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Newcastle 2 Leicester 3 – Instant United fan/writer reaction to Saturday defeat

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Newcastle 2 Leicester 3 – Saturday 9 December 2017 5.30pm

We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.

Now no wins in seven and one point from the last 21:

Ben Cooper:

“We can talk formations and finance all day long but when all of your players give the ball away as quickly and cheaply as that, then you will struggle to get points.

“Especially against a team which probably would have looked threatening even without our help.

“I struggle to think of a player in black and white who played well today, Dwight Gayle perhaps the only one who looked anywhere near his best.

“In the end though we threw it away, getting caught on the break for the millionth time in the last 2 months at 2-2 with minutes to go. Desperately poor.

“It might not have been a relegation performance but it was a relegation result.

“A few people at the club are living on past reputations and need to have a long look at themselves.

“The playing of games needs to stop and the playing of football needs to start.”

Toon Bano:

“Happy 125 years everyone!!!

“Absolutely incredible. Totally suicidal when we were at  2-2.

“We had nobody in our own box??? Doesn’t matter who put it in the net.

“Rafa is taking the p… big time. His team selections are nonsense. His formation ridiculous tonight.

“How can he not see we were totally overrun in midfield the entire game.

“Jonjo Shelvey didn’t even get off the bench. Absolute joke.

“Lascelles is fit so why haven’t you put Lejeune or Clark out of their misery? Pick one.

“Murphy starts again over Aarons and even Atsu!!

“1 win in 11. This is full blown relegation form and I can’t see it changing any time soon as our manager refuses to maximise his limited squad. Which he insists that is all he can do.

“I have never seen a manager with Rafa’s experience and CV act like a clueless u23s coach. Lost the plot.”

Jack Lacey-Hatton:

“Better, is still nowhere near good enough at the moment from this lot, it’s turning into a disaster of a season.

“The defending is so bad it’s beyond belief.

“I really struggle to see a way forward without bringing in at least two new quality defenders who actually do the job properly for 90 minutes.

“Grim days.”

Anthony Stafford:

“Can’t pass, no possession…take the lead then Mahrez all left foot shown left then bang!!

“Painful to watch Wes Morgan looks like a world beater when he is a bread and butter centre half.

“So slow, no plan if the other team scores.

“Relegation form and where’s the next the next win coming from???

“Drop deeper and deeper, the team looks totally lost and disjointed, very very like an Alan Pardew side….

“Miserable.”

Paul Lyon:

“Argh!!

“125 years of frustration!!

“The story continues…”

Jamie Swan:

“Hard watching.

“Apart from the first goal we were second best all over the pitch.

“To get back to two two was fortunate, considering what had passed.

“In for the hardest slog ever.

“The takeover if it ever happens might mean sweet FA if we slide out the league again.

“Fingers frozen, nose running, time to get merry and wave the flags! Ho ho effing ho.”

David Punton:

“Really hard to take on the club’s 125th anniversary.

“Feel for Gayle after such a good goal to make it 2-2.

“We are now in a relegation battle.

“Takeover or no takeover, this is a very unhappy scenario for all NUFC fans.”

Paul Patterson:

“Rafa can say we need to stick together and we need to keep going and correct our mistakes. 

“But let’s not dress it up, that was, for the umpteenth time, absolutely turgid.”

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Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle United 2 Leicester 3

Goals:

Newcastle: Joselu 4, Gayle 73

Leicester: Mahrez 20, Gray 60, Perez OG 86

Possession was Leicester 62% Newcastle 38%

Total shots were  Leicester 13 Newcastle 10

Shots on target were Leicester 5 Newcastle 4

Corners were  Leicester 5 Newcastle 6

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie (Atsu 64), Hayden, Merino, Murphy (Perez 71), Joselu (Mitrovic 88)  Gayle

Unused Subs:

Elliot, Lascelles, Shelvey, Diame

Crowd: 52,117 (Leicester 3,000)

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