Alan Pardew and Newcastle United secured their first victory of the season in the Premier League after defeating Leicester City at St. James’ Park when they met each other on October 18. A solo goal from Gabriel Obertan was enough for Newcastle United to come out on top with the victory and all 3 points.
This victory is a big relief for the manager Alan Pardew as he has recently been put under pressure with Newcastle United going through an extremely slow start of the season and is located in the bottom spots of the Premier League.
The match was delayed for around 40 minutes after the new big screen in the stadium of Newcastle United had to be reassured with all of the panels that are surrounding it and this forced all the fans that made their trip to watch the game having to wait outside of the stadium until the screen was appropriately secured.
After everything was assured, the home fans entered the stands and watched Newcastle United picking up their first triumph of the season but this victory came at a cost for the relegation threatened club as they will be investigated by the FA and Premier League following the big screen incident.
When the match was over, Newcastle United released a public apology to everyone for the delay.
An official statement from the website of Newcastle United said: “Newcastle United Football Club would like to offer sincere apologies to everyone affected by the delay to kick-off of today’s Barclays Premier League fixture with Leicester City at St. James’ Park’’
“Turnstiles were closed until 3.15pm whilst loose dressing panels surrounding the newly-installed LED screen in the Leazes Stand were assessed and made secure by engineers. Kick-off was subsequently rescheduled to 4pm’’
This was the first time that the big screen was being used at the stadium and the Premier League could be facing a sanction or punishment for this event which delayed the match.