Very interesting reading these comments below from Leicester fans.

They clearly aren’t very happy with Claude Puel, with the manager as well as to a slightly lesser degree, the players, getting a lot of stick.

However, as well as that, great credit to so many of the Leicester fans for their comments on Newcastle United.

It would be so simple for them just to take the easy route and only blame their own team’s shortcomings and/or the Mahrez penalty decision they didn’t get.

Instead, there are so many brilliant comments (as well as the odd predictable bitter one…) in praise of Rafa Benitez and of his players, particularly regarding their discipline and commitment to the club, fans and manager.

Comments from Leicester fans via their top Foxes Talk message board:

‘Puel, change the record before we all fall asleep.

If truth be told I would not mind us going out and offering Rafa a quality contract considering the mess at Newcastle over the takeover and seeming refusal for Ashley to spend whilst he tries to flog them.’

‘The first rule of Defence club is   do  not let the ball bounce.

The second rule of defence club is DONT LET THE F…ING BALL BOUNCE!!!!!!!’

‘Newcastle were fantastic. We were predictably s…, Puelball.

Oh and absolutely brilliant from the Newcastle fans, we could learn a lot.’

‘Tactically outsmarted by the better Manager, Puel.’

‘Prove me wrong Puel.

‘Terrible, one shot on target at home against a struggling side is really poor. Everyone’s gone to the beach already.’

‘It was a shocking game, but Newcastle aren’t struggling. They’d lost 3 games in 12, with 2 of those being against Man City.’

‘Beaten by the more committed, motivated team.’

‘Our season is now as good as over and we’ve thrown away a chance at European football – have no faith in him whatsoever and once we lose Mahrez in the summer (with the risk of clubs also sniffing around Vardy and Ndidi) I really fear for us.’

‘Very similar to the Palace game we were not at our best and came up against a very good Newcastle team today.’

‘It was a poor game but we weren’t as bad as some are making out.

Newcastle are on a good run of form and up to 10th, we were missing key players.’

‘I’m sorry but we’ll be relegated next season with Claude Puel in charge.

May not be popular, but sack him at the end of the season.’

‘You’re upset, like the rest of us, but that is drama queen material.’

‘They weren’t THAT much better than us, I actually think a draw would have been fairer, but they closed us down better than we closed them down.  Oh Wilf, you were sorely missed…

Their first goal a lucky deflection, their second a total cock-up.’

‘Atm we are a absolute shambles.

Worse football I think I’ve seen us play in 15 years. And thats not even a joke.

Save our club and get rid!!!!’

‘We were pathetic. Apart from scoring we didn’t come close to testing the keeper. They were up for it more, bullied us, outmuscled us and deserved the win.

The worst thing about it all is that they’re gonna say the penalty decision has stopped us from getting any points. We deserved everything we got.’

‘Never mind chocolate and beer now that’s what you call embarrassing.’

‘Club announces plans to spend 80m on a new training ground.

Club announces plans to upgrade the stadium, invest in surrounding areas and increase capacity.

Lose 2-1 to a Championship side.


‘An example of a game between a side who couldn’t care less and a team who wanted to win everything. Newcastle were excellent defensively but it just highlighted our shortcomings.’

‘Today we got exactly what we deserved which was nothing. Newcastle were well-organised, extremely physical and took their chances. Our lot weren’t up for it.

First half an hour was particularly poor, one of the poorest spells of football we’ve put together since promotion.’

‘Blame the ref, blame whoever, we deserved nothing today, Newcastle wanted it more and fully deserved the three points.

Drawing at home to Swansea, Stoke and Bournemouth, losing to Newcastle, that is laughable for a team trying to fight for a European place, seventh place…we don’t deserve it.’

‘Absolutely disgusting performance. We were tactically outsmarted by a far, far better manager.’

‘Nobody is asking him to win the league, just look like we’re capable of beating rubbish teams at home.’

‘Would much rather have Rafa Benitez as our manager over Puel any day.’

