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March: Leicester's Lead Slips Briefly

Probably the most testing month throughout the season for Leicester City saw them drop to third in the Sky Bet Championship.
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City's gap at the top of the table had been diminished, leaving the Foxes third behind Ipswich Town and Leeds United. The run in the Emirates FA Cup also came to an end with a valiant effort at Stamford Bridge... 

Monthly Recap - March

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Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy scored three in March.

Championship position: 3rd
Championship points: 82
EFL Cup progress: Eliminated in Third Round
FA Cup progress: Eliminated in the Quarter-Finals
Form: LWDLL

The month of March didn't start too promisingly for the Foxes, who were on the receiving end of a 2-1 scoreline against Queens Park Rangers at King Power Stadium. Ilias Chair opened the scoring before Sinclair Armstrong doubled the visitors' advantage. A goal on the hour mark from Academy graduate Ben Nelson - his first senior strike for the Club - wasn't enough to spark a comeback.

Leicester's only win of the month came days later when they took on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light; Jamie Vardy, now beginning to cement his space in the starting line-up for the all important run-in, scoring the only goal of the game 13 minutes in.

Back on the road that following weekend, City were held to their ninth draw of the campaign, this time with Hull City. The Tigers took the lead twice at the MKM Stadium through Fabio Carvalho and Anass Zaroury, but the experienced Vardy was on hand to cancel out both strikes and earn his side a point.

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Stephy Mavididi & Callum Doyle
Stephy Mavididi & Callum Doyle

Another moment to savour in the FA Cup, but City’s run came to an end in the capital.

Up next was an FA Cup Quarter-Final, where the Foxes travelled to the capital to face Chelsea. Marc Cucurella and Cole Palmer put the Premier League side 2-0 up at the break, but City fought hard to get back into the game through two early second half goals. The first being an extraordinary own goal from Axel Disasi before Stephy Mavididi's sensational hit lifted the away end.

Leicester were fighting hard with just 10 men, but were eventually undone by the Blues, as two injury-time goals from Carney Chukwuemeka and Noni Madueke placed the London side into the final four, bringing an end to the Foxes' run in the competition.

With no time to dwell on the cup defeat, City had to realign their focus to the Championship for the trip to face Bristol City. A bad month for the boys from Filbert Way was concluded with a 1-0 defeat at Ashton Gate; Anis Mehmeti scoring a second-half winner. The Foxes had to find the winning formula again, and fast.

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