In a match that all but secured safety for Newcastle United, they put to bed Leicester City’s chances of Champions League football for next season.
Towards the back end of the 2020/21 season, the Magpies found some much-needed form. But of all of the wins accumulated around this time, this was the most important one.
Newcastle all but secure Premier League survival with a top performance
In his three years in charge of Newcastle, the 4-2 win against Leicester was certainly Steve Bruce’s best. From the kick-off, they were on the front foot and 22 minutes in they took the lead.
Joe Willock capitalised on an error from Caglar Soyunchu and placed it in cooly past Kaspar Schmeichel. The match was very uncharacteristic of Bruce’s Newcastle, they controlled most of the possession.
Paul Dummett put the Toon Army 2-0 with 34 minutes played when he headed in a corner from Matt Ritchie. At half-time, Newcastle was deservedly leading going into half-time.
The goals didn’t stop there, Callum Wilson netted twice in the second half putting the Magpies now 4-0 with just over 15 minutes to play.
Leicester did manage to pull back a couple of goals through Marc Albrighton and Kelechi Iheanacho but it was too late for the Foxes.
Up to 13th and 12 points clear from the relegation zone
The emphatic victory at the King Power Stadium meant that Newcastle went to 13th in the league. Additionally, they were now 12 points clear of relegation rivals Fulham.
Fulham couldn’t catch up and would be relegated three days later. The Cottagers lost 2-0 to Burnely and which secured their fate.
As for Newcastle, they would end the season in 12th place. A 2-0 win against Fulham at Craven Cottage on the final day and results going their way saw them end up in a position no one expected a few months ago.
Overall the 4-2 victory over Leicester wasn’t just the best Newcastle performance of 2021, but the best of Bruce’s tenure. They controlled the ball, on the front foot and played some great football.
Had we seen more of that approach from Bruce’s Newcastle, fans would’ve thought more favourably of the man from Wallsend. To this day the match still feels surreal as this type of dominant performance was so unlike this Newcastle side.