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How the Yorkshire media rated performance of Leeds & Newcastle players

5 years ago

Sunday saw another clean sheet, more goals for the Championship’s top scorers and a very professional job from the visiting team – that is how Toon fans pretty much all saw the Leeds  0 Newcastle 2 match.

However, what about the Yorkshire media who usually cover Leeds United, what did they make of the visitors?

Yesterday we brought you some very interesting comments from the Leeds fans, most of them surprisingly honest about how the game panned out.

To follow that, the marks and comments below are how top Leeds United writer for Yorkshire Evening Post, Phil Hay saw the game.

The story that appears to come back, is that Rob Green is not surprisingly given the clown’s outfit for his contribution to the game and that opening goal.

Then the overall picture showed a Leeds team who ran into a real quality problem, with their star defender unable to handle Dwight Gayle, Shelvey and Colback dominating their central midfield opposition, then Leeds running into a defence that has only conceded three goals in four months away from home.

The referee is somehow put on the same level as Rob Green in terms of being to blame for the defeat, with accusations of bias in favour of Newcastle. I actually thought he was one of the better ones we had seen so far this season, whilst the ongoing Leeds’ claims about deserving a penalty are a bit lame.

Leeds United writer Phil Hay actually gives Newcastle players generally higher marks than Toon fans gave in our interactive player ratings (see here).

His star men for Newcastle were Lascelles, Gayle, Colback and Shelvey, whilst Ritchie and Gouffran were seen as the weakest links.

Well worth a look below.

Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post:

Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire) Terribly inconsistent and so many key decisions went Newcastle’s way. 4/10

Newcastle United:

Karl Darlow – 7, Vurnon Anita – 7, Jamaal Lascelles – 8, Ciaran Clark – 7, Paul Dummett – 7, Jack Colback – 8, Jonjo Shelvey – 8, Matt Ritchie – 6, Yoan Gouffran – 6, Ayoze Perez – 7, Dwight Gayle – 8

Rob Green (4)

His kicking was suspect and his mistake for the first goal left no hiding place. Gave Dwight Gayle the easiest goal he’ll ever score.

Luke Ayling (7), Kyle Bartley (6)

Pontus Jansson (6)

Probably the first time that Jansson has been made to feel uncomfortable and that says much about the performance of Gayle.

Charlie Taylor (6)

Ronaldo Vieira (5)

Given a lesson by Jack Colback and Jonjo Shelvey but was still able to make them uncomfortable in short periods.

Eunan O’Kane – 6/10

Chased shadows for half-an-hour but was so close to equalising and imposed himself after a very tough start.

Souleymane Doukara (5), Kalvin Phillips (5), Kemar Roofe (5)

Chris Wood – 5/10

Newcastle’s defending is as good as its reputation suggests and it was never going to be easy for Wood to make an impact. The service to him made it impossible.



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