City Lose Their Way at Newcastle…

Newcastle United 1:0 Leicester City


City paid the price for wasting early chances to score at a rain-lashed St James Park, and a good strike from Guthrie earned Newcastle the three points…

An attack-minded City line-up – with N’Guessan and Gallagher on the flanks – took the game to their hosts in the first half and should have gone down the tunnel with the lead.
In the 21st minute Howard got his head to an Oakley corner from the right but Harper pulled off a fine reaction save.
Newcastle had Harper to thank again in the 37th minute when he kept out a Gallagher free-kick, and then Fryatt wasted a chance just before the break when he shot wide while Howard and Gallagher were both waiting for a pass that would have given either of them a tap in.
In a tightly fought contest the first goal was always going to be hugely important, and it was the Magpies who found one in the 52nd minute when the centre of City’s defence opened up to allow Guthrie to smash home a fierce shot from the edge of the area.
City lost their way after that, and the chances dried up completely.  Dyer came on for Gallagher and then Waghorn replaced Fryatt, but everything City tried broke down in the final third. At the other end Weale was kept busy fielding efforts from Smith, Nolan and Barton.

The final whistle confirmed City’s first league defeat since Peterborough back in March and although City lost it confirmed that this division has little to be afraid of. This was a missed opportunity to go into the international break in third place.

Newcastle: Harper, R Taylor, S Taylor, Enrique, Simpson, Barton (Kadar 89), Guthrie (Donaldson 85), Nolan, Geremi, Ranger (Vuckic 85), Smith. Subs Not Used: Krul, Lua Lua, Tozer, Baheng.
Leicester: Weale, Brown, Berner, Hobbs, Neilson, Oakley, Wellens, Gallagher (Dyer 60), Fryatt (Waghorn 69), N’Guessan, Howard. Subs Not Used: King, Logan, Morrison, McGivern.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire). Attendance: 38,813.



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4 responses to “City Lose Their Way at Newcastle…

  1. Lester Fox

    The fact that a decimated and strife torn Newcastle United are top of the league speaks volumes about the quality of it. If they add to their squad and keep the 2 Argentine Internationals they have , get Ameobi and Carroll fit quickly they will probably win this league quite comfortably.

    N’Guessan wont come up against a better left back than the Spanish fella Newcastle had.

    Second place is definitely achievable though if Nigel is allowed to add to the squad.

  2. toooon fan

    i thought you lot gave us a good game you worked very hard and you definately made it difficult i would expect to see you in the epl in the not too distant future i just hope the same for us

  3. LanguedocFox

    I watched the match on Sky, and apparently there were no Leicester City players on the field. There were some blokes in blue running around the place, but Alan Parry and Gary Birtles didn’t seem to know who they were or what they were doing there. Probably just making up the numbers and to give the Newcastle players something to run past.

    On the other hand, there was a bloke called Ranger playing for Newcastle who is apparently a combination of Maradona, Pele, Bobby Charlton and George Best, while Alan Smith played such a magnificent role as captain that he is a shoo-in for the captaincy of England (and not just at football – watch out Strauss). Joey Barton was fantastic as well, despite being out last season through injury (apparently the prison sentence was all in my imagination), while the rock-solid Newcastle defence had no problem dealing with some no-name, non-existent blokes in blue.

    I think all City fans should write to Sky and thank Mr Parry and Mr Birtles for their incisive, unbiased and considered commentary. And in particular, for pointing out what a truly magnificent, unbeatable team Newcastle United have become.


  4. LozF

    I used to like Alan Parry, thanks to his equally one-eye support for us in the ’92 play off final against Blackburn. I remember getting home, wiping yet another tear of frustration from my eye, watching the video, and laughing out loud as he shouted “Come on Leicester, you can do it!” during his second half commentary as we chased the game after Speedie’s dive.

    I suppose last Monday was just our turn to consider him a twat…

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