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Leicester City v Newcastle United: Premier League – as it happened

Newcastle United thrash Leicester City to move up to 13th in the Premier League, while Leicester’s top four hopes take a significant blow. 10.21pm BST That’s all from me today. Thanks all for following along and enjoy the weekend of football ahead. Related: Wilson fires double as Newcastle dent Leicester’s top-four hopes 10.19pm BST Steve Bruce on his team’s recovery: “We were disappointed last week against Arsenal but once the big players returned over the last two months, we’ve lost, I think, two in 10. The performances and the big players getting fit, of course, makes a difference. We’ve struggled a while with Covid, illness and people being injured. You can see the difference and that’s been a real, major change.” 10.15pm BST Here is Paul Doyle with his match report. A great lede: “Five years to the day since Andrea Bocelli serenaded Claudio Ranieri’s title winners at the King Power, Leicester hit an almost unbelievable bum note.” Related: Wilson fires double as Newcastle dent Leicester’s top-four hopes 10.13pm BST Callum Wilson, the clear man of the match: “I just feel a few results, it’s like a domino effect really. The boys have got a lot of confidence and we’re playing with a little bit more freedom, creating that cushion between us and the bottom of the league. Nothing to lose, everything to gain tonight and we had a nice incentive tonight. We got three points, we managed to be safe.” 10.07pm BST “I told the manager I need to start and he believed in me.” Joe Willock reacts to #NUFC‘s big win at #LCFC after the Arsenal loanee was once again on the scoresheet for Steve Bruce’s side. ⬛⬜ pic.twitter.com/9uVpuWszuU 10.06pm BST Joe Willock on Sky: “I’m learning every day. Coming here was a big step for me in my career. Going away from London and going away from my boyhood club was a big move for me, it wasn’t easy. To come here and to be welcomed by the lads so easily and learn so much from all the staff members and the manager, I’ve been delighted. It’s a blessing and I’m happy I can contribute with my goals.” 10.03pm BST No PL player has scored more goals since the start of March than Kelechi Iheanacho pic.twitter.com/EaXLFcrNjv 10.03pm BST Joe Willock: “I’ve come off the bench a few times and I scored, so I was knocking on the door. I told the manager I need to start and he believed in me to put me in from the start. Hopefully I repaid him.” 10.00pm BST Before the match, I suggested that Leicester were probably not the same team that lost 4-1 to Bournemouth in this very same matchweek last season, which led to three losses in their final four games as they fell out of the top four. Evidently, I was wrong. They were thoroughly dismantled by Newcastle today in what was a game they really needed to win. Leicester now face Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham in their final three league games with their FA Cup final against Chelsea thrown in next weekend. Good luck with that. If they manage to dust off this dire result and maintain their spot in the top four, they will truly deserve it. 9.52pm BST What a match! A brilliant performance from Newcastle to lead by four goals, before they were very nearly pegged back to 3-4. Still, what a way for the away side to almost certainly secure their spot in the Premier League for next season. Well done. 9.51pm BST 90 min+2: Goodness. Dubravka saves Newcastle from a desperate finish with a supreme save. Albrighton’s cross from the right found Thomas, who flicked the ball on to Perez. Perez connected really nicely with his right-footed shot from right in front of the goal, but Dubravka’s reflexes came through. 9.48pm BST 90 min+1: As Newcastle clear the ball, there will be four minutes added on. 9.47pm BST 90 min: Leicester are parked in the Newcastle half and searching for a third. They generate a corner. 9.45pm BST Well, then. Suddenly, the deficit is only two goals. Iheanacho does what he has done so often this season, driving with the ball, then finishing with a lovely low strike. He has scored 11 goals in his last 12 Premier League games. 9.41pm BST 83 min: A strike by Vardy from inside the box flies high and wide. Newcastle use the moment to make a change, replacing Saint-Maximin with Joelinton. 9.39pm BST All 12 of Callum Wilson’s #PL goals this season have come in the second half#LEINEW pic.twitter.com/IJcpgmG6ex 9.38pm BST A nicely worked goal from Leicester, with Vardy’s ball finding Albrighton on the right, who thumped an excellent, angry strike into the top right hand corner. Probably too late. 9.37pm BST 78 min: Willock looks like he has some discomfort with his leg, but he’s smiling on the bench. Another really promising performance from him. 9.35pm BST 77 min: A couple of substitutions. Newcastle: Longstaff on for Willock 9.32pm BST Well, this is getting embarrassing. After some really nice interplay from a confident, flowing Newcastle, Almiron fed Wilson with a lovely left-footed through ball. Wilson’s first strike just struck the post, then he somehow converted the rebound from a really acute angle. Four. 9.30pm BST 70 min: Another couple of chances for Leicester. Fofana’s header shortly after a corner was too soft and easily saved by Dubravka, then Vardy tried to find Iheanacho with a flick on header. Iheanacho picked the ball up deep inside the box but with his back to goal. He could not make anything out of it. 9.27pm BST 68 min: Hard to see Leicester coming back from this, but they are trying. After a couple of blocked shots from his teammates, Perez’s searing strike towards the top right hand corner was saved well by Dubravka. 