Leicester 1 Newcastle 2 – Magpies Excellent – Full Match Report

It was a third successive victory for Newcastle yesterday as the lads played really well to win at Leicester City by a 2-1 scoreline.

They were also two outstanding goals that won the game for us from Jonjo Shelvey after 18 minutes when he sent the two Leicester center-backs before placing the ball brilliantly past Schmeichel.

In the second half after 75 minutes, Newcastle got a goal out of nothing as Lejeune kicked the ball clear from his own penalty area and Perez was our lone man up front.

The bounce of the ball seemed to deceive both Leicester center-backs as the goalkeeper came out and was in no man’s land.

Perez showed his skill by kicking the ball over the goalkeeper and into the back on an empty net.

Jonjo Shelvey – after opening the scoring

Leicester had come at Newcastle in the second half, and they managed to get a goal back after 84 minutes through Vardy, but then we hung on well to get another excellent 3 points.

It was a third successive win for Newcastle, and that makes it 13 points from our last six games, so the Magpies are hitting form at just the right time.

We moved up two places in the league table with 38 points from 32 games and overtook Bournemouth and Watford.

11Crystal Palace38-1044
13West Ham38-2042

Shelvey opened the scoring with a great goal from the edge of the penalty area as he feigned a move to his right and then moved left to give him a clear view of the goal.

He then hit the ball into the back of the net with his right foot to open the scoring,

Before that, a Kenedy right-wing corner had found Perez at the near post whose header forced a decent save from Schmeichel.

There was an altercation between Gayle and Maguire which caused some controversy as the Leicester center-back pushed his hand into Gayle’s face.

The Newcastle players wanted a red card from referee Attwell, but a yellow card looked like the right decision.

Newcastle were dominating the game, but then Paul Dummett seemed to bring down Mahrez with a sliding tackle in the penalty area, and it looked like a penalty.

But the referee waved play on as it seemed that Mahrez was merely looking for the foul – but we’ve also seen those given.

It was 1-0 at the break with Newcastle controlling the game and Shelvey looking composed and creative in the center of the park.

It was a more even game in the second half with Newcastle dangerous on the counter-attack.

The Foxes were still moving the ball around far too slowly.

Rafa brought on Cristian Atsu after 63 minutes for a tiring Kenedy who had worked his socks off for Newcastle – what a player this lad is!

Six minutes later on came striker Joselu for Dwight Gayle who had played well but needs a goal.

Then out of nothing a long clearance from Lejeune found Perez surrounded by the two center-backs, who seemed to leave it to each other, so Perez took the invitation to lob the ball over the goalkeeper.

A fantastic goal from Perez and his second winning goal in as many games.

Vardy pulled a goal back for Leicester six minutes from time, but it was an unfortunate goal for Newcastle to concede and we didn’t defend a left-wing cross very well at all.

The ball was well inside the six-yard box when it was headed down to Vardy who slammed the ball home almost on the goal line.

Newcastle then saw the game out calmly with Joselu holding the ball up well and goalkeeper Dubravka taking two high crosses in grand style.

It was another top performance from Newcastle, and Rafa Benitez looked well satisfied at the end of the game.

The manager has the players knowing exactly what they have to do in every situation and the lads are playing with great passion and desire.

It was an excellent performance again from a rejuvenated Newcastle United side.

Newcastle have looked a good side in the last couple of months and our lads are playing with confidence without any anxiety.

Don’t tell Rafa but we think 38 points will see us safe.


Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson (Okazaki, 56), Chilwell, Morgan, Vardy, Albrighton, Silva, Maguire, Iborra (Choudhury, 41), Mahrez, Diabate.
Subs not used: Jakupovic, Gray, Iheanacho, Dragovic, Fuchs.

Newcastle: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett; Diame, Shelvey; Ritchie, Perez, Kenedy (Atsu, 63); Gayle (Joselu, 69).
Subs not used: Darlow, Clark, Manquillo, Hayden, Merino.

Goals: Shelvey 18, 75, Vardy (86)

Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)

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97 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 8, 2018 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #1


    With respect, after the fiasco and amount of BS last time, I’d pefer it if the so-called ITK’s didn’t say a word and that we pleasantly just wake up one day to find Ash has exited stage left.

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 8, 2018 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #2

    Not been on for a while but I have to say credit to Rafa and the team. I was vocal in saying that I thought his style of play was dull and would take us down. Very glad to be proven wrong.

    The signing of Kennedy has helped a lot, along with a solid keeper. He looks like he finally has a settled core to the team and we are so much better for it.

    We aren’t Man City or Liverpool but they have vastly superior players and budgets. He’s got us playing some decent football and I’ve enjoed watching it the last couple of months.

  • DaveD1000

    Apr 8, 2018 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Rotonda…same after hanging on every deadline before xmas I’ll wait until Amanda is pictured on the steps wearing a Shearer shirt and Rafa flashing a big wedge of dosh

  • Vask

    Apr 8, 2018 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #4

    I was wondering if the clearance by florian caught the defenders out by the curl on it. Perez seemed to read where it was going while the defenders were positioning themselves for the orginal trajectory.

