Albion v Leicester - from The Amex

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  • ALBION 3 LEICESTER 1
  • Albion beat the leaders
  • David Lopez tees up Barnes (9)
  • Then Conway finishes David's through ball (29)
  • King heads in for City (64)
  • Barnes converts penalty (77)
  • Kuszczak withdraws injured just before kick-off
  • Greer off injured
  • Six pages of coverage in The Argus on Monday

4:57pm

With the game into a minimum of five added minutes, LuaLua was booked for a foul on Knockaert, who responded angrily to the challenge.

Vardy wasted a great chance to re-ignite the contest when he mis-kicked in front of goal.

Then Knockaert tried a curler which the assured Brezovan again held.

Barnes, named man-of-the-match by the sponsors, hooked a very ambitious volley into the North Stand as the end drew near.

Final: Albion 3 Leicester 1

4:49pm

Crofts barged over Vardy five yards outside the box to give Leicester a great chance to cut the deficit again. King’s curler went past the wall but Brezovan held it.

4:47pm

King was booked for bringing down LuaLua as the Albion sub ran the ball out of his own half.

 

4:46pm

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4:45pm

City were still a threat and Brezovan was down very sharply to his right to hold a blast from King.

4:41pm

Albion though managed to get a grip on possession - and then extended their lead. Bruno chipped a glorious ball to release Conway down the right and, as Barnes challenged for his cross, he was pushed in the back by Morgan.

BARNES, who had a spot kick saved by Schmeichel last season, thrashed the penalty down the middle and it went in despite the keeper getting a touch.

4:32pm

4:31pm

Albion were under the cosh now and twice in quick succession Brezovan kept them in front, first by tipping over a Taylor-Fletcher header and then by holding King's close-range shot.

4:30pm

Leicester got back into the game in the 64th minute when poor defending at a free-kick left KING unmarked to head home at the far post.
Before play restarted, they sent on Taylor-Fletcher and Wood for Dyer and Nugent.
 

4:26pm

Crofts almost embarrassed Schmeichel with a volley from 35 yards which took everyone by surprise.
It was not clear whether the ball was bouncing just inside the post but the keeper took no chances as he dived to scramble it away.
Albion were convinced Upson was shoved in the back by Morgan as they contested the resulting corner but play was waved on.
Barnes was next in the book for a foul on Morgan in midfield.
 

4:22pm

Conway was still lively but his angled shot from outside the box was always rising as it sailed high over Schmeichel’s crossbar.
Albion’s graft was summed up by Barnes as he won the ball off Drinkwater in the centre circle and was then dragged back by the midfielder, who was booked.
 

4:19pm

Schemichel’s long goal kick cleared the Albion defence and looked to have put in Nugent until Brezovan came out quickly to snatch the ball away from him.
Knockaert went off for treatment to a blood injury and returned with a numberless shirt.
Miquel received a lecture, but no booking, after scything through Bridcutt as the Albion man shielded the ball.
Leicester and their fans behind Brezovan’s goal sought a way back into the game through their left-sided flyer Dyer.
He got to the byline and forced a corner which Albion just about managed to clear.
Then Wasilewski, already booked, received a lecture from the ref in the company of City skipper Morgan after bringing down Conway.
 

4:13pm

Then Bridcutt burst from midfield and got a return pass from Barnes before dragging his shot across the face of goal.

 

4:12pm

Upson was the wars in the opening seconds of the half as Knockaert and Drinkwater attacked down the right and the cross struck the defender in the face.
He resumed after treatment.
Knockaert’s introduction was a positive move by Leicester boss Nigel Pearson.
But Albion asked questions at the other end as Schmeichel had to punch clear under a lot of pressure from Barnes when Conway crossed.
 

4:07pm

Dean Hammond was replaced by Anthony Knockaert at the interval.

3:52pm

Mikeygit - I have no idea.

We were told he was getting close so I suppose there was an outside chance of him being on the bench.

But that's all.

 

 

 

3:51pm

3:44pm Sat 7 Dec 13

mikeygit says

Great scoreline so far!!! Argus---any idea why BBC reports that Ulloa is set to return today??

3:50pm

Albion were passing the ball about with a huge amount of confidence now and another fine move ended with David’s shot from the edge of the box deflecting into the hands of Schmeichel for a simple catch.
Half: Albion 2 Leicester 0
 

3:46pm

Terrific inter-passing by Barnes, Bruno, David and Bridcutt in a tight area won a free-kick which David Lopez whipped on to the head of Upson beyond the far post. Upson’s header seemed to be blocked by a team mate and the ball eventually dropped towards Ince, whose miscued volley floated gently to Schmeichel.

