Too Many Mistakes Cost Newcastle Once Again In 3-2 Loss To Leicester City


Newcastle lost their third game in a row at home this afternoon, this time  3-2 to Leicester City. and there must be a real danger now that Newcastle could slide straight back into the Championship unless this stretch of poor form and results can be halted and quickly too.

We have now conceded 15 goals in the last 5 games and the defense must get better if have a chance of beating relegation this season.

This is one of our worst ever runs in the Premier League with just one point from 7 games played.

We arenow  5th bottom of the league and just 2 points above the relegation zone.

Leicester won with a late goal after 86 minutes to get the win and it was an own goal from Ayoze Perez.

Ayoze Perez – scored own goal in 86th minute

And it was  even a perfect start to the game – a goal from Joselu after just 7 minutes – and that seemed to be a good omen for the lads.

Jacob Murphy played in Dwight Gayle on the left and the striker pulled the ball back nicely to Joselu who scored from close range.

1-0  – great start.

But it didn’t take Leicester long to break through a weak Newcastle defense and they equalized after just 20 minutes.

Merino gave the ball away in the middle of the park and Leicester broke forward at speed and it was Riyad Mahrez who put the ball in the back of the net easily beating Darlow.

It was 1-1 at the break but Newcastle were finding it hard to keep possession and were giving the ball away far too much.

Leicester went ahead 15 minutes into the second half when a shot from Gray was deflected and ended up in the back of the net.

Rafa Benitez then sent on subs Christian Atsu and Ayoze Perez, and Newcastle were level after 73 minutes after Leicester had trouble clearing a corner.

Gayle got the ball and moved it onto his left foot and his shot was deflected off Maguire into the back of the net.

Itwas  2-2 and we had a chance of getting something out of the game.

But with just four minutes to go Newcastle couldn’t hold on as Leicester broke and Jamie Vardy’s pass to Shinji Okazaki was intercepted by Perez but he only managed to put the ball into the back of the net.

An own goal.

Make no mistake this was another bad defeat by Newcastle and we are getting too used to losing games.

It will now be a monumental job for Rafa Benitez to turn this thing around since we have another six games to play through January 1st and after all this was a game we thought we could win.

The team in the last seven weeks since our last win just doesn’t seem good enough and we are now 5th bottom of the table just 2 points above the drop zone.

After the heroics of last season, it could count for nothing if we go straight back down and alarm bells have to be ringing at Newcastle and Mike Ashley may find it difficult to get what he wants to sell the club.

It looks like another relegation fighting season under owner Mike Ashley and at the moment we will not be able to survive unless some new players are brought in during the January transfer window.

It’s a pity Ashley didn’t listen to Rafa about what was needed in the summer – it seems Mike thought he knew better.

Wrong again!!

We had hoped this season would be a mid-table affair but it’s not shaping up like that at all.

Unless we can get some points on the board in the next 6 games we could be in the bottom three by January and we could then find it hard to attract players to the club.

Something must be done to save the club this season – another relegation would be just too painful and Newcastle would again lose a ton of money.

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Teams:

Newcastle; Yedlin, Lejeune, Clark, Manquillo; Ritchie (Atsu, 64), Merino, Hayden, Murphy (Perez, 71); Gayle, Joselu (Mitrovic, 88).
Subs not used: Elliot, Lascelles, Shelvey, Diame.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Maguire, Morgan, Chilwell, Mahrez (Fuchs, 89), Iborra, Ndidi, Albrighton, Gray, Vardy (Ulloa, 90).
Subs not used: Hamer, Iheanacho, King, Dragovic, Okazaki.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)
Attendance: 52,117


195 comments so far

  • Nufc-83

    Dec 9, 2017 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #1

    Geordiemark I agree with your selection I would have picked the same. That being said like I mentioned before it doesn’t mean I rate him. He has been given a big chance to lead the line in the championship and fire us back into the prem alongside Gayle. We had a much better team than most of the championship and any striker should have bagged a hatful. Problem is he was completely shocking and missed chance after chance while obviously scoring a few as we were so dominant at times.

