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Season 2022-23
Leicester City (a) Premier League


Monday 26th December 2022, 3pm
Live on Amazon Prime

 King Power Stadium

Conditions: Incessant

Programme: £3.50


Leicester City



0 - 3





3 mins In a delicious echo of last season's penalty award against us here, City made a mess of a clearance from their 'keeper which allowed Miggy Almiron to pinch the ball and play it to Joelinton.

The Brazilian looked to work a one-two with Miggy on the edge of the box but instead the ball pinged back to him via Wout Faes. striding into the home area to be clumsily upended by
Daniel Amartey.

Chris Wood stepped up to beat Danny Ward with a firm shot down the middle of the goal in front of the South Stand.

7 mins An outrageous back heel from Bruno Guimaraes in his own half took him away from City's Patson Daka and opened up the space for him to spray a crossfield pass to Kieran Trippier just inside the Leicester half on the right touchline.

With Miggy Almiron haring ahead of him, Trippier played the ball forward and the Paraguayan cut inside Luke Thomas at speed before releasing a pass to Bruno. The Brazilian's return ball was perfectly-weighted, Miggy taking it in his stride and stroking home from eight yards.

His goal celebration took him to the corner flag, where a paper dart was launched towards him from the home seats. Like everything else that City created today though, it flew harmlessly wide....

32 mins Kieran Trippier cheekily won a corner kick on the United right and his delivery into the six yard box was headed in by the unchecked Joelinton, whose spring to take alleged marker Boubakary Soumare out of the equation was Sheareresque.

The goalscorer disappeared behind the goal to celebrate with in the manner decreed for an expectant father; sucking his thumb and tucking the ball up his shirt.

Low-level celebrations from visiting players leading to hesitation in the away section at the other end of the ground until it became apparent that the goal had stood.

Half time: Foxes 0 Magpies 3

Full time: Foxes 0 Magpies 3

We Said

Does exactly what it says on the tin, erm....wall

Eddie Howe:

Asked about a title challenge:

"My attitude won't change to that.

"I have no problems with the supporters dreaming and talking and speculating about what we can achieve and no doubt the media will, I can't control that.

"The only think we need to be mindful of internally is just focus on what we can control and our own thoughts and actions and how we train and how we prepare. And not look too far ahead and not listen to too much news and media and just focus on our training and make sure we focus on it game by game.

"This is the toughest league in the world for a reason and our opposition no doubt will be watching us and preparing for us, so we have to be ready.

"I'd say the performance was up there when you consider the opposition and the game and the break and everything that has gone into preparing this game.

"To start in the manner we did was hugely important. Credit to the players for how they have attacked their game.

"We scored some very good goals and the general mentality of the group was very, very good after the break.

"Today was a big test for us and (I'm) delighted (with) how the players started.

"We can do anything: the season is still young enough for all possibilities to exist for us. I want the fans to believe we can do anything.

"Coming here knowing how difficult it was going to be, the start was really important to us. The first half an hour, we were excellent. It's a trademark goal for Miggy and a really good team move.

"Leicester showed their quality in the second half and it was difficult to get the ball. I was keen for us to go on and control the game more but I do think we minimised their threat.

"Credit to the team, it's another clean sheet and that's important."

They Said

Brendan Rogers

"The start of the game clearly was really disappointing. We were so slow, the attitude at the beginning was really poor and before we know it we were 2-0 down.

"We lacked many things today, they were way better than us from the start of the game. When we get to 3-0 they can come off it a bit more.

"In terms of aggression we just werenít angry enough in our mentality and when we had the ball we lacked a lot of quality. Disappointing performance and a disappointing result.

"We kept going. The spirit was there. One thing Iíve learned in 300 games in charge is you need a strong attitude in the Premier League. You need organisation and commitment when you don't have the ball and courage and aggression when you have it. We didnít have any of that.

"We have to go again. The team have gone it a number of times. Weíll get in tomorrow, analyse it and get ready for Friday."

About the absent James Maddison, linked with a move to Tyneside and pictured watching the game from the main stand:

"Sadly he is not near to playing yet - he was out to the grass this morning, but he was still feeling pain in his knee. I'll speak to the medical team in the morning and see what the timeline on it might be.

"It's a different part of a knee, he has had it around the back of the knee, now he is feeling it around the front part. I need to listen to experts and the medical people on this and take it from there.

