Newcastle United entertained Leicester City at St. James’ Park earlier this afternoon as they look to secure maximum points at home. The Magpies made a slow start to the game and conceded the opening goal in the 19th minute when Ademola Lookman found the back of the net. However, Bruno Guimaraes equalised for the Tyneside outfit just 11 minutes later as both sides went into the half-time break with a 1-1 scoreline.
The Magpies struggled to score another goal in the second half but finally found it in the fifth minute of injury time when Guimaraes scored with a good finish. The contest ended with the Tyneside outfit earning a 2-1 win at home.
Let’s take a look at how each Newcastle player fared during the match against the Foxes.
GK: Martin Dubravka – 6/10
The Magpies keeper made one good save in the game but will be disappointed after conceding an early goal.
RB: Emil Krafth – 7/10
Krafth was defensively solid inside his half and struggled to influence the game in the final third.
CB: Fabian Schar – 6/10
He cleared his lines when needed and made one key chance going forward.
CB: Dan Burn – 7/10
Burn made a few important clearances at the back and created one good chance in the final third.
LB: Matt Targett – 8/10
Targett worked his socks off on the defensive end of the field and made two inviting chances in the final third.
CM: Bruno Guimaraes – 8.5/10
Guimaraes got stuck in with some solid tackles and was a constant menace in the final third. He scored a goal in each half.
CM: Jonjo Shelvey – 7/10
He anchored the midfield with conviction and was a threat going forward.
CM: Joelinton – 7.5/10
Joelinton offered decent protection for his teammates at the back and engineered some decent chances in the attacking end of the pitch.
RW: Miguel Almiron – 7/10
He made a few decent runs with the ball down the right flank but didn’t do enough to score.
ST: Chris Wood – 6/10
Wood was strong in the air as usual but didn’t get a sniff at goal.
LW: Allan Saint-Maximin – 7/10
The talented speedster was a constant menace in the final third and made a couple of inviting chances in the opponent’s half.
CM: Joe Willock – 6/10
He added some energy to Newcastle’s midfield.
RW: Jacob Murphy – 6/10
The English talent offered very little after coming off the bench.
ST: Dwight Gayle – N/A
He hardly had any time to make an impact.