Newcastle Still In It But Down 0-1 To Leicester At The Half

Newcastle came out in a 3-4-2-1 with Jetro Willems and Emil Krafth playing as wing-backs. Isaac Hayden and Matt Ritchie played up top to support Yoshinori Muto. When out of possession they went into a 5-4-1 like at Tottenham.

The St James Park crowd had chants for Matty Longstaff and boos for the returning Ayoze Perez throughout the game. The visitors starting out on the front foot for the first few minutes but Newcastle soon came into the game.

It was even up until the 30-minute mark when Leicester would get a run of possession. Fernandez, Clark, and Jonjo Shelvey had some crucial clearances in the box.

However, after a foul by Ritchie on Youri Tielemans, James Maddison’s free-kick would hit Matt Ritchie in the wall and deflect into the goal for a 0-1 lead to the visitors.

Matt Ritchie– forced off right before the half

Hamza Choudhury had a very bad tackle on Matt Ritchie and there were calls from the crowd for a red. Matt Ritchie would have to leave the game due to the challenge and Christian Atsu had to come on.

You cannot fault the lads for their performance in the first half. Leicester City have put out their first-team while Newcastle have made 7 changes from Tottenham. The issue for Newcastle is going to be if they can get a goal. Muto hasn’t gotten many touches, but the team have been able to craft a few chances.

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