London - Leonardo Ulloa and Wes Morgan earned Leicester City a 3-0 victory
over Newcastle United on Saturday, moving them closer to Premier League
survival and hauling their opponents into danger.
Newcastle have now lost eight league matches in a row - the club's
worst run since 1977 - and are only one point above Leicester, who have
won five out of their last six games.
To complete another
thoroughly disappointing Newcastle performance, defenders Mike
Williamson and Daryl Janmaat were both sent off in the second half for
two bookable offences.
Leicester had gone into this match with the
focus on manager Nigel Pearson after he hit the headlines for branding a
journalist "an ostrich" immediately after Wednesday's 3-1 defeat at
home to Chelsea.
But despite that game appearing to take a lot out
of Pearson's players, his side went on to produce a high-octane start
thanks largely to Newcastle's poor kick-off at a boisterous King Power
Ryan Taylor lost the ball straight from the start and
Leicester forced an immediate corner that saw Ulloa head in from Marc
Albrighton's delivery with only 36 seconds on the clock.
the worst possible start for the out-of-form visitors and Leicester went
close again when Ulloa's diving header from Riyad Mahrez's cross flew
straight at visiting goalkeeper Tim Krul.
The chances continued to
flow for the hosts, with Jamie Vardy firing at the Newcastle
goalkeeper, and Pearson's side did not have long to wait until they
scored their second goal.
Again it came from a set-piece as
Albrighton's 17th-minute free kick gave the visitors all kinds of
problems and enabled captain Morgan to stab home his second goal of the
Pearson's response to both opening goals was muted, but
his side had to go on the defensive to prevent any way back for
twice went close, first shooting wide on the turn from the edge of the
area and then losing his footing when apparently clear on Kasper
Jonas Gutierrez and Taylor both offered long-range efforts, the latter forcing Schmeichel into a save.
Leicester rode that brief period of pressure and saw Matty James put in
a cross that just missed the head of Esteban Cambiasso.
was up for the visitors within three minutes of the restart as referee
Mike Dean's eagle eye spotted a push from Riviere on Marcin Wasilewski
at another Albrighton corner.
Ulloa confidently stepped up to convert the resulting penalty, slamming the ball high to Krul's right.
were dominating and it seemed a question of how many they would score,
with Albrighton slotting just wide and Krul producing stunning saves to
thwart Vardy and then Ulloa.
With the game up, Newcastle lost
their discipline. Williamson's ugly late challenge on Vardy left Dean no
choice but to produce a second yellow card and subsequent red with 26
minutes still remaining.
The visitors then went close to reducing
the arrears when sub Siem de Jong's shot from the edge of the area was
pushed around the post by Schmeichel.
But Newcastle's poor afternoon was complete when Janmaat was shown a second yellow card for a late tackle on Vardy.
should have been 4-0, with Vardy missing a free header from right in
front of goal, but that was no consolation for Carver's side, who were
booed off by the visiting fans.