Date: Saturday 2nd May 2015, 12.45pm.
Live on BT Sports
King Power Stadium
Admission: £35 (last season n/a)
3 - 0
Newcastle kicked off and a short back pass back
Ryan Taylor was charged down. Mike Williamson then looped a header forward that
Leicester picked up and quickly went forward with, winning a corner off Daryl
Janmaat after just 15 seconds.
Jeffrey Schlupp's delivery dropped past Marcin Wasilewski (shadowed by Jonas
Gutierrez) and to Leonardo Ulloa, who got ahead of the ducking Moussa Sissoko
and glance home a header from six yards at the near post. The Argentinean also netted at the same end with a header following a corner in
January's FA Cup meeting 0-1
A free-kick awarded for Daryl Janmaat's first
bookable offence (on Schlupp) was swung in by Marc Albrighton and after Ulloa got a slight touch on a header,
Wes Morgan stretched his leg to steer the
ball past a stranded Tim Krul. The whole sorry saga was reminiscent of the
second goal Spurs scored at Gallowgate last month, when the entire Newcastle
defence again stood still 0-2
Half time: Foxes 2 Magpies 0
A ridiculous barge in the back on Wasilewski
by Emmanuel Riviere as a corner came over was deservedly punished and Ulloa made no mistake from the spot,
beating Krul to his right. 0-3
Full time: Foxes 3 Magpies 0
"On a scale of one to 10, it's a minus 10. I asked if everyone understood their roles and responsibilities. I can't
go and mark men on the pitch myself.
I can't accept it.
"I wish the players had as much determination and fight as I
had. We can talk about systems and
players but if we're not willing to compete, get your head onto the ball and
risk getting an injury, you won't get anywhere.
"What I canít do is give players desire, to get their noses broken or a
cut on their eye by trying to head the ball. I wish I could be out there with
them, and affect them. We have a problem. We are a soft touch.
"This game has got nothing to do with
systems, it is eleven v eleven and it is whoever wins it is the best
team. Whoever defends set-pieces in your box and in the other box, we donít
score enough and we concede too many.
"Once we cross the white line and we
have to defend set plays, there is not a thing I can do about it. To concede
after 30 seconds.....you have no chance.
A white line, yesterday. Defence not pictured.
"I know some of the players went over
to them (the NUFC fans) at the end and they said, in so many words,
Ďgo away, we donít want to see youí.
"If I had been there in that stand I would have done the same thing. All they
want is to see them work hard. They want to see determination and desire. Iíve
told them to grow up, to take it on the chin. If they want to go and hide
behind a post, let them.
"We can talk and talk. I am an honest, straight guy. I am only telling
you what I told them. If they donít want to accept it they can stay at home.
I am not a shirker.
"There might have been players who
didnít try Ė maybe they donít think theyíll get a new contract or be
here next year. But theyíre getting paid and should try. Weíll have an
open discussion on Monday Ė itíll be interesting.
"You feel like you are
getting somewhere, get a bit stability, and then I get kicked in the teeth
again. Maybe one or two of the players are
not having me for whatever reason, because I am too strong and I am quite
aggressive with them and I do care. Maybe people donít like that."
On Mike Williamson's dismissal:
"I thought he meant it. When the ball
went on to that left-hand side my first reaction was don't do it. He did
(Jamie) Vardy was off the pitch, Willo was off the pitch. There was no
need to do it and Iím not accepting that, especially with the situation we
"I thought he'd done that on purpose - it looks like he did. The ball was
off the pitch - he had no need to make the challenge.
"I told him that to his face. I donít want to go into his reaction. I
was the most animated I have been in my football career.
"He will miss two games now - is it an easy way out?"Statement
from Mike Williamson, Sunday:
"I would like to
apologise to the Newcastle supporters and my fellow teammates for getting
sent-off during yesterdayís game.
"There was absolutely no intent to
hurt Jamie Vardy or get sent-off. But I recognise that I should have been more
composed and measured in my determination to win the ball.
"Unfortunately, it did the one thing
that I never wanted to do, and that was to hurt the team.
"I will do whatever I can to help
teammates prepare for the next two games and fight to get back into the team
when Iím available.
"Iíve had the honour to play for
Newcastle for five years now, and I can genuinely say that I feel privileged
to play for this club.
