Martin Dubravka getting beat at his near post by Jamie Vardy all but shut the door for Newcastle to get anything out of the Leicester match. While they were under threat ever since the first goal, allowing such a soft goal while being down to ten men basically killed any chance of a result.
After the Dubravka error, the players didn’t coalesce to try and limit the damage. They instead dropped their heads and wholly capitulated leading to a woeful thrashing.
Martin has accepted the blame for the second goal. He also said the team have no excuses for the performance they put in:
“We need to learn from this game, obviously. We leave it behind but we have to learn from the mistakes. The second goal was on myself – I have to be critical. Leicester are playing well, but that’s not an excuse.
“What we did was not enough. Just not enough. (There) were no challenges (and) no second balls, especially in our box. We were not close to them. We gave them too much space and it’s difficult to play against 11 just with the 10 players. But it can’t be an excuse.”
A few of the players have come out and expressed similar sentiments about the surrender at the King Power Stadium. However, this was the second straight performance that was awful. Against Brighton, the team still fought and ended up playing better as the game went on. Though they were overmatched by the dominant visitors.
What we saw against Leicester cannot happen again. Talk right now is cheap. While we do appreciate that the players are holding themselves accountable, we need to see it put right this weekend against Manchester United.
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