Newcastle 1 Leeds 1 – Friday 14 April 2017 7.45pm
There are matches where you are watching the game and you think we are battering these and then you get home and the stats say something totally different.
Then there are games like Friday night.
The first 10 minutes or so was quit even and Leeds hit the bar and Darlow saved the follow up, then their next shot on target was in the 95th minute.
In between, Newcastle really did batter Leeds United.
How we didn’t win that is beyond me.
Well it’s not, basically you had three factors.
Some brilliant point blank saves from Rob Green in the Leeds goal, a couple of desperate but successful last ditch blocks which diverted Newcastle efforts just wide, then of course wasteful finishing and no real natural finisher with Dwight Gayle missing – with the possible exception of Matt Ritchie who has 15 goals this season.
Just look at the stats below…
Newcastle had 22 shots to 4 from Leeds, plus 19 corners to 0.
Gutted we didn’t win but best all round performance for ages…apart from putting the ball in the net.
Thought Isaac Hayden was immense as well on his return AND we got a game out of Mitrovic!
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 1 Leeds 1
Newcastle: Lascelles 67
Leeds: Wood 90+5
Possession was Leeds 44% Newcastle 56%
Total shots were Leeds 4 Newcastle 22
Shots on target were Leeds 2 Newcastle 4
Corners were Leeds 0 Newcastle 19
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Mbemba, Dummett, Ritchie (Yedlin 84), Shelvey, Hayden (Colback 79), Gouffran, Perez (Diame 90), Mitrovic
Elliot, Hanley, Murphy, Atsu
Crowd: 52,301 (Leeds 3,200)
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