Sunday 22 April 2018

Foxes keep up charge

Leicester City 3-0 Newcastle Utd

Embattled Newcastle manager John Carver
Embattled Newcastle manager John Carver

Andy Hampson

Battling Leicester pulled crisis club Newcastle deeper into relegation trouble at the King Power Stadium yesterday. Leonardo Ulloa struck twice and Wes Morgan was also on target as the Foxes maintained their survival charge against a freefalling and fractured Magpies, who finished with nine men.

Ulloa set Leicester on their way to a fifth win in six games with less than a minute gone while Newcastle were left to lament an eighth successive defeat after Mike Williamson was dismissed, with Daryl Janmaat seeing red at the death.

John Carver's men - who were accused of not trying in the wording of one banner displayed in an away section - still have 35 points and a small cushion from the relegation zone, and Leicester are still a point behind them.

But the Foxes, adrift at the bottom with just 19 points a month ago, are upwardly mobile and brimming with a confidence Newcastle simply do not have. The contrast in mood between the two sides was soon evident, as Leicester were carried into the game on a wave of noise from the home fans.

They flew into the action from the outset, catching Newcastle cold in the first minute. Newcastle got into a mess as they gave the ball away from the kick-off and Leicester charged forward to win a corner.

Marc Albrighton clipped in a cross and Ulloa headed home, giving the hosts the lead with barely 30 seconds on the clock. Morgan added a second after 17 minutes.

Any head of steam Newcastle looked to be building up dissipated after half-time as Leicester won a penalty on 48 minutes when Emmanuel Riviere barged over Marcin Wasilewski. Ulloa firmly rammed home the spot-kick and Newcastle seemed to surrender.

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