Well, it’s gone from bad to worse as Isaac Hayden was given a straight red for a tackle on Dennis Praet. He won the ball but caught Praet high, and the Belgian was lucky to be able to continue. Hayden will likely miss the next few games and had been our most consistent player this season.
Newcastle started off much brighter against Leicester City as they lined up in a 4-4-1-1 with Muto playing behind Joelinton. They still didn’t see too much of the ball but were much better at closing Leicester down in the first fifteen minutes.
However, it was too easy for Leicester City in the 15th minute as they broke the deadlock. Ricardo Pereira picked up the ball near the halfway line. He was allowed to run forward unopposed, and his subsequent low shot beat Dubravka in the far corner. It was far too lackadaisical from the lads.
After the goal, Leicester tried to push for a quick second, but Newcastle held out. However, Leicester were comfortably in control of the game after the goal. Newcastle continued to see too little of the ball and were wasteful when they did.
In the 42nd minute came the Hayden red card. Bruce was forced to take off Yoshinori Muto and bring on Ki. It’s a shame for Muto as he was giving it his all on the pitch.
Even before going down to ten men, Newcastle lacked anything in the final third. They had a few half-chances but didn’t get a shot on target.
The lads have failed to react after conceding, and that is unacceptable. The only positive is that at just 1-0 down, they still have a slim chance to salvage something. They will have to raise their levels drastically to do that.