  • Veltman

    Apr 8, 2018 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #5

    Nice one there Rotonda up top ha ha.Couldn’t agree more

  • magscar

    Apr 8, 2018 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #6

    Pity theMOTD pundits couldn’t have done us the justice of looking at the goals. Having said that neither are scintilating analysts and rarely bring any insight. Murphy does my head in.

    Was wondering if the unexpected 2cnd half of Man City game threw production team into a tiswas and cut short on other games analysis? Kenedy review seemed a little bit of “what/who should we talk about?” – plenty there though – no analysis of keeping Vardy and Mahrez quiet for long spells, examples of Lascelles and Maguire differences . Shelvey’s impact – and so on. Kenedy was good but not as involved as he has been in other games.

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 8, 2018 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Rotunda I wasn’t on here much around the time of the itk’s . Has it since transpired that they were not Itk, or just spoofing, or being taken for a ride by city of london or middle east financial insiders?

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 8, 2018 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Murphy is awful. His analysis is all the same. ” look at team x…pressing harder and picking up the second balls… there’s player x…helping his mate” (always uses that line) . Grrrrr!

  • AncientC

    Apr 8, 2018 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #9

    From previous, I don’t believe that assembling a side to win the championship necessarily makes that side championship level.

    The Newcastle squad built by Benitez clearly was built to win the Championship, but you can clearly see Benitez was thinking longer term with the squad built almost full of PL level players, some better than others (they would need to be for the wages they are on).

    The QPR side built by Harry Redknapp would be a good counter example of a side created to win the Championship, but meanwhile remaining a championship quality side. Redknapp built a motley crew of bruisers who he knew could bully their way out of the Championship, although they were lacking in the quality needed for PL level.

  • Jib

    Apr 8, 2018 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #10

    What do you expect from someone called Murphy ?

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 8, 2018 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #11

    The ITKs had some genuine insights – but not the full picture unfortunately!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #12

    Bobbybee has explained it with clarity. The reason we’re called a Championship team is because we have fielded a team made up largely of players that started most games last season.

  • Jib

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #13

    It’s hard to know if the ITK’s were genuine
    or bullshitters.
    One things for sure , neither side (PCP or Ashley) denied
    there wasn’t some sort of negotiations at some stage.

  • AncientC

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #14

    Jail, and how does that negate the point of the squad being called a Championship squad because it was assembled to win the Championship—a claim that has been made numerous times by Bobbybee and others.

  • 9

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #15

    It’s great being able to enjoy being an NUFC supporter again, and actually looking forward to the football. Our recent hot form made me think we could win yesterday, and also next weekend against the Arsenal. The only snag is that this is all excellent news for our owner – he can now expect higher bids, and he can also say “I told you so” to Rafa and all the rest of us who thought he hadn’t provided enough money to get us in the top half of the league – sadly, it looks like Rafa will be damned if he does, and damned if he doesn’t.

  • AncientC

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #16

    Dubravka and Kenedy didn’t play in the Championship. Dummett, Lascelles, and Yedlin all played in the PL the season before the Championship, so were they PL players in the Championship, and now Championship players in the PL? Same for Shelvey, Diame, Ritchie, Perez and Gayle.

  • posada

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #17

    So, lets sing a song of cheer again.
    Happy days are here again.

    We are staying up. That means 120 million for this season. The same for next.

    Mike Ashley said ‘ every penny ‘.
    Did he mean it. Is he still committed to it.

  • AncientC

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #18

    Not forgetting that Lejeune didn’t play in the Championship either.

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #19

    Veltman, DaveD, Rotonda we’re not going to agree on this but the point is you lot are trying to dictate what content people post on the blog where I am saying I want to absorb as much info as I can from wherever I can get it and appreciate when people to out of their way to provide it. It’s entirely up to you or me how much of the posts of certain contributors I read and how much credence I give that content. It’s not up to you three to act like the blog Mary Whitehouse and censor stuff for everyone else. Get over yourselves and show some respect

  • Bambams

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #20

    Anybody can throw rumours or made up statements on here, some can even have multiple ‘login details’ and hide behind the..

    Again I have never suggested I was ever ‘In the know’ and repeatedly added I was passing on what I was told.

    I backed ‘my source’ who I have known for a number of years and now actually work with him. It was he who stated ‘ Middle East Royalty that was MEGA rich with links to oil ‘ who was behind Stavely bid. He was told by his brother in law – who I am told works in takeover/financial matters in London.

    I never gave timescales or info about Stavely – because I didn’t know anything about that.

    Bloggers who do share do so knowing as soon as you press ‘submit’ you are open to the mob !