3:44pm

3:43pm

Upson produced another great piece of defending to head away a Konchesky cross after the full-back had been released by Drinkwater’s pass.
The clearance floated out to David Lopez, who delighted the crowd and eased all the pressure with a back-heel on the half volley to find Bruno.
Konchesky’s next cross was lofted beyond the far post and Ward defended strongly to head away under pressure.
Every clearance, tackle and defensive header was being cheered by home fans.
 

3:38pm

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(I have no idea why this report is appearing three times on our website. But I dare not delete anything in case they all go!!!)

3:34pm

Albion were defending strongly – and were deadly on the counter as they doubled their lead in the 29th minute.
David Lopez was again the creator. With fans demanding he send Barnes or Conway away early from his own half, he bided his time, kept the ball, then picked his moment to chip a pass into the path of the latter. CONWAY chested it down on to his right foot and thrashed a drive low past the advancing Schmeichel.
 

3:29pm

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3:24pm

Drinkwater and Nugent produced a terrific move down the left and the ball was crossed low for Dyer, on the edge of the box. But he delayed too long over his shot, which was eventually blocked by Ince.
Leicester were growing in confidence but Albion’s fans were giving their side good backing as they got stuck into what looked like being a challenging afternoon.
 

3:22pm

3:21pm

Albion suffered another blow on 18 minutes as Greer went off injured. El-Abd took his place with Bridcutt donning the armband.

3:20pm

3:19pm

3:18pm

The start almost got even better. After some crisp midfield passing, Crofts drilled a glorious crossfield ball out to Conway who, tight to the left touchline, checked back on to his right foot and delivered a cross which Ince headed just off target on the run.
As City responded, Upson was alert to make a potentially goal-saving challenge just as Vardy looked set to pull the trigger right in front of goal.
Then Brezovan held a Dyer snapshot as Leicester came back into the game.
 

3:15pm

It was a lively start by Albion, though, and they went ahead with a beautifully crafted goal down their right on nine minutes.
Bruno slid the ball into the path of David Lopez, who made ground and angled a superb ball along the turf, across the defence and into the path of BARNES, who converted beyond the far post.
 

3:11pm

A sterner test for Brezovan was not long in coming. Drinkwater forced his way past a couple of lightweight tackles and hit a low shot which the big keeper did well to parry low to his right.
As Albion responded Conway got away from Wasilewski, who brought him down and was booked.
Conway whipped a dangerous free-kick into the heart of the City area but it was headed away.
Bruno and David Lopez combined neatly to win a corner which the latter struck straight at the first defender.
The clearance was met by a full-blooded volley from Crofts which struck Miquel in front of goal.
 

3:05pm

There were cheers as, almost straight from kick-off, Brezovan gathered an overhit ball forward by Leicester in front of the North Stand.

 

3:02pm

Albion name under-21 keeper Christian Walton on the bench.

3:01pm

Still awaiting word on what has happened to Kuszczak

We have just had a minute's applause in honour of Nelson Mandela.

2:59pm

A quick recap on the one outfield change per team. Rohan Ince into Albion’s midfield in place of Jake Forster-Caskey for Albion, Dean Hammond making only his second start for Leicester in place of Anthony Knockaert.
What that mean tactically for the Foxes is more of  a 4-3-3 look with one of David Nugent or Jamie Vardy (I’d imagine Nugent) pulling wide to the right. Lloyd Dyer is their flying machine down the left.
Although Knockaert scored the opener at Wednesday, from what I saw of the their last away win, at Ipswich, the 4-3-3 worked quite well in bringing them from 1-0 down to 2-1 up.
We wondered whether Will Buckley would start for Albion having come off the bench in midweek.
Instead he does not feature, one imagines due to injury but we await confirmation. But Kazenga LuaLua is back among the subs.
 

2:58pm

Tomasz Kuszczak has pulled out of the match.

Peter Brezovan starts

2:56pm

2:56pm

2:55pm

They lost to the bottom side. Now they take on the leaders.
It’s a tall order for Albion today as Leicester – top of the table on goals scored – come to The Amex.
But the Foxes lost to a struggling side on Tuesday too, beaten 2-1 at Sheffield Wednesday.
Both sides make one change to their starting XIs – and hope for a big change in performance levels.
Follow it here with us.
 

