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Newcastle 10 points clear of relegation zone with win at Leicester

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Ayoze Perez scored his seventh Premier League goal of the season as Newcastle beat LeicesterRafa Benitez has urged Newcastle to be "more competitive" in the summer transfer market after they took a big step to retaining their Premier League status with victory at Leicester. Ayoze Perez scored his first away league goal of the season with a glancing header as the Magpies recovered from back-to-back defeats to move 10 points clear of the relegation zone. Newcastle spent just over £20m last summer - plus a further £20m in January - and manager Benitez, whose contract is set to expire at the end of the season, says they can "compete" with teams in the top half of the league by doing the "right things".
"You can do everything right with your tactics, but the other team has one player that can make the difference," Benitez, whose side have moved up to 13th place, told Sky Sports. "You'd have to pay £30m to buy a Leicester player."The Foxes started confidently, having won their previous four matches under Brendan Rodgers, but they struggled to play through their disciplined visitors.Salomon Rondon almost handed the visitors a spectacular lead when he struck the crossbar with a powerful free-kick from 35 yards. Newcastle remained resolute and were rewarded when Perez struck the decisive blow with over half-an-hour played. The Spaniard rose well inside the Foxes' box to meet Matt Ritchie's cross and nod the ball over Kasper Schmeichel. Rodgers' first home defeat as Leicester boss sees his side remain in seventh, although eighth-placed Wolves are level on points with two games in hand.
Newcastle produce model away display
Leicester dominated the ball with more than 70% possession but Newcastle sat deep and restricted them to just five shots on target in the entire match.Martin Dubravka saved well after a solo run by Harvey Barnes and a right-footed strike by Ben Chilwell as Leicester tried to force the initiative early on, but it was the visitors who posed the greater threat on the counter attack - and Rondon's 15th-minute free-kick almost brought spectacular reward.Benitez' side were rigid in their shape and targeted Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, who lost the ball nine times in the first half, before springing clear in attack. Ritchie whipped in two testing crosses with his excellent left foot before Newcastle took the lead, as Leicester failed to heed the warning. The visitors pinched the ball deep in the Leicester half once more before Ritchie delivered an accurate cross for Perez to convert for his seventh Premier League goal of the season - securing just Newcastle's third win on the road.
Vardy epitomises Leicester frustration
Rodgers' tenure as manager got off to a losing start with defeat at Watford, but the Northern Irishman seems to have lifted the mood at the club in recent weeks having secured four wins from five games in charge.Jamie Vardy has enjoyed a resurgence in his form with eight goals in eight games before Friday, but he was denied the opportunity to run in behind Newcastle.The Magpies sat deep, allowing Leicester possession in the midfield but making it tough for them to play between the lines. When Vardy's chance eventually came in the final 10 minutes - as Youri Tielemans slid him through on goal - he appeared to rush his effort and lifted the ball over the crossbar.James Maddison - who has created more chances than any other Premier League player this season - is key to Leicester's creativity and if he has a poor game, the team tends to suffer.The 21-year-old found it difficult to pick up the ball in space and he made just one key pass forward in the whole 90 minutes.Leicester are in still in the hunt for European football this season but Rodgers will have to find an alternative way of utilising his forwards when opposing teams sit deep.
Man of the match - Matt Ritchie (Newcastle)
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Matt Ritchie had more touches than any other Newcastle player (62) and he was a constant threat from wide on the left
'Our final pass wasn't there' - what they said
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers said: "It's difficult to break down a team like that. It's an area we will get better at. There wasn't a lot in the game, our final pass just wasn't there but we gave everything. We couldn't break down their defence."We will learn from it; this is why I am here. In games like that, you have to stay patient and have tactical discipline. The players have been first class since I came here but if you're not quite on it, a result like this can happen."The speed of our passing in particular can be much better. We let them get into shape too early. It needs to come quicker. We changed it around a few times but it was one of those evenings. It will be good for our learning going forward."Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez said: "It was a good game against a good team. We did very well. Our players worked so hard. This relationship between the players and fans means a lot to us. The players and fans tried to do their best."As a coach, you always have a game plan. You can prepare however you want but it depends on the players to make the difference."The problem against James Maddison or Jamie Vardy is you have to concentrate from the first minute to the last. We are really pleased with the clean sheet and three points. You have to enjoy today and be ready for the next one."We had two or three counter-attacks that we could have had a little more composure and scored more."
A happy hunting ground for the Magpies - the stats
Newcastle have won back-to-back league visits to Leicester in the top flight for the first time since September 1959 under manager Charlie Mitten.
