Newcastle moved to within a point of Premier League safety with a stunning 4-2 win over Champions League-chasing Leicester City at the King Power.
On-loan Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock opened the scoring for Newcastle pouncing on an error from Caglar Soyuncu before coolly finishing past Kasper Schmeichel to give Newcastle the lead.
Paul Dummett doubled Newcastle’s lead, rising above Wesley Fofana to thump a header past Schmeichel from Matt Ritchie’s corner.
Leicester City struggled defensively with Newcastle cutting through the hosts back-line at will. Defender Jonny Evans proved a pivotal miss for Brendan Rodgers after he picked up a knock before kick-off.
Callum Wilson’s impressive second-half double sealed all three points for Newcastle, bagging his 10th and 11th Premier League goals of the campaign.
Leicester City rallied a late charge through goals from Marc Albrighton and Kelechi Iheanacho but it proved too late for the hosts as their push to confirm Champions League qualification took another hit.
Leicester, in third, will now be watching results over the weekend closely with West Ham and Chelsea breathing down their necks and all in action over the weekend. Brendan Rodgers’ men remain in 3rd, five points above fifth-placed West Ham who host Everton on Sunday afternoon.
Newcastle, meanwhile, climbed up to 13th, 12 points above 18th placed Fulham who have four games left. Steve Bruce’s men now just need a point from their remaining three games to confirm Premier League safety, if Fulham beat Burnley over the weekend.
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