Newcastle United 1:0 Leicester City
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.
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.
City’s recent run of one point out of the last 9 needs to end soon.
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