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.
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.
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)