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Eddie Gray says he has no worries now about Leeds facing Newcastle United

4 years ago

Leeds hero of the past, Eddie Gray, says he has no fears now ahead of Newcastle United’s visit to Elland Road.

The one-time Leeds and Scotland winger thinks he would have been wary of Newcastle at the start of the season but no longer.

Eddie Gray points to recent form, which culminated in a last gasp 3-2 win away at Norwich.

Whilst that was a third defeat in a row for a Canaries side who are in danger of falling totally off the pace, the Leeds legend may have a point.

In the past 10 Championship matches, Leeds have a record of won 7, drew 1 and lost only 2.

In comparison, Newcastle have won 8 of their last 10, with 1 draw and 1 defeat, picking up only 3 more points than Leeds in that time.

The only club to do better than both is Brighton, with Chris Hughton’s side following up consecutive defeats to Newcastle and Brentford, with 8 wins and 2 draws in their last 10 matches, picking up one more point than Newcastle.

As for the start of the season, as Eddie Gray indicates, it looked like another season of struggle for the Yorkshire club. They only picked up four points in the opening six matches, losing four of the games.

In contrast, after Newcastle lost to both Fulham and Huddersfield, Rafa Benitez’ players won their next four games.

A Leeds victory would close them to within only 8 points of the league leaders, though on the other hand, a win for Newcastle would see them reach the 40 point mark already – 14 ahead of Leeds United.

Sold out around three weeks beforehand, it definitely feels a bit like the lull before the storm in this international break, as we all await Leeds v Newcastle.

Eddie Gray talking to Leeds United TV:

Brighton and Newcastle are the two top teams (in the Championship).

“But on form and how Leeds played against Norwich (won 3-2 late in last match at Carrow Road), I think that the players will feel now that they can compete with any team in the division, including Newcastle and Brighton.

“It is going to be interesting to see what happens in this game after the (international) break, when Newcastle come to Elland Road, as I think that we (Leeds) will be able to compete with them.

“Whereas, at the start of this season, we would have been a bit wary if playing a team like Newcastle.

“You’d have worried about the outcome (back then) but I’m not worried now.”


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