Leonardo Ulloa’s first half strike ensured Newcastle United’s latest FA Cup run ended at the first hurdle, as Leicester progressed at the third round stage.

Ulloa scored six minutes before the break to ensure John Carver’s wait for his first win as Newcastle boss continued ahead of the trip to Chelsea next weekend.

To be fair, Mike Ashley’s ambition of sacrificing the cup competitions in favour of a more favourable league campaign might have landed the former Toon assistant a bigger chance of securing the number one job on a permanent basis.

Carver’s team selection provoked debate an hour before kick-off, with Jack Colback, Moussa Sissoko and Ayoze Perez all absent from the matchday squad.

The temporary boss also named a youthful bench, with Lubomir Satka and 17-year-old winger Callum Roberts getting some pitchtime in the second half. Satka replaced Davide Santon, who made his first appearance of the season, at right-back.

Haris Vuckic and Remy Cabella were given the chance to impress and the latter done so, even if the rest of the team passed up the chance.

Cabella had a perfectly good goal disallowed for offside, sweeping it past Ben Hamer after being put through one on one. That rather summed up Newcastle’s day.

Just before half-time, Ulloa scored the only goal of the game when he headed Matty James’s cross in off the bar following a short corner that caught Newcastle fast asleep.

Newcastle hardly threatened an equaliser. Vurnon Anita had a nightmare in midfield and Cheick Tiote hardly led by example wearing the captain’s armband.

Only a number of excellent saves from Alnwick kept the scoreline from becoming embarrassing but Carver certainly strengthened his chances of getting the job on a more permanent basis by safely overseeing a pitiful exit from a competition which is low on the priority list.