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Garth Crooks with glaring omission on Leicester 4 Newcastle 0 match

2 months ago
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Garth Crooks has been talking about Newcastle United after their four goal defeat at Leicester on Sunday.

The BBC Sport pundit choosing his Premier League best eleven players of the weekend that most impressed him.

Included in his top 11 are two players who turned out at the King Power Stadium but unsurprisingly neither were wearing black and white.

No complaints with the identity of the Garth Crooks choices as he picked Tielemans and Maddison from the Leicester team.

You can’t argue with the vast majority of what the BBC pundit had to say (see below) in his analysis on what happened in the match and the impact of the two home players on it.

With one glaring exception, sorry, omission.

Garth Crooks declaring : ‘Maddison’s creativity and flair written all over it…His goal was just reward for all his hard work as he put Newcastle well and truly to the sword…Tielemans controlled the game while Maddison cut them to ribbons.’

Yes, James Maddison did cut Newcastle to ribbons on a few occasions, but as poor as Newcastle United were, certainly in terms of offering an attacking threat (Schmeichel’s biggest worry of the 90 minutes was saving a back pass…), Leicester did only have five shots on target and scored with four of them. Indeed, Newcastle United had more corners (6 v 4), more possession (53% v 47%) and more shots (on and off target) overall (12 v 8).

The omission though I’m talking about in the Garth Crooks overview of the game and in particular the James Maddison contribution, is how on earth can you talk about what the Leicester midfielder did, without even mentioning the key moment of the match?

In reality the game had 0-0 written all over it with neither side really threatening, on 38 minutes though after only one effort on target between them so far (by Leicester), out of nowhere the home side took the lead. Only taking the lead and completely changing the complexion of the game because of an outrageous piece of cheating by James Maddison. It is quite incredible when you see any number of other VAR decisions recently (such as Schar rugby tackled to the ground at Arsenal and no penalty given), that this penalty was allowed to happen by both the referee on the pitch and the VAR official. The replays certainly couldn’t have been more clear, Maddison clearly diving forward to go to ground long before he got anywhere near Lascelles. Surely this was the exact kind of situation that VAR was brought in for, to punish cheats and not allow them and their team to gain an unfair advantage from that cheating.

The correct outcome of the incident should have been no penalty and a yellow card for Maddison, although personally I think it should be a red card, because as Sunday showed, a decision like this can totally change a game.

It is easy to look at the game and see Newcastle as being well beaten by the end, which they were. However, a low confidence struggling Leicester had done nothing of note until the penalty and it clearly gave them the confidence and momentum to then in the second half do what we know they are capable of at times. After all, these Leicester players have finished fifth in both of the last two seasons.

It is all very well Garth Crooks talking about the goals that followed in the second half BUT a total joke not to mention that pivotal first goal that led to them.

Garth Crooks explains why he picked these two Leicester players in his Premier League team of the week as well as comments on and then the full eleven are listed below:

Youri Tielemans:

“Two goals and a sparkling performance by the Belgium international made up for Leicester’s disappointing result at Villa Park recently.

“Against a Newcastle side that lacked a cutting edge, Tielemans controlled the game while Maddison cut them to ribbons.

“Newcastle may have new owners with money but they had better spend some of it quickly, otherwise they could find themselves in the Championship, where their spending power will be severely restricted.

“Did you know? Tielemans is the second player to score on his 100th Premier League appearance for Leicester, after Riyad Mahrez in May 2017.”

James Maddison:

“By the end of this fixture, it had Maddison’s creativity and flair written all over it.

“Since the player’s return to first-team action he has looked more like the lad who burst onto the scene at Leicester two seasons ago. His goal was just reward for all his hard work as he put Newcastle well and truly to the sword.

“The Magpies were outclassed in every department and manager Eddie Howe has problems. His games over the Christmas period could leave him isolated and marooned at the foot of the table. Some imagination in the January transfer window might be their only way out.

“Did you know? No Leicester player has been directly involved in more goals than James Maddison this season (10 – level with Jamie Vardy and Patson Daka).”

David de Gea (Manchester United)

Gabriel (Arsenal)

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea)

Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace)

Jorginho (Chelsea)

Youri Tielemans (Leicester City)

James Maddison (Leicester City)

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford)

Stats from BBC Sport:

Leicester 4 Newcastle 0 – Sunday 12 December 2pm

(Half-time stats in brackets)

Goals:

Leicester:

Tielemans (38 pen, 81), Daka (57), Maddison (85)

Newcastle:

Possession was Leicester 47% (56%) Newcastle 53% (44%)

Total shots were Leicester 8 (3) Newcastle 12 (4)

Shots on target were Leicester 5 (2) Newcastle 3 (0)

Corners were Leicester 4 (2) Newcastle 6 (4)

Referee: Peter Bankes

Crowd: 31,959 (NUFC 3,300)

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Lewis (Murphy 62), Shelvey (Ritchie 85), Willock, Saint-Maximin, Almiron (Fraser 62), Joelinton, Wilson

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Hayden, Hendrick, Krafth, Gayle, Fernandez

(3 Positives and 3 Negatives from Leicester 4 Newcastle 0 – Read HERE)

(Leicester 4 Newcastle 0 – Match ratings and comments on all the NUFC players – Read HERE)

(Leicester 4 Newcastle 0 – Where do you start? Read HERE)

(Leicester 4 Newcastle 0 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Sunday’s hammering – Read HERE)

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