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Wednesday, 26 September, 2001, 21:11 GMT 22:11 UK
Newcastle edge past Leicester
Norberto Solano
Solano makes a point with his fifth goal of the season
Newcastle Utd 1-0 Leicester City

Nolberto Solano fired Newcastle to victory over struggling Leicester - but they were made to fight all the way for the points.

The home side were in charge for much of the game, particularly after the Peruvian had given them a 33rd-minute lead.

But, despite enjoying a wealth of possession, they could not kill the game off as keeper Ian Walker stood firm in the Leicester goal.

Frenchman Laurent Robert and Craig Bellamy initially threatened to run Peter Taylor's side ragged, but Newcastle skipper Alan Shearer allowed three good chances to go begging.

Leicester's attacking moments were few and far between, but there were enough of them to keep the home supporters on the edge of their seats.


Shearer wasted three good chances for Newcastle

The home side started determined to erase the memory of Sunday's debacle at Upton Park, and although they rarely hit their fluent best, they were largely in control before the break.

For the second time in four days, they were denied an early penalty as Robert appeared to be caught by Muzzy Izzet with just Walker to beat, but referee David Pugh was unmoved.

For their part, Newcastle's approach play was adequate but too often, the delivery into the danger area was not of sufficient quality to worry the Foxes.

But the breakthrough finally arrived 12 minutes before the break when Matt Elliott slipped as Bellamy ran on to Shearer's flick and squared for Solano to fire home.

The visitors rallied late in the half as James Scowcroft twice went close.

Laurent Robert of Newcastle clashes with Andy Impey
Laurent evades an Impey challenge

But Shearer should have made it 2-0 within two minutes of the restart after Lewis failed to cut out Bellamy's cross.

Robert could not find his skipper when he burst into the box minutes later.

Lee Marshall got in a perfectly-timed tackle to deny Robert after Shearer had split the Leicester defence, and Walker had to get down well to keep out a low free kick from the former England captain on 53 minutes.

Then twice within a minute Shearer went agonisingly close with headers, first forcing a good stop from Walker and then missing the target by inches.


Newcastle: Given, Griffin, Dabizas, O'Brien, Elliott, Solano, Acuna, Lee, Robert, Shearer, Bellamy. Subs: Harper, Bassedas, Lua-Lua, Ameobi, Distin.

Leicester: Walker, Rowett, Elliott, Marshall, Impey, Savage, Izzet, Wise, Lewis, Sturridge, Scowcroft. Subs: Royce, Heath, Jones, Akinbiyi, Sinclair.

Referee: D Pugh (Bebington).

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