"I would never do anything
intentionally to hurt the team or its supporters.Ē
Former Newcastle interim manager
"Whatever happens this season I can guarantee John Carver will have done
everything in his power to make sure things are right for Newcastle United. He
is a pretty selfless man.
"We have a more realistic chance than we did before we kicked off today.
Newcastle are having a difficult time but they have still got one more point
than us at the moment.
"Momentum is important but off the back of a defeat in midweek - had we not got
this result, then again
(you can find)
things can change quickly. We have given
ourselves a better chance.
"The result is the most important thing but the performance I thought was very
About his bizarre 'ostrich' confrontation with a journalist following the
"If I make an apology, I make an apology based on what I think is the right
thing to do. There is no smoke and mirrors on that. What I do and what I am is what I am and I have to live with that, and I don't
necessarily want to change.
"But we all learn from what we do, good and bad. I don't see too much mileage in
going much further with that. It was important to get back to winning ways today. Anything else, side
issue-wise, is not really as significant."
Pearson was also asked if that now infamous rant had been mentioned within
apart from having ostrich burgers at the training ground? Thereís been a bit
of banter. You have to be able to laugh at yourself - and allow other people to
Since Papiss Cisse scored at Palace in February, we've gone five games
without scoring a goal away from home - a total of 498 minutes.
In that same time we've conceded fifteen. At the same period last
season we went a mere 404 minutes without scoring on the road
before a nice Liverpool player helpfully did the job for us.
Carver in charge: Played 17, Lost 12, Drawn 3, Won 2 (scored 14,
Red cards for Mike
Williamson and Daryl Janmaat were the seventh and eighth
Newcastle dismissals this season (seven in the
Premier League). Dismissals for the
United last finished a game with nine men at Anfield back in May
Paul Dummett and Shola Ameobi were sent off (Dummett's red card was later
Leonardo Ulloa became the fourth player to
convert a penalty against us in the Premier League this season. Penalties for
Ulloa also became the eighth player to have netted against Newcastle United
in the Premier League within 60 seconds of kick-off - and
the second this season after Dwight Gayle.
2000/01 Alan Smith, Leeds United (h) (27 secs)
2014/15 Dwight Gayle, Crystal Palace (h) (30 secs)
1996/97 Dean Sturridge, Derby County (h) (32 secs)
2014/15 Leonardo Ulloa, Leicester City (a) (36 secs)
2010/11 Theo Walcott, Arsenal (h) (41 secs)
1998/99 Kevin Campbell, Everton (h) (42 secs)
1996/97 Paolo Di Canio, Sheff Wed (a) (50 secs)
1994/95 Neil Adams, Norwich City (a) (60 secs)
Magpies @ Foxes -
last 20 visits:
2014/15 lost 0-3
2014/15 lost 0-1 (FAC)
2009/10 drew 0-0
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
1991/92 won 2-1 Peacock, OG
1990/91 lost 4-5 Quinn 3, Peacock
1989/90 drew 2-2 Quinn, Gallacher
1986/87 drew 1-1 McDonald(pen)
1985/86 lost 0-2
1984/85 won 3-2 Carney, McCreery, Waddle
1982/83 drew 2-2 Keegan 2
1981/82 lost 0-3
(At Filbert Street until 2001/02)
Full record v Leicester:
Sign of the times, Leicester, May 2nd
Another Saturday, another gutless surrender.
Gone in 36 seconds; this latest disaster in
0-1 down in 36 seconds after a cross
Janmaat booked on 16 minutes
0-2 down in 17 minutes after a free kick
Gutierrez booked on 28 minutes
0-3 down in 48 minutes from a penalty
Williamson booked on 55 minutes
Williamson 2nd yellow 62 minutes, ten men
Dummett booked on 70 minutes
Janmaat 2nd yellow 91 minutes, nine men
Apathetic, abysmal, appalling - and that's just the A's. Don't take our word for it though, read the quotes of the bloke laughingly
referred to as the manager.
An eighth successive defeat that extends the worst run of defeats in the
club's entire history was as predictable as it was unbearable. The 803rd Premier League match that United have played must surely
rank among the very worst - and quickest. By 12.46pm this had ceased to be a
We may have lost to more illustrious opposition by greater margins, but
it's difficult to recall a more abject non-display from those entrusted with -
and handsomely rewarded for - representing the Geordie Nation.
