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Season 2021-22
Leicester City (h) Premier League

 

 
Date:
Sunday 17th April 2022, 2.15pm
Live on Sky Sports

Venue:
 St. James' Park

Conditions: Resurrected
 



 

Newcastle

 Leicester City

 

2 - 1

 

 

Teams

Goals

19 mins United failed to defend a training-ground corner routine that saw Ayoze Perez flick Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall's delivery at the near post to the unmarked Ademola Lookman. He beat Martin Dubravka from 12 yards with a low shot that the 'keeper was probably disappointed to let go through him and into the Gallowgate End net. 0-1

30 mins Jonjo Shelvey's flag kick from the North West corner was nodded down by Dan Burn to Bruno Guimaraes and his first-time shot on the turn appeared to be smothered by Kasper Schmeichel. However, our man kicked at the ball twice to put it in the Leazes net and wheeled away in celebration only to hear referee Jarred Gillett's whistle, awarding a free-kick to Leicester.

The official immediately pointed to his ear and waited for VAR official Lee Mason's verdict after reviewing the footage. His advice was for Gillett to take another look and after a quick view of the pitchside monitor in front of the East Stand he awarded the goal; Schmeichel never having a hand on the ball and Bruno making clean contact.

Pursued by his team mates, the goalscorer ran back towards the Leazes End to salute the celebrating crowd, but avoided removing his shirt, which would become significant....
1-1

Half time: Magpies 1 Foxes 1


He stoops to conquer

90+5 (4mins 15secs) A Leicester attack was broken up by Matt Targett and his ball up the left hand touchline to Joe Willock was controlled before he set off at pace, leaving Youri Tielemans in his wake.

Joelinton and Mendy clashed in the middle of the pitch but advantage was played and Willock's cross deflected up into the air perfectly for Bruno - who had run the length of the field to summon up the spirit of John Tudor and fling himself forward to head into the top corner. Cue absolute bedlam and a bare chested celebration that earned the scorer a yellow card.

Two things inadvertently contributed to this goal in the dugout area at the start of added time:

1. The substitution of Dwight Gayle for Allan Saint-Maximin immediately after the fourth official indicated a minimum of four added minutes brought an extension to that period of at least 30 seconds. That would prove vital.

2. Bruno cheekily helped himself to a drink from Leicester's collection of energy bottles, provoking a comment and then a friendly hug from Brendan Rodgers. Hopefully that swig gave Bruno the extra energy to make his run into the box and meet Willock's cross!
2-1

Full time: Magpies 2 Foxes 1

We Said

 

Eddie Howe said:

"My emotions are very high after that. To score so late in the game was a massive, massive lift for everybody.

"I thought Leicester had control of the game but we had the best chances and our defensive resilience in the second half was excellent.

"To score so late in the game is a massive lift for everybody.

"I thought we had the best chances. Leicester were probably in control of the game but we had some really good moments and I thought our defensive resilience in the second half, as Leicester took control of the ball, was excellent.

"We hung in there, made it difficult for them to penetrate us, and got rewarded for that with the counter-attack goal at the end.

"Yes, they love him (Bruno) and rightly so after today's performance. He was magnificent in every discipline of the game. I think the biggest compliment I could give him is that on 95 minutes, with tired legs, for sure, for him - he's getting used to the Premier League - but he's managed to get himself in the box to score that header."

The double goalscorer added:

"What a feeling! What a game! To score two goals was brilliant, I don't have words. It was always my dream to play in the Premier League. I am so happy for today.

"It was my first header, really! I don't remember the goal very well, but when I saw the ball, I didn't think too much. That goal was for the group. We are so happy for today.

"It is really important for me to score my first goal at St. James' Park. I enjoyed playing here a lot, this is my home, I want to play 100 times here."


The victorious squad - and the Paraguayan pole pilferer
(who left the flag in SJP, before Wor Flags chase him)

They Said

 

Brendan Rodgers said: 

"Performance-wise I was pretty pleased. I think we controlled a lot of the game with some excellent passages of play and we took the lead.

"Im disappointed with the goal we conceded but we looked a really good side in terms of the energy and the intensity in the game and some of our football.

"We just failed to control the ball at the end and for some reason we decided to kick it long in the last throes of the game and its just purely down to game management.

We controlled the game; we pressed the game well. Our energy was good, and we got into some really good areas. Our movement and some of our positioning was very good. We had intensity in our press, and we were forcing them back.

"It was a game that we deserved a minimum of a point from so we just have to take it on the chin. It wasnt like we had lost the game and can look at it and think we didnt play well.

"We maybe just lacked a little bit of finesse or a little bit of quality on the last pass, but in the main, we arrived where we wanted to arrive, and they were sinking back into their shape.

"Our physicality was good in the game, and we looked like the team to win the game, especially in the second half, but weve just got to control the game better in that last sector.

"I'm so happy for the people here. You get a great felling every time you come here. It's one of the cities and grounds I really enjoy coming to. It's great for the supporters because the passion here is incredible."
 

Stats


Newcastle won their fifth consecutive Premier League game, something that they've only done on four previous occasions in that competition:

1994/95 7 games
1995/96 13 games
2002/03 11 games
2003/04 6 games
2018/19 5 games
 
The Magpies are unbeaten in their last seven PL home games
, which is their best run of form at SJP in the top flight since the 2017/18 season, when they also managed a seven game unbeaten run on home territory.

