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Comfortable Leicester win adds to Newcastle woes

Newcastle United 0:2 Leicester City

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Goals from Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire saw City claim three points against Newcastle at St James’ Park on Saturday…

Claude Puel made two changes from his last Premier League line-up, with Morgan returning from suspension for Evans, and Ricardo replacing Ghezzal on the right wing.
City soon settled into their passing game and had a couple of early half-chances: Iheanacho sending a long-range shot straight at Dubravka and Ndidi nodding a Maddison corner over the bar.
In the 10th minute Ricardo cut in from the right and fired a shot towards the bottom right hand corner, forcing a good save from Dubraka.
Despite dominating possession City did get caught out a couple of times. Joselu broke down the left channel and was shaping to shoot when Maguire slid in with a fine tackle.
Then Atsu delivered a cross from the left and Diamé’s late run saw him unmarked for a header, but he missed the target.
City then regained the initiative and forced a series of corners, all well whipped into the danger area by Maddison. As the pressure mounted City took the lead on the half hour.
A Maddison corner from the left was half cleared and Maguire hooked in a shot from 8 yards, but it was blocked by Yedlin with both arms above his head. There were few complaints as referee Simon Hooper pointed to the spot and Vardy fired it home giving Dubraka no chance even though he guessed right.
These are troubled times at St James’ Park and owner Mike Ashley’s first appearance at the stadium this season didn’t help the atmosphere, with the fans making it clear what they thought of him.
Newcastle first on target-effort arrived in the 36th minute, when Shelvey tried an ambitious 60 yarder. Schmeichel had to back-pedal a little but it didn’t ruffle his feathers unduly.
City held their lead at the break after a very satisfactory half.

Five minutes into the second half the home fans roared for a penalty of their own, when Maguire and Pérez tangled in the area, but Pérez had a handful of the City defender’s shirt and Hooper rightly waved play on.
City were putting some great moves together and Iheanacho almost sent Vardy through, but Dubravka raced off his line to clear.
Maguire then had two bites of the cherry as he lined up a volley to a dropping ball, and missed it. He had time to have another go as the ball bounced up, but punted it well over.
There were then hopes of a Maddison special after he was brought down on the edge of the area, but he sent his free-kick straight into the wall.
City went further ahead in the 73rd minute. Maddison delivered a corner from the right, and Maguire timed a late run, rising above the Newcastle defence to plant a firm header past Dubravka from six yards.
Puel withdrew Vardy, who’d earlier taken a solid whack on the shin from Shelvey, for Albrighton, and then brought Iborra on for Maddison to protect the lead.
Newcastle looked beaten long before the end and offered little by way of a comeback in the latter stages. It was a comfortable three points from a highly professional performance, that saw City up to 7th place
Claude Puel summed up: “We continued to play on the floor with quality. It is a good reward for my players and I would like to say congratulations to them. We played with fantastic discipline, with good play, structure and all the things to make a good result in a difficult away game.”

Newcastle: Dubravka, Yedlin (Manquillo 80), Lascelles, Clark, Kenedy, Ritchie (Murphy 65), Diamé, Shelvey, Atsu, Pérez (Muto 69), Joselu.
Substitutes: Schär, Hayden, Darlow, Longstaff.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Amartey, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mendy, Ndidi, Ricardo, Iheanacho, Maddison (Iborra 85), Vardy (Albrighton 74)
Substitutes: Evans, Ward, Okazaki, Fuchs, Ghezzal.

Referee: Simon Hooper. Attendance: 51,523.

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Late own goal seals win for Leicester at Newcastle

Newcastle United 2:3 Leicester City

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An 86th minute own goal from Pérez settled a scrappy but entertaining game 3-2 in City’s favour at St James Park on Saturday evening.

Claude Puel sent an unchanged side out, but Newcastle’s 125th Anniversary game soon saw them a goal up.
City had a disjointed start to the game and were caught cold in the 4th minute. Murphy sent Gayle down the left, and he had plenty of room to cut the ball back for Joselu, whose late run into the area set him up for an easy side-foot home from ten yards.
Two minutes later, with City still looking unsettled, Gayle fired a 20 yard shot narrowly side.
City then got their act together and began to press forward. In the 9th minute Gray latched onto a Mahrez back pass and forced Darlow into a near post block.
A minute later Chilwell had a cross blocked by the raised arm of Ritchie but there were few appeals for what looked like a clear penalty.
As City continued to take the game to the home side, Ndidi dragged a shot well wide and Gray went much closer with a curling 25 yarder.
City levelled matters in the 20th minute. Mahrez went on a crossfield run before launching a 25 yarder across Darlow. Although the United keeper got a hand to it he couldn’t prevent it from finding the net.
City were bossing the game now and Albrighton forced Darlow into a fine save from a 25 yarder. Gray then curled in a cross from the left but Simpson couldn’t produce a finish at full-stretch and sent it wide.
In the 28th minute Vardy’s run down the middle looked to have taken him clear of the Magpie’s defence, but Yedlin managed to stick out a leg and deny him with a last-ditch tackle.
Newcastle got back into the game towards the break and a careless pass across defence from Chilwell set up Murphy, whose shot was turned away by Schmeichel.
The City keeper also had to save a Ritchie free-kick before the sides went in even at the break.

