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Leicester's Riyad Mahrez welcomed back by teammates - Danny Simpson

Leicester's Riyad Mahrez welcomed back by teammates - Danny Simpson


Phil Jones has admitted Manchester United "did not show up" at Newcastle and deserved to lose at St James' Park because they were "not good enough."

Matt Ritchie scored the only goal of the game in the second half and while United had chances, they could not find a way past debutant goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

Jones told MUTV: "We didn't show up today, we started slowly and they pressed us and the crowd were on their feet.

"We got control midway through the first half and should have scored. We had a few chances cleared off the line, but we weren't at the races, we weren't good enough, it's as simple as that.

"Ultimately we have conceded a sloppy goal and the lads are devastated in the dressing room."

Dubravka, on loan from Sparta Prague, was by far the busier goalkeeper after saving from Anthony Martial and substitute Michael Carrick.

However, Jones, visibly frustrated in the second half after screaming at his midfielders to give the defence more protection, refused to put the result down to luck.

United will aim to bounce back when they face Huddersfield in the FA Cup fifth round at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday.

Jones added: "In the last 10 or 15 minutes, we had three or four balls cleared off the line.

"They were scrapping for their lives and that is the sort of luck they needed and they got it.

"But it wasn't bad luck today, we just weren't good enough and I don't think we deserved to win the game.

"A lot of teams around us keep drawing and losing points so there is a lot still to play for. It was a disappointing day today, but we have to go again. That is all we can do and that is all we know. We have to improve."

Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.

Dani Alves was the latest outfield player to have a go in goal in the closing moments of PSG's Coup de France win at Sochaux after keeper Kevin Trapp was sent off. But who are some of the others?

10) Harry Kane, Tottenham vs. Asteras Tripoli, 2014

Harry Kane wasn't quite yet the Kane we know now back in October 2014: he was still on the fringes of the Tottenham first-team, hence this run-out in the Europa League. The evening was going pretty well for the striker -- very well, in fact, having already bagged a hat trick, although Erik Lamela threatened to upstage him with that outrageous rabona goal.

Hugo Lloris was sent off with three minutes remaining, and a volunteer was required to go in goal. Kane did the honours, but let a late, tame shot from Jeronimo Barrales slip through his grasp and go in. "It was a great night until I went in goal," he said afterwards. "I think I'll leave that to the keepers from now on."

9) John Terry, Chelsea vs. Reading, 2006

To lose one goalkeeper to injury is unfortunate, but to lose two in the same game is a calamity. That's what happened to Chelsea against Reading in 2006 though, when Petr Cech collided with Stephen Hunt (the incident which fractured his skull and why he now wears head protection) and went off, before his replacement Carlo Cudicini was knocked out after clashing with Ibrahima Sonko. Terry was the man who replaced the replacement, taking the gloves for the admittedly short period of time left in the game.

8) Mia Hamm, USA vs. Denmark, 1995

It's not often that both managers disagree with a refereeing decision, but that's what happened in the 1995 Women's World Cup, when USA keeper Briana Scurry was dismissed while kicking the ball upfield, her offence apparently that she handled the ball outside her area. Despite the agreement about the call, someone needed to go in goal for the U.S., and Hamm stepped in for the remaining six minutes. Although appearing "nervous" according to the Los Angeles Times, Hamm made a couple of saves and kept a clean sheet.

7) John O'Shea, Manchester United vs. Tottenham, 2007

Spurs fans might bridle at Alex Ferguson's old "Lads, it's Tottenham" team talk, but there was a time when he was perfectly justified in writing them off. After all, United were capable of beating Spurs without a goalkeeper, as they did in 2007. When Edwin van der Sar broke his nose, United were already 4-0 up but had made all their substitutions, meaning O'Shea stepped in for an entertaining cameo, the highlight of which was a charge off his line and tackle on international colleague Robbie Keane. "I asked Edwin whether he had a clean sheet bonus when we got into the dressing room because I want half of it!" said O'Shea afterwards.

6) Jackie Blanchflower, Manchester United vs. Aston Villa, 1957

In many examples on this list, the game had already virtually been over when the outfielder had to don the gloves. Not in the 1957 FA Cup final though, when United's keeper Ray Wood either collided with or was barged by Villa winger Peter McParland (depending on your point of view), was knocked out and broke a cheekbone in just the sixth minute.

With no substitutes available at all, let alone a reserve goalkeeper, defender Blanchflower took over, and rather inevitably couldn't stop McParland from scoring twice as Villa won 2-1. Remarkably, Wood returned to the pitch as an outfield player and even went back in goal for the closing seven minutes.

