Newcastle Lose 1-0 But Improved Performance

In Rafa Benitez’ first game in charge of Newcastle at league leaders Leicester City tonight, we lost 1-0 for our 8th away defeat on the trot in all competitions and six of those have come without us being able to score a goal.


While the result wasn’t much different from the past, Rafa had only a couple of days to prepare the lads and it was an improved performance from Newcastle, with the players at least showing more urgency in the game and some fight and determination.

But if Rafa thought this was going to be easy, he will realize it will not be – and we don’t seem to have anybody who can put the ball in the back of the net.

Newcastle lost to a good goal from Leicester’s viewpoint, but it was more poor defending from Newcastle.

It was an overhead kick from Shinji Okazaki after 25 minutes following a free kick into the box – and although the lads put in the effort and moved forward with purpose after we had gone behind, we couldn’t score to get the much needed point.


Shinji Okazaki scores after 25 minutes

Newcastle started the game with purpose and pressured Leicester from the off – but we gave the ball away too many times and our biggest weakness was that when we got some chances – we just couldn’t score.

So what’s new?

Not getting Charlie Austin or another proven Premier League in last summer or in the January transfer windows could really cost us, unless some of our players can start scoring some goals.

No doubt Rafa will have them doing shooting practice and shooting drills this week, but it shows clearly the transfer windows are not being used for fixing Newcastle’s weaknesses.

Only one of the four players signed in January started this game.

But it was a fairly close game and Newcastle were more compact and certainly looked a better side than in our last few games – but Rafa will need time to get things sorted – but we haven’t got many games left now – 9 to be precise.

We are now one point behind both Sunderland and Norwich with a game in hand over Norwich – but we have a worse goal difference than both those clubs above us.

Next up is Sunderland on Sunday, but there will be plenty of time to prepare for that game and then we visit Norwich two weeks later – so really the next two games will go a long way to deciding where we end up at the end of the season.

But we shouldn’t over-react to this defeat against the league leaders at their place – we have easier games coming up. although Sunday’s game is going to be something.

We though it was an encouraging display – and Rafa cannot perform miracles – well not immediately anyhow.


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Leicester: Schmeichel; Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs; Mahrez, Kante, Drinkwater, Albrighton (Ulloa, 75); Okazaki (Schlupp, 65), Vardy.
Subs not used: Schwarzer, Wasilewski, Amartey, Inler, Gray.

Newcastle: Elliot; Janmaat, Taylor, Lascelles, Colback; Sissoko, Anita (Townsend, 56), Shelvey (Doumbia, 87), Perez (de Jong, 71); Wijnaldum; Mitrovic.
Subs not used: Darlow, Sterry, Saivet, Riviere.

Goal: Okazaki 25
Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)
Attendance: 31,824 (1,334 Newcastle)

28 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 14, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Same old same old!!!

  • DENIro

    Mar 14, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #2

    Much better in the attitude and defense .. Perhaps too late, but who knows ..

  • manxpie

    Mar 14, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #3

    manxpie // Mar 14, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    firebug we’re not having a go at leicester just the shocking time keeper of the officials

    how after 3 very long throw ins and 1 very long corner plus the ref running over pointing at his watch mean 3 seconds extra?
    not counting the in game wasting time btw

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 14, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #4

    Mitro – OOT!

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 14, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Shambles at the back
    Shocking in attack
    Sh#te at passing

  • Belfast

    Mar 14, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #6

    We just can’t score goals, and that could probably relegate us.

    The time wasting in the second half was embarrassing.


    Mar 14, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #7

    Not what Rafas reign will be judged on right now so stuff it moving on lets batter the mackems Doumbia and Perez up front and Townsend starting hit them hard and fast, Rafa and Fat Sam hate each other so no way Rafa won’t want to show him up

  • yorkymag

    Mar 14, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #8

    Much much better
    But we will go down simply cause we can’t score
    Rafa is no magician and we have not got a forward worthy of the name
    Mitrovic is simply no good enough maybe in the future,but I doubt that. but not now.
    If we had a proper striker we would have won tonight

  • Harley

    Mar 14, 2016 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Next 2 games are the big ones, this one was always a write off.

    6 points from next 2 games and is what we need. Still dying for Sunday. The atmosphere will be fantastic and I’m sure we’ll get the win.

    If only we’d bought a left back.

  • Belfast

    Mar 14, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #10

    I still can’t see them winning it myself. They looked like they’d shit themselves tonight. Just got a lucky goal and hung on.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 14, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #11

    well well
    I don’t know what to think.

    We did OK but never looked like scoring against a poor Leicester side tonight. Sadly lack confidence in front of goal – frightened to shoot

    we huffed and puffed without looking like we would score. Cannot see another goal coming unless it comes of someones backside.

    Still saying that we were a tad unlucky noy to pick up a point

    Their goal Vardy offside when heading ball back across – but that bloody idiot Colback gave a pointless stupid free kick away that led to the goal.

    Should of had a penalty deliberate arm to the ball from sissoko shot.

    Both decisions we have got to learn to be more vocal and complain about the incident.

    Elliot – 7 did OK might of been able to come for the header from Vardy that led to their goal.

