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    Newcastle United 0-3 Leicester City. Match Report. Vardy equals goal scoring record on an embarrassing day for Newcastle.



    By Ryan Carter. Twitter: @TheRyanJCarter

    Newcastle United booed off as Jamie Vardy equals Ruud van Nistelrooy’s goal scoring record in a dominant 3-0 victory for Leicester City.

    Steve McClaren’s side were torn apart by the Foxes who climbed to the top of the Premier League.

    Goals from Leonardo Ulloa, Shinji Okazaki and a record setting goal by Vardy saw Claudio Ranieri’s side claim all three points on a day where the Magpies failed to perform.

    Vardy’s goal means he has now scored in ten consecutive Premier League games, a record he now shares with Manchester United legend Ruud Van Nistelrooy.

    Before kickoff, both Newcastle and Leicester came together to sing La Marseillaise, as French flags were waved throughout St James’ Park.

    With seven Frenchman playing their football in Tyneside, the gesture was very moving for many of the players, including Moussa Sissoko who was at the Stade de France during the Paris attacks.


    Once the game got underway, there were early chances for both sides to take the lead.

    Vardy was able to start the game despite struggling with a recent hip injury, as the Leicester forward looked to claim his record setting goal.

    It was the England man who provided the contest’s first big scoring opportunity when a corner was not dealt with well enough by the Newcastle defence and the ball fell to the feet of Vardy in the box.

    But the home crowd could soon breathe a sigh of relief, as Ayoze Perez was on hand to get the block in and deny the Leicester man from claiming the opener.

    Newcastle then pushed forward and Sissoko found room on the edge of the area before firing an effort towards goal, but the shot was well blocked by Wes Morgan.

    The visitors quickly went on the counterattack and Riyad Mahrez ran at the home defence before delivering a low cross from the right, but none of his teammates could apply the vital finish.

    Leicester quickly started to take control of the game and create chance after chance and things got even worse for Newcastle when Cheick Tiote was forced off early after injuring himself stretching for a tackle.


    His replacement was Florian Thauvin and the Frenchman’s first act of the game was to collect the ball from a poor Christian Fuchs header and whip a low cross in to Perez, but the Spaniard’s following effort was poor.

    The Magpies slowly began to improve and create opportunities and they could have taken the lead when a Thauvin corner forced some desperate defending from the Foxes defence.

    As both teams failed to convert chances, players frustrations began to show and Aleksandar Mitrovic and Robert Huth were involved in a coming together on the half hour mark.

    The pair escaped any punishment from Mike Jones but Huth was soon in the referee’s notebook, as the defender prevented a Newcastle counterattack with a late challenge on Gini Wijnaldum.

    Steve McClaren’s side were still struggling to cope with the pace of Leicester’s players and with five minutes remaining of normal time, Vardy looked destined to score.

    Mahrez looked up and saw the forward running into space and slid a through-ball into the feet of his teammate but Rob Elliot saved well at his near post.

    The warning signs were there for Newcastle but the players failed to take any notice and Vardy was given another chance to score and this time he found the back of the net.

    Leicester’s star man collected the ball on the left wing, before passing to Leonardo Ulloa who gave possession back to his teammate to drill a devastating effort into the bottom corner of Elliot’s goal.


    Newcastle were very poor in the first half and needed a firm talking to at the break from Steve McClaren if they were ever going to get something from the game.

    The hosts acted positively as the second half got underway and provided the half’s first real chance when Sissoko delivered a low ball into the six-yard box towards Mitrovic.

    But the Serbian was denied the opportunity to score when Huth provided a vital touch to take the ball away from the forward.

    Newcastle’s pressure going forward did not last long however, as Leicester were soon back on top moments later.

    The away side were by far the better team all game and after Vardy hit the crossbar, Claudio Ranieri’s side felt a second goal was coming and they soon found it through Ulloa.

    Newcastle’s defence looked horrifically exposed throughout and they were punished when a cross from Mahrez found Ulloa completely unmarked at the back post and the striker headed home with ease.


    The hosts almost saw an unlikely goal go their way from a corner when Wijnaldum’s header needed to be cleared of the line before Leicester broke with three against one.

    Vardy had the ball and should have passed to Mahrez to put the game to bed but greed got the better of the record setting striker and a poor touch from the forward saw Elliot reclaim possession for Newcastle.

    Boos echoed around St James’ Park as the Toon Army watched their team perform so poorly on a day they could have claimed back to back wins in front of their home crowd.

    Vardy and Ulloa were taken off the field, as Ranieri felt it was job done for his side but the duo was not needed as Shinji Okazaki joined the game and scored Leicester’s third.

    Elliot initially saved well from Danny Simpson at the near post but Okazaki was able to shake off his markers and tap the ball over the line to heap more misery on the floundering hosts.

    The Foxes cruised towards the final whistle and fans shared their frustrations with the players who will have to take a long hard look at themselves after what was an abysmal performance.

    Next up for Newcastle is a trip to Selhurst Park to face former Magpies boss Alan Pardew and his impressive Crystal Palace side, while Leicester play host to Manchester United.



    Player Ratings

    Newcastle:

    Rob Elliot: 6

    Daryl Janmaat: 4

    Chancel Mbemba: 5

    Fabricio Coloccini: 4

    Paul Dummett: 4

    Vurnon Anita: 4

    Cheick Tiote: 5

    Gini Wijnaldum: 5

    Moussa Sissoko: 6

    Ayoze Perez: 6

    Aleksandar Mitrovic: 5

    Subs: Thauvin: 4, Cisse: 5, De Jong: 5


    Leicester:

    Schmeichel: 7, Simpson: 7, Morgan: 7, Huth: 7, Fuchs: 7, Kante: 7, Drinkwater: 7, Albrighton: 7, Mahrez: 8, Ulloa: 8, Vardy: 9

    Subs: King: 6, Okazaki: 7, Dyer: 6
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