5) Alain Giresse, Bordeaux vs. Nantes, 1982

The last game of the season is often a bit of fun when everything else is decided. But Bordeaux arguably took it a bit too far in 1982, when first-choice goalkeeper Dragan Pantelic was suspended, so he decided to put Giresse -- one of the "Magic Square" of midfielders who would win Euro '84 for France two years later -- in goal from the start of their last fixture of the campaign.

"The president told me, 'You're the captain, you go in goal'," Giresse said. "I constantly wanted to run out and catch every ball with my hands." Giresse lasted an hour, conceding five goals, before he was replaced by Marius Tresor, another outfielder.

4) Jan Koller, Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich, 2002

Sometimes people overcomplicate things in football. Keep things simple. For example: When you need an outfield player to go in goal, who do you choose? Obviously, the one that is 6-foot-7. Dortmund's giant striker, who had been a keeper as a youth, stepped up when Jens Lehmann was sent off (for arguing with the referee) with 24 minutes left in game against Bayern.

He couldn't prevent his side from losing 2-1, but he didn't let any further goals in and made some fine saves. Koller had also scored Dortmund's lone goal before his stint in goal and "kicker" magazine named him as the keeper in their team of the day feature.

3) Niall Quinn, Manchester City vs. Derby, 1991

Niall Quinn loved going in goal so much he did it twice. Well, was forced into it twice, anyway. The most notable occasion came when Manchester City faced Derby in 1991, and Tony Coton was sent off. Quinn took the gloves and Derby, who had to win in order to avoid relegation, must have thought their luck was in, particularly as Quinn's first task was to face a penalty. But remarkably, he saved it, low to his left from Dean Saunders.

City won 2-1 with Derby managing just one score against Quinn. "I might have looked as though I was enjoying it but I was frightened to death of a back-pass going through my legs," he said afterwards.

2) Pele, Santos vs. Gremio, 1963

Like that kid at school who was good at everything -- smart, popular, sporty, good looking -- some people really do make you sick. Take Pele, for example: his legend wasn't quite complete in 1963, but he still had two World Cup winners' medals and obvious genius to spare. He had already scored a hat trick in this game against Gremio when goalkeeper Gilmar was sent off.

Pele volunteered to take the gloves. And, obviously, he was pretty good too, by all accounts. "He was a great goalkeeper," said teammate Pepe. "Lithe, as if he could fly."

1) Cosmin Moti, Ludogorets vs. Steaua Bucharest, 2014

Usually when outfielders are forced between the sticks even the most basic acts of competence are applauded and cheered. Expectations are low, and with good reason. But in the case of Cosmin Moti, the Ludogorets centre-back who had to go in goal in the last minute extra-time of their Champions League qualifier against Steaua Bucharest after usual stopper Vladislav Stoyanov was sent off, raised the bar.

With the final score at 1-1, penalties were called for: a shoo-in for the team with the proper keeper, you'd think, but Moti managed to save two penalties. Paul Pirvulescu and Cornel Rapa are the men to hang their heads -- as Ludogorets won 6-5 and went through to the group stages. Oh, and he scored a penalty too. A decent evening's work.

Nick Miller is a writer for ESPN FC, covering Premier League and European football. Follow him on Twitter @NickMiller79.

Riyad Mahrez has held talks with his Leicester City teammates to help clear the air and move forward following his self-imposed exile, according to defender Danny Simpson.

Mahrez entered as a substitute in the 62th minute of Leicester's 5-1 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday, one day after ending the strike and reporting to training.

The Algeria international had hoped to move to City on transfer deadline day but the move fell through as Leicester valued Mahrez at £95 million but City were only willing to pay £65m.

"He came in and spoke to the lads on our own in the dressing room and that is that," Simpson told the Leicester Mercury. "We put it to bed and move on.

"Today, in flashes, he showed why he is a good player. He is back in the team and we are delighted. That is it. He came back in and everyone understands it was tough for everyone. But he is back in and what he said in the dressing room was just between us. That is it now. We move on now."

Mahrez had twice handed in a transfer request, with Leicester keeping the former PFA Player of the Year with the club after the close of the summer transfer window as well.

Manager Claude Puel had originally said that Mahrez would be dropped for the game and that he would need time to get fit again once he returned to training.

The 26-year-old, who cost his club £400,000 when he joined from Le Havre in January 2014, missed Leicester's games against Everton and Swansea City.

Simpson said that despite Mahrez's interest in moving -- something that will only happen if he finds a non-Premier League club, sources have told ESPN FC -- teammates have been keen to welcome him back.

"He is a top player so why wouldn't we want a top player in our team?" Simpson said after the game. "As I said, he showed today what he can do, and he has been great."

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