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Player ratings as Foxes take third place in Premier League


Leicester City added to their impressive away record with a 2-1 win over Newcastle on Sunday, moving up to third in the Premier League table,

Jamie Vardy found the back of the net after 12 minutes but the goal was ruled out for offside. The first half was otherwise lifeless for both teams, with the Magpies well organized at the back and Leicester unable to break them.

Newcastle appeared to come out of the gates more after the break and tried to find gaps in Leicester’s defense but were punished for lack of organization when James Maddison completed a well-worked counterattack after 55 minutes.

The Foxes doubled their lead in the 72nd minute when Youri Tielemans came home from Marc Albrighton cross but sat down and allowed Newcastle to come to them. The hosts responded with a few changes from the bench; although Andy Carroll’s late strike served as little consolation.

Here’s how the players rated at St James’ Park.

Federico Fernandez, Harvey Barnes
Fernandez was late | Stu Forster / Getty Images

Karl Darlow (GK) – 5/10 – There was nothing Darlow could do to stop either of Leicester’s two strikes and had little else to do, but stopped Harvey Barnes with a late arrest fine.

DeAndre Yedlin (RB) – 4/10 – Not Yedlin’s best performance, to be honest. Worked hard to support the attack in the second half but was often caught out of position which didn’t help his defensive colleagues,

Federico Fernandez (CB) – 4/10 – Has failed to take over Jamie Vardy’s run on multiple occasions and was fortunate enough that the Leicester man was without his shooting boots.

Fabian Schar (CB) – 5/10 – Slightly more assertive at the back and enjoyed a good passing performance, but was not helped by having to compensate his colleagues.

Ciaran Clark (CB) – 6/10 – Well defended and was the first to respond to imminent danger. Also eager to get the ball out and find some positive passes, but sometimes to no avail.

Matt Ritchie (LB) – 6/10 – Newcastle’s utility man was up to the task again. Ritchie was tireless from start to finish on the left flank and could not do much to stop Albrighton’s cross for Leicester’s second.

Wilfred Ndidi, Miguel Almiron
Almiron duels with Wilfred Ndidi | Pool / Getty Images

Miguel Almiron (RM) – 6/10 – The Paraguayan made a decent turn after starting the game and working hard in attack and defense, but he really lacked the end product when he was in possession. Must improve passes in advanced positions.

Sean Longstaff (CM) – 4/10 – Too static compared to his brother and less confident in possession. Must operate at a higher intensity, especially when wingers are pushing forward.

Matty Longstaff (CM) – 5/10 – The better half of the infamous Longstaff pivot. Matty was more progressive with the ball and a sharper tackle to recover it, but he was sometimes caught in position.

Joelinton (LM) – 6/10 – Digged deep and worked hard for Newcastle, but couldn’t quite assert himself over James Justin from a wide position. Unfairly hung after an hour to adapt to a change in shape.

Timoty Castagne, Callum Wilson
It was a tough afternoon for Newcastle’s top scorer | Pool / Getty Images

Callum Wilson (ST) – 5/10 – Wilson was in charge of the chains, but lacked the serve to make a real impact in the first half. Seemed improved late with the players bouncing back.

Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll strikes on goal in Newcastle’s 2-1 loss to Leicester | Pool / Getty Images

Jacob Murphy – 6/10

Jonjo Shelvey – 6/10

Andy Carroll – 7/10 – reacted well to a poor clearance from a put-out and scored his first goal for Newcastle in over ten years. Carroll offers Newcastle a nice change of pace.

Castagne denies Callum Wilson | LEE SMITH / Getty Images

Kasper Schmeichel (GK) – 6/10 – Schmeichel had little to do and couldn’t stop Carroll’s late strike. Well controlled his sector and done well the simple things.

James Justin (RB) – 5/10 – Eager to move forward but lost the ball a bit awkwardly once or twice and got caught out of position on occasion.

Wesley Fofana (CB) – 7/10 – Fofana did well to cover Justin whenever the right-back bombarded forward, and moved well to keep Callum Wilson out of the game in the first half.

Johnny Evans (CB) – 7/10 – Experienced performances by Evans, who kept things organized and was always in a good position.

Timothy Castagne (LB) – 6/10 – A calm afternoon in attack for Castagne but a solid defensive turn, winning three tackles and two aerial duels.

Wilfred Ndidi (DM) – 7/10 – Ndidi’s textbook performance that shattered Newcastle’s advances, especially in the second half. His defensive work is essential for Leicester to be able to attack freely.

Youri Tielemans (DM) – 8/10 – Tielemans perhaps could have been a bit sharper in the final third of the first half but looked much better after the break and was rewarded for passing the Newcastle midfielder with a nice goal.

Marc Albrighton (RM) – 7/10 – Not the fastest nor the flashiest, but that doesn’t matter. Albrighton continues to whip well crossed balls for fun over wide areas and has got some careful help.

James Maddison (AM) – 8/10 – Leicester’s number 10 continues to impress. Was the best player in a lifeless first half and continued into the second, shooting at home the first game with the power to catch Karl Darlow.

Harvey Barnes (LM) – 7/10 – Barnes moved the ball well during the transition and was not afraid to attack Newcastle defenders. His movement was the key to his team’s first goal.

Jamie Vardy
Vardy regularly got the better of Newcastle defenders | Michael Regan / Getty Images

Jamie Vardy (ST) – 7/10 – First half calm after seeing a properly ruled out goal but took more advantage of the ball after the break when Newcastle were stretched. Was very calm to help Maddison’s opening and was unhappy not to score.

Caglar Soyuncu – 6/10