league cup

18.12.2018… Leics v Man C…

Leicester City 1 Manchester City 1

King Power… Tuesday December 18th… 7.45pm

Attendance: 24, 644

Ticket: £20 – Programme: £3.50

A very damp night at the King Power Stadium as for the second year running Leicester exited the Carabao Cup at the Quarter Final stage, to Manchester City, on penalties…

Kevin De Bruyne gave Manchester City an early lead with an unstoppable shot from just outside the box, and they controlled the remainder of the fisrt half. Leicester came back into the game after the break and deservedly levelled through substitute Marc Albrighton on 73 minutes. At that point Leicester looked the more likely winners…

But as was the case last year, the game was decided on penalties. Having scored through Harry Maguire with their first spot kick, Leicester conspired to miss their next three. So even an awful effort from Raheem Sterling (an attempted chip that sailed over the bar) couldn’t prevent Manchester City from completing a 3-1 shoot out win and progressing to a Semi Final meeting with Burton Albion…

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First Half… Leicester Defend a Corner…

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Second Half… Manchester City in Possession…

Leicester City; Ward, Simpson, Söyüncü, Maguire, Fuchs, Ghezzal (Maddison 53), Choudhury, Iborra (Albrighton 61), Ndidi, Gray, Iheanacho (Ricardo Pereira 81)

Not Used; Morgan, Jakupovic, Okazaki, Mendy

Goals; Albrighton (73)

Manchester City; Muric, Walker, Garcia, Otamendi, Zinchenko, De Bruyne (Gündoganat 71 (YC)), Stones, Foden (YC), Mahrez, Agüero (Gabriel Jesus 76), Diaz (Sterling 66)

Not Used; Delph, Ederson, Sandler, Nmecha

Goals; De Bruyne (14)

As usual, more pictures to follow on flickr…

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27.11.2018… Leics v Soton…

Leicester City 0 Southampton 0

King Power… Tuesday November 27th… 7.45pm

Attendance: 22,250

Ticket: £15 – Programme: £3.50

An awful game in truth, although Southampton could count themselves unlucky not to win inside the ninety minutes. Two effotrs off the crossbar and a disallowed goal (after a VAR review). In contrast, Leicester didn’t manage a shot on target until the second half…

Penalties followed the conclusion of normal time, and after five kicks each the score stood at 5-5. We entered sudden death with a  Manolo Gabbiadini effort being saved by Danny Ward. Nampalys Mendy then steeped up and converted to give Leicester the win…

As was the case last year, Manchester City at home in the Quarter Finals…

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Pre-Match: The Warm Ups…

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The Penalties…

Leicester City; Ward, Simpson, Söyüncü, Evans, Fuchs, Diabaté (Albrighton 78), Ndidi, Adrien Silva (Mendy 61), Gray, Iheanacho (Okazaki 61) Vardy

Not Used; Morgan, Ricardo Pereira, Jakupovic, Leshabela

Goals; None

Southampton; Gunn, Stephens, Yoshida, Vestergaard, Valery, Højbjerg, Lemina, Targett (Cédric Soares 61), Armstong (Davis 73) Redmond, Obafemi (Gabbiadini 90)

Not Used; McCarthy, Hoedt, Austin, Ward-Prowse

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures to follow on flickr…

19.12.2017… Leics v Man C…

Leicester City 1 Manchester City 1 aet

Manchester City win 4-3 on penalties

King Power… Tuesday December 19th… 7.45pm

Attendance: 31,562

Ticket: £18 – Programme: £3.50

So this is what a Carabao Cup Quarter Final tie looks like, essentially a battle of the reserves…

I can appreciate why Manchester City would choose to rest players, given the number of games that they’ve played already. But for Leicester to field an under strength side was a little more puzzling, given that this was their best chance of silverware…

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Pre-Match: Inside the King Power…

The first half was distinctly below par, Manchester City going in 1-0 up courtesy of a Bernardo Silva strike…

The second half was much  better. As time ebbed by, Leicester brought on the big guns, Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and Demarai Gray. Their impact was obvious, as Leicester began to assert control. The equaliser finally arrived in the seventh (of eight) minutes of added time, but only via a soft penalty. Kyle Walker was harshly adjudged to have brought down Gray, and Vardy put away the spot kick…

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Second Half: Leicester are Awarded a Penalty

Extra time was the story of two penalty appeals, one for each side, both overruled. Kyle Walker picking up a booking for simulation for his effort…

The game eventually went to penalties (ABBA method). After the first seven were all scored, Manchester City led 4-3. Then up stepped Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez to miss two successive kicks, and the tie was City’s…

I didn’t see the penalties, I was on my way back to the station at the end of the first period of extra time. I wasn’t going to miss the last train…

Leicester City; Hamer, Amartey, Dragovic (Benalouane 111), Maguire (YC), Fuchs; Albrighton (Mahrez 37), King, Iborra, Chilwell (Gray 71), Okazaki, Iheanacho (YC) (Vardy 57)

Not Used; Simpson, Jakupovic, Ulloa, Yohan

Goals; Vardy (pen 90+6)

Manchester City; Bravo, Danilo (YC), Mangala (Walker 81 (YC)), Adarabioyo, Zinchenko, Gundogan (YC), Toure, Foden (Dele-Bashiru 90+1), Silva, Jesus, Diaz (Nmecha)

Not Used; Delph, Sané, Ederson, Duhaney

Goals; Silva (26)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

24.10.2017… Leics v Leeds…

Leicester City 3 Leeds United 1

King Power… Tuesday October 24th… 7.45pm

Attendance: 31,516

Ticket: £12 – Programme: £3.50

The battle of the reserves eventually ended in a comfortable win for Leicester. But not before an early scare…

A pretty decent game, played out in front of a full house including (as per usual) a large and noisy Leeds contingent. And from my perspective it was also an unexpected opportunity to see Vurnon Anita in action for his new club…

I still don’t get the clappers and the goal music…

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Pre-Match: The Players Warm Up…

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Second Half: Leicester Take a 2-1 Lead…

Leicester City; Hamer, Amartey, Maguire, Dragovic, Chilwell, Albrighton (Mahrez 65), King, Iborra, Gray, Iheanacho (Vardy 81), Slimani

Not Used; Musa, Jakupovic, Ulloa, Ndidi, Fuchs

Goals; Iheanacho (30), Slimani (71), Mahrez (88)

Leeds United; Wiedwald, Anita, Jansson, Shaughnessy, Borthwick-Jackson (Ayling 45), Phillips (Vieira 72), Klich, Roofe, Grot, Hernandez, Cibicki (Sacko 65)

Not Used; Lonergan, Pennington, Lasogga, Alioski

Goals; Hernandez (25)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…