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Season 2014-15
Leicester City (a) Premier League


In association 
with NUFC.com

 
Date:
Saturday 2nd May 2015, 12.45pm.
Live on BT Sports

Venue:
King Power Stadium

Conditions:
treacherous

Admission:
£35 (last season n/a)

Programme:
£3

 

Leicester City

 

Newcastle United

3 - 0

 

Teams

Goals

36 secs Newcastle kicked off and a short back pass back to 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

17 mins
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

48 mins 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

We Said


John Carver:

 

"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 it. 

(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 are in. 

"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

They Said

 

Former Newcastle interim manager Nigel Pearson said:

"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 good."

About his bizarre 'ostrich' confrontation with a journalist following the Chelsea loss:


"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 the club?

"What, 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 do that.Ē


 

Stats


Carver in charge: Played 17, Lost 12, Drawn 3, Won 2 (scored 14, conceded 33)

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.
 

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 opposition? None.

United last finished a game with nine men at Anfield back in May 2014, when Paul Dummett and Shola Ameobi were sent off (Dummett's red card was later rescinded). 

Leonardo Ulloa became the fourth player to convert a penalty against us in the Premier League this season. Penalties for NUFC? one.

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:
 

  P W D L F A
SJP 55 37 11 7 106 63
FS/WS 55 10 14 31 69 111
League 110 47 25 38 175 174
SJP(FA) 4 2 2 0 9 4
FS/KPS 3 1 0 2 2 3
SJP(LC) 0 0 0 0 0 0
FS 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cup 7 3 2 2 11 7
Tot 117 50 27 40 186 181

 

Waffle



Sign of the times, Leicester, May 2nd 2015


Another Saturday, another gutless surrender. 

Gone in 36 seconds; this latest disaster in a nutshell:

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 contest. 

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 to City.

Our performances this season have increasingly shown an absence of motivation, professionalism, organisation and discipline and this was another prime example.

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 thin squad.

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.

 
The 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 criticise.

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 ornamental. 

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 winnable. 

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.


Biffa

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.


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