"This has come indirectly from maybe having issues while he was away, he is just feeling something on the front of his knee that the medics are just trying to get to the bottom of."


NUFC one year on:

11 points from 19 games. Scored 19, conceded 42. 19th.
26.12.2022: 33 points from 16 games. Scored 32, conceded 11. 2nd.

Newcastle last sat second in the PL in January 2003 following a 1-0 victory over Spurs at White Hart Lane.

One defeat in 19 league and cup fixtures this season for United, who have won their last six PL games - something not achieved since April 2012.

Newcastle recorded a third successive PL away win - not achieved since December 2001 from visits to Ipswich Town, Arsenal and Leeds United.

The Magpies are unbeaten in eleven PL games, their best run since November 2011, when they also reached that point before losing.

You have to go back to January 2007 to find the last time that Newcastle held a 2-0 advantage so early in a PL game; goals from James Milner (5) and Kieron Dyer (7) paving the way for a 3-1 home win over Aston Villa.

(They did rack up a two goal lead in the first six minutes of a 5-1 Championship levelling of Cardiff City at SJP in February 2010).

This was the eighth time in 525 PL games that Newcastle have scored three goals away from home before half time (goal times in brackets). The only faster trio came at the Reebok Stadium in August 2007 when Charles N'Zogbia and Obafemi Martins (2) were on target:

Dec 2022 Leicester City (a) 3-0 up, won 3-0 (3,7,32)
Oct 2022 Fulham (a) 3-0 up, won 4-1 (11,33,43)
Mar 2012 West Bromwich Albion (a) 3-0 up, won 3-1 (6,12,34)
Feb 2009 West Bromwich Albion (a) 3-1 up, won 3-2 (2,9,41)
Aug 2007 Bolton Wanderers (a) 3-0 up, won 3-1 (11,21,27)
Apr 1999 Derby County (a) 3-2 up, won 4-3 (11,24,39)
Sep 1998 Coventry City (a) 3-1 up, won 5-1 (14,42,43)
Dec 1995 Wimbledon (a) 3-0 up, drew 3-3 (9,29,35)

Earliest two NUFC away goals in PL:

2 mins Duff then 9 mins Lovenkrands, West Brom (a) Feb 2009
3 mins Wood then 7 mins Joelinton, Leicester City (a) Dec 2022
7 mins Kenedy then 10 mins Muto, Manchester United (a) Oct 2018

Earliest NUFC away goals in PL:

2 mins Feb 2009 West Bromwich Albion (a) Damien Duff (67 seconds)
2 mins Feb 2006 Aston Villa (a) Shola Ameobi (74 seconds)
2 mins Feb 2011 Birmingham (a) Lovenkrands (95 seconds)
3 mins Apr 1993 Leeds United (a) Andy Cole
3 mins Apr 1993 Liverpool (a) Robert Lee
3 mins Apr 2002 Aston Villa (a) Alan Shearer
3 mins Oct 2004 Birmingham City (a) Jermaine Jenas
3 mins Oct 2012 mackems (a) Yohan Cabaye
3 mins Dec 2022 Leicester (a) Chris Wood (pen)
4 mins Jan 2001 Leeds United (a) Nobby Solano (pen)
4 mins Feb 2007 Aston Villa (a) Michael Owen
4 mins Dec 2012 Manchester United (a) James Perch
4 mins Nov 2018 Burnley (a) own goal

Our tally of 15 goals scored from eight PL away games is equal to or better than five full previous seasons of participation in that competition.

NUFC PL penalties - quickest 10:

3 mins 2022/23 Leicester City (a) Chris Wood scored
4 mins 1997/98 Leicester City (h) John Barnes scored
4 mins 2000/01 Leeds United (a) Nobby Solano scored
8 mins
1994/95 Norwich City (h) Peter Beardsley scored
9 mins 2004/05 Southampton (h) Alan Shearer scored
9 mins 2008/09 West Bromwich Albion (h) Joe Barton scored
12 mins 1993/94 Sheffield United (h) Peter Beardsley scored
12 mins 1993/94 Swindon Town (h) Peter Beardsley scored
13 mins 1996/97 Sheffield Wednesday (h) Alan Shearer scored
13 mins
2013/14 Wigan Athletic (h) Demba Ba scored

Former Fox Chris Wood now has four PL goals since joining Newcastle, this his second successful penalty conversion. Timed at three minutes, his was the quickest NUFC PL strike since Callum Wilson's second minute effort at home to Spurs in October 2021.

