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Derby 0-2 Leicester

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

First-half goals from Ayegbeni Yakubu and Andy King seal victory for play-off chasing Leicester at Derby.

Derby County 0 Leicester City 2

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

​Leicester City moved into seventh in the Championship table after a dominant display at Derby County.

Two fantastic goals in the first half from Yakubu and Andy King stretched City’s unbeaten run to seven games and pushed them to within four points of the play-offs, and just six from the automatic promotion places.

Yakubu struck with a stunning solo effort on 28 minutes, while King rounded off a fantastic sweeping team move to add the second in first half added time.

For a full match report and all the reaction, don’t miss Monday’s Mercury sport.

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Saturday, February 12th, 2011

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Birch on the Ball: Great entertainment and brilliant finishing by City

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Ididn’t think life could get better in my dotage but the 4-1 win last week against Barnsley, with four great goals – and superb half-time entertainment – was special.

There were two blockbusters from Paul Gallagher and Kyle Naughton which were as good as I have seen in 40-odd years down here, and I have seen some crackers.

The two Andy King goals were what I call proper goals. When you let loose with power, it is known these days as a ‘worldy’. They were fantastic goals last week, but they either end up in the top corner or floating down the canal behind Filbert Street.

But Kingy’s little chip and the interception and pass into the goal for his second, in the style of Jimmy Greaves, were proper goals. People old enough, who read this column, can remember how great Greavsie was.

I was lucky enough to play against him and to stroke the ball into the net, like he used to do, is an art form.

Kingy’s delicate chip took composure, and then he intercepted the ball in midfield, carried it to the edge of the box and, although many would have put their foot through it, Kingy passed it into the net. In its own way, that was as good as the two blockbusters, for me. City fans were treated to the spectrum of what goalscoring is all about, encapsulated in one game.

I think we are getting to the stage where we compete with sides and the opposition are in the game because of their energy levels. But then our skill level kicks in and our ball possession tires them out.

We then dominate the closing stages. That seems to have been the pattern over the last half-a-dozen games. Our better quality starts to show through.

When Barnsley boss Mark Robins, who has played at the highest level, rates us as the best footballing side in the Championship, we know we are going places.

The game has been dissected so much this week but what hasn’t been analysed (you must be joking) is my half-time appearance with the cheerleaders of the Indianapolis Colts.

I would like to thank them for their performance. I have never seen our tunnel packed so much at half-time.

It was great to see them especially as they were late arriving in the UK because of the bad weather in the USA. They literally landed the day before, came up on the coach and did their bit. We wished one girl, who was 23, a happy birthday and we tied it in with the Super Bowl by having the Leicester Falcons along. I wasn’t quite as interested in them, (sorry lads, hope you don’t mind).

It was so busy I didn’t have time for our Thai holiday winner to come out at half-time to collect his prize, and what a prize that is. We will do it in the future.

What a gift from King Power and our Thai owners, to give a fan the chance to go there and experience Thailand all expenses paid. One former winner even said to me they couldn’t afford to go to Bradgate Park!

I have tried to convince the owners that I should accompany them out there to look after the winners, but Top thinks it would probably be the other way round!

Moving on, we have a big derby this evening and we need to keep our good form going.

I don’t know if he will play or not, but we will face ‘Pelican Head’, as I call him or, as he is better known, Robbie Savage, retires at the end of this season.

At the time he was with us, Martin O’Neill turned him into a player. He did a fantastic job for us and balanced our midfield, with Muzzy Izzet making great runs and Neil Lennon just sitting. Make no mistake, you don’t have a career like his unless you can play.

He has had a great career and he is a character. There aren’t many characters in the game these days, but I don’t think we have heard the last of him.

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Sven-Goran Eriksson says Leicester City’s new bosses are great to work with

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Leicester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has described new chairman Vichai Raksriaksorn as “perfect” for the club.

Vichai, the head of the King Power who are the major players in the Asia Football Investments consortium that bought City from Milan Mandaric last year, was officially announced as the club’s new chairman on Thursday.

His son, Aiyawatt, known as Top, will take on the title of vice-chairman after previously being known as the club’s executive director.

Eriksson said both Raksriaksorns had already provided fantastic support to him by giving him the funds to build a squad that is now capable of challenging for promotion.

“For a football club he (Vichai) is absolutely perfect,” said Eriksson.

“Both he and his son are very good people. They have been extremely good for the club and supportive in everything we want to do. They never say no. I haven’t tried to sign Lionel Messi, for example but, if you ask for reasonable things, they are very good.

“Without them, I don’t think Leicester would be where they are today. They have been great for the club.

“It is only the beginning for them. They have great ambitions and it is great to work in conditions like we have here.

“You feel protected by them and you feel you feel you have their full support.”

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Saturday, February 12th, 2011

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City were enjoying a strong season when they travelled to face Derby County, but endured a desperate day, with the Rams taking the points when goalkeeper

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Saturday, February 12th, 2011

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Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Leicester City's vice-chairman Aiyawatt Raksriaksorn vows to fund the premier
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Raksriaksorn, son of club chairman and head of the King Power Group, Vichai Raksriaksorn, said they had already invested more than they initially thought
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