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NEWCASTLE v LEICESTER RECAP: Foxes go top of the Premier League with win over Magpies

Leicester City moved into first place on the Premier League ladder with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Newcastle United at St James' Park on Saturday.

Jamie Vardy found the back of the net for a record-equalling 10th consecutive Premier League match when he opened the scoring with a low drive on the stroke of half-time.

Leonardo Ulloa doubled the visitors' advantage in the 62nd minute when he headed home Riyad Mahrez's cross.

Shinji Okazaki put the result beyond any doubt when he scrambled the ball home in from close range after Danny Simpson's shot was saved with seven minutes remaining.


Newcastle United: 0
Leicester City: 3 (Jamie Vardy 45', Leonardo Ulloa 62', Shinji Okazaki 83')

St James' Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne – 50,151


Vardy became just the second player in Premier League history to score in 10 consecutive matches, drawing level with the record set by former Manchester United star Ruud van Nistelrooy, who also scored his 10th goal at St James' Park back in 2003.

Newcastle continue to flounder near the bottom of the Premier League ladder and sit just one point above the relegation zone following the loss to the Foxes.


Newcastle travel to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace on Saturday, while Leicester host Manchester United at the King Power Stadium.



Newcastle manager Steve McClaren believes his side played their worst match of the season against Leicester:

"That was the worst performance we have had this season and it is very disappointing. I understand the frustration of the fans and we will get back on the training field on Monday to get consistency back in our results. That was nowhere near good enough.

"We have to roll our sleeves up and we know we have the talent. We have to fight for that every day."

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri heaped praise on the in-form Vardy:

"It is fantastic for Jamie Vardy. He is a great champion and did well in training. I am glad because we played like a team.

"I also had Gabriel Batistuta at Fiorentina score in 11 consecutive matches and I hope Jamie can achieve this."


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