Newcastle won 2-1 at the King Power Stadium, but the final scoreline doesn’t adequately reflect how Newcastle took this game by the scruff of the neck from the first whistle with Shelvey and Diame dominant in midfield
We were 2-0 up with excellent goals from Jonjo Shelvey(18 mins) and Ayoze Perez (75 mins) before Jamie Vardy, who had been kept quiet all game, got a consolation goal with six minutes to play.
That was Leicester’s first shot on target all game.
Ayoze Perez scores by lobbing the ball over goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel
A cross came in from the left wing and a Leicester player was allowed to head the ball down well inside the six-yard box to Vardy, who smashed the ball home.
Maybe goalkeeper Martin Dubravka should have come to collect the ball.
He did that a few times after the goal and was commanding at the of the game.
Rafa was pleased after the game but stressed the job is still not done and we still need a couple of points to get to 40 points for the season:
“It was amazing, the effort of the players, the way they were working, creating chances and the connection with the fans, who were amazing too.”
“Leicester are always dangerous, they have the players who can hurt you, but we had three or four counter-attacks where we could have done better.”
“You cannot complain. We are closer to safety but we have to carry on.”
“We are nearly safe, but we have to carry on.”
Newcastle are becoming a dangerous counter-attacking team, but again, just like last week against Huddersfield, we missed a few chances that would have made it a more comfortable win.
But we are not complaining since our lads were simply fantastic yesterday and every player ran their socks off for the cause.
You cannot ask for more than that.