The PL record that Bruno's 94:15 goal is the latest winner scored by a Newcastle player since records of that statistic were first formally kept in the 2006/07 season. Prior to then, goals scored after the 90th minute tended just to be noted as "90", as if the stop watch had been stopped.

(NB: Callum Wilson's penalty conversion at Spurs in September 2020 was timed at 97 minutes, but that earned only one point, not three).

Once again, going a goal behind proved to be no obstacle to United - this sequence of turnarounds since February harvesting a PL-high 10 points:

0-1 behind v Leicester City (h) won 2-1
0-1 behind v Southampton (a) won 2-1
0-1 behind v West Ham (a) drew 1-1
0-1 behind v Everton (h) won 3-1

Bruno's opener was United's 35th PL goal of the season, matching their previous worse total set in an entire campaign (35 in 1997/98). The Brazilian's winner then exceeded that.

NUFC after 32 games - last five seasons:

2017/18: 38 points, 10th (finished 10th) (scored 33, conceded 41)
2018/19: 35 points, 14th (finished 13th) (scored 31, conceded 42)
2019/20: 42 points, 13th (finished 13th) (scored 33, conceded 43)
2020/21: 35 points, 15th (finished 12th) (scored 35, conceded 53)
2021/22: 37 points, 14th (finished tbc) (scored 36, conceded 55)

Foxes in Toon - PL era:

2021/22 Won 2-1 Guimaraes 2
2020/21
Lost 1-2 Carroll
2019/20 Lost 0-3
2019/20 Drew 1-1 (lost 2-4 on pens) (LC)
2018/19 Lost 0-2
2017/18 Lost 2-3 Joselu, Gayle
2015/16 Lost 0-3
2014/15 Won 1-0 Obertan
2009/10 Won 1-0 Guthrie (CH)
2003/04 Won 3-1 Ameobi, OG, Jenas
2001/02 Won 1-0 Solano
2000/01 Won 1-0 Cort
1999/00 Lost 0-2
1998/99 Won 1-0 Glass
1997/98 Drew 3-3 Barnes, Tomasson, Beresford
1996/97 Won 4-3 Shearer 3, Elliott
1994/95 Won 3-1 Albert 2, Howey

Dwight Gayle made his sixth PL appearance of the season, all of which have come from the bench:

Watford (a) appeared on 83 minutes
Wolves (a) appeared on 77 minutes
Brighton (a) appeared on 90+4 minutes
Manchester United (h) appeared on 83 minutes
Chelsea (a) appeared on 90+1 minutes
Leicester City (h) appeared on 90+1 minutes

He last started a PL match at Burnley back in April 2021.

 

Waffle

 

Easter rising

A thoroughly ordinary match apparently sleepwalking to a stalemate had an extraordinary and unlikely conclusion on Sunday afternoon, as Newcastle won for the fifth successive time at St. James' Park.

With the score 1-1, the allotted four minutes of second half added time ticked over as the quietly impressive Matt Targett outwitted an opponent on his own byline and found Joe Willock on the left hand touchline.

The substitute dashed over halfway and into space, continuing his run into the City box before a deflected cross saw Bruno Guimaraes net with a close range diving header into the Gallowgate End net.

Referee Jarred Gillett barely had time to book the shirtless scorer before Leicester kicked off and the full time whistle sounded, amid epic scenes of celebration more befitting this weekend's FA Cup Semi-Finals. 

The Foxes arrived seeking a sixth successive win on Tyneside - and struck first when old boy Ayoze Perez flicked on a corner for Ademola Lookman to beat Martin Dubravka with a low shot from 12 yards on 19 minutes.

City's failure to defend set pieces has been a recurring feature of this season though and it led to a bizarre equaliser on the half hour.

Bruno poked the ball goalwards from close in after a corner dropped to him and although visiting goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel blocked the shot, he did so with his legs only; Bruno on the ground but managing two kicks at the ball that forced it through the 'keeper and into the net.

Initially ruled out by Gillett, a VAR check by Lee Mason sent the match referee to the pitchside monitor in front of the East Stand amid increasing noise levels - and moments later Guimaraes had his first goal on home soil, replays showing no foul committed on Schmeichel. 

Level at half time, both sides struggled to build any momentum after the break and with neither goalkeeper called into action, a mutually acceptable draw seemed inevitable - until that incredible finale.

Bruno's late winner evoked memories of Alan Shearer's added time winner against Leicester at the same end in 1997, but it was the events of almost exactly 30 years ago that many fans of a certain age were mindful of.

A 1-0 victory over Portsmouth here in April 1992 was on a similarly sunny day; David Kelly's late goal coming out of the blue and of incalculable value to his side's ultimately successful battle against relegation. 

Kelly was present to witness the debut of a Wor Flags pre-match display in his honour today: a banner depicting him celebrating that goal accompanied by a memorable match commentary quote.

In years to come our midfield maestro from Rio de Janeiro may well have a similar accolade bestowed on him - Bruno is certainly well on the way to enjoying iconic status here, and his landmark winner seems to finally have dispelled any lingering fears of demotion.

His two goal contribution stole the headlines and saved his side on a day when decent displays (Targett and Krafth) and evident graft (Almiron and Shelvey) across the pitch didn't look like being accompanied by individual brilliance, until Willock shook off his lethargy and took flight.

Three points took Newcastle on to 37 and up one place into 14th. Elsewhere on Sunday, Burnley drew 1-1 at West Ham - leaving the managerless Clarets in the third relegation spot; a whopping 12 points behind Eddie Howe's side. Job done.
 

Biffa


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