2017/2018 English Premier League
  • Jamie Vardy (83')
  • Jonjo Shelvey (18')
  • Ayoze Pérez (75')

Newcastle win at Leicester City to edge closer to safety

Newcastle took a giant leap towards Premier League survival with a 2-1 victory at Leicester.

Jonjo Shelvey and Ayoze Perez scored fine goals to put the visitors in control, but Jamie Vardy reduced the deficit late on to set up a tense finale at the King Power Stadium.

Rafa Benitez's side held on though for a third straight win, while Leicester's outside hopes of qualifying for the Europa League were dealt a severe blow and they are now without a home win since Jan. 20.

Early Newcastle pressure saw them win three corners, the second of which brought a good save from Kasper Schmeichel when Kenedy's inswinging kick was flicked on at the near post by Perez and the Leicester goalkeeper got down smartly.

Newcastle continued to look threatening and took the lead after 18 minutes following a swift counter-attack. Perez pulled the ball back for Shelvey, who wrong-footed two defenders with a lovely dummy before guiding his shot into the bottom corner of the net.

Things could have got worse for the hosts a couple of minutes later as Harry Maguire was fortunate to escape with only a yellow card after a tussle with Dwight Gayle which saw him appear to strike the Newcastle forward.

Newcastle boss Benitez was furious in his technical area, feeling it should have been a red card for the Leicester defender. However, another controversial decision by referee Stuart Attwell went his side's way just before half-time when Paul Dummett tripped Riyad Mahrez inside the penalty area and the Warwickshire official waved away penalty appeals.

Leicester did not look like making any inroads early in the second half so manager Claude Puel made an attacking change after 58 minutes, bringing on Shinji Okazaki for full-back Danny Simpson.

Things improved slightly to begin with as Adrien Silva, Mahrez and Marc Albrighton, filling in at right-back after Simpson's substitution, all threatened.

But it was Newcastle who got the second goal in the 75th minute after a defensive blunder from Puel's team.

Centre-backs Wes Morgan and Maguire hesitated over a long punt downfield, prompting Schmeichel to think about coming out. The confusion allowed Perez to lob the ball over the goalkeeper and into the unguarded net for a brilliantly-taken finish.

Leicester made the visitors sweat late on for the points, however, as Vardy, who had not had a sniff all afternoon, pulled a goal back with six minutes left.

Okazki's header from Demarai Gray's cross beat Martin Dubravka and Vardy was on hand to turn the ball in from virtually on the line, but Newcastle hung on.

English Premier League Standings

1 Manchester City 38 +72 98
2 Liverpool 38 +67 97
3 Chelsea 38 +24 72
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 +28 71
5 Arsenal 38 +22 70
6 Manchester United 38 +11 66
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 +1 57
8 Everton 38 +8 54
9 Leicester City 38 +3 52
10 West Ham United 38 -3 52
11 Watford 38 -7 50
12 Crystal Palace 38 -2 49
13 Newcastle United 38 -6 45
14 AFC Bournemouth 38 -14 45
15 Burnley 38 -23 40
16 Southampton 38 -20 39
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 -25 36
18 Cardiff City 38 -35 34
19 Fulham 38 -47 26
20 Huddersfield Town 38 -54 16