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Dwight Gayle rifled home what the Magpies would have hoped to have ultimately been the equalising goal, but an own goal from Ayoze Perez meant that they succumbed to a 3-2 defeat and saw their awful run of form continue.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has been handed a major boost ahead of his side's home clash with Leicester City this afternoon, with centre-back Jamaal Lascelles back in action following five weeks sidelined by injury.

However, when asked if the defeat means investment in January is imperative, Benitez said: "After a game is not the time for me to talk about that".

Today, Newcastle host Leicester City at St. James' Park, with the Foxes arriving in good form under new manager Claude Puel, who has won three of his six games in charge.

"What I can say is the players, they put in an effort on the pitch, but still we have to improve if we want to get three points in these kind of games".

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Newcastle originally took the lead thanks to an early Joselu strike but goals from Riyad Mahrez and Demarai Grey flipped the fixture on its head.

Dwight Gayle levelled against the run of play in the 73rd minute before the visitors forced the final twist in the 86th when Perez poked a clearance past his own goalkeeper Karl Darlow as he tried to thwart substitute Shinji Okazaki from scoring.

"The way we concede, for confidence, it is hard but we have to keep going. His side need a win, and I think they will get one", he added.

Following the interval, both teams had a sloppy start to the second period, however, with the first real chance of the half in the 60th minute Leicester were in front.

Puel reserved particular praise for Japan worldwide Shinji Okazaki, who forced the victor after playing on following a head wound which left him swathed in bandages. "He's a fantastic player with fantastic spirit and all the squad like him because he gives everything and he also gives his body for the team".

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