Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Conclusions from Hillsborough

Sheffield Wednesday0-2Leicester City
(HT 0-1)

Drinkwater 41
Marshall 76

Hillsborough Stadium, attendance: 24,664
BBC Match Report

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Nugent ruled-out of Sheffield visit

Leicester City's leading goalscorer has been ruled-out of Saturday's visit to Hillsborough following an aggravation of his neck injury.

David Nugent was substituted after just half an hour of the Foxes' huge 6-0 home victory over Ipswich Town last weekend and assistant boss Craig Shakespeare insisted that he was removed as "a precaution".

But Nugent, scorer of nine league goals for City this season, has now been ruled-out of the Foxes trip to South Yorkshire on Saturday, where they will face Sheffield Wednesday.

The club tweeted this afternoon and said they expect over 3,500 Foxes supporters to make the trip up the M1 this weekend.

Conclusions from the Tractor Boys

Leicester City6-0Ipswich Town
(HT 4-0)
Nugent pen 8, 18
Dyer 27
Knockaert 44
Waghorn 53
Futacs 82

King Power Stadium, attendance: 20,779
BBC Match Report

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Pearson comments under FA scrutiny

Nigel Pearson's comments made to the media following Leicester City's 2-2 draw against Nottingham Forest on Saturday have come under scrutiny from the Football Association.

The Foxes' Zak Whitbread was alleged by referee Anthony Taylor to have conceded a penalty, from which the Foxes' rivals scored their equalising goal. Meanwhile City were denied their own penalty following what TV replays showed to be a clear handball later in the game.

Pearson was visibly incensed during the game and made his feelings known to the press in the tunnel after the match, speaking to Sky Sports, the BBC and the printed media to express his anger at the referee's performance and conceding that he would like to see officials made "more accountable" for their decisions.

"He [Zak Whitbread] got the ball," said Pearson to Sky Sports immediately following the game, "The referee was in a good position. If the referee can't get that right or if your assistant hasn't got the guts to give it, it's about time these people became accountable. We've had this taken away from us by other people who can't do their jobs properly."

He expanded on his views in the press conference later-on: "I'm not going to waste my time even attempting to talk to people who are totally disinterested in what's right and what's wrong. They have a team of four people out there, they need to utilise the four of them. For me it's laughable."

Pearson is now under scrutiny from the game's governing body who are yet to make a decision on as to whether or not the City manager will face a punishment for his comments.

"If I get in trouble, I think I have missed a trick because I have been careful with what I have said and how I have constructed my sentences," he said, "If I get fined after what has happened, then there is something seriously wrong with the game."

Danns flies off for loan with Robins

Out of favour Leicester City midfielder Neil Danns has departed the club on an initial one-month loan stint at Bristol City.

The 29-year-old former Crystal Palace man joined the Foxes under Sven Goran Eriksson but is thought to have become frustrated with a lack of first-team games after the Swede's replacement by Nigel Pearson. A Twitterstorm erupted at the start of the season after he started the season with barely an appearance to his name, and he has not appeared since in royal blue.

Pearson is thought to have shipped-out Jermaine Beckford, on loan at Huddersfield Town, for similar reasons and with Beckford and Danns off the wage bill Pearson may be given the opportunity to look for loanees of his own in the coming weeks.

Foxes appoint mystery director

Leicester City Football Club have appointed Shilai Liu as a director of the company.

The Chinese polo player was appointed on 26th October and his role is yet to be determined. The Foxes have made no statement regarding the appointment.

It is thought that Shilai is known to the Foxes' owners Vichai and Aiyawatt Raksriaksorn through his polo playing, with the Raksriaksorn family sponsoring the King Power Expeditionary Polo Team who recently played Shilai's Tang Polo Club in a high-profile event in Beijing's Forbidden City.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Remembrance Fixture Conclusions from the Trees


Leicester City2-2Nottingham Forest
(HT 2-1)
Ward OG 7
Nugent 32
Guedioura 22
Cox pen 67

King Power Stadium, attendance: 24,793
BBC Match Report

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Moore secures spot in England U21s

Leicester City defender Liam Moore has secured a place in England's under-21s squad for their forthcoming friendly against Northern Ireland.

The teenager has been selected by Stuart Pearce for the first time alongside five other debutants and will hope to make his mark in the 21-man squad. Moore had attracted interest from a range of Premier League clubs at the end of the summer following a successful start to his senior career with the Foxes, including speculation surrounding a potential move to Manchester United.

"This will be an opportunity for a number of younger players to impress and put themselves in contention for a place next summer," said Pearce in announcing his inexperienced Young Lions squad, "There are young players within this group who will be able to go again with the under-21s for the 2015 campaign, so every chance to play for England will give them experience they will no doubt call upon in the future."

Liam Moore offered immediate reaction to his call-up on Twitter: "It's a massive honour to be called up from my country and I have my club to thank for my chance," he wrote.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Monday, 5 November 2012

Foxes look to United to boost ailing squad

Leicester City will look to Manchester United in a bid to boost their ailing squad, with two loan deals with the Red Devils set to be finalised within the next twenty-four hours.

Teenage defender Michael Keane gained his first United start against Newcastle United in the League Cup in September and has made five appearances for the England under-19s. A full-back or centre half, Keane would add much-needed depth to Nigel Pearson's defence, who are without Sean St Ledger through injury and Zak Whitbread, suspended following his sending-off against Watford at the weekend.

Meanwhile, Jesse Lingard in yet to make a senior appearance for United. The attacking midfielder, also nineteen, was born in Warrington and is seeking his first loan deal to gain first team experience.

Pearson will hope to complete the deals to allow both players to meet-up with the City squad for their visit to Bolton Wanderers tomorrow night. City face the Trotters at the Reebok Stadium on Tuesday (KO 20:00) and will be hoping to avoid their third successive defeat.

Conclusions from Vicarage Road

Watford2-1Leicester City
(HT 1-0)
Abdi 14
Forestieri 68
Nugent 71

Vicarage Road, attendance: 12,954
BBC Match Report