Newcastle United 0 Leicester City 3: Shocking performance piles pressure on Steve McClaren

Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy made Premier League history at St James's Park – but it was a forgettable afternoon for Newcastle United.

Vardy netted in a 3-0 win for Leicester City, who climbed to the top of the Premier League table.

The striker netted for the 10th league game in a row, equalling a 12-year-old record held by Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Leonardo Ulloa and Shinji Okazaki also scored for Claudio Ranieri's side, who dominated both halves and deserved all three points.

Newcastle, by contrast, are perched precariously above the relegation zone, and fans, having witnessed a dreadful performance, booed the team off the field at the final whistle.

And angry supporters also made their feelings known to head coach Steve McClaren, whose side lacked ideas and inspiration.

The defeat was compounded by the groin injury suffered by Cheick Tiote, who is now facing a spell on the sidelines.

The pre-match talk had been dominated by talk of Vardy, and given the way United started the game, it seemed only a matter of time before he scored.

And the England international opened the scoring in first-half injury-time.

Vardy played a one-two with Ulloa on the left before busting into the box, where he turned Moussa Sissoko and beat Rob Elliot at his near post.

An unmarked Ulloa headed home a cross from Riyad Mahrez in the 62nd minute.

There was to be no way back for Newcastle, who struggled to make any kind of impression in Leicester's half.

Georginio Wijnaldum had had a second-half header stopped on the line, but chances were few and far between for United.

And substitute Okazaki added insult to injury with a late third goal.

United return to action a week today when they take on Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Elliot; Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Dummett; Sissoko, Anita, Tiote (Thauvin, 20), Wijnaldum; Perez (de Jong, 81), Mitrovic (Cisse, 62). Subs not used: Woodman, Sterry, Lascelles, Gouffran.

LEICESTER CITY: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Mahrez (Dyer, 88), Kant, Drinkwater, Albrighton, Ulloa (Okazaki, 72), Vardy (King, 77). Subs not used: De Laet, Schlupp, Schwarzer, Inler.

Goals: Vardy 45, Ulloa 62, Okazaki 83

Bookings: Huth 31, Anita 36, Dummett 48, Perez 76, Sissoko 79

Referee: Mike Jones (Chester)

Attendance: 50,151