    I am just as keen as the rest to see Ashley leave, it is for this reason I shared what I was told in the hope it was accurate and above all it gave us some much needed HOPE

    Rant over……

    Enjoy your day fellow bloggers

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #21

    I said largely made up by.

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Shelvey sold Maguire and Morgan a nice dummy for his goal. Feigned a shot with his right foot and cut back onto his left.
    Sam duo dithered when Perez got between them and lobbed Schmeichel.

    No such dithering by Lascelles.

    Also Maguire showed he reacts violently when he pushed Gayle in the mug.

  • Jib

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #23

    I’m sitting here and a Spanish friend of mine has just come
    up to me and told me that Rafa Benitez has agreed to join
    Real Sociedad for next season.

    According to him the Real president Jokin Aperribay
    appointed youth coach Imanol Alguacil manager
    until the end of the season after sacking
    Eusebio Sacristán on 19th March.

    Strange thing is E S , replaced David Moyes
    who is supposed to step aside at West Ham in June
    to be replaced by Rafa.

    Me heid’s spinning

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #24

    Sorry Jail but rafa calling them a team of championship players makes him sound like cloughie calling his players baby tulips or something. They may have played in the championship but they have also played prem league, la liga etc. Kennedy? Lejeune?Dubravka? Even yedlin is international level. Jonjo shud be going to russia. I think they are a lower prem team or even a bottom 6 team but on paper we generally looked far better than championship level last year too. Not denigrating the achievement or the improvement though. It’s great stuff so forgive the sunday pedantics. Just hope we can beat fat Sam but I think we will. They cud tumble a bit more and Everton fans hate him.

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #25

    Ur Spanish pal has read the papers that’s all jib.

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #26

    Or maybe he has read the one media source that said it.

  • AncientC

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #27

    Jail, but the squad is made up largely of players that played in the top division of their respective leagues the previous season before the Championship. Dropping out of the top division for a season doesn’t automatically make PL players into Championship players in my estimation. The players Benitez attracted to Newcastle more than likely joined because they knew their long-term futures wouldn’t be in the Championship.

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #28

    I think the TWAT just wants rid of us, but he’ll want a return on his investment, as in 10 years the price of clubs have gone up and we’re in a better position now than we were when he bought us. If he’d done enough due diligence he’d have known about the £100m+ hole in the finances that Hall and Co bled from the club, so if he get’s a £330-£350m offer no strings he’ll walk.

    However, will that offer include, for example, the land at Strawberry Place or the other parts of what he initially bought that he then transferred to other parts of his empire?

    We shall see anyway.

  • magscar

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #29

    You should have been on MOTD last night 🙂

    Then again not sure your comments meet their limited agenda 🙂

  • Jib

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #30

    Over here they have papers like
    Gol and AS and Marca that are
    page after page of footy bullshit
    that the Spaniards read avidly.

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #31

    Torture him for his source jib

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #32

    magscar – you should have known with that knacker Lineker presenting MOTD there was not going to be any in depth scrutiny of his teams defeat – whether that be the good points of the opposition or the weaknesses of his Foxes side.

  • AncientC

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #33

    Mike Ashley disclosed the amount he had put into the club during an interview, wasn’t it around £280 million, something like that.

    If he gets that back, he should be happy to walk away and absolve himself of any further risk. His main business interest seems to have got what it has needed from owning Newcastle. Now that SD are investing in other firms, Ashley’s interest in bound to be waning.

    If he doesn’t sell this summer, I would start to doubt if he ever will.

  • lochinvar

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #34

    While Gayle was hanging onto Maguire he didn’t flop over like a punctured ballon when the oaf stuck his paw in his face. That was the difference between the yellow and lack of red card which should have been given anyway.

    But I don’t recall any of the pundits making that point which isn’t surprising due to their inability to be impartial.

    Boycott their crisps that’s what I say

  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #35

    Well MOTD gave us good coverage for a change! Not!!

    Can’t be seen to be grilling Linekers team on TV can they. Biased as fcuk.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #36


    That was a red all day. Like Shelvey said in his interview. If it was him it would have been a red.

    The penalty shout was BS. There was minimal contact. Like Shearer would have said had he been on MOTD last night. It’s a contact sport

  • lochinvar

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #37

    If Amanda or others can buy the club then talk of an “upgrade” for the Benton Training Ground seems welcome but limited in its ambition. Surely a location needs to be found for a state of the art purpose built Sports Campus and Academy to project the club to International club standards. No second best please.

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #38

    We’ve only lost three out of our last 14 matches:


  • AncientC

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #39

    Mike Ashley:

    “I put my £250 million into the football club, guys, that’s it. There is no more from me, the club has to generate its own money.”

    That was last August. Ashley approximately put another £18 million in since then. So to get his money back he would need £268 million. Ashley will have done quite well for himself if he gets £300 million.

  • lochinvar

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #40

    Shirebrook – also if the ref hadn’t seen it or claimed not to see it the FA would have no option but to impose a three match ban….Linekar or not !


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