Leicester City have been on a roll this season but silly mistakes every now and then might cost them a top-four finish by the time Premier League ends.
The Friday game against Newcastle United was a prime example of it.
The Foxes lost the game 4-2 at home, not making any use of a staggering 69% possession throughout the whole match.
It all began with Caglar Soyuncu’s error who gifted the opening goal to Newcastle as Joe Willock netted in the 22nd minute.
This was Willock’s fourth goal in his last four matches.
It was then the Foxes were aware that they were in for a long night, especially in the absence of key defender Jonny Evans who got injured in the warm-up just before the game.
Martin Dubravka went into Iker Casillas mode right after the game’s pace elevated following Willock’s strike.
He made brilliant saves to help the Magpies maintain the lead.
His crucial saves paid off soon as Paul Dummett soon doubled the lead.
The Foxes, who were being jolted at the King Power Stadium, looked clueless at the halfway mark 2-0 down.
The Callum Wilson show
Callum Wilson ran riot in the second half.
Playing in his debut season with Newcastle United, the 29-year-old English football star bagged two goals to thump the Foxes.
In the 64th minute, Wilson exploited a counter-attack to net his first goal of the day.
A few minutes later, he made it 4-0 for the Magpies. He rattled Leicester’s hopes of a victory in the space of 10 minutes.
The former Bournemouth star is Newcastle’s top scorer with 12 goals in all competitions.
His goal tally would have been higher had he not sustained a hamstring injury mid-season.
Foxes response too little, too late
Courtesy of Marc Albrighton and Kelechi Iheanacho, Leicester notched two goals in the closing hours to signal a potential comeback.
Ayoze Perez almost netted the third goal for the Foxes, but it was difficult to get through an in-form Dubravka.
Nonetheless, the damage has already been done by then and Leicester’s glimpses of victory soon faded away.
In the post-match interview, Brendan Rodgers gave an honest overview of the game as he admitted that it was the Foxes’ own mistakes that cost them the match.
This was relatively an easier match-up for Leicester because their next league encounters are against Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
Newcastle get another PL season
The third-placed Leicester were expecting Newcastle United to come this hard on them from the start.
This is primarily because Newcastle’s performance throughout the season has been below par.
They were on the verge of relegation which summed up their season under Steve Bruce.
However, they have bagged a vital three points to book a place in next year’s competition.
After 35 games played, the Magpies have grabbed the 14th spot with 39 points in hand.
They are 12 points clear of third-from-bottom Fulham who are due to play another four games.
West Brom and Sheffield United are also in the relegation zone at the moment.