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  • BenArfa the magician

    Dec 9, 2017 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #2

    Geordiemark

    I agree this is the worst side we have had in the top flight that I can remember. Rafa has has very little to spend but he has spent money on some very poor players. I have a lot of Liverpool fans as mates and they all say he does buy quite a lot of shite players.

    Rafa when we win gets all the plaudits when we lose its Ashleys fault which is strange??? hopefully Rafa will sort this sh1t out and get us back to winning ways.

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  • Stewin' Toon

    Dec 9, 2017 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Rafa’s refusal to play Merino with Shelvey is awful. Hayden had a shocking performance, Merino made more tackles than he did today which is seemingly the reason Hayden keeps starting. We need quality going forward and with Gayle the only threat up front right now, Shelvey is the man to find him from the midfield and open the game up.

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  • YoungMag :P

    Dec 9, 2017 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Manx

    That was pretty lenient compared to what I could produce.

    I’m not ready to show my Queen side yet. A few more losses and maybe you’ll witness that beauty.

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  • toon king

    Dec 9, 2017 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Young mag

    Rafa derserves lots of blame for his performance here at newcastle. He’s cry out load for new players to be gain in january but any manager with sense knows that here at newcastle the thought of bring in new players should be the last thing to consider.

    Right now he should have built this team around the players he knows will be most well passioned, determined get the fans cheering the most in other words players such as shelvey and mirtovic who might have the occassional red card here and there but do exactly what the likes of joey barton and HBA did.

    It’s the very reason I will always have full praise for chris hughton, he managed to get 11 players who all worked together and were very passionate with one another whilst joey barton and kevin nolan would be the captains of the team and do the orders on the pitch.

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  • YoungMag :P

    Dec 9, 2017 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #6

    Benarfa

    ‘Rafa when we win gets all the plaudits when we lose its Ashleys fault which is strange??? hopefully Rafa will sort this sh1t out and get us back to winning ways.’

    Sigh, why are you even allowed an opinion?

    It’s not strange at all, Rafa deserves all plaudits for even managing a win with this team. It’s shocking. Ashley ALWAYS deserves blame, look at what he has done to this club since he bought us. If Rafa had a decent owner then we would be sitting pretty in the top ten right now.

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  • manxpie

    Dec 9, 2017 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #7

    The point is young mag you dont have an opinion on games, team selection, wat happens in a game,subs or anything then have a strop at people who do!
    Do you sit in silence watching a game

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Dec 9, 2017 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #8

    Go to work every sat same old same no smile on my face tonight after rafa make sure you get perze on before mitro if we go down this time dont be supprised we follow the way sunderland have gone cause there’ll be no money for players as ashley will pocket the sky money rafa last chance from me give some others players there chance for f//k sake what you got to lose nowt where already losing games

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  • manxpie

    Dec 9, 2017 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #9

    Infact youngmag if you had your way the blog would just be
    The squads shit
    We gonna get relegated
    Ashleys a ……..

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  • YoungMag :P

    Dec 9, 2017 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #10

    Our squad is the worst in the league in my opinion.

    Over reliant on a junior captain and a kid that’s new to the league (Merino).

    If Shelvey was as good as everyone suggests he would be in the England team ahead of bloody Jack Cork and Jake Livermore.

    Hail

    Your point regarding Burnley over achieving.

    Sean Dyche has proven he’s a very good manager, he’s also working with the same squad for 4 or 5 years with good upgrades each year. They all know his philosophy.

    If only Rafa had that luxury.

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  • BenArfa the magician

    Dec 9, 2017 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #11

    youngmag

    Damm right its Ashleys fault when we lose/win get relegated but Rafa still bought these showers of shite yet is immune to criticism?? He deserves plaudits when we win and criticism when we lose as does any manager.