Miguel Almiron now has 18 PL goals as a Magpie, taking him one ahead of Yohan Cabaye. United's top scorer with nine PL goals in 16 games this season, Miggy's first nine PL goals took 110 games to attain.

That seasonal return of nine PL goals is better than our top scorer managed in seven previous campaigns, the most recent of which was 2022/23 when Callum Wilson collected 8.

Joelinton doubled his seasonal PL tally; he has 12 PL goals in a Newcastle shirt - one ahead of Jonjo Shelvey and level with both Allan Saint-Maximin and Joe Willock.

United's record of conceding just 11 goals in 16 games means that they remain the meanest defence in the PL, one better than Arsenal (15 games) and three better than Manchester City (14 games).

Just two of those 11 goals came in the first half of games.

Sven Botman has still to taste defeat after 17 league and cup appearances for Newcastle since debuting from the bench on opening day. He was an unused substitute at Anfield for the 1-2 reverse.

Eddie Howe became only the third English PL manager to win more than 20 games in a single year (21 in 2022 so far), after Kevin Keegan (24 in 1994, 23 in 1995 with Newcastle) and Roy Evans (22 in 1996 with Liverpool).

Howe's NUFC managerial stats are now amazing: 22 wins and 11 draws from 43 PL games makes him statistically the best manager - by some distance - we've had since Kevin Keegan's first spell in the reformed top tier.

Howe's points percentage is up to 59.7% and win percentage 51.2%. KK's were 61.5% and 54.5% respectively before he resigned in January 1997.

Newcastle wore their home kit with white socks for the second successive season here, again to avoid a colour clash with City's white shorts.

NUFC after sixteen games - all PL seasons:

2022/23 33 points, 2nd (scored 32, conceded 11)
2021/22 10 points, 19th (scored 17, conceded 34)
2020/21 19 points, 15th (scored 18, conceded 26)
2019/20 22 points, 11th (scored 17, conceded 23)
2018/19 13 points, 15th (scored 13, conceded 22)
2017/18 15 points, 16th (scored 16, conceded 25)
2015/16 16 points, 15th (scored 18, conceded 31)
2014/15 23 points, 7th (scored 18, conceded 22)
2013/14 27 points, 6th (scored 23, conceded 22)
2012/13 17 points, 14th (scored 18, conceded 23)
2011/12 27 points, 6th (scored 21, conceded 19)
2010/11 19 points, 11th (scored 24, conceded 25)
2008/09 16 points, 16th (scored 19, conceded 24)
2007/08 22 points, 11th (scored 23, conceded 26)
2006/07 19 points, 14th (scored 15, conceded 18)
2005/06 22 points, 10th (scored 14, conceded 15)
2004/05 20 points, 12th (scored 27, conceded 31)
2003/04 24 points, 5th (scored 25, conceded 20)
2002/03 28 points, 6th (scored 26, conceded 23)
30 points, 3rd (scored 27, conceded 19)
2000/01 24 points, 9th (scored 18, conceded 16)
1999/00 16 points, 15th (scored 27, conceded 30)
1998/99 20 points, 13th (scored 21, conceded 21)
1997/98 25 points, 9th (scored 20, conceded 21)
1996/97 30 points, 4th (scored 26, conceded 17)
1995/96 39 points, 1st (scored 36, conceded 14)
1994/95 34 points, 3rd (scored 34, conceded 17)
1993/94 28 points, 4th (scored 31, conceded 15)

Based on the above, the current squad are our third top scorers with the meanest defence. That combination gives them the third highest points tally and the second best league position at this stage of the season:

Magpies @ Foxes - PL era:

2022/23 won 3-0 Wood (pen), Almiron, Joelinton
2021/22 lost 0-4
2020/21 won 4-2 Willock, Dummett, Wilson 2
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 then Walkers/King Power Stadium)

NUFC Boxing Day Record - last 20:

