An error-strewn and injury-ravaged Newcastle United were the latest side to be undone by Leicester City, as the Foxes left St. James' Park with a 0-3 victory in the Premier League on Wednesday.
Joelinton fluffed a decent one-on-one opportunity to put his side in front, before a couple of
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Not without their opportunities in the first half, in particular a one-on-one that Joelinton had, when you are playing opposition of his quality, gifting them goals in that manner is just criminal.
And while that is simply inexcusable, the Magpies suffered from horrendous bad luck too. Both full-backs were hauled off in the first period with injuries that will simply be put down to the hectic festive period. But then at half-time with his side trailing 2-0, to have his star midfielder unable to make it out for the second period was another cruel blow, as Jonjo Shelvey failed to emerge from the tunnel.
Then to make matters even worse, Fabian Schar went and pulled his hamstring not 20 seconds into the second half. You can do everything you can to try and win a football match, but when your luck is out, your luck is out. Poor Bruce.
Regarding matters on the pitch, the Magpies were up against it at half-time anyway, but taking on a Leicester side with ten men and two goals down, well, you know the rest.
Starting XI: Dubravka (6); Schar (6*), Fernandez (7), Lejeune (3); Manquillo (5), Hayden (6), Shelvey (6), Willems (6); Muto (5), Joelinton (5), Almiron (5)
Substitutes: Yedlin (5), Krafth (5), Longstaff (6)
While the visitors were largely dominating proceedings, they were being kept at bay by some fine defending from Federico Fernandez. The Argentine put in some crucial blocks to half the Foxes going in front, but could do little to prevent his fellow centre-half from dropping the clangers he did.
It probably would have been an even more comfortable scoreline than it was were it not for the 30-year-old, so he'll get an honourable mention as the best of a bad bunch.
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They were doing pretty well up until the Newcastle players started dropping like flies, but after that, this was a training session played in first gear for the Foxes players.
With Maddison in the middle, Leicester ran the show. They were well on top before they were gifted the opener, but it always looked as if there was only going to be one winner.
Composed and assured when faced against ten men, the professionalism that Rodgers has instilled into this side came to the fore, as they cruised their way through the second half.
It got the Foxes off to a superb start to the calendar year, and two of the goals that got them there will be in the running for goal of the season, let alone goal of the month.
Starting XI: Schmeichel (7); Soyuncu (7), Evans (7), Fuchs (7); Pereira (8), Tielemans (8), Ndidi (8), Maddison (9*), Chilwell (7), Perez (8), Iheanacho (6)
Substitutes: Gray (6), Morgan (N/A), Choudhury (8)
There were strong performances throughout this Leicester side, but none more deserving of a mention than James Maddison. Played out on the left hand side in the club's defeat to Liverpool, Rodgers has since realised his mistake and put him back in his favoured central role.
He excels in that position, where his technical ability in tight areas comes to the fore, and he ran the show at St. James' Park. If he keeps this form up, there is no way Gareth Southgate can leave him out of upcoming England lineups.
Maddison is supreme— daBaby (@bigdabby_) January 1, 2020
8 - James Maddison has scored 8 Premier League goals from outside the box since the beginning of last season, more than any other player. Aimbot. pic.twitter.com/Nwdt0ar0w6— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 1, 2020
Maddison and Grealish giving Southgate some headache for the Euros, both doing amazing bits!!— The Flash (@Odriozolite) January 1, 2020
The Foxes are in FA Cup action next as they host Championship outfit Wigan at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, while Newcastle are doing likewise, but travel to Rochdale instead.