Newcastle Show Fight And Grit But Fall To Leicester On Penalties

It was a very good performance from the lads tonight but they have gone down to Leicester City on penalties 2-4. This is a disappointing end to an excellent battle from the lads.

After a very solid first half for the lads, Newcastle would come out unchanged. Leicester City brought former Newcastle target Dennis Praet on for Hamza Choudhury.

Emil Krafth would be replaced through injury by Javier Manquillo in the 50th minute. It looks like it is only precautionary though Krafth did exit down the tunnel for treatment.

Then in the 53rd minute, Yoshinori Muto got a tap in goal from a Jetro Willems knock-down. We’ll not mention the theatrics though we will mention the kick from Fabian Schar.

Johnny Evans would replace Wes Morgan a few minutes after the goal. It was back and forth after the goal with both sides getting a few chances. One of note was Jonjo Shelvey’s long-range effort that was nicely saved by Kasper Schmeichel in the 71st minute.

Jetro Willems– fantastic effort tonight

Jetro Willems would come off for Paul Dummett in the 78th minute. He had been down earlier in the match and also went down the tunnel for treatment. This was a night of attrition for the lads.

While Newcastle spent the majority of the second half defending, they did it very well and were able to fashion a little in attack. Leicester City enjoyed the bulk of possession to close the half but didn’t fashion too many chances. Though Perez had one to seal a victory a few seconds before the final whistle as the game would go to penalties where Newcastle would go down 2-4.

Newcastle have a lot to be proud of tonight as they have given two excellent performances on the trot. We are a little concerned about the injuries that are starting to pile up. However, it was down to penalties tonight and the performance was a very good one.

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