Rather bizarrely, Papiss Cisse has claimed that Leicester ‘scored with just about every attack’ on Saturday…
It was just as well they didn’t or else it could have broken all Premier League records!
As you can see from the stats below, Leicester had 18 shots on goal with nine of them on target.
It would be fairer to say that Newcastle scored with just about every real threat, as they only had one chance on target and that was booted away by a Leicester defender, with Kasper Schmeichel behind him ready to block anyway.
Despite conceding three, Rob Elliot was by a massive distance the Newcastle man of the match as voted by fans in our player ratings, which fairly reflects Leicester’s utter dominance on the game.
Papiss Cisse did absolutely nothing when replacing Aleksandar Mitrovic but by default, I think many fans would accept that it is probably worth chucking Cisse back into the team on Saturday, as the Serbian striker looked totally disinterested in proceedings and is maybe finding the weight of expectation far too much.
Last season Papiss Cisse scored a great header from Newcastle’s only chance of the game at Selhurst Park so hopefully he can repeat the dose.
The Senegal striker says that the players need to keep their heads up but it isn’t easy to do so, I think as fans we are feeling it a lot worse…
“I don’t like to say what the manager said in the dressing room (after Leicester).
“The one thing that I can say is we need to keep our heads up, it is not easy.
“A bad game – very, very hard and we tried to do some things but they do press very, very high and they’re a very good team.
“They have very good strikers and they scored with just about every attack – that second goal made the game very, very hard because they scored so early (in the second half) and we tried to score to try to come back into the game…but after the third I think the game was over.”
“I understand that (fan) frustration because the manager himself too is not happy and neither are the players.
“During the Leicester game we didn’t play very well and the fans are frustrated, the players understand that.
“It is the Premier League and it is very, very hard every Saturday, every game is very difficult.
“All through the week we try to work hard on the training ground to get a result on Saturday but Leicester were the better team.”
Here are the stats from BBC Sport:
Possession was 54% Newcastle and 46% Leicester
Total shots was 9 for Newcastle and Leicester 18
Shots on target was Newcastle 1 and Leicester 7
While corners was Newcastle 4 and Leicester 9
Team: Elliot, Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Dummett, Tiote (Thauvin 20), Anita, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Perez (de Jong 81), Mitrovic (Cisse 62)
Unused Subs: Woodman, Lascelles, Sterry, Gouffran
Ref: Mike Jones
Crowd: 50,151 (3,200 Leicester)