Jamie Vardy tied Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s record for goals in consecutive Premier League games, as Leicester easily beat Newcastle 3-0 at St James’ Park this afternoon.
A dull first half eventually came to life in added time, as Vardy played a delightful one-two with Leonardo Ulloa, skipped past Moussa Sissoko, and smashed a low drive past Rob Elliot at the ‘keeper’s near post.
On the balance of play, the goal was no less than Leicester deserved. They had more of the ball in the opening 45 minutes, and out-shot Newcastle by six efforts to two.
Despite the final score, the second half was as drab as the first for the majority of the time. There were few clear cut chances, and both sides were laborious in their build-up play. Vardy hit the bar, and Leicester did manage to fashion a second goal through Ulloa and a third through Shinji Okazaki, but they were rare moments of excitement.
Serious question marks hover over Newcastle and their boss Steve McClaren – they’ve only won two games all season, and languish perilously close to the drop zone ahead of a hectic Christmas schedule. There is a feeling amongst the fans that a poor festive period could see them looking for a new manager by January.
Amazingly, Leicester’s win sees them move up into first place with 28 points. Newcastle sit 17th with a mere 10 points.
Next up for Newcastle is a trip to Alan Pardew’s high flying Crystal Palace. Leicester, meanwhile, will welcome a rejuvenated Manchester United to their King Power Stadium – a game in which Vardy will have the chance to break the record.