2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Jamie Vardy (30' PEN)
  • Harry Maguire (73')

Newcastle in dire straits after 2-0 defeat by Leicester

Newcastle United 0-2 Leicester City: Foxes edge Newcastle (1:04)

A Jamie Vardy penalty was followed by a goal from Harry Maguire, helping Leicester grab three points away at Newcastle. (1:04)

Newcastle United remained rooted in the relegation zone after a goal in each half by Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire gave Leicester City a well-deserved away win in their Premier League clash on Saturday.

Newcastle have now lost their opening four home games of the season for the first time and stayed 18th on two points from seven matches, ahead of 19th-placed Cardiff and bottom team Huddersfield on goal difference.

The outcome is likely to pile more pressure on Magpies manager Rafa Benitez and worsen still further his relationship with the board, as his team look destined to face another tough relegation battle, with the squad lacking any bite up front while conceding soft goals at the other end.

Leicester, who moved up two places to seventh, with 12 points, always looked more likely to score as Ricardo Pereira forced a good save from Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka with a low shot in the 10th minute.

Mohamed Diame missed with a free header for the home side midway through the first half, and that turned out to be their best chance on a frustrating afternoon.

Leicester continued to dominate and the lively Vardy fired them ahead with a 30th-minute penalty after DeAndre Yedlin needlessly blocked Maguire's wayward volley with his arms amid a penalty-box scramble.

The home side's final pass continued to go astray in the second half as they failed to create any chances, and England defender Maguire sealed Leicester's victory when he headed home a James Maddison corner in the 73rd minute.

Maguire and Leicester manager Claude Puel heaped praise on 21-year old midfielder Maddison, who has hit the ground running at Leicester after his close-season move from Championship side Norwich City.

"James Maddison continues to give his best and improve," Puel told the BBC."He has to continue that work and we will see in the future."

Maguire added: "Maddison takes all the set plays now so we look dangerous.

"He's definitely good enough to play for England. It's a matter of time. If he keeps improving he'll get the call and he will take the challenge on."

English Premier League Standings

1 Liverpool 31 +52 76
2 Manchester City 30 +58 74
3 Tottenham Hotspur 30 +25 61
4 Arsenal 30 +24 60
5 Manchester United 30 +18 58
6 Chelsea 30 +17 57
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 +2 44
8 Watford 30 -2 43
9 West Ham United 31 -5 42
10 Leicester City 31 -3 41
11 Everton 31 +1 40
12 AFC Bournemouth 31 -13 38
13 Newcastle United 31 -9 35
14 Crystal Palace 30 -5 33
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 29 -10 33
16 Southampton 30 -16 30
17 Burnley 31 -24 30
18 Cardiff City 30 -30 28
19 Fulham 31 -41 17
20 Huddersfield Town 31 -39 14