Leicester City 1 Newcastle United 0: Benitez's first game ends in defeat

Rafa Benitez's first game in charge of Newcastle United ended in defeat.

Monday, 14th March 2016, 8:50 pm
Updated Monday, 14th March 2016, 9:01 pm
Rafa Benitez

A overhead kick from Shinji Okazaki gave Premier League leaders Leicester City a 1-0 win at the King Power Stadium tonight.

But there were signs of life from relegation-threatened Newcastle during what was a seventh successive league defeat away from home.

United started well and pressured Leicester, but they couldn't take the chances that came their way and were often sloppy in possession.

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And Newcastle only had themselves to blame for Okazaki's 15th-minute goal, which came from a poorly-defended ball into the box.

Claudio Ranieri's side, however, had to work for their victory, and Benitez's team kept on pushing for an equaliser.

Second-bottom United must now prepare for Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby against relegation rivals Sunderland at St James's Park.

LEICESTER CITY: Schmeichel; Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs; Mahrez, Kante, Drinkwater, Albrighton (Ulloa, 75); Okazaki (Schlupp, 65), Vardy. Subs not used: Schwarzer, Wasilewski, Amartey, Inler, Gray.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Elliot; Janmaat, Taylor, Lascelles, Colback; Sissoko, Anita (Townsend, 56), Shelvey (Doumbia, 87), Perez (de Jong, 71); Wijnaldum; Mitrovic. Subs not used: Darlow, Sterry, Saivet, Riviere.

Goal: Okazaki 25

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)

Attendance: 31,824 (1,334 Newcastle)