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Leicester City 2-4 Newcastle United: Callum Wilson double in Magpies win

By Ellie ThomasonBBC Sport
Callum Wilson celebrates
Callum Wilson is the first Newcastle player to score 12 goals in his debut top-flight season for the club since Loic Remy scored 14 in 2013-14

Newcastle moved to within one point of Premier League safety with an impressive win over Champions League-chasing Leicester City.

Joe Willock put the visitors ahead with a cool finish after pouncing on an error from Foxes defender Caglar Soyuncu.

Paul Dummett doubled the Magpies' lead, rising above Wesley Fofana to head past Kasper Schmeichel from Matt Ritchie's corner, before Callum Wilson's second-half double wrapped up the three points.

From 4-0 down, the hosts grabbed two goals inside the last 10 minutes through Marc Albrighton and Kelechi Iheanacho to give the Magpies a late scare.

The result moves Steve Bruce's side up to 13th, 12 points ahead of 18th-placed Fulham who have four games left.

Leicester, in third, remain five points ahead of fifth-placed West Ham but have now played a game more.

"I have said quietly for weeks that we'd be OK when we got our big players back. My staff have worked tirelessly to make sure we got to this position," Bruce said.

"We have turned it around at the right time. Normally [39 points] is enough. We are in the dizzying heights of 13th. We haven't done it yet but we have made big strides in the last few weeks."

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The evening started badly for Leicester when they were forced into a last-minute change minutes before kick-off, and things only went downhill from there.

Albrighton started in place of Jonny Evans, who limped down the tunnel after picking up an injury in the warm-up.

It was an uncharacteristically poor defensive display from a Foxes side who have spent the entire season so far inside the top four.

"Jonny Evans is the brain of our backline and when he came out of the team that was a big blow for us. However, we should still defend better," said Rodgers.

Two goal-bound efforts from Federico Fernandez and Kelechi Iheanacho were saved by Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka in the early stages.

Dubravka was eventually beaten late in the second half, first by Albrighton's impressive strike from the edge of the box, followed by a low effort into the bottom right corner from Iheanacho. However, by then the damage had been done.

Rodgers is seeking to avoid a repeat of 2019-20, when they missed out on a place in the Champions League on the final day having spent most of the season in the top four.

"We have made it a lot harder for ourselves but it is still in our hands. We have to fight and we are a group that is together," he added.

Leicester have a tough conclusion to this season, visiting second-placed Manchester United on Tuesday and then travelling to fourth-placed Chelsea on 18 May, three days after facing them in the FA Cup final.

Their final Premier League game is at home to Tottenham, who are sixth, on 23 May.

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Newcastle came flying out of the blocks at King Power Stadium, and made the most of the rejigged Foxes defence.

Their first real chance fell to Federico Fernandez, who came close with a glancing a header from Jonjo Shelvey's free-kick. Shortly after, Allan Saint-Maximin was denied from 10 yards out by a brilliant sprawling stop from Kasper Schmeichel.

Leicester had been warned, and it didn't take long for them to be punished. Soyuncu's trickery backfired, when Arsenal loanee Willock, who missed the Magpies' last game because of being ineligible to play against his parent club, chased down a mistimed turn from the Turkish defender, before keeping his cool and slotting past Schmeichel. He has now scored in four successive appearances.

Dummett's first Premier League goal since January 2016 stretched Newcastle's lead and Wilson put them out of sight, with two goals inside nine second-half minutes. A brilliant pass down the left from Matt Ritchie got the better of Timothy Castagne, leaving Wilson to stride forward and round Schmeichel for an easy finish. His second came back off the post from 10 yards out but he slotted in the rebound.

Foxes poor home form continues - the stats

  • Only Sheffield United (12) and Fulham (11) have lost more home Premier League matches than Leicester City in the Premier League this season (eight). In the history of the top flight, the highest a team has finished in the table having lost eight or more home games in a season was seventh, achieved by Blackpool in 1957-58.
  • Newcastle have won as many points in their past five Premier League matches (10 - W3 D1 L1) as they managed in their 15 matches prior to this run (W2 D4 L9).
  • Newcastle won an away Premier League match against a side starting the day as high as third in the table by two or more goals for the first time since December 2001, when they won 3-1 at Arsenal under Sir Bobby Robson.
  • Leicester conceded four goals in a home Premier League match for the first time since losing 4-0 to Liverpool in December 2019, while it's the first time they've shipped four at home to Newcastle in the top flight since January 1909, a 4-0 defeat.
  • Since Joe Willock joined Newcastle on loan, he has scored five Premier League goals for the Magpies - in that time, no player from his parent club Arsenal has managed to score more goals than him in the competition.
  • Kelechi Iheanacho has scored 10 Premier League goals since the start of March, the most of any player. The only player to score more goals over this period in Europe's top five leagues is fellow Nigerian Simy (12 in Serie A).

