By Russell Edge

9th Dec, 2017 | 8:36pm

BBC pundit impressed by Newcastle in Leicester loss, voices grave concerns

Former Welsh international and current BBC Sport pundit John Hartson has said how impressed he was by Newcastle’s character in their defeat to Leicester City but worries it will not be enough to save them from relegation.

The Magpies were on the wrong end of a five goal thriller at St James’ Park, which saw both sides take the lead before allowing the other to get back into the clash.

Joselu, who was returning to the starting XI, opened the scoring after just four minutes, before Riyad Mahrez and Demarai Gray netted two goals to give the away side the lead.

Dwight Gayle rifled home an equaliser for the Magpies after the Foxes failed to clear a corner, but a counter attack ended with Ayoze Perez poking home an own goal to send Claude Puel’s side away with all three points.

After the clash, Hartson said that Rafael Benitez’s men played well and impressed with their mental strength, but voiced the grave concern that he is not sure they have what it takes to survive this season.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live’s coverage of the clash, via the BBC Sport live text on their website (19:29): “Everyone knew it was going to be a long, hard season for Newcastle.

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“They’ve played really well today but they’ve been outdone by a team with a lot quality.

“It was a magnificent game between two teams who showed a lot of endeavor, they were going end to end.

“They’ve shown plenty of character so far this season Newcastle, but whether that’s going to be enough to keep them in the Premier League I don’t know.”

The Magpies have now failed to pick up a win in their last seven matches, with just a solitary point from a possible 21, thanks to a draw among six defeats in recent weeks.

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