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Leicester 1 Newcastle 2 – Match ratings of all NUFC players

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Leicester 1 Newcastle 2  – Saturday 7 April 2018 3pm

We asked Jonathan Drape-Comyn to give us his match ratings after today’s game.

A brilliant 2-1 victory and some excellent write-ups on the players who performed today.

Dubravka 8 – He actually had nothing to do all day!

But he oozes confidence from the back.

Stepped up in the last five minutes to come and collect several crosses which eased the worries in the back-line. A no-brainer to be signed in the summer.

Yedlin 8 – Another great performance at full back.

I would probably put him down as the fastest player Newcastle have had, at least in the 20 years.

Has slowly improved his performances defensively this season which has culminated in all round top performances recently.

Lascelles 9 – I’m amazed that Harry Maguire is so far ahead in the England pecking order, after watching today.

Lascelles, as per usual, was phenomenal.

Jamie Vardy didn’t get a look in all day and Lascelles won just about every ball in the air.

A no-brainer for England… and I’m not even being biased!

Lejeune 7 – Looks like a good centre-half next to Lascelles.

Still doesn’t fill with me with bags of confidence like the skipper does.

Lost the ball a few times today trying to do too much from the back.

However, he is a big powerful guy who wins his fair share of headers and challenges.

Dummett 9 – Didn’t give Mahrez a sniff all day. Also got forward far more than what we expect of him.

Another all-round display from him. Turned into a real valuable player this season.

Diame 7 – Wasn’t quite the world beater we have strangely been accustomed to in recent weeks but defensively he was strong as an ox today.

Whenever the ball went into any Leicester player he was invariably there to let him know about it.

Shelvey 9 – Took his goal brilliantly well.

I don’t think there are too many centre midfielders in the division (at least at a lower table club) who would have the composure to set himself up for a shot in the way he did.

Was calm in possession in all afternoon, starting to pick some much needed consistency that could see him go to the World Cup.

Ritchie 8 – Incredible energy and workrate along with Yedlin.

They outran Chillwell and either Leicester winger. Brilliant on the ball as well. Such a reliable player.

Perez 9 – Brilliant work from him to set up Shelvey for the first goal and an incredible finish for the second goal.

Was frustrating for most of the afternoon in terms of constantly giving the ball away but stepped up for the two big moments and that’s all that matters.

Kenedy 7 – Was largely quiet today but once again ran himself into the ground with his workrate.

Did cause Leicester a few problems in the first half and produced one of the most outrageous pieces of skill I have seen in the PL this season.

Gayle 6 – A quiet afternoon again – but ran his socks off.

I was surprised that he was brought off but hopefully with the pressure off, he will be able to chip in with a few goals before the end of the season.

Subs:

Atsu 6 – Didn’t do an awful lot when he came on but provided some fresh pace.

Joselu 4 – Might seem harsh considering he wasn’t on for long…but he did give the ball away every time he touched it.

Hayden – N/A (Not involved enough to judge)

Stats from BBC Sport:

Leicester 1 Newcastle 2

Goals:

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

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame (Hayden 81), Shelvey, Kenedy (Atsu 64), Gayle (Joselu 70)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Merino

Crowd: 32,066 (3,200 Newcastle)

(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)

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