hit the post and Mahrez missed with at least two shots.

Burnley had only chance when Morgan was outpaced through the middle and Kasper came to the rescue with a strong save. Okazaki was brought on quite late on for Gray and made an immediate impact, adding much more energy to the side just when it was needed.

City played out the injury time relatively comfortably and a hard earned 1-0 victory was secured, further strengthening City’s progress and position in the table.

It is clear that Puel is slowly imposing his style of play on the team and the team is responding. The aimless hoofball down the line is less of an option. The worry is that Vardy, even when playing at home, is often a lone forward with supporting team members slow to pick up the pieces and move forward. Although Gray got the goal and had a more prominent role in the second half, I do not think he was worthy of the rave reviews in the Sunday papers.

My man of the match would be Albrighton who continued to energise the team with his play, even if some mistakes were made. Yet again we often seemed to be outnumbered in defence, despite the efforts of Iborra and Ndidi, and the count down begins for when the elusive Mr Silva starts a game. Let us hope that he is not injured in his first match! Nevertheless it is good for a City fan to start the new week with a smile as we cement our place in the top half of the table. Let’s keep it going!

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Maguire, Morgan (c), Chilwell, Iborra, Ndidi, Gray, Albrighton, Mahrez, Vardy. Subs: Fuchs, Hamer, Ulloa, King, Dragovic, Okazaki, Iheanacho

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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Never mind the weather ….. John Kettley forecasts a draw!!!

View from the opposition – Burnley

A bit about you:

Name: John Kettley, Weather Broadcaster and Consultant - Sport Nut!

Current home town: Lincoln but brought up in Todmorden, West Yorkshire on the right side of the border (but only 9 miles from Burnley)

Birthplace: Halifax

How long have you supported your team? Since I first noticed they were quite good beating Nottingham Forest 8-0 in Division 1, circa 1959?

Overview of your club

Prudent in the Bob Lord days but had to be run as a business, hence good players were lost early. Last twenty to thirty years have been hard, almost lost to non-league in 1987, but the ITV Sport deal was crippling losing the club several million pounds a few years ago which they are now just recovering from. The Club is run brilliantly in my opinion considering the size of the town and the big clubs nearby.

As a Trust member also I admire the hard work of such organisations and the will to have a voice.

Favourite thing about your home ground:

Home from home - much changed since it looked more like Filbert Street. Now a fine stadium.

Favourite match played by your team & why: Smashed Leeds 5-1 in 1969? when Revie was in charge and Leeds were the team hated by everybody it seemed.

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Leighton James will always have a huge following but there were many at the time. Previously Jimmy McIlroy was a genius......

About our forthcoming match against you:

Our defence is very strong these days, well-disciplined at home but not without a few silly mistakes as you would imagine

Your favourite current player in your squad and why?

Wood up front is very sharp and a born goal scorer.   

Player in your squad we should most fear and why?

Do not underestimate Steven Defour a player with great experience who drifts through a game with occasional brilliance and has reinvented himself following a 'chat' with Sean Dyche over the summer.

Player in our squad you most fear and why?

I still fear Vardy, not bad considering his lowly roots such as AFC Halifax (my birthplace).

How do you think you'll do against us?  1-1

Transfer Activity:

What did you think to your Summer Transfer window ins and outs?

Brilliant, spent lots of money, unprecedented at Turf Moor, but has seriously brought strength in depth to the first team

Where would you like to strengthen in the Winter Transfer window?

No need to (if it aint broke don't tamper).

You are quite use to forecasting and so ……..

Who do you think will get relegated?

West Ham (wrong choice of new manager), Swansea (no confidence) + A N Other

Who do you think will win the league?

Man City

Next Up – Burnley

Next Up – Burnley 2 December 2017

Manager        Sean Dyche

Founded       1882             Ground         Turf Moor

Address        Turf Moor Harry Potts Way, Burnley, Lancashire, BB10 4BX

Capacity        21,800

Squad:

1        England                   GK      Tom Heaton (Captain)

2        England                   DF      Matthew Lowton

3        England                   DF      Charlie Taylor

4        England                   MF      Jack Cork

5        England                   DF      James Tarkowski

6        England                   DF      Ben Mee

8        England                   MF      Dean Marney

9        Wales                      FW     Sam Vokes

10      Austria                     FW     Ashley Barnes

11      New Zealand            FW     Chris Wood

12      Republic of Ireland    MF      Robbie Brady

13      Republic of Ireland    MF      Jeff Hendrick

16      Belgium                   MF      Steven Defour

17      Iceland                    MF      Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson

18      England                   MF      Ashley Westwood

19      Republic of Ireland    FW     Jonathan Walters

20      Norway                   MF      Fredrik Ulvestad

21      Bermuda                 FW     Nahki Wells

22      Denmark                 GK      Anders Lindegaard

23      Republic of Ireland    DF      Stephen Ward

26      Scotland                  DF      Phil Bardsley

28      Republic of Ireland    DF      Kevin Long

29      England                   GK      Nick Pope

30      England                   GK      Adam Legzdins

37      Canada                   MF      Scott Arfield

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We were lucky to hang onto a point

