Ricardo Perreira picked up possession in his own half and strode forward unchallenged, exchanging passes with
old boy Ayoze Perez, before slamming a
shot into the bottom corner of the visitor's net from the edge of the United box. 0-1
Half time: Foxes 1 Magpies 0
Jamie Vardy beat Martin Dubravka at his near post from a tight angle after
being played in down the left by Harvey Barnes.
57 mins A cross from
Dennis Praet flew off Paul Dummett's foot and past the helpless Dubravka at
the end of the stadium where the away fans were housed.
Vardy had the simplest of far post headers
following a left wing centre from substitute Marc Albrighton, Paul Dummett
watching the ball go past him and turning to see the scorer close in
Wilfrid Ndidi had all the time
in the world to turn in the box and fire home after Ben Chilwell's cross from
the City had been
flicked on by Jonny Evans.
Full time: Foxes 5 Magpies 0
This way to oblivion
Steve Bruce said:
"We simply didnít do enough. We didnít show enough resilience
or fighting spirit... to put up some sort of reaction. The way we went about
it was simply nowhere near whatís required.
"Itís not enough to feel sorry for yourself; they have to find a bit
more and do a bit more than today. We canít hide behind that, and they canít
keep hiding behind myself. Weíre in it together.
"At ten men and three-nil down, you have to show a bit more. We were just
so passive; we just accepted everything.
that (red card), we needed to regroup and show more effort, endeavour,
fight, spirit and that is the hugely disappointing thing from the group I have
worked with for the last eight weeks. That was not good to see.
"It (effort) is a big, big
part of the game and we have not done enough. The nitty gritty is that we have
not laid a glove on Leicester in the second half and the white flag came out
"It was not anywhere near good enough. We have made it difficult all
afternoon and at 10 men you have to get 20, 30 minutes but we gave an awful
goal away for the second and a deflection for the third. We have to show more
than what we did and roll our sleeves up more in difficult circumstances.
"The mistakes, the way we went about
he game, as son as the third went in the heads went down.
"We did not do enough to stop the Leicester charge. We need to do more.
That is the difficult thing to take. We made mistakes and were badly punished.
"The one thing I pride myself on is
begin honest. I have only been here a few weeks but you learn on performances
and games like today. We have not done enough.
"We have to go back to the training ground and do the basics better. We
were OK defensively but were all over the place in the second half.
"We made too many mistakes, gave bad
goals away and the lack of effort towards the end was nowhere near enough for
the magnificent support we brought down. We have to put a shift in and we have
not done enough.
"It is difficult but we have to go
back to basics. There are four or five who are itching to play and I will look
at that. I will analyse myself too. I have heard lots of nonsense about
tactics but the big thing is about showing pride and having a go. We have let
everybody down today.
"I always knew it was a challenge, I
was delighted to take the challenge but let us hope we can turn it around. I
have the appetite to do that."
"Iíve got no complaints - it was a poor challenge.
"Iím all for people competing because weíre talking about something
now where I want my team to compete properly; but we all know it was reckless
- and high with the follow through.Ē
Brendan Rodgers said:
"I thought we performed very, very well We showed real appetite in
the game, with our defending and our pressing, which was very, very good.
"I thought we were exciting going forward. What was also good I felt,
that especially in the second half, how we managed to play against 10 men,
because itís never easy.
ďThe players had real concentration and
real focus in the game. The speed of the game was good, and we kept that
intensity in the game and then scored some wonderful goals.
"It was a very good performance in lots of aspects. You've got to
defend well, our pressing was good, there was a hunger in our game.
"We showed all elements today. We had possession, we moved it quick, we
were a threat on the counter. It was a good demonstration of how to play
against 10 men.
"Sometimes you can give away too much space but the payers managed it
well. Overall we scored fantastic goals and we kept a clean sheet which
is important for us. Overall it's a great day for us.
"Against Newcastle, the last time we played, we felt that getting the first
goal was very important and we didnít get that. Today, it was going to be
about how much we learnt from that game and his (Ricardo Pereira) goal
was absolutely brilliant.
ďHis touch and the lay-off from Ayo (Ayoze
Perez) and heís away. He brings that real attacking intent into the game
and it gave us a great start.Ē
Newcastle's heaviest PL defeat since a 1-6 reverse at Manchester City in October
2015 when Steve McClaren was apparently in charge.
The Foxes equalled their greatest-ever margin of victory over United, this
scoreline matching a 6-1 Division One home win back in January 1930.
DeAndre Yedlin made his first appearance of the season having
recovered from groin surgery.
Magpies old boy Ayoze Perez has yet to get off the mark for City after 579
minutes of pitch time (418 minutes in the Premier League).
