In Both Camps, Fulham

Picture: Barry Hayles

Fulham is back in the best party and several “foxes” has also been at “the cottage” during the years, with players from the past such as Allan Clarke and Steve Earle coming to mind. They had good careers in both camps, and became favorites among fans.

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Allan Clarke became the most expensive signing ever, not only for Leicester City but also a British record when Matt Gillies decided to pay £150.000 for his services. His time with Leicester City lasted only a season, and sold on to Leeds United for another record fee, £165.000, ironically signed by a former Leicester City player, Don Revie.

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Barry Hayles played his best football while at Fulham, signed from Bristol Rovers and part of that group that took Fulham back to the limelight as they ran the league ladder up while depending on Barry’s goalscoring skills. At the age of 48, Hayles is still active in football, playing for Merstham FC. Hayles had a short stay at Leicester City from 2008 to 2009, did play 28 games and scoring a modest amount of 2 goals.

Anthony Knockaert is today a Fulham player, but recenlty loaned out to Nottingham Forest. He has become something of a League Championship promotion expert as his play and goals for Leicester City, Brighton & Hove Albion and last season while at Craven Cottage helping all of them to promotion to the Premier League. But as soon as the clubs reach the top level, Anthony looks surplus and not the player they want in their teams, but fondly remember Knockaert from the days at Leicester City, when being integral for Nigel Pearson during a couple of seasons of pushing promotion.

Richard Stearman is another former fox with a life at the cottage. We all remember him from his early years in football with Leicester City, and while “foxes” have flown to the top, Stearman made his mark in the 2nd tier mostly, though being involved at Premier League level over a number of seasons at a few clubs, he cannot be said to be an established Premier League performer. Stearman played for Fulham from 2015 to 2017 playing 29 league games.

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Not to forget Kasey Keller who we all remember from his days at Leicester City as a stabile and trustworthy goalkeeper, with him also turning out for Fulham later in his career. Mark Schwarzer had his best years in the game while at Craven Cottage, and being the understudy at Leicester City during that wonderful 2015/16 season.

Left back Paul Konchesky was another of those recent stars to have played in both clubs. Joining from Liverpool and before that move playing for Fulham from 2007 to 2010. His time with Leicester City lasted five years joining the club in 2011 and leaving after his contract ended in 2016. 97 league games with Fulham, 138 for Leicester City.

Billy McKinlay had two periods with Leicester City, firstly under Martin O’Neill, a short lived loan spell and later joining Micky Adams in that 2002/03 campaign, staying on for one more season. Later a player coach at Fulham were he also played a couple of league games back in 2004-05.

  • Goalkeepers
    • Mark Schwarzer
    • Kasey Keller
    • Mark Grew
    • Tony Warner
    • David Stockdale
  • ¬†Defenders
    • Paul Konchesky
    • Richard Stearman
    • Rufus Brevett
  • Midfield
    • Billy McKinley
    • Tony Sealy
  • Forwards
    • Steve Earle
    • Frank Large
    • Allan Clarke
    • Barry Hayles
    • Elvis Hammond

Leicester City top of the Premier League, to stay or go?

To see Leicester City top of the Premier League table isn’t something to take for granted, as it is a seldom affair and not something happening on a weekly basis, but can Brendan Rodgers keep his team flying and keep his momentum, we would surely believe that this is not something out of the ordinary as the team have been in the top for a while.

It’s also very impressing to see players coming in for injured key figures and just perform to a level of excellence which in a way shows that it’s a momentum all over the line. So why is the team suddenly dropping into a total lockdown at times.

We believe that Brendan Rodgers is a clever coach and manager, one that analysis the games and how to play and organize his selections, and that it is not based on luck and certain players doing the extraordinary.

But of course it’s down to players and the impact of Wesley Fofana is just fantastic and how this 19 year old has slotted into the team, it’s like one coming straight down from heaven, what a performer and great player he is.

