Blues dent Liverpool’s perfect league start
and that he was attempting to coax additional investors to join his consortium.
Kenyon himself does not have the £300million-plus which Ashley wants, but the timing of the news filtering through was intriguing given the United owner had returned to St James’ Park.
During the match, Newcastle fans made their feelings about the owner clear – chanting “If you hate Ashley stand up”, among other songs, about the billionaire.
Ashley smiled and raised his eyebrows as supporters began standing up, but surely he was not impressed by the football being served up by the Magpies.
Even Ashley, who has admitted himself that he knows very little about football, must have realised on the evidence of the last two games that he has watched live that this squad needs significant investment in January – and that the club made a mistake by not adequately strengthening during the summer.
Well, a tale of one which was awarded as a spot-kick, and one which wasn’t, anyway.
During the first rst half, when Maguire’s goalbound shot smashed Yedlin’s raised arm, referee Simon mon Hooper immediately pointed to the spot. pot.
The Newcastle e right- right-back back was only a matter of feet away way from Maguire when the Leicester centre-half entre- half powered an effort on goal, but the American’s outstretched arm did id block the ball – and so it is understandable tandable why Hooper deemed it to be a penalty.
But Newcastle e were denied what looked a perfectly ectly legitimate penalty of their r own after the break.
With the scoreline coreline still at 1-0, Maguire aguire stuck out an arm m to block Perez, who had flicked the ball around the Foxes oxes defender, and nd appeared to nudge him down n to the ground.
Yes, Perez did d perhaps fall to the floor rather easily, but there is no doubt Maguire caught him and pre- vented the New- castle forward rd from advancing ng clear into the area. ea.
Hooper, howevever, was unmoved ved “if you hate Ashley, stand up”, the billionaire merely raised his eyebrows and grinned.
Until someone comes along with enough money to convince Ashley to sell, he is going nowhere – and, more pertinently, neither is this Newcastle team at the moment.
This dire 2-0 defeat to Leicester City was just as alarming as the 3-0 reversal to Watford last season. Not only were the Magpies beaten, they were bettered by the Foxes in every single department.
Rafa Benitez appeared helpless at times on the touchline – and his frustration was palpable when he swiv- once Perez was knocked to the he ground, and Newcastle were e not given an opportunity to o equalise – much to Benitez’s s frustrations, with the United d manager making his feelings gs explicitly clear to fourth official cial Mike Dean.
Never before have Newcastle tle lost their opening four matches at St James’ ames’ Park in a league campaign.
In fact, the winless Magpies gpies have accrued just five points from the last 36 available, if you include the e final few games of the 2017/18 campaign, gn, too.
Newcastle have also lost t 11 home league games since the start of last season, more than any other top-flight -flight side. Benitez has also lost a greater r number of Premier League home matches hes at Newcastle than he did during his s 127 home matches in charge of Liverpool erpool and Chelsea. These statistics make for depressing reading, and it is obvious the Magpies’ home form must improve mprove dramatically if United are going t to avoid id a season-long season- long relegation battle. battl le.
On the evidence of this s game, however, it is difficult to see where that first fifirst win is going to come from. elled around in anger in response to Joselu’s failure to shoot when the forward was clean through on goal.
On the evidence of this, the Magpies are in an almighty mess. They have scored just four goals in seven games, are winless in all competitions this term, and have started a season with four-successive home league defeats for the first time in their history.
With a trip to Old Trafford to come on Saturday, the likelihood is that Newcastle will enter the second international break of the season without a victory to their name.
That mirrors Steve McClaren’s disastrous start as Magpies manager – and we all know what happened at the end of that campaign.
What is so disconcerting is that Newcastle’s plight two years ago was well documented; it was obvious for everyone to see.
This time around, however, the narrative is being blurred by fans’ desire for Ashley to depart, revelations in Kevin Keegan’s autobiography, and the on-going uncertainty over Benitez’s long-term future.
Newcastle’s on-field woes have crept up on some like a spectre in the night – and only now it is becoming indisputable that United are very much embroiled in a relegation battle with one of the weakest squads in the top flight.
A new owner is desirable, and it is quite frankly necessary – but it is unlikely to happen any time soon.
Reinforcements will be needed in January, a new custodian must arrive at the club, and Benitez must be convinced to stay – yet they are issues which cannot be rectified right now.
The immediate focus must instead shift towards the on-field crisis which is unfolding at St James’ Park before everyone’s eyes. That needs resolving long before anything else – otherwise Newcastle really do risk being relegated for the third time inside a decade. SUBSTITUTE Daniel Sturridge hit a superb last-minute equaliser as Liverpool fought back to earn a 1-1 draw with Chelsea in yesterday’s late Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues had ended the Reds’ perfect start to the new campaign with a 2-1 Carabao Cup win at Anfield on Wednesday night.
Eden Hazard, whose fine individual effort proved the difference on Merseyside, put Chelsea in front in the 26th minute when he latched onto a through ball from Mateo Kovacic.
Mohamed Salah saw his goalbound effort clear off the line before, in the second half, Liverpool substitute Xherdan Shaqiri sent an effort wide from six yards.
Sturridge, though, had the final say against his old club, lashing a long-range drive into the top left corner with just a minute left – having only just been sent on.
Liverpool’s late rally sees them stay second, level on points with Manchester City, who earlier beat Brighton 2-0.
Raheem Sterling set City on their way after 29 minutes, with Sergio Aguero wrapping up the points midway through the second half.
In Saturday’s lunchtime kickoff, West Ham turned up the heat on Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho with a 3-1 win at the London Stadium.
After their midweek home penalty shoot-out defeat by Derby in the Carabao Cup, the Red Devils once again failed to produce the required performance.
The hosts went in front after just five minutes through Brazilian Felipe Anderson and an own goal from United defender Victor Lindelof doubled West Ham’s lead just before halftime.
Striker Marcus reduced the deficit.
However, West Ham swiftly restored their two-goal advantage through Marko Arnautovic’s finish after 74 minutes.
England captain Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham won 2-0 at struggling Huddersfield.
Arsenal left it late to maintain their winning run with a 2-0 victory over Watford at the Emirates Stadium.
With nine minutes left, Craig Cathcart scored an own goal and then Mesut Ozil swiftly slotted home a second.
Wolves’ enjoyed 2-0 home victory over Southampton.
Everton produced a strong second half to beat Fulham 3-0. Rashford
4. A tale of two penaltiesHarry Maguire pulls back Ayoze Perez in the penalty area 5. This is now the Magpies’ worst orst start to a league season at St James’ es’ Park Joselu is challenged by Wilfred NdidoNewcastle United owner Mike Ashley in the stands