    Why am I even allowed an opinion? Condescending little cnut

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  • manxpie

    Dec 9, 2017 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #12

    The point most is making if rafa is world class we should be doing alot better than we are?
    Huddersfield havent got better players than us
    Brighton havent got better players than us but are playing better and are above us infact beat us

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  • Nufc-83

    Dec 9, 2017 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Youngmag another one who is sensible. This blog really is changing.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 9, 2017 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #14

    The Ashleyites are lapping up this opportunity to deflect his shocking betrayal of the manager by blatantly throwing him under the bus of his sale of the club. I feel sorry for Rafa staking his reputation on the support of the Geordie fans only to find a core of them drinking in Ashley’s ruse to pin his sorry penny pinching policy on him. Serve us right if he said forget this I’m off. Ashley would then get us one of the usual suspects and well be looking at championship football again, none of this would be mike’s fault no no no…

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 9, 2017 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Manxpie how do you qualify that Brighton and Huddersfield haven’t got better players? They were promoted along with us weren’t they?

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  • YoungMag :P

    Dec 9, 2017 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #16

    I do have my own opinions. Can you not read?

    I just don’t see the point in discussing them every week. If you want to see my opinions go and read back through our other match day threads. You’ll see them there.

    If I had my way people would learn to look positively to the future where greatness could be just over the horizon. Rather then constantly belittling our managers decisions when he has been dealt a shit hand.

    Would you like it if you were a plumber and the tools you were given were absurdly sub-par. Then the people you are helping with the plumbing constantly critique how you’re performing with said shit tools?

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 9, 2017 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #17

    It’s like that nugget who says hughtons squad wasn’t any better than this one. I doubt whether more than three of today’s first team would get in a Hughton side.

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  • Nufc-83

    Dec 9, 2017 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #18

    Rafa bought championship players to make sure of our return and surely expected large investment to stabilise us in the premiership which he never got. It’s that simple.

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  • YoungMag :P

    Dec 9, 2017 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #19

    My bad benarfa

    I got a little heated, I apologise.

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  • toon king

    Dec 9, 2017 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #20

    young mag

    What bloody planet are you from, A player playing for newcastle could be as good as messi but the fact we are not a big team means even he would not be able to get in the england squad. Look at lascelles he was performing very well for us but they never give him an england call up, YOU GET PICKED TO PLAY FOR ENGLAND BY PLAYING IN A TOP 6 TEAM even if you warming the bench.

    Shelvey isn’t really viewed as a word class player anyway, what people like about shelvey is he is this very well commited player who’ll play at his best. just as players like joey barton and kevin nolan themselves were doing back when they were playing

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 9, 2017 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #21

    Great atmosphere great start then downhill rapidly
    Lost our shape no link up to
    Slow little or no movement off the ball stupid mistakes for the goals
    Hayden waste of space along with Ritchie. Yedlin pm walkabout most of the game again opposition had it sussed
    Best player by a mile Gayle

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  • BenArfa the magician

    Dec 9, 2017 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #22

    youngmag

    No worries mate this whole blog is on tender hooks right now.

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  • YoungMag :P

    Dec 9, 2017 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #23

    Manx

    I think Rafa is over achieving with this squad.

    16th with this team is good.

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  • manxpie

    Dec 9, 2017 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #24

    Burnley havent had good upgrades they hardly spend anything
    Dyche has never said that his players arent good enough tho which probably helps
    Ive noticed recently rafa has been trying to backtrack on that tho lol

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 9, 2017 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #25

    Don’t want to criticise lejuene too much since it’s his first year and he’s still adjusting to the league but man does he seem soft lol. At eibar he had a rep for being tough and and strong with like 15 yellows in a season, 2 reds too I think. Yet we have not seen it. Sooner lascelles and Clark are together the better.

    We were very sloppy today in passing and the ball kept coming back at us. If we score twice at home that should be a minimum of 1 point. Need to sort this out as our defence was supposed to be our best part of our team. Should play mbemba at rb and gamez at lb until we get a bit of confidence back and give dummett time to reclaim his lb spot.

    Always said our lack of a top striker would make this season more difficult that it should be but I’m more worried about our defence after this past few run of games.

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  • manxpie

    Dec 9, 2017 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #26

    Yeah below us tsunki
    How about the much used internationals we have playing for us

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  • YoungMag :P

    Dec 9, 2017 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #27

    Toon king

    You just contradicted yourself.

