Leicester City beat Newcastle United 3-0 at St. James’ Park in dominant fashion.
City made it back-to-back away wins and looked in total control from the first minute.
Jonny Evans came close to opening the scoring very early on after connecting well with an excellent corner delivery from James Maddison but the header directed straight at Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka.
Leicester seemed to be laying with the Magpies’ defence, passing the ball from side-to-side in the home side’s half.
The opening goal, however, came on a mistake from United defender Florian Lejeune who passed the ball accross his own box which was pounced on well by former Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez, who stayed on his feet despite contact in the box to fire Leicester into the lead.
It was only a couple of minutes later when Leicester doubled their lead. Perez teeing up Maddison who hit a superb strike from 25 yards into the top corner.
Things didn’t get better for the hosts at the start of the second-half. Having already used all of their substitutions centre-back Fabian Schar went down with a pulled hamstring and was unable to continue.
It looked like a pre-season match-up after Steve Bruce’s side were forced to play with ten men and Leicester never looked troubled.
The visitors just kept hold of the ball with ease and coasted through the rest of the match.
It was Hamza Choudhury who added the Foxes’ third with a composed effort from the edge of the box, side-footing the ball into the top corner.
Here is how we rated the Leicester players:
Kasper Schmeichel - 7.5
Schmeichel was a spectator for much of the match, but he reacted well to the danger that did come his way and also distributed the ball well.
Ricardo Pereira - 8.5
Ricardo played in more of a wing-back role and put in an excellent performance in both attack and defence. He was quick to pounce on any Newcastle threat and carried the ball forwards all afternoon.
Jonny Evans - 8
Evans put in another classy performance at the back. All ways in the right place to put a stop to an attack and looked very comfortable on the ball.
Caglar Soyuncu - 8
Soyuncu wasn’t troubled often but dealt with everything that came his way. Was as confident on the ball as ever and had no problems bringing the ball out from the back.
Christian Fuchs - 8
Fuchs played as the left sided centre-back and put in an excellent display. He read the game very well and didn’t let anything get past him. His passing out from the back was also very good.
Ben Chilwell - 7
Chilwell didn’t seem to get as involved as his team-mate on the other flank, but did everything that was asked of him.
Wilfred Ndidi - 8
Ndidi was superb in the middle, just always seemed one step ahead of his opponents, killing of attacks before they even started. Constant tackles and interceptions throughout the game.
Youri Tielemans - 7
Tielemans seemed slightly off the pace and held onto the ball for too long on a couple of occasions and losing possession. He played better in the second-half and made a few nice runs and passes.
James Maddison - 9
Maddison was the Man of the Match for Leicester. The young midfielder ran the game, dropping deep to pick up possession and pick out a pass. His set-piece delivery was excellent and the finish for his goal was superb.
Ayoze Perez - 8.5
Perez enjoyed his return to St. James’ Park, a goal and assist against his former club. Now starting to be involved in more goals consistently.
Kelechi Iheanacho - 7
Iheanacho had a quiet game and didn’t get many chances to have a go at goal, one good chance set up by Perez he saw saved. He did hold the ball up well on a couple of occasions and contributed well in somem build-up play.
Subs: Demarai Gray - 7
Gray looked lively off the bench but the ball wouldn’t quite fall for him.
Hamza Choudhury - 8
Choudhury played with his usual intensity after coming on and scored a much deserved first senior goal and brilliant fashion.
Wes Morgan - N/a
Was a late substitute.