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3:15pm Sat 7 Dec 13

WiseOldSeagull says...

Brighton playing very well. Great pass by Dave for AB to convert. How lucky I am to have the game live on TV here in Sweden.
Brighton playing very well. Great pass by Dave for AB to convert. How lucky I am to have the game live on TV here in Sweden. WiseOldSeagull

3:23pm Sat 7 Dec 13

ringtone says...

Great start Vegas. you must be watching?
Great start Vegas. you must be watching? ringtone

3:44pm Sat 7 Dec 13

mikeygit says...

Great scoreline so far!!! Argus---any idea why BBC reports that Ulloa is set to return today??
Great scoreline so far!!! Argus---any idea why BBC reports that Ulloa is set to return today?? mikeygit

3:59pm Sat 7 Dec 13

WiseOldSeagull says...

I've been impressed with Brez so far. He has made a smart stop and been excellent with his distribution. Can't help but continue to consider him a ticking time bomb however.
I've been impressed with Brez so far. He has made a smart stop and been excellent with his distribution. Can't help but continue to consider him a ticking time bomb however. WiseOldSeagull

4:04pm Sat 7 Dec 13

mikeygit says...

Very surprised to see Lua Lua on the bench! He must have had a superb surgeon to have got him back to match fitness so quickly after a knee operation??
Very surprised to see Lua Lua on the bench! He must have had a superb surgeon to have got him back to match fitness so quickly after a knee operation?? mikeygit

4:05pm Sat 7 Dec 13

tonypulis says...

Is it true Lopez has played two quality balls and Barnes scored from one of them? OG must have found Lopez's tapes and destroyed them.I banged my head on the dug out roof and dropped my radio when Barnes scored. Manage to disguise it but got some strange looks from the Palace subs. Forgot to add. We're 1-0 up too. Everybody is happy!
Is it true Lopez has played two quality balls and Barnes scored from one of them? OG must have found Lopez's tapes and destroyed them.I banged my head on the dug out roof and dropped my radio when Barnes scored. Manage to disguise it but got some strange looks from the Palace subs. Forgot to add. We're 1-0 up too. Everybody is happy! tonypulis

4:30pm Sat 7 Dec 13

mikeygit says...

Leicester score---going to be a bit nervy from now---hope Albion can score another and settle.
Leicester score---going to be a bit nervy from now---hope Albion can score another and settle. mikeygit

4:40pm Sat 7 Dec 13

ringtone says...

was not a penalty but so what, bit of luck. fantastic game
was not a penalty but so what, bit of luck. fantastic game ringtone

4:43pm Sat 7 Dec 13

mikeygit says...

Bl---dy marvelous--what a changed player Barnes is this season!!!
Bl---dy marvelous--what a changed player Barnes is this season!!! mikeygit

4:47pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Ex-pat Arnie says...

ringtone wrote:
was not a penalty but so what, bit of luck. fantastic game
It was a penalty. Happy to clear that one up for you :-)
[quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: was not a penalty but so what, bit of luck. fantastic game[/p][/quote]It was a penalty. Happy to clear that one up for you :-) Ex-pat Arnie

5:00pm Sat 7 Dec 13

mikeygit says...

Wonderful result and a good game for Barnes---Lita must be sick he cannot get on the pitch!!
Wonderful result and a good game for Barnes---Lita must be sick he cannot get on the pitch!! mikeygit

5:12pm Sat 7 Dec 13

albionfan33 says...

barnes is a hero an absolute collosus not many get the better of morgan i thought barnes had him the whole game
barnes is a hero an absolute collosus not many get the better of morgan i thought barnes had him the whole game albionfan33

5:13pm Sat 7 Dec 13

tonypulis says...

Third from bottom now. I need some oxygen for altitude sickness! Prince charming will be patting me on the head tonight. Well done to Brighton as well. Dodgy penalty though.
Third from bottom now. I need some oxygen for altitude sickness! Prince charming will be patting me on the head tonight. Well done to Brighton as well. Dodgy penalty though. tonypulis

5:14pm Sat 7 Dec 13

ringtone says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
ringtone wrote:
was not a penalty but so what, bit of luck. fantastic game
It was a penalty. Happy to clear that one up for you :-)
deffo not a penalty, will be resinded by the league and result will stand as 2-1.
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: was not a penalty but so what, bit of luck. fantastic game[/p][/quote]It was a penalty. Happy to clear that one up for you :-)[/p][/quote]deffo not a penalty, will be resinded by the league and result will stand as 2-1. ringtone

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