‘We pass side to side to side to side. No shot on target at home to Newcastle until the 84th minute and nobody in the stadium is surprised. Because that’s what people are expecting from puel.’

‘It’s interesting how many people wanted Slimani out before January and are now criticising the club for sending him out. Fickle, fickle Leicester fans.’

‘I reckon we should just sign managers on a game by game contract, lose and you’re out, win and you get one more week.’

‘First up I want to say well done to Newcastle.

They clearly had worked hard on the training pitch and had a plan to play us, they implemeted that plan and every single one of their players looked like they wanted to win more than ours, and that hurts to say that.

The performance today was a disgrace, not acceptable under any circumstances. They didn’t look like they had practiced together at times let alone played together and they didn’t look motivated at all.

Maguire lucky to stay on the pitch.’

‘At first I thought it was a penalty, then replays changed my mind, then changed it back again. So…  seen them given.

Mahrez’s trailing foot was clipped I thought, their bloke pulled out of the challenge after that initial contact but Mahrez let himself fall (shall we say).’

‘Half-hearted never beats fully committed.

Shameful display, but well done Newcastle.’

‘Newcastle still have to play Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and had to get something from this.

All anyone talked about the last week was the “match-for-7th” game against Burnley. What did you guys expect? Never look two matches ahead.’

‘To be fair I didn’t really think Newastle had anything to play for today but outplayed us nearly all game. They are now closer to us than we are to Burnley.’

‘René had them set up well, the geordies pressed us, bullied us and didn’t look like a struggling side to me. They did to us what we used to do to teams.’

‘Newcastle have only lost twice since the turn of the year – Liverpool and Man City. They are a solid defensive unit under Benitez and we aren’t wily enough to beat solid defensive units at the KP.’

‘Watching the highlights of the game back this morning. The amount of space we afforded them in the space between our defence and midfield was criminal. It could easily have been more than two conceded.’

‘Disgusting performance from the players yesterday. Newcastle were rubbish yet you could see how much more they wanted it compared to our player’s and it did not surprise me that they walked away with all three points.’

‘We were outrun and out passed by frankly, a very average Newcastle team (who thoroughly deserved all 3 points).’

  • TheNutJob

    we were better than them, our boys didn`t let them play through sheer commitment & we bossed them all over the field. 1st law as a defender
    do not let the ball bounce

    • Wor Lass

      If it moves, kick it. If it doesn`t move kick it till it does then kick it again till it stops. Worked for me! (If I could catch `em!!)

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    I can’t keep up !

    First we are saying they are deluded and now we are saying they are now okay ?
    Most of the comments were fair enough but you will always get a true deluded knacker step forward who claims Leister were beaten by a Championship side !

    It wasn’t that long ago that Leicester City were in the “Third Tier” of English Football so comments like that are just ridiculous.
    You would think a club who have been through that would be more humble but that is the modern football fan for you.
    Newcastle United played Premiership Football for years while Leicester City languished in no mans land lol

    • Ram Kishore

      It’s not just modern football’s also our very own Mag writer Graham porter and Jackie lol

    • Wor Lass

      Mind you, this is the sort of thing that Manure fans and assorted cockneys say about us, not having won anything worth mentioning for 50 years. As you say, though, it was only one or two “deluded knackers”.

  • Peter

    You can’t fault them for their honesty….

  • TheFatController

    Ah, the luxury of having Slimani, King and Musa out on loan to PL clubs or CSKA Moscow and then registering just one shot on target…

    Bizarre they aren’t winning often yet don’t question loans out, whereas we win often and still get people wanting high court trials to prove right their conspiracy theories as to why a player was loaned out to a championship club.

    Puts it into perspective …

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      they aren`t wanting High Court trials at all, just wondering why play Joselu in over 20 games & not give Mitro a run.
      it`s a valid question
      maybe you can explain it.

      • raveseptum

        It’s perfectly simple. Mitrovic doesn’t do what the manager asks him to do

        • MichaelMaximusMoose


        • Whickhamrobbie

          score goals ????

      • TheFatController

        He gave him a run out. He smashed in Lanzini whilst we were 2-0 up, motive unknown (file under senseless?)

