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Sky Sports overview of Newcastle United beating Leicester – Undervalued?

1 year ago

Sky Sports have looked at the performances of all the Premier League clubs in this latest weekend of games.

The broadcaster giving a grade for each team’s display and a write-up on the performance.

Despite giving them a ‘B+’ for the performance, have Sky Sports undervalued this Newcastle United performance?

Sky Sports rated Spurs beating rock bottom Huddersfield at home as a better performance than Newcastle’s, as well as Burnley beating what looks a doomed Cardiff City at Turf Moor.

Bizarrely, West Ham losing at Man Utd was also ranked as a better display than Rafa’s team.

Also, I think it becomes a bit of a back-handed compliment when Sky Sports talk of ‘A classic Rafa-Benitez-side-away-from-home performance…They defended as resolutely as you would expect of a Benitez team.’

It makes it sound like the sum total of the game was Newcastle defending for 90 minutes when it very much wasn’t.

The fact is, Leicester were on a four match winning run, scoring 11 goals in the process, full of confidence under a new manager, everybody expecting them to win and Leicester fans full of talk about European football and Jamie Vardy ending up with the Golden Boot.

Yet Newcastle barely gave the home side a chance and had more corners, as many shots on target and hit the bar with that Rondon free-kick, as well as scoring the excellent winner.

It wasn’t a case of watching 1970 Brazil but it was pretty much a complete team performance with the resources Rafa Benitez has available to him.

Sky Sports Verdict – Newcastle United (B+):

“A classic Rafa-Benitez-side-away-from-home performance will surely be enough to ensure Newcastle are playing Premier League football again next season.

“Ayoze Perez scored the only goal of the game at Leicester and the win was no more than the visitors deserved.

“They defended as resolutely as you would expect of a Benitez team, barely giving Leicester a sniff in the first half and keeping the chances to a minimum after the break too.

“Even putting aside the goal, Perez was impressive and alongside Salomon Rondon and Miguel Almiron, ensured that Newcastle always carried a threat on the counter.

“A good night at the office for the Toon.”

It was Leicester City (D-), Sky Sports describe their victory:

“They didn’t move the ball quickly enough, played too narrow and created very few scoring chances.

Jamie Carragher summed up Leicester’s struggles in attack by saying on Sky Sports that it “always felt like Newcastle had an extra man defensively”. James Maddison and Youri Tielemans failed to impact the game while Jamie Vardy had no service until a late chance that he scooped over the bar.

“Leicester might not face this kind of test again this season as three of their last four fixtures are against Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea, but Brendan Rodgers will be hoping his side can perform better next time they are asked to break down a compact defence.”

Sky Sports grades on Premier League performances this past weekend:

(A) Liverpool, Southampton Bournemouth

(A-) Man City, Tottenham, West Ham, Fulham, Burnley

(B+) Newcastle United

(B-) Man Utd

(C) Chelsea

(D+) Crystal Palace

(D) Wolves, Huddersfield

(D-) Leicester

(E) Everton, Brighton


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