Leicester City beat Newport County 3-0 but James Justin carried off on stretcher 

By Charlie Hawes

A bittersweet result was endured by Leicester City fans as a 3-0 win over Welsh side Newport County was marred by a James Justin injury.

On Tuesday evening (NOV08), Leicester City fans descended into the King Power Stadium to witness the Foxes’ triumph over Newport County. 

Autumnal wind and rain raged down early on, but the atmosphere created by Leicester fans took over as the trumpet sounded and the teams came out onto the pitch. 

The EFL Carabao Cup game kicked off at 7.45pm followed by a leisurely 43 minutes. 

After 44 minutes, defender James Justin scored the Foxes’ first goal, assisted by Dennis Praet. As the goal music blasted out, the cheering crowd soon forgot the calm activity of the past hour.

Half time was succeeded by a handful of substitutions at 65 minutes for both teams and as the rain stopped, the second half continued. 

Harvey Barnes took an unsuccessful right-foot shot at Newport goalkeeper Nick Townsend which was followed with more success from Leicester’s striker Jamie Vardy who headed the ball into the net from a Marc Albrighton cross in the 70th minute.

Vardy sent the crowd cheering 12 minutes later, scoring Leicester’s third goal by dodging Townsend and swerving past Newport centre-back Priestley Farquharson who almost took off after sliding across the damp ground.

The debut appearance of 18-year-old Leicester lad Sammy Braybrooke was welcomed by the fans who chanted ‘one of our own’ as the newcomer ran onto the pitch with 16 minutes left to play.  

Jubilant celebrations were subsided by Justin’s injury, who it had been speculated might be in the running for a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar. 

Justin was carried off on a stretcher to the applause of the City fans with the question of whether he would have been called up for the England squad destined to go unanswered.  

Watch the journey from the Newport Country ground ‘Rodney Parade’ to the King Power Stadium – home to Leicester City FC

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