Claude Puel was gutted after the final whistle at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Newcastle conceded a soft late goal when Joselu failed to compete for a high ball into the box and Vardy scored from minimal distance.

However, that was the home side’s only effort on target.

Newcastle were by far the better team and Claude Puel has now seen a six point gap open up between the Foxes and seventh placed Burnley.

Meanwhile, Newcastle went top ten and are only five points behind Leicester.

Goals from Shelvey and Perez won the match but the Leicester boss felt his side should have had a penalty in between, as Dummett challenged Mahrez.

The officials said no and the Leicester boss disagreed.

Paying tribute to Newcastle’s ‘strong defensive unit’, Claude Puel felt his side didn’t ‘play quickly and with quality. It was too slow’.

Certainly Newcastle won most of the second balls and Leicester rarely threatened.

Happy days for Rafa Benitez but food for thought for the Leicester boss.

Claude Puel:

“It was not enough today.

“We wasted a fantastic opportunity for this team to believe in themselves.

“It was not enough in the first half, it was better in the second half with our reaction, but it’s a shame.

“We will discuss together.

“We know when we play sometimes like today, against a team with a strong defensive unit, we have to play quickly and with quality.

“It was too slow.

“We believe in ourselves to come back with a good mentality, hard work in training and prepare for our next game with a good feeling.

“[On Riyad Mahrez’ penalty appeal] Yeah, he [Dummett] touched his foot, for me it is a penalty.”

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

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)

  • TheNutJob

    swings & roundabouts, move on and don`t do a Wenger, i hope to see him crying next week

  • Paul Cannell

    Terrific and well deserved win, not bad for a championship team.

    • Clarko

      Out of today’s starting eleven who are the Championship players?

      • Chris Lightfoot RE

        I think you will find he was being satirical!

        • Clarko

          I think you will find that my comment works whether he was being satirical or not.

          • KRS1

            Give yourself a pat on the back.

          • TheNutJob

            ✌ 👽👽👽
            Live long and prosper

          • Clarko

            Did you see that Mitrovic scored again today? Not from 25 yards though like his last goal, which was scored from inside the 18 yard box.


          • MichaelMaximusMoose


          • Clarko

            I don’t know what you’re “laughing” at but as far as I know Merino is still a defensive midfielder Mr “Merino should play at CAM” after playing as a CB for Spain. You don’t get to laugh at anyone stupid.

          • nufcslf

            The team have won three on the trot, the player’s that are presently available are doing a tremendous job and getting the results needed for safety. Mitro is having a great time of it right now for Fulham and good luck to him. He would only be sitting on the bench watching if still at the toon anyway. Your friend is still a fat useless c** t and the worst owner the club has ever had all the same.

          • Clarko

            “I have nothing relevant to say, I don’t have a counter, I have nothing of interest to share because I’m a complete waste of space f***wit so I’ll respond to this comment about Mikel Merino by complaining about Mike Ashley because that makes sense in my pathetic, tiny, untrained brain”

            nufcslf 2018

          • Chris Lightfoot RE

            In your world maybe!

          • Clarko

            There is one world, the world where I am right and you are wrong.

      • Albert Stubbins

        None as they’re all plying their trade in the premiership. Or is another trick question?

  • Albert Stubbins

    Aye it was probably a penalty but one shot on target in 90 minutes. A team doesn’t deserve to get anything out of a game with this sort of statistic. Leicester were well beaten and deep down puel knows it.

    • Duh

      And there player should have been off anyway

  • Coach Clagnut

    It was the only decision the ref didn’t give them today. We got yellow carded for breathing too loud whilst they got away with thuggery throughout the game. Maguire should have seen red for pushing Gayle in the face and Simpson should have got at least 2 yellows.
    Kenedy got jumped on and had to come off injured. Blatant but unpunished.
    Of course, all teams now know they can do anything to a N.U.F.C. player and not get sent off. It’s unwritten but seems a rule in all but name.

  • Wor Lad

    2 Shelvey’s playing today then?

  • Jimmy_toons

    “When Joselu failed to compete for a high ball….”Anyone who knows anything about football knows that anything in or around the 6 yard box should be the keeper’s ball. Period. Cheap shot at Joselu…

    • Peter Graham

      Agree completely. He started to come, caused confusion and ended in no man’s land. He’s already become untouchable even though he’s hardly had a shot to deal with for a few games now. If Darlow or Elliott had done that they would’ve been crucified on this site.

  • Peter Graham

    By the way what’s Hoss got to do with the goal Pinhead? It was Dummett at the far post with Atsu?

    • East Durham Mag

      Just seen it and thought exactly the same thing. Hoss is a scapegoat …

      • Peter Graham

        Yeah we all know he’s not up to it but to blame him when he’s not even there? Some of our supposed fans are beyond pathetic. Wonder if it will post an apology?

        • East Durham Mag

          Doubt it very much.

  • Big Al 1967

    Have watched this so called nailed on penalty half a dozen times and what Puel chooses to ignore is the fact that Dummett pulls out of the challenge at the last minute yet Mahrez chooses to go down where there is no contact. For me the idiot that is Atwell made the right call giving no pen yet bottled it by not booking Mahrez for diving

  • Philippines

    Dummet touched the ball and deflected its direction so far as I can see on the many replays. Even so, many refs would have given it. Luck goes both ways.

  • ghostrider

    No way in hell was it a penalty but without video evidence any ref could have easily gave it. Luckily it wasn’t given and to be fair I thought the ref had a decent game when all was said and done.

    It’s swings and roundabout in games. I mean, Maguire should have seen red but was allowed to get away with it.

    The top and bottom of the game was simple. We took the game to Leicester and battled in doing so. We were balanced for the majority of the game and clearly were more focused and wanted it more than they did.

    If anything the result flattered Leicester because we generally had them in our back pocket with 99% of things they tried.

    Well done to the team and well done Rafa for turning earlier season drab football into more balanced enjoyable and more entertaining football and allowing the players to express themselves more, which we can all see in the way they play and the confidence they all show.

    More of the same please Rafa, as you have done over the last few months.

  • Desree

    It was a penalty.

  • Ram Kishore

    Look at Jackie’s words
    “”Newcastle conceded a soft late goal when Joselu failed to compete for a high ball into the box and Vardy scored from minimal distance”
    Theirs was a soft goal? Well played cross from Amartey.