        He then had a three game ban.

        You asked me to explain it, I think missing 3 games for being completely unprofessional is a pretty good answer.

        Also, mitro has had plenty of run outs for us over two seasons prior to this one. and been very poor at times. So poor it’s been commented upon by ex professional strikers and possibly why no top manager sees in him what you do, otherwise why did they not take him in January?

        It’s a valid question.
        Maybe you can explain it?
        (See what I did there …?)

    • Clarko

      “Bizarre they aren’t winning often yet don’t question loans out, whereas we win often and still get people wanting high court trials to prove right their conspiracy theories as to why a player was loaned out to a championship club.”

      It’s almost as if Leicester have a striker who has scored 19 goals this season…

  • Ram Kishore

    One fan is already asking for a sack of the manager…
    Other guy says he saw the worst football Leicester has played in 15 years..
    People are very different I’d have to accept that

  • Albert Stubbins

    Stick to talking about rugby lads as you know sweet fa about the beautiful game!!

  • Wor Lass

    Rene? `Allo `allo …

    It`s amazing how thick/fickle some people are – sack Puel?! That sort of comment was in a very small minority, to be fair. Condemning them for that would be like slagging off the Mag because of Ghostrider … Oh! Hang on …

  • Andy Mac

    I still cant get over those Leicester fans who felt they were a league above us in terms of quality. Whereas the reality is NUFC have spent twice as many seasons in the PL than the foxes.

    22 seasons in the PL with an average points tally of 53, we’re far more PL quality than these upstarts. Just a shame the last 11 PL years have been blighted by a fat oaf without a clue.

    • Clarko

      They are above us in quality.

      How is the amount of time spent in the Premier League relevant to the quality of the teams on the pitch? (Psst it’s not)

      Incredibly stupid comment.

      • nufcslf

        Why did they not win easily yesterday, then? They think they are better than they are. Dangerous game to play. Only going to get worse from here on in.

        • Clarko

          “Why did they not win easily yesterday, then?” Because we scored more goals than they did.

          “They think they are better than they are.” No, they think that they are better than Newcastle, they are.

        • Paul Smith

          When Derby Coounty went down in 2008 they finished the season on 11 points ELEVEN. 4 of them were from NUFC. Were they a a better team with more quality than us ? No. When we beat Man U earlier this season was it because we had more quality than them? No. Leicester do have a more quality than us. We were the better team on the day.

        • Andy Mac

          Word of advice nufcslf try to ignore wind up merchants. Your time is worth much more than that.

          • nufcslf

            Thanks for the heads up. I do for the most part, but the lack of football brain sometimes gets the better of me. Must ignore…..

    • nufcslf

      So very very true. We did to them what they did to a lot of sides during the season they won the league. They need to understand one tremendous season does not make you elite and in their case will never happen again. If their better player’s leave at the end of this season, they will be bottom 5 eventually leading to relegation. Like us under fatty the past 11 years.

      • Andy Mac

        Agreed. If you pushed Fatman into owning any of the current PL clubs after the top six, chances are the club concerned would be struggling to retain their leagues position, their fanbase and their sanity.

        As I said earlier NUFC have survived the Fatman regime despite the owner doing almost everything he could to fk things up.

        I doubt if Leicester, Everton, Villa or Wet Spam could have shown the resilience that this club has managed to do mainly because of the blind loyalty of the fans.

        In the past I’ve complained about them as they continue to attend year in year out but I’m pretty sure there would have been anarchy at most clubs by now.

        So let us hope that those with the money to see off Fatso can also appreciate the uniqueness of this great club ?

        • Toonrobbybobson

          Sleeping giant. Just needs ignited

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          You don’t seem to understand the position we were in financially from 2005-2011

    • Steve Smith

      Minus Kante and Drinkwater, isn’t that the same team who won the league 2 years ago? While we were getting relegated with a more expensive squad than was fielded yesterday.

      On paper they should be ahead of us.

      Yesterday they weren’t.

