Not surprising that Leeds fans are so happy with the end result from Friday night’s match.
Scoring a last minute equaliser is always special for travelling supporters but after the pasting their team had taken, getting a draw must have been as surprising as it was welcome.
You usually expect a lot of bravado no matter what actually happened during a match but I have to admit the Leeds fans are brutally honest with their comments below.
Almost to a man they admit how superior Newcastle were overall, with the visiting defence and keeper the only thing that avoided a hammering.
Comments from Leeds Fans via their top MarchingOnTogether message board:
‘Can we start with how good that Newcastle line up was, can I add that was in front of 52,000, can I add that was at St James, can I add that was the best Newcastle played all season, the movement and passing was premiership quality, can I add they cost millions more to buy and pay, can I add they have a premiership manager, can I add we’ve been a second tier team for 15 years, can I add that we need to stop living in the past, can I add that was a terrific performance last night defensively from ALL 11 players
Can I add, to say we were poor is a little scandalous, the midfield wasn’t allowed to play on the ball, but still they closed down and broke up play whenever they could.
Newcastle played Leeds at home last night and turned all their weapons on us and bought their A game. A heart stopping fantastic game (I haven’t enjoyed one as much all season) which delivered the perfect twist at the end. Both sets of fans sang their heart out and it was a great advert for second level football.’
‘As a team they are far superior, as they should be with the extra millions.’
‘Didn’t see that coming as we never looked like scoring in the second half.
Massive relief & manic celebrations when Wood scored. By the time we’d stopped jumping about St James Park was more or less empty.’
‘Couldn’t believe how quickly the Newcastle fans left.’
‘Get iinnnnn, smash and grab, that’ll feel like a win on the way home on the team coach.’
‘Even second best all over tonight we ran ,shackled , battled to salvage our position and by the way show everyone that.
We are Leeds and never defeated .’
‘Our passing was woeful which was totally opposite to the Geordies style of play who were comfortable on the ball, our defenders have bailed us out time & time again!’
‘We were absolutely slaughtered 2nd half.
The toon’s squad is nowhere near good enough for the PL.
We’d struggle to get into double figures points wise if we win the play-offs.
Say what you want but that was a reality check .
We’re light years away,’
‘The defence is probably better than most of the bottom 7/8 sides in the prem and we’d need to buy a whole new midfield obviously.
The Prem really isn’t that strong outside of the big guns…Sunderland and Middlesborough would probably be toward the bottom of the championship, they’ve been rank all season.’
‘Newcastle are a decent side and would have survived in the premiership with that squad this season.
Too often teams go down because they have too many players who aren’t prepared to fight when the going gets tough and just quit knowing that at the end of the season another club will buy them. We have a team who will fight for every point and have got points and wins when not playing well.
You just have to look at how disorganised and rubbish Hull looked at the beginning of the season to take confidence if we got promoted because they have a chance of survival. Let’s get there first before we write off our chances of survival.’
‘Had it not been for our best CB & Rob Green we’d have got battered last night.’
‘It was priceless that Rafa was pointing at his watch and complaining to the ref about where all the extra minutes were coming from… well he should not have instructed JonJo and Mitrovic to play tippy tappy toe in the corner and bounce the ball off the billboards.
The extra time came from their time wasting… poetic justice.’
‘I really couldn’t see what Benitez was moaning about as at least 2 of his substitutions were very late in the game and just designed to slow down any momentum that Leeds were trying to build up.
Like others have said we weren’t building up any momentum and Benitez would have been better off not making the subs, and his players time wasting and just seeing out the match that they had control of.’
‘Great draw, just coming down from the emotion of it all, I was going nuts at all the time wasting by Newcastle I hate that so for that alone we deserved to score the look on their faces was priceless – brilliant.
Let’s go on and smash the Wolves Monday expect a big crowd for the game and a great atmosphere.’
‘We are nowhere near ready for the prem, lets face it we can’t pass a football unlike the Barcodes, Brentford & Fulham who all played us off the park however we do have a hard-working ethic, bags of effort/energy with a never say die attitude right to the end.’
‘We went toe to toe last night and after 15 mins we took a right battering and in fact didn’t force a single corner kick that I’m aware of.
The big forward Mitrovic was certainly a handful and showed what the highest level of defending will need to make the big time. Bartley and Pontus Jansson stood up to it all night and we have a top keeper in Rob Green .. my how they proved their worth, immeasurably really.
Physically we didn’t nor couldn’t match them in midfield or out wide but at least we are standing up and making ourselves hard to break down.’
‘Scary scenes (behind Leazes End) after the game last night.
Had either set of fans broke the line & the police horses had to charge it could have been carnage as we were cramped in the concourse like a herd of cattle.’
‘Scary stuff indeed and thankfully it passed and nobody was hurt. I suppose the outcome could have been much worse.
The fact such a large crowd was in attendance and a late kick off gave some the opportunity for too much gargle.
In such situations the police are needed for crowd control.’
‘Plenty of police/horses presence, had it really kicked off there was nowhere to run, we were packed in like a tin of sardines.’
‘Problems near all the coaches opposite a pub.
Plenty of handbags stuff, almost like shadow-boxing.
Funny thing was one small blonde lass was pushing this massive bloke away from a potential fight.
There was one fan laid out in the middle of the road with an ambulance just arriving as our coach pull away from the scene.’
‘Newcastle v Leeds should be a top flight game,
I mean Bournemouth v Watford…c’mon now.’