    How is it that Livermore and Cork are getting in the team ahead of Shelvey if neither of them are in a top 6 team?

    How are Abraham and Loftus cheek getting in the team?

    Maguire?

    Face facts mate, Shelvey isn’t rated.

    Lascelles will get in the team, he’s exceptional.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 9, 2017 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #28

    Dyche is proving himself to be a quality manager, always been a fan.

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  • YoungMag :P

    Dec 9, 2017 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #29

    Manx

    Where do you rate our squad in the league?

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  • toon king

    Dec 9, 2017 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #30

    tsunki

    That team chris hughton had was only as good as it was thanks to chris hughton himself getting them all united together as 1 big team during that season in the championship.

    Barton himself would have been sitting on the bench if rafa were in charge, colocini and enrique would probably still have been the crap defenders we thought they were the season we got relegated, nolan would never have been the captain he was leading that team toward an easy promotion and the likes of HBA would never have been anywhere near us.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 9, 2017 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #31

    Internationals? Eh?

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  • Toonfan8

    Dec 9, 2017 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #32

    Just ask Inter, Napoli or Real Madrid fans what they think of Benitez…in Napoli everybody hates him, in Inter he made from champions league winners team, that wasnt capable to qualify there next season, he isnt world class, he think he knows better than anybody, in Napoli he always benched Hamsik, their icon, their hero, one of their best players, in Real, even Ronaldo told him he is shite, just Young Magpie and Tsunki make world class of him, he has achieved with Valencia and Liverpool, but since then, everywhere he was, they sacked him and this is not a sign of world class manager. He lost dressing room, now he lost even fans.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 9, 2017 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #33

    What a poisonous place this is on matchday, the fans that contribute nothing at all to this club sitting slagging every ball kicked, every stray pass.
    Everton spent a fortune last summer and sacked their manager, a big club with big players and 6M a year could only attract Sam Allardyce, I’d love to see your twisty faces if Pulis walks through the door.
    Hail wor Ashley,
    You are a parasite, you contribute nothing to the blog at all except dishing out your bile on matchdays, I don’t know how you even watch the match you spend so much time spewing crap.

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  • YoungMag :P

    Dec 9, 2017 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #34

    Ritchie and Shelvey are hugely over-rated on here.

    If they were top premier league level they would both get in there respective national sides.

    They are considered our best players in the squad, is it starting to make sense how our squad is shit? Lol. Just delve into the team and you will see exactly what rafa is blessed to work with.

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  • manxpie

    Dec 9, 2017 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #35

    Let alone shelvey not getting a start that cost 12 mill
    Mitro not starting 13 mill in form international striker
    Who have brighton got 30 odd y/o murry
    Huddersfield mounie who?
    So tsunki whos the better players that houghton and wagner have to pick

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Dec 9, 2017 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #36

    Please Mr Ashley sell the Club before the January window closes & go away. You are from the South , nobody wants you up here, you know nowt aboot football, you don’t want to spend any more money on the club. You are getting no return on your investment. Go and set up some more Sports Direct Outlets in the South with the money.
    Get on the phone to Amanda and accept her offer & stop messing her around by making fictitious suggestions that you have a better offer on the table.
    I think you have been really lucky to be offered what you have as that sort of money won’t be around come Easter when we have been relegated.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 9, 2017 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #37

    Toonfan 8,
    Napoli have won even less than us as a football club, they’d won nowt but a cup since Maradona was there, he won them an Italian cup, how many Napoli fans do you know.

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  • YoungMag :P

    Dec 9, 2017 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #38

    Toon fan

    He’s losing the ridiculously fickle fans.

    Not much of a loss in my opinion.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 9, 2017 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #39

    Getting us promoted counts for nothing then, getting hung out too dry in the summer was his fault. He should have walked and we could be spouting our bile at some other poor patsy.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Dec 9, 2017 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #40

    JfA

    Just because I can analyse the match in real-time and you don’t have the brain power or tech know-how, it’s not reason to get so twisted over. either debate the points or button boyo.

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