Next Up – Newcastle

Next Up – Newcastle – 12th April 2019 – 8pm

Manager     Rafael Benitez

Founded     1892             Ground         St James' Park

Address       St James' Park Strawberry Place Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4ST

Capacity         52,345     

Squad:

1              Republic of Ireland          GK          Rob Elliot

2              Republic of Ireland          DF           Ciaran Clark

3              Wales                                    DF           Paul Dummett

4              South Korea                       MF         Ki Sung-yueng

5              Switzerland                        DF           Fabian Schär

6              England                                DF           Jamaal Lascelles (Captain)

8              England                                MF         Jonjo Shelvey

9              Venezuela                          FW         Salomón Rondón (on loan from West Bromwich Albion)

10           Senegal                                MF         Mohamed Diamé

11           Scotland                               MF         Matt Ritchie

12           Slovakia                                GK          Martin Dúbravka

13           Japan                                    FW         Yoshinori Muto

14           England                                MF         Isaac Hayden

15           Brazil                                     MF         Kenedy (on loan from Chelsea)

17           Spain                                     FW         Ayoze Pérez

18           Argentina                            DF           Federico Fernández

19           Spain                                     DF           Javier Manquillo

20           France                                  DF           Florian Lejeune

21           Spain                                     FW         Joselu

22           United States                     DF           DeAndre Yedlin

23           Italy                                       DF           Antonio Barreca (on loan from Monaco)

24           Paraguay                             MF         Miguel Almirón

26           England                                GK          Karl Darlow

29           England                                GK          Nathan Harker

30           Ghana                                   MF         Christian Atsu

36           England                                MF         Sean Longstaff

41           England                                GK          Freddie Woodman

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.

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A few wobbles, but a good job in the end

Huddersfield 1 City 4

Report by Kate Thompson

I went to this match with some concern, that City would think it would be easy.  Often, despite what managers and players say, subconsciously they appear to take their foot off the gas against so-called poorer teams.  Leicester City fans can quote several instances, most of them in cup competitions!

There was a surprise in the line-up, with Söyüncü coming in to partner Morgan; it later transpired that Evans had a minor hip problem. The rest of the team was the same as the game against Bournemouth, but with Choudhury on the bench.  Maguire wasn’t in the squad, because his partner had just given birth and Rodgers had given him time to spend with his family.

The first quarter of the game was pretty uneventful, with neither goalkeeper particularly troubled.  This changed in the 24th minute when the impressive Tielemans struck a stunning volley past former City goalkeeper Ben Hamer.  He has really proved an excellent temporary acquisition and it would be wonderful to sign him permanently; I am getting really irritated with stories of Spurs, Manchester United, the world and his wife apparently wanting to sign him, yet again demonstrating the arrogance of the so-called big six.

Vardy added a second goal almost immediately after half-time, when good work by Gray in winning the ball released Pereira who put a perfect pass across.  There was a hint of offside but it was a chance Vardy was unlikely to miss. 

Shortly afterwards however Huddersfield were awarded a soft penalty when Söyüncü was deemed to have fouled Grant and Mooy sent Schmeichel the wrong way.  For a time City looked vulnerable and it took two stunning saves from Schmeichel to keep the score at 2-1.

However, in the 79th minute Vardy, who had been his normal harrying, bustling self, drew a foul on the edge of the box, right in front of the travelling supporters.  I said to my sister “Top right hand corner” and it was as if Maddison had heard me!  That is exactly where he put it, clearly fooling Hamer as it was the opposite side from the goal he scored against Burnley. 

The icing on the cake was a second goal from Vardy in the 84th minute; he was fouled in the box and took the resulting penalty, putting him either level with Gary Lineker in the City goal-scoring charts, or above him depending on whether you include the goal he scored in the Charity Shield.  With 103 (or 104) he is course to overtake Arthur Lochhead (114) and Derek Hines (117), putting him into fourth place – an amazing achievement for a player who came very late to the top tier.

I am sorry that Huddersfield have been relegated, as the club appears to be very much locally and family orientated, but it was clear why they have been so poor this season.  A City team playing below their ability were worthy winners and the stats make interesting reading:  Leicester had 18 shots, of which nine were on target, and 55% possession.  They will probably never have an easier afternoon.