What next?

Leicester travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Tuesday (18:00 BST kick-off), while Newcastle host Manchester City on Friday, 14 May (20:00 BST kick-off).

Player of the match

WilsonCallum Wilson

with an average of 8.70

Leicester City

  1. Squad number14Player nameIheanacho
    Average rating

    4.74

  2. Squad number1Player nameSchmeichel
    Average rating

    4.66

  3. Squad number11Player nameAlbrighton
    Average rating

    4.51

  4. Squad number8Player nameTielemans
    Average rating

    3.98

  5. Squad number9Player nameVardy
    Average rating

    3.84

  6. Squad number3Player nameFofana
    Average rating

    3.84

  7. Squad number17Player nameAyoze Pérez
    Average rating

    3.84

  8. Squad number25Player nameNdidi
    Average rating

    3.83

  9. Squad number27Player nameCastagne
    Average rating

    3.80

  10. Squad number33Player nameThomas
    Average rating

    3.73

  11. Squad number24Player nameMendy
    Average rating

    3.67

  12. Squad number10Player nameMaddison
    Average rating

    3.65

  13. Squad number21Player nameRicardo Pereira
    Average rating

    3.52

  14. Squad number4Player nameSöyüncü
    Average rating

    3.25

Newcastle United

  1. Squad number13Player nameWilson
    Average rating

    8.70

  2. Squad number28Player nameWillock
    Average rating

    8.69

  3. Squad number1Player nameDubravka
    Average rating

    8.50

  4. Squad number10Player nameSaint-Maximin
    Average rating

    8.11

  5. Squad number3Player nameDummett
    Average rating

    8.08

  6. Squad number11Player nameRitchie
    Average rating

    7.96

  7. Squad number24Player nameAlmirón
    Average rating

    7.70

  8. Squad number23Player nameMurphy
    Average rating

    7.57

  9. Squad number18Player nameFernández
    Average rating

    7.57

  10. Squad number8Player nameShelvey
    Average rating

    7.29

  11. Squad number17Player nameKrafth
    Average rating

    7.25

  12. Squad number9Player nameJoelinton
    Average rating

    6.50

  13. Squad number36Player nameS Longstaff
    Average rating

    6.38

  14. Squad number16Player nameHendrick
    Average rating

    6.02

Line-ups

Leicester

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 27Castagne
  • 3Fofana
  • 4Söyüncü
  • 21Ricardo PereiraSubstituted forThomasat 69'minutes
  • 8Tielemans
  • 25NdidiSubstituted forPérezat 63'minutes
  • 11Albrighton
  • 10MaddisonSubstituted forMendyat 77'minutes
  • 14IheanachoBooked at 72mins
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 12Ward
  • 17Pérez
  • 18Amartey
  • 19Ünder
  • 20Choudhury
  • 24Mendy
  • 26Praet
  • 28Fuchs
  • 33Thomas

Newcastle

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Dubravka
  • 23Murphy
  • 17KrafthBooked at 56mins
  • 18Fernández
  • 3Dummett
  • 11Ritchie
  • 28WillockSubstituted forS Longstaffat 77'minutes
  • 8Shelvey
  • 24AlmirónSubstituted forHendrickat 88'minutes
  • 13Wilson
  • 10Saint-MaximinSubstituted forJoelintonat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Clark
  • 7Carroll
  • 9Joelinton
  • 12Gayle
  • 15Lewis
  • 16Hendrick
  • 19Manquillo
  • 29Gillespie
  • 36S Longstaff
Referee:
Darren England

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home25
Away14
Shots on Target
Home9
Away6
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leicester City 2, Newcastle United 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leicester City 2, Newcastle United 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Callum Wilson (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Federico Fernández with a headed pass.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Wesley Fofana.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Youri Tielemans (Leicester City).

  7. Post update

    Joelinton (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) header from a difficult angle on the left is just a bit too high. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ayoze Pérez (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Thomas.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke Thomas (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

  11. Post update

    Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Emil Krafth (Newcastle United).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Jeff Hendrick replaces Miguel Almirón.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Leicester City 2, Newcastle United 4. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Emil Krafth.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ayoze Pérez (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Matt Ritchie.

  20. Post update

    Ayoze Pérez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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