Sunday finished Leicester 5 Newcastle 0.
Steve Bruce’s players second best all game.
Whilst Isaac Hayden was red carded on 43 minutes, that had little impact on the result, there might have been no corners or shots on target in the second half BUT that was also the case in the first half.
Ahead of each match we ask one of our writers to come up with 3 positives and 3 negatives following the game.
This time it is Jack Lacey-Hatton:
The only thing to give me any pride from Sunday was the constant noise in the away end.
From going 2-0 down to full time, the “we’ll support you evermore” song was virtually never-ending.
A sold-out end in the driving rain and a Sunday night and the support was magnificent.
It may mean little now but it is comforting that whatever happens, a strong away following will always be there.
Reaching breaking point
While I took no pleasure from watching from the stands on Sunday, I did think at least it might force some sort of change.
We are second bottom of the league and facing another relegation battle, the team has to be properly organised to give us any chance of survival. If Bruce is not that man then the change needs to be made sooner rather than later.
Waiting too long to change the manager in 2016, Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley can’t afford to make the same mistake again.
Whilst I would not go as far as to say a good team is waiting to emerge, I do still believe we have some talented players in the squad. If we find a settled, organised unit then we could turn things around. I have certainly seen less talented squads in recent seasons, albeit they were marshalled by a brilliant manager.
In 2016 McClaren was saved temporarily by two stunning victories over Liverpool and Spurs. Bruce needs something similar against Manchester United or the pressure might start to pile on.
Positive number three
The lack of any plan or cohesion
Standing in the away end, I failed to see any sense of a plan or strategy from the side on how they were going to get a goal, let alone win the match. It was a far cry from Rafa Benitez’ approach at this ground over the past two seasons, which was meticulous and thorough, yielding two wins.
The differences between the current and former manager were evidenced in this fixture alone. At times Joelinton and Muto were trying to occupy the same space and neither was willing or told to run in behind.
The switch to what roughly resembled a 4-2-3-1, was a complete disaster. We were too open in midfield, evidenced by lack of any intent to tackle on the first Leicester goal. The fact Longstaff and Hayden were so poor, summed up the lack of serious thought given to the midfield. Hayden often appeared on the right hand side in the opening minutes, startling considering he was hardly ever dragged out of position in Benitez’ team last season.
Any of the XI on Sunday could be criticised and it remains early days for our record signing. However, I am extremely concerned about our Brazilian forward being value for money.
So far this season, he has rarely got himself into goal-scoring positions let alone finish them. He sits extremely deep for a striker and still appears to be adjusting to the physicality of the league. To me he does not look like a true No.9 regardless of what is on the back of his shirt.
He has to improve quickly, or there simply won’t be enough goals in this team to stay up this season. He may be helped by Saint-Maximin getting a run in the team but that might be clutching at straws. He will need to start getting in the opposition box to have a chance of scoring ten this season.
He was not having his best game in a black and white shirt but it is a huge blow to lose our midfield enforcer for three games.
He remains the most in-form player of 2019 and with our other options in central midfield vastly reduced anyway, it will be a huge struggle without him for three games. It was an avoidable red card and a real blow, with the injury list already stacked high it does not bode well.
Stats from BBC Sport:
Leicester 5 Newcastle 0 – Sunday 29 September 4.30pm
Pereira 16, Vardy 54 and 64, Dummett OG 57, Ndidi 90
Possession was Leicester 69% Newcastle 31%
Total shots were Leicester 13 Newcastle 3
Shots on target were Leicester 5 Newcastle 0
Corners were Leicester 9 Newcastle 0
Referee: Craig Pawson
Newcastle team v Leicester:
Dubravka, Krafth, Schar, Lascelles, Dummett, Atsu, Hayden (Sent off 43), Longstaff, Almiron (Yedlin 74), Muto (Ki 46), Joelinton (Carroll 63)
Darlow, Saint-Maximin, Manquillo, Fernandez
Crowd: 32,168 (2,650 NUFC – Newcastle United refused to take the full 3,305 away allocation)
(Newcastle fan smashes it on BBC Radio 5 Live – Must listen ‘Should only be talking about Mike Ashley’ – Watch/listen HERE)
(Steve Bruce throws his players under the bus – Comments after Leicester 5 Newcastle 0 – Read HERE)
(Newcastle fans need to get angry and passionate for change after Leicester 5 Newcastle 0 – Final proof – Read HERE)
(Can’t disagree with what Brendan Rodgers had to say after hammering Newcastle United – Read HERE)
(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the five goal humiliation – Read HERE)
(Steve Bruce has to go after this shambles – Read HERE)
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