    Colback – 1 for the stupid foul that led to the goal.
    Lasclles – 7 going to be a good player with experience
    Taylor – 3 backed off to much and let Leicester run at him – distribution poor.
    Janmaat – 6 did OK defending – didn’t see him as much going forward

    Sissoko – 4 and thats for the last 15 minutes
    Wiljanum – 6 started well but faded
    Anita – 7 did well but tired
    Shelvey – 5 thought he was poor another that did not come alive until near the end – did n’t pick up their runners.

    Perez – 6 drifted in and out the game to much
    Mitrovich – 5 Oh I would like to see him head the ball, close control poor tonight.

    subs Townsend ok but did not look fit
    as with de Jong
    Doumbia – not on long enough

  • Goofy

    Mar 14, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #12

    Bobby Robsons first game in charge we lost 1-0 to Chelsea the beat Sheffield Wednesday 8-0 next game. I don’t think we’ll beat the scum by 8, would be amazing though 😀

    Did I think we were great tonight.. nope. Did I see a much more organised team.. yes. A couple of players looked very slow mainly Shelvey. It’s good to see a manager taking off the players that need to be changed.

  • toon kk

    Mar 14, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #13

    We’ll still go down folks, we haven’t got one proven striker and still really lack quality. But it was a much improved performance from our team.
    I have to admire Rafa taking the job of a doomed club.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Mar 14, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #14

    Ed ffs man

    Austin – Did – Not – Want – To – Come – Here. Let it go.

  • manxpie

    Mar 14, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #15

    we need 2 up front and wiji in his position where he finished the game

    we need goals more than anything else and the scum only have defoe so could have a bad run without him

    2 upfront for me

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 14, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #16

    Ultra-timewaste eh belfast. Reminded me of Stoke going a goal up on 10 mins and wasting the remaining 80 by asking for the ‘towel’

  • Bri

    Mar 14, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Thinking of the derby on Sunday, could go either way.
    If we lose i imagine that would probably see us going down but hopefully a scrappy win.

  • Fostino

    Mar 14, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #18

    Nice summary Charlie in the gallowgate.

    U agree with most. Think your being a bit generous to Anita. I reckon with our hone games he will be the one who’s sacrificed for townsand. Taught perez did good too.

    I think we need a cisse from 2 years ago to save us and mbemba back asap.

  • stuart no9

    Mar 14, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #19

    A Maclaren team would have have got a good thrashing tonight . Leicester had 1 shot at goal and scored , they werent great coz we were more organised . A much better NU tonight , Rafa is great – hes not god but i could see a much improved team after only 3 days .

    Ont worry , we are going to be fine

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 14, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #20

    Did anyone think like me they looked much fitter than us. we looked slow and ponderous on and off the ball

    Still think we will relegated – ain’t got anyone to put the ball in the net.

    Not looking forward to Sunday – most likely another embarresment

  • manxpie

    Mar 14, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #21

    so MNF is ALL about the teams that aren’t actually playing!!

    thats 3 times now that i’ve watched it and i might aswell have joined an opposition team!

  • yorkymag

    Mar 14, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #22

    Stuart 9
    Not a chance
    I agree Rafa is great ,although a month too late
    But we can’t score so we won’t win
    So we will go down and in truth we deserve it
    Sad to say

  • firebug666

    Mar 14, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #23

    Repost from last


    Oh I have no doubt that the ref was bias against us, this season that has been a given I think, Mahrez bought foul after foul, when hardly touched, cheating is a big part of the premier league though few have the ball to admit it.

    If you play an honest game you will lose to cheats, and we did tonight.

    In my honest opinion I believe refs are given a game plan too, let’s face it they cannot all be blind, but we never get any decisions.

    Leicester deserved their win tonight because they were the better cheats (with help from the ref).

    Being Newcastle at the moment we will be given nothing, not even a 50 – 50 chance, it is a cross we have to bear.

    I’m gonna stop now cos I had a bit to drink.

    But don’t expect anything from the refs, they already have us relegated.

    Just wanted to add

    Ed who is this Soumbia? 😀

  • firebug666

    Mar 14, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #24

    Ed’s on a roll so I’m off to sleep it off…….. Night all

  • stuart no9

    Mar 14, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #25

    I dont understand people saying we are going down ,
    We are only 1 point behind 4th bottom , we have to finish 1 point above 3rd bottom , there is a maximum of 27 POINTS LEFT , Why is getting 1 point above sunderland that difficult ?? come on lads . 27 points on the board , from what ive seen tonight , we will be fine


    Mar 14, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #26

    Christ lads we will probably go down yes but we have Rafa in charge right now just enjoy it

    There’s plenty outside the club who can point out how crap we are, and with glee, but if we go down with Rafa am going to bloody enjoy having an actual top level manager in charge of Newcastle while I can he’s had 3 days and we went to the league leaders and lost 1 nil, why shouldn’t we decide to believe Rafa can get us going against worse teams?

    I’ve hated Newcastle for long enough but I am going to believe in Rafa until we are officially relegated because why not?

  • Lanzatoon42

    Mar 14, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #27

    Exactly mate, totally agree, let’s make the most of rafa the gaffa in charge. Watched the match and rafa has done more in 3 days than mclown has done since he took over lol

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 14, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #28

    Charlie, we always look less fit than our opponents. Every game. Partly due to a lack of physical conditioning, partly due to having players who just don’t have a “give it all, run till you drop, leave nothing out there” attitude. Symptomatic of a poorly run club. Is that news to anybody?


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