9.23pm BST Newcastle score a third on quick counter! Leicester committed too many men forward. All it took was Ricardo losing the ball and then a long ball from Richie to find Wilson up the field, who coolly picked up the ball, rounded Schmeichel and slotted it home. 9.20pm BST 62 min: A first substitution for Leicester. Ayoze Perez replaces Wilfred Ndidi. 9.17pm BST 58 min: Leicester are seeing plenty of the ball in the final third against a Newcastle sitting back and waiting to counter, but no joy. This time they generated another free kick after a poor tackle from Krafth, who received a yellow card. Tielemans’ free kick from the left was eventually cleared. 9.14pm BST 54 min: A decent chance for Leicester after Tielemans was taken out by Wilson on the edge of the area. The subsequent free kick was in a really nice spot for Maddison but his free kick grazed the top of the wall and out for a corner, which Leicester could not convert. 9.10pm BST 52 min: A nice move by Leicester ends with Ndidi’s attempted cross from the left being deflected high into the air before it was caught by Dubravka. 9.08pm BST 49 min: Newcastle’s first attack of the half is a dangerous low cross from deep by Murphy on the right flank. It was not too far from Wilson, who was making a swift run into the box, but the ball was happily intercepted by Schmeichel. 9.06pm BST 47 min: A positive start from Leicester, with Madison sending a header over the bar after a good ball by Iheanacho from the right. Madison collided with a defender on the way down but he looks OK. 9.03pm BST 45 min: Leicester kick things off in the second half. Let’s see what response they have for a nightmare first half. 9.02pm BST From Justin Kavanagh: “Joe Willock, eh, how Arsenal could have used a striker like that last night. Eh? Oh!” 8.58pm BST After a first half display like that, it really is hard not to wonder how Newcastle would be if not for their struggles with Covid and recent injuries to their key forwards. Wilson set the tone early on, but he was soon joined by really good perfomances from Willock, Almiron and Saint-Maximin who really should have scored himself. They have terrorised the Leicester back line with pace, intelligent runs, energy and great counters. Of course, Leicester have been poor. Their defence has clearly struggled badly in the absence of Evans and although they have generated numerous chances with four shots on target, their finishing has been consistently meek. We’ll see what they have in the second half. This is not over. 8.50pm BST Newcastle have been as impressive as the home side languid. This is not how many people expected this one to go. 8.48pm BST 45 min: A big chance for Vardy to end the half. Maddison found the Leicester talisman who tried to bring it under control and then attempted to dink the ball over Dubravka. The Newcastle keeper remained on his feet and punched out the danger. That will be the last attack of the half. 8.45pm BST 43 min: Completely unimpressive work from Leicester in their attempt to defend a corner. As a second ball towards the box from Leicester was flying out for a goal kick, Castagne actually headed it back into the box. 8.42pm BST 2016 – Paul Dummett has scored his third goal in his 140th Premier League appearance, and his first since January 2016 vs Man Utd. All three of his goals have come against sides starting the day in the top five positions in the table. Massive. 8.42pm BST Losing Evans a huge blow for Leicester but find it strange that the change leads to 3 players changing positions and the player coming in playing in an unfamiliar position. Must of been an easier solution like Amartey at centre back and everyone else remains in same position. 8.41pm BST 39 min: A long period of possession for Leicester ends with a decent long ball by Castagne towards Vardy. Krafth headed the ball out for a corner and Newcastle cleared the danger from the corner. 8.39pm BST 36 min: This is a stunning development. Not just the score but the complete contrast in energy and creativity from the two sides. Leicester just finally managed to make something happen, with both Maddison and Iheanacho generating chances inside the box. Both finishes were too soft and sent straight at Dubravka 8.36pm BST An excellent corner from Riche finds Dummett, who nailed his header into the top left corner of the net. Schmeichel got one hand to it, but there was just too much power on the header. 8.34pm BST 31 min: Now it’s time for Almiron to cause some trouble by driving down the right and into the box after some really nice interplay with Saint-Maximin. Castagne just about made the tackle, sending the ball out for a corner but there was a VAR check for a penalty. 8.31pm BST 29 min: This is better from Leicester, who have enjoyed their first extended period of possession for a while. Some nice touches from Tielemans, who swept down the right flank and then looked for Iheanacho in the box. His cross was too heavy. 8.29pm BST From Mary Waltz: “Considering their remaining fixtures Leicester better wake up. Right now they are getting played off the pitch.” 