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Whoscored: Pleasant early Prem surprises

Southampton Sep 26, 2014
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 By Ben Jacobs
2 days ago

Leicester made to pay for poor finishing at Newcastle

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson was disappointed his side came away with nothing in their one-goal loss to Newcastle United.

There's often drama when Leicester travel to Newcastle, but no one predicted a wonky scoreboard, which delayed kickoff by an hour, would provide it. Usually it comes courtesy of a late-ish winner for the hosts, and in that respect Gabriel Obertan -- one of the Premier League's least prolific wingers -- didn't disappoint, as the Magpies won 1-0 at St James' Park.

Referee Martin Atkinson is seemingly cursed, having also had to abandon the midweek Euro 2016 qualifier between Serbia and Albania after...

3 days ago

Soup, scoreboards and Newcastle's first Premier League win

Gabriel Obertan's second-half strike was the difference, as Newcastle picked up a much-needed win.

NEWCASTLE, England -- There's never a normal day at Newcastle United. Other clubs have normal days, normal weeks and sometimes even normal months when team, staff, officials, fans and reporters all inoffensively bumble through their lives together. Other clubs have a tranquil existence punctuated by fleeting moments of great drama.

At Newcastle, it always feels that the ratio is reversed. Theirs is an existence of great drama punctuated by fleeting tranquility. On Saturday, there was no punctuation...

 By Ben Jacobs
5 days ago

Nervous Leicester will be looking over their shoulders if Toon prevail

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson indicated his frustration as his side conceded a late equaliser to Burnley, but is hoping to move forward with the one point.

For all Leicester's goals and gusto, a loss at Newcastle -- where the Foxes have a nasty knack of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory -- could leave them just two points off the drop zone.

Manager Nigel Pearson will have spent the international break ruing Ross Wallace's last-gasp equaliser which denied Leicester a vital victory against Burnley. Despite a positive and plucky start to the season, those two dropped points in the 2-2 draw could easily come back to haunt City come May.

A sensational...

 By Ben Jacobs
Oct 4, 2014

Two points dropped as Burnley surprise Leicester in injury time

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson indicated his frustration as his side conceded a late equaliser to Burnley, but is hoping to move forward with the one point.

Nigel Pearson will inevitably view Leicester's 2-2 home draw with Burnley as two points dropped. It's hard not to, given the Clarets equalised five minutes into stoppage time -- the latest Premier League goal so far this season.

The Leicester boss might also grill referee Phil Dowd as to where the seven minutes of added time came from. The bulk was due to Kieran Trippier's nasty ankle injury, but I am sure Pearson expected to see a couple less minutes on the fourth official's board. Nonetheless,...

 By Ben Jacobs
Oct 2, 2014

Leicester in favourite role vs. Burnley for first time since Prem promotion

Nigel Pearson and Leicester have hit some high notes this season, but how they fare against new promotions, like Burnley this weekend, will factor heavily into which league they play in next season.

In some senses, Leicester's home tie with Burnley is the most important game of the season so far. Of the opening seven fixtures, it's undoubtedly the easiest on paper and one manager Nigel Pearson will expect to take maximum points from.

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The Foxes' first Premier League win at Stoke was clearly crucial, as was the morale-boosting comeback victory over Manchester United, but Leicester's season will be defined by how they fare against the other relegation-threatened sides. It is thus crucial that...

 By Ben Jacobs
Sep 28, 2014

Defeat at Crystal Palace is a necessary wake-up call for plucky Leicester

A small part of me is actually glad Leicester lost to Crystal Palace. After all, it serves as a reminder not to get carried away by an otherwise encouraging start to the season. It would be all too easy, after the astonishing 5-3 victory over Manchester United, to get carried away. A 2-0 defeat at Selhurst Park just might keep the Foxes grounded.

Leicester looked a shadow of the team that shocked the 13-time Premier League champions last weekend. They lacked the hunger and intensity from their...