Read a full match report on the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St. James’ Park on Saturday 18 October.
- Gabriel Obertan's second-half goal gives Newcastle a first win of the season.
- Marc Albrighton and Matty James go close in the first half for Leicester, who suffer a third defeat.
- Riyad Mahrez sits out the game after playing twice for Algeria in the African Cup of Nations Qualifying over the international break.
- Kick-off was delayed by one hour to 4pm after an issue with one of the LED screens inside St James’ Park.
Leicester City suffered their third defeat of the Barclays Premier League season at St. James’ Park on Saturday, as Gabriel Obertan's goal gave Newcastle their first win.
A 72nd minute strike from the speedy Magpies winger sealed all three points for Alan Pardew's side, despite City creating a host of opportunities that might have seen them take something from the game.
Matty James passed up a glorious first-half chance after being set up by Leo Ulloa, before Marc Albrighton hit the crossbar just before half-time.
And as Pardew's men clung on desperately for their win, Danny Drinkwater, Matty James, Ulloa and substitute Jamie Vardy all saw opportunities snuffed out by scrambling Newcastle defence.
Nigel Pearson made three changes to the side that drew 2-2 with Burnley as Esteban Cambiasso, James and Albrighton all came in for Dean Hammond, Riyad Mahrez and Vardy.
A problem with the LED screen prompted referee Martin Atkinson to delay kick off by an hour until sufficient repair work and an appraisal was conducted by Newcastle’s safety team, with the match eventually getting under way at 4pm.
The hosts carved out the first opportunity of the game with eight minutes on the clock after breaking from a City corner.
Obertan burst through the midfield before slipping Moussa Sissoko in down the left flank – Newcastle's No.7 finding captain Fabricio Coloccini – who side-footed just inches wide from deep inside the box.
Paul Dummett then forced Kasper Schmeichel into his first save of the match with a long-range effort which the Danish No.1 collected well.
The Foxes hit Alan Pardew’s men on the break – top-scorer Ulloa broke through and squared it to an unmarked James, who couldn’t beat Tim Krul with his placed shot 20 minutes in.
Winger Yoan Gouffran then received the ball from Jack Colback 25 yards out, but the Frenchman could only drag his strike wide of the mark.
A superb ball in from Albrighton just before half time nearly put Pearson’s men in front, but after beating the on-looking Krul, the former Aston Villa man hit the bar.
Papiss Cisse then hit a low drive at Schmeichel on 44 minutes, only for captain Wes Morgan to stick a foot out and turn the ball looping over the woodwork – goalless at the break.
Another fortunate deflection five minutes into the second half, this time from a Sissoko strike, nearly beat the City shot-stopper, but Liam Moore’s block sent the ball wide of his right-hand upright.
Cisse then latched onto a back-pass from Paul Konchesky just minutes later, but, after rounding Schmeichel, the Senegalese frontman shot into the side-netting – a let off for Leicester.
A fizzing free kick from Colback on 55 minutes could have made it 1-0, but the City ‘keeper tipped over to deny the former Sunderland midfielder.
Steven Taylor found space in the Foxes area on the hour-mark but the centre-half lashed his half-volley over the bar.
Substitute Vardy got his shot off on 67 minutes, but Taylor stood firm and chested away his rising drive.
Despite holding the ball well in the later stages, City were hit on the break as Obertan cut inside from the left before hitting a shot past Schmeichel on his right foot from the edge of the area with 20 minutes remaining.
A good ball in from the right by substitute David Nugent then found Vardy alone in the six-yard box, but the forward couldn’t control and the chance went begging - the same fate that befell Ulloa moments before when James' excellent pass found him in the box.
Krul then denied Danny Drinkwater and the follow-up from James was blocked by Coloccini as City pressed for a late equaliser.
A close-range header from Cisse forced Schmeichel to tip over the crossbar with five minutes to go, preventing the hosts from doubling their lead.
A late surge saw City have a penalty appeal waved away but Pearson’s men couldn’t find the leveller, finishing the day in 13th position in the league.
The Blue Army travel to the Liberty Stadium next weekend when they face Garry Monk’s Swansea City.
NEWCASTLE: Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini (c), Taylor, Dummett (Haidara 72), Sissoko, Colback, Anita (Perez 59), Obertan, Cisse, Gouffran (Cabella 90)
SUBS NOT USED: Elliot, Ferreyra, Abeid, Armstrong
GOAL: Obertan 71
CITY: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky, Morgan (c), Moore, Drinkwater, James, Albrighton (Vardy 56), Schlupp (Nugent 56), Cambiasso (Knockaert 79), Ulloa
SUBS NOT USED: Hamer, Hammond, King, Wasilewski
REFEREE: Martin Atkinson