High-flying Leicester City have re-opened a five-point gap at the top of the Premier League table after they posted a 1-0 win over struggling Newcastle United on Monday night.
Monday’s game was the maiden outing for Rafael Benitez since arriving at the Magpies, but the Spaniard had no magic wand to stop his side from crashing to their fourth successive defeat.
Shinji Okazaki got the solitary goal from Monday night’s game and interestingly he was also among the goals when the Foxes secured a 3-0 win in the reverse fixture at St. James Park.
Having suffered just one defeat in 14 at the King Power Stadium, many already tipped Leicester to see off their struggling opponents and that they did even though it was not so convincing
After the solitary strike by Okazaki, chances were few and far between after half time, but when openings did materialise, they came through some neat play from Newcastle, but they could not apply the finishing touches.
Just before the half-hour mark, Sissoko got in behind the defence only to hesitate when a shooting opportunity presented itself, before Perez fired wide from the edge of the box.
Leicester barely created a chance during the second half, but as full time approached, they started to push men forward in search of a second goal.
However, they were able to settle for just the one as Newcastle failed to mount a late comeback, and the Magpies remain in the bottom three of the standings and the task before Benitez harder