To nobody’s surprise, Garry Monk chose to concentrate on an enthusiastic and unrealistic claim for a penalty, rather than the fact that Newcastle United gave his players a footballing lesson.
The visitors completely dominated the first-half and Leeds were lucky to go in only one goal down, even if the opening striker did come courtesy of a poor piece of goalkeeping.
With Garry Monk and his team desperately trying to get a foothold in the game, Newcastle finished them off with a goal of quality that was deserving of far and above this level.
The ball passed through the Leeds backline for Vurnon Anita to square it and give Dwight Gayle a very enjoyable second goal.
Garry Monk did concede that Leeds were ‘playing a good side’ but claims that if the home side had been given a penalty at 1-0 down, it would have changed the ‘dynamic of the game’.
Like all desperate losing managers there will be some incident in the 90 minutes for somebody like the Leeds boss to cling to. The ball striking Jack Colback’s upper arm/body when he couldn’t have got out of the way and his arm not extended.
At two down Leeds had a bit of a go but never looked capable of getting back into the match, a very good day’s work for Rafa Benitez and Garry Monk needs to concentrate on his and his team’s limitations, not blaming the referee for a deserved defeat.
“We fell the wrong side of the critical moments.
“They started well in the first 20 minutes but even then, we defended well and we gave them a goal, but after that we reacted really well.
“It was a clear cut penalty.
“If that goes in and we get that decision, it changes the dynamic of the game – and through some of the chances we just needed a goal.
“We have to respect we’re playing a good side, it’s alright going gung ho but we have to be smart.
“I thought we got to grips with it and all in all we were competitive again.”
Here are the stats from BBC Sport:
Leeds 0 Newcastle 2
Newcastle: Gayle 23, 54
Possession was Leeds 52% Newcastle 48%
Total shots were Leeds 12 Newcastle 10
Shots on target were Leeds 4 Newcastle 5
Corners were Leeds 10 Newcastle 6
Newcastle starting 11:
Darlow, Anita, Clark, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Gouffran (Diame 76), Colback (Hayden 83), Shelvey, Perez, Gayle (Mitrovic 79)
Sels, Atsu, Yedlin, Mbemba
Referee: Graham Scott
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