Claude Puel watched on as his Leicester team took all three points.

The Foxes strolling to victory thanks to goals from Vardy and Maguire.

You always felt that at any time they could have stepped up their game, as Newcastle were a poor second best.

It summed it up when Newcastle’s only shot on target was a 60 yard hopeful lob from Jonjo Shelvey.

Claude Puel though, insisted it was essential Leicester scored first…

Claude Puel talking to LCFC TV:

“I think it was a fantastic performance, a fantastic collective performance for us.

“It’s a good reward for the team because we played against a difficult team with strength, good players, duels and battles.

“It was important to always keep our focus, our concentration of long balls and second balls.

“It was tough and we have to manage this game and I since the beginning, since kick-off, we didn’t control all of the game but we played with consistency and I think it’s a good performance for us.

“[We had] discipline, structure and good play on the floor after to use the good balls. I’m happy about our collective performance and all of the players gave their best in this condition.”

“We know in this stadium, at St James Park, with 50,000, 55,000 people, we needed to score first because we know the atmosphere.

“We have had also the good support from our fans.

“They were up in the stadium but we listened a lot and I would like to thank them for their support because it’s important away from home to continue to support the team. They deserve a lot of good support because they always give their best.

“I was happy about our collective performance. It’s not the perfect game, but I think it’s a game we can take some good momentum from after.

“We need to keep our humility, to respect the opponent and to play with discipline and creativity with the ball.

“It’s important that the first priority, the most important thing, is to have this discipline, to get good transitions with the ball – to attack together and to defend together. I think in this condition and situation, it was a good example this afternoon.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 0 Leicester 2


Leicester: Vardy 30, Maguire 73

Possession was Leicester 59% Newcastle 41%

Total shots were  Leicester 12 Newcastle 6

Shots on target were Leicester 5 Newcastle 1

Corners were  Leicester 9 Newcastle 5

Referee: Simon Hooper

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin (Manquillo 80), Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie (Murphy 65), Shelvey, Diame, Atsu, Perez (Muto 69), Joselu

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Schar, Longstaff, Hayden

Crowd: 51,523 (3,000 Leicester approx)

(Video – Absolute disgrace as Mike Ashley sends in his people to take down Rafa Benitez and Kevin Keegan banners – Watch here)

(To read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the Leicester defeat go HERE)

(To read the Newcastle player match ratings go HERE)

(Disgraceful lies as newspaper headlines claim ‘Newcastle fans turn on Rafa Benitez after Leicester’ – Read HERE)

  • killymag

    the last time there was 55,000 in the ground was 1969

  • GlasgowMag

    I must admit if I was a billionaire and had bought a top football club and had just watched the quality of players I had provided to my world class manager to complete in one of Europe’s top leagues I would feel a little embarrassed!!! Not this guy he just laughs his head off as he basically doesn’t give a [email protected]!!

    • graham18

      You’re nearly right

    • Will In Despair!

      Exactly his game plan.

      For many a year now, he has been handsomely rewarded to decimate this once great club!

      52K every game are equally complicit, choosing to play ignorant is now no longer an excuse, the facts are blatantly bare for all to see!

  • Ray Amour

    55.000 crowd,I think that is 50,000 too many.

    • Kenny

      make that 55,000

      • Ron


  • Bowlsey

    Aren’t all these Premier League clubs lucky that they get to play against a Newcastle United side that, over the course of eleven years, has been deliberately crippled, stripped of assets and hamstrung by it’s owner? Yes, I’m sure our opponents are terrified of the Championship squad standing between them and the goal. The only thing stopping us being on the receiving end of 5-0 scorelines is Rafa.

    • Ron

      What’s the record for the lowest points tally in a season? Put your money on now, the records going.

      • Bowlsey

        Derby County 2007/08 season. Relegated from the Premier League on 11pts and 4 of those points came from Newcastle…God I’m depressed…

        • Ron

          Please don’t reply to me again! Looking for a rope!

          • Bowlsey

            LOL! It’s great being a Newcastle fan these days, isn’t it?

          • Ron

            Only if you can find a rope!

    • Rev

      0-2 every week then and everyone continues to think he can do no wrong. We have given up attacking football under Rafa. In fact we have given up full stop. How is that good coaching, what kind of a plan is it? We knew we werent good enough, i have been saying that about my players for years, just accept is everyone. He was and may still be a world class manager, but there is little evidence on show here this season.

      • Danimal

        The evidence is our -6 GD and Huddersfield’s -13 GD. Both teams are hopelessly out of their depth. Ours is not getting hammered every week. What do you expect? We are massive underdogs every week. By the way, what the fk are these white socks about? Shyte Direct surplus? Just watching MOTD. The commentator has basically just called Ashley a CU Next Tuesday and that was an obvious penalty Maguire on Perez. But we’ve already had our annual penalty.

  • Allan


  • Leazes.

    No doubt that Paul Merson will be pushing for Ashley to sell United….and buy Arsenal!