Leicester Edges Newcastle

Leicester City beat Newcastle United 1-0 at the King Power stadium on Monday night in their English Premier League clash.  Leicester were looking to extend their lead at the top of the league to five points while Newcastle, in their first game under new manager Rafael Benitez, were looking for a vital three points in their bid to avoid relegation.  It was clear that the Toon were lifted by the arrival of their new manager as they started the game off well. 
 
As time went on the league leaders grew into the game and on 24 minutes the break through arrived.  From a Foxes corner, the ball was not cleared properly and was put back into the box and found Jamie Vardy at the back post who headed the ball down to Shinji Okazaki who finished with a brilliant overhead kick.  It was almost 2-0 on 27 minutes when Marc Albrighton ran at the defenders but his curling effort drifted just wide.
 
The second half started with both teams looking for a goal and this resulted in the game becoming more open.  Benitez’s boys had the first chance of the second stanza as Moussa Sissoko found himself in a great position but was caught in two minds and his pass could not find a team mate.  There was no real chance of note in the second half but on 80 minutes the ball struck Wes Morgan on the arm resulting in a penalty shout for the Magpies but the referee did not see it and play continued.
 
Claudio Ranieri’s side managed to hold on for another vital three points in their title charge while the north east side remains in the relegation zone.