MATCH REPORTS

Leicester 3 Newcastle 0

Jonas Gutierrez


By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At The King Power Stadium

 

 

Leicester City 3 (Ulloa 1, 48pen, Moragn 17)

Newcastle United 0

 

 

Nine-man Newcastle United suffered their eighth successive Barclays Premier League defeat as they went down 3-0 at Leicester City on Saturday.

 

Leonardo Ulloa's brace was sandwiched either side of a Wes Morgan goal as the Foxes deservedly picked up maximum points at the King Power Stadium.

 

United's inability to defend set pieces cost them dear as two of Leicester's goals stemmed from corners, with the other arriving via a free-kick.

 

Argentine front man Ulloa got the ball rolling inside the opening minute, glancing home Marc Albrighton's corner, and it wasn't long before captain Morgan doubled the advantage, stretching to volley home another Albrighton delivery.

 

Ulloa made it three early in the second half, tucking home a penalty after Emmanuel Riviere bundled into the back of Marci Wasilewski at a corner, before the Magpies' misery was compounded with two sendings off.

 

Defenders Mike Williamson and Daryl Janmaat both picked up second bookings to receive their respective marching orders, meaning they will miss next weekend's visit of West Bromwich Albion, as Newcastle try desperately to get back to winning ways.

 

Leicester raced out of the traps and were ahead inside the opening 38 seconds.

 

Daryl Janmaat blocked Jeff Schlupp's cross to give the hosts a corner, and Ulloa snuck in front of Moussa Sissoko at the near-post to nod Marc Albrighton's delivery past Tim Krul and give United the worst possible start.

 

Newcastle responded and Perez flashed an effort across the face of goal, following a powerful run down the right by Janmaat.

 

But the Foxes were soon back on the front foot and Ulloa sent a diving header straight into Krul's midriff.

 

And they doubled their advantage on 17 minutes - from another set-piece.

 

Another Albrighton delivery from the left flank - this time a free-kick - was met by captain Wes Morgan and the centre-back made no mistake, prodding home from close range with his left foot.

 

At the other end, Riviere rippled the side netting from just inside the area and Ryan Taylor brought a comfortable save from Kasper Schmeichel but they were rare forays forward for a Magpies side who were struggling to get a foothold in the game.

 

If the first half had got off to a bad start, the second period followed suit, with United conceding a penalty inside the opening two minutes.

 

Again it came from a set-piece, with Riviere penalised for a shove into the back of Marcin Wasilewski as the defender tried to attack a near-post corner.

 

Referee Mike Dean had no hesitation in awarding the spot-kick and Ulloa did the honours, showing great composure to confidently slot in his second goal of the game.

 

It should have been 4-0 soon after when the visitors failed to deal with a low Jeff Schlupp cross and Albrighton drove inches wide, shortly before Krul rushed off his line to thwart Jamie Vardy.

 

Dutch international Siem de Jong was introduced off the bench just before the hour mark but the Foxes continued to pile forward in search of more goals.

 

A last-ditch Fabricio Coloccini denied Vardy a shooting opportunity and then, when the ball was swung back into the area, Krul made an astonishing point-blank stop to deny Ulloa his hat-trick, somehow clawing the Argentine's header over the bar.

 

Newcastle's afternoon went from bad to worse in the 62nd minute when, having already been booked just seven minutes earlier, Williamson clattered into Vardy out on the left touchline.

 

It earned the centre-back an inevtiable second yellow card and an early bath.

 

On 73 minutes, Colback curled a 20-yard free-kick straight into the hands of Schmeichel, before de Jong forced the Danish keeper into a tougher stop with a low strike that threatened to creep in the bottom corner.

 

And a miserable afternoon in the East Midlands was topped off when, deep into three minutes of stoppage time, Janmaat brought down Vardy to earn himself a second booking and a red card from Mr Dean.

 

 

Leicester City (3-5-2): Kasper Schmeichel; Marcin Wasilewski (Ritchie De Laet 68), Robert Huth, Wes Morgan (c); Marc Albrighton, Matty James, Esteban Cambiasso (Dean Hammond 74), Riyad Mahrez, Jeff Schlupp; Jamie Vardy, Leonardo Ulloa (Andrej Kramaric 78)

 

Subs not used: Mark Schwarzer, Paul Konchesky, Danny Drinkwater, Chris Wood

 

 

Newcastle United (4-1-2-1-2): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Ryan Taylor (Siem de Jong 58); Jonas Gutierrez, Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko; Ayoze Perez (Adam Armstrong 74), Emmanuel Riviere (Vurnon Anita 65)

 

Subs not used: Freddie Woodman, Mehdi Abeid, Remy Cabella, Sammy Ameobi

 

 

Referee: Mike Dean (The Wirral)

 

Bookings: Leicester - James (29); Newcastle - Janmaat (16, 90), Gutierrez (28), Williamson (55, 62), Dummett (70)

 

Sendings-off: Leicester - none; Newcastle - Williamson (62), Janmaat (90)

 

Attendance: 31,576 (1,915 Newcastle)

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