2022/23 Leicester City (a) won 3-0
2020/21 Manchester City (a) lost 0-2
2019/20 Manchester United (a) lost 1-4
2018/19 Liverpool (a) lost 0-4
2016/17 Sheffield Wednesday (h) lost 0-1
2015/16 Everton (h) lost 0-1
2014/15 Manchester United (a) lost 1-3
2013/14 Stoke City (h) won 5-1
2012/13 Manchester United (a) lost 3-4
2011/12 Bolton Wanderers (a) won 2-0
2010/11 Manchester City (h) lost 1-3
2009/10 Sheffield Wednesday (a) drew 2-2
2008/09 Wigan Athletic (a) lost 1-2
2007/08 Wigan Athletic (a) lost 0-1
2006/07 Bolton Wanderers (a) lost 1-2
2005/06 Liverpool (a) lost 0-2
2004/05 Blackburn Rovers (a) drew 2-2
2003/04 Leicester City (a) drew 1-1

For completeness, the missing two seasons - 2017/18 and 2021/22 - saw our first post-Christmas fixtures played on December 27th:

2021/22 Manchester United (h) drew 1-1
2017/18 Manchester City (h) lost 0-1

This was our most emphatic Boxing Day away win since the 6-1 derby conquest at Roker Park in 1955. You need to go back to September 1932 for the last time that United won by a three goal margin at Leicester (also 3-0).



Newcastle's march up the Premier League continued at the King Power Stadium on Monday afternoon, a magnificent and thoroughly deserved three-goal success elevating them to a staggering second in the table.

First half efforts from Chris Wood, Miggy Almiron and Joelinton propelled United to their first Boxing Day win since 2013, as they made it six league victories on the bounce - three of them on the road.

Any thoughts that Eddie Howe's side would ease themselves back into Premier League action following their 43 day World Cup decreed break were dispelled just 90 seconds from the first whistle.

At that point United's pressing paid an instant dividend as City were caught out on the edge of their box, Daniel Amartey illegally preventing Joelinton's surge towards goal and conceding a penalty.

Starting the game in place of the unwell Callum Wilson, Wood stepped up to beat Danny Ward and set United on their way.

1-0 became 2-0 in the seventh minute after Almiron added another memorable effort to his seasonal tally, exchanging passes with Bruno Guimaraes before waltzing into the Foxes box and stroking home.

Kieran Trippier's corner kick from the right was then headed in by the unchecked Joelinton after the half hour; low-level celebrations from visiting players leading to hesitation in the away section at the other end of the ground until it became apparent that the goal stood. 

(Three minutes of first half added time would doubtless have been far longer had our three goals come in the vicinity of the away sections). 

There was to be no more scoring in the remainder of the game - Wood volleying just over and Bruno curling his attempt at Ward. The second period then concluded with United registering an impressive eighth clean sheet in 16 outings, thanks to their game management skills.

Home substitute Jamie Vardy was denied by Nick Pope and the upright before an offside flag was raised, as the hosts belatedly began to spend time in the opposition half.

Sven Botman survived a VAR penalty check for handball while referee Jarred Gillett was consistently inconsistent in his judgement of what constituted a foul, seemingly rethinking his approach at half time after having downed tools for a time and let everything go. That approach caught out players from both sides, tumbling over under contact in the expectation of a whistle that never came.

Although Leicester did see more of the ball after changing ends, there was never any danger of a comeback from Brendan Rodgers' side and disillusioned home followers were flocking to the exits just after the hour mark, having sat mute all game.

That was in stark contrast to the 3,300 jubilant travelling fans, who had hollered their approval throughout the afternoon. What are becoming familiar scenes of exultant celebrations on foreign turf followed the full time whistle, players and staff saluting the euphoric away contingent - some of whom squabbled over the shirts that were tossed in their direction.

Victory took Newcastle (played 16) one point above Manchester City (played 14) into second and put them seven points off leaders Arsenal (played 15), after the Gunners beat West Ham 3-1 soon after.

With one game left in 2022, a single defeat from 16 PL games matches our record at the same point of the 1995/96 season. Depending on your vintage, that's either uncharted territory as a Toon follower or a pleasurable reminder of times past when we had hopes and dreams rather than mere delusions of mediocrity.

Discounting the lockdown victory behind closed doors, two of our darkest days of recent times came at this venue, in the form of 0-5 and 0-4 reverses.

Both of those humiliations were to a memorable background of vocal and stoic support in one corner of the ground. Today though, those songs were ones of celebration - from defiance to delight.

What a team, what a season.



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