  • gallowgate26

    Championship club, hehehe, well that means that they are no better than a championship club this season, ‘coz even if you said we deserved a draw yesterday, for arguments sake.. I would say we deserved a draw in the reverse fixture, when Perez scored that own goal. Say goodbye to Mahrez, Vardy and Ndidi, no European football and back to being just a bog standard club next season, competing with the championship clubs like Newcastle United for signings. Remind me how many seasons Leicester have spend in the championship in the last 20 years, compared to us again? Huh huh. Back in you boxes, foxes.

    • csh

      I keep hearing that we have a championship team. Yet apart from the excellent coaching by Rafa and his coaches this is not much different to the team we had last season. You know, the team we were told was a Premier league team in the second tier. Funny how our status is adjusted down to suit whatever peoples viewpoint is..

  • Just as we can say well done to teams like Man City, it’s good to see that other supporters take note of the football rather than a myopic view of events.

  • Ken Toon

    It was said that Shelvey’s goal was a lucky deflection. A lucky deflection with the defenders deliberate elbow at the ball. If no goal a clear pen.

    • Philippines

      Yes, agree. How ironic if he had called it back for penalty, ha ha.

      • Ken Toon

        Or if the defender had deflected it wide and we didn’t get the pen.

        Incidentally, are you the guy that went to UK to see a game and they had changed the fixture?

        • Philippines

          Not me. The nearest I got to see a game live since 1975 was when I was in Newcastle about 10 years ago and the game was away at S-land. I watched it in a pub on Percy St. The atmosphere was electric.

    • Peter C

      And sending off

  • Wor Monga

    it’s always dangerous sliding in on Mahrez because he’ll go to ground anyway…the touch on his foot was minimal (if any), and could hardly be made out from 3 different angles…neither official called it, and Mahrez didn’t protest it because he’d have been in real danger of a simulation charge…just sour grapes from Puel, and more or less what we had to deal with when Gayle was cynically dropped by Smalling, against Man U!!!

    • Peter C

      Minimal amount of contact, not a foul, he was looking for the penalty. It’s undoubted he’s got a lot of talent, but typical of the modern day, so called professional players, looking to cheat when they get the chance.

  • Lord

    Puel gave one of the most rambling and uninspiring post match interviews I’ve seen for some time. And, really, with the players they still have, they should be higher up the table.

    Expect a vacancy in the summer.

  • Dillon Tovak

    Paha I love it when they say stuff about just offering Rafa a job, as if he’d love the chance for a swifty downgrade.
    Rafa enjoys the good relationship he has with the fans of Newcastle and Liverpool. At Leicester you can win the league and then be hounded out 5 months later with zero sentiment.

  • david

    I am a nufc fan. I thought in the first half the foxes didnt even turn up. Half way through the 2nd half i thought i dont even mind if we loose this game i have had my monies worth… both teams were commited determined and it was great to watch i love a tackle and there were plenty. I love seeing players with such passion and fight and both teams really give their all no one could of asked for more from either side in that 2nd half in the end nufc edged it and it was the right result a 2nd half draw was the right result a first half win for newcastle was the right result

    • Wor Monga

      I accept what you’re saying it was a good contest, but goals win games, and we got 2 in open play,and they managed 1in return…Leicester tried hard for an equaliser, and put late pressure on us, but we were the rightful winners over 90+ mins, and that’s it really…e.o.s!!!

    • Andy Mac

      Players often arrive with preconceptions based upon all manner of issues. Their manager’s gameplan, knowledge of the opposition, their own issues surrounding inferiority or superiority yet often, when they’re rudely shaken out of their comfort zones, the first half is over before they can change things.

      Rafa’s coaching plus the NUFC player’s attitudes, their confidence in their own game and their ability to work to a very strict gameplan meant that we bossed the first half and Leicester looked helpless and bereft of ideas. The second half should have changed that but it didnt and NUFC continued to dominate while Leicester toiled.

      The Bournemouth game was going the same way until Rafa changed the personnel/formation and we lost momentum. Saturday saw that we didnt repeat the exercise.