This was a very frustrating game for Newcastle fans to watch, as the referee seemed to gift the points to Newcastle, when he sent off Wellens after 29 minutes.
But Newcastle have hardly been an easy side to support over the years, and today they frustrated their supporters no end, with a complete lack of cutting edge in the last third of the field.
Indeed Leicester could have had an unlikely victory tonight, with a little bit more luck, such was the spirit with which they played when down to 10 men.
When Leicester were reduced to 10 men we would have expected Newcastle to immediately switch to an attacking 4-4-2 formation, but did they? No they didn’t.
Instead, amazingly, it seemed that Leicester had the spare man, as they continually picked up the stray ball in the middle of the park – how come?
Wellens had received his second yellow card on 29 minutes, and while both yellows seemed to deserve the caution, you couldn’t help but think he was unlucky – two fouls – two yellow cards and out of the game
It never used to be that way.
When a team has 10 men you have to stretch them wide and use the wingers, but Guthrie’s natural instinct is to move inside, and we didn’t stretch the game enough tonight.
Danny’s a central midfielder, and could have been moved there after 30 minutes to provide some creative forward running. Smith and Butt in the center of the park give Newcastle zero creativity, and should never be played together – never.
Newcastle passed the ball around aimlessly far too much, and they’ll pass the ball around 6 times and end up where they started. A complete lack of creativity meant they showed nothing much in the last third of the field – which is where it counts.
A very frustrating game for Newcastle – one in which which they were given a gilt-edged opportunity to go 6 points clear of Nottingham Forest , who lost today at Derby – but they basically failed pretty miserably.
You could also say Chris Hughton was completely out-coached by former Newcastle and England U21 coach Nigel Pearson.
One bright spot for Newcastle was van Aanhholt, who looked the most likely to score, so inept were Newcastle as an attacking force today. And of course the Newcastle defense is very hard to break down, but they had luck on their side several timnes in this game. He put in two terrific left foot shots in this game and both could have been goals.
Mike Williams continued to look the part at the back for the Magpies – what a great find this boy looks for Newcastle. He has great heading ability and his concentration levels are first class.
And hey, let’s not bank on promotion anytime soon, unless we can carve out chances, and when we get them – put the ball in the back of the net.
That part of Newcastle’s game today was just hopeless – where’s my boots.
As far as Leicester are concerned the opposite is true, as they increased their work-rate to make up for the man short, and it was hard to know which side was playing with 10 men.
Leicester City can be proud of their performance tonight, but Newcastle fans will be very frustrated at their team’s inept performance – we are.
For Newcastle, that’s the 4th draw in the last 5 league games, so 8 points lost and just 7 points from 5 games.
And if we are to gain promotion it’s just not good enough – we’d much rather lose and then win a couple than keep drawing – this unbeaten streak stuff means nothing when a win is worth 3 points.
We need more creativity and more of a killer instinct – and maybe Joey Barton’s return to training on Monday is a good thing.
And we hear that Wigan Athletic may have pipped us to Victor Moses – boy that would be really hard to take.
Looking on the bright side, it’s just one game we suppose, and we can make up for this with a win against Cardiff on Friday night at St. James’ Park.