Although Rodgers praised Söyüncü he did not fill me with confidence, and it was hardly surprising that he gave away a penalty, however soft it was.  The reason Maguire and Evans are so reliable is that they are calm and seem to have all the time in the world, whereas Söyüncü seems to panic and do rash things.  But he is young and new to the Premier League, so hopefully will learn with more games. 

Of the rest, all played well, although Gray was his usual frustrating self, making some excellent moves but then switching off and appearing to ignore potentially good ones. 

For the record, Okazaki replaced Barnes in the 61st minute, Choudhury came on for Ndidi in the 87th minute and Iheanacho replaced Vardy in time added on at the end of the match.

So 7th in the table is possible, and a potential place in the Europa League.  Whether we want to be in this competition is a moot point, but at least it gives the players an incentive to finish the season strongly.  And, to the fans’ delight, they are playing with style and purpose at last.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Söyüncü, Chilwell, Ndidi (Choudhury 87), Gray, Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes (Okazaki 61), Vardy (Iheanacho 90).
Subs (not used): Iheanacho, Ward, Mendy, Fuchs, Ghezzal.

Huddersfield: Hamer, Smith, Schindler, Kongolo, Durm, Mooy, Hogg (Bacuna 81), Stankovic (Mbenza 45), Löwe, Pritchard (Mounie 60), Grant.
Subs (not used): Kachunga, Coleman, Williams, Hadergjonaj.

Referee: David Coote.        Attendance: 24,126

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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Next Up – Huddersfield Town

Next Up – Huddersfield Town 6 April 2019

Head Coach: Jan Siewert

Founded: 1908

Ground:   Kirklees Stadium Huddersfield

Address: Stadium Way Huddersfield HD1 6PX

Capacity: 24,121

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          DR Congo        FW       Elias Kachunga

10        Australia           MF       Aaron Mooy

11        France             FW       Adama Diakhaby

12        England           GK       Ben Hamer

13        England           GK       Joel Coleman

15        Germany          DF       Chris Löwe

16        England           FW       Karlan Grant

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

24        Benin               FW       Steve Mounié

25        Denmark          DF       Mathias Jørgensen

26        Germany          DF       Christopher Schindler

27        Slovenia           MF       Jon Gorenc Stanković

29        Germany          MF       Abdelhamid Sabiri

33        Switzerland      DF       Florent Hadergjonaj

37        Germany          DF       Erik Durm

38        England           DF       Demeaco Duhaney

42        England           MF       Jason Puncheon (on loan from Crystal Palace)

44        England           MF       Aaron Rowe

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
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Going to Huddersfield ?

Huddersfield   HD1 6PX

The John Smiths' Stadium is located just off the A62 Leeds Road. It can be easiest reached from Junction 25 of the M62. Simply follow the signs for Huddersfield (A62) and you will reach the stadium over on your left.

If approaching from the South, then leave the M1 at Junction 38 and take the A637 towards and then the A642 into Huddersfield. As you approach the town centre try to keep to the right hand lane as you will turn right at the roundabout and onto the A62 Leeds Road. The stadium is a short distance down this road on the right.

Alternatively if coming up from the South and looking for somewhere to park then along St Andrews Road there are a number of small businesses that offer parking for around £5. To find these, then aa you approach the town centre you will pass a Lidl store on your left. Go through the next lights and after passing a KFC and Iceland shop on your right, move over to the right hand lane and then turn right at the next set of traffic lights into St Andrews Road. Keep straight along this road and you will soon see the stadium over on your right.

There is also a fair sized car park located at the ground which costs £6. 

Approx 93 mls  1 hr 45 mins

Public Transport

The John Smith's Stadium is walkable from Huddersfield Railway Station, it should take no more than 15 minutes at a comfortable pace. After coming out of the Railway Station, turn down past the front of The George Hotel. Go straight over the crossroads into Northumberland Street and walk down across the Ring Road straight on into Leeds Road. Turn right down Gasworks Street. Straight over the crossroads to the ground.

Trains take 2hr 30min to 3 hrs off peak return £45-60

Where to drink

'The Head of Steam pub at the railway station is pretty good and serves food too. Also near to the railway station is the Cherry Tree pub. This Wetherspoons outlet is located on John William Street and is popular with away fans. Otherwise if you like your real ale, then Huddersfield has a number of entries in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Those in the town centre closest to the ground include; The King's Head (very near to the Head of Steam), The Sportsman on St John's Road, the Vulcan in St Peter's Street and Slubbers Arms on Halifax Old Road.

