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Published 14/03/2016

Shinji Okazaki of Leicester City scores their first goal with an overhead kick as Steven Taylor of Newcastle United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Newcastle United at The King Power Stadium on March 14, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Shinji Okazaki of Leicester City scores their first goal with an overhead kick as Steven Taylor of Newcastle United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Newcastle United at The King Power Stadium on March 14, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
A Leicester City fan watches his team play against Newcastle during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Newcastle at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on March 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester City's Shinji Okazaki (centre) scores his sides first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 14, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Leicester. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Leicester City's Shinji Okazaki (centre left) scores his sides first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 14, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Leicester. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 14: Shinji Okazaki of Leicester City (2L) scores their first goal with an overhead kick past goalkeeper Robert Elliot of Newcastle United during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Newcastle United at The King Power Stadium on March 14, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Leicester City's Shinji Okazaki (left) celebrates scoring his sides first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. PA
Leicester City's Japanese footballer Shinji Okazaki celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Newcastle at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on March 14, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 14: Rafael Benitez manager of Newcastle United gives instructions during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Newcastle United at The King Power Stadium on March 14, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Leicester City's Shinji Okazaki (left) celebrates scoring his sides first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 14, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Leicester. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 14: Shinji Okazaki of Leicester City (front) celebrates as he scores their first goal with an overhead kick during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Newcastle United at The King Power Stadium on March 14, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Leicester City's Japanese footballer Shinji Okazaki (L) celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Newcastle at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on March 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 14: Claudio Ranieri manager of Leicester City (L) and Rafael Benitez manager of Newcastle United in discussion prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Newcastle United at The King Power Stadium on March 14, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the Barclays Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 14, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Leicester. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 14: Rafael Benitez manager of Newcastle United looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Newcastle United at The King Power Stadium on March 14, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 14: Rafael Benitez manager of Newcastle United looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Newcastle United at The King Power Stadium on March 14, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 14: Jamie Vardy of Leicester City controls the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Newcastle United at The King Power Stadium on March 14, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy (centre) goes down in the area under the challenge of Newcastle United's Daryl Janmaat (right) during the Barclays Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 14, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Leicester. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 14: Rafael Benitez manager of Newcastle United poses for a selfie photograph prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Newcastle United at The King Power Stadium on March 14, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 14: Aleksandar Mitrovic of Newcastle United beats Robert Huth of Leicester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Newcastle United at The King Power Stadium on March 14, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Newcastle's Spanish manager Rafael Benitez (R) signals to Newcastle's English defender Steven Taylor during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Newcastle at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England, on March 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
A Leicester City supporter cheers on his side during the Barclays Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 14, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Leicester. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 14: Shinji Okazaki of Leicester City (L) celebrates with team mate Jamie Vardy as he scores their first goal with an overhead kick during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Newcastle United at The King Power Stadium on March 14, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

LEICESTER

Kasper Schmeichel: Was barely forced into action. 6/10

Danny Simpson: Struggled on occasion against Moussa Sissoko but was fortunate his former Magpies team-mate kept making wrong decisions in the final third. 5

Wes Morgan: Relatively solid after a poor back-pass almost let in Sissoko straight from kick-off. 7

Robert Huth: A towering presence and a threat from set-pieces. 7

Christian Fuchs: Had a quiet night until Andros Townsend's introduction and given the runaround thereafter. 6

Riyad Mahrez: Another pillar of Leicester's success this season but faded after an instrumental opening half. 7

N'Golo Kante: The bargain-buy of last summer proved why he has been so vital to Leicester's title challenge by snuffing out several Newcastle attacks. 8

Danny Drinkwater: A bustling performance at the heart of Leicester's midfield, keeping things tight alongside Kante. 8

Marc Albrighton: Should have doubled Leicester's lead in the first half but shot wide. 6

Shinji Okazaki: Took his goal fantastically well. 7

Jamie Vardy: Uncharacteristically quiet night for this season's joint Premier League top-scorer. 5

Substitutes:

Jeff Schlupp (on for Okazaki, 65 mins): Made some decent runs. 6

Leonardo Ulloa (on for Albrighton, 76 mins): Was kept quiet. 5

NEWCASTLE

Rob Elliot: No chance with the goal but imposed himself when crosses were put into the box. 6

Daryl Janmaat: Good first-half challenge to snuff out the danger from Vardy and was steady throughout. 6

Steven Taylor: Along with centre-back partner Jamaal Lascelles, kept Vardy quiet. 6

Jamaal Lascelles: Probably should have been closer to Okazaki for Leicester's goal - although it may not have made much of a difference. 6

Jack Colback: Moved to left-back in the absence of Paul Dummett and may be ruing his versatility after being given the runaround by Mahrez. 5

Vurnon Anita: Restored to the starting line-up but did not offer the back four much protection and was withdrawn as Newcastle went in search of an equaliser. 5

Jonjo Shelvey: Another industrious performance from Newcastle's stand-in captain. 6

Moussa Sissoko: Denied Aleksandar Mitrovic a clear-cut chance by colliding with his team-mate and a woeful pass saw another opportunity go begging. Wasteful in possession to boot. 4

Ayoze Perez: The eager Spaniard was typically busy and at least tested Schmeichel with Newcastle's only shot on target in the first half. 6

Georginio Wijnaldum: Has developed a reputation for being anonymous when Newcastle are on the road. Performances like this one only strengthen that view. 5

Aleksandar Mitrovic: Plenty of endeavour from the Serbian but little end product. 5

Substitutes:

Andros Townsend (on for Anita, 56 mins): Gave Newcastle a bit of impetus going forward. 6

Siem de Jong (on for Perez, 71 mins): Spurned a glorious chance by mis-kicking his first-time shot. 5

Seydou Doumbia (on for Shelvey, 87 mins): No opportunity to make an impression. 5

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