Words like mutiny, treachery and treason shouldn't have any place in a match
report, but the antics of those in black and white today brought them
to mind. Overseas TV viewers may have wondered if today was an
example of match fixing, such was our apparent complicity in handing out gifts
Our performances this season have increasingly shown an absence of motivation,
professionalism, organisation and discipline and this was another prime
An already appalling disciplinary record had two further shameful additions by
the final whistle, while the most impossible job in football may actually to
be captain this club rather than manage it, as the armband has proved too
heavy for every single player to don it this season.
Carver may "bleed black and white" but the sad fact is that like many others in
the Ashley administration, he's been promoted above his competence and hung
out to dry. For all the big man bluster, there doesn't seem to be one
ounce of fear or respect in the dressing room for the bloke who used to put
the cones out.
Not content with losing badly and doing further damage to their goal
difference, these clowns have put yet more pressure on an already laughably
Daryl Janmaat's dismissal puts him out of Saturday's home game against West
Bromwich Albion, while Williamson's second red card of the season results a two game ban.
For him it's the latest clanger in what looks like a season too far in the top
flight, but the Dutch full back appeared to be equally as guilty of seeking an
early bath and so far has escaped criticism - at least publicly.
Interestingly, Carver later sought to take some of the blame for both dismissals
as a result of a full on half time team talk that he admitted could have wound
up his players too much. No matter what the language gap is between coach and
players though, it's hard to see how anyone could decide to indulge in the sort
of challenges that Janmaat, Williamson and Riviere (for the penalty) did.
It's also claimed that during a training ground meeting on Friday with two
disaffected fans who had "dialogue" with him during the Swansea game,
Carver drew attention to Williamson's shortcomings. Those comments were soon
circulating via social media and may well have reached the player.
situation regarding Jamaal Lascelles remains unchanged, with the terms of his loan agreement meaning he can't play
for us until after the Championship playoff final, even though Forest failed
to qualify and their season ended on Saturday.
With the returning Paul Dummett reportedly suffering with hamstring trouble,
the defence that takes to the field against West Brom will be makeshift in the
extreme and another one for "square pegs" brigade to rightly
Emmanuel Riviere's embarrassing air kick when one on
one with the City keeper was matched by a needless push that concede a penalty.
That's now 20
Premier League games, 0 goals. Pathetic, but he at least was deemed committed
enough to make the first eleven - in contrast to messrs Obertan and Gouffran,
who were absent. Cabella's presence on the bench seems no more than
The growing anger of those present with the garbage served was amply
illustrated by the jeering directed at Ryan Taylor. Gone is the sentiment that
accompanied his return to fitness, replaced by an incomprehension at how he
can perform so fitfully yet still retain his place.
23 years ago to the day, United battled their way to a 2-1 win to avoid
relegation about 500 yards away from the scene of today's meek surrender. It wasn't pretty but it was vitally important and achieved thanks to a unity
of purpose between fans and players, even from those more reviled than renowned (for every David Kelly and Gavin Peacock there was
a Kevin Brock and Franz Carr).
Fast forward to 2015 though and there seems to be no bond whatsoever between
those on the field and those in the stands - it's bloody difficult to try and
encourage a set of players who seem to have absolutely no pride in their work
or much interest in our eventual fate.
There's still time - just - to turn this around, with a trio of matches
still to be played that in normal circumstances could all be considered
These are anything but normal circumstances though and this current squad
looks to be as brittle and defeated as the one that slid out of the division
in 2009 after failing to beat the might of Pompey and Fulham at home or scuff
out a point away to a Villa side blowing up their lilos.
Our best chance though may well be that our last three opponents
now look to have little tangible to play for and may slacken off
accordingly. That the gutless buggers deserve to go down is beyond debate, but whether
demotion would do anything to improve our lot is far less cut and dried.
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
as we tread the path to the sort of ruination seen at places like Leeds.
Tempting though it may seem to see the Ashley Premier League master plan fail, a revival will be far easier to achieve as a top
flight club - assuming that the lessons of this season and last are finally
taken on board.
PS: this isn't the best of games to dedicate to a fan who has passed away,
but disappointments of this nature would come as no surprise to Tick McShane, who
has died suddenly at the age of 56.
A veteran of countless home and away games, he experienced the highs of
victories in Europe and the lows of both relegation and cup final defeats. His loss is another blow in
this awful season for Newcastle supporters. Our condolences go to Julie, Lara
and his friends. RIP.