Ayoze Perez scored a glancing header as Newcastle recovered from back-to-back defeats with victory at Leicester.

The Magpies are now 10 points above the relegation zone, with Perez easing the pressure on Rafa Benitez’s side by scoring his first away league goal of the season.

Leicester started confidently, having won their previous four matches under Brendan Rodgers, but they struggled to play through their disciplined visitors.

Salomon Rondon almost handed the visitors a spectacular lead when he struck the crossbar with a powerful free-kick from 35 yards.

Newcastle remained resolute and were rewarded when Perez struck the decisive blow with over half-an-hour played.

The Spaniard rose well inside the Foxes’ box to meet Matt Ritchie’s cross and nod the ball over Kasper Schmeichel.

Victory for the visitors lifts them to 13th place, while Rodgers’ first home defeat means Leicester remain in seventh.

Newcastle produce the model away performance

Leicester dominated the ball with more than 70% possession but Newcastle sat deep and restricted them to just five shots on target in the entire match.

Martin Dubravka saved well after a solo run by Harvey Barnes and a right-footed strike by Ben Chilwell as Leicester tried to force the initiative early on, but it was the visitors who posed the greater threat on the counter attack – and Rondon’s 15th-minute free-kick almost brought spectacular reward.

Benitez’ side were rigid in their shape and targeted Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, who lost the ball nine times in the first half, before springing clear in attack.

Ritchie whipped in two testing crosses with his excellent left foot before Newcastle took the lead, as Leicester failed to heed the warning.

Newcastle pinched the ball deep in the Leicester half once more before Ritchie delivered an accurate cross for Perez to convert for his seventh Premier League goal of the season and just Newcastle’s third win on the road.

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 1SchmeichelBooked at 68mins
  • 14Ricardo Pereira
  • 5Morgan
  • 15Maguire
  • 3Chilwell
  • 25NdidiSubstituted forMendyat 72′minutes
  • 7GraySubstituted forIheanachoat 72′minutes
  • 21TielemansBooked at 41mins
  • 10Maddison
  • 19BarnesSubstituted forAlbrightonat 80′minutes
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 6Evans
  • 8Iheanacho
  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Ward
  • 20Okazaki
  • 24Mendy
  • 28Fuchs

Newcastle

  • 12Dubravka
  • 19ManquilloBooked at 77mins
  • 5SchärBooked at 74mins
  • 6Lascelles
  • 3Dummett
  • 11Ritchie
  • 17Pérez
  • 14Hayden
  • 4Ki Sung-yuengBooked at 63minsSubstituted forDiaméat 82′minutes
  • 24AlmirónSubstituted forAtsuat 78′minutes
  • 9Rondón

Substitutes

  • 8Shelvey
  • 10Diamé
  • 13Muto
  • 18Fernandez
  • 22Yedlin
  • 26Darlow
  • 30Atsu
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
32,108

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home72%
Away28%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Leicester City 0, Newcastle United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leicester City 0, Newcastle United 1.

Offside, Leicester City. Kasper Schmeichel tries a through ball, but Kelechi Iheanacho is caught offside.

James Maddison (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United).

Attempt saved. Harry Maguire (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross.

Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United).

Foul by Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City).

Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.

Attempt saved. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Mohamed Diamé replaces Ki Sung-yueng.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Marc Albrighton replaces Harvey Barnes.

Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Youri Tielemans with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Christian Atsu replaces Miguel Almirón.

Booking

Javier Manquillo (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United).

Attempt saved. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. James Maddison (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Booking

Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Harry Maguire (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fabian Schär (Newcastle United).

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Fabian Schär.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Nampalys Mendy replaces Wilfred Ndidi.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Kelechi Iheanacho replaces Demarai Gray.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card.

Delay in match Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

Offside, Newcastle United. Ayoze Pérez tries a through ball, but Salomón Rondón is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) with an attempt from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Chilwell with a cross.

Booking

Ki Sung-yueng (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

James Maddison (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ki Sung-yueng (Newcastle United).

Attempt blocked. Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harvey Barnes.

Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Miguel Almirón (Newcastle United).

Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.