Brendan Rodgers hopes Leicester learn from Newcastle defeat

Rex Christensen
April 14, 2019

Perez scored in last night's 1-0 win over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

The Magpies drew first blood 32 minutes in after Ayoze Perez headed a well-orchestrated delivery from Matt Ritchie into the far post.

Salomon Rondon came the closest in the opening stages after rattling the crossbar from a long-range free-kick.

Afterwards boss Benitez, whose contract runs out at the end of the season, hinted he is ready to stay now safety is virtually assured. The Magpies have played two more games than the Welsh club.

Newcastle's defenders all excelled but they were brilliantly protected by Isaac Hayden in a defensive-midfield role.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the loss, Rodgers said that he was disappointed with the defeat and hoped that his players would analyse where they had gone wrong and subsequently improve in the future. His seven tackles were more than anyone else on the pitch recorded.

Leicester, looking to secure a European spot next season under new coach Brendan Rodgers, had striker Jamie Vardy back.

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Barrett recorded Duke's first triple-double since 2006 with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 94-78 home win over N.C. Barrett was the only major conference player to score 13 or more points in every game he played.

Despite being put under pressure in the latter stages of the game, Newcastle held firm to claim the points.

Newcastle United's Ayoze Perez celebrates scoring their first goal with Miguel Almiron.

- Leicester City completed 649 passes, their highest total in a Premier League game since 2003-04 (when Opta began recording this data); indeed, three of their four highest successful pass tallies in this time in the division have been recorded in their six fixtures under Brendan Rodgers.

"Doing a little bit more - I'm not saying spending £200m - but doing a little bit more, doing the right things, we can compete with the teams between 7th and 12th, but we need to do things right".

Newcastle have four games left and have to play Southampton, Brighton and Fulham - all teams below them - along with Liverpool.

- Newcastle have now picked up 16 points away from home in the Premier League this season (P17 W3 D7 L7), as many as they earned in the whole of the 2017-18 campaign on the road.

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