This was Leicester City's eighth home league defeat of the campaign, their most in a Premier League season at the King Power Stadium since it opened in 2002. Only in 1994-95 (10) and 2001-02 (9) have they lost more home Premier League games in a single season.
Newcastle have now picked up 16 points away from home in the Premier League this season (P17 W3 D7 L7), as many as they earned in the whole of the 2017-18 campaign on the road.
Leicester City completed 649 passes in this match, their highest total in a Premier League game since 2003-04 (when Opta began recording this data); indeed, three of their four highest successful pass tallies in this time in the division have been recorded in their six fixtures under Brendan Rodgers.
Ayoze Perez has been directly involved in four of Newcastle's past six league goals (three goals, one assist), scoring three of their last five.
Since his debut for Newcastle at the start of the 2016-17 Championship season, Matt Ritchie has assisted 17 league goals for the club, at least four more than any other player in that time.
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Match Stats
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Line-ups
Leicester
1SchmeichelBooked at 68mins[/i]
14Ricardo Pereira
5Morgan
15Maguire
3Chilwell
25NdidiSubstituted forMendyat 72'minutes
7GraySubstituted forIheanachoat 72'minutes
21TielemansBooked at 41mins[/i]
10Maddison
19BarnesSubstituted forAlbrightonat 80'minutes
9Vardy
Substitutes
6Evans
8Iheanacho
11Albrighton
12Ward
20Okazaki
24Mendy
28Fuchs
Newcastle
12Dubravka
19ManquilloBooked at 77mins[/i]
5ScharBooked at 74mins[/i]
6Lascelles
3Dummett
11Ritchie
17Perez
14Hayden
4Ki Sung-yuengBooked at 63mins[/i]Substituted forDiameat 82'minutes
24AlmironSubstituted forAtsuat 78'minutes
9Rondon
Substitutes
8Shelvey
10Diame
13Muto
18Fernandez
22Yedlin
26Darlow
30Atsu
Referee:Chris KavanaghAttendance:32,108
Match Stats
Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamNewcastlePossessionHome72%Away28%ShotsHome12Away11Shots on TargetHome5Away5CornersHome2Away3FoulsHome6Away10
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Match ends, Leicester City 0, Newcastle United 1.
Full Time
Posted at 90'+6' Second Half ends, Leicester City 0, Newcastle United 1.Posted at 90'+4' Offside, Leicester City. Kasper Schmeichel tries a through ball, but Kelechi Iheanacho is caught offside.Posted at 90'+4' James Maddison (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 90'+4' Foul by Mohamed Diame (Newcastle United).Posted at 90'+3' Attempt saved. Harry Maguire (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross.Posted at 89' Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 89' Foul by Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United).Posted at 88' Foul by Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City).Posted at 88' Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 88' Attempt missed. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross following a corner.Posted at 88' Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.Posted at 85' Attempt saved. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross.
Substitution
Posted at 82' Substitution, Newcastle United. Mohamed Diame replaces Ki Sung-yueng.
Substitution
Posted at 80' Substitution, Leicester City. Marc Albrighton replaces Harvey Barnes.Posted at 79' Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Youri Tielemans with a through ball.
Substitution
Posted at 78' Substitution, Newcastle United. Christian Atsu replaces Miguel Almiron.
Booking
Posted at 77' Javier Manquillo (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 77' Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 77' Foul by Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United).Posted at 76' Attempt saved. Ayoze Perez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.Posted at 75' Attempt missed. James Maddison (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.
Booking
Posted at 74' Fabian Schar (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 73' Harry Maguire (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 73' Foul by Fabian Schar (Newcastle United).Posted at 73' Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Fabian Schar.
Substitution
Posted at 72' Substitution, Leicester City. Nampalys Mendy replaces Wilfred Ndidi.
Substitution
Posted at 72' Substitution, Leicester City. Kelechi Iheanacho replaces Demarai Gray.Posted at 69' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Booking
Posted at 68' Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card.Posted at 68' Delay in match Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) because of an injury.Posted at 68' Offside, Newcastle United. Ayoze Perez tries a through ball, but Salomon Rondon is caught offside.Posted at 66' Attempt missed. Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) with an attempt from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Chilwell with a cross.
Booking
Posted at 63' Ki Sung-yueng (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 63' James Maddison (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 63' Foul by Ki Sung-yueng (Newcastle United).Posted at 62' Attempt blocked. Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harvey Barnes.Posted at 61' Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 61' Foul by Miguel Almiron (Newcastle United).Posted at 60' Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
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