8.28pm BST 25 min: After about 10 minutes of not much at all from the home side, a huge chance for Leicester! A Tielemans free kick from the right perfectly met the forehead of Fofana, who flew at the ball and generated ample power, but he sent his header straight at goalkeeper Dubravka. 8.23pm BST It was coming. Some excellent pressing from Willock, who nicked an unsuspecting Soyuncu, drove with the ball and then coolly finished with his left foot. His 5th goal in four games. Not bad. 8.21pm BST 18 min: After a timid start, this has been really good from Newcastle who are bullying Leicester with their pace from the flanks, particularly from Wilson and Almiron. Wilson has also made some really smart off-the-ball runs and looks like one of the best players on the pitch so far. 8.19pm BST 16 min: A huge chance for Newcastle, who have come alive here. A lightening fast break from the away side ended with Wilson driving down the right and squaring the ball for Saint-Maximin who was unmarked in the box. From point blank range, Schmeichel denied him with a brilliant reflex save. Too good. 8.15pm BST 14 min: A big chance for Newcastle! After Fofana fouled Almiron on the left, Shelvey’s excellent free kick found Fernandez’s head in the box. The defender just flicked his header wide of the post. 8.12pm BST 11 min: Good pressure from Newcastle. A nice run from Wilson on the right ended with Soyuncu bringing him down right on the edge of the box. The subsequent free kick from Ritche led to an almighty scramble and a couple of blocked Newcastle shots before the home side cleared the lines. 8.10pm BST 9 min: Newcastle finally enjoy their first extended period of possession in Leicester’s half. Joe Willock attempted to drive with the ball, but he ended up sending it out for a goal kick. 8.08pm BST 6 min: Maddison continues to see much of the ball in these early stages. This time, he was unable to finish a nice run into the box, shooting straight at Newcastle keeper Dubravka. 8.06pm BST 4 min: The first chance goes to Leicester. Once again it is Maddison, who picked up the ball and curled in a nice looking ball to Tielemans. His header just flew over the bar. Leicester have settled quickly here. 8.03pm BST 2 min: A nice first few touches from Maddison, who swept forward, created space through a nice 1-2 with Vardy before searching for Iheanacho with a lofted through ball. Just too heavy. 8.01pm BST 1 min: Newcastle kick off. We begin. 8.00pm BST As the players enter the pitch, Marc Albrighton has replaced the injured Jonny Evans.Leicester have reverted to a back four (4-3-1-2). 7.55pm BST Not ideal news for Leicester. Jonny Evans just hobbled off the pitch during the warm up. He needed help to return to the dressing room. We’ll see if the home side elect a late change. 7.50pm BST 7.49pm BST Steve Bruce says on Sky that Emil Krafth is in for Ciaran Clark because Clarke, who remains on the bench, is “not quite 100%”. He says that Joe Willock is starting because, simply: “What he’s done, he deserves to get a start”. “The Premier League is the Premier League. They’re all tough and there’s no more tougher than this one tonight and then Man City next week. That’s what the Premier League serves up. So let’s hope we can come and play well, and if we can do that, let’s hope that’s good enough.” 7.39pm BST A reminder of Leicester’s final three fixtures: 7.37pm BST Brendan Rodgers on Sky tonight: “A difficult game, I think you see Newcastle’s results of late. But they all are, every team is fighting, every team wants to finish [well]. But we’re excited by it, we come into the game in a good run of form – three wins and a draw – so the team is focused and just looking to perform.” “We are so close. There’s four games to go and if we can get a victory tonight, we know we’ve still got work to do but it would take us a long way. 7.13pm BST Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Pereira, Soyuncu, Evans, Fofana, Castagne, Tielemans, Ndidi, Maddison, Vardy, Iheanacho. Subs: Ward, Amartey, Thomas, Mendy, Choudhury, Praet, Albrighton, Under, Perez. 6.46pm BST Steve Bruce on the impact of Covid-19 on his Newcastle team ahead of tonight’s game: “A lot of people are running on empty because it’s been non-stop, basically, for two years. Especially the players. The players desperately need a break. I’ve never experienced anything quite like when Covid hit, and when it hit us after Crystal Palace, how ruthless and brutal it was. “It ripped through everybody at the training ground and it wasn’t just then: ‘OK, you’ve got Covid and you’re going to recover’. People didn’t recover. Everywhere I looked, people were shattered, tired, sick. That, for me, has been the most difficult part – are people ready? Are they not? What’s the long-term effect? It threatened a couple of players in particular, the illness. In that respect, it’s been the most difficult to really come to terms with because we’ve all experienced times that we hope never happen again.” 4.47pm BST Hello! Welcome to our coverage of tonight’s game between Leicester City and Newcastle United as we move to within four games of the end of this strange, strange season, the finish line fast approaching. Both teams arrive with much to play for in opposing ends of the table. It was around this point last season that Leicester’s top four chase truly began to crumble when they absorbed a humiliating 4-1 loss to Bournemouth, the start of three losses in their final four games and the end of their hopes of returning to Europe that season. Continue reading…
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