City also had a faltering start to the second period with little action apart from Ndidi flooring both Merino and Hayden within a couple of seconds.
But the game burst into life on the hour, with City taking the lead thanks to a lovely move and a slice of fortune. Mahrez found Albrighton on the left with a forty yard pass and he played a delicate cushioned volley inside for Gray, who fired in a shot that took a deflection off Lejeune’s backside that left Darlow stranded.
City were back on top now and Darlow did well to parry a low Mahrez cross away from danger.
But it was Newcastle who were next on the scoresheet in the 73rd minute.
City failed to clear a corner out of the area, not helped by Maguire and Simpson clashing heads, and the ball fell for Gayle who made room for himself before finding the net via a deflection off Maguire.
Claude Puel made his first change after the equaliser, bring Okazaki on for Gray. The Japan international was soon in need of attention, having launched himself head first into a challenge, receiving a kick in the face that gave him a cut above the left eye.
Okazaki was also involved in the 86th minute winner. With the game end-to-end, City broke upfield, Vardy shrugged off a challenge on the left and delivered a cross to an unmarked Okazaki in front of goal. The heavily bandaged striker looked set to score the winner when Pérez poked the ball away from him from behind, but unfortunately for Newcastle, he also sent it past Darlow and into the net.
City killed the game off , with substitutions – Ulloa and Fuchs on for Vardy and Mahrez – and taking the game into the corner, and saw out the win that saw them move up to 8th  place.
It was a great result from a patchy performance, as Claude Puel admitted: 
“It was a fantastic character from my team. It was a difficult atmosphere, we knew this. Also, they were leading but to win in the end is a fantastic feeling. It was a difficult game against a good team. It showed the fantastic spirit of the team, and so did the third goal. It is not our best game but this positive attitude was fantastic.”

Newcastle: Darlow, Yedlin, Lejeune, Clark, Manquillo, Ritchie (Atsu 64), Hayden, Merino, Murphy, (Pérez 71), Joselu, (Mitrovic 88), Gayle.
Substitutes: Elliot, Lascelles, Shelvey, Diamé.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez (Fuchs 89), Ndidi, Iborra, Albrighton, Gray (Okazaki 73), Vardy (Ulloa 90).
Substitutes: Iheanacho, King, Hamer, Dragovic.
Referee: N Swarbrick Attendance: 52,117.

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Vardy makes history as Leicester go top

Newcastle United 0:3 Leicester City

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On an incredible day for Leicester fans Jamie Vardy equalled the record of ten Premier League goals in consecutive games, and City moved back to the top of the table with a 3-0 win over Newcastle United at St James Park.

With Vardy recovering from the injury that kept him out of last week’s England games, Claudio Ranieri made one change to his side with Ulloa in for Schlupp.
City stamped their authority on the game from the early stages but couldn’t convert their chances.
Vardy’s darting run down the left saw his shot blocked, while a fine save from Elliott denied Ulloa from close in.
United rarely threatened Schmeichel’s goal, and Perez fired a rare chance well over.
Five minutes before the break Vardy forced a good save from Elliott, and then Ulloa headed just over from the resulting corner.
It looked as though the sides would go in goalless at half-time, but Vardy struck with the last attack of the half to spark wild scenes of celebration in the away section way up in the huge Leazes Stand.
Vardy charged down the left, and found Ulloa with a pass. The Argentinian returned it with a perfect pass and Vardy timed his run beautifully to beat the offside trap. He then cut inside Sissoko before firing a low shot just inside Elliott’s near post, equalling Ruud van Nistilrooy’s record of ten goals in ten successive Premier League games.

City continued to press forward in the second half and Vardy almost got another on the hour when he seized on a great ball from Mahrez but saw his fierce shot smack against the bar.
Two minutes later it was 2-0 when Mahrez took his time to deliver a perfect cross that picked out an unmarked Ulloa at the far post and his diving header beat the exposed Elliott.
United’s first on-target effort from Wijnaldum was then cleared off the line by Drinkwater.
Vardy then ran almost the length of the field and bore down on goal but showed too much of the ball to Elliott, who came smartly off his line.
Ranieri brought Okazaki on for Ulloa and then King replaced Vardy who was given an ovation not only from the away fans but also the sporting home crowd.
Albrighton and Mahrez both had near misses, but City were not to be denied a third goal.
In the 83rd minute Albrighton found Mahrez in the area but his shot was saved by Elliott. The ball looped into the air and landed in front of Okazaki a yard out. He missed his first header, sent his second into the ground and then, third time lucky, prodded the ball over the line with a grin as wide as the Tyne.
The final whistle confirmed City’s position at the summit of English football, but Claudio Ranieri still had his feet on the ground: “We’re top of the league but it’s not important now. I want to see the horses at the end of the race. Now is not important. What’s important for us is we have 28 fewer points to achieve our goal [of 40 points]. Now we are very focused on our goal.” 

Newcastle: Elliot, Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Dummett, Sissoko, Anita, Tiote (Thauvin (20), Wijnaldum, Perez (de Jong 81), Mitrovic (Cisse 62). Subs Not Used: Gouffran, Lascelles, Woodman, Sherry.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Mahrez (Dyer 88), Kanté, Drinkwater, Albrighton, Ulloa (Okazaki 72), Vardy (King 77). Subs Not Used: De Laet, Schlupp, Schwarzer, Inler.

Referee: M Jones. Attendance: 50,151.

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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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