LEICESTER, England (AP) — Newcastle had two players sent off and lost its eighth Premier League game Saturday as Leicester won 3-0 to boost its bid to stay up.
Adding to the growing turmoil at Newcastle, manager John Carver accused one of his players of getting dismissed intentionally.
Newcastle's own topflight status is now far from certain, with the northeast team provisionally only five points above the drop zone with three games to go. Leicester is four points and two places above the danger zone but relegation rivals have games in hand.
Leonardo Ulloa headed Leicester in front in the opening minute and Wes Morgan doubled the lead in the 17th. Ulloa scored his second from the penalty spot early in the second half.
Mike Williamson was the first Newcastle player to be sent off in the 61st after receiving a second yellow card for sending Jamie Vardy crashing into a TV camera with a late knee-high challenge. Daryl Janmaat saw red in stoppage time after receiving his second yellow card for a tackle on Vardy.
"We can talk about systems and players but if we're not willing to compete, get your head onto the ball and risk getting an injury, you won't get anywhere," Carver told the BBC. "The referee made the right decisions. I spoke to Mike Williamson at halftime and had a few choice words. I thought he'd done that (got sent off) on purpose. It looks like he did.
"The ball was off the pitch, he had no need to make the challenge. He will miss two games now, is it an easy way out? I got (Newcastle goalkeeper) Tim Krul to speak to Daryl Janmaat, I told him to stay calm and he didn't. The game had gone away from us."
There was no immediate response from Williamson to Carver's allegation.