Leicester fail screen test as Newcastle register first win

Newcastle United 1:0 Leicester City

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City came away from St James Park pointless on Saturday after a hard-fought game that was short on quality was settled by a second half Obertan strike…

Nigel Pearson made three changes to his side with Cambiasso, James and Albrighton in for Hammond, Mahrez and Vardy, but there was an hour’s delay to the kick-off after a new big screen that was flapping in the wind had to be nailed down.
When play finally got underway Newcastle should have taken a 7th minute lead when Obertan surged forward before feeding Sissoko down the left. His low cross found Coloccini 12 yards out but he sent his shot wide of the left hand post with the goal at his mercy.
In a tight game City’s first chance came in the 20th minute when Ulloa set up James, who tamely straight at Krul.
With half-time approaching Albrighton struck the bar when a deep cross got carried by the wind, and there was also a close call at the other end when Morgan blocked a Cisse shot and was relieved to see it loop over the bar.

Newcastle improved after the break. Moore blocked a fierce Sissoko shot before an underhit backpass from Konchesky sent Cisse through.  the striker rounded Schmeichel, but then inexplicably blasted a shot into the side-netting when he could have rolled it into an empty net.
Schmeichel then made a good save from a Colback free-kick, with City hanging on in the face of opposition desperate for a first win of the season.

With Vardy and Nugent on for Albrighton and Schlupp City had a better spell, but couldn’t prevent the Magpies going ahead for the first time this season in the 71st minute.
De Laet went on a surging run but his shot was blocked and the rebound sent Newcastle charging upfield. Although City looked to have enough men back, Obertan cut in from the left and made progress along the 18 yards line before threading a low shot though three defenders and beyond the reach of Schmeichel. It was his first goal in over two years.

It was a big blow for City but they kept at their task and pressed forward.Vardy, Ulloa and Knockaert all had half chances in th eclosing stages but their touch deserted them at the final moment as Newcastle defended their precious lead doggedly.

Drinkwater the tested Krul with a shot, but James follow up effort was blocked by Coloccini.
There was a huge sigh of relief from St James Park in general and Alan Pardew in particular at the final whistle…

City’s recent run of one point out of the last 9 needs to end soon.

Newcastle: Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Taylor, Dummett (Haidara 72), Sissoko, Colback, Anita (Perez 59), Obertan, Cisse, Gouffran (Cabella 90). Subs Not Used: Elliot, Ferreyra, Abeid, Armstrong.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky, Morgan, Moore, Drinkwater, James, Albrighton (Vardy 56), Schlupp (Nugent 56), Cambiasso (Knockaert 79), Ulloa. Subs Not Used: Hamer, Hammond, King, Wasilewski.
Referee: M Atkinson. Attendance: 51,886.

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