league cup

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…

leicester v man city...

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…

leicester v man city...

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…

Advertisements

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…

leicester v leeds...

Pre-Match: The Players Warm Up…

leicester v leeds...

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…

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…

birmingham v bournemouth...

First Half: Birmingham Take The Lead…

birmingham v bournemouth...

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…