Newcastle moved to within one point of Premier League safety with an impressive win over Champions League-chasing Leicester City.
Joe Willock put the visitors ahead with a cool finish after pouncing on an error from Foxes defender Caglar Soyuncu.
Paul Dummett doubled the Magpies’ lead, rising above Wesley Fofana to head past Kasper Schmeichel from Matt Ritchie’s corner, before Callum Wilson’s second-half double wrapped up the three points.
From 4-0 down, the hosts grabbed two goals inside the last 10 minutes through Marc Albrighton and Kelechi Iheanacho to give the Magpies a late scare.
The result moves Steve Bruce’s side up to 13th, 12 points ahead of 18th-placed Fulham who have four games left.
Leicester, in third, remain five points ahead of fifth-placed West Ham but have now played a game more.
Foxes fearing a repeat of last season
The evening started badly for Leicester when they were forced into a last-minute change minutes before kick-off, and things only went downhill from there.
Albrighton started in place of Jonny Evans, who limped down the tunnel after picking up an injury in the warm-up.
Two goal-bound efforts from Federico Fernandez and Kelechi Iheanacho were saved by Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka in the early stages.
Dubravka was eventually beaten late in the second half, first by Albrighton’s impressive strike from the edge of the box, followed by a low effort into the bottom right corner from Iheanacho. However, by then the damage had been done.
Manager Brendan Rodgers must be desperate to avoid a repeat of 2019-20, when they missed out on a place in the Champions League on the final day having spent almost all the season in the top four.
They have a tough conclusion to this season, visiting second-placed Manchester United on Tuesday and then travelling to fourth-placed Chelsea on 18 May, three days after facing them in the FA Cup final.
Leicester’s final Premier League game is at home to Tottenham, who are sixth, on 23 May.
Magpies on brink of fifth successive season in Premier League
Newcastle came flying out of the blocks at King Power Stadium, and made the most of the rejigged Foxes defence.
Their first real chance fell to Federico Fernandez, who came close with a glancing a header from Jonjo Shelvey’s free-kick. Shortly after, Allan Saint-Maximin was denied from 10 yards out by a brilliant sprawling stop from Kasper Schmeichel.
Leicester had been warned, and it didn’t take long for them to be punished. Soyuncu’s trickery backfired, when Arsenal loanee Willock, who missed the Magpies’ last game because of being ineligible to play against his parent club, chased down a mistimed turn from the Turkish defender, before keeping his cool and slotting past Schmeichel.
Dummett’s first Premier League goal since January 2016 stretched their lead and Wilson put them out of sight, with two goals inside nine second-half minutes. A brilliant pass down the left from Matt Ritchie got the better of Timothy Castagne, leaving Wilson to stride forward and round Schmeichel for an easy finish. His second came back off the post from 10 yards out but he slotted in the rebound.
Foxes poor home form continues – the stats
- Only Sheffield United (12) and Fulham (11) have lost more home Premier League matches than Leicester City in the Premier League this season (eight). In the history of the top flight, the highest a team has finished in the table having lost eight or more home games in a season was seventh, achieved by Blackpool in 1957-58.
- Newcastle have won as many points in their past five Premier League matches (10 – W3 D1 L1) as they managed in their 15 matches prior to this run (W2 D4 L9).
- Newcastle won an away Premier League match against a side starting the day as high as third in the table by two or more goals for the first time since December 2001, when they won 3-1 at Arsenal under Sir Bobby Robson.
- Leicester conceded four goals in a home Premier League match for the first time since losing 4-0 to Liverpool in December 2019, while it’s the first time they’ve shipped four at home to Newcastle in the top flight since January 1909, a 4-0 defeat.
- Since Joe Willock joined Newcastle on loan, he has scored five Premier League goals for the Magpies – in that time, no player from his parent club Arsenal has managed to score more goals than him in the competition.
- Kelechi Iheanacho has scored 10 Premier League goals since the start of March, the most of any player. The only player to score more goals over this period in Europe’s top five leagues is fellow Nigerian Simy (12 in Serie A).
Leicester travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Tuesday (18:00 BST kick-off), while Newcastle host Manchester City on Friday, 14 May (20:00 BST kick-off).
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Match ends, Leicester City 2, Newcastle United 4.
Second Half ends, Leicester City 2, Newcastle United 4.
Attempt saved. Callum Wilson (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Federico FernÃ¡ndez with a headed pass.
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Wesley Fofana.
Attempt blocked. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Youri Tielemans (Leicester City).
Joelinton (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) header from a difficult angle on the left is too high. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross.
Attempt saved. Ayoze PÃ©rez (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Thomas.
Attempt missed. Luke Thomas (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.
Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Emil Krafth (Newcastle United).
Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Paul Dummett.
Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Paul Dummett.
Substitution, Newcastle United. Jeff Hendrick replaces Miguel AlmirÃ³n.
Goal! Leicester City 2, Newcastle United 4. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ayoze PÃ©rez.
Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Emil Krafth.
Attempt blocked. Ayoze PÃ©rez (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross.
Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Matt Ritchie.
Ayoze PÃ©rez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.