NEW­CAS­TLE ................................................................... 0 Ash­ley sees for him­self legacy of his ten­ure

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Sunday Sun - - Football -

NEW­CAS­TLE United fans turned the heat up on owner Mike Ash­ley at St James’ Park as the Mag­pies splut­tered to de­feat against Le­ices­ter City.

Ash­ley tried his best to laugh off some of the chants di­rected his way but no­body on Ty­ne­side is in jovial mood with the club very y much in a rel­e­ga­tion fight in the Premier League.

No longer can the ex­cuse of fac­ing the big spenders ap­ply to United – even though this week­end’s vis­i­tors spent £104mil­lion dur­ing the sum­mer.

What Ash­ley and his man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Lee Charn­ley need to grasp, and quickly by the look of it, is that type of sum­mer spend is pretty much the go­ing rate these days.

New­cast l e are a club that have

ne­glected not only their fans but also their play­ing staff.

The fact that the home side’s ONLY shot on tar­get came when Jonjo Shelvey tried his luck from 60 yards sums up the sorry plight of the Mag­pies. Rafa Ben­itez’s name was still chanted by some fans with the team 2-0 down but even the Spa­niard en­dured some neg­a­tiv­ity on the day as his one of his tac­ti­cal changes was booed.

But Ben­itez can only do what he can with the money that’s been af­forded to him in re­cent win­dows.

The truth is the owner needs to sit down in a room with Ben­itez and work through the prob­lems.

Or Ash­ley has to fi­nally ac­cept some­body y else de­serves a shot at run­ning the club and sell up. Some­thing surely has to

give? A smil­ing A s h l e y took his p l a c e i n t h e s t a n d s just be­fore the kick-off kic as United loo looked for their fi­fi­first first win of the sea­son. New­cas­tle cre­ated a good chance af­ter five min­utes as Matt Ritchie rolled the ball down the ri right for DeAn­dre Yedlin with his cross pick­ing out Ay­oze Perez. His shot, how­ever, was blocked bloc by Wilfred Ndidi and Le­ices­ter cleared their lines. Le­ices­ter re­sponded in th the early stages with a tame shot from Kelechi Iheana­cho be­fore Ri­cardo Pereira weaved into the box and his ef­fort effo took a de­flec­tion which went out for a wast- ed cor­ner. On 17 min­utes Perez slipped the ball to Joselu who beat the off­side trap and had a chance to shoot.

But Joselu took an age to get his shot away and Harry Maguire steamed in to win the ball.

Four min­utes later, Chris­tian Atsu clipped in a left-wing cross for Mo Di­ame but he di­rected the ball wide.

New­cas­tle would go on to rue miss­ing both first-half chances as Le­ices­ter were then handed a gift-wrapped chance to take the lead.

The vis­i­tors went ahead on the halfhour mark af­ter DeAn­dre Yedlin han­dled in the box af­ter Harry Maguire’s shot.

Ref Si­mon Hooper pointed straight to the spot to al­low Le­ices­ter to grab the lead.

SHOTS ON TAR­GET SHOTS OFF TAR­GET COR­NERS FOULS POS­SES­SION

Yoshi­nori Muto of New­cas­tle United re­acts af­ter miss­ing a chance

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