Leicester City’s four game winning run was put to an end after a 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle United.
Ayoze Perez got the only goal of the night at the King Power stadium as he beat Wes Morgan into the air to nod in a well placed header past Kasper Schmeichel.
Leicester weren’t at the races from the start, while they dominated possession the opening half an hour saw the home side frustrated with miss placed and clumsy passes putting a stop to any threatening attacks and causing themselves issues at the back.
City were made to pay for their clumsiness. Once Perez had given the visitors the lead, Newcastle became even harder to break down. Their defense setting up further and further back, the spaces grew progressively smaller for Leicester to try to break through.
Newcastle’s three centre-backs managed to keep an in form Jamie Vardy quiet all evening, the one chance the Leicester striker had after a stunning pass from Youri Tielemans was sent sailing over the bar.
Here’s how we rated the Leicester players:
Kasper Schmeichel - 6
Was beaten by a good header, made a couple of decent saves and his distribution was good through most of the match.
Ricardo Pereira - 6
Probably the best player from the back-four, made some good tackles in defense and gave it his all at both ends of the pitch.
Wes Morgan - 5
You would have expected Morgan to do better to beat Perez to the header that gave Newcastle the winning goal, but his poor reactions cost his team.
Harry Maguire - 5
Maguire also made a couple of poor errors, giving the ball to Leicester’s opponents in dangerous positions.
Ben Chilwell - 5
Chillwell was fine at the the back, but whenever he made a run with the ball down the wing he struggled to do anything with it.
Wilfred Ndidi - 5
Ndidi was another Leicester player who had a night full of mistakes. Poor touches and passes gave the ball away many times in his own half.
Youri Tielemans - 7
While Tielemans didn’t perform to the levels he has reached in recent weeks, he was still the team’s most effective player. Constantly picking the ball up in the middle of the pitch as the play-maker of the side. Had one terrific pass through to Vardy wasted by the striker.
James Maddison - 6
Maddison had a game of ups and downs. He showed flashes of his usual self but failed to create any proper chances. The two free-kicks he took were very poor.
Demarai Gray - 5
Gray didn’t really get involved for most of the match. He kept finding himself in a narrow position when he should have stayed out wide to offer Leicester some width, leaving Ricardo to attack the wing solo.
Jamie Vardy - 4
Newcastle’s defense did an excellent job keeping Vardy quiet for the whole game. The one chance Vardy got he hit over the bar, it was one you would have expected him to put away and one Leicester desperately needed to go in.
Harvey Barnes - 5
Apart from one excellent run in the first half cutting through defenders and getting a decent effort on goal, Barnes had a ineffective game. As with Gray, Barnes was playing to narrow and wasn’t to be found out wide when his teammates needed him.
Kelechi Iheancho - 4
Came of the bench when Leicester were chasing an equalizer and didn’t play like someone who’s just come on with fresh legs. Slow and sloppy with his chances.
Nampalys Mendy - 5
Subbed on for Ndidi to offer more in terms of passing going forwards. Was pretty comfortable in possession but didn’t provide anything to change the game.
Marc Albrighton - 6
Albrighton returned to a huge ovation from the home fans, and immediately when back to what he does best. He worked hard tracking back down the wing and put in some threatening crosses, offering more out wide than Gray and Barnes had done for the whole game.