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Monday, September 17, 2007

QPR's Draw at Leicester - Additional Match Reports

Mirror Leicester 1-1 QPR By DAVE LEWIS 17/09/2007
MIKELE Leigertwood was dubbed 'legs-of-wood' by unappreciative Sheffield United fans last season.
But the QPR midfielder showed feet of finesse to save a point for John Gregory's men. His 25-yard missile eight minutes from time robbed new Leicester boss Gary Megson of a debut win.
With Formula One heavyweights Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore now at the wheel, big money will soon be made available to help Rangers move away from trouble.
Leigertwood, signed from Sheffield United for £900,000 last month, said: "I've never hit one better. I played a one-two with Martin Rowland and just decided to have a crack.
"We've met the new owners a few times and they are enthusiastic about turning the club around and getting us back in the Premiership - it's the reason I'm here.
"They put up the money to finance my deal which obviously says a lot..."
." Mirror

Guardian - Andrew Rogers - Megson draws a little comfort at hard-to-please Leicester
Gary Megson tomorrow has the perfect opportunity to eradicate any doubts his latest club's supporters might harbour over his suitability for the job when his inherited Leicester City team replay the abandoned Carling Cup tie at Nottingham Forest, the side he "mutually agreed" to leave 19 months ago.
Megson's opportunity to develop his philosophy with the Leicester players was limited to a get-together on Friday, but he will have been encouraged by Saturday's performances of DJ Campbell and Carl Cort, who proved to be handfuls, as well as the guile and steel of the captain Stephen Clemence, who capped a fine performance by hitting the bar late in the game.

"When I left West Brom [in October 2004] a high-profile manager advised me to take a break," said Megson, who intends to try to borrow players who might be available for full transfer in the January window. "I didn't do that and consequently my last job didn't go brilliantly."
His success or failure in the loan market during the next few weeks could also determine how long he survives in overall charge before the City owner Milan Mandaric, an avowed fan of the merits of employing a director of football, imposes one on him at the Walkers Stadium.

Leicester fans are still puzzled as to how Megson's predecessor, Martin Allen, failed to see eye to eye with Mandaric's vision after three league games, the last of them a 4-1 thrashing of Watford, but some will take comfort from the new man's two promotion campaigns with West Bromwich.
"I've only spent five minutes with him but he seems all right," said Iain Hume, Leicester's goalscorer. "I know his track record. He had a rough time at Forest, I believe, so he will be coming here to put it right. He just said to us, 'Go out and play your game' and we gave one of our best performances of the season. He was right, we have forgotten the habit of winning."
Leicester dominated from the first whistle but failed to get through due to a mixture of poor finishing and smart work from the Rangers goalkeeper Lee Camp, the deadlock only being broken when Damion Stewart was adjudged to have brought down Campbell and Hume thumped in the penalty.
Ben Sahar did hit a post with Rangers' only serious chance of the first half but they were then fortunate to see a header from Cort header ruled out for offside midway through the second period.
Leigertwood then tried his luck from 25 yards and scored, his first since getting one for Palace in 2005. The midfielder's £900,000 arrival from Sheffield United after the takeover by F1's Falvio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone represents a change in policy for a club who have struggled since losing Premiership status in 1996, and hopes are high they have turned a corner. "The new owners put up the money to finance my deal, which obviously says they want to push on," Leigertwood said. "We are looking to get back to the Prem."
Man of the match Stephen Clemence (Leicester City)
Attendance: 21,893
Corners: Leicester 5 QPR 4
Goal Attempts: Leicester 12 QPR 8
On Target: Leicester 7 QPR 6 Guardian

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