After Leicester 1 Newcastle 2 the consensus was that the scoreline didn’t really reflect the game.
The overwhelming view was that Rafa’s team had been worth far more than a one goal winning margin, after comprehensively being the better side.
It took until the 83rd minute for Leicester to actually have an effort on target and Jamie Vardy’s goal gave a bit of respectability to the home team that they didn’t deserve.
After the final whistle, even most Leicester fans (read HERE) were saying that Newcastle totally deserved to win and were the superior team.
However, despite Martin Dubravka not making a single save all game, somehow one of the Leicester team reckons that it was the Foxes who were the unlucky ones!
Defender Ben Chillwell claims ‘I think Newcastle probably only had two shots and scored both of them.’
The Leicster star going on to say ‘That shows at the moment things are going against us. When a team has a chance, they seem to score.’
Talk about deluded.
Whilst Newcastle did have less possession (see stats below) they had the vast majority of the dangerous play and counter-attacked with intent on a regular basis.
As the stats show, Newcastle had four shots on target to only one for Leicester, whilst they went close on a few other occasions, including Matt Ritchie’s outside the box volley that flashed just past the post.
The Leicester fans in their comments sounded far from happy with their manager and many of the players. However, if Chillwell’s perception is what many of his team-mates think as well, that Leicester were simply unlucky, then maybe they are a club at risk of heading on a downward spiral.
Ben Chillwell speaking to LCFC TV:
“It just didn’t fall our way.
“I’m not sure of the stats…but I think Newcastle probably only had two shots and scored both of them.
“That shows at the moment things are going against us.
“When a team has a chance, they seem to score.
“It’s not an excuse, but it’s just how it is and we need to make sure that we limit those chances that other teams get and you know, when we get chances, make sure we be more clinical.
“After the first half we knew we had to come out in the second half and give a bit more and try and break them down, by playing a bit quicker.
“They were difficult to breakdown, we found that in the second half again.
“We had some chances but we did find them difficult to break down and I think that showed.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Leicester 1 Newcastle 2
Newcastle: Shelvey 18, Perez 75
Leicester: Vardy 83
Possession was Leicester 66% Newcastle 34%
Total shots were Leicester 8 Newcastle 8
Shots on target were Leicester 1 Newcastle 4
Corners were Leicester 7 Newcastle 5
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame (Hayden 81), Shelvey, Kenedy (Atsu 64), Gayle (Joselu 70)
Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Merino
Crowd: 32,066 (3,200 Newcastle)
(Read the Match Report HERE)
(Read Alan Shearer’s reaction to the result HERE)
(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the 2-1 victory HERE)
(Leicester boss Claude Puel reacts to the defeat HERE)
(Rafa Benitez verdict after picking up yet another three points – Read HERE)
(3 positives and 3 negatives from Leicester 1 Newcastle 2 – Read HERE)
(Match ratings of all Newcastle players after the match HERE)
(Amazing from Garth Crooks, selects Newcastle player in team of the week and then slaughters him! Read HERE)