Newcastle United came into the King Power and spoiled the chairman’s birthday celebrations by outplaying Leicester City. The Foxes once again seemed unenthused by the prospect of playing an important Premier League match and this time were punished accordingly as the Magpies claimed a 2-1 victory.
Kasper Schmeichel - 5
For some reason he found himself drifting in an unnecessary position while Ayoze Pérez chipped the ball over him for Newcastle’s second goal.
Danny Simpson - 6
Very little involvement in the match (aside from a couple fouls) before being subbed off fairly early.
Wes Morgan - 5
Seemingly conspired with Kasper Schmeichel and Harry Maguire to allow Pérez’s goal because of how poorly they defended it, but the captain may have been the worst culprit.
Harry Maguire - 6
See above. And he was also almost sent off for shoving Dwight Gayle early on. But outside of that he was alright I guess.
Ben Chilwell - 6
Unlucky to have had the ball deflect off of him for Newcastle’s first goal and was relatively solid defensively, but wasn’t impactful with his frequent attacking moves.
Riyad Mahrez - 6
Looked to have earned a penalty at the end of the first half but wasn’t rewarded accordingly. He also had too many bad touches and giveaways.
Adrien Silva - 8
Seemingly won the ball back over and over and paired that with tidy passing including one beautiful through ball that set Riyad free on the controversial penalty appeal play.
Vicente Iborra - 6
Was his usual efficient self before an unfortunate injury forced him off the pitch in the 41st minute.
Claude Puel tells @mrgeoffpeters that Vicente Iborra's season could be over with a hamstring injury.— James Sharpe (@TheSharpeEnd) April 7, 2018
"Perhaps we have lost Iborra until the end of the season."
That's Iborra and James out for the season, Ndidi banned, Amartey yet to return to training, King out on loan. Gulp.
Marc Albrighton - 5
Was fairly wasteful in attack and much less involved in defense than usual.
Fousseni Diabaté - 6
Hesitated to close down in the build-up to Pérez’s goal and gave the ball away a few times, but at least he showed energy going forward by dribbling past a few defenders and drawing a few fouls.
Jamie Vardy - 7
Mostly starved of service again but he again responded by grabbing a goal despite the service.
Hamza Choudhury - 8
Was thrown into the fire as a first-half substitute for Iborra and handled himself impressively with a number of crucial defensive intercessions.
Shinji Okazaki - 6
Came on in the 56th minute and didn’t establish his presence until his late headed assist to Vardy.
Demarai Gray - 7
He was the the last sub for City in the 75th minute and was efficient with his limited time. He did well to create space and cross into Shinji on his assist to Vardy.
The match was bad. Very bad. And even worse was that it resulted in the Foxes falling six points behind Burnley for seventh place and a shot at Europa League qualification. The only bright spots were the play of Silva and Choudhury, but it is Adrien Silva who takes the Man of the Match honors.