- Associated Press - Saturday, May 2, 2015

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 two points above the drop zone with three games to go. Leicester is a point and a place 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.

“I thought he meant that and I have told him so. I have actually said this to his face,” Carver said of Williamson.

“When the ball went onto that left-hand side, my first reaction, five yards before making the tackle was, ‘Don’t do it’ - and he did it. Vardy was off the pitch, Willo (Williamson) was off the pitch, the ball was off the pitch. There was no need to do it. I am not accepting that, especially in the situation we are in.”

There was no immediate response from Williamson to Carver’s allegation.

Daryl Janmaat saw red in stoppage time after receiving his second yellow card for a tackle on Vardy.

Carver has won just two of 16 games since succeeding Alan Pardew, who left for Crystal Palace.

“We are a soft touch,” Carver said. “We are a soft touch when the ball comes into the box because we are not prepared to put our heads on it.

“We can talk and talk. We need to grow up and we need to accept it. The ones that don’t want to grow up and accept it can stay at home.”

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson himself has had a difficult week after putting himself in the spotlight after a confrontation with a journalist following the Chelsea loss on Wednesday.

“It was important to get back to winning ways today,” Pearson said. “Anything else, side issue-wise, is not really as significant.”

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