Newcastle were in the game and holding up, but another defensive error brought on a Leicester City flurry to close the first half. Florian Lejeune just should not have been asked to play four times in less than two weeks. He was, and he just didn’t have it for a second straight game.
Martin Dubravka kept us in the game with some outstanding saves, but he could do nothing on the three goals, the last two of which were long-range blasts from James Maddison and Hamza Choudhury.
It looked like another collapse was on hand after Lejeune’s second error led to Maddison’s goal. The Foxes looked hungry for a third, but Newcastle were fortunate to keep it just 2-0 at the half.
Martin Dubravka– under pressure early and often
However, the damage was done both mentally and physically. Late in the half, both Jetro Willems and Javier Manquillo had to be taken off injured. Jonjo Shelvey couldn’t come out to start the second so Bruce was forced to use all of his substitutions.
Then Fabian Schar went down with a hamstring injury, and we were forced to play with ten men for the second time against Leicester. There also could be a problem with DeAndre Yedlin, who may have suffered a broken hand.
We were pleased that the players fought until the very end, but we are now in a precarious position in the league heading to Wolves in two weeks.
First we have the FA Cup on Saturday which will likely see Bruce field a weakened team. But that’s something that Newcastle fans will be very accustomed to though this time it may not be by choice.
Jamaal Lascelles, Matt Ritchie, Ciaran Clark, Allan Saint-Maximin, and Paul Dummett can’t return soon enough. We hope some are back by Wolves which is going to be another very tough match to get something from.
Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In 3-0 Defeat To Leicester City?
- Martin Dubravka (66%, 1,073 )
- Miguel Almiron (10%, 169 )
- Federico Fernandez (4%, 72 )
- Yoshinori Muto (4%, 58 )
- Jonjo Shelvey (3%, 51 )
- Joelinton (3%, 43 )
- Florian Lejeune (2%, 37 )
- Javier Manquillo (2%, 27 )
- Isaac Hayden (1%, 23 )
- Sean Longstaff (1%, 21 )
- Emil Krafth (1%, 19 )
- Fabian Schar (1%, 16 )
- DeAndre Yedlin (1%, 11 )
- Jetro Willems (0%, 6 )
Total Voters: 1,626