Lennon aiming to disunite

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Neil Lennon, Leicester's Northern Ireland international, is relishing the prospect of bringing Newcastle United, the Premiership leaders, firmly back to earth at Filbert Street on Saturday. Kevin Keegan's multi-million pound outfit claimed top place with their 5-0 win over the champions, Manchester United, at the weekend.

Lennon, however, reckons, Newcastle, who were in needof revenge against United, have given themselves an impossible act to follow and will not find it as easy to fire themselves up for Saturday's meeting. "They'll be on on a high after the way they played against Manchester United, but when you've hit those heights it must be hard to stay there," Lennon said. "Now they've got to come to Filbert Street and they might find it difficult to gee themselves up to that level again. We may just catch them by surprise - at least that's what we're hoping."

Lennon, who scored Leicester's opener in their 2-0 Coca-Cola Cup third- round win at York last night in front of a watching Keegan, insisted they will not change their approach to cater for Newcastle's attacking firepower. "We're not going to have any special game plan. We're just going to go and play the way we can and take it as it comes," Lennon said.

The 25-year-old former Crewe midfielder, who has made an impressive start to his Premiership career this season, admitted he is eagerly awaiting his midfield tussle with David Batty. "I had five years at Crewe and used to dream of games like these and now they've come I'm loving every minute of it. It'll be nice to play against Batty and it'll be a good contest. He's a class player - but then they all are."

The Leicester right back Simon Grayson, likely to find himself marking Newcastle's resurgent Frenchman David Ginola, believes their beating of Manchester United was a one-off. "Sunday's 5-0 win was probably a freak result," Grayson said. "I don't think Manchester United are going to have five put past them again for a very long time. Sure, Newcastle have got a reputation for the flair they have in the team but they've also been criticised a little bit for their defending at times. They kept a clean sheet against Manchester United, which is no mean feat, but we've got to look to exploit any weaknesses that are there. If we can hit them on an off day, you never know what might happen."

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