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Leicester City added to their impressive away record with a 2-1 win over Newcastle on Sunday, climbing to third place in the Premier League table.
Jamie Vardy found the back of the net in the 12th minute, but the goal was disallowed for offside. The first half was lifeless for both sides, with the magpies well organized in the back and Leicester unable to bring them down.
Newcastle seemed to go out the gates more after the break and tried to find holes in Leicester’s defense, but was punished for lack of organization when James Maddison finished off a well-crafted counter attack in the 55th minute.
The Foxes doubled their lead in the 72nd minute when Youri Tielemans shot home from a low cross by Marc Albrighton, but backed away and allowed Newcastle to get close to them. The hosts responded with some changes from the bench; though Andy Carroll’s latest blow was little consolation.
This is how the players rated at St James’ Park.
Karl Darlow (GK) – 5/10 – Darlow could do nothing to stop either of Leicester’s two strikes and had little to do otherwise, but he stopped Harvey Barnes with a good save at the end.
DeAndre Yedlin (RB) – 4/10 – It’s not Yedlin’s best performance, really. He worked hard to support the attack in the second half, but was often caught out of position, which did not help his defensive teammates.
Federico Fernández (CB) – 4/10 – He failed to catch Jamie Vardy’s run multiple times and was lucky that the Leicester man did not have his shooting boots.
Fabian Schar (CB) – 5/10 – A little more assertive at the rear and enjoyed an excellent passing performance, but it didn’t help him having to compensate his teammates.
Ciaran Clark (CB) – 6/10 – He defended himself well and was the first to react to the looming danger. Also wanting to get the ball out and find positive passes, but sometimes in vain.
Matt Ritchie (LB) – 6/10 – The Newcastle Utility did it again. Ritchie was tireless from tip to tip down the left flank and could do little to stop Albrighton’s cross for Leicester’s second.
Miguel Almirón (RM) – 6/10 – The Paraguayan made a decent change after starting the game and worked hard on offense and defense, but he really lacked the final product when he was in possession. You must improve your passing in advanced positions.
Sean Longstaff (CM) – April 10 – Too static compared to his brother and less confident in possession. It has to operate at a higher intensity, especially when the extremes are pushing forward.
Matty Longstaff (CM) – 5/10 – The better half of the infamous Longstaff pivot. Matty was more progressive on the ball and a more enthusiastic tackler to get it back, but he was caught positionally at times.
Joelinton (LM) – 6/10 – He dug deep and worked hard for Newcastle but failed to beat James Justin from wide position. Unfairly hooked after an hour to adjust to a shapeshift.
Callum Wilson (ST) – 5/10 – Wilson ran the channels, but lacked the service to make a real impact in the first half. It seemed improved late with players to rebound.
Jacob Murphy – 6/10
Jonjo Shelvey – 6/10
Andy Carroll – 7/10 – Reacted well to a poor clearance from a set piece and scored his first goal at Newcastle in more than ten years. Carroll offers Newcastle a nice change of pace.
Kasper Schmeichel (GK) – 6/10 – Schmeichel had little to do and couldn’t stop Carroll’s late goal. He mastered his area well and did the simple things well.
James Justin (RB) – 5/10 – Eager as ever to get ahead, but awkwardly fumbled once or twice and was caught out of position at times.
Wesley Fofana (CB) – 7/10 – Fofana did well to cover Justin whenever the right-back attacked and moved well to keep Callum Wilson out of the game in the first half.
Johnny Evans (CB) – 10/7 – Experienced performances from Evans, who kept things organized and was always well positioned.
Timothy Castagne (LB) – 6/10 – Quiet afternoon in attack for Castagne but a solid defensive change, winning three tackles and two aerial duels.
Wilfred Ndidi (DM) – 7/10 – Ndidi’s textbook performance that broke Newcastle’s advances, particularly in the second half. His defensive work is key so that Leicester can attack freely.
Youri Tielemans (DM) – 8/10 – Tielemans could perhaps have been a bit sharper in the final third during the first half, but he looked much better after the break and was rewarded for going beyond Newcastle’s midfield with a good goal.
Marc Albrighton (RM) – 7/10 – It is not the fastest or the most striking, but that does not matter. Albrighton continues to throw well-crossed balls for fun from wide areas and has earned an orderly attendance.
James Maddison (AM) – 10/8 – Leicester’s number 10 continues to impress. He was the best player in a lifeless first half and continued into the second, scoring the first power goal to trap Karl Darlow.
Harvey Barnes (LM) – 7/10 – Barnes moved the ball well in transition and was not afraid to reach the Newcastle defenders. His movement was key to his team’s first goal.
Jamie Vardy (ST) – 10/7 – Quiet first half after seeing a goal properly disallowed, but enjoyed more of the ball after the break as Newcastle stretched. He showed great composure to help Maddison’s starter and was unlucky not to score himself.
Caglar Soyuncu – 6/10