Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Kasper Schmeichel says Leicester helicopter crash will stay with him

Kasper Schmeichel says Leicester helicopter crash will stay with him

While results have been rendered irrelevant by the crash, it was fitting that Leicester took the points in their first match since Vichai's death, thanks to Demarai Gray's second-half victor at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Thai businessman Srivaddhanaprabha and four others were killed in a helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium last weekend.

Leicester City players, including Nigeria's Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi, have attended a Buddhist ceremony at a temple in Bangkok, in order to pay their respects to the club's late chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Leicester City players and officials are flying to Thailand to attend the funeral of the club's owner who died in a helicopter crash.

After the final whistle, Leicester's players and staff stood to applaud their fans for several minutes, taking in the chants of "Vichai" and "Champions of England, you made us sing that". That was him from day one, when I first met him, he never changed one bit.

Schmeichel, 31, said: "It has been very hard for everyone".

They left the United Kingdom hours after beating Cardiff City 1-0 in their first match since the disaster last Saturday.

Leicester's players wore t-shirts during the pre-match warm-up bearing an image of Srivaddhanaprabha's face and the words "The Boss", the title he was known by at the King Power Stadium.

"It was tough", said Schmeichel, who had grief counselling during the week.

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He then followed Guendouzi in earning a dismissal late on for a cynical foul on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. "He's playing well. The action is... it's an action, he plays that action as a normal moment in the game, ' said the Spaniard.

Despite snatching a 2-1 success at Bournemouth thanks to Marcus Rashford's injury-time victor, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will have plenty on his mind.

"Now is just the first step and I hope we can continue next week with the same feeling", he added.

The Leicester manager spoke of his pride on Saturday (local time) and said his players had grown as people over the past week.

Leicester saw out the win with few alarms after Demarai Gray's 55th-minute goal, defending resolutely amid spells of Cardiff pressure.

Liverpool, unbeaten in their 11 league games this season, move one point above Manchester City, who would reclaim top spot if they avoid defeat against Southampton on Sunday.

Newcastle United celebrated a welcome - and rare - 1-0 victory over Watford, Everton won 3-1 against Brighton and West Ham showed poise in an assured 4-2 win over Burnley.

"You can see by our reaction at the end of the game, how much we wanted to get the win and do it for the chairman", he said. We know what his wishes were. "We had to try to hold our emotions and do the best we could".

Callum Wilson gave Bournemouth an early lead but United hit back against the run of play with a goal from Anthony Martial, his fifth in five games, in the 35th minute.

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