It was a dreadful performance by Newcastle this afternoon at St. James’ Park when the Magpies were far too easily beaten by a sprightly Leicester City side who Newcastle simply couldn’t match for their speed and threat in the final third of the field.
You cannot accuse the Newcastle players of not trying, but we simply were not good enough and that’s three goals conceded at home which makes it a massive 25 goals conceded in the first 13 league games.
If we continue that average we’ll concede 73 goals this season – which would be our worst ever – and yet our defense has been known to be our Achilles heel for three years.
So who’s watching the shop at Newcastle?
Jamie Vardy scores great goal just before half time
That’s something Mike Ashley should be asking himself tonight – because just like earlier this year things are starting to get away from us again.
We remain 4th bottom – Bournemouth drew 2-2 at Swansea and Aston Villa were hammered 4-0 at Everton.
To say Newcastle were not good enough today is not telling the story as in the last quarter of this game it looked like we were at Manchester City and our defense was easily beaten – at times it looked embarrassing.
Leicester started this game very quickly and Newcastle had trouble keeping up with their pace and after jus 15 minutes Cheick Tiote injured his groin and he couldn’t continue so on came Florian Thauvin and Gini Wijnaldum went to defensive midfield.
Exactly who will play in defensive midfield next week at Crystal Palace against Alan Pardew’s side is anybody’s guess.
Newcastle were just about holding Leicester, but it was the visitors who were the much more threatening side and Newcastle again lacked any threat up front.
It looked like it would be 0-0 at half time but then in stoppage time in the first half Jamie Vardy scored in his 10th consecutive Premier League game.
He looked maybe a little offside but when he got the ball inside the box he beat Sissoko before firing the ball past Elliot.
It was a bad time to concede a goal but Leicester were the better side in the first half.
Things didn’t get any better and Leicester came at Newcastle in the second half looking for the second goal and it came after 62 minutes when Ulloa when he was completely unmarked from a right-wing cross and he easily headed home past the exposed Rob Elliot.
After the goal, Papiss Cisse came on for Aleksandar Mitrovic who didn’t have a good game.
Newcastle were trying to come back but without real purpose, and then Elliot made a good save from Vardy before he was taken off after 77 minutes.
Gini Wijnaldum had a header stopped on the line and that was Newcastle’s first shot on target.
After 80 minutes Siem de Jong came on for Perez but this game was over – but not before Leicester scored a third goal after 83 minutes and it was just a terrible goal to concede as the defense looked all over the place.
Newcastle should have cleared ball as it was bouncing on the line, but Okasaki forced the ball over the line to make it 3-0.
Let’s make it clear – the scoreline could have been a lot worse and Newcastle were never in this game once Leicester City went ahead just before the break.
The second half was complete domination by the Foxes – and this was at St. James’ Park.
We’re not sure where Newcastle go from here, but that’s 10 points from our first 13 games with a massive 25 goals conceded.
We are at Crystal Palace next week and then at home to Liverpool and then at White hart Lane in the next game.
How many points can we get from those three games?
With Arsenal losing 2-1 at West Brom – Leicester go top of the league on 28 points from 13 games – 18 points more than Newcastle.