fa cup

18.03.2018… Leics v Chelsea…

Leicester City 1 Chelsea 2 (aet)

King Power… Sunday March 18th… 3pm

Attendance: 31,972

Ticket: £28 – Programme: £3.50

Leicester will have to wait at least one more year for that first FA Cup win, after sliding to defeat in extra time against Chelsea at the King Power…

In truth, it was a game that either side could have won, although Leicester will be frustrated that both of their opponent’s goals came as a direct result of mistakes on their part…

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Pre-Match: The Players Warm Up…

Chelsea took the lead just before half time, following a misjudged Kelechi Iheanacho pass. Álvaro Morata beat Ben Chilwell far too easily to a superb Willian throughball, lifting the ball past an advancing Kasper Schmeichel and into an empty net. Leicester fought back though, and deservedly equalised with fifteen minutes remaining. Jamie Vardy scoring with a tap in following a goal mouth scramble. Game on…

At that point the game was very much in the balance, and Vardy could have clinched it in normal time were it not for a superb save from Willy Caballero…

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Extra Time: Leicester on the Attack…

But with the game in the first period of extra time, Schmeichel made the mistake that would ultimately cost Leicester the game. When N’Golo Kanté knocked a ball in from the left, he completely misjudged its flight, leaving Pedro with the easiest of headers to take Chelsea through to the semi finals…

Leicester City; Schmeichel, Simpson (Silva 105), Chilwell, Morgan, Maguire (YC), Albrighton (Gray 115), Iborra Diabaté 105), Ndidi, Mahrez, Iheanacho (Okazaki 68), Vardy

Not Used; Hamer, Dragovic, Fuchs

Goals; Vardy (76)

Chelsea; Caballero, Rüdiger, Christensen (Cahill 101), Azpilicueta, Alonso, Kanté, Bakayoko (YC) (Fabregas 45), Moses (YC), Morata (Giroud 105), Hazard, Willian (Pedro 92)

Not Used; Zappacosta, Emerson, Eduardo

Goals; Morata (42), Pedro (105)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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16.02.2018… Leics v Sheff U…

Leicester City 1 Sheffield United 0

King Power… Friday Februry 26th… 7.45pm

Attendance: 28,336

Ticket: £20 – Programme: £3.50

Leicester went through to the last eight by the narrowest of margins, on a freezing cold night at the King Power. Jamie Vardy heading the only goal just past the hour…

Riyad Mahrez was back in the side, after after sulking for 10 days, when a proposed move to Manchester City’s bench didn’t materialise. It strikes me that we forgive sulky footballers far too easily these days; I still haven’t forgiven Chris Waddle, Peter Beardsley or Paul Gascoigne…

Anyway, Chelsea at home in the last eight…

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Pre-Match: The Players Warm Up…

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Second Half: Leicester Prepare to Take a Corner…

Leicester City; Schmeichel, Simpson, Chilwell, Morgan, Gray, Iheanacho, Vardy (Albrighton 83), Maguire, Iborra, Ndidi, Mahrez (James 90)

Not Used; Hamer, Silva, Dragovic, James, Fuchs, Diabate

Goals; Vardy (66)

Sheffield United; Blackman, Baldock, Stevens, O’Connell, Basham, Lundstram, Donaldson, Wilson (Brooks 46), Wright (Evans 76), Lafferty, Carruthers (Duffy 76)

Not Used; Sharp, Stearman, Heneghan, Eastwood

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

06.02.2018… Huddersfield (h)…

Birmingham City 1 Huddersfield Town 4 (aet)

St. Andrew’s… Tuesday February 6th… 7.45pm

Attendance: 13,175

Ticket: £15 – Programme: £2

A loss in for Blues in extra time. Huddersfield Town claiming the prize of a home Fifth Round tie with Manchester United…

Che Adams opened the scoring with a cracking effort from outside the box, but Huddersfield soon levelled via a Marc Roberts own goal. Birmingham faded baldy in the closing stages, even more so in extra time. The game effectively being lost in the first fifteen minutes…

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Pre-Match: Inside a Very Cold St. Andrew’s…

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Second Half: Jota Prepares to Take a Corner…

Birmingham City; Stockdale, Jenkinson (Dacres-Cogley 72), Morrison, Roberts, Dean, Bramall, Lowe (Lakin 102), Ndoye (Jota, 46), Gardner; Adams, Jutkiewicz (Boga, 86)

Not Used; Trueman, Colin, Seddon

Goals; Adams (52)

Huddersfield Town; Lossl, Smith (Hadergjonaj 45). Kongolo, Zanka, Malone (Lowe C 94), Mooy, Billing, Quaner (Scannell 99), Ince, Sabiri (van La Parra 57), Mounie

Not Used; Coleman, Whitehead, Hefele

Goals; Roberts (og 60), Mounie (94), Van La Parra (97), Ince (106)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

28.01.2018… Chelsea (a)…

Chelsea 3 Newcastle United 0

Stamford Bridge… Sunday January 28th… 1.30pm

Attendance: 41,049

Ticket: £30 – Programme: £3

I never learn. I knew we we were going to lose before I bought the ticket. It’s now twelve years since we reached the Fifth Round of the FA cup…

We made a crew positive noises early on, but once Chelsea scored it was over and became yet another pointless trip…

The lack of heart in our second half performance was particularly worrying. Although I’m not particularly hopeful, let’s just see what the remainder of the transfer window brings.

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Second Half: Rafa and Conte Observe…

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Second Half: Another Chelsea Free Kick…

Chelsea; Caballero, Rudiger, Cahill, Christensen, Zappacosta, Kante (Ampadu 78), Drinkwater, Alonso, Pedro (Hudson-Odoi 81), Batshuayi, Hazard (Barkley 73)

Not Used; Eduardo, Musonda, Moses, Fabregas

Goals; Batshuayi (31,44), Alonso 72

Newcastle United; Darlow, Clark, Lascelles, Mbemba (YC), Manquillo (Murphy 78), Hayden (Atsu 83), Shelvey, Haidara, Saivet, Gayle (Joselu 64), Ritchie

Not Used; Woodman, Yedlin, Dummett, Diame

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…