Over the moon with that result! Not the best match I’ve seen us play, but that does not matter at all does it?
The fact is, we just came away with a lucky win away to a side in much better form than us. I don’t care if we’re supposed to be better than Leeds, because we have not been since they came up.
Sometimes you just need a little bit of luck. We’ve not been spoiled in that regard this season.
Jonjo Shelvey flies off a half decent shot from free kick, and all of a sudden we love him again. Oh how little it takes sometimes.
Really pleased to see Joe Willock from the start again, even though he did not have his best game. We really need Willock to kick on for the remainder of the season. He had a chance to decide the match a couple of minutes before the whistle blew, but he blew it.
There are a couple of concerns though. We might just got ourselves a new injury crisis today. If there is any chance of us staying up, we need a centre back before the end of the window. Just throw the money at Diego Carlos or Sven Botman.
Chris Wood looks a bit out of his depth as well, with his lack of pace. He’ll come good if he gets a striker partner.
All in all, this is one of the few times this season I’ve had any hope of us staying up. If we can pull out a result like that, who’s to say this is over? It’s not. We’ll kick in from here. Love this club!
Magnus Møller – @localhero85
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Matchweek 23 of the 2021-22 Premier League season saw Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United travel to West Yorkshire to face Leeds United.
Pre-Match Facts: Raphinha has scored in his last two Premier League appearances against Newcastle and will be hoping to add to that tally. Albert Johanneson was the last Leeds United player to score in three consecutive league games against the Magpies dating back to October 1967. The Magpies have been the first team on the scoresheet in ten of their Premier League encounters this season but have only gone on to win just one which was against Burnley at St James Park. The win ratio of just 10% is the lowest by any premier league side in history when scoring before the opposition.
Leeds got the game underway and it was lively from both teams. Joelinton had Newcastle’s first chance of the game after just four minutes when Joe Willock fed him through but his scooped effort sailed just over the bar. Martin Dubravka had to pull off a smart save to deny Daniel James from close range just after the ten minute mark. The following twenty minutes mainly went all the hosts way as their quickness proved tricky to handle for Lascelles and Co. The Magpies defence and midfield just being exploited far too easily which is something that is happening all to often for the Newcastle side. Jonjo Shelvey called Meslier into action on the half hour mark when Leeds only part cleared a Newcastle corner which fell to Shelvey who’s first time effort from outside had to be saved by the keeper. Joelinton had to be withdrawn from the game just before half time and replaced by Sean Longstaff. The Brazillian has looked like a totally different player under Eddie Howe and everyone will be hoping it’s not a serious issue which forced the substitution. Despite five minutes added time the half finished 0-0.
The Magpies got the second half underway and the tempo was similar to what was witnessed before the interval with both sides having spells of possession in the opposition territory but neither side managing to get that final ball right. Paul Dummett was forced off in the 63rd minute with injury and was replaced by Javier Manquillo.Newcastle’s injury crisis struck again in the 69th minute as club captain Lascelles had to be replaced by Ciaran Clark. Sean Longstaff seen his effort drift just wide in the 72nd minuteafter Chris Wood laid him off just outside the box. With 75minutes on the clock the Magpies found themselves in a promising situation with a free kick just outside the penalty area.
Trippier and Shelvey both originally lined up for it but after a quick chat between the two, it was left for Shelvey to take.That decision paid off as Shelvey’s effort found itself in the back of the net to give the visiting side the lead. Three minutes later the visiting side were unlucky not to go 2-0 ahead when Llorente cleared the ball off the line from a Fraser effort. Allan Saint-Maximinhad a penalty appeal waved away in the 80th minute after he danced his way into the box and went to ground after a challenge from Koch but VAR were happy with the tackle.As five minutes added time was announced, Joe Willock found himself one on one with the keeper after being played in by Saint-Maximin but his effort was smartly saved by the Leeds stopper. Leeds threw everything at getting the equaliser but Newcastle United’s defence held out and the game finished 0-1.
Sutty’s Full Time Thoughts:Unbelievable! The Magpies have their second win of the season and they thoroughly deserved it.Eddie Howe will be hoping that the injuries to Paul Dummett, Jaamal Lascelles and Joelinton will not serious ones as their squad is already depleted.The result is massive especially with Norwichwinning last night. What is a bonus for us is that we still have a game in hand over them. I’m happy for Jonjo Shelvey to get his goal and hopefully that will do his confidence the world of good. Even though there is a gap until the next game, the squad jet off to Jeddah for a short training and team bonding camp. Fingers crossed it works wonders and gives the squad the boost they need to really push on for the rest of the season.
What’s Next? Newcastle face Everton at St James Park on Tuesday 8th February at 19:45 whilst Leeds travel to Aston Villa on Wednesday 9th February at 20:00.
Newcastle United Line Up: M Dubravka, P Dummett (Manquillo 63), F Schar, J Lascelles, K Trippier, Joelinton (Longstaff 40), J Shelvey, J Willock, A Saint-Maximin, C Wood, R Fraser.
Newcastle United Bench:K Darlow, C Clark, J Lewis, J Manquillo, J Henrick, J Muprhy, M Almiron, S Longstaff, D Gayle.
Leeds United Line Up:I Meslier, S Dallas, P Struijk, D Llorente, L Ayling, R Koch, J Harrison, Rodrigo, M Klich, Raphinha, D James.
Leeds United Bench: K Klaesson, L Fuhr Hjelde, K Moore, L Bate, S McKinstry, L McCarron, N Kenneh, T Roberts, J Gelhardt.
Match Officials: Chris Kavanagh (Referee), Dan Cook &Harry Lennard (Assistants), David Coote (Fourth Official), Kevin Friend (VAR), Eddie Smart (Assistant VAR).
Jack Sutton @jsuttonwrites