league cup

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…

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22.08.2017… Bournemouth (h)…

Birmingham City 1 AFC Bournemouth 2

St. Andrew’s… Tuesday August 22nd… 7.45pm

Attendance: 8,245

Ticket: £15 – Programme: £2

Carabao, Thailand’s second most popular energy drink (according to Wikipedia), and the latest sponsors of the League Cup…

Birmingham let a 1-0 half-time lead slip, a lead which could have been two were it not for a specatuclar goal line clearance from Tyrone Mings. But Bournemouth’s had first half chances too, Thomas Kuszczak being forced into action on a number of occasions…

Into the second half though, and the extra class told…

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First Half: Birmingham Take The Lead…

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Second Half: A Rare Birmingham Attack…

Birmingham City; Kuszczak, Nsue (Harding 23), Roberts, Shotton, Grounds, Bramall (Robinson 78), Davis, Kieftenbeld, Gleeson, Maghoma, Vassell (Jutkiewicz 46)

Not Used; Stockdale, Tesche, Gardner, Cotterill

Goals; Kieftenbeld (11)

AFC Bournemouth; Boruc, Smith, S Cook, Mings, Smith, Fraser, L Cook, Gosling, Pugh, Defoe, Mousset

Not Used; Ramsdale, Ake, Mahoney, Hyndman, Afobe, Ibe, Simpson

Goals; Fraser (46), Pugh (68)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

25.10.2016… Preston NE (h)…

Newcastle United 6 Preston North End 0preston

St. James’ Park… Tuesday October 25th… 7.45pm

Attendance: 49,042

Ticket: £10 – Programme: £3

Just under 50,000 for a League Cup 4th Round tie. Two below strength line-ups, but one of those nights when you remember just why it is that you persevere…

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First Half: Newcastle Defend…

The feelgood factor is starting to build but with a note of caution attached. This is still Mike Ashley’s football club, and the wheels could fall off spectacularly at any time…

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Second Half: Newcastle Celebrate Their Fifth…

Newcastle United; Sels, Yedlin, Mbemba, Hanley, Dummett (Anita 57), Ritchie (Perez 74), Hayden, Colback (Shelvey 31), Atsu, Diame, Mitrovic (YC)

Not Used; Clark, Gayle, Gouffran, Darlow

Goals; Mitrovic (19,55), Diame (38,87), Ritchie (53pen), Perez (90+1)

Preston North End; Lindegaard, Wright, Davies (Gallagher 46), Huntington, Humphrey, Browne, Pringle (Clarke 46), Grimshaw, Spurr, Doyle, Makienok (Johnson 62)

Not Used; Beckford, Maxwell, Hugill, Robinson

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…