Leicester City 3 Newcastle United 0: Nine-man Magpies sink to a new low

BATTLE ... Ayoze Perez.
BATTLE ... Ayoze Perez.

NEWCASTLE United’s relegation worries deepened after a shambolic 3-0 defeat to Leicester City this afternoon.

John Carver’s side could have no complaints about the result at the King Power Stadium.

The team’s performance, watched by 1,915 travelling fans, was embarrassment to the once-proud club.

Defenders Daryl Janmaat and Mike Williamson were also sent off in what was the club’s EIGHTH successive defeat.

Leonardo Ulloa netted in each half, once from the spot, and Wes Morgan also found the net for Nigel Pearson’s in-form side.

It was arguably the worst performance of an already-wretched season which could yet end with the club meekly surrendering its Premier League status.

YOY ... Leonardo Ulloa.

YOY ... Leonardo Ulloa.

And Leicester are now just a point behind 14th-placed Newcastle, who remain five points above the relegation zone ahead of the rest of this afternoon’s games.

Janmaat and Williamson will miss the home game against West Bromwich Albion on May 9 through suspension.

Williamson will also miss the game against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road the following week, having been sent off early this season.

The afternoon started badly for Carver’s side – and got steadily worse.

It was arguably the worst performance of an already-wretched season which could yet end with the club meekly surrendering its Premier League status.

Carver’s side kicked the game off, yet they didn’t get out of their own half, and within 38 seconds they were behind, with Ulloa having lost marker Moussa Sissoko to head a Marc Albrighton corner past goalkeeper Tim Krul.

Newcastle just couldn’t steady themselves.

Leicester were first to everything, and the second goal wasn’t long in coming.

In the 17th minute, Morgan got on the end of an Albrighton free-kick from the left to put them 2-0 up. It was no less than they deserved.

Things unravelled further after the interval.

Emmanuel Riviere bundled over Marcin Wasilewski in the box, and Ulloa stroked the resulting penalty past Krul, who tipped a header from the striker over the bar as the hour-mark approached.

Williamson, booked earlier in the half, was dismissed for a second yellow card after crudely challenging Jamie Vardy from behind on the touchline.

The Leicester striker crashed into a TV camera, but was able to continue after treatment.

Leicester’s fans chanted “we want four”, but United somehow got through the rest of the game without conceding another goal.

But they lost Janmaat, who was booked for a second time in the 90th minute after tripping Vardy.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Dummett, Gutierrez, R Taylor (de Jong, 58), Colback, Sissoko, Riviere (Anita, 64), Perez (Armstrong, 74). Subs not used: Woodman, Abeid, Ameobi, Cabella.

LEICESTER CITY: Schmeichel, Wasilewski (De Laet, 68), Huth, Morgan, Albrighton, Cambiasso (Hammond, 74), James, Mahrez, Schlupp, Ulloa (Kramaric, 78), Vardy. Subs not used: Schwarzer, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Wood.

Goals: Ulloa 1, 48 (pen), Morgan 17

Bookings: Janmaat 16, James 29, Gutierrez 28, Williamson 55, Dummett 70

Sent off: Williamson 62, Janmaat 90

Referee: Mike Dean (The Wirral)

Attendance: 31,576 (1,915 Newcastle)