There is also a cinema and entertainment complex behind the North Stand, which also contains the Rope Walk pub.

All information is provided in good faith but the Foxes Trust cannot be held responsible for any errors. Thanks to the Football Ground Guide

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A FITTING TRIBUTE TO THE BOSS

LEICESTER CITY 2  BOURNEMOUTH 0

Match Report by Paul Weston

It was a day of sadness in remembering our past chairman and his birthday as we enjoyed the free drinks and cupcakes in the sunshine. It was also a day to savour the potential at last of an enjoyable football match under the new management style of Brendan Rodgers. Could we at last win a match against Bournemouth as a tribute to The Boss?

Morgan replaced the suspended Maguire so Rodgers had resisted trying out Soyuncu in the centre of defence. City started the match on the front foot with Barnes, Maddison and Tielemans seeing a lot of the ball but Bournemouth quick on the break with Fraser a particular menace.

City took an early lead in the 11th minute- unusually from a corner which was quite a surprise as our corners normally carry no threat whatsoever!. Maddison’s corner was long to the unmarked Chilwell. He hit it across goal and Morgan deftly flicked it in off the post into the net. I will give big Wes the benefit of the doubt and say that it was a training ground move!

This did not deter Bournemouth and they continued to threaten City particularly on their left wing where Fraser was giving Ricardo and Gray a torrid time. Bournemouth should have levelled soon afterwards when Schmeichel brilliantly saved from Wilson’s point blank volley.

It was a turning point in the game. Gray continued to frustrate with his inability to pass accurately at the right time or control the ball but Ricardo always looked to burst forward. Tielemans looks a real find and set up an unmarked Vardy for what should have been a second goal but the shot was scuffed wide. It was an absolute sitter. City continued to dominate with Evans particularly strong in central defence and the half ended 1-0.

City’s second half performance went up a gear and N’Didi’s display was absolutely awesome. Many times his long legs got the ball to prevent a Bournemouth attack and it set the tone for the rest of the team.

The crowd responded to this new vibrant City side playing with the Puel shackles removed and showing at last their true potential. Yes, the Rodgers style is still a passing game but it has a purpose and chances are created. No longer is Vardy isolated up front.

On 61 minutes, on the week of our past chairman’s birthday and not many days after his cremation in Thailand, the whole crowd erupted into 5 minutes of continuing singing and chanting. Few clubs hold their chairman in such high affection and it was a moving tribute to The Boss.

The worry, however, as the match progressed to the last 15 minutes, was that just one goal from Bournemouth could ruin the day. Barnes stated to fade and Mendy was brought on in his place and, as usual, he brought extra control to midfield, allowing Maddison and Tielemans to move forward

With just eight minutes remaining, Tielemans and Ricardo combined on the right. Tielemans put in a superb cross and Vardy leapt high between two defenders to head the ball in off the crossbar. 2-0 and well deserved. City looked to add to the score afterwards with another Vardy shot well saved. The end of the game was well managed and the crowd left satisfied with a deserved 2-0 victory.

City now move into eighth place in the league after three wins in a row and there are encouraging signs that an exciting style of play is emerging which suits the players abilities. Maguire was not missed and Tielemans continues to impress. Signing him up for the next season is a priority.

Jamie Vardy is back in form, leading the line and is thriving on chances created. Another back up striker signed in the close season also must be a high priority. Demari Gray continues to be an enigma that Rodgers need to solve, but with Albrighton coming back to fitness, City have options.

It is a pity that the end of the season is approaching and there are few games left to obtain points to climb the table. City have been reinvigorated under Brendan Rodgers management and I can look forward to going to football matches again!

Leicester: Schmeichel; Ricardo Pereira, Morgan, Evans, Chilwell; Tielemans, Ndidi; Gray (Ghezzal 89), Maddison, Barnes (Mendy 72); Vardy (Iheanacho 90). Subs not used: Ward, Fuchs, Söyüncü, Okazaki.

Referee: Lee Mason           Attendance: 31,530

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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