Magpies @ Foxes - Premier League era:
2019/20 lost 0-5
2018/19 won 1-0 Perez
2017/18 won 2-1 Shelvey, Perez
2015/16 lost 0-1
2014/15 lost 0-3
2014/15 lost 0-1 (FAC)
2009/10 drew 0-0 (Ch)
2003/04 drew 1-1 Ambrose
2001/02 drew 0-0
2000/01 drew 1-1 Speed
1999/00 won 2-1 Shearer, Ferguson
1998/99 lost 0-2
1997/98 drew 0-0
1996/97 lost 0-2
1994/95 won 3-1 Cole, Beardsley, Elliott
1992/93 lost 1-2 O'Brien (Ch)
(At Filbert Street until 2001/02. At Walkers / King Power Stadium
thereafter. All PL unless indicated otherwise).
Steve Bruce's latest attempt at finding a winning blend of players proved to
be a recipe for disaster on Sunday, as Newcastle suffered their heaviest
defeat since 2015.
A goal behind and very much second best at a rain-soaked King Power Stadium,
United were left a man short when Isaac Hayden received a straight red
following a 43rd minute lunge at Dennis Praet.
The Magpies were already trailing to a goal of almost embarrassing simplicity;
Ricardo Perreira given the freedom of the East Midlands to reach our box and
fire home stylishly on 16 minutes.
The Foxes were quick to put the outcome beyond doubt after the break; Jamie
Vardy beating Martin Dubravka at his near post on 54 minutes. And City's next attack saw them take a three goal advantage, a goalbound effort
from Praet flying off Paul Dummett's foot and into the net.
Three soon became four - Vardy with a routine header from close range - and
with over a quarter of the game left, a further deluge of goals to match the
driving rain seemed very much on the cards.
However the hosts managed just one more goal, Wilfrid Ndidi allowed to turn
and shoot home right at the end of normal
Bruce said afterwards that he still had the appetite for the task in hand -
sadly, many of his players were lacking any stomach for the fight today.
This was absolutely dire: by no measure is it getting better. There are too
many basic issues to even hope that this team can avoid relegation in its
It's an obvious line to say that the wheels have come off, but it's debatable whether they've
actually ever been in place since the club's change of coach in July.
Goalscoring isn't even an aspiration let alone a reality; a bright opening
spell brought some mild optimism as we looked to attack - but we were never in
danger of making Foxes custodian Kasper Schmeichel actually work for his wages.
Quite frankly, his dad could have kept goal today.
City by contrast took time to get going, but were then sharper and more incisive; having
deduced that having shots on
target was a decent way to try and score - something we're yet to realise.
Our lack of organisation and preparation was exemplified by Sean Longstaff's
first half free kick from a central position outside the City box. Obviously unsure as to what he was meant to do and looking in vain for
guidance, it ended up being booted forward and harmlessly straight to the
A complete waste of time - much like attending this game - and a pertinent
reminder of how much we achieved in the last two seasons by careful planning.
All long gone.
Despite a winless start to last season that ultimately extended to 11 games, confidence
things would improve when Salomon Rondon got to his fighting weight.
Rafa Benitez was criticised for taking too few risks during that barren run, but at least he
and his staff were drilling his players to play in a certain style and there was a semblance of a
plan. There's a reason we never lost a game by this margin under him....
Question marks over the motivation of the side became more pressing today, as
evidence that we're ill-prepared for the task in hand mounts. Given the form
of the two sides, it was unreasonable to travel with any expectation of a
third successive victory here - but there simply had to be more of a
contribution across the field from the first whistle to the last.
Sunday sees the visit of Manchester United to Tyneside; Bruce desperate
for a win against his old side to convince his supporters, players and perhaps
even himself that this is salvageable.
The odds are starting to be stacked against him though; ongoing uncertainty as
to what his best squad and formation is added a brittleness that harks back to
our last relegation season.
Time is a commodity that we just don't have.
Today was a dreadful mess, the season an unfolding calamity and a
football-free zone to date.
We expressed our belief that Bruce wasn't the right man for the job when he
came; an appointment that reeked of utter desperation. To dump him now - at a reputedly huge cost - would put us in
the same place, looking to persuade someone with a shred of credibility to
take the job on. And failing.
The real lack of confidence is in the person making that managerial
appointment - everything else comes from that, and falls apart accordingly.
Leadership is lacking.
Whether it will take a third relegation under the current ownership for there
to be real change remains to be seen, but we seem to be firmly set on a course
for the Championship at present.
Looking back on today, this game was strongly reminiscent of the 0-3 loss here
under John Carver in May 2015, a team unmanaged, a club at war with itself
Following that defeat we wrote that "The discontent of our fanbase is
manifested in both silent dismay and vocal hostility among those attending,
but the indifference of many thousands more is a larger issue. Relegation will
only deepen that sense of alienation..."
Fast forward four and a half years and we're back at that point, only worse. The bedsheets
are out and the clocks haven't even gone back yet. This doesn't end well