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Newcastle 2 - Leicester 3, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

DATE: 10.12.2017 - THE CUNNING FOX - NEWSDESK

 

City had problems in the first part of the game, not really getting out of the blocks, with Newcastle taking the lead after a great goal from Spanish forward Joselu

Newcastle were 1-0 up after just four minutes and it was a shocking start. But it was nothing that stopped City from attacking in toon town. Riyad Mahrez made everyting out of one special run, and his shot from distance was too much for goalkeeper Karl Darlow.

City were back in the game with this goal, and the team is no longer just counter attacking. The job for Puel is to find a pattern of play that suits Vardy even when playing a posession game as we can see are more and more happening.

Kasper Schmeichel had a few clearances and City never managed to challenge Darlow much in the rest of the first half, with the game mostly played in and around the middle.
 

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The second half was mostly as the first one, with battles in the air and hard tackles in midfield, not really giving any team a real chance to get into the right positions, not until the 60th minute when City set up a fantastic play.

Mark Albrighton found Demarai Gray inside the penalty box and Gray curled the ball into the net. The shot was deflected and Newcastle goalkeeper Darlow had no chance to save.

Toon forward Dwight Gayle was a nuisance for the City defenders and he was always trying to get into the right positions. He was assisting Joselu on the first Newcastle goal and it was Moreno setting up Gayle for the second.
 

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The goal from Gayle was one deserved, he was probably the best player on the pitch. The former Peterborough forward has scored an impressive tally of 25 goals in 44 league appearances for Newcastle.

But as Gayle impressed, the City team machine just fired up again and pushed forward. Jamie Vardy was the one setting up Shinji Okazaki who was tackled by Ayoze Perez and his push resulted in an own goal. This happened in the 83rd minute.

Leo Ulloa was back in the first team, coming on for Vardy in the 90th minute, being part of a stoppage time fight to secure City's 3-2 lead. Okazaki came on for Gray. Fuchs replaced Mahrez as Puel secured his third win the three games, taking City to 8th in the table.

Positives:
Winning a game away after a tight battle
Coming back after being 1-0 down
A real team effort, all players involved in the win
Substitutions working well, despite being a bit of a surprise
Gray scoring goals, Vardy assisting
Schmeichel again solid as a rock
55 % posession away from home

Negatives:
Letting in two goals
Not 100 % ready from start
Gray and Mahrez could be even sharper

Player ratings:
Schmeichel 7, Simpson 7, Chilwell 7, Maguire 6, Morgan 6, Ndidi 6, Iborra 6, Albrighton 7, Gray 7, Vardy 7, Mahrez 7
Subs: Okazaki 7, Ulloa, Fuchs

Match Stats:
H/A
Possession: 45 % / 55 %
Corners: 6 / 5
Shots on target: 1 / 3
Shots wide: 4 / 4
Fouls: 10 / 7
Offsides: 0 / 2

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