09.12.2017… Leicester (h)…

Newcastle United 2 Leicester City 3

St. James’ Park… Saturday December 9th… 5.30pm

Attendance: 52,117

Ticket: £41Programme: £3

Our 125th anniversary. A great occasion, a predictable defeat…

More words to follow…

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Newcastle Central Station…

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Newcastle United Will Never Be Defeated…

Newcastle United; Darlow, Yedlin, Lejeune (YC), Clark, Manquillo, Murphy (Pérez 71), Merino, Hayden (YC), Ritchie (Atsu 64), Gayle, Joselu (Mitrovic 88)

Not Used; Elliot, Lascelles, Shelvey, Diamé

Goals; Joselu (4), Gayle (73)

Leicester City; Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez (Fuchs 89), Ndidi, Iborra, Albrighton, Gray (YC) (Okazaki 73), Vardy (Ulloa 90)

Not Used; Iheanacho, King, Hamer, Dragovic

Goals; Mahrez (20), Gray (60), Pérez (86 og)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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04.12.2017… Wolves (h)…

Birmingham City 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

St. Andrew’s… Monday November 4th… 7.45pm

Attendance: 19,641

Ticket: £30 – Programme: £3

Not a great game. Birmingham were poor, not managing a shot on target all night. Wolves weren’t really much better…

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Pre Match: The Players Warm Up…

Wolves scored early (8 mins), via a goal missed by the referee but picked up by the goal decision system, and subsequently had much the better of the first half. Blues picked up after the break but certainly weren’t helped by the officials. Alfred N’Diaye should have been sent off for making contact with Stephen Gleeson’s face; bafflingly, the referee saw it, and gave a yellow card. To add insult to injury, Harlee Dean was then sent off for a second yellow…

Allegedly ‘Wolves are playing the type of football the Championship has scarcely witnessed’, well not on last night’s showing…

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Second Half: Alfred N’Diaye Protesting His Innocence…

Birmingham City; Stockdale, Roberts (YC), Morrison (YC), Dean (RC), Nsue, Ndoye (Davis 80), Kieftenbeld, Grounds, Jota (Gleeson 45), Boga, Jutkiewicz (Adams 67)

Not Used; Trueman, Cotterill, Maghoma, Gallagher

Goals; None

Wolverhampton Wanderers; Ruddy, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Doherty, Saiss (Enobakhare 80), N’Diaye (YC), Douglas, Diogo Jota (YC), Bonatini (Price 75), Cavaleiro (Costa 61)

Not Used; Norris, Batth, Miranda, Vinagre

Goals; Bonatini (8)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

02.12.2017… Leics v Burnley…

Leicester City 1 Burnley 0

King Power… Saturday December 2nd… 3pm

Attendance: 30,714

Ticket: £36Programme: £3.50

Another new team for me; the first time that I had ever seen Burnley play…

An early goal from Demarai Gray proved to be the (just about deserved) winner for Leicester, condemning Burnley to only their second away defeat of the season…

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Pre-Match: An Empty King Power Stadium…

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First Half: Leicester Attack…

Leicester City; Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Iborra, Ndidi, Albrighton, Mahrez, Gray (Okazaki 88), Vardy

Not Used; Iheanacho, King, Hamer, Dragovic, Ulloa, Fuchs.

Goals; Gray (7)

Burnley; Pope, Bardsley (YC), Tarkowski, Mee, Ward, Gudmundsson, Cork, Hendrick, Defour (Barnes 66), Brady (Arfield 31), Wood (Vokes 73)

Not Used; Taylor, Westwood, Lindegaard, Long

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

28.11.2017… Leics v Spurs…

Leicester City 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1

King Power… Tuesday November 28th… 7.45pm

Attendance: 31,950

Ticket: £40 – Programme: £3.50

The first really cold night of the season; gloves definitely required. Spurs dominated possession, but two fantastic first half finishes from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez ended up being decisive..

Harry Kane pulled a goal back late on, and despite a late penalty appeal, Leicester hung on…

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First Half: Kasper Schmeichel Prepares to Take a Goal Kick…

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Full Time: A Win for Leicester City…

Leicester City; Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Iborra, Ndidi, Mahrez (Gray 77), Okazaki (Choudhury 83), Albrighton, Vardy (Slimani 88)

Not Used; King, Hamer, Dragovic, Amartey

Goals; Vardy (13), Mahrez (45+1)

Tottenham Hotspur; Lloris, Sanchez, Dier, Vertonghen (YC), Aurier, Sissoko (Son 57), Dembele (Llorente 69), Rose, Alli, Eriksen (Lamela 77 (YC)), Kane

Not Used; Trippier, Vorm, Foyth, Davies

Goals; Kane (79)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

25.11.2017… Watford (h)…

Newcastle United 0 Watford 3

St. James’ Park… Saturday November 25th… 3pm

Attendance: 52,188

Ticket: £41Programme: £3

The day that the wheels well and truly fell off, and a game that felt worryingly reminiscent of a number of our home offerings in 15/16…

We’re beginning to learn the hard way what Rafa was telling the idiots upstairs all summer (as he said at his press conference the following Monday, ‘ We are where we are, because of what we did’). Organisation and effort will only get you so far, you need quality to win consistently. Watford had it, and we didn’t…

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Friday; 17:22… Birmingham New Street…

Of most concern though was that, without Jamaal Lascelles in the team, we struggled from an effort perspective too. Too many players looked as if they weren’t really interested…

Positives? Jacob Murphy appears to be growing in confidence; and at least Daryl Janmaat spent the afternoon freezing his arse off on the bench…

I get the feeling that it’s going to be a very long winter…

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Saturday; 15:04… St. James’ Park…

Newcastle United; Elliott, Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo, Diame (Merino 69), Shelvey (YC), Ritchie, Murphy (Perez 77), Joselu (Mitrovic 69), Gayle

Not Used; Darlow, Gamez, Mbemba, Aarons

Goals; None

Watford; Gomes, Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos (Prodl 52 (YC)), Femenia, Hughes (Carrillo 84), Doucoure, Cleverley, Zeegelaar (YC), Richarlison (Pereyra 79), Gray

Not Used; Karnezis, Janmaat, Watson, Capoue

Goals; Hughes (19), Yedlin (og 45+1), Gray (62)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…