West Ham 1 City 1

Report by Kate Thompson

This turned out to be a most disappointing match; after City had scored in the 8th minute, they should have gone all out to win comfortably.  Instead they were hanging on and must have been relieved to come away with a single point.  West Ham are a club under massive pressure but full marks to their fans who were perhaps the noisiest I have heard at an away match and must have put heart into their beleaguered team.

City were unchanged from the last match and West Ham made one change, bringing in Masuaku for Noble.  The City goal was somewhat fortunate:  Ndidi released Vardy in the left channel and he put across an innocuous looking pass which Ogbonna failed to cut out, leaving Albrighton the relatively easy task of sliding it in. 

Unfortunately, this was as good as it got for Leicester as they seemed to retreat into their shells and apart from a decent shout for a penalty when Albrighton was clattered in the area halfway through the first half, they spent the rest of the half on the back foot. 

Ayew, who had come on as a substitute in 69th minute, thought he should have had a penalty too but the television coverage showed that he dived and should have got a yellow card instead.  He did get one soon after for a foul on Gray, who was also booked for reacting.

But for Schmeichel on two occasions and Simpson on another two, West Ham would have got the goal their overall play deserved much sooner.  As it was, it was from one of Simpson’s timely clearances over the bar that led to the equaliser.  City failed to deal with the corner and it was squeezed in off the unfortunate Simpson’s shoulder, just before half-time.  Apparently we have had more goals scored against us from corners than any team in the league.

The second half was more backs to the wall stuff and it was a minor miracle that there were no more goals.  In all truth, no one could have complained if West Ham had won, as they were the better team for most of the game and their vociferous fans were impressive. 

What worried me more than anything was the inability of the Leicester players to pass to a team mate, however close he was, and I do get frustrated when the only pass appears to be back to Schmeichel.  In the dim and distant past when I played, I remember being told that the only good pass was a forward one – not sideways and definitely not backwards!

Mahrez had a poor game, back to his performances at the beginning of the season, but was clearly annoyed at being replaced by Chilwell in the 70th minute.  Gray was replaced by Slimani in added time.  I really don’t understand what is achieved by these very late substitutions but all clubs seem to do it. 

None of the players, Mahrez apart, had a particularly poor game but they did not sparkle or inspire confidence that they could win the game.  To quote from the Times report on Saturday, City were ‘poor opponents who withdrew into themselves for the entire second half’.  And to think I lost money on a ticket for the theatre in London when Sky in their usual autocratic fashion decided to cover this match!

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Ndidi, Mahrez (Chilwell, 70), Albrighton, Iborra, Gray (Slimani, 90), Vardy. Subs not used: Hamer, King, Dragovic, Okazaki, Iheanacho.

West Ham: Hart, Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Obiang, Kouyaté, Arnautovic (Ayew, 69), Lanzini, Masuaku (Sakho, 90), Carroll. Subs not used: Adrian, Rice, Fernandes, Noble, Quina.

Referee: Martin Atkinson              Attendance: 56,897

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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Up Next Spurs

Up Next – Spurs

Manager        Mauricio Pochettino

Founded       1882            Ground         Wembley Stadium

Address       Wembley, London HA9 0WS

Capacity         90,000      

Squad:

1              France                  GK          Hugo Lloris (captain)

2              England                DF           Kieran Trippier

3              England                DF           Danny Rose

4              Belgium                DF           Toby Alderweireld

5              Belgium                DF           Jan Vertonghen

6              Colombia             DF           Davinson Sánchez

7              South Korea       FW         Son Heung-min

10           England                FW         Harry Kane

11           Argentina            MF         Érik Lamela

12           Kenya                   MF         Victor Wanyama

13           Netherlands       GK          Michel Vorm

14           France                  MF         Georges-Kévin N'Koudou

15           England                MF         Eric Dier

17           France                  MF         Moussa Sissoko

18           Spain                     FW         Fernando Llorente

19           Belgium                MF         Mousa Dembélé

20           England                MF         Dele Alli

21           Argentina            DF           Juan Foyth

22           Argentina            GK          Paulo Gazzaniga

23           Denmark             MF         Christian Eriksen

24           Ivory Coast         DF           Serge Aurier

29           England                MF         Harry Winks

33           Wales                    DF           Ben Davies

37           England                DF           Kyle Walker-Peters

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