James Justin must also be credited with great displays and his inclusion in the England training sessions in a step up from the U.21’s might have been a surprise, but if he continues to play the way he does, then Gareth Southgate will not just call on him to be a training session stand in. He is growing better and better each day and looking stronger and stronger.

The comeback of Christian Fuchs is also just fantastic to watch, and how he has worked wonders as a left footed player in this defensive work that lately looks fantastic. Wes Morgan has also shown good form and Papy Mendy together with Dennis Praet has done ever so well and shown that midfield greatness is not just for Wilfred Ndidi to perform.

Kelechi Iheanacho did not see the grass today but has performed well when getting the chance and scored goals that we like to see. Marc Albrighton also given his chances and we all know what you get from him, 100% solidity.

With James Maddison and Harvey Barnes also getting a chance to rest in games of great importance shows that Brendan Rodgers are showing solid trust in more than eleven players and this might be the key to it all, as we soon will hopefully will see Caglar Soyuncu, Ricardo Pereira and Timothy Castagne back in contention.

The big test is coming up later in the month and after the international break, going away to Liverpool. A bit of a test and hopefully one to look forward to. The Europa League continues playing Braga away, AEK at home and the last group game v. Zorya away.

Premier League games against Fulham, Brighton and Sheffield United could all be possible banana skins, but on most days in the week all points should go to Leicester City. A chance to stay on top is certainly clear and not a surprise to see Leicester City on top of this table also after New Years Eve.

Keep the faith, stay faerless!

Leicester 1, Wolves 0, positives and negatives, player ratings, and match report

Another change to the line-up, but it looks as if everything works for Brendan Rodgers at the moment, and especially the defence looks so solid with great credit to Wesley Fofana, but not to forget Christian Fuchs either, who has been steady in the back as well, a key to the results lately as him being left footed makes him a good alternative in that three men defense line-up.

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Leicester got a good and fresh start and after 15 minutes rewarded a penalty after a VAR decision, harsh would be the right word as the ball clearly hit the hand without any possible chance for the Wolves defender Kilman to stop that from happening. Jamie Vardy scored from the penalty spot, and Leicester City were 1-0 up early on.

Both teams had a few attempts but it wasn’t until the last minutes of the first half that Leicester City striked and a new penalty situation appeared. James Justin was clearly taken down inside the penalty area and it was again Jamie Vardy selected to take the penalty. This time the penalty was stopped by Wolves goalkeeper Patricio.

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Leicester came out second half with a lead, and did an early substitution giving Marc Albrighton the chance and letting Luke Thomas have a break. Wolves also made changes early on, but waited until 60 minutes of the game before making their first change.

Both Leicester and Wolves had their chances, Harvey Barnes came close, but saved by a Wolves defenders leg, Kasper Schmeichel made a fantastic safe from a Neves attempt, a real match winning moment from “The Great Dane”.

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As the game faded into to stoppage time and Wes Morgan had come on to steady the ship, Wolves never managed to get the chances they needed to score and everything worked out perfectly, always a nice feeling to win 1-0.

Leicester grabbed another three pointer and showed solid defensive form, which was enough to win against a “soft” Wolves. Great credit to Brendan Rodgers that at the moment are on a great run with his Leicester City team.

  • Positives
    • Winning by hard work, “top of the league”
    • Jamie Vardy again scoring and securing a 1-0 lead
    • Great defensive work
    • Fofana imporessive, Fuchs also, Mendy working so hard
  • Negatives:
    • Yellow cards to Evans and Fofana
    • Vardy missing from the penalty spot
    • Not really enough ball possession and domination at home
    • Not enough goal attempts
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 8, Justin 7, Fuchs 7, Fofana 8, Evans 6, Thomas 6, Mendy 7, Praet 6, Tielemans 6, Maddison 6, Vardy 6 Subs: Albrighton, Barnes, Morgan
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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Wesley Fofana

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 50 / 50
  • Corners: 6 / 3
  • Shots on target: 3 / 2
  • Fouls: 12 / 8

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