Rafa Benitez was a proud man as his players made it 13 points from the last 18 and moved into the top half of the season.

Newcastle were well worth their victory and indeed should have had better than a one goal winning margin.

After the final whistle Rafa said ‘We managed a team with very good players, very well’.

Vardy might have scored the consolation goal but overall, Newcastle dealt superbly with both him and Mahrez.

Maybe the moment that best summed up the match and which I am sure will be picked up by the various TV highlights programmes, was a 15 second spell in the second half when four or five ‘committed’ NUFC challenges went in, one after the other.

A great day to be a Newcastle fan as Rafa’s team outfought and played better football against a side who have had plenty of both those qualities in the last year or two.

Rafa Benitez:

“I am really pleased.

“The players worked really hard, fighting for every single ball.

“Every single player was trying their best and that is what you need to do if you want to stay up.

“Obviously, you always have a game plan, but it is down to the players – and they executed it very well.

“We managed a team with very good players, really well.

“There were three, four tackles going in at once… a proper English match!

“We are very close [to safety] but still need two more points…

“Obviously we are closer than three hours ago. We will see next week.

“It was amazing, the effort of the players, the way they were working, creating chances and the connection with the fans, who were amazing too.

“Leicester are always dangerous, they have the players who can hurt you, but we had three or four counter attacks where we could have done better.

“You cannot complain…We are closer [to safety] but we have to carry on. Nearly, but we have to carry on.

“The main thing for us was the performance of the team, we deserved to win.”

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)

(Leicester boss Claude Puel reacts to the defeat HERE)

  • TheFatController

    PL commentary after the four tackles ran something like ‘I just checked and it isn’t the ‘80s, despite the number of crunching tackles …’

    • Wor Monga

      great determined football…the tackles were all spot on and fair except the last one which was a very determined effort to get the ball, but just a bit too far away from it at the time!!!

  • Coach Clagnut

    Class man and a born winner. Wouldn’t swap him for 2 Peps.

    • Albert Stubbins

      Two managers never work anyway. Didn’t Liverpool try it once?

      • Jezza

        Yes Gerard Houllier and Roy Evans if I remember rightly.

        • Coach Clagnut

          But 2 Peps wouldn’t disagree. It would be harmonious.

          • Coach Clagnut

            Still wouldn’t swap though but.

          • thewildchimp

            I think he’s the kind of guy who would find something to argue about even with himself.

          • Albert Stubbins

            Would their egos both fit in one dugoot?

      • Rich Lawson

        Mercer and Allison tho’ ?

        • Albert Stubbins

          Joe mercer and Malcolm Allison? Peter Taylor and Brian Clough. Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. Aye, we all love a good double act!!

    • Pablo Cedron

      Totally agree.
      Guardiola without world class players is a fiasco

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    All the lads were in top gear today,
    that lot could & should have been down to 9 men, Gayle was offside on goal when in fact he wasn`t off at all.
    a great display by the Team, a quite appalling display from the officials

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Thankfully the fools cannot stop us staying up this season. Im sure their is an agenda against North East clubs as they dont want to travel up here much like the FA to choose England players.

      • Albert Stubbins

        Wow. Are there people breathing oxygen that actually believe this? Again, wow.

  • Desree

    Where is the article about amitrovic scoring for Fulham?

    • Jimmy_toons

      We won, so that will be tomorrow.

    • Albert Stubbins

      He’s scored nine in last name nine games apparently. Better then Messi Ronaldo and shearer did no one tell you? He was only pretending to be total shyte when he played for us. If Rafa had been a better manager and played to his strengths we’d be top of the league and be the bestest team in the land. Rafa oot!!

      • ghostrider

        He wasn’t pretending to be anything. He wasn’t played to be anything.

        • Wor Monga

          He was given enough time in the Championship, last season 11starts, and another 14 coming on as sub…he only scored 4 league goals in that time, and quite often he had decent chances in that time, but didn’t take them…

          …Rafa’s not stupid, and if the lad could play to his system he wouldn’t have gone anywhere, but he was brought in to fit in with another managers players and set-up…which clearly hadn’t been working for us!!!

          • ghostrider

            The operative words were “his system.”

    • gallowgate26

      Who cares? We’ve just won three-in-a-row without him slowing us down, or getting sent off in frustration. Rafa is the Gaffa. I hope Cardiff bottle it and he gets them up, I hope we sell him for £20million…

  • nufcslf

    It was nice added touch with Rafa and the player’s applauding the away section with tge lafs eventually throwing their shirts into the crowd. All it needs now is for fatty to pull one of his mindless stunts to ruin all of the feel good momentum.

  • Wor Monga

    This was a great display of determined teamwork and efficiency with the ball, on the pitch, and from the constant noise level of the Toon Army off it…Leicester might use their pace and high energy to get Mahrez and Vardy in behind defences, and in on goal, yet for all their possession (68%–34%) they only managed the same amount of shots as we did (8–8) with only 1 of those on target whereas we had 4, and scored 2 brilliant goals…

    …Couldn’t fault any of the players, but Perez has to be singled out for credit…he was signed for £2m, and in 2 seasons scored 13 PL goals, and this season he’s scored 3 crucial winning goals, and 1 equaliser that gave us a total of…10pts…without them Stoke and Huddersfield would have had 2 more pts, and Southampton 3 more, and we’d have been 2nd bottom on 28pts now behind those 3, and in a bad place right now…

    …Ayoze is lightweight, but never hides or shows any hesitation…he wants the ball, and works hard for it…if, (as looks likely now) we finish around the top 10 this season then that would make the £2m that was spent on Ayoze Perez one of the best investments in the club’s recent history!!!

    • Peter Robson

      Remember, Perez was brought in as one for the future and only started because of injuries etc and despite being managed (?) by a sucession of idiots, has managed to come good under Rafa !! Rafa sees something in him, and as you rightly pointed out, his contribution has been the difference in points achieved !!

      Huge performance by the team yesterday though !!!