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Leicester Manager Praises Newcastle’s Fighting Performance

Newcastle had only 28% possession of the ball in last night’s game, but we held the former Premier League Champions fairly comfortably in the 1-0 win.

The Foxes did not get many chances and the best of the lot was when Jamie Vardy was through on goal but lofted the ball over Dubravka and the crossbar on 80 minutes.

The Newcastle defense and the team, in general, played extremely well last night.

And it reminds us a lot of the away games at Wolves and Bournemouth when we could have come away with two wins – the games were very similar – but we only managed two draws..

And even Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers complimented our players on the way the lads fought tooth and nail for the Newcastle cause.

Two former Liverpool manager – Brendan Rodgers and Rafa Benitez – before the kickoff last night

This is what Brendan Rodgers said after the game last night at his press conference:

“It was the first game of this type that I’d seen us play in.”

“When you play an opponent that’s very deep and put all 11 players in the final third of the pitch then, of course, it’s difficult.”

“It was interesting for me to see; there are areas that we could be better. First half, we were too slow in our passing, in order to get in between the lines and unbalance their defense.”

“Second half, we were better. I thought we played through the lines better. There are lots of areas that we can improve in.”

“There weren’t too many chances in the game and sometimes that’s the way it is in these types of games.”

“It was one of those nights where it didn’t quite come off for us, but the players gave everything. We’ll go away and analyze it, and hopefully, we’ll be better the next time we face that kind of opponent.

“We had enough of the ball but you need to be dangerous with it and against Newcastle we didn’t create enough when we had it. You’ve got to give credit to Newcastle for that.

“They sat in deep and they’re fighting for their lives in the league and, of course, when they get the goal, it makes it even more difficult. So there’s plenty for us to look at, and we’ll go away and improve from it.”

“It’s difficult to break down a team like that. It’s an area we will get better at,”

The win last night was unexpected but the team excelled and now we play the Saints next Saturday afternoon at home in the late kickoff game.

It’s an opportunity to get our 11th win of the season and get to 41 points and safety.

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3 comments so far

  • Shoulders knees

    Apr 13, 2019 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Great win last night. Really solid performance . Must say I was worried when their 2 no 10’s were playing between the lines, we made most of Ndidi poor form. Perez first proper contribution was the goal. He needs to put those short passes to Almiron in front of him , not picking on Perez did well last night. Almiron is trying to hard needs to relax it will come. Rondon was immense my MOM. Schar another good game can’t believe those stats not won without him ?

  • Jib

    Apr 13, 2019 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Mark Douglas
    in The Chronicle:-
    Mike Ashley’s PR man Keith Bishop has barely been visible at Newcastle United press conferences this season, something which is a marked change on last term.
    Bishop has not really been seen at Benitez’s pre-match press conferences in 2018/19
    Ashley himself has not been present at a Newcastle match since the 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley in February, though Bishop has been at some games since.
    The man who runs Keith Bishop Associates remains close to Ashley and Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley, as well as lawyer and so-called ‘fixer’ Justin Barnes.
    How far Bishop’s influence extends has never been fully ascertained, though in the club’s Fans Forum minutes from last September’s meeting, they stressed that while Bishop offers “strategic PR support” and “advice on strategy” for dealing with specific media stories, he is “not involved in the day-to-day operations or decision-making process” at St James’ Park.
    ‘The Bishop’ – as he is reportedly nicknamed – has been portrayed by a minority of supporters on social media as some sort of Machiavellian figure who ‘controls’ the press and gets journalists to write pro-Ashley stories, though that is far from the reality of the situation.

  • Jib

    Apr 13, 2019 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #3

    More from Mark Douglas

    One clause that won’t be inserted into any contract offer to Benitez this time around is the golden handcuffs that Newcastle cannily made a condition of Benitez’s initial three-year deal.
    Under the terms of that contract Newcastle would have to pay Benitez the remainder of his contract if he was sacked. But, crucially, there were stringent financial penalties for Benitez if he left the club – which made him an expensive option for rival clubs while he was under contract.
    Benitez dropped his long-time agent after growing frustrated with that clause and the club won’t try to replicate it – which means, in theory, the United boss could always sign the deal and then walk away if he felt promises were broken.


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