Battling Leicester pulled crisis club Newcastle deeper into relegation trouble with a convincing 3-0 Premier League win at the King Power Stadium.
Leonardo Ulloa struck twice and Wes Morgan was also on target as the Foxes maintained their survival charge against a freefalling and fractured Magpies, who finished with nine men.
Ulloa set Leicester on their way to a fifth win in six games with less than a minute gone while Newcastle were left to lament an eighth successive defeat after Mike Williamson was dismissed, while Daryl Janmaat saw red at the death.
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John Carver’s men – who were accused of not trying in the wording of one banner displayed in an away section that booed their own team – still have 35 points and a small cushion from the relegation zone, and Leicester are still a point behind them.
But the Foxes, adrift at the bottom with just 19 points a month ago, are upwardly mobile and brimming with a confidence Newcastle simply do not have.
The contrast in mood between the two sides was soon evident. Leicester were carried into the game on a wave of noise from the home fans, with the atmosphere having been fervent long before kick-off.
It was immediately obvious the midweek Chelsea setback and subsequent furore over manager Nigel Pearson’s bizarre ostrich outburst had done little to dampen their enthusiasm.
They flew into the action from the outset, catching Newcastle cold in the first minute.
Newcastle got into a mess as they gave the ball away from the kick-off and Leicester charged forward to win a corner.